A Wiccan Journey: Cooking for the Sabbats.

I love cooking things from scratch. I can’t do it all the time, but when I have the time to put together a home-made meal, I go for it. One way of honouring my beliefs is creating a meal specifically using ingredients for that occasion. For example, part of a full moon rite is eating ‘moon cakes’ afterward and I’ve been known to put on a Beltane dinner prior to doing a rite. For the major Sabbats, these are wonderful ways to connect to the season and all that it has to offer.

Each season has its food preference. Many times these ingredients will overlap, but generally there is a new ingredient[s] for each of the eight points on the Wheel of the Year. These also include herbs and wine/meat/ale as well. It’s very easy to use a substituted. For instance, I’ve used fruit juice or milk in place of mead or wine and once for a full moon ritual in December I used a shortbread cookie.

As an eclectic Wiccan, I tend to take bits and pieces of different things to use in my rites. I feel it brings a personal touch to the ritual and for me that’s more important than doing it ‘by the book’.

Since its February and Ostara is right around the corner, let’s take a look at food and ingredients you can use to make a celebratory meal.

Ostara

Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is the second of three spring celebrations. When I think of foods to serve, I think of things that represent what the celebration is about – new life and renewal, rebirth and beginnings. I did some research and found a list of ingredients that you can use to create your Ostara meal.

Eggs- the egg is the most recognizable symbol of spring. Who doesn’t know what an Easter egg looks like, and it represents new life. All sorts of egg dishes from devilled eggs to quiche can be made.

Chicken and duck.

Seeds such as sunflower, or poppy.

Lamb.

Rabbit or Hare (there’s a difference).

Fish.

All dairy foods.

Early green vegetables such as asparagus, lettuce, peas, and sprouts. I’ve only lived in a cold climate so the idea of these being ready for spring amazes me.

Edible flowers such as lilac, chive, clover. Again, living in a cold climate country means that most of this won’t be available until June or early July.

The internet is full of wonderful Ostara recipes that you can make and add to your celebration. Many are vegan as well, while others are a Pagan version of an Easter dish. Experiment and enjoy!

About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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