The Art Of Ritual
Its time! This years winter solstice gift box is dedicated to the Art Of Ritual.
A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth of wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life. I think ritual is terribly important. Joseph Campbell
This year’s winter Solstice Wolf box is dedicated to the art of ritual. A time to slow down and spend some time taking care of yourself. Little rituals that have big rewards. The simple act of having tea, giving yourself a facial, writing a letter, it all creates a sense of deep peace in a person. Something we need desperately in these troubled times.
Here is what is included in the Art of Ritual Wolf Box.
~ Those who know me know that as well as having a love of art I am a lover of the outdoors and foraging. To be able to go to the woods and create healthy wonderful things for family and friends, what’s better than that? In summer months I collect plants and flowers to make my concoctions.
~ To start I’ve included a Mountain tea made from plants I have either grown or foraged. In Japan the tea ritual is very important. Not only to drink but the whole process of making tea. It reminds a person to go slowly and appreciate the small things in life. With this delicious tea I’ve added a special spoon and tea strainer.
~ One of my favorite rituals is a spa day. I do these at home at least once a week. I’ve made a special face mask using ground herbs, essential oils and ingredients good for the skin. Enclosed is a bottle of face serum made from oil infused with Black Hills plants, and flowers and a little tea light candle from Hemlock Park. These little candles are infused with palo santo, lavender & blood orange and sage for example.
~ I’m sure you are wondering what is this pine cone in my box? I love this ritual. You will also find a small bag of little pieces of paper. Take some time for yourself. Brew a cup of tea, light a candle.Write your dreams on these little pieces of paper and insert them into the pine cone. While you are writing, really think about your dreams for yourself or others. Use as many pieces of paper that will fit. When your pinecone is full, place it on your Christmas tree or alter until New Years. On New Years, have a fire and throw the pinecone onto the fire. As the smoke goes towards the heavens your dreams will be released. Such a simple thing with a big meaning.
~ Each box also contains a sweet little heart rock. For me heart rocks are a message from the other world. A reminder that those who have passed on send their love and support.
~ A beautiful bandana made either by Hemlock Goods, a woman owned business based in Oregon, or a bandana from Teton Trade Cloth a native owned business out of Oklahoma. Bandanas to me are like duck tape and bungie cords. They can be used for so many things!
~ A lavender sachet just because it smells sooo good!
~ A bag of stickers made by Boxcar Stickers. This is my son’s business. He uses his own artwork as well as friends. He is also available to create your own designs. www.boxcarstickers.com
~ Two cards photographed by local artist Deb Hayes Zimmerman. I am a big fan of this local artist. She really captures the spirit of the Black Hills. This is also another one of those necessary things. To receive a handwritten letter these days is a wonderful thing!
~ The Wolf box wouldn’t be complete without a necklace made by Ginny Wolf.
I hope you enjoy this carefully curated gift box.
Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are. ~Stephanie Lahart
The Winter solstice wolf box is available now on the website shop.
Winter has arrived in the Black Hills. We got 2 feet of snow at my house in Lead last week. Right before my grand opening! The gods were with me though. The day of the party the sun was out and all went well. We had a great crowd! It was the most successful opening I've ever had and I am very grateful.
It was a magical night. Lots of friends from my Cheyenne Crossing days as well as new faces. Everyone had a great time. I think we will make this an annual event!
My winter Hours are Thursday Thru Sunday 11 til 7. I've got tons of great gift ideas as well as gift cards and gift certificates. Come on down to the Historic Bullock Hotel and visit!
Here's something from one of my favorites. Andy & I saw them Perform in Silver City, NM and they were amazing! Enjoy!
Until next time! Have a great Thanksgiving!