As we continue to fluff up the energy of our homes with feng shui and magic, we’re working with the powerful Qi of the kitchen. The kitchen is the most important area of the home for health and prosperity.
Of course, to many reading this, this is simply good, old-fashioned hearth magic. There are probably more kitchen Witches than any other special category, many of them perhaps not even knowing that’s what they are!
For the unenlightened, cooking may be viewed as a chore, tainted with demeaning patriarchal baggage, or, thanks to our stressed out lives, just another task we want to get through as fast as possible.
But East meets West in the understanding that cooking is really an act of magic. From ancient times, throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, the act of cooking has linked women, primarily, to the Nurturing Great Mother Herself. Cooking is an act of priestessing to ourselves and our families. It is the most basic alchemy, transforming raw ingredients into precious, life-making nourishment.
Seen this way, as a ritual of power and love, cooking need not be drudgery. We can reclaim “women’s work” as empowering and sacred, especially if it is no longer relegated to women only, but shared equally with the men in our homes. After centuries of marginalizing the contributions of women, simply because we were the “daughters of Eve,” it is clear that these humble activities have, in fact, provided the foundation of civilization itself.
Men and women alike can and should reclaim the importance of care-taking, teaching, creating, and nurturing. Not only have these virtues kept us going. Now, more than ever, they point to the best, most sane alternatives to a woeful past and bleak future if we continue to honor warfare, aggression, competition for dominance, and consumerism.
And besides the work itself, food is holy, is it not? It is the body of our Mother, given to us in love. In every bite, we are grateful for Her gifts of life to us, aware of the labor and love that was given by every hand that brought it to our kitchen. Food is sacred and our acts of cooking, and our kitchens, are too.
As rapturous food author, Cait Johnson notes in her book, Witch in the Kitchen, many of us are working life-affirming, global awakening magic that is intended to create new cultures of beauty and justice, of balance and wholesomeness. If this work doesn’t begin in our own kitchens, where can we honestly say it should be?
So in this season of renewal and life beginning again, let us discover the pleasures of cooking for ourselves and our beloveds. Let us begin to find our way back to the sensuality of eating naturally (which I believe will help to heal some of the emptiness we keep trying to fill in unwise ways).
Tonight would be a splendid time to begin cooking with a holy intention. For today is the last day of the month, and so is sacred to the great Triple Goddess, Hecate. On this day, we honor Her as Queen of the Night and the Goddess of Witches. Hecate is a protector of women, mighty advocate for the disenfranchised, and She who guards the crossroads. It is She who teaches us the ancient Mysteries.
In ancient times, worshippers would leave a “Hecate’s Supper” with specially prepared foods as offerings to Her. The offerings were also gifts to appease the restless ghosts, called apotropaioi by the Greeks. These offerings are to be left behind at a crossroads at night, without looking back.
May your feast for Hecate tonight be prepared with the very best of your own kitchen magic.