A kitchen can be one of the
most magical rooms in your home. By its very definition, your kitchen is
the room most often used for magic. Essentially cooking is a very potent
type of home magic. It bears all the basic aspects of spells And rituals.
* What scent reminds you
most of "love" in the kitchen?
The sense of smell is one of the most potent reminders of our deepest
memories. Often, cinnamon or chicory, dill or nutmeg can overwhelm our
senses with a flood of feelings. Feeding those you love is emotionally
based and we grow as children, storing those wondrous memories of certain
scents in our hearts. It is rejuvenation.
* What taste suggests
"passion" for you?
Ask yourself what food or flavor most brings a feeling of sensuality to
your body. Perhaps basil or oregano? Or chocolate and strawberries? Learn
to appreciate the manner in which a food or spice or herb "hits"
you right in the spine. Practice connecting the body and heart and mind.
* When cooking, do you
crush herbs or sprinkle them into the pot?
There are a few who steadfastly maintain that to handle the herb as little
as possible leaves it more potent. I personally disagree. To take the herb
between your palms, open your energy to its own and begin to blend them is
one of the most powerful things a pagan can do. By absorbing some of the
plant's energy and mixing your own with it, you are ensuring a smooth and
non-chaotic dance between you, to best enhance the magic.
* What three herbs would
always be in your cupboard?
If you were to have only three herbs on hand at all times, what would they
be. Would you choose them for taste? Or vibration. The reason I include
this question is because every person has herbs they seem to connect with
more strongly than others do. Because of this blending, those should be
found in your cupboard always. You will find that they provide a stronger
magic and a deeper connectedness.
* When was the last time
you really "tasted" your food?
We live in a hurried world. Fast food, microwaves, no time, no time, no
time. Stopping to smell the roses is all very well....wonderful for the
soul. But pagans must try to remember that food in its glory and abundance
is a gift from the gods and must be held in reverence, as any fine gift
would be. Creativity, strength, shelter, rains when the land is dry... and
food. The source of our survival. Taste the food you eat. That is the
finest way to show appreciation. Because when we start taking a thing for
granted, we may find ourselves without.
* When did you last
"clean" the corners?
Energy, like drafts, tends to move or swirl in a circular pattern. Just as
dust gathers in corners because of this pattern, so too does
"old" energy. Energy you may have missed when last you
(metaphorically speaking) swept your home clean. Pay attention to the
corners. Clean them as you do the rest. Quarter apples length-wise and dip
in salt. Sit them in the four major corners of your homestead. Place
comfortable plants in these areas. Clean them out, scent them and bless
the area. You'll be surprised at the difference.
* How do you protect your
Most pagans feel very comfortable with salt as a purifier and protector of
the hearth. Salt is almost essential for me in that respect. I do love to
use a few other things though. To complete the symbology for me. I
incorporate a representation of a lock and key, a brown item (a base shade
of strength), a personal item to those in the household (small lock of
hair, signature, etc.) and an egg. I am sure that the first three are
fairly self-evident. The egg however you may look strangely upon me for.
Well, here is my reasoning. And please, as pagans, freedom is your first
right. Exercise the freedom to practice comfortable magic, not by rote.
Pick what feels right to you. For me, the egg represents the protection
the Mother (hen, human or omnipotent) places around Her children. It
represents strength to me. It sums up the essence of what is love from the
* How often?
I try to magically clean my home at least once every turn of the moon. If
possible, at the dark and full. This works for me. Another schedule may
work better for you. I do however try to make an offering each day so that
I keep alive the protection I've placed around the home.
* Which element is
There are differences of opinion on which element is best highlighted in a
protection spell. Some say the strength of fire is paramount...others
believe earth is the predominant protection. Of course, the ideal is a
representation of each in a protection. But that is not always possible. I
do believe that the element is best suited to taste once again. Each of us
has a predominant element with which we work well. Use it; its gifts are
* Does your altar get
Everyone's does. Fact of life. However, keeping it clean also reintroduces
your energy to it. Strengthening the effects of the altar proper.
* How many times per day do
you acknowledge the altar?
By acknowledgement I do not mean a glance, blowing incense dust away or
replacing candles. By acknowledgement I mean deliberate and concentrated
connection with the force emanating from the altar space itself.
Consciously taking in the atmosphere you have created there. This is an
important step in increasing your awareness.
* Which direction is your
altar sitting in?
Many pagans, especially those living in large cities where direction is
not usually noticed, often set up their altar in a place appropriate or
suited to it. There is nothing wrong in this. If the altar feels right in
a certain place, then it works. No rule says it must be set up in a
particular direction although many writers suggest north as the preferred.
However, the reason for this question is for you to be aware of what
direction it does in fact face. Knowing which, is an important part of
* What adornment do you
I am a firm believer in working with your altar. Altar areas are generally
in a constant state of movement. We fuss with it, clean it, bless items,
rearrange things, adjust stones and sacred pieces. I also believe that an
altar should be adorned with the symbols of the season. Witches and many
pagans believe the year to be divided into eight parts. Each is
represented by a particular time of the season. Use that symbology and
decorate it with care and love. Offer this adornment to the gods and you
strengthen your space.
* How do you cleanse your
Just as our food is hurried, like our lives...we generally do not take the
time to enjoy or relax with our ablutions. Using the water element in its
primal capacity as a Universal cleaner, the entire action of cleansing is
a ritual. Take the time to absorb the magic in it and enhance your own
* What color suggests
passion to you?
Does your choice of color stem from commercialism and a barrage of models
sporting red, black and purple? Or does it coincide with who you are and
the color of your most erotic moments? Allow yourself the freedom to
choose the color you find most sensual, without letting the outside world
decide for you.
* Which is more important
to you.....soft lighting? or scent in the air?
If you are of the general population, lighting is rather important. Bright
lights serve to make many people self-conscious of their bodies and feel
that light only enhances any flaws. However, many people like the
atmosphere that scent can create. Of course, both are ideal. But this is a
question meant to enhance your awareness. So ...which shall it be - light
or scent? One thing you may want to remember, if we are talking of an
atmosphere of passion....your lover usually does not provide soft light,
but his or her body can provide the most sensual of scents. And that scent
is truly magical....it is an aspect of the joy of passion.
About The Author
been writing for over 35 years and is published in many formats including
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witchcraft and paganism, to the Tarot and Metaphysics.