Tag Archives: Esbat (Moon)

Cakes and Ale

Cakes and ale is one of the part of ritual that serves multiple purposes.

Sharing of food and drink. Participation of communal food and drink helps build a dynamic or bond between members in ritual. It builds a sense of community.

Grounds the energy raised. Sometimes after raising energy or working magick, you might find yourself a bit ‘spacey’. Eating and drinking helps ‘ground’ your energies, to bring you made to the mundane world.

What kind of cake and drink to serve? This depends entirely on you and/or your group. I’ve been to some rituals where they served traditional recipes while others bought from a bakery. I’ve had cornbread, cookies, biscuits, cake, scones, and even fruit. For drink, I’ve had various mead, cyser,(fermented drink) wine, juice, and sparkling juice (which we use due to one member unable to drink alcohol).

You can try new things, or switch things around depending on the moon ritual you work. For instance, full moon in the spring you can serve fresh fruit with dip, while winter full moon you might want to serve cookies and cake.

Once you perform the thanks and blessing over the cakes and ale and everyone partakes (or just you if you are solitary), be sure to keep some for libation later.

In my group, we sometimes pass the chalice and plate of food more than once, often giving blessings to the person next to you. “I give you the blessing of strength” for example.

Cakes and Ale ceremony – simple and basic

Full moon ritual– a sample ritual with cakes and ale ceremony

Moon Cookies– a very rich buttery cookie much like a sugar cookie.

Crescent Cakes– a nut-based cookie.

Share your own links, comments, or thoughts on the topic below.

Blue Moon Ritual

moon So Friday, we’ll see a blue moon- not literally. It won’t be blue. A ‘blue moon’ is the second full moon within a single month, or more historically, a fourth moon within a season.

Either way, when looking up the moon, you find many moons named things like the Honey Moon or the Hunter or Wolf Moon. A blue moon has no label, because its an extra moon in a way.

Any full moon provides a pagan a time to commune with the Divine/Goddess, to work magick, or to craft tools for ritual or magickal purposes.

  • Charge items under the full moon
  • Fill a glass jar with rainwater and set out under the full moon for ritual purposes
  • Draw down the moon
  • Meditate beneath the full moon

This month, I’m making a doorknob hanger to be used with a doorknob spell (mentioned by Cutewitch in her YouTube video).

Here is some crafting ideas to make your own doorhanger, including a template to cut out in cardboard (or you can get cheap foam/wooden door hangers from the craft store).

You can add a dry erase area to the doorknob hanger by using packing tape, or using laminate. There is even dry erase paint you can get, or use left over plastic stuff some packages have.

You can also add a post it note spot, or a small notebook you can use instead.

Decorate as you see fit, adding elements and symbols of power. you can hang through a hole, or a hanger type shape, or you can tie ribbons and use that as well.

How to use:

Each night, say a positive affirmation or prayer. Write down on the doorknob hanger what you’ll do the next day, or how you want to feel, but word it as though its already happening. Hang on the door, and go to bed.

The next day, you should note a shift in your day. Winking smile

Homemade Door Hanger

Lots of doorhangers to be inspired.

Buy blank wooden doorhangers

Follow up on Beltane

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Last Saturday, my group celebrated Beltane with a potluck and mask making event.

My space is limited, having to cast circle in a smallish dining room where you can barely walk the perimeter. We made due.

The meal was delicious- Chicken Skewers, fresh salad, rice pilaf, homemade lasagna, a veggie tray with spinach dip, and more.

IMG_1586Mask making proved a bit challenging. The full face masks cost too much, so we opted for the less-than-a-dollar option of the half-face masks you can buy at the craft store. We then painted and glued our self-made designs. These will be used for midsummer.

Instead of a Maypole (no room, remember?), we used a very long gold and white rope ribbon. Each member bound their own ribbon (picked for color and design) to the main ribbon, where we all grasped it together and infused with our energy. Each member wished for something to come true in the next moon cycle.

IMG_0127Cakes and ale include sparkling pomegranate and blueberry juice with a variety of chocolate, including a fancy coconut-white-chocolate.

As we put out offerings beneath a bush in the front yard, we stood a while to enjoy the full moon in all her brilliant glory.

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My camera couldn’t pick up on the details of the moon, unfortunately, but I felt, overall, the ritual went pretty well.

My biggest regret was a few members were unable to attend at the last minute.

How did you celebrate? Add in your own blog and comment (leave a link) below. I’d love to read it.