Valentine Chocolate Oracle

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“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
~ Pablo Neruda

 

Valentine’s Day has a wonderful sentiment – that we should celebrate love and lovers, that we should name the emotions that often sit silent in our heart.

But why have just one day for the celebration of love?  Why not live with that sense of appreciation and joy every day! And of course it’s not just for the young, for couples, and for romantic love.  Love is an emotion that is available to us all.

Today’s blog gives you a mini-reading about love, in many different forms. It’s not a fortune-telling exercise for finding a soul mate, instead it’s about letting more love into your life. All you need to do is scroll through the pictures of my Valentine Chocolates, and choose the one that appeals to you most. Then go further down the page to read the meaning for the chocolate treat you have chosen.

♥♥♥ Love, love, love to you, Nicole xoxo ♥♥♥

Today’s Chocolate Selection

1. Kaleidoscope of Colour!

2.  Celebration Ball!

3. Magical Mousse!

4.  Love Rises Up!

5. ♥ Regal Enchantment!

6.  Artful Luxury!

7.  Playful Reminders!

8. Companionable Cupcake!

♥ The Love Message and Gift of each Chocolate♥

Each Valentine Chocolate has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your chocolate choice.  You could wear or hold this crystal, pop it in your pocket, under your pillow or beside your bed. (If you’d like to know more about working with crystals click here) The Power Word is a word to remind yourself of the quality you most need and that you are strongly attracting right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word). Your Magical Healing Environment is a place or activity you’ll find supportive and healing.

♥ Kaleidoscope of Colour! – Celebrating the joys of life! Life is about living – not just existing! It’s time to enjoy life’s everyday offerings a little more. Take yourself out to a movie or an art exhibition. Meet a friend for coffee. Go to a concert. Visit someplace near home that you haven’t been before. Go shopping somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit and just appreciate all the choices available to you. Pack a picnic and go visit a favourite outdoor place or picnic on the lounge-room floor of a loved one’s space!  *If you’re in a relationship, or happy on your own, spend your time exploring the world outside your front door. Change up your routines. Find the pleasure in life again! If you’re single think of joining an interest or dinner group – it’s time to put yourself out into the world.   Best Crystal – Rutilated Quartz  ♥ Power Word – Enjoyment  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that reminds you of the blessings and opportunities in your life.  Wandering through the city or your favourite mall, an art gallery or favourite cafe, a florist shop or a beautiful garden.

Celebration Ball!  – Treating yourself well and living your best life! It’s time to value yourself more. You might need a mini-make-over – a new hairstyle, a manicure, a new perfume or cologne, some new clothes that truly suit you and make you look and feel good. It might be time to sort your health out, join that yoga group, and throw out all the junk food. Or maybe it’s time to enrol in that study you’ve always dreamed about. This is your one beautiful life – not some dress rehearsal. You won’t get a chance to do this life over, so make every moment count.  *If you’re in a relationship, refresh the energies with some together time and appreciation. Maybe plan a holiday together, or take yourselves out for a special dinner. If you’re happily single, think about your dreams and goals and make one of them a priority. Make sure your life is rich with meaning and satisfaction. If you’re looking for love, aim high. No renovators delights for you. If love doesn’t elevate you and make you feel safe, warm and cherished it’s not worth settling for.  Best Crystal – Citrine   Power Word – Self-worth  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that makes you feel good about yourself. This could be a day spa, a session with a personal stylist, time with your wise and loving Nana, a yoga class or a bookshop. It might be sitting in a lecture theatre or kayaking around the bay.

 Magical Mousse – Adventures in Sensuality.  It’s time to bring pleasure and sensuality back into your life. Explore tastes and textures, indulge all of your senses, make time for massages, lovemaking, dancing and beautiful food. Buy yourself some gorgeous underwear, perfume or body lotion. Let yourself come alive again. *For couples, find ways to bring magic and pleasure back into your relationship. For happily singles, nurture and nourish your senses.  If you’re looking for love, embrace your sensual side. Think about what pleasure means to you, and get comfortable with it!  ♥ Best Crystal – Garnet  ♥ Power Word – Feel  ♥ Magical Healing Environment – anything that reconnects you to your senses.  Bubble baths, clean sheets, music, dancing, lying in dappled sunlight on soft green grass, ocean swims, perfume and cologne, warm embraces, patisseries and chocolate shops.

 Love Rises Up! – Stand Up For What You Believe In!  When we sit in our hearts we know what matters. It’s time to stand up for what matters. Maybe you need to start sharing your message or your work. Perhaps it’s time to become an activist or to join a local community group who are working to make one corner of the world a better place. If you chose this oracle the Universe wants you to know that what you care about matters, and that it’s time to give that thing your energy and care. *For couples,have the conversation about what matters to you. Support each other to pursue that thing. For happily singles, go make a stand or start towards that dream of yours. For those of you looking for love, you may well find it on the front line of a protest or at that charity dinner. Go follow your heart and the universe will take care of the rest!  Best Crystal – Amethyst   Power Word – Empowerment   Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that fires your passion and lets you know that your presence matters. Political groups, activist groups, protest groups, organisations or movements for social good, environmental groups, writers groups, support groups, or you on your own, toiling away at your dream!

 Regal Enchantment! – Love of Knowledge! Knowledge and learning can be a beautiful thing. Getting to know yourself, getting to know each other, learning about something new, or taking existing knowledge deeper. Classes, courses, books, travel, study – or you out in the world teaching and sharing your own wisdom. This isn’t superficial learning. This is knowledge that transforms and enriches you. *Couples, go travelling together, or learn something as a team. Happily singles, indulge in whatever learning takes your fancy, or spend time in conversation with someone you’d like to know better. If you’re single, follow your interests and be brave enough to go deeper with them. Don’t be surprised if love aligns itself to this new you.  Best Crystal – Fluorite  Power Word – Wisdom  Magical Healing Environment – Time for yourself and your interests. Read books, join a course, attend a lecture, go travelling, make space to think deeply and to soak up knowledge.

 Artful Luxury! – Levelling Up In Love and Life!  Life is too short to settle for second best. In your job, in your relationships, in your living environment. It’s time to let your life level up. Don’t stay in situations or relationships where you are not happy and fulfilled. Don’t stay friends with people (or family!) who put you down or treat you badly. Value yourself!  *For couples, talk about your future and where your life is headed. Get help if your relationship is in trouble – whether that is counselling to stay together or to exit the relationship. Happily singles – be discerning about your life and reward yourself with things that matter deeply to you.  For those of you seeking love, set your sights high and know that this is the year you can make your romantic dreams come true.  Best Crystal – Tiger Eye  ♥ Power Word – My Highest Potential   Magical Healing Environment – Change.  Change can be a force for good. Plan out your future, a future that you’ll love. Spend time thinking about what positive changes you can make in your life and know that the Universe is supporting you to do so.

 Playful Reminders – Choose Creativity and Playfulness.  Love expresses itself often through creativity. What do you love to do? Or a better question, what did you ‘used to love to do’? Re-acquaint yourself with lost loves, be that art, craft, music, foods, hobbies, places or activities. Make room for a creative project in your life, or at least rub shoulders with creative spaces for a while. *For couples, find a common creative interest and go do that thing together. For happily singles make room in your life for something that gives you creative joy. For those of you looking for love, join a group or class that supports a creative interest. And watch out for pregnancies – the ultimate form of creativity! ♥ Best Crystal – Carnelian  ♥ Power Word – Explore   Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that gets you in that creative mood. Hardware stores, book stores, craft supply shops, kitchen stores, the library, or wherever you can make, create and play.

 Companionable Cupcake! – True Heart Connection!  Who makes your heart sing? Open your heart and connect with them. Spend time with the important people in your life.  It might be your partner, a best friend, a family member or a pet. We sometimes take the love of others for granted.  What can you do to let another know that you value and appreciate them? Don’t forget quality time for yourself too! *If you’re in a relationship, honour and celebrate your togetherness. If you’re happily single, dwell on the things you like about yourself. If you’re looking for love, get clear about what your values are, and what you’re looking for in a partner. Know that you deserve someone who will love you well and just as you are.  Best Crystal – Rose Quartz   Power Word – Relating  Magical Healing Environment – Togetherness, wherever that works best for you.  Cuddles, time together over a meal or a coffee, phone calls, a movie, spending time doing something you used to do together but don’t get time for anymore. Time communing with a favourite place or hobby.

Valentine’s Day, Unplugged

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“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It’s time to put an end to this. It’s time for us to let ourselves be loved.”
~ C. JoyBell C.

“If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

We’ve never been a couple who have traded romantic gestures for the sake of it. Flashy dinners in expensive restaurants, hothouse flowers, jewels, that’s for other people on Valentine’s Day, not for us.

But I am giving my beloved Ben a Valentine’s gift today.

I’m giving him me. For twenty-four hours he’ll be my sole focus. There will be no distractions, no visitors, no work, no blogging, no texts or emails. Instead our day will be us, together, hanging out. Talking. Laughing. Holding hands. Telling stories. Sharing a good coffee or a simple meal. Doing whatever we feel like. Doing everything or nothing. Together.

And tomorrow? A Sunday Morning sleep-in. No sneaking out of bed to meditate or to write. Just some us time.

When you have the thing you want most in the world, there’s no need for anything else.

Whether you’re on your own, or with someone you love this Valentine’s day, I hope you do something to nurture your heart and feed your dreams.

See you Monday!

Much love, Nicole xx

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Mango and Fig Meringue Nests Recipe

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“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” ~ Mother Teresa

This is a VERY easy dessert. Just a little chopping and stirring, but the results are pleasing and the flavours elevate it to a whole other level.

There is usually a packet of little meringue nests in my pantry. It’s amazing how many yummy desserts you can whip up with them in a culinary emergency, like yesterday…

I had a wretched Valentine’s Day on my last day of this round of horror Lyme drugs and spent most of the day in bed, but with the help of a friend I still managed to make dessert for what ended up being a ‘romantic’ backyard candle-lit dinner: just me, Ben, our neighbour Sheryl who’d come to help Ben with some farm work, our three dogs, and all the cows who came and stuck their heads over the fence.

Apparently if you light candles and put a flower behind your ear it’s classed as ‘romantic’. If only I’d known that years ago…

And the moo-ing cows really added to the elegant atmosphere. As you can see from the picture below we all got very dressed up!

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Anyway, dessert! We were gifted a few juicy mangoes from a neighbour, and I had two fresh figs and a couple of passionfruit from our own farm. Add  a little white chocolate, and a honey and cardamom infused cream and suddenly we have dessert magic.

Ingredients:

4 pre-prepared meringue nests, 1 large ripe mango (or 2 small), 2 passionfruit, 1 large or 2 small ripe figs, 1/4 cup chopped white chocolate, 150ml thickened cream, 1 teaspoon sweet sherry or vermouth, 1 scant teaspoon cardamon powder, 1 dessertspoon of honey

Method:

Chop the mango flesh and fresh figs and place in a bowl. Stir through the passionfruit pulp and then add the white chocolate chunks.

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Pu the cream, cardamom, sherry and honey in a small bowl and whisk together. (You could beat it until whipped and thick, but really, that’s a whole lot of unnecessary effort.)

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To serve, place the meringue nests on a plate and spoon in the fruit topping. Drizzle some of the honey cream over the top. Garnish with a sprig of mint if you so desire.

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In honour of Valentine’s Day we also made some naff little hearts from chocolate and strawberry fondant icing pens to adorn our plates too – that’s how fancy we are! 🙂  I swear this entire dessert took less than five minutes to make and assemble.

As we sat in the backyard eating dinner (food!!!) Bert was his usual devoted self. What a wonderful dog.2014-02-14 19.13.10 HDR

And Harry was fixated on my every mouthful me just because he loves me! Luckily they both had a Valentine’s Bone to munch on too.2014-02-14 19.16.40 HDRI’m so glad I made the effort to get out of bed for a few hours. Happiness is sharing time and food with the people (and dogs, and cows…) that you love.

Lots of love to you too, Nicole xx

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Valentine Cupcake Oracle – A Reading for Love!

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
~ Rumi

Valentine’s Day has a wonderful sentiment – that we should celebrate love and lovers, that we should name the emotions that often sit silent in our heart.

But why have just one day for the celebration of love?  Why not live with that sense of appreciation and joy every day! And of course it’s not just for the young, for couples, and for romantic love.  Love is an emotion that is available to us all.

Today’s blog gives you a mini-reading about love, in many different forms. It’s not a fortune-telling exercise for finding a soul mate, instead it’s about letting more love into your life. All you need to do is scroll through the pictures of my Valentine Cupcakes, and choose the one that appeals to you most. Then go further down the page to read the meaning for the cake you have chosen.

♥♥♥ Love, love, love to you, Nicole xoxo ♥♥♥

Today’s Cupcake Selection

1. Jewelled Delight!

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2. Wedded Bliss

3. Red Velvet Supreme

4. Monster Love

5. Flower Garden

6. Snake Cake

7. Cookies and Cream

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8. Hidden Heart

♥ The Love Message and Gift of each Cupcake ♥

Each Valentine Cupcake has a message for you. I have also selected a crystal to best support the message and energies of your cupcake.  You could wear or hold this crystal, pop it in your pocket, under your pillow or beside your bed. (If you’d like to know more about working with crystals click here) The Power Word is a word to remind yourself of the quality you most need and that you are strongly attracting right now.  You can turn it into your own personal mantra by saying “I choose ___________ ” (insert your Power Word). Your Magical Healing Environment is a place or activity you’ll find supportive and healing.

 Jewelled Delight – Bling and Beauty! It’s time to feel good about yourself and your surroundings. Take pride in your appearance. Have a facial, or treat yourself to a haircut. Paint your toenails a pretty colour, or buy yourself a new outfit. Tidy a corner of your home, put a bunch of fresh flowers on the table, or anything else that lifts your spirit and makes you feel good.  *If you’re in a relationship, or happy on your own, spend your time making yourself feel good. If you’re single think of joining an internet dating site or a dinner group – it’s time to put yourself out into the world.  ♥ Best Crystal – Clear Quartz  ♥ Power Word – Colour  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that uplifts you.  A salon or day spa, an art gallery or favourite cafe, a florist shop or a beautiful garden.

Wedded Bliss – Acknowledging the love that’s already in your life. Spend time with the important people in your life.  It might be your partner, a best friend, a family member or a pet. We sometimes take the love of others for granted.  What can you do to let another know that you value and appreciate them? Don’t forget quality time for yourself too! *If you’re in a relationship, honour and celebrate your togetherness. If you’re happily single, dwell on the things you like about yourself. If you’re looking for love, get clear about what your values are, and what you’re looking for in a partner.  Don’t settle for second best.  Best Crystal – Rose Quartz   Power Word – Gratitude  Magical Healing Environment – Togetherness, wherever that works best for you.  Cuddles, time together over a meal or a coffee, phone calls, a movie, spending time doing something you used to do together but don’t get time for anymore.

 Red Velvet Supreme – Adventures in Sensuality.  There is so much need for some pleasure and sensuality in your life right now. Explore tastes and textures, indulge all of your senses, make time for massages, lovemaking, dancing and beautiful food. Buy yourself some gorgeous underwear, perfume or body lotion. Let yourself come alive again. *For couples, find ways to bring magic back into your relationship. For happily singles, nurture and nourish your senses.  If you’re looking for love, embrace your sensual side. Think about what pleasure means to you, and get comfortable with it!   Best Crystal – Garnet   Power Word – Feel   Magical Healing Environment – anything that reconnects you to your senses.  Bubble baths, clean sheets, music, dancing, lying in dappled sunlight on soft green grass, ocean swims, perfume and cologne, warm embraces, patisseries and chocolate shops.

 Monster Love – The Call to Create.  Love expresses itself often through creativity. What do you love to do? Or a better question, what did you ‘used to love to do’? Reacquaint yourself with lost loves, be that art, craft, music, foods, hobbies, places or activities. Make room for a creative project in your life, or at least rub shoulders with creative spaces for a while. *For couples, find a common creative interest and go do that thing together. For happily singles make room in your life for something that gives you creative joy. For those of you looking for love, join a group or class that supports a creative interest. And watch out for pregnancies – the ultimate form of creativity!  Best Crystal – Fluorite   Power Word – Explore   Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that gets you in that creative mood. Hardware stores, book stores, craft supply shops, kitchen stores, the library, or wherever you can make, create and play.

 Flower Garden – Old Fashioned Pleasures. Think romance, think fun, think things and activities that make you happy, especially from your past. Did you adore the music of the eighties, black and white movies, roller skating? Allow yourself the gift of time to relax, unwind and take a trip down memory lane. Love can often be found in the pages of a photograph album, or a record collection. *Couples, go hang out in a place that reminds you of happy times from your beginnings. Happily singles, indulge in some sentimentality. If you’re single, make room for a new relationship by creating a space that truly honours and reflects who you are. Be prepared for wonderful new friendships and a little romance. ♥ Best Crystal – Moonstone   Power Word – Remember  Magical Healing Environment – Time for yourself and your interests. Catch up with friends and family, take time to revisit happy aspects of your past, do things you used to enjoy, visit places that hold fond memories.  If it’s appropriate take a friend who shares those memories too.

 Snake Cake – Celebration and Reward  Think of something you really want to do. This year’s the year to make it happen. But don’t just plan and action your idea. Think of how you can reward yourself for completing this dream. Plan your time of celebration and reward. *For couples, talk about your future, and plan a holiday or something meaningful. Happily singles – be bold in deciding what you want, and equally bold in considering your rewards.  For those of you seeking love, set your sights high and know that this is the year you can make your romantic dreams come true.  Best Crystal – Tiger Eye   Power Word – Goals   Magical Healing Environment – Time On Your Own.  Plan out your future, a future that you’ll love. Spend time thinking about what positive changes you can make in your life and know that the Universe is supporting you to do so.

Cookies and Cream – Comfort, Cuddles and Candlelight.  It’s time to do some serious nurture – of yourself, and of your relationship, if you’re in one. Think cuddles, snuggles and time together.  Think hand-holding, curling up on the couch together, and romantic get-aways. Think rest, renewal and revitalisation. *For couples, get cosy! Hug one another and be kind and generous with compliments and gratitude. For happily singles, treat yourself to a good book and some doona time, cuddles with your pets, and lots of lovely rest and nurture. If you’re looking for love, spend time visualising how wonderful it will be to have someone to cherish, and who cherishes you. Let yourself dream a little!  Best Crystal – Rhodochrosite   Power Word – Adore  Magical Healing Environment – Anywhere that gives rest, nurture and comfort.  A mountain or beach getaway, a picnic hamper and a rug, a weekend in bed just because you can.

 Hidden Heart – Bringing Your Secret Desires to Life.  What makes your heart sing? Inside you is something so important, so private and around which there is such longing. Don’t be afraid. Open your heart. It’s time! *For couples, share those secret dreams. Make room in your life for new possibilities. If you’re happy on your own, spend time journalling and making room for these ideas to surface. For those of you seeking soul mates, allow yourself to hope.  Imagine your future with your own dreams and room to share them with someone special. ♥ Best Crystal – Prehnite  ♥ Power Word – Passion ♥ Magical Healing Environment – Time to connect with your heart and emotions.  Give yourself permission to dream, and to honour your most sacred plans. It’s time to live your best life.

Love, Light and Valentines

I believe in Love.  I believe that there is someone for everyone. I believe that Love makes us beautiful in the eyes of another, and to ourselves.

So, today, Valentine’s Day, I want to say something to you, from my heart to yours…

I love you.  You are beautiful, just as you are. You being here makes the world a brighter and better place.

To love is to risk. It requires courage.  Sometimes it requires everything you have, and then some…

But stand strong.  Your heart needs to love.  It needs to shine that beautiful Light of Love that comes from within, and that illuminates the darkness for another.

Shine your Light.  Shine brightly. Let your heart light the way for another lonely traveller in the darkness.  Know that Love is worth it. Know that sending Love attracts Love back to you.

You are lovable, and worthy of love.  You are the pot of gold at the end of someone’s rainbow. Can you not feel the kiss of sun upon your skin, the caress of the breeze upon your cheek, the sparkle of the stars reflected in your eyes? The whole Universe sings a love song for you.

Life is precious, and so are you.

Today, choose to live from Love.

I’m sending all of mine to you ♥ Happy Valentine’s Day xxoxx