Sabbat Cakes by Rev. Joe Estes (SilverEagle)
Of all the gatherings I have attended each one was special in its own way for different reasons. I have participated in gatherings that were flawless and others that were not meant to be. At some point during your life as a Witch you will too. Very often it is the little things that make or break a gathering. With Samhain approaching and the pressures of daily life in the mundane world on us all I would like to offer some tips to all Witches and Pagans to help minimize the opportunity of the stresses of daily life spilling over into ritual.
Remember that the Lord and Lady love you. They always have and always will love you. The love of the God and Goddess is all around you and in you.
You are a divine being, created out of the love of the God and Goddess. Divinity only creates that which is good and correct.
Of all the living creatures that need your love, you need it the most. To love yourself is to realize that you are a product of the divine union of the God and Goddess.
Life is a sacred gift and should be treasured. Take a moment to admire the beauty in the universe. Gaze at the stars, listen to the birds, leave food out for the squirrels, marvel at the gracious strength of the butterfly, ride the winds with the eagle. If you have bats in your neighborhood watch them during the spring and summer months, for although they have perfect eye sight during the day the bat only flies at dusk and night for the simple reason that is when their food is out...mosquitoes and other night flying insects. Take a few minutes to stroke your cat(s) or scratch your dog behind the ears.
Turn off the television and enjoy the silence. For in the silence is the abundant noise of nature.
Read to your children.
Remember the purpose of the Sabbat ritual.
Make a list of what you need for the Sabbat ritual. At the top of that list in all capital letters write down what Sabbat it is for and the purpose plus what you hope to achieve at the Sabbat ritual.
Samhain is a sacred time to remember all who have gone into Summerland before us, human and non-human alike. The animals you share your home with have souls too. And when they pass on to be reincarnated into another life and body they take with them their experiences (all they have learned) and their love (including the memory of your love for them). I know because in some of my previous lives I have had animal companions who had the same souls that inhabit the bodies of some of our current cats. Although they were not always cats they were there by my side, even on alien worlds. These are the ones with the strongest bond with me.
Never utter a judgemental comment inside the circle. The negative energy will only cause hurt feelings and bring the energy of the group down, possibly causing any magickal work to either not work or go wrong. A spell gone wrong can be very difficult to deal with.
Remember the Sabbats from Samhain to Beltane and all in between.
Most of all remember the God and Goddess Love You. In fact God and Goddess Love us all and only want the best for us.
Store bought cookies or pastries work just as well for Sabbat cakes as home made ones. Just do a cleansing on them and bless them before ritual.
So when you are getting ready for the Sabbat ritual purchasing the Sabbat Cakes is ok. For those who are able to make the time to bake Sabbat Cakes for the group below is a recipe from Celebrate The Earth by Laurie Cabot with Jean Mills.
Recipe For Kelly's Wheel Of The Year Sabbat Cakes
From CELEBRATE THE EARTH, A Year Of Holidays In The Pagan Tradition
By Laurie Cabot with Jean Mills
Copyright 1994 by Laurie Cabot and Jean Mills
This is the recipe we use to make the cakes called for during all Sabbat rituals on the Wheel Of The Year.
Mix butter and shortening and melt. Add sugar, eggs, honey, vanilla, wine, cinnamon, and almond. In a seperate bowl blend baking powder, salt, flour, oats. Combine dry ingredients with wet. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll out dough onto a floured board. Cut with crescent shaped cookie stamp. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.
May The Love Of The Lord and Lady Fill Your Soul With Their Healing White Divine Love Healing You In Every Way Mentally, Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually.
Rev. Joe Estes (SilverEagle)
October 28, 2002