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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

Ritual In Honor Of Hera

You will need: 2 candles placed in the center of your kitchen table Incense (pref aromatic herbs) Olive oil Salt Bread A glass of wine or juice Offering dish Decorate the altar (i.e. The kitchen table) with symbols of Hera. Images of Her, peacock feathers, a crown, wedding rings, diamonds, pearls. A royal blue or purple table cloth is also appropriate. Begin by washing your hands with soap and water or with a salt or sugar scrub. Light the incense. Asperge the area and yourself. Set the incense...

The Hunger Moon

The full moon in February shines on a bleak, cold landscape. There is little to gather and game is scarce. The hens aren't laying and the dairy is dry and the local predators are desperate for food and growing more dangerous by the day. The Hunger Moon reminds us that our ancestors relied entirely upon their stored supplies and this moon shone brightly on the sufficiency of their preparations. Very soon the livestock would begin producing again. Very soon tiny shoots would push up from the Earth...

Taking Out The Garbage

(Originally posted 1/19/2015) Lots of people hate the holidays. For me hate isn't the right word. For me the holidays are a struggle. And they are toxic. From Thanksgiving to Christmas it's like one big anxiety attack. Not to mention every food trigger of my migraines and fibromyalgia being thrown at me at once. By the time I am blissfully ignoring the fact that New Year's Eve is supposed to be yet another anxiety-inducing situation that, thank all that is holy, my extended family doesn't care...

Celebrating Diversity

Timing This ritual is suitable for when the moon is waxing in Gemini or Aquarius. Supplies: A map of the world, either a cardboard globe or a map stapled to a cardboard backing of bulletin board. Several tacks in different colors. Enough so that each participant can have a color and have several tacks for their own use. (Alternatively you could use stickers instead of tacks) Have everyone bring a dish to pass that represents their ancestry. Meditation: Begin with a basic relaxation exercise....

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