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The Crowe’s Nest

My Sacred Home

I close my eyes and I transform from the home I know, to the home that is me. No longer am I standing in an apartment of wood and metal walls. I am standing in a field. The view is amazing. All around I can see golden wheat tickling my fingertips as I walk.

My field is in the middle of this beautiful forest. All around me are trees as far as the eye can see. They protect my little home and keep me safe. It will always be here when I return. The animals watch over it. The air is crisp and clear. All around me is warmth and love.

The smell in the air is home to me. I feel at peace, nothing like that of the life I lead, but a serene peace from deep inside my soul. I smell earth and everything that she holds dear. Around me the sounds of birds call me. Owls, strangely out at day, come to “Who” at me. I can’t see any animals around me, but I know they are there, watching me.

In the middle of my field of gold is a wonderful cabin. It is a log cabin and when I look at it, it gives me such happiness. It is what I have always dreamed of. Most homes for me have always been a simple four walls, but this home is everything I have ever wanted. I know once I step into it, there will be a massive expansion that I can do whatever I want with. I can have it be an elegant mansion or a simple cottage. Today, the cottage suffices and it is exactly what I want.

The round archway of the door beckons me to come inside. Find what I can explore. Before today, I could never make it in the archway. Something always held me back, not allowing me to go in further. Truly I have been awakened spiritually and realize that the power to overcome whatever obstacle stands between me and the door is mine. I can go in. Nothing will stop me now.

My hand grips the handle on the door and I push it open. Inside is the living area. I have a cauldron in an old fashioned fire pit on the left wall. The chimney takes all the smoke from what is cooking inside the cauldron. The smell continues to be earthy, but this time, it is homier. Like herbal soups.

There is a bed in the middle. Made of wood and very big, it has a homemade quilt on the side. Something I always wished I could do on my own was making a quilt. I always wanted one that I could pass down from generation to generation. This one is old and well loved. In it is the spirits of witches that have come and gone. I know that this one will be handed down to my own child, but which one I am not sure. One will have a great power and decide to do wondrous things with it.

I lie on the bed and close my eyes. My familiar, a small white dog that seems to change breeds whenever she chooses, lies next to me. She warms me with a glow that seems to work on its own.

When I open them, I have returned home in the real world. My sacred place I will visit again soon, but for now, I must become the mother, wife and witch I am in reality.

When I first started learning about energy and the sacred space, my husband decided he would try to take me to mine. Since I am a water sign, he tried to tell me to picture a beautiful ocean. My body and soul would not let that happen though. I kept coming back to my cabin, waiting for me in my golden field. It beckoned me and no matter how hard I would try to get to that ocean he was telling me to be at, I couldn’t get there. Sometimes, I believe, you don’t have an option where your sacred space is. It is a home given to you, not one that can be chosen. Some people say that they have made theirs, but I can’t seem to get anywhere but my cabin. Who would want to in all reality? It is a beautiful place and feels so right to me. I don’t even want to leave.

So what does that have to do with being a kitchen witch? Well, I mentioned the soup, right? I want to share a special recipe for soup with you. This is an herbal remedy of sorts. It is great for those with stomach problems, and very tasty. I was told to eat a bland diet when I had a stomach issue and it was supposed to be something close to a liquid diet, and I am not so good with liquid diets, so I compromised. I made a soup, but not so much just blah. This one has a lot of meat in it, but I also want to add a barley and mushroom soup for my vegetarian friends.

  • 64oz minimum canned or home made Chicken broth
  • 1/2 lb pork cubed
  • 1/4 cubed ham
  • Large onion diced fine
  • about 1/2lb of deboned chicken cubed small
  • 1/2 lb stew beef also cubed small
  • 1 Large Leek
  • 2 tbs chopped parsley
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (drained well)
  • ½ cabbage head
  • Large clove of minced garlic
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil

Start your broth in a large stock pot. You want to bring this to a nice heat before adding your other items. While that is heating, in a large sauté skillet, add onion and garlic. Lightly sauté then add each of your meats individually. You want to brown them before adding to the stock pot. Once they are all in the stock pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour.

After about an hour, you want to add your seasoning and vegetables. You can add salt, thyme, bay leaf and pepper to taste. You want to simmer for another half hour to get the flavors to mesh well. It will serve about ten, so make sure you have a large stock pot.

For my Vegetarian friends, here is a Barley and Mushroom Soup for you.

  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup barley, uncooked
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms
  • 1/2 cups onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Now, bring your broth to a low boil. Reduce your heat. Add your mushrooms, onions, carrots and celery. Allow this mixture to simmer for ten minutes or so. Add the barley and garlic and allow it to simmer for another hour. You will want to use salt and pepper and any other seasonings for taste.

With Beltane right around the corner, these will be in your pocket for a great celebration with family and friends. From my family to yours, many great blessings in your sacred space and home without.