An Introduction to Kitchen Witchcraft

Preparing food and eating it are things you do every day, multiple times a day. Building them into your magical practice is a great way to bring spirituality into your day-to-day life.

I was first introduced to the concept of kitchen witchery by Cucina Aurora, a popular vendor at renaissance faires and other events who makes delicious magically charged infused oils. Magic makes your food taste better, and imbibing your magic is a potent way to create a strong effect. You don’t need to be a culinary professional to create your own magic in the kitchen. Here are some of the ways I practice kitchen witchcraft:

Selecting food based on magical correspondences

This could be as complex as growing your own rosemary and oregano to make an infused oil with protection and luck energy, or as simple as grabbing an orange when you need to add some brightness to your day. Spices are one of the easiest way to add a magical kick, since herbalism is such a longstanding magical practice. I add cayenne pepper to a soup or stir-fry when I need a boost of energy or passion, or I add basil for wealth and abundance.

Blessing or charging food before you eat it

This can be done discreetly, so you can even do it in public. If I am preparing a dish that needs to be stirred, I take a moment to concentrate on my intention while stirring it clockwise three times. I pause for a moment to visualize it charged with my intended energy, and then I go back to stirring normally. Alternatively, you can charge the food right before you eat it. Place your hands on either side of the dish, close your eyes or focus on your intended object, and picture the energy flowing from your core through your hands and into the food you are about to eat.

Ritual eating

There are two ways to do this: incorporate food into your rituals, or rituals into your food. Aside from using food items like herbs as spell ingredients, food is an excellent way to ground yourself after a big magical working. After you complete your spell and close down your working, have a refreshing snack, traditionally referred to as “cakes and ale,” to help yourself transition back into mundane life.

To turn eating into a ritual, challenge yourself to eat a snack or meal mindfully once a day. This means no multitasking or daydreaming while you eat, just paying extra intention to all of your senses as you go through the process of nourishing your body.

Vegetables on cutting board
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Do you practice witchcraft in the kitchen? Are there any other branches of witchcraft you’d like to see me write about? Let me know in the comments!

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