Our lesson today primarily focuses on giving food offerings to the altar. Offerings serve as acknowledgements, nourish connections, and facilitate reciprocal relationships between spiritual entities and humans.
When I work with a specific deity or entity, I do research first to see what offerings have first been established by tradition. Depending on the availability of such offerings, I may have to find a substitute. Sometimes we can discover new offerings through experimentation. When I find something that works, I write it down in my Book of Shadows for future generations to come.
With ancestors, I’ve discovered that sometimes you will know a particular spirits favorite candy in life and other times, you can stick with old favorites such as peanut butter, chocolate, and black licorice. If I am working in a graveyard with unrelated ancestors, I usually leave old fashioned candies such as horehound, peppermints, or spice drops. I find this particularly effective if you’re working in a very old section of the cemetery.
I’ve found that ensuring that offerings stay fresh and are free of mold or decay is essential. I also get in the practice of thoroughly washing my offering bowls. Each offering bowl is dedicated to the particular spirit I am working with and is never used for any other purpose. There’s a brief overview of offerings to get you started! Thanks for reading!
This is just a basic course in ritual and Magick. If you have any further questions or you would like some more depth of information on a particular topic, please don’t hesitate to contact me.