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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

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

House Blessing

This house blessing is appropriate for claiming a new home as well as the annual house blessing that takes place after spring cleaning February, the Lunar New Year or any time you feel the need or desire; after new people move in or out, after a family tragedy or any particularly stressful time, after redecorating or when you feel strange energy in the house. I do my house blessing for February Eve and at the Hearth Moon. This ritual may be done at any time. It is best if the house is thoroughly...

Waiting For Spring

March 15, 2018 Pisces Waning Crescent I have been mostly working and sleeping the last several days, but I do have a few things to report. Both Penelope and Sugar are sitting on eggs, 5 between them. Shazaam is helping . We candled 3 of them and there are definite signs of life. Will try to do it again today and get a picture for this post. I have started Spanish Yellow onion seeds. We have peppers, tomatoes, lavender and basil sprouting enthusiastically. The ground is still frozen so we can't...

Hearth Moon

The full moon in late August or early September is, for me, the Hearth Moon. There are a few reasons for this. First, it occurs quite near the anniversary of the day I purchased my house and, as the weather starts to cool down and the garden is hugely abundant, I find myself spending more time in the kitchen. This is the start of the in-gathering. I am harvesting and making the first preparations for winter. Also, my littles are headed back to school and that's just one more thing to make me...

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