An Introduction to Kitchen Witchery
Kitchen and herbal magic are very versatile forms of magic and can be incorporated into any tradition or path. The solitary path of kitchen witchery is also steadily growing in popularity.
Kitchen witchcraft is similar in many ways to other paths such as hedge witchery, cottage witchery, green witchery and garden witchery, in that it draws on the sacred magic of nature. Kitchen witchery finds sacredness in everyday life, particularly cooking and in tasks around the home and garden. Kitchen witches honour the goddess and traditionally it is a craft that is passed down from mother to daughter.
Some central aspects of kitchen witchery comprise of:
- Magical cooking
- Completing household chores, however mundane with positivity
- Honouring the goddess
- Keeping of a kitchen altar or goddess shrine
- Natural magical practice such as divination, candle and herbal magic
- Creating a magical garden
- Following the cycles of nature
- Traditional arts and crafts such as drying herbs
Kitchen witches generally do not work in the formal and structured way that is seen in many other paths. Often this solitary craft is self-taught rather than learnt by being part of a coven. Although a kitchen witch’s work may be subtle and discreet, their magic is no less powerful than that created through formal rituals and practices.
Food is sacred as a life-giving force and kitchen witches believe in the saying ‘we are what we eat’. A meal prepared lovingly with good intent and fresh ingredients will provide more nourishment and enjoyment than something rushed or ready-made. By nurturing our bodies with good food we can honour the life given to us by the goddess and give thanks for what we have to eat and the good health it provides.The kitchen is often regarded as the heart of a home. The food that sustains the family is prepared and cooked there, children often do their homework and play at the kitchen table and families gather together to talk, eat and enjoy each other’s company.
A kitchen witch may grow her own food which creates even more opportunity for weaving magic into the food she prepares. By growing food at home you can be assured it was grown without the addition of harmful chemicals and in tending and nurturing the developing plants from seed to harvest they can be imparted with good will and intent. This in turn is brought to the meals that these ingredients will be used to create. Growing food and gardening in generally can be a very relaxing past time that brings us close to the earth and nature and its everlasting cycles.
The kitchen is an idea place to create magic as many of the needed utensils and ingredients are readily on hand. Many common herbs and spice, ones you probably already have in your rack or cupboard can double as magical herbs for spell and ritual work. These everyday items may seem simple and even mundane but they can create powerful and useful magic for a range of uses including attracting good luck, protection of your house and family, fertility and prosperity.
Some Common Herbs and their Magical Uses
Allspice – money and good luck
Anise – Protection and purification
Basil – wealth and good luck
Bay – protection, healing, purification and strength
Caraway – health, protection and mental powers
Cardamon – Lust and love
Chilli pepper – fidelity, hex breaking and love
Chives – protection
Cinnamon – prosperity, spirituality, healing and happiness
Cloves – protection, love, stops gossip and money
Coriander – love, health and healing
Cumin – protection, fidelity and theft protection
Dill – security, protection, love and lust
Fennel – protection, healing and purification
Garlic – protection, purification, healing and protection from theft
Ginger – power, success, love and money
Juniper – protection, love, exorcism and health
Mace – increases psychic powers
Marjoram – love, happiness, health and money
Mint – prosperity, protection, travel and money
Mustard seed – fertility and protection
Parsley – protection and purification
Peppermint – purification, sleep, healing and psychic powers
Rosemary – healing, love, purification and sleep
Sage – wisdom and longevity
Star anise – psychic powers and good luck
Thyme – health, healing, sleep, courage and love
Turmeric – purification
Vanilla – love and passion
Kitchen Magic Practice
Spells are often used for prosperity, harmony, abundance and health. Cooking may be used as a focus of a particular desire or intent or candle, divination, herbal and moon magic may also be used. Kitchen witches who grow their own food may have an interest in planting according to the moon cycles.
Magic may be used while cooking in a variety of ways. Certain actions can be used to release emotions such as chopping ingredients when feeling over-emotional or stirring a low cooking soup or stew to create calm. Kitchen witches may use seasonal or locally produced ingredients where possible to honour nature and the seasonal cycles or food may be used in a symbolic way for example using eggs to represent fertility.
Magic does not have to purely be about food and its preparation. Kitchen witches may also create magic in other ways such as preparing magical herb sachets, making loose incense, making herbal remedies and products such as shampoo or body lotions and pot pourri making. The finished items from these crafts can be created for specific purposes by using herbs and other items whose magical properties lend themselves to the purpose and also by infusing them with intent during the creation process. Many people believe that any item or tool created by the person using them will be stronger due to this addition of magical intent.
Bringing Magic into your Kitchen
Whether you are creating a meal entirely from scratch or using ready prepared ingredients any meal preparation is an opportunity for magic by infusing the dish with your will and intent. Pagans believe that moving Deosil (clock-wise) invokes and moving widdershins (anti – clockwise) banishes so stirring food one way or the other as you cook can also have influence.
Keep herbs and spices within easy reach but not in direct sunlight as this will diminish their potency. Live plants of many herbs can also be grown in pots indoors, in window boxes or outside close to the house for easy access.
Create a kitchen altar. It can be as big or small as you like, a spare bookshelf or windowsill would be ideal. Home and hearth, fire and harvest goddess statues, a cauldron, candles and maybe even live herb plants could be added. Food and other offerings may also be placed on the altar.
Feng Shui can be used to enhance your kitchen’s spiritual and magical energies.
Keep your kitchen clean to stop any negative or stagnant energy from building. Wipe down surfaces after preparing meals and your table after eating. Organise cupboards and other storage spaces so that they are easy to use and your ingredients are easily accessible. This will make the space more pleasant and inviting to use and enhance the positive energy and good feeling. Try to keep dirty dishes from cluttering the sink and worktops. If you wish to work with faeries this is especially important as they don’t like a dirty kitchen.
Hang wind chimes to ward off and disperse negative energy.
For kitchen magic tools and other supplies made using natural materials are best. Use dishes, containers, spoons etc made from glass, wood and ceramics wherever possible. Metal items are also suitable.
Magical herbs can be kept around the kitchen sewn into pouches and hung or placed on surfaces. They can also be sewn into the hems of curtains or table cloths. As well as bring their magical properties into your home they will also bring fragrance to the space.
Simple Kitchen Magic Ideas
Enchanted herbs of brown and green
Herbs for magic and power be.
Goddess bless all that I do.
For good of all, I do no harm
With herb spice, this spell is done.
This charm can be used to perform any number of spells. For example herbs that suit your purpose can be tied into bundle that is carried with you, placed on your altar or in a relevant place in your home, such as over a door for protection spells. Small pouches can be sewn for dried herbs or bundles can be made by placing the herbs on a small square of fabric, then gather the fabric around the herbs and tie the top with a piece of ribbon or cord. For extra power use fabric and cord/ribbon in colours that correspond with the intent of your spell.
Examples of bundles/pouches to make are garlic and parsley for protection, rosemary and garlic for purification or marjoram and rosemary for love.
Spell for removing bad vibes
Pour an inch or so of salt into a bowl. Squirt lemon juice onto the surface and say:
‘Lemon juice and pure white salt
By mixing thee, no bad vibes I’ll feel.
Remove negativity and despair
Goddess please, so shall it be’
Mix together a tsp. of cinnamon, a tsp. of allspice and half a cup of sugar. Pour into a glass jar and screw on the lid. Empower the mixture with the following charm, all the time visualising your wish:
‘Sugar and spice and all that’s nice
A pinch of magic and a bit of charm.
May my intent turn out well’
© 2013 Claire