Creative Nights

I have been loitering among various art journalling and creativity-inspiring blogs lately (linked at the bottom of this post), and it has really helped get my creativity flowing. It’s not that I haven’t been able to create things using various mediums – I’ve just been a bit blocked in terms of themes, or subject matter.

Scrolling through various albums & pictures, and prompt lists & inspiring quotes, has given my muse mucho ammo – and she’s firing fast! I haven’t been blogging much lately because of the sheer amount of paint, gesso, journals, glue, needle & thread, crayons, pencils, etc that have been cluttering my life. I’ve been creating works in my art journal from various meditations, visual & reflective exercises, and passages from books I’ve been reading.

I may post some pictures of the art that has been occupying my time recently, with the link to my FB page ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Creative Blogs I follow at the moment:

Journal52

Words of Me Project

Effy Wild: Love & Glitter

WillowingLove

Artful Thinking

CreativeLea’s Infinite Journey

Serendipity Studio

Smudged Textiles Studio

Artist Cellar

Guada’s Art & Mandalas

 

Plus inspiration flows pretty nicely from various posts in:

Lost For Words FB group

The Victorian Pagan Circle FB group

 

The page I post all my creations on:

Crafted Arts FB page

 

 

 

 

 

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Edible Magick: Kitchen Witchery, or Something Else?

<I have been really busy, and somewhat unwell, so I have missed two (?) weeks of PBP14 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย Here is week 10 though… >

 

Edible Magick!

I don’t really know what qualifies as Kitchen Witchery, so we will see where this thought takes us, shall we? As far as I can tell, there are two types of edible Magick, 1) foodstuffs prepared specifically for a Magickal working or event and 2) foodstuffs prepared in such a way, or including specific ingredients, so as to produce a Magickal result.

 

This first type of edible Magick would include foodstuffs made specifically for the Cakes & Ale rite, or that has been blessed before consumption for a Magickal feast (in a Sabbat celebration, or perhaps a coming of age rite). There are plenty of recipes available online, in recipe books, through friends & family, etc that you can utilize for this type of edible Magick.

The second type of edible Magick would include foodstuffs utilizing the Magickal properties of ingredients, rather than simply their taste. This could mean adding a particular herb/spice to your weekly family meal that encourages harmony, etc. etc.

Obviously, if you are going to be cooking with herbs and spices (or indeed any other ingredients) for their Magickal properties, please heed this warning: Make sure it is edible. There are a great many substances that are extremely powerful Magickally, which will cause illness or even death if consumed. ALWAYS be sure to check as many resources as you can, and if in doubt, leave it out.

I have often found myself cooking a meal for my family, in which the ingredients I use have a particular Magickal correspondence, or medicinal purpose, without even realising it until afterwards! Next time you feel like cooking a particular dish out of the blue, look into the ingredients to see if there is something your subconscious may be trying to rectify in the balance of your life. Or perhaps you may find it useful to look at what needs balancing in your (or your family) life – and create a dish with ingredients to assist?

 

Ethically…

I’m just going to say it right now: there is nothing ethically or morally wrong with cooking a Magickal meal, serving it to people, and not telling them of the energies utilized in the cooking or preparation. As long as you are not attempting to subvert another person’s free will, there is no harm. If you do tell a non-believer that you utilized Magick in creating the meal, there may be tantrums and refusal to eat. Just like not telling a small child that there are healthy vegetables minced up and ‘hidden’ in their dinner, you are not required to disclose all the ingredients of every meal you make, and the reason you chose those ingredients. By all means, tell the consumer if you wish, and if you think they will accept (or even appreciate) the Magick utilized in this way, but don’t feel at all obligated to – it’s your call.

 

 

PS – I will post a couple of Magickal recipes in separate posts, just as soon as I can find where I’ve hidden my Cooking BoS ๐Ÿ˜€

WARNING: As always, with anything you make that is intended to be consumed, make sure the ingredients you use are safe for human consumption!