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Spring is in the Air

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The freezing weather is temporarily on hold and the sun has warmed up my little corner of the world. The cat has been especially happy with the extra sunlight warming her spot on the carpet and the dogs extra joyful for longer walks.

This time of year is perfect for opening the windows and getting rid of the stale air and dust accumulating in your home. If you don’t regularly open your windows in the winter, consider it on the next warm day or if you are crazy like me, you can open them for a few minutes every day regardless of the elements. Heaters tend to dry out the air inside which can cause drier skin and painfully dry sinuses. Humidifiers don’t always work to add enough moisture back in or they may add too much. Opening the windows for a few minutes every day welcomes in a little humidity without any extra effort or electricity.

It’s also a great time to figure out this year’s garden. If you are like me, you can’t plant in the ground and have to stick to container gardens. But those little containers have their own rewards. When the cold inevitably returns, you can easily bring your plants inside and when the warm weather returns, pop them back out on the porch.

In the kitchen, I’ve been making more springy foods. Lots of fresh veggies and herbs from the store (the farmers market can’t open soon enough) and lighter meat dishes of grilled chicken breast or pork chops. I’ve even been swapping my afternoon coffee or cacao nibs for a cup of Lady Grey tea. Occasionally I even swap the morning cup for tea.

As Spring approaches, I’ve been focusing my craft and thoughts on the elements and deities that usher in new life and growth. I don’t always leave offerings. I don’t always pray. But in everything I do, I try to be mindful of those I worship, believe in and talk to. Regardless of your beliefs, whether they are pagan, Christian or other, take a moment out of your day to pay respect to our earth and her changing of the seasons. Give thanks to your deity of choice for ushering in the season of new life. Toss out seeds that can feed the birds now while the leftovers sprout into flowers for the honeybees and butterflies in a few months. And while you are at it, spend a few minutes standing in the sun’s warm light and get your daily dose of vitamin D the old fashion way.

I hope spring is on it’s way in your little corner of the world. Until next time, blessed be brothers and sisters.

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Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a fun and interesting week in my little corner of the world. I started this blog and Twitter account and the welcome I’ve received has been amazing.

As a solitary witch who is still mostly in the broom closet, I only realized my path a year ago after a bit of soul searching. I never even heard the term “kitchen witch” until this past summer, but I immediately knew it was what I am. All my life I’ve been crafting recipes that have done what I needed. If I was sick, I could heal myself seemingly overnight regardless of the illness if I whipped up a pot of soup or pasta with lots of fresh garlic. Holidays are stressful for everyone but place a dessert I made or have a cup of coffee I brewed with a little sprinkle of salt in the pot and everyone quit squabbling for a bit. I’ve been making magic in the kitchen all my life and never knew it. Household chores never bothered me as I see them as a way to make the house and its inhabitants happy and relaxed. Now that I practice witchcraft, I find more peace in my every day life. When there seems to be negativity between roommates, a simple prayer, a line of black salt at the door and home cooked meal changes everyone’s attitudes, even the animals’.

I don’t follow Wicca, simply because I have been creating my own path. I mostly follow their creed and am one who will do anything before considering harming another. However, I pray to many different gods and goddesses, not just the Lord and Lady. Outside of the internet, I refer to give sabbats by their common names, Samhain is Halloween, Yule the winter solstice, so on and so forth as a way to keep my practices closeted but still let people know I’m celebrating something and that day is important to me. I do not have an alter and feel I do not need one. My book of shadows looks more like a recipe book dotted with remedies and gardening tips than one of spells and rituals. In fact, when I am asked for a spell, ritual or recipe to make something like black salt, I don’t offer them up, mostly because I don’t have anything set in stone. Every batch of any charm I make is different because my mood, intent and desired outcome are different. I can’t tell you that this exact concoction will work for you because I do not know you, your intent or even your skill level. I only know mine.

While I sometimes wish I had a local witch I could talk to, I know a coven is not for me. Too many energies are overwhelming at times and the idea of passing a series of tests to be accepted reminds me too much of my childhood spent in a strict Christian household. In fact, if my father found out about my path, he would have a heart attack then would immediately think I’ve been possessed by the devil. The first time I had a card reading done, he started telling me the devil speaks to card readers to give them their answers. I’m sad that he feels that way, but it’s his right and it’s my right to pray he will one day accept me when I feel the time is right to tell him.

I am at least welcomed as myself online. Online, I can talk with other witches, pagans and wiccans about my practices and get guidance when I need it or offer suggestions to those in need. I may be a solitary but now I have people to connect with, to grow with. When energies get too intense or negative (as is bound to happen online where people feel they can say anything, no matter how hurtful or damaging it can be), I can leave, go back to being just me, my familiar who loves being with me in the kitchen when she isn’t chasing the dogs around or staring at birds, and my craft.

I hope everyone is doing well on this sunny, warm Friday and I hope you all continue to enjoy my recipes and general information. Blessed be brothers and sisters!