On Being a Kitchen Witch

People have often asked me, what is a Kitchen Witch. I really have been unable to give an answer to that question because the definition of a 'Kitchen Witch' is an ever evolving thing.

The kitchen, in my mind, is one of the rooms which symbolize a certain sense of family. When I think of the word ‘Kitchen’, images of a family sitting down to a nice dinner come to mind. Or, I think of the wife who makes a loaf of bread, kneading the dough with firm, tender loving movements.

It doesn't really matter what kind of image one has of a kitchen, though. Just as long as an image comes to mind.

If a Witch asks themselves, "Do I incorporate my witchcraft (the magick, and the worship) to include things associating with the kitchen?" and answers the question by saying, "Yes," then, that is a good example of a kitchen witch. One can easily find magick spells that involve cooking, or other items associated with the kitchen. Making a magickal tea out of certain ingredients to serve someone is a good example of what most people think of when the term Kitchen Witch comes into play.

However, to me, there is much more to being a witch than casting spells. Just the same, there is more to being a Kitchen Witch, than making magickal brews and foods. The magick is only a small part of this.

As a witch, there are certain things that I hold in high regard when dealing with the craft. Spending time with the Goddess and the God, the healing of the earth, and celebrating the tides of nature are also large parts of my images of what being a witch is all about. And all these things can easily be applied to all facets of our lives, including what happens in the Kitchen.

It is just as easy to heal the earth inside the kitchen by recycling plastic egg cartons, and saving biodegradable food remains to be made into mulch, than it is to go outside and plant a tree. (And making mulch takes so much less energy, too.)

There are many resources for Kitchen Witches available on the common market. Some of the books I would recommend, include:
The Urban Pagan; The Victorian Grimoire; and The Kitchen Witch's Cookbook by Patricia Telesco

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magic Herbs; The Magical Household, and The Magic of Incenses, Oils, and Brews by Scott Cunningham.

Positive Magic by Marian Weinstein

Just to name a few.

Note: Not all those books are meant specifically for the Kitchen Witch, however, some have general themes that do go hand in hand with my image of what a Kitchen Witch is, does, and believes.

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