I am a witch...have been for a very long time, not the green skinned warty kind obviously. My craft is a combination of old religion witchcraft, Wicca, wild witchcraft, kitchen witchery, green witchery and folk magic. My heart is that of a Kitchen Witch.
Cakes have featured throughout history for centuries and have often been used in ritual, for celebrations or rites of passage.
Cakes were offered to the gods or eaten at ceremonies to appease them or encourage good harvests or even to ensure that the sun rose the next day…personally I don’t need any excuse to eat cake…we eat cake during ritual after the energy work to help us ground us and we eat it at our workshops for breakfast…and elevenses…and lunch…and a snack…
A cake is one of the simplest recipes to enchant with magical energy and carries the energies of all the usual ingredients such as flour, eggs, butter and sugar but can then be given a boost by adding in other flavours.
Soul cakes were made on All Souls Day and Mexicans make special cakes for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and moon cakes are eaten at Chinese lunar festivals.
The ancient Greeks left cakes at crossroads in order to appease the goddess Hecate sometimes apparently with a single candle in so that she could find it in the dark…forerunner for the birthday cake perhaps?
Cake also makes people happy…
Cake Magical Properties:
Happiness, ritual, rites of passage, offerings, celebration, grounding
Marigold is an annual bedding plant with lots of different varieties (different species) but all gold, yellow and orange flowers that have a strong scent. It is said that slugs don’t like the taste…whoever said it was lying…I have the proof.
Marigold is my plant of choice whenever I am putting together any spells or incense blends for psychic powers.
Put marigold flowers under your bed to ensure a good sleep and keep away nightmares and invite in prophetic dreams.
Place marigold flowers around your house and hang over doorways for protection and to fill your home with positive energy.
With the bright cheerful colours and the energy of the Sun marigold makes a good herb to use for happiness and uplifting workings.
Carry with you to bring you luck, especially in legal cases or for gamblers.
Mix with bay leaf and use in anti gossip workings.
Reveal Marigold Tea
Drink to boost your psychic powers.
1 pint apple juice
½ cup of sugar
Two tablespoons marigold flowers
1 orange, sliced
4 geranium petals
Warm all the ingredients together for 7-10 minutes on a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Strain and keep chilled. Drink cold with ice or re-heat to serve warm.
A perennial plant with feathery dark green leaves and heads of white or occasionally pink flowers during summer and early autumn, it can be found on roadsides and in meadows.
Achilles used yarrow as a field dressing for the wounds of his soldiers during the Trojan war, he obviously didn’t have enough left to use on his heel…
The herb was often referred to as the Devil’s plaything and indeed during the 17th Century a woman was tried as a witch for using yarrow in her spells, but let’s not get into the ‘there is no devil in witchcraft’ thing!
Yarrow was used by the Druids for weather prediction and young ladies would use it to show a vision of who their true love might be. Dried yarrow heads were originally used in the divination method of I-Ching.
Carry yarrow with you to allay fears and bring you personal courage.
Keep yarrow under your pillow to enhance prophetic dreams.
Drink yarrow tea or burn as incense to increase your psychic powers.
Bring yarrow into your home or burn as an incense blend to invite love, happiness and peace.
Scatter yarrow around your property or wear in an amulet to keep you protected.
Probably one of the most common bunches of flowers purchased from supermarkets and petrol stations. They come in all sorts of colour variations and the flowers in a vase last for a long period of time. Carnation for me is THE healing flower (used in the Middle Ages to ease fever).
Wear a carnation in your lapel to bring about personal courage you could also add carnation petals to an amulet or charm. You all know the idea about going on a blind date and wearing a carnation in your button hole so that your date knows who you are? Well it also brings courage with it.
Hold a carnation flower in your hand and send any negative thoughts, emotions or feelings you have into the flower, let each petal soak it up then you can burn or bury it to take the negative energies away from you.
Carnation petals work especially well in healing spells, charms and pouches or even just a vase of them placed next to the bed of a person that is unwell will work their magical healing.
Hang dried carnation buds over the threshold of your house to bring protection.
You can also work with colour magic using carnations; red for love, white for peace, yellow for happiness etc. go with what the colour of the flower says to you.
Carnation tea for strength & healing
This is possibly the easiest tea in the whole world to make – all you need is 2 to 3 dried carnation flower heads, pop them into a tea pot and pour on boiling water, steep for 3-5 minutes then drink to bring healing, good health and inner strength.
Healing Incense blend
Equal parts of each:
Carnation Magical Properties:
Healing, strength, protection, release, courage
Ruling planet – Sun
Element – Fire
Gender – Masculine
Taken from A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants & Herbs by Rachel Patterson
My book Pagan Portals Sun Magic is published officially on 28th June 2019...
Available from all the usual online stockists (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository etc) and from some books stores too!
Pagan Portals Sun Magic:
An introduction to working with Sun magic, and how to live in harmony with the solar year and to utilise all the magical powers it provides. A book filled with the basics of the sun cycle, the representations and correspondences, what magic to work and when. A look at the solar year, sun deities, sun spells, meditations, specific sun rituals, sun recipes and more..
The first review:
"What a fascinating title! I can already tell I'll be coming back to this one often, to look things up or just to reread and enjoy. I had a vague knowledge of some of this information, but the depth of it is wonderful and it's laid out very clearly. Sadly it's been raining the last few days so I can't try anything out, but I certainly plan to! A great read, perfect for novices right up to experienced energy workers."
Traditionally a witch would grow red geraniums in the garden to ward off negative energies and warn when visitors were coming. I have the vision in my head of the flowers in Alice in Wonderland, all turning and shouting to the witch that ‘visitors are on the way’.
And before I have all the horticulturists on at me – geranium is a common name we use for the bedding plants we are familiar with, but they are actually officially pelargoniums, geraniums are a huge variety of plants commonly known as cranesbills – confused? Yep, that’s why I am using the more common name of geranium here – it’s the ones you buy in the garden centre during the summer in pots for your patio. However you can also use the cranesbill varieties as well – same magical properties.
Keep geraniums indoors to make guests feel welcome.
Pink geraniums are good for love spells and white ones for fertility. Adding white geranium petals to incense blends for fertility works very well.
Use geranium petals in spells to help you feel more confident about socialising or to bring more social events your way.
You can also get scented pelargoniums which combine scents such as lemon, peppermint and even chocolate – these can be used very well in spell work.
We must all be familiar with the rose, whether it is as a bush, a climber or in a bunch of flowers. It is a perennial with more varieties and colours than you can shake a stick at. The flowers bloom between May and September and are followed by rosehips. You can also find certain varieties growing in the wild. I have several rose bushes and climbers in my garden and dry all the petals, which is incredibly easy, I sprinkle the petals on a large tray and leave them to dry in the conservatory.
Rose is a good herb to use to represent the Mother and also for any workings where mysteries need to be delved into.
Use rose in any workings for love, psychic powers and knowledge. Rose petals are also good for dream work and moon magic.
Roses and the petals have long been associated with love so they work well for any kind of love spells, use pink for friendship, red for passion and white for peace.
The rose has sharp thorns so use it in protection workings. It is also a very feminine flower so can be incorporated into any spell or ritual work that requires feminine energy.
Rose also had a connection with death and rebirth, the plant appearing to be dead during the winter months but coming back to life in the spring.
Sprinkle rose petals in your bathwater for a balancing, relaxing and love filled bath.
Use rose petals in workings for luck and abundance.
Rose petals also work well for casting the circle at handfastings.
Lurve Rose Petal Tea
2 big handfuls of rose petals
2 cups of water
6 lemon balm leaves
2 slices of root ginger
1 stick cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey
Put the rose petals and lemon balm in a pan and cover with the water, simmer on a very low heat for a few minutes until the petals are translucent. Strain and return the liquid to the pan add the other ingredients and simmer again for about 10 minutes. Serve warm, best shared with your loved one.
Rose Magical Properties:
Love, psychic powers, healing, luck, protection, peace, mysteries, knowledge, dreams, friendship, death and rebirth, abundance
Ruling planet – Venus, Moon
Sign - Pisces
Element – Water
Gender – Feminine
Taken from A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Plants & Herbs by Rachel Patterson
An annual plant the wild poppy has bright red flowers that continue to bloom throughout the summer, the cultivated varieties come in all sorts of colours, and I have orange ones in my garden which I like to use in success workings (orange being the colour of success).
Whenever I think of poppies I am reminded of the scene in the Wizard of Oz where the poppy field makes them all go to sleep so it works well in any workings for insomnia and to help with a restful night’s sleep, it also represents forgetfulness. The red poppy is also the symbol used to help us remember those brave souls that fell in the World Wars.
With the huge amount of seeds a poppy produces it works well for not only fertility spells but also prosperity and money ones.
Poppy seeds work extremely well to confuse, sprinkling poppy seeds around your property will confuse any negative or evil spirits, vampires will also be warned off, apparently vampires are compelled to stop and count the seeds but I am pretty sure they are far too intelligent to be fooled by this ploy!
I also think that the red poppy represents life, death and rebirth – with the blood red of the petals and the fertility of the seeds.
Adding a pinch of poppy seeds and petals to your bathwater will help you over come grief.
A couple of weekends ago, myself and some of the Kitchen Witch posse headed to the wilds of Sussex for the Faerie Festival which runs for a whole weekend.
It is set in a beautiful location on a campsite in a valley surrounded by hills and greenery. Visitors to the festival can stay on site for the whole weekend or just attend for a day. I was impressed with the site facilities - proper toilets hurrah!
A large marquee hosted music throughout the day and for the entire weekend, from a whole host of talented musicians. Outside the marquee was an area set aside for children which was led by the most amazing team of entertainers who kept the kids happy and engaged all day. Beside that...a row of food stalls - freshly baked pizza, vegan food, gluten free food and the most amazing Indian food (we went back several times) and of course a beer tent!
Around the site were plenty of stalls with beautiful hand crafted items; lovely clothing, ceramics, incense, fairy wings and all kinds of things - I came home with a big bag of goodies!
And a separate tent for all the workshops which ran all day, every day over the whole weekend.
I think what stuck us most was the energy, it was so lovely. Such a happy and relaxing vibe throughout the whole day. We chilled, we sat back, we ate curry, we drank masala chai, we listened to the fabulous Pentacle Drummers, we ate more curry, we drank more masala chai, we shopped and we generally had a fantastic day.