Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Happy Valentines Day from me to you!
I know, I know, many people, yourself perhaps, are a bit jaded when it comes to day exclusively set aside for love and romance. True, many of the concepts floating around are valid, such as: 'if you love someone you should show it year round' . . . but . . . we sometimes get caught up in the process of living and just put it aside. Or . . . 'you should know I love you, without a special day to commemorate it' and Oh! Let's not forget, 'it's a day created by chocolate factories, florist shops and card shops!, all commercialization!' Maybe, . . . but maybe it's a day that you can use for it's very specific energy to make your life happier and more filled with love? Let me show you how. . .
If you want love in your life, magickally speaking, celebrate a day that celebrates love on a grand scale! Just like any other magick, if we push it away, away it will be. We must bring it into our lives, as we do with our other magickal goals, i.e. money, tranquility, health and protection. If you are perfectly happy with how you are and already have that special someone or for whatever reason, don't want a special someone, love magick can also bring in the loving energies you do want. Perhaps from family, friends, co-workers and just pleasing harmony from strangers. Having love energies in your life doesn't necessarily mean hot, wild, rip your clothes off passion, . . . although. . . it could!
It could just be the energetic push you need to wake up in the morning smiling and happy. With your pet greeting you at the end of your day and friends looking you up to go out and visit with them. Loving energies should always be welcome into your life and even if you have the best relationship with your significant sweetie, strengthening and enhancing love energies is always desired. Never just assume that because you have love, it's good and solid and no further work needs to be done. BIG mistake! Like a plant or animal, or any living thing, it needs to be fed, nurtured and cared for. The energy called love. This way it stays in your life and doesn't die. For love can very well die, depending on how much you neglect and take it for granted.
This time of the year is also the best for getting supplies for your year round love spells. Heart shaped plates, heart covered goblets, cloth with hearts and roses designed on it, red and pink items, all aid in successful love spells. Check out your stores carefully for inexpensive, heart and love inspired pieces to decorate your love altar or to use while casting your love spells.Also save and dry the rose petals from roses you may recieve, to be used in future love potions and spells.
The following is a recipe that I found on the Internet. The proper credit is given at the end of the recipe. I did not create this recipe myself, and I do not own any rights to this recipe or photo, but I strongly recommend it as it's pretty to look at, sweet and tasty, and the perfect treat for your special Valentine!
Cherry Chocolate Kisses
1 cup unsalted butter, softened, but still cool
1 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons maraschino cherry “juice”
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
Granulated sugar, for sprinkling the cookies
36 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
3. Reduce the speed to the lowest setting and slowly add the powdered sugar and salt.
4. Add the cherry juice and the almond extract until combined.
5. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
6. Increase the mixer speed to medium and add the cherries.
7. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, and place the balls on a baking sheet, approximately 2 inches apart.
8. Using your thumb, gently press each cookie in its center until the cookie is about 1/2-inch thick.
9. Sprinkle each cookie with a little granulated sugar.
10. Bake the cookies until the bottoms are lightly browned, about 14 minutes.
11. Once removed from the oven, immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center.
12. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Servings: approximately 36 cookies
Peace and Happiness and have a beautiful Valentine's Day!
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