Autumn Solstice – Time for Ritual

img_3354On the day of autumn equinox the veil between the physical and the spiritual is the thinnest and it’s the easiest time to connect with the forces of Nature. We constantly deal with changes in our lives, so the equinox time allows for reflection and communication with other realms, our Higher Self and Life’s Mysteries. Nature is the gateway to understanding the cycles of life and the occurring changes that happen to us.

The equinox occurs when the centre of the Sun is aligned with the Earth’s equator, thus the Earth is not tilted towards the Sun and the length of the night and day is almost equal. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin, “solstitium” meaning, “sun standing still”

This is the magical time calling for meditation or some kind of ritual. You can create your own celebration, possibly as close to the actual time (14.21GMT), at dusk or dawn, on waking up or prior to sleeping. You can choose the most convenient of these four time windows.

Upon making sure that you will be undisturbed, light the candle, preferably in the colours of the autumn, or gather leaves and lay them around the candle.

Close your eyes and allow yourself to reflect on the time of the last spring equinox, March 20 when the Earth was waking up to burst out with new life. Where were you at that time, what dreams did you have? What goals you wanted to achieve? What you were looking forward to?

Now look back at the summer and allow yourself to come to terms with any changes that occurred. Changes not necessary mean achievements, they are about the growth of your consciousness, about the expanding of your life on Earth. The coming autumn is signalising that Nature is becoming dormant thus celebrating the fruit of the summer. You are ready to let go now and rest. Cherish whatever you’ve achieved or whatever changes you went through and prepare for a new chapter in your life.

Contemplate on these changes and give thanks to your Guides and Angels. They will be with you in your next step.

Now take a pen and paper and write new ideas and habits, dreams and goals you would like to achieve until the next equinox in the spring. Let your imagination go and don’t censor anything. You might be surprised what comes out.

Pumpkins and Squashes are here – yellow and orange friends

img_3399The season for pumpkins has been running already since August but now these wonderful vegetables are in their prime. They can be still resting outside until first frost ready to pick up and prepare yummy dishes.

The easiest way to prepare a pumpkin or a squash is to simply put it in a hot over for about an hour, depending on the size. That way you have all the seeds awakened and ready to eat as well. The pumpkin will need hardly any seasoning, just cut it in half and scoop up the flesh with a spoon. You can suck on the seeds later on, excellent alternative to popcorn while watching a movie.

Of course you can also cut any pumpkin or squash into large chunks, season wit salt and pepper, sprinkle olive oil or coconut oil and roast in the oven, medium heat, for about 40min. turning the pieces from time to time.

There is also a pumpkin soup and many variations of it. I will make a separate post about this delicious soup.

Happy eating!

Yummy Yams

where-do-yams-growI’m staying with my daughter in London this week and she lives near an African market. What a joy to find yams on the market stools amongst many other exotic vegetables! Yams are an excellent source of B-complex vitamins. These starchy West-African tubers are also rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants as well as minerals like copper, potassium and iron. Yams are specifically great for menopausal women supporting endocrine system and balancing hormones. They are also antispasmodic, so if you get muscle cramps, enrich your diet in these wonderful vegetables.

Yams are easy to cook, you can bake them, add them to soups or just boil them and mash with some olive oil or coconut oil for more exotic taste.

I cooked mine today in coconut milk with some salt and chilli sauce.