Solitary Communion: Cakes and Ale

Originally called cakes and ale, the Wiccan communion rite is normally done after any operation of magick or ritual drama/celebration. It is the last major block of activity before the circle is closed. The tradition of participants usually decides which item is blessed first, the cakes or ale/juice. Depending on the tradition, the high priest may bless the cakes, and the high priestess the juice, or they may switch, or do the blessings together. The activity of blessing the food is meant to put you in sync with the divine.

The tray containing the cakes and juice is usually set out of the way of the working altar until you are ready to perform this rite. Most Wiccans cover both the chalice and the cakes with a white cloth until they are ready to use them. When you are ready for the rite, set the tray on your altar and remove the cloth coverings.

Hold your hands over the chalice (or cup), and say:
“From the sun to the vine
From the vine to the berry
From the berry to the wine
This brew is blessed in the sacred names
Of our Lord and Lady.
So mote it be.”

As this is said, the Witch visualizes the energy of the sun feeding into a vine, which grows into the berry, which in turn becomes the juice.

In most traditions, the athame is now lowered into the chalice, and the Witch says:
“As the rod is to the God
So the chalice is to the Goddess
And together they are one!”

The Witch visualizes divine energy pulsating from the blade into the cup, and the entire cup filling with white light.

When taking a drink from the chalice, visualize pure, divine energy entering your body, pushing out any negativity. When you are finished, say: “May you never thirst.” If someone is in the circle with you, repeat the statement as you pass the cup to them, and they are to answer with the same blessing — “May you never thirst.” In this way, you are passing the positive energies of Spirit on to the next person. If you are alone, you are affirming that you have taken this blessing for your own.

Next, hold your hand over the cake(s), and say:
“From the moon to the stalk
From the stalk to the grain
From the grain to the bread
This bread is blessed in the sacred names
Of our Lord and Lady.
So mote it be.”

Take a bite from the cake (or eat the entire cake). When you are finished, say: “May you never hunger.” If someone is in the circle with you, say the blessing as you pass them the cakes, and then they are to repeat the same sentence back to you, acknowledging the blessing.

In some groups everyone waits until all have the item in hand — for example, the cup of juice. When the high priestess raises her cup to drink, then everyone takes communion at the same time and says: “May you never thirst.” in unison. In other groups the high priest holds the cup for the high priestess while she takes a drink, and she does the same for him. Again, practices differ, so if you are visiting a group for the first time, don’t assume anything. Watch. Listen.

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