The inclusion of wine in ritual holds a long-standing place with practitioners of the magical arts.
We might pass a chalice of red wine to each other to solidify bonds during a coven binding, leave it as an offering on the altar for the full moon, or let it flow plentifully to celebrate Beltane.
Partly because of its significance in ritual, and partly because my great-grandmother was a wine maker during prohibition (I come from a long line of rebels), I became fascinated with the art of wine making and took a part time job at a local winery a few seasons ago.
The process of making wine changed very little in the last 5,000 years. Mostly, nature takes care of the key phases. This continuity makes me feel connected to my personal heritage as well as our collective human ancestry.
As anyone with an interest in wine knows, “pairings” of wine with food ideally compliment each other mutually.
But wine also carries with it a spiritual energy. With so much emphasis on wine in ritual, it surprised me to discover that very little information exists about what types of wines work with particular rituals.
So I selected some of the most common wine varieties to give you some ideas about how to “pair” wine with the seasons, the Sabbats and the moon cycles. Enjoy!
Moon Phase: Waxing (Crescent)
Rituals: Snow rituals, white magic, healing
Moon Phase: Waxing (Half Moon)
Rituals: New beginnings, Fertility
Moon Phase: Waxing (Gibbous)
Rituals: Love spells, attraction
Sabbat: Midsummer’s Eve
Moon Phase: Full Moon
Rituals: fairy magick, sun magick, wishing spells
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Rituals: Home blessings, family ties, binding
Moon Phase: Dark Moon
Rituals: Scrying, divination, communication with spirits