Winter is an old Germanic word which means "time of water". Winter is cold crispy snow, blustering winds and creaking house walls. Yes, it truly can be the harshest of seasons. The cold burns your cheeks and dries out your skin, but it also means warm soups on the stove and spicy cakes served with a steaming cup of chocolate. It is Christmas; it is New Years. I love the winter and find it to be the most incredibly of the beautiful of the seasons...especially for all of you blessed to live in the countryside. So, for this simple, easy spell, bundle yourself up and go out. If you are a city-dweller like me, take a walk down the street or go to your favorite park.
Notice how different winter's quiet repose seems from spring's new beginnings, summer's heat and vitality, and the sharp decay of autumn. Enjoy the freshness of the snow, its flurried whiteness. Listen to how it crunches underfoot, and feel the chilling freeze of the wind on your cheeks. Let the beauty of the season fill your heart with love. Take this love with you and share it with your family and your friends. Thank the goddess Aphrodite for the beautiful scenery by leaving some food out for the birds, donating to your favorite charity, or sharing the holiday with someone less fortunate.