Saturday, 11 August 2012

Moon Cookies - Metaphysical Munchies

When you hear the phrase "food for the soul" do you too think of chicken soup and matzo balls? I'm not even Jewish, and yet it's there in my subconscious. It's comfort from within with a metaphysical twist. That's how you could describe this set of articles - comfort food with that metaphysical twist!

Wiccan Moon Goddess

This time we will look at a Wiccan Sabbats and Esbats to find a magical morsel.

Within Wicca there are major Sabbats and the minor Esbats. The major connect to festivals on the wheel of the year (8 to be precise – the Wiccan year runs from Oct 31st through Oct 30th). These connect with the two equinox and the two solstice and four pagan festivals dotted in between. (they are: Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lughnasadh, Mabon). Each of these majors have their own special foods to go along with each festival. And all individual groups have their own preferences.

" Call upon the Goddess and God to protect you and teach you the secrets of magic. Ask stones and plants to reveal their powers - and listen."
- Scott Cunningham American author on Wicca and Pagan rituals.

Then there are the Esbats of the moon. Thirteen rituals connected to the full moon and the goddess.

It is important to remember that the goddess is one of the most important symbols for Wicca - as it is based on the cult of the female. And that the moon )O( is a symbol of the goddess.
" We are not evil. We don't harm or seduce people. We are not dangerous. We are ordinary people like you. We have families, jobs, hopes, and dreams. We are not a cult. This religion is not a joke. We are not what you think we are from looking at T.V. We are real. We laugh, we cry. We are serious. We have a sense of humor. You don't have to be afraid of us. We don't want to convert you. And please don't try to convert us. Just give us the same right we give you--to live in peace. We are much more similar to you than you think.."
- Margot Adler Wiccan priestess

Therefore one foods that is constant at Sabbats and Esbats. So the recipe I have, connects to Wicca is the moon cookie.

Shortbread Moon Cookies

I n g r e d i e n t s:

    125g/4 oz butter
    55g/2oz caster sugar
    180g/6oz plain flour

M e t h o d:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C / 375F / Gas 5.
  2. Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth. Then fold in the flour to get a smooth paste.
  3. Turn on to a work surface and roll to ½in (1cm) thick.
  4. Cut into rounds, then cut again to turn them into crescent moons.
  5. Place on a baking tray. Sprinkle with icing sugar and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown.
  7. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.

This recipe was adapted from the BBC Food collection.

You can leave the moon cookies as rounds and dip one half in milk chocolate.

For a more fun version add white chocolate to one side and dark chocolate to the other - or even cover in light and dark sprinkles.

I hope to see you back here for some more Metaphysical Munchies.



  1. This is such a cool post :) I'm into to Wicca as my mom is Pagan so it's cool to see someone blogging about these things xoxo

    1. Hi Alice, its always good to meet with a fellow pagan. I tend to do quite a few posts on Wicca, Paganism, and Magic so check them out.

      Thanks for the support.
      Regards Ray


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