Creating Magick in the Kitchen
What does it mean to be a Kitchen Witch?
Well to put it simply it means you practice Witchcraft in the kitchen with the ingredients you prepare and the meals you cook.
Kitchen Witches tend to have a talent and passion for cooking delicious food for family and friends. Kitchen Witches also tend to use whole ingredients. We might even learn and employ specific skills like canning & preserving, gardening, and the like to ensure our food is fresh and well kept. We might even have an extensive library of various cookbooks. Cough… cough
Kitchen Witches are also likely to take over the kitchen entirely, and for a good reason. The kitchen is where the action is. A Kitchen Witch will most likely store many of his/her unique and sacred tools in the kitchen. The kitchen will become the Kitchen Witch’s sacred domain.
Kitchen Witches may also be slightly obsessed with items for the kitchen. A cool looking platter, a new cookbook, or a great garlic press to name a few possibilities. Some of the best gifts you can give a Kitchen Witch are cookbooks, unique kitchen gadgets, and decorative kitchen tools or items.
In reading opinions from many others who identify themselves as a Kitchen Witch, I find this label is widely used. Kitchen Witches come in all shapes and sizes. They will also have their own unique style of practice or Witchcraft depending on family lineage or the tradition they follow.
In light of this, I have also seen some harsh views of what does and does not qualify one as a Kitchen Witch. Comments related to anal retentive housekeeping, to specific methods for stirring, to particular methods for preparing certain foods are common. In reality, your practice will be dictated by the tradition you follow. No troll on the internet has that kind of authority.
Personally, I don’t feel you need to be a top-notch house bitch to be an effective Kitchen Witch. Perhaps you are a nurse or a lawyer, and you work long hours, and your meditation, relaxation, and magickal practice are to cook. Maybe as you prepare food, you find yourself chanting, focusing, and making Magick. Yeah, I think that totally qualifies.
One opinion I agree with is, that just because you occasionally cast a spell while cooking, doesn’t make you a Kitchen Witch make. To me, (and to many other experienced Witches) this is considered dabbling. Let’s be honest, dabbling by nature is not a serious practice, and in many ways, it is detrimental to the art and science of being a Witch of any type.
How do you use Food and Magick in the Kitchen?
Kitchen Magick is tricky, and sometimes it seems downright impossible.
Here is the primary goal: Make delicious food using all the ingredients that correspond with your spell. Try to use as many similar ingredients you can without destroying the flavor or purpose of your dish. After all, cooking should be delicious, and magick must be precise.
What this means is you need to have good knowledge of the food you plan to use and their magickal or energetic aspects. You need to know what tastes good together while using the best possible corresponding foods, herbs, and spices for your spell work. A Kitchen Witch knows precisely how many contradicting ingredients to add without losing his/her spells intention. You by no means do you need to be a top chef. Instead, you should have a passion for cooking as well as a solid knowledg base related to cooking and cooking techniques.
It sounds hard, I know. Truthfully, it is, and it isn’t. This, like all practices, takes time and practice. You can’t just throw a bunch of ingredients together and expect magick to instantly happen. You have a process to follow, there is knowledge to gain, and experience to obtain before you can become proficient in Kitchen Magick. The good news it there is some wiggle room. Your own personal will and focus help launch your spell over the hurdles that might be created by too many contradicting ingredients. Sometimes it is not at all about the ingredients, but instead, it is about your own inner power.
Regarding the Ingredients…
As a Kitchen Witch, resources explaining the properties, affiliations, and uses of herbs, spices, meats, cheese, fruits, vegetables, etc. will become a valuable asset to you. Through time and research, you will become knowledgeable. Naturally knowing your ingredients intimately become a priority. Through practice this knowledge becomes second nature.
Never discount the value of your grocery store. Grocery stores, food markets, farmer’s markets and the like are stuffed full of inexpensive magickal ingredients. It is all a matter of looking at your shopping trip a little differently.
When you are uncertain do this: Read, read, and read some more. There is a wealth of knowledge out there waiting for you.
Through persistence, I found the honest answer… I can have both! I realize that I could forge my own path using the skills and knowledge I gained, and the simplest of techniques.
I love food and everything that goes with it. I have spent more than 35 years in the kitchen, enjoying every minute. Okay… well, enjoying almost every minute of it.
In addition, I have disbursed nearly as many years studying Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. Combining these two interests has created a Magickal path where I combine food and spirituality. To my delight they play brilliantly together.
My love of whole healthy foods, and unique recipes has also lead me to help run a local teen cooking program, where I teach kids valuable life skills in the kitchen. In addition, I teach a variety of cooking classes for adults and covens on subjects ranging from making the time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable, to cooking together as a group, and recipe-spell creation.
It only made sense that I would begin writing and sharing my experience. From this, The Magick Kitchen was born. My journey with you is about developing a spiritual experience with food, far beyond the dull habit of consumption. We have a marvelous opportunity here to take a most mundane task and make it Magickal!
The Magick Kitchen is about connecting to Divinity through food and the ritual of preparing and sharing food. It is about developing a sacred balance between nourishment, ritual, and spirit. Food has the power to heal, sooth, and bring us together as friends, families, and community.
I am so glad you joined me! Sharing knowledge, experience, and personal perspective with you is an honor. Thank you!