You can dip them in chocolate or decorate them with frosting and silver sprinkles for an added bonus! Blend flour, baking soda, and baking powder together. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg to the butter and sugar and mix well.
Add vanilla extract. One cup at a time, add the flour mix into the wet ingredients. Mix until it's nice and doughy. Flour your hands, and roll dough into pieces about the size of a golf ball. Squash it down and shape it into a crescent, and then flatten it down. If on the other hand, you think you might need to keep some icky stuff away from you during your working, then a circle is definitely a good idea. If you're not sure how to cast a circle, try the method below.
Although this ritual is written for a group, it can easily be adapted for solitaries. In modern Paganism, one of the facets common to many traditions is the use of a circle as a sacred space.
While other religions rely on the use of a building such as a church or a temple to hold worship, Wiccans and Pagans can cast a circle pretty much any place they choose. If you've got kids—or even if you don't—this simple rite is a great way to welcome the season using some things that are readily available in the discount stores at this time of year! Bear in mind, this is meant to be fun and a little bit silly.
If you think the Universe has no sense of humor, skip this completely. You can still celebrate the fertility of Beltane with young kids. Litha falls around June 21 in the northern hemisphere, and around December 21 below the equator.
Mabon is the time of the autumn equinox, it's a time to celebrate the season of the second harvest. Sense their energies for a few seconds. You need to say nothing. This simple act, which you can do in front of those who know nothing about your magical studies, prepares your body to accept the food. You absorb its essence power before absorbing its manifestation. If it is your custom to pray before meals, continue to do so.
Religion and magic have always been closely linked—religion worships the energy that created all things; magic utilizes the energies in those things that have been created. You can also include a prayer to your deity while eating or address your conception of deity during the magical preparation and consumption of the food.
Generally, even if you are eliminating your food intake, you should still make sure you stay hydrated. Water or fruit and vegetable juice is a good way to keep your system going during a fast, and will help you maintain good nutrition. Some people choose to combine ritual fasting with meditation and spiritual introspection. It can be used as a time of reflection and growth on the spiritual plane. However, if you decide to do a ritual fasting, always check with your doctor prior to fasting.
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