Monday, April 6, 2015

A to Z Challenge -- E -- CEREMONY, POWER, AND FOOD



ELEMENTS --  These are Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and most times Akasha, which is the elemental spiritual power throughout the universe.  Each of these elements are representative of specific type of magic, a direction, and many other aspects of Wicca.  Earth and Water are both under the Goddess and Fire and Air the God.


A Symbol for Earth

EARTH -- One of the four Elements.  It's compass direction is North and is associated with the color green. Salt is the one of the most commonly used symbol for Earth.  It is feminine in nature and is receptive in nature.  Herbalism, stones and gems, and most anything dealing with Earth are part of Earth magic. Fertility magic falls under this element. The Pentacle is the tool associated with this Element.


ESBAT --  (Pronouced Ess-bot)  Esbats are different from Sabbats.  It is a ritual (and gathering if one is in a coven) that does not involve a holiday like Beltane.  Many practice esbats at the full moon when the Goddess is at her full power, but esbats can be held at the moon's other phases as well.

Esbats are more 'working' ceremonies.  Depending on the moon phase, specific goals like a healing ceremony are performed.

Cakes and Ale is a ceremony where food and drink is shared between the solitary practitioner and the Goddess, or the coven and the Goddess.  It is an offering of appreciation to her.  I say food and drink because the libation and food are flexible.  They can anything from wine and cake literally or cookies and fruit juice.

Esbats share similarities to communion rites.


EVOCATION -- This is a term sometimes confused with Invocation.  Evocation is when a spirit or deity is summoned/asked to join the summoner/s into a circle.  Basically it's saying, "Hey, hang out with us."  Usually it is the Goddess and God called to empower a circle even more.


Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

16 comments:

  1. Earth magic has always fascinated me... So many cool things.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  2. Very interesting post and green would be for earth and I am thinking Blue for water:) It is interesting where different ceremonies come from and how they mutate into something we all know now

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    1. Yes. Everything changes over time. The history is lost but we still do the traditions despite that.

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  3. I've heard of Cakes and Ale as a phrase but didn't realise this was where it came from. Interesting stuff.

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    1. Just wait til O then that one will be eye opening.

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  4. Fascinating. I'm learning a lot from your posts, thank you! :D

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    1. You're welcome. I'm happy you're learning new things.

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  5. As Nick said, Cakes and Ale a phrase I've heard in folk songs and things, but I had no idea it had significant meaning. Evocation vs Invocation, thanks for explaining the difference :)
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
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    1. I didn't know the difference either til I researched.

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  6. So much to know, it's a completely different world, except for earth :)

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    1. Now the world is a little smaller.

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  7. I'd never heard of an Esbat - I shall have to commit that to memory :) Ah so an evocation is an invitation - I have learned two things today, thank you.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. I'm glad your finding new things. I was hoping these posts would demystify things for people.

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  8. Okay, I'm liking the idea of getting together for cake and ale. Where do I sign up?

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    1. Silly. You don't have to sign up. You can appreciate just by sharing a little water with the earth.

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