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A Bit About A Witche's Kitchen!
(By Gerina Dunwich)
It does not take a lot of work, time, or money to transform an ordinary kitchen into a magical workplace. To begin with, there are many simple, yet effective, charms (such as a rope of garlic, a sun-catcher, or pentagram symbols) that can be placed in the kitchen for protection.
A sunny kitchen windowsill filled with pots of magical plants not only looks good, but releases magical energies into the room. Even common culinary herbs that are found in the cabinets or nearly every kitchen possess strong magical properties. For instance, basil is traditionally used for exorcism, love, protection, and purification. Parsley is used for fertility, passion, and protection. Sage is used for healing, protection, and prosperity; and thyme is used for clairvoyance, courage, and love.
Hang a "kitchen Witch" doll for good luck, and add magic to your cooking by drawing an invisible pentagram inside your pots and pans with a wand or athame. (A wooden spoon, fork, or knife can also be used.)
A well-stocked Witch's kitchen should contain herbs, essential oils, a mortar and pestle (for grinding dried herbs and other magical things), candles, incense, an up-to-date lunar calendar, and cauldron for brewing potions.
Smudge your kitchen with a sage bundle if you sense negativity. Anoint utensils and appliances with essential oils to bless and charge them with powerful vibrations.
Never ingest essential oils. If you choose to anoint kitchen tools, either anoint the parts of the tool that do not come into direct contact with food, or make sure that there is no way that the oil will transfer from the tool to your food. Always stir food in a clockwise direction, and be sure to invite the Goddess and God into your new magical workplace.
Here is a list of some things found in your kitchen and their magickal properties:
Fruits, Vegetables and Greens
Alfalfa sprouts : Providence, Sustenance
Apple : Peace, Love, Health, Earth magic
Apricot : Romance
Artichoke : Growth, Safety
Banana : Heroic energy, Male sexuality
Beets : Passion, Love, Beauty
Blueberry : Peace, Calm
Broccoli : Strength, Leadership, Physical improvements
Brussel sprouts : Endurance, Tenacity, Stability
Carrot : Vision, Masculine energies
Cauliflower : Lunar/water-related magic
Celery : Passion, Grounding, peace
Cherry : Love, Female sexuality
Coconut : Diversity, Flexibility, Spirituality
Corn : Life of the land, Cycles, Eternity
Cranberry : Energy for security and protection
Dandelion : Divination, Foresight, Oracles
Date : Resurrection, Eternity, Spirit
Garlic : Hex breaking, Banishing, Protection
Grape : Dreams, Vision, Fertility
Grapefruit : Purification, Health
Guava : Romance, Fantasy, Relieving sorrow
Horseradish : Protection, Fiery energy
Lemon : Longevity, Purification, Marriage, Joy, Faithfulness
Lettuce : Financial magic, Peace, Relaxation
Lime : Cleansing
Olive : Peace, Spiritual pursuits
Onion : Protection
Orange : Health, Fidelity, Love
Passion Fruit : Promoting kinship and love
Pear : Longevity, Luck
Peas : Goddess Magick, Love
Peppers, green : Growth, Prosperity
Peppers, red : Energy, Vitality, Strength
Peppers, yellow : Empowered creativity
Pineapple : Healing, Protection, Prosperity
Pomegranate : Fruitfulness, Hospitality, Wishes
Potato : Folk medicine, Health, Grounding, Earth magic
Quince : Happiness
Raspberry : Vigor, Stamina, Love
Strawberry : Zest, Intensity, Romance
Sweet Potato : Well founded, gentle love
Tomato : Attracting love
Herbs and Spices:
Allspice : Luck, Health
Bay : Psychic powers, Strength and health
Caraway : Protection from theft and negativity, Trust
Cardamon : Increase the strength of unions/partnerships
Catnip : Rest, Joy, Cat magic
Chives : Protection, Breaking bad habits
Clove : Stolen kisses, Fun love, Protection, Piercing illusions
Coriander : Love, Well-being, Intelligence
Dill : Protecting children
Ginger : Health, Cleansing, Vibrant energy, Zeal
Lavender : Spiritual vision, Acknowledgement, Comfort
Parsley : Luck, Protection from accidents
Pepper, black : Cleansing, Purification, Protection, Banishing
Saffron : Bounty, Leadership, Prosperity
Salt : Cleansing, Purification, Grounding
Grains, Nuts and Legumes
Barley : Love, Controlling pain of any nature
Beans : Divination, Prosperity, Decision-making
Hazelnut : Wisdom, Fertility
Oats : Life of the land, Prosperity, Sustenance
Peanut : Earth magic, Male energy
Rice : Abundant blessings, Fertility
Walnut : Mental faculties
Carnation : Pride, Beauty
Chrysanthemum : Longevity, Ease, Vigor
Clover : Triple god and or goddess
Cowslip : Faerie magic, Grace
Daisy : Innocence, Fidelity, Dawn, New beginnings
Elder flower : Protection from Fey, Blessing, Wishes
Hyacinth : Reliability, Constancy
Lilac : Love, Youth, Joy, Fastidiousness
Marigold : Cares, Burdens, Change, Luck in love
Orange flower : Purity, Faithfulness, Fruitfulness
Pansy : Glee, Fancy, Fondness, Fairy folk
Rose : Love, Faithfulness, Friendship
Tulip : Declaration of love
Violet : Grace, Modesty, Excellence, Expression
Baking soda/powder : Raising energy or expectations
Beef : Prosperity, Grounding
Bread : Kinship, Sustenance
Butter : Tenacity, Smoothing relationships
Cake : Celebration, Joyous occasions, Hospitality
Cheese : Joy, Health, Things coming to fruition, Reinforcement of personal or spiritual groundwork
Chicken : Health, Well-being, Sunrise magic
Chocolate : Lifting emotions, Love
Clams : Increase sexual desires, Secrets revealed
Coffee : Energy, Alertness, Mental awareness
Cookies : Maternal instincts, Nurturing love
Corn syrup : Solidifying plans or ideas
Deer : Elegance, Grace, Refinement
Eggs : Fertility, Mysticism, Ancient questions
Fish : Strengthen psychic awareness, expand ability to give and receive love.
Flour : Revealing hidden matters, Consistency
Gravy : Smooth transitions, Consistency, Uniformity
Ham : Theatrical flair, Dramatic energy
Hazel : Wishes, Good fortune
Jelly : Joy, Energy, Pleasantness
Juice : Rejuvenation, Vitality, Energy
Lamb : Sensitivity, Kindness, Warmth Lobster : Reincarnation, Rebirth, Growth
Milk : Goddess energy, Maternal instinct, Nurturing
Mustard : Faith, Mental alertness
Popcorn : Lifting burdens, Recreational activities
Pork : Fertility, Profuseness
Relish : Protection (dill), Enhanced passion (sweet)
Sausage : Zest, Variety, God magic
Soup : Steady change and improved communication
Syrup : Tree magic, Amiable meetings
Tea : Divination, Insight, Meditation, Restfulness
Turkey : Colorful displays, Holiday feasts, Family gatherings
Waffles : Gathering or reserving amiable feelings, Accommodation
Wine : Celebration, Joy, Honoring positive actions
Yogurt : Health, Spirituality, Goddess magic
A Green Witch's Garden
(Taken from A Floral Grimoire by Patricia Telesco and The Magical Garden by Sophia)
A green witch will design her/his garden to what they hope to achieve and the available space they have to do it in. Also, look at your climate and altitude when planning your garden. You can plant what herbs, flowers, and plants you will use the most, or plants that are specifically associated with the magickal arts. For example, gardenia could be sown for spiritual awareness; rosemary and lily improve willful focus, and so on. You can also pattern your garden. There are many different symbols, styles, and patterns out there to choose from. An obvious pattern would be a pentagram. Other ideas are runes, hermetic emblems, a symbol honoring your personal god or goddess, even Egyptian hieroglyphs. There are many different themes that you can use for planting your magickal garden. Here is a list of a few and their descriptions.
Fairy Garden: Work well on a small scale. For a general array of plants, those said to please the Fey you want to attract, include heather, clover, hawthorn, hazel, oak, ash, primrose, roses, straw, strawberries, and thyme. Whatever you plant should be set into a circle, making a beautiful fairy ring! If you want to attract a certain type of fairy, here are some ideas.
Water Fairies: make sure to have a bird bath, fountain, or other water source in this garden. Flower and plant choices include: grapes, catnip, chamomile, spearmint, thyme, aster, birch, crocus, daffodil, daisy, foxglove, gardenia, heather, iris, lily, morning glory, mosses, pansy, and willow.
Earth Fairies: Rocks and rich soil help to make this garden. Flora choices include: alfalfa, mushroom, peas, sorrel, vervain, ferns, honeysuckle, ivy, magnolia, oleander, primrose, and tulips.
Air Fairies: Include a gathering of feathers or wind chimes in this garden. Choices for plants include: beans, mulberry, parsley, lemon grass, marjoram, mint, savory, sage, clover, dandelion, lavender, meadowsweet, pansy, and violet.
Fire Fairies: Try to include some kind of solar imagery in this garden, perhaps a pot that features a sun in splendor. Choices for greenery include: chives, squash, sloe, basil, dill, garlic, lovage, rosemary, cactus, carnation, hawthorn, juniper, marigold, poppy, snapdragon, sunflowers, and thistle.
Meditation Garden: Pattern for this would be like a Mandela, or other peace symbol. You can create this one two different ways. One way would be to use plants and flowers that visually, spiritually, and aromatically motivate or deepen your meditative state. Examples of this kind of flora are: hyacinth, magnolia, lavender, and gardenia, or any others that are you personal favorites. The second way to create this garden would be to make a Zen rock garden. This type is usually made of sand and various sized stones with only a few plants mingling in as the energy flow dictates. These kind are low maintenance, but remember that you can make designs in the sand to resemble ripples, symbols, etc.
Dye Garden: If you're interested in making your homemade dyes for your magickal wardrobe, grow things like dock (black), marigold (yellow and orange), broom (green), wode (indigo/blue), saffron (yellow), madder (yellow-green), zinnia (greenish-grey), and safflower (red).
Aromatherapy Garden: This can be done two ways also. First you can create it as a sacred space where the energy of the aromatics lifts your spirits. If you do this, you want flowers and herbs geared towards your own personal needs. The second way would be to plant those herbs and flowers that you would use regularly in making your magickal oils, perfumes, incenses, and potpourris.
Goddess/God Garden: For those that follow a specific deity, you can also dedicate your magickal garden to them. Place statues of them in the garden, preferably in the center. Around the statue or other form of resemblance of your deity, plant the herbs and flowers that are sacred to them. This is a good way to help you stay connected to your chosen deity as well as honor them.
Moon Garden: A garden is a very different place under the enchantment of the moon. The moon is the mistress of magick, and the ancient rules of gardening fall mostly under her divine sway. The pale, ethereal scents and sounds of a moon garden give a quiet meditative bliss. These gardens unveil their beauty only at night. Flowers to include in a moon garden are: datura, nicotiana, jasmine, gardenia, camellias, white lilies, and pale poppies. These bloom at night and add pale lunar mystery throughout your garden.
Sun Garden: A garden of this nature would have plants that represent the Sun and its life giving power. Plants to include in this garden are: sunflowers, marigolds, chrysanthemums, and heliotrope (this one is poisonous and should not be ingested, but planted in the garden, it banishes evil spirits and gloom).
Water Garden: Water in a garden is the blood life—without it, you have a desert. Water spirits love to play in a garden that welcomes them. Water gardens bring emotional release, relaxation, meditative joy, deep psychic power, and loving healing. A spring or well is the most powerful water magick in a garden. Nymphs live in springs and wells form special gateways into the other world. If a small creek runs through your garden or if you are living near a pond, the watery powers that gently sweep physically and energetically through your garden are gentle and revitalizing. They take ill or dark energies into their watery embrace and replace them with calm and ease. If none of these watery energy sources are in your garden, then a small fountain, birdbath, or artificial fishpond is recommended. (Remember that certain fish, like koi (carp), are said to bring money.) This water source will be the feeling heart� of your garden and should be kept up with clean vital water. Your water spot will be a great healing center for emotional and physical problems. Some plants to include in a water garden are: lemon balm, burdock, Solomon’s seal, cress, lotus, asters, water hyacinths, irises, willow trees, and birch trees.
Fire Garden: Fire can also be honored in your garden theme. This would represent the Sun (another garden theme already mentioned) that is the basic energy of all living things. You can sow plants that honor Fire and that protect oneself from unwanted fire energy. Energy and power are needed for growth. A representation of Fire can be a fire pit, a lamp, a simple outdoor lantern, or a stone lantern (these are used in Asian gardens to balance the elemental feng-shui—to provide a balance of fire energy with the graceful water spot). Some plants that ward off fire are: St. John's Wort, snapdragons, mistletoe, and the larch tree. Other plants, trees, and herbs to sow in your Fire Garden are: alder, ash, rowan, pine, oak, hawthorn, carnations, anemones, marigolds, yucca, fireweed, sunflowers, basil, bay, rosemary, peppermint, mullein, garlic, goldenseal, dill, and fennel.
Love Garden: Flowers are the most powerful love magick, just ask anyone who courts a lady or the lady that is adored. Who would not want to have a garden that drew love to them. Flowers to include in a Love Garden are: roses (of course!), periwinkle, honeysuckle, columbine, pansies, daffodils, violets, lavender, bachelors buttons (for men), peppermint, marjoram, Lovage, ginseng, yarrow, rosemary, catnip, and basil. Some trees you can include are: almond, birch, beech, hawthorn, linden, myrtle, maple, and juniper.
Healing Garden: Plants are, of course, the origin of almost all healing medicines. The garden in ancient times (and even today) functioned as Mother Nature's pharmacy as well as her pantry. Millions of healing plants exist and still more are being found each day. Yet healing has always been an art that has focused on more than just the physical; the energies of the garden also promote healing of the spirit, the heart, and the mind as well as the body. Of course, simply sitting or lying in the garden will help heal you. Prepare a light herbal tea, inhale the perfume from a healing flower or herb, and let Mother Nature fill you with her healing touch. Here are some herbs and plants to include in a Healing Garden: St. John's Wort, lemon balm, burdock, fennel, garlic, mullein, horehound, peppermint, red carnations, honeysuckle, white carnations, red geraniums, gardenias, rowan tree, ash tree, birch tree, and oak tree.
Solar Symbolism of Green and Kitchen Witchery
Dawn: A time of transforming negatives, attracting hope, and inspiring renewal. If you're looking for a fresh start in any situation, this is an excellent time to work your magick.
Early Morning: From a practical standpoint, this is a good time to harvest flowers before the heat of the day withers them or lessens their aroma. Spiritually, it's a good time to focus on gently increasing physical energy or improving mental keenness.
Noon: The sun's most powerful time of the day. This is a good hour to direct your magick toward the element of fire (working with fire-aligned plants), shining a light on anything that needs a fresh perspective, and physical health.
Dusk: As the sun sets, it creates a gentle balance between light and dark. Dusk is like a waning moon: it marks the types of endings that lead to new beginnings. So if you're planning to leave a job or relationship, and want to make sure this is a wisely considered action, dusk is a good time to harvest your spell components or work your magick.
Midnight: Though you cannot see the sun in the sky at this hour, it is shining somewhere in the world. Keep that in the back of your mind as you work your spells. Midnight is the witching hour, when the veil between the worlds and dimensions grows thin. It's also a time that hovers on the edge of the old and new day, It is both today and tomorrow! So, work your green magick at midnight when you want to build a better day, when you're planning astral travel, or to improve your rapport with spirits or devas.
Seasonal Symbolism for the Green/Kitchen Witch:
Spring: The themes for this season are fertility, hope, inspiration, growth, and renewal. In particular, consider using new grass, tree blossoms, or an early budding flower in your green magick to represent the season of rebirth.
Summer: The themes for this season are prosperity, energy, health, abundance, socialization, and playfulness. In particular, consider using fresh sunflowers, daisies, and fire-associated herbs like rosemary in your summertime green magick.
Fall: The themes for this season are in-gathering (manifestation), protection (especially health), frugality, and harvesting the fruits of your labors with thankfulness. In particular, consider using any traditional harvest plant in your magick (like apples or corn).
Winter: The themes for this season are rest, home and family, tradition, and safeguarding your resources in both literal and figurative terms. In particular, consider using dried flowers and plant parts to honor the season, or perhaps berries to symbolize spring's forthcoming abundance.
Gardening by the Moon:
Moon in Aries: plant only garlic and onions.
Moon in Taurus: plant potatoes or leafy vegetables.
Moon in Gemini: weed and cultivate. Do not plant or transplant.
Moon in Cancer: graft, transplant, sow, or force budding. This is a very productive sign.
Moon in Leo: focus on ridding your garden of unwanted insects or weeds.
Moon in Virgo: fairly barren. Don't do any extensive gardening during this sign other than basic maintenance.
Moon in Libra: sow flowers, root crops, vines, and lettuce.
Moon in Scorpio: excellent for promoting plant growth, so fertilize now.
Moon in Sagittarius: productive for onions.
Moon in Capricorn: plant tubers and root crops only.
Moon in Aquarius: cultivate and turn the soil.
Moon in Pisces: excellent for flora requiring good root growth.
First Quarter: plant leafy annuals with above-ground yields like broccoli, cauliflower, celery, spinach, and lettuce.
Second Quarter: plant rounded flowers and plants like cantaloupe, eggplant, peas, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Third Quarter: sow bulbs, root crops, beets, garlic, carrots, and anything else that has an underground yield. Also, fruit bushes seem to do well when planted during this phase.
Fourth Quarter: Turn the soil, weed, and eliminate pests. This is most effective when combined with the moon signs of Leo, Virgo, and Gemini. If you're harvesting during this moon phase, try to time it for the signs of Aquarius, Aries, Gemini, Leo, or Sagittarius.
Magickal Associations for Days of the Week:
Monday: a fruitful day especially for lunar-oriented plants.
Tuesday: a high energy day that will boost the energies in flowers or plants that improve physical vitality or mental keenness.
Wednesday: a creative day, good for spiritually-centered flowers and plants.
Thursday: another high-energy day, suited to flora that augments devotion or tenacity.
•Friday: an emotionally warm day. Suited to plants that are used in love and fertility magick.
Saturday: sow, harvest, or tend plants on this day that augment transformation, manifestation, and/or comprehension.
Sunday: the perfect day to work with solar-oriented flowers and plants.
Magickal Associations for the Months:
January: bless the soil in which you'll be sowing protective plants.
February: charge the soil in which you'll be growing health related plants, or those that motivate positive energy.
March: focus on plants and flowers associated with success and victory, or those under the dominion of Mars.
April: work with lucky flowers and plants this month for a little serendipity.
May: all plants do well during this month as energy is directed towards progress and growth.
June: Fridays in June double the loving, warm energies on relationship flowers and plants.
July: combine your Sunday efforts with this month to geometrically increase the energy for leadership and self-awareness.
August: work with plants and flowers that accentuate peace and harmony.
September: a perfect month for working closely with your magickal herbs and flowers.
October: consider transforming any of your flowers and plants into something else during this month (like oils, incense, potpourri). This is the month of useful changes!
November: work with flora that's associated with psychic energies.
December: work with plants that have magickal correspondences with wisdom, prudence, and spiritual awareness.