Chocolate Empowerment

Chocolate Empowerment

Over the coming months, there is an addition coming to Deva Empowerment, the cacao ceremonies. They will also be in conjunction with a new project I am apart of, The Goddess Collective.

The cacao ceremonies will be held on the Wednesday closest to the 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?

Cacao Ceremonies

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 …

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

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.

IxCacao – Cacao Woman

No Goddess Collective, in my opinion, would be complete without the Mayan Cacao Goddess Ixcacao as part of the collection.

In a nutshell Ixcacao, the Mayan earth Goddess of the Cacao tree and Chocolate was known as a compassionate goddess by the women who tended the crops. She was the most beloved of the goddesses, helping people to understand the fertility of the land and also of themselves.

Ixcacao was known as a goddess of abundance where her divine responsibility was to banish hunger and provide for the safety of the people.

At this time the matriarchy, the women, held more power than the men. All this was about to change though and a more patriarchal system, where men and their energy, came to the fore.

Ixcacao was ordered to marry. She was taken from her beloved fields and the people she served in order to marry Ek Chuah, the God of Commerce. This made her very unhappy.

Ek Chuah took the cacao bean and created it as currency. The people in the fields lost their beans because they had to use them to buy other things. As well as this the women and children could no longer enjoy the beans as it was declared that these beans were now the ‘food of the gods’ and therefore only fit for kings, the rulers, and their warriors.

One day Ixcacao along with the Goddess of Love, Huitaca, came up with a plan. They cooked up the cacao with spices in the King’s kitchen whispering to the King’s cooks what an aphrodisiac this cacao liquid was. the king Montezuma agreed, drinking up to 50 cups of the liquid in order to sustain himself for his daily visits to his harem.

Life carried on at pace and human sacrifice began. This was justified as a way to appease the God’s. It was usually a young man, but not always, who was chosen depending on the alignment of the stars at their birth. This young person was treated like a God on Earth, lavished with riches, for one year, before the sacrifice was performed. This occasion was treated as a great celebration.

The sacrificial child had to ascend the steps of the temple pyramid where his heart and blood was taken as an offering. Ixcacao was are of the fear of the Chosen One as they ascended the steps. She was a compassionate goddess who loved the people and chose to ascend the steps with them to comfort them with her presence, holding their hand in their final hours. They would drink from golden goblets the comforting cacao elixir and Ixcacao would encourage them to feel the love inside of them and to this day this is what is taught about cacao. You too can drink this elixir and connect with your heart strength, courage and love, all the while knowing that Ixcacao will your hand as you connect to the place of joy that lives within you, no matter what is happening in your life.  She will go on the journey with you.

The Goddess of Chocolate was allowed to return to her people both as the goddess of fertility and now as a queen of love and pleasure, suggesting that we both work and play in harmonious balance, whatever that looks like for us. Ixcacao is the magical mother figure, providing her cacao beans for the world to enjoy and to find the joy within.