Kitchen Witchery
Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes 


        Copyright © 2003 Gray Seal

Food is essential to our lives. For many of us, the art of cooking and eating is a chore. For others, it is a great delight. And for some, the culinary arts and their products are indulgences. Food is substituted for love. Food is an excuse. Food is a god.

You're about to embark on a journey into a familiar yet exciting realm. This is a guide to choosing, ritually preparing, and eating foods to manifest necessary changes in our lives. The only tools that are necessary to practice this ancient branch of magic are food, common kitchen implements, and yourself. Food magic is a natural art, in which we unite our own energies with those that exist in food. 

Kitchen Witchery 101                         

 

There's a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery. The kitchen is, after all, the heart and hearth of many modern households. When you have a gathering in your home, where do most of your guests hang out? Why, the kitchen, of course!

It does not require a great deal of time, energy, or money to transform an ordinary kitchen into a magickal workplace. To begin with, there are many simple yet effective charms that can be placed in the kitchen for protection.

The Ritual of Eating                  

 

Eating is a simple practice. We put food into our mouths, then chew and swallow it. Nothing mystical about that, right?  Perhaps not. But because of food's importance, it has been linked with politics, social structures, legal systems, health maintenance, magic and, oh yes, religion.

Yule—the winter solstice—is an old solar ritual that has been preserved in the Christian observance of Christmas. Its origins lie deep in the past, in the Mediterranean lands of the sun.

Bake a Yule Log Cake      

 

A Yule log Cake is a traditional dessert served near Yule/Christmas, especially in Belgium, France, Quebec and several former French colonies. Made of sponge cake to resemble a miniature actual Yule log, it is a form of sweet roulade.

December Cider       

  

It’s with this that, once at the Groaning Board (a reference to the times when dining tables were just planks set up on sawhorses or barrels, and the feast dishes were so many and heavy that the plank, or board, groaned with the weight), we toast the Yule and each other.

“Imbolc Maiden Wakes” Muffins                         

These delightful muffins are traditionally eaten during the Imbolc Celebration.

Ostara, the spring solstice, marks the astronomical start of spring. This was a time of joyous celebration, for the killing months of winter were over. Plants sprang from the ground in ways that seemed miraculous to our ancestors.

Dairy foods and eggs are in tune with this season. Sweets of all kinds, honey, and oats are all fine foods for Beltane. Simple dishes such as vanilla ice cream and egg custard are quite traditional fare on this day.

Food has always been an intrinsic part of seasonal celebrations. Food also plays a part in Craft ritual, and its production is one of the central themes of nature religions.

Lughnasadh is the first harvest-the promise of spring's planting realized. Sometimes known as the Feast of Bread, Lughnasadh is a time for kneading, baking, slicing, and eating this basic food.

Can you smell it, even if only in your imagination? The thought of Mabon evokes the warm scents of cooling apple and pecan pies wafting through on the crisp autumn breezes.

Witches use the symbolism of the elements (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water), and that of the seasons for many things. First, we use them to honor the Earth’s cycles.

This ancient Celtic festival lives on in the United States and in other countries as Halloween, a degraded version of both the earlier Pagan holiday as well as the later Christian variant-All Hallow's Eve.

Since pumpkins seem to have become a symbol of Samhaintide, it seems natural that they should also become a major part of the Sabbat feast. Two of the most popular ways of serving pumpkin are as a pie or as bread. Here is one recipe for pumpkin bread:

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