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WulfcwenStar
March 24th, 2007, 09:42 AM
NOTE: For those of you that do not have a kitchen of their own this is not a barrier to being a kitchen witch. You will probably share a kitchen so you can still use and do things read on and you will see what I mean.

What is a Kitchen/Hearth Witch?

So what is a Kitchen/ Hearth Witch?
This is how I see what being a Kitchen/Hearth Witch means.

It is having a talent for finding the sacred and magickal in everyday things. Doing the dusting, hoovering, ironing, shopping, even paying the bills, seeing chores as a way of connecting to the world and your own personal space. This extends to all places, the garden, your home, the workplace, the way you cook and clean.

It is a way of life that is not being spacey, acting special or being weird, but being mindful in doing regular things. To become more aware each day of the way the God and Goddess is present in our lives..

What do I mean by becoming mindful!
Being aware of what you eat and how it impacts on you, the environment and others.
To me this includes things like re-cycling, growing some of my own vegetables and herbs. Gardening without the use of chemicals. If you do not have a garden you can still grow herbs and re-cycle things and think about the food you eat. It is basically learning to recognise the web of life connecting you, your food and everything around you.

It is also learning to use symbology with the food we prepare. Symbology in food varies, it does not have to be a ritual feast/meal to be sacred. It can be a weekly meal that everyone gets involved in adding their energy to the meal.
It can be in the decor of your home using symbols from nature like stones flowers or plants along with things that remind you of the God and Goddess.
In summary being a Kitchen/ Hearth Witch is more than cooking it means living a life that is mindful of our actions and thoughts as well.




The Kitchen Witch's Creed


In this pot, I stir to the sun
aní 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 safety 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
This piece may be freely distributed for non-profit use as long as the copyright information is placed underneath it


If you were wondering what some of the words in the Creed mean here is a Witches Dictionary to help you out. I know when I first read it I wondered what widdershins was lol
http://home.earthlink.net/~wilhelmina_d/bos/dictionary.html#B



Now before you think you have to go out and start buying in loads of things let me assure you this is not the case. Use what you have for example if you do not have a pestle and mortar therre is nothing wrong in using the end of a wooden rolling pin and a solid bowl. You can always ask for a pestle and mortar as a present at a later date.


Tools of Kitchen Witch


ALTAR: This can be simple or elaborate we will cover this at a later date don't worry about it now.


BROOM: One for mundane use and one to clear out psychic clutter and rid the home of negative energy. To begin with I used some twigs tied to a piece of dowel it was small but still effective.


KETTLE: A good sturdy on but not made of iron. Again use what you have the likelyhood of your kettle begin made of iron is remote.


SCISSORS: Good for all sorts of things in the kitchen plus they are used to break malocchio ( evil eye). If you feel you have been cursed drop an open pair of scissors behind you to break the curse.


KNIFE: Used for cutting symbols into things or cutting fresh herbs.


PESTLE and MORTAR: Used for bruising or crushing herbs and spices for cooking or brews.


These then are the basic tools you would use. You will most of these already and if you do not you will do eventually.




Tools of A Kitchen Witch and their Association

BLENDER : Mingling with others, Stirring up energy
COOKBOOK : Book of Shadows, Excellence, Virtue
COOKIE TIN : Sweet things in life, Pleasure
CRISPER : Invigoration and Restoration
CUPBOARDS : Savings, Supplies, Providence
DISH TOWEL : Stricture, Determined precision
DISHWASHER : Leisure, The Water Element, Convenience
DRAIN : Troubles, Burdens, Bad habits
DRAWERS : Hidden matters, Material goods
FOOD WRAP : Prudence, Conservation, Control, Secrets
FORK : Piercing, Penetrating, Perception
FUNNEL : Flow, Unhindered order, Coaxing energy along
KNIFE : Cutting away, Sharpness of mind, Separation
MEASURING CUP : Evaluation, Allotment, Caution
MICROWAVE : Acceleration, Legal expedition
OVEN :Passion, Fertility, Fire Element
OVEN BURNERS : The Four Directions/Elements
OVEN FAN : The Air Element, Movement, Clearing vision
PITCHER : Abundance, Invigoration, Refreshment
REFRIGERATOR : Cooling temper, Preservation, Protection
ROLLING PIN : Discipline, Moderation, Control
SIFTER : Sorting out confusion, Organization, Filtering negativity
SPATULA : Sensibility, Recycling, Changing directions
STEAMER : Slow processes, Even temperament
TEA KETTLE/ : Divination, Alertness, Kinship, Health
THERMOMETER : Observations Skills, Analysis
WHISK : Excitement, Increasing bounty
WINDOW : Winds of change, Refreshment, Vital energy
Patrica Telesco, "A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook"


PESTLE and MORTAR: Transformation


As I said you do not have get all of these use what you have. As you look around you will be surprised to see that you may most of these things already.

Restless Willow
March 24th, 2007, 07:27 PM
Read and copied..thank you

FaeryChild
March 25th, 2007, 01:05 AM
copied and saved

Glory
March 25th, 2007, 01:32 AM
Enjoyable read - it's nice taking this info on board and looking at the kitchen in a new light.

EvieLee
March 25th, 2007, 01:48 AM
Very interesting read. Never thought to put correspondences to kitchen appliances and the like. :)

Great first lesson. ;)

Willow Rosette
March 25th, 2007, 01:53 AM
Ohhhh maybe that rolling pin will actually be used!!! Thank you!!

Annorah
March 25th, 2007, 07:23 PM
This is great - it will really help me and goodness knows I need all the help I can get in the kitchen - you should have seen what emerged from the oven for tonight's dinner :lol:

I love the Creed!

Willow Rosette
March 25th, 2007, 07:59 PM
This is great - it will really help me and goodness knows I need all the help I can get in the kitchen - you should have seen what emerged from the oven for tonight's dinner :lol:

I love the Creed!

LMAO I took the easy route and did hot dogs and mixed greens. LMAO We will see if Toria will eat the greens cause she isnt getting the hot dogs till she does.

WulfcwenStar
March 26th, 2007, 04:06 AM
We had turkey and salad last night it was a simple dinner as we had worked hard in the garden. I can't recall the last time I had a hotdog it was ages ago, I will have to make myself some rolls I can't eat wheat as I am wheat intolerant could be why I don't have hotdogs now, must remedy that.

Jade Moon
March 26th, 2007, 08:40 AM
I just bought my first mortar and pestle a couple weeks ago, but I haven't used it yet.

Crysiira
March 26th, 2007, 09:04 AM
Thanks for the lesson, I love all the different meanings of everything! I never thought of things like that before.
I've been wanting a mortar and pestle for awhile now too; maybe this is the excuse I need to splurge and get myself one! :hahugh:

WulfcwenStar
March 26th, 2007, 11:24 AM
I love my mortar and pestle I now have two one is tiny one that I use for grinding up herbs used in poppets or magical sachets my big one is for cooking. I got the little one on holiday last year it was the last one in the shop I had to get it as it was just perfect for what I wanted. My big one was a present from my husband.

http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/1892/camera170406020xb9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Beckyfacerod
March 27th, 2007, 12:32 PM
Copied and saved, Thanks for the information!!

Love and Light

Caitlin.ann
March 27th, 2007, 12:47 PM
Copied and saved. I don't have a few things on the list, but I suppose I could improvise. Great lesson. :)

Isilriel
March 27th, 2007, 01:41 PM
Information has been copied and saved and all tools gathered!

I like the Creed so much that Iím thinking of printing it out in a nice font and paper and framing it to put up in my kitchen. Maybe even one of those frames with magnets on the back so I can stick it to the fridge. Time to get creative. :D

WulfcwenStar
March 28th, 2007, 04:01 AM
Sacredsin don't wory if you don't have all the tools use what you do have. It took me ages to get mortar and pestle so I used my rolling pin to crush spices etc.

Hey Isilriel thats a great idea I may just do that myself when I have some more ink for the printer the colour is running out lol

Jade Moon
March 28th, 2007, 03:55 PM
[QUOTE=Isilriel;3053203]Information has been copied and saved and all tools gathered!

I like the Creed so much that Iím thinking of printing it out in a nice font and paper and framing it to put up in my kitchen. Maybe even one of those frames with magnets on the back so I can stick it to the fridge. Time to get creative. :D[/QUOT

Great idea!! I might do that, too!