Back To Basics: Kitchen Magick

Back To Basics: Kitchen Magick

I offer my apologies because the posts on kitchen witchery are going to be a bit short this week. I didn’t expect so many to participate in my Get Off Your Broom: A Witchy Fitness Challenge, so I am spending more time than originally planned getting ready for the kickoff tomorrow.

What is a Kitchen Witch?

In all honesty, it’s not much different from a hearth witch. The difference is that cooking and food is central to a kitchen witch. Just as the hearth witch honors the hearth, the kitchen witch honors what she cooks, preparing meals with nurturing love and a touch of magick. Sometimes these are magick spells, but for the most part they are the meals that she serves her family on a daily basis.

The kitchen witch acknowledges that food is sacred and life-giving. Eating is necessary to life and part of the balance and cycle of nature. Food comes from the Earth, the most natural source of all. When we nurture our bodies with food, we honor the Earth, Divinity, and ourselves. Eating good, wholesome natural food is the best thing we can do for ourselves.

Often a kitchen witch will grow her own garden and use fruit, vegetables, and herbs from that garden. For many kitchen witches that cannot grow a garden for whatever reason, they focus on buying natural ingredients especially from a their local farmer’s market. Whether the ingredients are grown in the backyard or bought from a supermarket, the kitchen witch understands what is available seasonally. She also understands that different foods have magickal properties. This does not necessarily mean the kitchen witch is vegan or vegetarian. Some believe the “circle of life” includes eating meat.

Kitchen witchery often looks much like green witchcraft, hedge witchery, and cottage witchery. A kitchen witch is in tune with nature and understands what it means to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. However, a kitchen witch’s expertise often goes beyond simply preparing meals. She is often a skilled herbal healer, candle maker, at crafts, aromatherapy, or able to make natural beauty and cleaning products.

A kitchen witch may celebrate the turning of the wheel by acknowledging the sabbats, but she isn’t likely to practice Wicca or formal ritual. Her practice may appear spontaneous and unorganized to others. Some honor Deity while others simply work with nature. She is most likely to practice as a solitary. The kitchen witch uses very few formal tools and instead utilizes that which already exists in the home. if she does practice ritual, the knife she uses to slice vegetables may double as her athame.

Because of the folk magick-like style of the kitchen witch, she is sometimes looked down upon by other witches or Wiccans. However, the skill and power of the kitchen witch should never be underestimated. Some who practice kitchen witchery may not even call themselves witches at all. Many have a practice that resembles shamanism more than it does witchcraft.

The Magick of Food

Because different foods do have magickal properties, the old saying “You are what you eat” is the basic magickal philosophy of the kitchen witch. However, it goes far beyond the physical. For example, a banana with it’s phallic shape has a power that goes beyond potassium. A banana when eaten by males, it increases fertility and heroism. When eaten by females, it draws a lover. This is just one example. The list is so extensive that entire books have been written on the topic.