How to Be a Kitchen Witch in 9 Simple, Essential Steps
Have you been called to the realm of kitchen witchcraft? Maybe as a child you watched your grandmother cook in the kitchen, and she seemed to make magic every time she prepared a meal. Maybe you’re the homemaker of your household and long to add magic to your daily life. Domestication isn’t a dirty word in your book – it’s liberating! It’s inspiring! But you’re wondering how to be a kitchen witch. It’s not difficult, but I will lay it out for you here in these essential steps.
First, What is a Kitchen Witch?
We should define this special path before getting into the steps on how to be a kitchen witch. A kitchen witch, also called a cottage or hearth witch, is someone who makes magic in the kitchen and in the home using food and everyday items as magical tools. The kitchen witch is able to center his or her energy through the making of magical meals and creating sacred space at home. Let’s learn how to be a kitchen witch next.
1. Learn Your Herbs & Spices
The most important tool a kitchen witch has in her pantry is a decent supply of herbs and spices. If you’re a good cook, you probably already own all the herbs and spices you need. Much magic can be found in simple herbs and spices like: cinnamon, pepper, salt, oregano, basil, and more! To learn more about the magical herbs and spices already in your pantry, click here. The kitchen witch knows how to use herbs and spices for various magical purposes, adding them to meals and making them into medicine.
2. Magical Meals
A magical meal is a spell or ritual to the kitchen witch. The process of planning the recipe, gathering the ingredients, and cooking the meal is pure alchemy. The kitchen witch takes ingredients and transforms them into something else entirely – nourishment to the body and soul. When learning how to be a kitchen witch, it is essential to learn how to cook a magical meal. From the recipe ingredients and their magical properties to the energy put into the meal, every step in the cooking process is important. Learn more about cooking a magical meal here.
3. Kitchen Spirits
The kitchen witch works with spirits of the hearth. These spirits might include the household guardians, kitchen guardians, the ancestors, and hearth gods and goddesses. In ancient times, every hearth had a guardian spirit, and the family acknowledged and worked with that spirit. The kitchen witch gives offerings to the household and hearth spirits in return for help with the chores. Learn more about household spirits here.
4. Sacred Space
To a kitchen witch, the entire house is sacred space. Make magical decorating a part of your practice. Make your entire house sacred space by adding magical items such as house plants, seashells, pictures of nature, crystals, candles, incense, essential oil diffusers, and other modern magical items. Making one’s own cleansing and blessing rituals are crucial to keeping your space free of negative energy and open to positive energy.
5. Kitchen Tools
To the kitchen witch, kitchen tools are his or her magical tools. His or her athame is a kitchen knife. A wand is a wooden spoon. Every appliance in the kitchen becomes magical when dedicated to the art of kitchen witchery. The stockpot doubles as a cauldron. The teapot brews herbal potions. The oven transforms ingredients into magical meals. Cleanse and consecrate all of your kitchen tools you plan to use in your magic.
6. Kitchen Altar
The kitchen witch often sets up and tends to a magical kitchen altar. The altar can be on top the kitchen counter, a kitchen shelf, or anywhere you see fit. Candles, offerings, and figurines can be placed on the kitchen witch’s altar. I’ve seen everything from vintage kitchen witches to miniature cauldrons and skull-patterned tea cups used candle holders! Make your kitchen altar a space for the kitchen gods and spirits and as a daily reminder of your unique practice.
7. Kitchen Grimoire
Every witch has a grimoire or Book of Shadows, and a kitchen witch is no exception. Your grimoire might look a bit different from the next witch. It will hold family recipes, herbal knowledge, and kitchen witch secrets in its pages. A kitchen grimoire can be a recipe book, three-ring binder, or a simple composition book! I find recipe books with blank cards to be best for magical recipes and herbal tidbits.
8. Diving Deep as a Kitchen Witch
I’ve often noticed witches who get “bored” or “un-inspired” with their craft after a short time of practicing. This is because they are forgetting to dive deep into their craft. An example of diving deep into kitchen witchcraft is to research and study your ancestors’ foods. Then make those foods as offerings or purely as a magical way to connect. Or research gods, mythology and the foods within. I knew a kitchen witch who not only grew her own food, but also kept chickens and bees. She studied the art of bee-keeping and used the honey in her magick.
9. Magical Teas and Infusions
The kitchen witches I know (including myself) LOVE making magical teas, brews, infusions, tinctures and much more. Teas become offerings to gods and ancestors. Infusions and decoctions become spells in your cup. In addition, leaving tea leaves in your cup allows you to read the tea leaves to tell your future. This form of divination is called tasseomancy. Simmering potpourris, sprays, and powders can all be made in the kitchen by the kitchen witch.
Read More About Kitchen Witchcraft:
1. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen by Scott Cunningham
2. The Mystic Cookbook by Denise and Meadow Linn
3. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
4. Celtic Folklore Cooking’ by Joanne Asala
5. 20,000 Secrets of Tea by Victoria Zak
6. Cottage Witchery by Ellen Dugan
7. Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee De La Foret
8. The Kitchen Witch by Soraya