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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

Sisyphus Tricks Death

Who is Sisyphus this man who struggles endlessly in Hades to push a rock to the top of a mountain, only to watch it roll down again. Who is this man who knows only labor and futility in death. This man who is denied rebirth by Persephone the merciful and denied rest by his very host and Lord Hades? This man Sisyphus who was so mighty and clever in life now knows only backbreaking strife and heartbreaking frustration. Ah but why? Once, Sisyphus was a king. He founded the city Ephyra which later...

First Harvest

The First Harvest celebration falls halfway between Midsummer and the Autumn Equinox in the first week of August. Depending who you ask, it might be celebrated on the full moon in Aquarius (while the sun is in Leo) or anywhere from July 31st or August 7th. On the modern calendar, it is August 1st but many practical Pagans celebrate it on the first weekend in August, because we have to work during the week. First Harvest can also be celebrated at an even more variable date, the first ripening of...

Harvest Chicken

description: 'This rich, delicious combination of chicken and late summer vegetables is suitable for any harvest celebration.' preptime: '' ingredients: 1 chicken, cut up, or 4 legs and thighs (This is also good with rabbit)\n1 Summer Squash, sliced\n1 zucchini Squash, sliced\n1 stick of butter\nMinced garlic, 1 tsp.\n3 Fresh tomatoes, cubed\n3 cobs corn, cleaned and broken in half image: '' directions: # Melt the butter in a big cast iron pan and saute the garlic in the butter. \n# Add the...

Potato And Cottage Cheese Pierogis

description: 'We love these, and they use up leftovers.' preptime: 'Too freaking long, actually' ingredients: 1 recipe homemade pasta\n1 cup leftover mashed potatoes\n1/2 cup cottage cheese (often of questionable virtue)\n2 tbsp. fresh chives, sliced into little green rings image: '' directions: 1. Combine the mashed potatoes, cottage cheese and chives in a bowl, mix well and taste. Does it need salt? Go ahead and salt it.\n2. Take your pasta recipe that has been resting for a half hour and...

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