December is a month of celebration and joy! It’s a time to be thankful for all that we have in our lives and look forward to new endeavors in the coming year. Every family and culture celebrates differently, but one thing we all have in common is that we get to spend precious time with our loved ones.

In my family and as a Columbian, one of the more popular traditions we have is the Novena. I won’t get into the religious details, but Novena is a form of worship consisting of special prayers on nine successive days before Christmas Eve. These prayers are usually done in one’s own home and you can invite family and friends over and pray together. We celebrate Christmas Eve and not Christmas Day. Gifts are brought to the children by Baby Jesus and not Santa Claus. He delivers the gifts under a Christmas tree or beside our children’s beds on Christmas Eve; when the kids wake up on Christmas Morning they find their gifts!!

New Year’s Eve celebrations in many smaller Latin American communities often include the burning of an effigy named Año Viejo after midnight. Año Viejo is a marionette made of cardboard, paper, old clothes and fireworks! This effigy represents what you want to leave behind in the old year and brings you luck for tomorrow; it is set ablaze symbolizing new beginnings! My family’s New Year’s Eve tradition is close to my heart; before midnight we all wish each other  “Happy New Year” and as the clock strikes twelve we eat 12 grapes – one for each month of the coming year – it brings us good luck! 

When I’m at home on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) I like to welcome the New Year by:

  • Clearing my home’s energy with sage
  • Cleaning and organizing my home. (Our homes are usually a representation of who we are; for example, if you have too much clutter at home maybe you are not seeing clearly.)
  • Clearing my own energy by taking a shower. (Afterwards I pour some sea salt on my hand and mix it with water. With the other hand I anoint my skin where my chakras are, starting from the top to the bottom. *If you try this, please do it very softly, as the salt could be very rough for your skin.)
  • Before midnight I write on a piece of paper all that I want to leave behind and on another piece of paper what I want to bring into my life next year. After midnight I burn both pieces of paper.

Since the onset of Covid-19 and it’s unpredictability, this year has been particularly challenging, many of us are looking forward to it’s end. Rest assured that the energy of the planetary alignment is improving – so we should all start feeling some relief soon. According to astrologers the 2 weeks before December 21st are a great time to reflect on transformations and lessons learned in the past year. What have you changed? What changes do you feel good about? In order to close a chapter we must review and evaluate it. On Dec. 21st Jupiter and Saturn will be in conjunction; I see this as an opportunity to let go of old patterns and structures. It is a great time to welcome new beginnings and enjoy life from the eyes of a child. Children can jump into things with the faith and confidence that everything will be wondrous. Jumping into the unknown can be scary, but it is only by trying that we find the path that is right for us. 

I want to thank ALL of you for your support during this last year! Without you, Ananda and I couldn’t continue our mission to be supporting you in your personal journey.

I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Many blessings for the coming year 2021!!!

Love & Light Adriana

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Tiffany McKenzie
Tiffany McKenzie
15:32 04 Mar 20
Such a beautiful shop with great workshops and events to connect with the community of like-hearted souls.
Monica Escobar
Monica Escobar
18:34 14 Jan 20
Ananda is a beautiful and charming place in Bronte where you REALLY can find help for your soul and your inner person.... Her owner and healer Adriana is a very helpful person with so much knowledge and passion for what she does. With her guidance I booked the Energy Healing Sections which helped me to realize and find out what was the problem I needed to work on , the reason of it and how to solve it to achieve a better relationship with one of my parents. Adriana has a wonderful way to help you and guide you so you can heal, grow or experience so many great changes in your life! If you are looking for direction in your life, if you are feeling like you need a deeper connection with your inner child, your soul, or just want to feel some peace and tranquillity... visit Ananda, you will be surprised.read more
Skye Leyco
Skye Leyco
23:45 08 Jun 19
Excellent customer service!! Thank you Meg Moonbeam! ??
Luza Quiceno
Luza Quiceno
16:20 11 May 19
I had the honor to meet Adriana in April 2019 for whom I felt a very strong connection with right for the get go. She... is a sweet and candid being as well as a very professional practitioner who guided me through the tools required for my healing process and to enhance all the good vibes that were surrounding me. I'm happy to recommend Ananda for their loving, caring and very compassionate services and products. For an incredible experience, Adriana I give thanks! Sending you from Whitby all my light and love. Luza!read more
Carlos Vivas
Carlos Vivas
19:10 10 May 19
Ananda is a place of peace and connection. You only have to go through the doors to enter another dimension. Ananda has... such a beautiful energy and every details has been arranged and prepared with great care. Adriana is a magnificent human being. She knows exactly what you need just by looking at you and feeling your energy. It is amazing how she has helped me in times of need. She cares deeply and you will feel the same thing too. My daughter and I have done a few sessions with her: angel guidance, energy healing, cards. I always leave her shop refreshed, full of renewed energy and purpose. And she also has beautiful presents for any occasion.read more
Adriana López
Adriana López
19:57 07 Mar 19
It was great!! Adriana knows what she is talking about, she truly listens to you. Would highly recommend her to anyone!!
Maarten Jansen
Maarten Jansen
21:57 07 Feb 19
It is wonderful having Adriana in our neighbourhood. Our whole family has benefitted.
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