There it is, on your shelf, where you’ve been neglecting it for many moon cycles. It’s time to dust off this classic altar piece and bring it back into your ritual rotation.
If you’re lacking inspiration, try using your chalice . . .
To pour libation. Pour any liquid libations, like wine or juice, from a chalice for an elegant touch.
To collect rainwater for blessing. Leave your chalice in the rain for pure, natural water to use in making moon water or herbal infusions.
In binding rituals. If you have a small coven, and it doesn’t weird you out to drink from the same cup, Chalices are a lovely way to seal the bonds of sisterhood. Choose a blended wine, pass the chalice around the circle, and have each member pledge their friendship to the people next to her.
In handfasting ceremonies. Similarly, add a “unity chalice” in place of the unity candle at a handfasting ceremony. The couple each pours some wine into the same chalice, and then they each drink from it. We used this idea at our vineyard wedding for a rustic touch and it worked out beautifully.
For scrying. Fill your chalice with water, then add dragon’s blood ink or another dark ink to the water. Take it outside under the full moon and use it exactly as you would use a scrying mirror.
In place of a cauldron. If your chalice has a heat-safe finish, place a charcoal disk inside and burn your ritual herbs in it. The visual of smoke rising from the chalice adds a mystical quality that I just love!
To dress up cakes and ale. Don’t use plastic or disposable cups for cakes and ale! Chalices make everything feel so much more witchy. Serve your cakes on a formal serving plate and add chalices for a classy ritual that would please Martha Stewart herself.
To float candles. If you are working with the energies of fire and water, floating candles inside a chalice makes an effective way to blend these elements.
To cleanse gemstones. Leave your gemstones or crystals in your chalice with water and place in the moonlight overnight to cleanse and charge them. Just be sure you know your stones! Some dissolve in water!
To blend potions. Blend small batches of oils, infusions or brews for immediate use in your chalice.