No matter what you believe or what you celebrate there is a palpable shift in the energy during this time of the year. We are moving from summer to fall, spending less time outdoors, and more time indoors. In fall there is a giving back and turning inward, making changes and reflection on what is working and what just isn’t.
Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah starts on September 6th and ends on September 8th. It is translated literally as "head of the new year" and it always falls on the Virgo New Moon. This is a time for reflection and refinement. Let the light pour in on this New Year and New Moon in Virgo. This period marks the transition from old into new. We now have the opportunity to release old thoughts, beliefs, and habits as we let go of the old year.
Together we can ride the rush of the new energy of the Lunar New Year to renew, reset, and rewrite the story of our lives. We’re sharing rituals you can do with you and your family as well as some recipes to make this year!
Light a candle.
Set the stage and environment by bringing in calming energy. The candle's glowing light will symbolize the reflection of your past year.
Set intentions for the coming year.
How can you utilize the Virgo moon + sun energy to create healthy new rituals for the New Year? Have you been putting your wellbeing and self-love first? Are there dreams you're longing for or a future you aspire to create? This cycle is calling on you to make definite steps toward this goal and put in the work. This past season was a time of shedding and as we welcome fall we enter a season of growth and rebirth.
Dinner with family or friends.
Traditionally, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with a festive dinner and family or friends over a candle blessing, round challah (representing the cycles of years and seasons), and a reflection over the year.
Take out a piece of paper or a journal and go within yourself. Think about anyone you may want to forgive or connect with. Consider letting go of something or someone that isn't serving you any longer. As you free up the space from things that aren't serving you, you allow room for newness and a rebalancing of the best you possible.
Rosh Hashanah is a time of restoration and re-newment. Even if you’re not Jewish you can use this time to reflect and get clear on how you want the new season to move and flow.
As for the food, celebrate the energy of the holiday and enjoy these dishes:
Apples Dipped in Honey
On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, it is traditional to eat slices of apple that were dipped in honey to begin the meal. It symbolizes a good and sweet year ahead. Use supercharged raw honey made with superfoods to enhance your meal.
We used Green Bee Honey which is made with spirulina, plant-based protein and maca.
Apple and Honey Superfood Toast
This super yummy slice is jazzed up with a creamy dairy-free cheese, some crisp apples, a pinch of fresh herbs and of course Green Bee Honey. The honey is fused with Green Dream, and will add an antioxidant-rich superfood boost to your bread.
Slice(s) of your favorite gluten free bread
Vegan cream cheese
1 tablespoon Green Bee Honey
Fresh apple slices
Fresh rosemary or thyme
Toast up your favorite bread. Add the cheese and apples, sprinkle with herbs, and drizzle with honey!
Fruit+Nut Cacao Honey Platter
I love the fruit combinations on this plate because they’re not your everyday fruits, which make it all the more fun to enjoy. It’s a great mid-day treat or the perfect unique appetizer for your next party!
1 sliced Blood Orange
1 Handful or organic blueberries
1 sliced organic apple
1 handful of almonds (or nuts of your choice!)
½ cup granola
Cacao Bee Honey
Slice all fruit and arrange on a platter with a handful of almonds. Drizzle with Cacao Bee Honey, and sprinkle granola on top!
The idea is to eat sweet things as it represents a desire to have a sweet year. On the Jewish New Year we wish each other “Shana Tova U'Metukah,” which roughly translates to “A good and sweet new year.”
What intentions are you setting for this new season? Share them with us on Instagram by tagging @philosophielove!