Soul Cakes

3 3/4 Cups Flour
1 Cup butter
2 Cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ginger
1 teaspoon Allspice
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
2 eggs
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons milk

Put your flour in a large bowl and cut in the butter using a pastry blender, large fork OR your hands. Make sure these two are integrated well before adding the sugar and spices. Then add the spices when the flour and butter are well blended.

In a small bowl beat together the eggs, vinegar and milk.

Combine with flour mixture until you have a stiff dough.

Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead well.

Once everything is well worked out, roll the dough out to about a quarter inch thick.

Use an cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Obviously you can do pumpkins, ghosts and witches for the season 🙂

Bake at 350degrees for about 9-11 minutes. These cookies won’t spread, they are more like shortbread style.

Enjoy! You may also leave some of these out with your “Punkie” as an offering, or with the trees as a offering as well.

Punkie Ritual:
Take a moment to set up a space to do this project. It’s carving a pumpkin so you might want to prepare for a mess too.

You’ll need:
* Small pumpkin
* Newspaper/towels to cover your workspace
* Tea light candle
* Ice cream scoop or really sturdy spoon
* Knife
* Sacred images or ideas to carve on the sides of pumpkin
* Pen

As you hold your pumpkin call in the winds. You can speak this or just simply ask the directional winds to join you during this craft:
East winds – strong and mighty i call on you to join us
South winds – with all you might caress and keep us safe tonight
West winds – brave and fearless surround us with your love
North winds – with all your knowledge grace us with your wisdom all night

After you’ve called in the winds, then speak to your pumpkin:

“Root from deep within the earth
Arise now, come to me and serve,
Keep me and mine from harm and strife,
Root of earth now come to life!”

Then you will begin to carve the pumpkin. Sacred symbols can be triangles, circles, arrows, whatever. You can place a symbol on four sides of the pumpkin or two. But it needs to be more than one side to allow for the spirits to cross through.

When you are done carving and before you place the candle in him. You’ll speak:

“I honor you with glowing light, here upon this Samhain night. Spirits from the other-side, cross the great divide”

Then light the candle and place it in the pumpkin. Place the pumpkin in a window or place to be seen to protect your home.

When Halloween is over, you’ll want to thank your pumpkin for it’s protection. Find a way to give him back to the earth and have gratitude for the year to come.

**Side note, don’t let those pumpkin seeds to to waste. Lay them out to dry and when they are, throw a little cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg on them – or if you want more savory add some pink Himalayan salt.