Firey Pearl

Blessed Be the Kitchen Witch

June, 2006

Merry Meet, and welcome to June’s Column

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who read my article, I feel truly welcome to the fold. I am blowing my own horn, but not bad for a firs time.

This month’s column is going to be dedicated to Kitchen Witchery with Helpful hints and tips for natural remedies I am going to add to the kitchen Witch herb list. A new spell, and craft item.

I am starting a segment on how to design and plant a Witches Garden. This will be separated into 3 segments with a new segment over the next few months.

Kitchen Witchery

It doesn’t take a lot of work, time, or money to transform an
ordinary kitchen into a magical workplace. To begin with, there
are many simple, yet effective, charms (such as a rope of garlic,
a sun-catcher, or pentagram symbols) that can be placed in the
kitchen for protection.

A sunny kitchen windowsill filled with pots of magical plants not
only looks good, but releases magical energies into the room. Even
common culinary herbs that are found in the cabinets or nearly every
kitchen possess strong magical properties. For instance, basil is
traditionally used for exorcism, love, protection, and purification.
Parsley is used for fertility, passion, and protection. Sage is used for
healing, protection, and prosperity; and thyme is used for clairvoyance,
courage, and love. I especially like to grow tarragon in the kitchen
window because of it’s connections with dragons.

Hang a “kitchen Witch” doll for good luck. In fact this is one one thing
that has been in my kitchen since 1986. She’s ugly (the quintessential
hag) but she’s lived in 7 kitchens so far and even when everything else
has gotten broken in moves she comes through fine.

You should also have your magical spoon. I found a multicolored wooden
spoon in a kitchen shop and I use it when I want to put positive energy
into something I’m preparing.

A well-stocked Witch’s kitchen should contain herbs, essential oils, a
small coffee grinder used just for grinding herbs for potions (I retired
the mortar and pestle years ago — simply too much work), and an
assortment of glass bottles for decanting your potions. I’ve never
found the need to, shall we say keep kosher, with my cookware.

Always stir food in a clockwise direction, and be sure to invite
the Goddess and God into your new magical workplace.

To Safeguard the Cook and Kitchen

Aloe has long been considered a magical/medicinal plant. Grow one in your
kitchen, or as near your kitchen as you can, to safeguard you from nasty
kitchen accidents such as cuts and burns. Dab some aloe gel on your major kitchen
appliances, tools, doors and windows to safeguard them as well.

Garlic is well known for its protective qualities. Place a bulb of garlic on
your kitchen window, or hang a rope of garlic in your kitchen. Do not ever
use these for food–remember, they are there collecting negative energy.
Periodically, remove the garlic and bury in the earth. Remember to thank the
garlic and the earth for their service to you.

New Pot Blessing

To bless a new pot and promote a healthy growth of plants therein, light your favorite incense. Draw a pentagram on the inside and outside bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon, saying: Blessings of earth for abundance. Pass the pot through the incense, saying: Blessings of air for fragrance. Turn on the burner of your stove and place the pot on the flame carefully, saying: Blessings of fire for purity in preparation. Stir in a little water, saying: Blessings of water for love. Prepare a favorite food and share it.

Cooking for Prosperity Spell

To promote prosperity from the kitchen, keep a good countenance whenever you cook food and transfer good wishes to the food. Your stove is the sacred hearth. Your wooden spoon is a magical wand. Be careful never to cook in anger. Always stir the pot with a clockwise motion, and wish health, wealth, and joy upon all will will eat the food. You may say this from time to time as you cook:

The gods do bless you, when you give with love.

This is the greatest spell, which encompasses all.

Natural Cleansers Part 1

Safe Alternatives to Commercial Cleaning Products

Baking soda uses:freshens, cleans and deodorizes.Good scouring powder.Softens water in creasing the cleaning power of soap.Do not use on aluminum – it will turn black.

Polishing paste for tarnished silverware, bathtubs, stainlesssteel sinks, toilets, etc., mix equal parts baking soda and warm water. Cover when not in use.

Liquid cleanermix 2 tablespoons baking soda with 1 pint warm waterin a spray bottle. Use for mopping vinyl floors, cleaning compact disks or washing windows.

Sponging – sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge and wipe scuffs, stains or crayon marks from painted walls, laminated countertops, tile surfaces, and appliances like the microwave, stove top and fridge.Dry witha clean cloth.

Borax (sodium borate):Cleans, freshens, deodorizes and disinfects. Softens water, prevents soap film.(when sprinkling powder, you may want to wear a painter’s mask as this can, in some, irritate the lungs.)

Soap:Biodegrades safely without polluting water.Sold as liquid, flake, powder or in bars.Check ingredients on label and avoid synthetic scents, colors and other additives.

[super] Washing soda ([hydrated]sodium carbonate):Disinfectant.Cuts grease and removes stains, aids soap and prevents soap film.

White vinegar:cuts grease, freshens.

Cider vinegar, GSE and tea tree oil are naturally anti-fungal/anti-bacterial.

Hot water and sunshine also kill germs.

3% food grade peroxide disinfects/freshens

Mildewy shower curtains – you can get mildew proof cotton curtains. You can take down the curtain you have periodically and throw it in the washer with detergent or borax or baking soda or vinegar. Let it dry in the sun and rehang.Close the curtain after each shower to help prevent mildew.Or wash with 1/2 cup soap and 1/2 cup baking soda. Add 1 cup white vinegar to your rinse cycle.

All purpose cleaner:1 tsp. liquid soap, 1 tsp. borax, squeeze of lemon or splash of vinegar in 1 qt. of warm water. or:2 teaspoons borax, 1 teaspoon soap and 1 quart water in a spray bottle.Add vinegar or washing soda to cut grease.

Disinfectant:1/4 cup borax in 1/2 gallon hot water.Used in Ca. hospitals for a year and met all the germicidal requirements.Or 2 cups hot wateron 2 cups fresh thyme leaves. Steep 10 minutes. Strain, cool and put in spray bottle.

Scouring powder:firm bristle brush with soap combined with either borax, table salt or baking soda.

The Kitchen Part 1

Below are a list of herbs commonly found in most homes, and their magickal uses.
(Resources: Gerina Dunwich and Scott Cunningham’s books.)

African Violet-Used as a protection amulet and to promote spirituality in the home. It is burned as a traditional herbal incense of the Spring Equinox Sabbat.

Allspice-Burned as an incense to attract money or luck. It is also used to promote healing.

Aloe-A popular houseplant. Used for protection against evil influences and prevents household accidents.

Angelica-One of the traditional ritual herbs of the Candlemas and Beltane Sabbats. Angelica is both a culinary and medicinal herb. Sprinkle around the house to ward off evil. Added to the bath, it removes curses or spells that may have been cast against you.

Anise-The leaves are used for protection. The seeds are burned as a meditation incense. Filling a small pillowcase with anise seeds and sleeping on it will ensure that you have no nightmares.

Basil-Brings wealth to those who carry it in their pockets. Basil given as a gift brings good luck to a new home. It is one of the traditional ritual herbs of the Candlemas Sabbat.

Bay-Wishes are written on bay leaves which are then burned to make them come true, and a bay leaf held in the mouth wards off bad luck. Bay is one of the traditional ritual herbs of the Candlemas and Winter Solstice Sabbats.

Buckwheat-Sprinkle the flour to form magic circles on the floor around you while performing magic.

Catnip-Grown near the home, it attracts good spirits and great luck. Catnip is used in spells designed to enhance beauty and happiness. Large Catnip leaves are pressed and used as bookmarks in magickal texts.

Cinnamon-Used in healing rituals and spells to attract money. It stimulates clairvoyant abilities and raises both protective and spiritual vibrations. The oil of the cinnamon plant is used to anoint candles for love goddess invocations, love magick, and spells of passion. It is also used in sachets and infusions.

Clove-Burned as an incense, cloves attract riches, drive away negative forces, and purify the area. Burn them to stop others from gossiping about you. Wear them or carry them to attract the opposite sex.

Corn-Place an ear of corn in a baby’s crib to protect it against negative forces. A necklace made of dried red corn kernels prevents nosebleed.

Cumin-Used in love spells. When carried, it gives peace of mind.

Dill-This is an herb of protection. When hung over the front door, it will keep your home safe from enemies. Dill has a magickal ability to attract money and good fortune.

Garlic-Extremely protective in new homes. Worn, it guards against foul weather.

Grape-Eating grapes or raisins increases fertility, as well as strengthens mental powers. Place grapes on the altar during money spells.

Hazel-String the nuts and hang in the house for luck. The nuts are often eaten prior to divination and give wisdom and increase fertility. Twigs of hazel are placed in window frames to guard the house against lightning. Hazel wood can be used to make all-purpose magickal wands.

Lemon-Lemon juice is mixed with water and is used to wash amulets, jewelry and other magickal objects which have been obtained second-hand. This wash ensures that all negative vibrations are cleansed from the object.
Keep one of the seeds from a lemon that you have consumed. Plant it in early spring, and nurture it in a warm place. When it grows, give it to a loved one, to keep your love fresh and true.

Also, Take a slice of fresh lemon and put it under the chair of a visiting friend, to ensure your friendship will last.

A Witch Jar For Protection

Witch jars are quick, fun, and typically created with supplies
found around the home. For this Witch jar, incorporating items that
come from the house is a great way to link the protective magick for
your home back into the spell. Look around and see what you can find
to personalize this spell. Work this spell on the night of the full
moon. For this protective spell you’ll need an old glass jar, like
an old pickle jar or jelly jar. Wash the jar and lid out thoroughly
and allow them to dry. Take a permanent black marker and draw a
pentagram on top of the lid. Add to the jar several of the following
items:

* A clove of garlic
* A few stray pet hairs (to add protection for your pets)
* A cobweb from your walls
* A few leaves from one of the trees in your yard
* Old nails
* Straight pins
* Small bits of broken glass or a few colored marbles
* A small pebble or rock from the yard
* A straw from your household broom
* Sea salt or table salt
* The stub or drippings from an old protective spell candle

Finally, fill up the rest of the jar with dried beans, barley,
and dried rice (to absorb any negativity that is lurking around
your home). Now screw the lid onto the jar and give it a good shake.
Hold the jar in both hands and enchant the Witch’s protective jar
with this charm.

This Witch’s jar is filled with homey and simple things,
Now absorb anger and malice, rice, barley, and beans.
All negativity is drawn straight into this jar,
My household is protected with the seal of the star.

Keep the jar tucked away under the kitchen counter or in the
corner of the most lived-in room. After a full lunar cycle has
passed, at the next full moon, dispose of the jar in a garbage can
off of your property. After you dump the jar, turn your back on it
and walk away from the negativity. Don’t look back. You are moving
forward and on to bigger, better things.

Natural Remedies

Pam cooking spray dries nail polish
Mayonnaise kills lice
Elmer’s Glue is a great face peel
Put sugar on a burnt tongue
Use unflavored jello for stinky feet
Peanut butter removes scratches from CD’s wipe it off with coffee filters
For a fungus on toenails and fingernails use Vick’s vapor rub

Herbs for the Kitchen Witch

Dragon’s Blood: protects the home, sprinkle across doorways to keep out evil
Sage: Removes negative energies, purifies the home attracts money
Rose Buds: Brings peace into the home
Sandalwood: Brings quick success
Solomon’s Seal: a pinch in all corners of the home will drive away evil spirits

This is the 1st part of the 2 gardens we are going to discuss:

A Witch’s Pentacle Garden

The pentacle is the Witch’s symbol. It makes a simple garden of mixed perennial and annual flowers and some of your favorite herbs. To construct the garden, find sunny spot in your yard that calls to you. Dig out a circular bed the size of your choice. Draw inside the circle with twine a pentacle, making sure the 5 points are equally distant around the circle. You can choose to outline your bed with curved bricks. You can also use bricks to line your inside pentacle. Use the materials that call out to you.

Next month we will add flowers and herbs to finish this beautiful garden.

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Firey Pearl