So, I’m sure you’re all familiar with these two:
The Aunts from the movie version of Practical Magic frequently pop up as something like role models for people like us. Kitchen witchy types. People who are (maybe) less likely to do a spell for world peace or closing a nuclear power plant, and more likely to do one to increase the health, wealth, esteem, and happiness of ourselves, our families, or whoever has hired us to do it.
My woo, as they say, is not all that huge a deal. I do magically infused baths, candles, soaps, perfumes, and salves. I do candle spells. I do honey pots (that work pretty well, actually). I’ve made a few pieces of magical jewelry, mostly for clients. I read tarot for myself, my friends, my family and, on rare occasions, for strangers who buy me coffee or something in exchange. But I’m nowhere near the level of making flying ointments or being a professional diviner.
I’m making a Fancy Friday Dinner tonight, a roast duck with chestnut and mushroom stuffing (ft rosemary, basil, and garlic), served with golden beets (with goat cheese), and a skillet-baked cornmeal bread studded with sunflower seeds.
To incorporate some practical magic into my Lammas feast, I will be making a dessert bread as well: A rolled and filled chocolate loaf – gratitude for the grain harvest – spiced with sun-oriented cloves and cinnamon for the numerous blessings they bring. I would add fresh raspberries, if I had them, because they’re in season right now but, since I dont’ have any, I will probably throw in some pitted pie cherries instead, both for their earth energy and for the playfulness and eroticism they will bring to my home.
For a handy list of magical goodies that you’ve probably already got in your kitchen cupboard, Sarah Lawless has a post on pantry magic that you might want to check out. 🙂
As for me, I’ve got a bunch of breads to bake.
Happy Lammas, and Happy Hearth-Witching,
Meliad the Birch Maiden.