The 6th of January in Ireland is all about celebrating the women in our life. Those long since passed, those currently in our lives and those yet to come. Traditionally a day when the women took the day off having cooked and hosted over Christmas, this was their day to put their feet up and celebrate each other.
This is also the feast of the Epiphany, associated with the three kings and the three gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
The abundance of gold, the sacred blessing and cleansing energy of Frankincense and Myrrh both of which have been used in religious and spiritual practices for over 5,000 years.
Indeed a few thousand years ago Myrrh was literally worth its weight in gold. It is said to have been one of the original aromatic herbs harvested by Adam in the Garden of Eden, along with Frankincense and brought back to Earth. The three gifts were to offer practical, spiritual and symbolic blessings.
Frankincense and Myrrh have been used for millennia in sacred rituals to connect to the divine and also to honour the dead.
Frankincense is grounding and centering, encourages emotional healing on all levels and quiets the mind, inviting in vibrant health. It cleanses the aura while offering support and protection. Dedicated to the divine masculine energy of the sun, frankincense allow us to focus our awareness, breaking free from mundane everyday worries, rekindling the inner light of intuition and connection to spirit.
Myrrh is grounding and centering, bringing calm tranquil energy, building a bridge between heaven and earth and harmonising our chakras in the process by strengthening the link between our crown and base chakras. It frees us to express to our dreams and visions. It is said to assist us in expanding our understanding of the great mysteries of life. It has a divine feminine nature which soothes sorrow, grief and emotional pain, helping us to release it from our being.
Disperse some frankincense and myrrh resin in an incense burner to honour this sacred day of blessings and connect in with the divine masculine and feminine energy of abundance, connection, support and healing.
Alternatively, you can disperse essential oils of frankincense and myrrh for the same purpose. I like to include a citrus oil into this blend to bring in the vibrant energy of the sun- try mandarin, orange or bergamot for this purpose- all members of the orange family and seen as having the essence of abundant blessings.
Light a candle to honour and remember the many wonderful women in your life.
Wishing you all the abundant blessings of Nollaig na MBan. In joyful celebration of the wonderful women in our lives past and present: grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, nieces, daughters, grandaughters and friends!
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