Embracing the Life of a Kitchen Witch

Recipe Book

This week has been all about going deeper into my spiritual life. I meditated, worked on my book of shadows, started a book of magical recipes, and spent time in nature, breathing in the scent of loamy soil, fresh-cut grass, and pine. For a long time I’ve walked an eclectic path as a Witch/Pagan, but this week I felt called to explore a more specific path—that of a Kitchen Witch. It works well with my belief that all aspects of our lives are magical—even the seemingly mundane tasks of chopping vegetables and scrubbing the counters are imbued with magic. I’m just beginning to tread the path of a Kitchen Witch. We will see what I find as I explore the magic of hearth and home.

As far as writing, this week I wrote 2,460 words in Bewitched by the Dragon. I’m still feeling this story out, so I might switch over to Fates Entangled for a few days. I think the former wants to be a trilogy, and I’m trying to listen and see what that story needs from me.

I’m currently reading two books, Courting Darkness, the tenth book in Yasmine Galenorn’s Otherworld series, and The Goddess is in the Details, a work of spiritual nonfiction by Deborah Blake.

Although my word count for the week wasn’t anything too grand, it was still a very creative week. I’ve embraced the path of a Kitchen Witch. I added three pages to my book of shadows and started another scrapbook, a collection of magical recipes. So, special recipes for the Sabbats and Esbats, etc., will go in that book. That way I don’t touch my regular book of shadows with greasy hands. This one (see photo above) is designed to be in the kitchen where the action is.

Mostly this week was about embracing the changing nature of life. I’m adjusting (slowly) to life without my cat Roo. I still have Tigger and Zander and my very crazy puppy, Leo, to keep me company, but Roo was my writing companion, and I miss her—which probably explains why sitting down to write was so hard this week. And I’m embracing changes on my spiritual path, and hubby and I are talking about how our life might change next year when he’s out of graduate school. Where we’ll live, etc. Will we stay in this area but move to a house in the country, some place with a fenced-in yard for Leo? Will we uproot our lives and explore a new region of the country? That’s life, full of change and possibility. Forward we go.

What about you? What changes have you encountered recently, and how have you dealt with them?

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10 thoughts on “Embracing the Life of a Kitchen Witch

  1. Love the look of your magical recipes book! Clever to keep it separate from your general BOS. As a polytheist, I’ve always felt the mundane can be magical, too, so I hope the Kitchen Witch path works well for you!

    So sorry to hear you’ve lost a beloved pet recently, though. That kind of loss never fails to be devastating… 😦

    1. Thanks, Heather. I’ve been pinning magical recipes like crazy, so I hope to be adding to my recipe book soon. And I’m continuing to add to my regular BOS.

      Thanks. She was 15 and had been sick, but it’s so hard to say goodbye. They let me hold her as she was put to sleep, so at least her last moments were spent with her family. Still, it is hard. You’re right.

  2. It’s interesting how often your life and mine seem to intersect, or run more or less parallel. A lot more meditation and time outside for me, too…I’ll never be a kitchen witch, but I’ve played with some simple food prep and enjoyed it. Also future talk here.

    Hugs to you as you adjust, stretch, grow…and find your path.

    1. Perhaps it’s something in the stars that calls us to periods of meditation. And I know the summer weather never fails to entice me to spend time outside–and having an energetic young dog helps too. Thanks, Shan!

  3. Awesome about embracing the Kitchen Witch path. I actually haven’t heard of that, but it sounds very intriguing.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

    There are changes for me on the horizon as well. I’ve worked for the same company for 16 years, and they are most likely going out of business in a few months. 😦 Which means I have been trying to get my freelance editing business off the ground. I would like to work for myself, versus someone else, if at all possible. So that’s been happening.

    1. It’s funny. I’ve known about Kitchen Witchcraft as long as I’ve been walking a Pagan path, but it never really clicked. And then one day I read a description, one I’d no doubt read before, and all of a sudden things just clicked into place. Funny how it works that way sometimes.


      I’m sorry to hear about the company you work for closing. That can’t be easy, and 16 years is a long time. Good luck with your freelance editing. What will you focus on? Developmental, copyediting, proofreading, or all of the above?

  4. I’ve practiced Wiccan-influenced witchery for years and I’m just starting on the kitchen witchery path. I now realize that Wicca-based paganism isn’t for me (like fitting a circle in a square) so I’m now “switching gears” to a craft that suits me.

    I love your recipe book!

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