Kitchen Witchery and the Magical Use of Fruit
Kitchen witchery is a form of witchcraft than encompasses many practices including magical cookery, cleaning, herbalism and spell work. It is generally less formal and ceremonial than many other magical paths and can help in bring the sacred and spiritual into everyday mundane life and chores. Magic can be brought into everyday life through tasks such as mopping floor, dusting, gardening and cooking meals for yourself and family.
Traditionally kitchen witches were female largely due to the fact that it was women that tended to the home and cooked for the family. However this is not a requirement and there is no reason to stop people of all genders following this magical path of it calls to them.
Some but not all kitchen witches choose to work with deities such as Hestia (Greek goddess of heart and home), Brighid (Celtic goddess of hearth and home) or Cerridwen (Celtic goddess of kitchen, cooking, food and domesticity) but this not essential. They may also follow a religion such as Christianity or Wicca and other branches of paganism but equally may be agnostic, or atheists.
The heart of kitchen witches home is the kitchen and this is where a lot of their magic takes place. As well as providing us with the nutrition that our bodies need, food has many magical properties that can enhance and empower our lives. Ingredients such as fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and teas boost a wide range of properties that can be utilised as they are prepared, cooked and eaten. For example dishes can be created for specific magical intents, to celebrate the sabbats or to help in healing illness.
As well as carefully choosing ingredients to fit your needs acts such as kneading, stirring, peeling and whisking provide further opportunities to infuse the finished meal with your intentions and positive energy. Being mindful of these actions and associated feelings and energy can add greatly to your successes. For example peeling is associated with releasing negative or unwanted habits and energies revealing the fresh and clear way forward underneath, during mixing and whisking you can visualise the coming together of things as smoothly and completely as your ingredients combine and stirring and slow cooking can be ideal for calming, peace and meditative needs.
Cutting an apple in half across the centre reveals and five pointed star and this fruit is especially linked to the autumn equinox and Samhain. They are a symbol of abundance and are commonly used in love magic, healing and spirit workings. This fruit is also linked to knowledge, clarity and the element of water. It is ruled by Venus and possess and feminine energy. Apples are a versatile fruit that is available in many varieties. It can be used in sweet and savoury dishes and can also be eaten raw. Hot desserts such as apple pie and apple crumble are common sweet dishes made with this fruit and it can also be used in soups, salads or added to cheese boards and dishes.
These long yellow fruits have a masculine energy due to its phallic likeness. In magic they are associated with prosperity, lifecycle and spirituality. They are ruled by the planet Mars and linked to the element of air. Bananas are most commonly eaten raw but can be cooked in a variety of dishes. Popular ways to consume this fruit include serving it in with ice cream or hot custard as a dessert. They are a great addition to smoothies as they provide a thick creamy texture as well as flavour. Bananas can be beaked into muffins and cake breads or served hot cooked with sugar, spices and sometimes rum.
These berries can be found growing wild in many hedgerows, wasteland or parks and woodland. They can also be grown at home and this has the advantage of being able to buy thorn less varieties as wild plants are covered in sharps thorns. It is a fast growing plant that can take over a space quickly. When the berries appear they are green, turning red and then black by late summer/early autumn time. At this point they are ready to be picked and eaten. It is also possible to buy blackberries in some supermarkets. Blackberries are ruled by Venus, have a feminine energy and are associated with the elements of water, fire and earth.
Blackberries promote prosperity, protection and represent fertility due to the large amount of seeds contained within each berry. They are commonly cooked into pies and other hot desserts, often combined with apples and although they can be eaten raw they can have quite a tart taste. Sometimes they are serves raw sprinkled with sugar. When left for a while the sugar not only sweetens the berries but help release their juice. They can also be baked in cakes and muffins.
Cherries can be found in sweet and sour varieties and are associated with love, fertility, divination and new beginnings. Many varieties are delicious when eaten raw and cherries can also be cooked with for example in cakes. Cherry juice is also available in some shops. This small fruit is delicious in pies and cakes or when cooked with chocolate – for example in chocolate cherry brownies or black forest gateau. They are associated with the elements of water and air and are ruled by Venus. Cherries have a feminine energy.
Lemons are considered sacred to the moon and so have a feminine energy. They are associated with the element of water and in magical terms with purification, moon magic, happiness, decision making, protection and friendship. Lemons have an acidic taste but are a common ingredient in cooking whether used on their own or in combination with other foods. Lemon meringue pie is a popular dessert made using lemons and is believed to date back to the 19th century. It is baked with a pastry crust, lemon filling and meringue topping. Lemons can be juiced to make lemonade or a rich curd that originated in England. Lemons are also used in fish dishes and salad dressings.
Oranges are considered the fruit of the sun, have a masculine energy and are linked to the element of fire. They are used in magic for love, happiness, purification, energy and clarity. Orange juice and eating them raw are popular ways to consume this fruit. Orange water is sometimes used to flavour baked goods and confectionary and can also be used in magical baths. This citrus fruit is used to make the preserve marmalade and is delicious when combined with chocolate, particularly dark varieties. Oranges are also sometimes used in meat dishes and salads and are excellent for creating sorbets.
This red fruit has a strong association with love, fertility, romance, luck and success. They can be eaten raw or cooked and often feature in desserts such as cheesecake and Eton mess. They are ruled by Venus and are connected to the elements of water and earth. Strawberries can be cooked with sugar to create preserves such as jams and jellies. Strawberry is a popular flavour for milkshakes and smoothies. In the latter they are often combined with bananas. This fruit has a feminine energy.
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