Thursday, January 30, 2020

Three on Thursday

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.


Wheel of the Year.  February 1 is the first pagan holiday this year, Imbolc.  Tara and I discussed it at length on our podcast yesterday, so tune in to that if you want to know more.  I really like this depiction of the Wheel of the Year, which is how the 8 seasonal witchy holidays are laid out.  It's nice how they show not just the light and dark halves of the year, but also what each quarterly season means.  And Imbolc starts the months of rebirth and new beginnings.  January is still a time for dreaming and resting, so if you haven't been quite as successful with new goals as you were planning, maybe it's not your fault - you needed Imbolc to arrive.  So start fresh!


Butternut Squash Soup.  Soups and root vegetables are traditionally associated with Imbolc, so this is the perfect time for butternut squash soup, which I promise is not as hard to make from scratch as you might think.  Roasting the squash is probably the hardest part!  This recipe always turns out delicious, it's a fantastic cold weather food.  You can add some coconut milk to make it a touch creamier too.


Besom.  A besom is a broom, and also traditionally associated with Imbolc in that you figuratively sweep out the old to be able to bring in the new.  It's more ceremonial, so it's not the same as a broom you actually use for cleaning your house, and it's often made by hand by each witch with materials they find in nature.  If you have no interest in making your own (me), Etsy is an amazing resource for handmade besoms of all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials.  It's a great tool to have for house cleansing if you don't like to burn incense and sage.

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