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  • n. The simple material pleasures of life.

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  • Thence walked through the ducking-pond fields; but they are so altered since my father used to carry us to Islington, to the old man's, at the King's Head, to eat cakes and ale (his name was Pitts) that I did not know which was the ducking-pond nor where I was.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, March 1663/64

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  • The Wiccan ritual feature known as Cakes and Ale is often celebrated as a way of thanking the gods for their blessings. It is also a method of grounding one's heightened energies following magical workings. "Cakes" can be any snacky thing like bread, crackers, actual cake or cookies. Sometimes the cookies are baked in symbolic shapes such as crescent moons. The "ale" can be alcoholic or it can be apple cider, juice, or even water.

    January 27, 2008