Cakes and Ale is a ceremony that stands as the transition from the religious worship part of the ritual to the working or introspective part. The Lord and the Lady are honored first in Seax-Wica. If there is healing or other magic to be performed, they take place after this ceremony (before Clearing the Temple).
The premise of Cakes and Ale is to enjoy and thank the Gods for life giving food and drink, but it also helps ground us after worship.
Fill your Drinking Horn if it’s empty, then raise it high and read or recite the following or something similar:
“As the Gods give to me, I share with them. I give thanks for all the goodness they pour out upon the earth.
To the Gods!”
Pour out a libation onto the ground or into an offering bowl, then take a drink from the horn. Place the Drinking Horn back on to the Altar and then lift the plate of cakes up and continue:
“My thanks to the Gods for the foods they give us. May I always see to it that aught that I have I share, with those who have nothing.”
Set the plate down, then continue:
“Now I sit and enjoy these gifts of the Gods. But let us never forget that without the Gods we would have nothing.
So be it!”
Now sit with your Drinking Horn and Cakes and enjoy them. When you are done and satisfied, now is a time for healing or other magic.
This is also a good time to think about important lessons related to the Craft, the Gods, or anything else. Reading an article or part of a book from a Wiccan or Pagan author (or any faith, if it’s a good lesson!) is one way to do this. When you feel the Ritual is done in its entirety, perform the Clearing the Temple Ceremony.
“The Tree” is the basic liturgical and organizational writing and the basis for Seax-Wica, but it is a ‘base’. It provides the rituals as if being practiced by a coven, but nowadays most Wiccans, especially those of the Seax-Wica tradition, are solitary practitioners (they work alone). The following information on the Cakes and Ale Ceremony is adapted from “The Tree” and is only one way that a solitary can use these rituals in their own practice.