folklore

Kitchen Witch Corner

The Dirt on 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 […]

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Kitchen Witch Corner

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 […]

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Kitchen Witch Corner

On Broomsticks

With the Chinese New Year coming up I started thinking about traditions. One of these is sweeping out the house with a broom, sweeping all the bad luck out the front door to make way for the good luck. That got me thinking about brooms in general and all of the traditions we have attached […]

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