Thursday, May 29, 2014

K is for Kitchen Witch

Since I’ve written several posts on what being a kitchen witch means to me, I thought I would do something a little bit different and discuss the various ways of introducing witchery into the kitchen.

Ways of Making Your Kitchen a More Magical Place

1.       First of all, repeat to yourselves: I do not hate the kitchen.  I do not hate the kitchen. I do not hate the kitchen.

For many people it is a place of drudgery.  Food prep, cooking, and cleaning can take up so much time that a lot of people prefer to avoid this space as much as possible.   However, we all know it is healthier and more economical to cook at home as much as possible. 

If you are like me and already love being in the kitchen and feel most at home there, skip to the rest of the list.

2.       Set up an altar.  The stove/oven combination is the closest thing most homes these days have to a hearth.  This makes it the ideal location to set up an altar.  On the back of the stove, you can place a small representation of your chosen hearth deity.  Add a candle to represent the hearth flame.  You can also leave a small dish for offerings nearby.   This is a good location because it is out of the way, but you should still choose things that are easy to move if you need to.

3.       Decorate.  Paint if you can.  Make it homey with earth tones or spice it up with bold colors like terra cotta, yellow, shades of red.  If you can’t paint, you can put up pictures.  Use poster putty if you aren’t allowed to put holes in the walls.  Hang up pictures of your kitchen deity, your favorite foods, and anything else that inspires you.  Put pictures on the fridge, or decorate it with paint that washes off easily. 

4.       Live plants are wonderful to have, especially if you have a place for culinary or magical herbs.  Just make sure you don’t grow anything poisonous in the kitchen!   Aloe is great for burns and for home protection.  Rosemary is a purifying herb that also imparts a wonderful flavor to many different dishes.   Check out a book on magical herbs (Cunningham, for example).  I also like Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen. 

5.       Keep it neat.  Yes, I know, this is the hardest part.  I can’t really tell anyone how to clean a kitchen since mine is usually a cluttered mess.  My boyfriend does the dishes and most of the straightening after I finish wrecking the place to make a delicious meal.   Still, a clean kitchen is a safe and happy kitchen.  You don’t need to get down on your hands and needs to scrub the floors, but a nice floor wash is a good thing to have.  Lavender and rosemary brewed together and poured into the mop bucket makes the room smell nice and gives it a bit of spiritual cleansing and protection as well.  No herbs?  Just use some salt.  Essential oils would work as well as an herbal infusion.

6.       Remember that cooking is a basic act of magic.  Not only are you taking raw ingredients and turning them into something nourishing and tasty, you are also infusing the food with your intent.   Relax.  Put on some music.  Try not to cook when you’re in a foul mood.  If you start out in a bad mood, smudge the area first.  Make a cup of tea.  Sit down and take a few deep breaths.

7.       Don’t forget your kitchen deity.  A small dish for offerings from meals can be used, but if you don’t like the idea of leaving food out, make artificial representations part of your altar.  You can make things out of polymer clay, use a picture, or buy some play food from the toy section.   Just as long as they know you are thinking about them.

8.       Prepare yourself for the ritual of food preparation.  Light a candle.  Decorate a special kitchen witch apron.  Acquire a special knife, wooden spoon, cutting board, pot, whatever.  These are your magical tools. These are your implements of creation, so get something you really like.  Scour thrift shops and garage sales if you’re on a budget.  Find something that really calls to you. 

9.       Add seasonal touches to celebrate the turning of the wheel of the year.  Real or artificial leaves, flours, and fruits.  Strings of dried herbs, garlic, or chilies.  Cranberries in the colder months.   Get creative!

1.   Chant or sing as you knead dough.  Stir clockwise to impart positive energy. Scrub/wash counterclockwise to remove negativity.

1.   Embrace your path.  It may not be glamorous; in fact, it is rather mundane, but it is so very, very important.  Know that you are sustaining life and honoring the gods and goddesses.  You are celebrating the harvest holidays.  You give and receive the blessings of nature.  You are goddess.  You are god.

1 comment:

spinningwebbs.com said...

Some great ideas here. I love the idea of turning my kitchen into a place of magick.