Lunar Foods - Food and Drink

The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World - Judika Illes 2005

Lunar Foods
Food and Drink

For as long as can be remembered, the moon has been believed to rule magic, water, and women. Certain foods are identified as lunar foods; they transmit the effects of the moon and thus are believed able to impart great psychic power. Those wishing to further align themselves with the moon were encouraged to consume these foods.

Among these lunar foods are the following:

Image Cake, specifically round cakes with candles. The traditional round birthday cake derives from this ancient ritual practice. An alternative option is crescent- or horned-shaped bread or cakes, such as croissants.

Image Cheese, not the legendary green cheese of which the moon is supposedly composed but round white cheeses, such as goat cheese or brie.

Image Crabs and Crayfish; the creature assigned to the astrological sign Cancer, the only sign belonging to the moon, is the crab. Those born under the sign of Cancer are believed to resemble crabs, leading to many jokes about crabby personalities. In Mediterranean regions, crabs are intensely affiliated with the moon.

Amphitrite, the Greek Queen of the Sea, wears a crown crafted of crab claws.

Older versions of the Tarot card The Moon traditionally feature a picture of a creature that, to modern eyes, resembles a lobster more than a crab. Many assume that the artists who created these images simply couldn’t draw realistic crabs; modern versions of The Moon often feature more realistic depictions of crabs. However, many of these older versions are really depicting crayfish, hence the confusion.

In Central and Eastern Europe, especially in those areas whose magical traditions were heavily influenced by the Romany, the crayfish is the lunar animal par excellence. Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans: they are cooked in innumerable ways. Their shells are traditionally dried and preserved as amulets, particularly for fertility, long believed to be the moon’s magical gift. (See FAIRY-TALE WITCHES: Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel.)