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A recipe for Sacrifical Bread

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The craft I adhere is of christian origin, takes a lot from jewish and gnosticism traditions. This doesn't mean that you can't take it and apply to your tradition.
This bread is so good to offer a sacrifice to the spirit of the nature, the ancestors and the God(s) in one ritual.

 

Ingredients:
1 cup of flour (you can mix white, whole and add to tase dark, rye or other flour)
1\3 cup of water
a pinch of ritual salt (I use the same I keep on the altar for purifications)
a pinch of yeast (active dry)

 

Steps:



Sprinkle yeast on top of the lukewarm water and stir to dissolve.
Sift the flours together and add the salt. Make the sign of the cross into the flour (or make a well in the center of the flour) and add yeast mixture. Use hands to mix, rotating in a circular motion to pull flour gradually into the center.
When the dough comes together, turn it on a floured plane and knead until smooth. (20 mins)
Let it rest for 10 mins.
Form the dough into a round loaf.
Use a wooden skewer or other tool to poke holes in the dough or other symbols.
Cover with a clean towel and allow to raise for 30 mins.
Preheat the oven to 180 C (355 F) and bake.

Baking time can differ: if you bake a loaf prepared with 6 cups of flour, it will bake for about a hour and 20 mins. for small loafs, you can bake it in a smaller oven or in a sauce pan. For small loafs pour some water at the bottom of the oven so the atmosphere is moist enough.


Offering:
I usually divide the loaf in four parts:

The first is placed on a clean plate as offering to the God(s). I will leave it on the altar for a while then I burn it or bury it near a tall tree;

The second is an offering to the spirits of the ancestors. I take a small piece from the quarter and offer it to the spirits: I preare a clean plate and a cup of wine/milk. I take a small piece of the bread and place on the other plate (1th one), invite the spirits to eat with them. then I eat the bread and the cup as in a ritual meal. (Manes, Lares et Poenates, benedicti, huius panis et vino/lacte libando estote fitote propitii mihi, domo atque familiae).

The third one becomes an offering to the spirits of the nature and is left in a wood or the back garden. This will assure to befriend those spirits who live in the wilderness.

 

The fourth one is again a ritual meal. in order to receive a special blessing to change something in our life. or to be given to friends who asked a special blessing as alternative to spell casting.

 

If I don't need to to the four offerings in the same ritual. I just divide the bread differently.

 

Let me know what you think of it and if you're going to use this ritual, your experience with it.

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Oh this is lovely.  I'm definitely going to incorporate this.  Thank you so much for sharing.

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