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Goblet(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
The sacred cup used by Witches in their rituals. It holds the consecrated wine and may symbolize the element of water. Some Wiccans refer to it as a Chalice, while others feel that word has Christian connotations that they would prefer to avoid. Some traditions (e.g. Seax-Wica; Saxon Witchcraft) use a drinking horn, rather than a goblet.
In the ceremony of Cakes and Wine, the goblet is filled with wine and held by the High Priest. The High Priestess takes the athamé, holds it between the palms of her hands, and lowers it into the wine with the words: As the Athamé is the Male, So the Cup is the Female, And conjoined they bring Blessedness.
a drinking vessel for wine, known from antiquity in Europe and Asia. Its original purpose determined the solemn austerity of its form. Its body (often with a cover), for the most part on a stem or foot, is wider at the top. Goblets are primarily made of metal, glass, and bone and are often decorated with painted, carved, or engraved designs or scenes. The goblets of ancient times are distinguished by the organic unity of their utilitarian and artistic qualities (gold cup from Vaphio; second millennium B.C.; National Archaeological Museum, Athens). In the goblets of the 15th through 19th centuries, which were used for the most part as memorial gifts (silver goblet of the Emperor Frederick III; 15th century; Historical Museum of Art, Vienna) the decorative qualities took on a self-contained character. At present, the Russian word for goblet, kubok, also denotes the cups awarded in sports.