Have you ever paid close attention to the cycles in life? Take for example the cycle of the seasons, the dormancy of winter, the rebirth of spring growing into summer and the fading of autumn back to winter. Or the sun rising each morning and bringing light, only to set each evening, cloaking us in darkness to rest and renew for the coming day.
Some of my friends and I have been taking a closer look at the moon cycle. I've always had a keen interest in the power of the moon- the effect it has on the 4 women who live in my household, the fitful insomnia the full moon brings, the push and pull of the ocean tides along with our emotions. It's fascinating stuff.
This evening, at 9:18pm Eastern, we will experience the first new moon of 2018. To astrologers, this day is the true New Year's Day, the best time to manifest and set an intention for a certain area of your life.
Kriss Lumsden, astrologer and creator of astroManifest and the Moon Manifesting Planner, has written a beautiful post below about this particular new moon and what it might mean for you. If you don't already have one, you will need to print your natal chart to see what area of your life you should be focusing on. Simply go to astro.com (or any other birth chart generator) and enter your date, time and location of your birth to receive your free natal chart. To get to know more about Kriss Lumsden and moon manifesting visit krisslumsden.com , check out her Facebook page astroManifest and her brand new 2018 Moon Manifesting Planner.
Capricorn New Moon
by Kriss Lumsden
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Well, the days of grand vacations are over as we have upgraded to a new home and our son’s hockey schedule consumes our free time. We still make Thanksgiving about us and keep the focus on fun and not food. We take that day to celebrate our family of 3, where we don’t have to stress over family and what we need to “make”. We now take mini-vacations that are usually part of a hockey tournament. We plan the meal like any other. We are usually in a hotel for Thanksgiving so we bring food from home and give thanks to be together.
We usually host a small meal for our parents in our home before Thanksgiving. Last year, we made a 100% vegan Thanksgiving dinner and the in-laws were impressed with the meatless meal. Thanksgiving may be one of the easier meals to make vegan as most of the side dishes are some sort of fruit or vegetable. Also, you may find you can navigate an omnivore Thanksgiving table fairly easily while still eating plant-based.
If you are hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner, we have created the perfect Guide to the Holidays, which you can download here.
If you are a guest at an omnivore Thanksgiving here are some tips to help you stay stress-free and enjoy the time with your family.
- Bring A Main Dish: You know the turkey will be the center piece so bring a dish that serves as the focal point of your plate. Our holiday guide contains two dazzling entrées: Seitan Mushroom Loaf and Lentil Walnut Loaf
- Focus on the Sides: For some people Thanksgiving is all about the sides! Most people’s plate is piled high with green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, oh my!! Play it safe and bring a few of your own side dishes. It’s super easy to fill up on those goodies. We have some great ideas in our holiday guide like Quick & Hearty Broccoli Slaw, Simple Vegan Stuffing, Creamy Green Bean Casserole, Onion-Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Holiday Gravy, Mushroom Gravy, Roasted Acorn Squash Bisque, Harvest Cornbread
- Ask for Help: If your hosts are aware of your lifestyle, they may offer to make some vegan dishes for you or ask your advice in supporting you. Don’t feel like a burden, embrace their love of you and the support they are offering. Thank them and offer to help them out. If you are comfortable, ask your hosts if they would be willing to make a few of the recipes using vegan ingredients and offer to help veganize the recipe.
- Fill up First: Bring an appetizer or two or three! Fill up on appetizers that you bring, knowing that are fitting with your lifestyle and then take some small samples of the items on the dinner table. Our suggestions for appetizers: Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Basil Cheese (vegan) Spread.
- Bring Dessert: When all else fails you know you will have dessert waiting for you! Desserts are, probably, the easiest part of the meal to please everyone. Keep it simple. You could go with cookies, cakes or pies. Some of our favorites, from our holiday guide, are Pumpkin Pie and Rum Cake.
- Stay Positive: Experience tells me that people will tease you and some people will just be rude. But remember that this day is about celebrating the bounty in our lives and being grateful to be alive so don’t let the naysayers dull your sparkle. Give them a smile and pass them some dessert.
Jeanmare and Cristy are creators and contributors of the Living Simply Nourished Blog. Grab a cup of tea (or coffee!), find a cozy spot, scroll around, read some stories, find some inspiration, and enjoy!
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