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This is the first episode of Pod Save Chocolate (after two years of producing and hosting #TheChocolateLifeLIVE) and I am delighted that my guest this day is Birgitte Rasine, the author of the books The Serpent and the Jaguar and The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree, as well as The Cacao Muse on Substack.
Like me, Birgitte did very different things with her life before she became interested in chocolate and now her ChocolateLife includes writing, judging chocolate competitions, and much more.
Our mutual interests in (and love for) all things cacao and chocolate have led us to engage in a new collaboration based in centuries-old practices of letter writing. We will be discussing – and publicly launching – this collaboration during this episode of #PodSaveChocolate!
Related Links – Books by Birgitte
The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree
If you liked "The Golden Compass" and "The Chronicles of Narnia," be prepared to fall in love with mythic fantasy all over again. "The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree" pulls you into a mesmerizing world that blurs the lines between science, mythology,and the hidden magic of nature most adults find all but impossible. One of the world's authorities on chocolate, the C-Spot, calls the book "a strong contender for the best [chocolate] title in the last 5 years."
The Serpent and the Jaguar
Everything we do and the way we think is based on a linear conception of time. Our very ideas of life, success, and happiness are tied to a non-cyclical, non-organic paradigm that often works against our own nature and potential. The Maya live in a different world—close to nature, close to their children and their elders, and close to time: the sacred and the secular. It may seem we could not be further removed from the Mayan way of life, but there is a road built centuries ago we can still access. It’s called the Tzolk’in, the sacred ritual calendar the Maya have used since ancient times to guide their personal and spiritual paths.
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