Celebrate the full moon with chocolate!
Deva Cacao ceremonies will be held on the Wednesday closest to each full moon.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my musings and information about cacao, cacao ceremonies and the Moon’s cycles, with the focus on the full moon, and how it is possible to combine all these ingredients with the aim of offering you empowerment coaching and more ways to access your magic self.
So where to begin?
The Deva Cacao Ceremonies are an invitation to you to join us, to escape for a time from the outside world. In a time when we are bombarded with technologic input day and night, consider this opportunity to put your phone down for a while, escape from your usual busyness and connect with the true depth of your senses and a renewed sense of who you be in this world.
Every ceremony will be different in that we as individuals will be different due to our life events and also Deva will be connecting with the moon’s cycle in the particular month to bring you ways to release and make peace with your emotions. The ceremony is being held to bring you the most relevant intentions congruent with the full moons’ monthly energy.
We will experience stillness, silence, meditation, a sharing circle, and of course the cacao itself. The intention is to connect with the cacao and the ritual of consuming and drinking the cacao in all its magical medicinal glory.
These ceremonies will be monthly on or as close to the full moon on the following dates:
Wednesday 17th July
Wednesday 14th August
Wednesday 11th September
Wednesday 16th October
Wednesday 13th November
Wednesday 11th December
The cost per ceremony is £15.
Bringing something comfortable to sit on and lie on, plus a blanket or shawl for warmth is recommended, also, a journal and pen for your own thoughts and musings about the event and what happens for you.
CEREMONIAL GRADE CACAO
The cacao drunk at the Deva Cacao Ceremonies is provided by Forever Cacao. Forever Cacao are based in Wales and source their cacao direct from Peru. Only the finest heirloom Criollo variety from the Ashaninka are ?what’s missing?
The cacao trees are grown without pesticides or chemicals and all growers follow organic farming practices protecting endangered Amazon rainforest.
All chocolate begins life as a cacao bean, and yes chocolate really does grow on trees. Cacao was given the name Theobroma Cacao or Cacao, the food of the Gods. There is no cacao season, it grows all year round. The cacao beans grow in pods and these pods take about six months to grow to maturity.
In ancient Mayan civilisation cacao beans were the currency of the day. Cacao beans remained currency in Mexico until the late 1800’s. The full history of the cacao is still being unraveled. Since its discovery in Southern and Central America the vast majority of commercial cacao is grown in Africa. The collapse of the Mayan empire gave rise to the Aztec’s who took on board the cacao rituals and cacao was often associated with wealth and prestige. The most famous of the Aztec’s was Montezuma, he has gone down in history as one of the greatest lovers of chocolate, consuming much liquid chocolate, up to 50 cups of frothy chocolate liquid served in gold cups! All before visiting his harem of women.
Cacao was first brought to Europe by the Spanish conquistador Cortes. It was many years later before a Dutch chemist Van Houten, in his Amsterdam factory. He managed to separate, more efficiently; the cacao butter from the cacao powder and cocoa powder was created.
Then came the additions of milk and sugar with the likes of Nestle, Fry, Cadbury, and Hershey and the commercial brands of chocolate that we know today were born.
Raw cacao has many health-giving properties. This is due to its many minerals in particular, magnesium. During my nutritional training if a woman craved commercial, processed chocolate it was thought it was because she may have been lacking in magnesium. This was before raw chocolate products became a mainstream product. A raw chocolate product is crafted at lower temperatures than commercial based products and with and the raw ingredients are grown without pesticides.
To find out more about cacao, it’s history, health gifting properties and alchemical plant friends as well as delicious recipes I highly recommend the book that first brought my attention to cacao and raw chocolate, Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie.