I'd promised to make a little vlog of my Christmas Day festivities, but I've decided to make a blog post of it here instead.
If you've been following my Youtube channel, you may know that I spent the 21st to the 24th of December in an "alternative" way to spend the holidays, which I've called the "3 Days of Darkness". I sat with the dark and engaged in meditation, contemplation and released with gratitude, as well as set intentions for the new year.
So, by the night of the 24th, I was happy to spend Christmas with the lights on in my home again (rather than only having candlelight), I also finally turned on the Christmas tree lights, and listened to merry Christmas tunes as I cooked and ate up a storm. Henry and I also played board games and watched some entertaining shows, including the Christmas episode of "Hey Arnold", which always makes me cry! I even made vegan egg nog, and the BEST cookies ever! I loved the recipe so much, I want to share it with you all. You can find the recipe listed at the very end of this post.
I also burned some frankincense and myrrh for the occasion. The story goes that when Jesus Christ was born, he was visited by three magi, with the gifts of frankincense, myrrh, and gold. Frankincense is personally one of my favourite smells in the world, and it is recognized as also holding the highest frequency vibration of all scents- with rose being a hefty competitor. Frankincense is associated with the Sun (Divine Masculine), and Myrrh is associated with the Moon (Divine Feminine).
There's a stall at Chalk Farm Stables in Camden, London that sells the absolute best frankincense, aptly called "The Frankincense Store". Here is what they had to say about the Frankincense, Myrrh, and Gold:
The Frankincense symbolises Kingship. It is known as the King of all incense and essential oils. Its history is a magnificent one full of triumphs and tribulations. The King of all Kings have used it, Great men have invaded lands for it, the leaders and rulers over the earth chosen by the Divine have used it. It has the essence of Man with the sweetness of a Woman. It brings One to be free from the boundaries of society. Frankincense created civilisations, built early trade routes and connected countries on a world platform. It is the majestic aspect of the universe creating a sap from a tree that can guide One back on their journey to the Divine.
The Myrrh symbolises Queenship. It has the courage of a man and the healing effects of a woman. It is known to heal scars, wounds, skin problems and also digestion, heart problems and nervousness. Like a woman protecting and guarding her King. Myrhh has the powerful warming and soothing effects for opening the heart. All The Queens of Egypt have embalmed themselves for their sheer beauty with it. Myrrh has always been beside Frankincense protecting him throughout the years as civilisations were conquered and destroyed, their bond has always been recognised as one.
The Gold symbolises the wealth of Frankincense and Myrrh. When Frankincense and Myrrh is burnt together it connects the oneness of man and woman, through thewarming of the heart. Hence“a warm heart is a heart made of gold”. Gold will attract gold and not only will one become healthy but wealthy in many ways too. Gold is the real value of wealth, whether it be a small coin , some jewellery or a vault full of Kilos. It can be used world wide at any time, especially in times of war.
Interesting, huh? If anyone else has more insights to share on the significance of frankincense/myrrh/gold, I'd love to hear them.
Now, New Year's Eve was spent pretty low key. I've been recognising the astrological/pagan significances of this time of year, and felt it was more appropriate to keep my focus inwards, keeping with the intentions of releasing as well as planting new seeds. I had dinner with Henry and my in-laws at my favourite restaurant here in London, and then went home and took it easy. Post-Christmas, I've been busy with my Youtube videos giving Tarot readings to all of the astrological signs for January and the New Year, I did a massive cleaning in my flat to clear space in my life for the new, and have been absorbed with planning my two-week trip to Japan that is coming up in just a few days- that and getting my posts done for numerologist.com! I've just been trying to get everything done, one thing at a time.
Ok, so without further ado, here is my cookie recipe. It's vegan and healthier than a traditional recipe, using spelt flour rather than all purpose, and coconut sugar rather than refined.
It has festive cranberries in them, plus rosemary and orange- which are ingredients that are associated with the Sun. Perfect for Christmas, but you can enjoy them anytime!
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Rosemary and Cranberries
- 2cups (250 grams) spelt flour (or flour of choice)
- 3/4teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2teaspoon fine salt
- 1 1/4cups dark chocolate chips ( chocolate with 60 percent cocoa content or higher—double-check the ingredients if you want to make sure they're vegan)
- 1/2cup (100 grams) crystalized coconut blossom nectar
- 1/2cup (110 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1/2cup plus 1 tablespoon safflower oil (or canola, grapeseed, or any other neutral oil)
- 1/4cup plus 1 tablespoon water
- Coarse-grained sea salt or flaky sea salt for garnish
- 1/2tablespoon coarsely chopped rosemary
- 1/4cup dried cranberries
- About 8 drops pure orange essential oil
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the chocolate chips, rosemary and cranberries to the flour mixture and toss to coat.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk the sugars briskly with the oil and water until smooth and incorporated, about 2 minutes. Note: Use fresh, soft light brown sugar. If there are clumps, break them up with the back of a spoon or your hand before whisking.
- Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, and then stir with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula until just combined and no flour is visible. Add in orange essential oil. Do not overmix.
- Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes. Do not skip this step.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two rimmed sheet pans with parchment paper. Remove dough from the refrigerator and use an ice cream scoop or a spoon to portion dough into 2-inch mounds.
- Sprinkle the balls of dough with coarse-grained sea salt, and bake for 12 to 13 minutes, or until the edges are just golden. Do not overbake.
- Let cool completely before serving.
Happy happy new year everyone!! I wish you all a year of joy and expansion.