Hail and Welcome
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Welcome to my kitchen ...sit down...
                                      let me make you a cup of some thing warm and tasty...

                    I have some fresh sweet rolls for us to share ...
                                                               as the sunlight streams through my windows ...
                                                                                       to make the dust fairies dance


 Not the picture one expects when they think of the word" Witch" is it?

But it should be... magick is not limited to the circle with cup and flame in the moonlight
with all pomp and circumstance. it happens here too.


in my cozy kitchen.. with little more than what is already here.. and wonderful things take place.
Welcome to the world of the kitchen Witch...

and simple magicks for home, hearth and family... and friends.
A few I have found, A lot of mine...enjoy.


One of my favorites is called the thread charm.... it's a Witchy version of a dream catcher...
ya might say, and its a by product of what we do anyway. When you are sitting at the table

with a stack of clothes to mend and have the sewing box out...

You know the snippets of thread at the end of a sewing job?...
That we generally toss out being too short too use...take a small jar ( like the kind we put oils in ) 
and one at a time, place these
short threads in it saying words like, " thread charm, 
protect from harm "... or words to that effect.. it is the Will that matters..
not the words.
and when the jar is full..cap it with a pentagram drawn on the lid...and hang  it over the door or room center.

to ensnare any evil that may come your way.

And makes a wonderful gift for a new baby to hang on the ceiling above their crib... :)
Tie it well, we don't want it coming down to become babys new rattle :)
 

* From " 'Wheel of the Year" Pauline Campanelli* Great book...!


Charms and Ritual:
There are so many of these in many great books... that rather than try to quote them all here...
I will instead give some
examples that I created and use.....so you see something new... :) 
I hope it serves

    Feel free to use your own words....as the Will ...not the words are what matter.. 
mix and match and customize as you see fit...

Peace charm...
    A bit of cloth from some old clothes worn by the person to whom you want to bring peace
   a pinch of salt, a dash of rosemary,
some string from the junk drawer, 
and a marble you found under the table
( any object will do...but round things tend to work best..
 
as the herbs and salt move around the object.. they polish it...blessing it 
over and over while it draws the unease away from its target.)

Cut a square of the cloth and laid it out with a blessing... do they need mental peace?
Freedom from stress? Peace of the heart?
 The soul? What will bring them peace? 

This you ask in your Gods/dess name....I add runes stitched on them ...according to what they
need.. but do what you will....if you feel adding runes or pentagrams or other holy writ is helpful 
then by all means.. :)

Take the object and bless it... "object round, tossed in thy salten sea...
take the harm away from he/she"
over and over until  you feel the charge within.....
I like rolling it around between my hands to do this, and place it in the middle of the cloth

Add salt and rosemary with words like...

Salt be thou cleansing to my_______
Rosemary be thou healing to my _______
Pick up all the corners making a little sack.. and twist it a little
Tie the sack with the string saying...

Bound be their unease I pray thee

Tie it again.... Bound be their pain I pray thee

Tie it a third time.. Bound be all harm with this little charm...
So mote it be....

Now place the charm on them or near them... under the pillow is good..
in the car is another...around their neck is best of all...


Thank you Match stick:

Match I light, my stove make bright, warm and cheery is the flame Bit of tree whose gift to me...
is a wonder to my sight...

Before I toss you in the trash, I marvel at this gift that lasts
Return to earth sweet bit of wood and thank the Mother for thy good.

My own creation... too often we use such things without considering
the living thing from which they came.. it is meet we give thanks once in a while..


Cleaning out the Junk drawer:
 

An occasion for happiness... she has gotta be  kidding right ?.... 
nope not at all.. even such a tedious task ,
 as tackle the mess in the junk drawer ,
is an occasion for magic.... try it this way and see if you don't agree... ?

Look at this mess !
Everything in the world is in there
Dump it out on the counter
Look at this mess !

Something rolls to the floor...
A button off of babies coat...baby! she's 4..
she doesn't even own the coat anymore.. :)

Bottles of glue, pins that push, paper , pens and tape...
Is this drawer or desk.. it is both just like life...

So that's where the pretty fob for the ceiling fan chain ,
that my mother gave me went ! :)

Tools and tacks, wire and twisty ties, screw drivers and pliers
Is this drawer or tool box? it is both..just like life

Hey here is the key to the memory chest...
goodie I thought I had lost that ;)

Fuses, outlet adapters, extension cords and all things electrical
Is this drawer or power station.? it is both.. just like life

A picture of  my sister, how did that get in there.. :)

Spare belts for the vacuum,  old phone cords and speaker wire
Is this drawer or nest of snakes.. ? it is both just like life

The bracelet of twine
the youngest made for me in class.. last year :)

Manuals for the dryer, the toaster, the blender..
which I haven't read..Is this drawer or library?
it is both just like life

An old party hat...left over from child's 4th birthday,
she's 6 now.. :)

A ton of broken things with parts missing...
Is this drawer or way stop before the trash can ?
it is both just like life.

Its all back in now...the wires neat... the manuals stacked,  the paper and pens
in a box, the electrical doss bagged, the trash thrown away
and the drawer is neat again...

On the counter still is a stack a memories...bits and pieces of life stashed away in the drawer
in the rush of daily life and forgotten. The junk drawer is our dear friend in that it will hold all the bits
until you are ready for them and then serves you up precious memories
in the middle of a task you put off.... it gives  you a gift for your pains...

A smile for all the times it holds along with the junk.

This a prayer of thanks for the Junk drawer I came up with once
after cleaning it out and marveling at the stack of memories
it had served up for me and all the things it kept safe for me,
until I remembered them...
thanks junk drawer.. :)


Caffine..........Nicotine........................Ok ... I needed a break for moment..
now..where was I? Oh yeah...


Kitchens are the space for making food...which  is a form of magick in itself....
Herbs can not only flavor our food they can also make powerful magick you serve up
with the bounty of the Mothers harvest...

My own creations...feel free to use as you will...

Salt for savor...be blessings favor...
( salt that purifies )

Rosemary to remind me of all the things behind me....
( rosemary is for remembrance.)

Sage be wise of evils guise
( sage is the herb burned for clairvoyance )

Garlic clove of moons delight be thou warder of things that fright
( the vampire bit...they stole it.. )

Onion with your potent scent ward off the way of ill intent
( this too hang a bunch up to gather ills )

Ginger both hot and sweet remind me that life's a treat...
( Ginger stimulates the mind and body )

Peppers to heat up the night make my love life wild and right...
( yep they are aphrodisiac...)

Basil green mans delight make the magick work out right...
( best adjutant herb for healing..)

Parsley my hearts best friend, make the world right again...
( the stuff to adorn the plate we should eat...
very good for the heart.. )

Thyme to bless, Thyme to heal , Time to make the evening meal...
( just as it says...time heals all.)

Clove bud with four corners right, remind me to hold  my  loves tight...
( cloves are the unopened flower of the tree knocked off before they get a chance to open.,
kiss your loved ones..tomorrow is promised to none... )

As you can see...very practical magic indeed...
asking the herbs to do what they would do for us anyway...
we are just adding our power to the herbs .

 And there are many many more....but these are some of  mine. Cook up your own chants to cook by
and serve up a little more than just food next time the family sits down to table


Purification while washing up...

All kitchens get dirty... the dishes.. the floor.. the stove.. its one of the messiest places in the house..
and has to be cleaned... next time you clean the kitchen or anywhere else try this... to bring a little more
than just a shiny counter top to your world...
 

    Plate that holds my food,
I am in a dirty mood...
    As I wash you simple plate,
take away my dirty state...

    Simple cup all coffee stained..
Where is the peace I sought to gain?
   As I make you shiny and new...
let my soul be renewed too...

    Silverware who is sliver no more...
remind me what life is for...
    dirt does not make you less...
remind me that all can be blessed..

    Pots and Pans that break my nails...
with your stubborn stains & such
    When you shine.life is mine..
renewed and ready for much

    Counter top all cluttered and dirty...
way station for all manner of  things
Let me clean myself as I clean you...
and see what the renewal brings..

    Tacky floor all covered in crud..
My life has been dragged thur mud..
Hot water, soap and mop will do for you...
Let my life be cleaned too...

    Stove top messed up beyond repair,
feels like my life spattered and worn layer by layer
I peel away the dirt...
and get back myself free from hurt

    Water to wash, soap to clean...
the finger prints left by my off spring...
I curse, I rant, I rail... do remind me water...
they won't always BE there.....
(they grow up, and out and gone, and you miss
the hand print on the wall )

You can see the trend here....wash the house...wash yourself...
and make both new again... it can make doing the drudgery of housework
a ritual of cleansing for yourself..and the house... create your own at need..
or use mine.. feel free and blessed be....


Sweets to the sweet:

I don't know about you... but I Love the sweet stuff...when Im in the mood......
cakes, cookies, sweet roll's, pie and candy. We have all made them,
and have our family faves..

Next you make your favorite recipe
try this and serve a little more than sugar and spice...

For  stirring : bubble bubble toil and...

NAW... sorry  I couldn't help myself...smiley LOL
now where was I ?Oh yeah...hehehehehehehehe...



Stirring: Round and Round sweet mixture go,  spoon of wood to crockery bowl,
be uplifting for the soul....

Dropping mixture  to cookie sheet: Drop down free, cookie that is yet to be, 
sugar , honey , flour and spice,
 your sweetness makes the day nice...
( this is weather magick as well as charm them for extra savor and who hasn't up

and decided to make cookies on a cold dreary day.. )

Rolling out dough: Floured board, rolling pin, squeeze out the negative, while making thin.

Pouring: Pour out sweet flavor, fill to the brim the cup of savor,
rim tight, rise right and share the Gods favor.

Chopping nuts: Seed of tree, blessed nut,
Natures bounty just for me.

As you can see each act of creation can become an act of blessing and joy...
now lets have some goodies.. :)


Just because its appropriate for the section,
not mention some of the best cookies you will ever eat ... dig this

Aggression cookies:

3 cups brown sugar
6 sticks of  real butter
( yeah I know cholesterol .. live a little )
6 cups of oats
3 cups of flour
1 TBLS of baking soda

Place all of the above in a LARGE bowl and mix... with your hands !
( They defy any blender, spoon or masher made....)

The more you mix, the better they will be...once you try this
you will find out why they are called aggression cookies..

as any stress and frustrations, you can take them out on the dough 
and get wonderful cookies
and peace of mind, at the same time.... 
it don't get any better than that.. !

A good chant to use while making these might go like this:

Mash and squeeze, life's tensions ease.
Bash and pummel, go away trouble.

Drop to cookie sheet in medium balls....
 In a 350 oven... for 10 to 12 minutes

You are now at peace... a little tired...and ready to really enjoy
the fruit of your labor...
Make some coffee and enjoy...Coffee


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