Almost every witch has a respect for the kitchen, especially witchy parents. Parents master the art of taking care of their home, cooking and nourishing the family among other things. So why not put those skills in the pot with our spirituality, stir it up and teach our kids some kitchen witchery.
The act of nourishing our loved ones with our magic is an age old tradition that has been passed down for ages and adopted by many cultures.
The roles and responsibilities of parents have continued to evolve and as our society continues to become increasingly more violent, parents are dealing with more unique problems with their children.
We parents must remember where our true power lies and that is in the home. We cannot change society but we can give our kids as many tools as possible to learn to deal with life.
Kitchen witchery can give a unique sense of understanding of our connections to life and our own personal power, in addition to a sense of belonging. Making something that we are required to do daily into a spiritual act can add a whole different dimension to a normal routine.
We can start by explaining the importance of what we do. Taking care of the family and the hearth is the most important job there is. The home is your safe haven, your special domain where you live, worship, love and grow.
Kids connect and respond to what is right in front of them rather than the big picture especially depending on the age. So start small and add onto your lessons as appose to teaching the global perspective.
Two areas of witchery skills that I have been successful in introducing to my kids have been the energetic wellbeing of the home and cooking.
Depending on age, kids understand energy. From a very young age kids respond to energy even before they understand words. Kids know when someone is happy, upset or whether they are welcome or not.
So involve your kids in cleansing the home. Explain what you are doing and give them an active part. You can say something as simple as, “We are going to clean the house so it is not sad anymore.” You’d be amazed that kids know exactly what you mean because they can feel it.
After you are finished you should reaffirm what you’ve just done. You could say something like, “Doesn’t the house feel happier?” Talk to your kids about the benefits of being positive and how it affects everything around us. Talk to your kids about energy, positive and negative. Put it in terms they can understand.
As parents we hold back on many things because we assume that kids will not understand. What we fail to see is that kids are extremely intelligent and know much more than we think. Kids may not be able to explain something in terms that we understand but they feel much more than we think because that is their form of communication and understanding.
So we have to ask ourselves a couple of questions:
1. What do I want my kids to learn?
2. What values are important to me?
3. How can I teach my kids the value of the hearth and personal power?
4. Where should I start?
Pick one or two things to start with and build onto it from there.
Remember that kids respond to fun. Put on some music, light some candles, plan a cooking adventure and have fun. Explain how these things support the wellbeing of the home and those you love. Mix the food, pray over the food, sing over the food and create magic with your child.
The Kitchen Witch’s Creed
In this pot, I stir to the sun
an’ follow the rule of harming none.
Banishment of bane
when goin’ widdershins;
an’ with water and salt
negativity is cleansed.
Household duties are more than chores.
Magick abounds when mopping floors.
With this broom, I do sweep
to clean my house and safely keep.
Marigold, Basil, Thyme, and Yarrow
my spell is cast for a better tomorrow.
Lemons for joy and apples for health
the pow’r within brings great wealth.
And, in this kitchen I do pray
To truly walk the Witches’ Way
Copyright 1998, 1999 E. Zeigler
I am a 29-year-old Pagan mother, been married for seven years. I am very close to my family and my parents. I work full-time in the drug and alcohol treatment field. I have been a practicing Pagan for about four years. I consider myself to be an eclectic Wiccan/Pagan. I try not to limit or label myself. My passions in life are my family, enjoying a good book, learning what life has to offer, connecting with my spiritual self, giving back to my community and spending time with good friends.