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Cooking Up Magic Right on the Stove

Tips for the Modern Kitchen Witch

By Michael Furie

There are many different varieties of Witches; we come in all shapes and sizes and have a wide range of interests and specialties. One of the special areas of interest that some Witches have is what has come to be called “kitchen witchery;” but what does that really mean? What makes a kitchen witch different from a regular Witch (if there is such a thing as a “regular” Witch)? Well, in my experience, a kitchen Witch is a Witch of any tradition that prefers to work magic and ritual with items that are readily available (such as garden herbs and kitchen utensils) instead of exotic ingredients and ornate ceremonial tools. Kitchen Witches tend to use “what is available and what works,” in similar style to the old village Witch from days gone by. They seek their magic in the everyday items around them. This usually results in a large amount of magical products being made (of course) right in their kitchens.

Personally, I think I fall somewhere in the middle. I would say at least half of the magical items and spells I work with are made using everyday ingredients. I like exotic herbs and fancy tools, too, but let’s face it: a lot of those items can be really expensive. Also, when we are in immediate magical need, difficult to find or high-priced ingredients that we have to send away for only slow down the process. In those times when you need quick, readily-available magical ingredients, it is so much easier to open your pantry door or take a trip to the supermarket and just spend a few dollars to get what is needed. In my opinion, money spells in particular that call for exotic, expensive ingredients have never made sense; if I could afford those ingredients, I wouldn’t have need for the spell, right?

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