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Ch.12 Cakes & Wine (WMB 12.d)

Extract from: Wicca: Magical Beginnings written by d’Este & Rankine, 2008 (Avalonia.) PB / Kindle @


Chapter 12 - Cakes And Wine - continued (d)

In the Adeptus Minor ritual of the Golden Dawn, the dagger is dipped into the chalice of wine, before the aspirant is consecrated. The symbolism of this act within the Golden Dawn system does however not equate to that of the consecration of the wine in the Wiccan tradition, and as such cannot be seen as a precedent in its form beyond the symbolic actions, although it is sometimes claimed as such.

This symbolism of the dagger being placed in the chalice of wine is one that is central to the Wiccan tradition as representing the union of the Goddess and the God. The chalice represents the divine feminine and the athame the divine masculine, the symbolic union of the two when the athame enters the cup brings forth blessedness through their union. There is a significant issue of polarity being balanced and exchanged with the blessing of the wine, which should be symbolically obvious to anyone who has partaken of the ceremony.

"O Queen most secret, bless this food unto our bodies, bestowing health, wealth, strength, joy, and peace, and that fulfilment of Will, and Love under Will, which is perpetual happiness."

These words come straight from Crowley’s Gnostic Mass, and emphasise the Eucharistic nature of the sacrament. That they are used in a slightly adapted form in Wicca clearly indicates that the emphasis is on the Eucharistic nature of Cakes & Wine, particularly when they are consecrated after the Great Rite.

Extract from: Wicca: Magical Beginnings written by d’Este & Rankine, 2008 (Avalonia.) PB / Kindle @ Shared here with the intention to inspire and inform the now and future generations interested in Wicca and other Pagan traditions inspired by it.



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