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First Harvest Reflections

The feast of the First Harvest is a feast of little bits. The garden is full of promise, but not full of ripe produce. We have some zucchini, an eggplant, maybe even a tomato, but hardly enough of anything to make a meal, but together, with a handful of herbs, couple eggs from the hens and some cheese from the farmer's market, they make a passable vegetable lasagna. A few other odds and ends, six green beans and a carrot, with some scraps from the lasagna noodles and we've got a hearty soup....

A Simple Kitchen Witches Herb Garden

Gardening can be intimidating and, for those of us who do not have our own patch of dirt to tend, it can seem nearly impossible. But growing and using your own herbs is quite satisfying and can only improve our magical relationship with them. And if you don't have your own patch of dirt, many herbs grow quite satisfactorily in pots on a windowsill or a porch step. Here, I hope to list some of the easiest and most useful herbs for a start toward your magical herb garden. Obviously, this is not an...

Gardening By The Moon

Gardening according to the phases of the moon is an ancient practice. Those of us who garden as an expression of our spirituality and our connection with both the Earth and our ancestors may wish to incorporate the moon phases and the lunar calendar into our gardening. There are generally two things that are considered when gardening by the moon. The first is the moon phase and the second is the astrological house the moon is in. Read on to find out how they each affect your plants differently....

Crafting Magical Meals

There are many approaches to using magick and creating a meal with magickal intent is a method embraced the Kitchen Witch. Everything in Nature has energy that can be harnessed and directed toward the manifestation of your Will, food included. Whether you prepare and consume your magical meal as a compliment to other magical work, ceremony or spellwork or as a stand-alone spell in and of itself, a little planning will go a long way toward your success. Here are some tips for preparing a magical...

In Season

Thoughts On Marriage

(Originally posted 6/22/12 on Blogger) Can I think the word marriage without hearing Peter Cook's Princess Bride speech? No, I can't(That's probably why I wanted my first wedding to be Princess Bride themed) But this is serious. So I'll do my best. In the past few years there has been quite a lot of discussion about defining marriage or re-defining marriage. Some people say that marriage is under attack. This, frankly, disgusts me. I am on my second (and final) marriage. One might think...

My Magickal Garden

A garden is a magical place where food is grown from rich black earth, where flowers fill the air with soothing scents and birds and bees hum and sing all summer long. A kitchen witch with a garden has her ingredients imbued with her energy from the moment of their birth. Any witch with a garden appreciates the turning of the wheel of the year all the more and finds all the holidays most meaningful. Plants

Tastes of Summer

Ah, summertime! Sweaty, sultry summertime.The air is full of the sound of bees and the scent of flowers. It's too hot to cook (at least not indoors) and many of our favorite greens have wilted or bolted and become unbearably bitter in the heat, but some of the juiciest fruits ripe and ready to quench our thirst and fill our bellies at the same time. Tomatoes, still warm from the sun have their fullest flavor now. Fresh green beans and snap peas are delicious right off the vine and summer...

The Harvest Moon

The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox. It usually occurs in September. This full moon is particularly large and bright which is nice for the harvest season as it provides light after the sun has gone for those who need to spend some extra time bringing in the harvest. Family activities for the full harvest moon Make apple head dolls Visit a cider mill or go apple picking Make gourd lanterns to light the darkening evenings. Make a gourd fruit bowl to hold your harvest's...

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