Thriftcrafting: Witching on a budget

April, 2015

Culinary Magic

Merry Meet.

Making magic using the objects on your altar is expected. Making magic in your kitchen may take some thought at first, but once you connect cooking and spell casting, you’ll see limitless possibilities – and cooking will go from being a chore to becoming a ritual.

Since the beginning of time, meals have been about coming together of family, so that – with their knowledge and consent – you can share the magic. Eating becomes away of internalizing or absorbing the magic, making the spell more powerful.

Think about the symbolic foods you carefully select for the sabbats that are rich in magic: custard at Imbolc, eggs at Ostara, corn and bread at Lughnassadh.

Likewise in everyday culinary magic, you choose ingredients for their correspondences. Cinnamon is associated with money, fertility, protection, happiness and love. Looking for insight? Try marjoram or lemongrass. For courage to face an obstacle, reach for pepper, horseradish, nettle or chives for help. And don’t forget salt. Every civilization has believed it to have magical properties and used it to purify, protect and bless. Salt absorbs psychic energy and holds it. It also is used for wealth.

Many lists of foods and their associations exist. Here are links to two:

My suggestion is that while you let them guide you, you trust your own intuition.

Any recipe can be turned into a culinary spell. Apple or strawberry pie can become a love spell. So can spaghetti sauce. Chocolate is so magical, it positively tastes like luxury and prosperity and can be added to so many things. Rather than go out and buy charms and a drawstring pouch make a success mojo bag, you could reach into the cupboard and stir some cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg – and a bit of honey or a pinch of sugar – into a dish of applesauce, then enjoying it spoonful by spoonful, all the while feeling that giddy lightness and bliss that often accompanies success.

In addition to the ingredients chosen for their correspondences, bless all your ingredients. Work with intent and care. Being mindful as you stir (clockwise in harmony with nature to put something into the bowl or pot and counterclockwise to remove something) makes for stronger magic.

You can also inscribe symbols onto the bottom pie crust before adding the filling, stamp cookies with pentacles, and shape or cut foods into moons or stars.

My challenge to myself – and to you – is to come up with some go-to magical dishes that become comfort food for the spirit.

Here’s one to start with: dip fresh strawberries into melted chocolate into which you’ve added a bit of heavy cream. Eat with love in mind. (Don’t overlook self love.)

You know the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor, is playful and encourages joy – so have some fun with your food. Turn fruit kabobs into magic wands. Mull cider to make a witch’s brew. Pop corn to bring about wealth and abundance – and don’t forget to bless it with butter and salt.

The witch who introduced me to this whole idea of making magic with food also notes, “Starting with a tidy kitchen creates sacred space.”

I think there also might be a bit of magic in wearing an apron while doing culinary magic. At the very least, it connect me to the spirit of my mother and her mother, and no doubt her mother, who wore aprons in the kitchen. Putting one on is one way I honor my ancestors.

Merry part. And merry meet again.