The blessing of cakes and ale generally occurs towards the end of a ritual. Eating and drinking is an excellent way of grounding excess energy and generally ‘coming back down to Earth’. It reminds us of our physical needs and nature, and prepares us for re-entry into the physical, day-to-day world.
Blessing of cakes and ale is also a beautiful and practical way to honour the Divine Presence, and thank him/her for all the gifts and joys we are given. In a very real way, we acknowledge our physical self, and the physical world around us.
Although called ‘cakes’ and ‘ale’, ritual food does not necessarily and literally have to be cake and ale. It is common to share biscuits, home-made bread, or even crackers and dip. Ale can be anything from water or juice to fortified wine.
It is, however, important to remember that if minors are to be present, it is much easier to serve everyone soft drink or water than to share two chalices, one for adults and one for minors. Sharing a soft drink together is also much more inclusive. Apple juice is an excellent option, as apples are a fruit sacred to the Goddess.
To bless the ritual meal, take the platter of cakes from the altar, raise them in front of the altar, and say:
By the Lord and the Lady, who I do worship and honour, are these cakes blessed. I thank the Great Ones for their bounty.
Next, take the Chalice of ale, raise it in front of the altar, and say:
By the Lord and the Lady, who I do worship and honour, is this ale blessed. I thank the Great Ones for their bounty.
Feast on the cakes and ale, meditating on your commitment to your path, then close the Circle if necessary when you are ready.