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The Dirt on the the Besom

A besom is a witch's broom and the practical kitchen witch may choose her broom for looks or function or both. Many of us have two or more brooms. One for sweeping dirt indoors, one for sweeping energy indoors or out and maybe another for sweeping outdoors. They may be handmade or mass-produced. 1 There is a great deal of lore associated with the broom spanning many cultures. Indeed it can be argued that the broom is one of the most magical of a witch's tools. The image of a witch riding across...

Gardening For Butterflies

1Many Pagans consider nature to be sacred and enjoy inviting the wild creatures of our neighborhood to share our gardens with us. A butterfly garden is an excellent way to do this. With just a little extra work and consideration in the selection of your plants, you can create a haven for butterflies that will also attract bees, birds and many other delightful creatures. Their energy will in turn transform your garden into a delightful haven that brings comfort to you and anyone else who spends...

Caring For Cast Iron

As a Kitchen Witch I view my cast iron pans with slightly more affection than the rest. Oh I love my stainless steel pasta pot and my ceramic dutch oven but the cast iron holds a special place in my heart. Maybe it's because they, all of them from the frying pans to the dutch oven, can go from the stovetop to the oven to the campfire. Maybe it's because I know that Iron carries protective energy and that makes me feel good about using it to prepare food for my family. Maybe it's because cooking...

Diving Into The Cauldron

The Witches cauldron is the stuff of legend and indeed cauldrons feature in folklore from many cultures. While cauldrons haven't always been associated with witches (everyone had a cauldron back in the day) they have long been associated with abundance. Every good housewife throughout history was expected to be prepared to feed a guest or a hungry child or hard working husband on a moment's notice and the cauldron resting on the hearth was a potent symbol of this. The cauldron contains the stuff...

In Season

Tucking In For Winter

If you're like me, your garden is a magical, meditative place. A retreat that allows you to quietly commune with Nature. A Witch who spends time digging in the soil upon which she lives gets to know the local spirits and energy of her home better than one who doesn't. The food that is grown in a Kitchen Witch's garden is especially magical because it is imbued with her energy and positive intent from the moment she places the tiny seed in the ground. Even before if she's carefully saved the seed...

Autumn Prayer

Comes the blessed autumn like an artist in the night Painting green things gold and silver In the summer’s fading light All the mother’s children scurry ‘neath the skies that weep And grow plump upon her many gifts As the earth prepares to sleep ~ Dawn Black 2005

Feast Of Sacrifice

The Feast of Sacrifice celebrates the sacrifice that other living things- plant and animal- make so that we may live. An effigy is made out of materials on hand and stuffed with good things to eat. It is then sacrificed and the food is taken from it and made part of a ritual feast. There are two versions of this ritual. In one version the victim is destroyed by fire, and in the other the victim is beaten and torn apart. The Wicker Man Effigy was made famous by [love, affection, harmony,...

Harvest Fruit Salad

description: 'This is a wonderful recipe for celebrating the harvest. Use fresh, locally grown fruits in season.' preptime: '' ingredients: 2 green apples, scrubbed and chopped\n2 red apples, scrubbed and chopped\n2 Pears, scrubbed and chopped\n1 cup green grapes, rinsed and whole or halved\n1 cup red grapes, rinsed, whole or halved\n1 cup plain yogurt\n2 tbsp lime juice (or to taste)\n2 tbsp honey (or to taste)\nCandied walnuts or candied pecans (Or not candied if you prefer) image: ''...

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