Since discovering and embracing my own kitchen witchiness, I’ve begun to realize just how much magick it’s possible to utilize on a daily basis without even realizing it. The direction in which you sweep the floor, the way you put together a meal, your morning routine before rushing off to work – all of these things have power inherent in them. But it never hurts to add a little bit of intentional magick either.
Here’s a short list of tips and tricks for the everyday kitchen witch:
- Keep eggshells to use in house/space protection spells – Set eggshells out to dry (on the counter or in the fridge, either one will work) for about a week and a half, then crush them up into a fine powder and store in an air-tight container. Use anytime you require a magickal powder, or to add an element of fertility or life energy.
- Rosemary can be substituted for any other herb in a spell – This can be fresh or dried, though fresh is typically the way to go if you have the option. The reason rosemary can be substituted for other herbs is because it’s excellent for absorbing energy and already serves a vast number of magickal purposes.
- Add barley to food when healing is needed – Because barley has so many medicinal healing properties, it’s become representative of good health in spellcrafting. Incorporating even a little barley consistently in meals will help to promote overall health.
- Tuck a bowl of salt into each room – Salt is a potent substance for drawing in and eliminating negative energy, and also serves a general protective function. By placing some dedicated salt in each room, you’re strengthening your home’s boundaries and self-sufficiency.
- Toss spilled salt over your left shoulder – With the understanding that salt is a protective ingredient, the spilling of it would denote a newly created vulnerability. Though there are a lot of different superstitious reasons for this practice, Wiccans do it to activate the salt so it’s not wasted. (Please keep in mind that if you have pets, you should clean the salt up before they get to it. You can put it outside in the garden, spread out thinly among the plants.)
- Honor the fairies – Loving tiny objects lately? Little cups and mini polymer clay pieces of food? That’s not just you having a moment, it’s the fairies pulling your strings! Be sure to leave milk and honey out for them.
- Mint offers travel protection – Give a sprig of mint to a loved one about to go on a journey. They can hang it on a pretty string from the rearview mirror, or place it under the driver seat. It doesn’t hurt to have a sprig for each person in the car either.
- Burn thyme for purification – The same way you can burn a sage smudge stick for cleansing in your home, thyme works in a similar manner.
- Use sacred or moon water in recipes – You know how in spells, the type of water you use can have a big impact on the spell’s effectiveness? The same is true for cooking. If you’re like me though, you don’t have gallons of moon water stashed somewhere, so I will sometimes go with a 1:5 ratio.
- Never blow out a magickal use candle – Blowing out a candle that’s been anointed not only blows away your wishes, but also angers the fire elemental by making the air elemental more powerful. Instead, use a snuffer or carefully pinch the wick between wet fingers.
- Bay leaves are magickal – When you have a wish, a desire, something you need to pass into the hands of the spirits and beings around you for help with, write it on a bayleaf, and then burn the leaf in a candle flame or fireplace. Just be careful because it’s likely to light very quickly.
- An undamaged feather is a gift – They say that when you find a feather it’s a gift from the spirit world. There are a number of different ways the feather can be interpreted, based on what bird it came from, if there’s mud on it, if it’s bent or broken, but the gist of its finding means that you’ll be blessed the whole day through.
What are some of your witchy habits?