Kitchen Witchery? What is it to me?

By Raiwvynn November 10th, 2014, under Cottage Witchery, Witchcraft

c513I was asked recently what “Kitchen Witchery” was. This is just my take on it. Not being strictly what I would call a kitchen witch this is just my opinion. I don’t particularly like labels.

To me the practice “kitchen witchery” is about bringing the magickal into the mundane practices of the kitchen. It is about make an atmosphere in my kitchen that brings in magical energy and acknowledges that nothing is truly mundane if we see it for what it really is. Most activities in the kitchen are creative endeavors and that puts our own personal energy into our cooking, cleaning and anything else we might do there. When we acknowledge an utilize our understanding of herbs, colours, ingredients and add our own personal energy and intent we create food and drinks and an atmosphere that can heal, cleanse, encourage, support, and draw in good things.

I think that kitchen witchery also means finding balance. Many often only use their magical energy to deal with the big things in life. I think that it is important that we use that same energy to make our homes a sacred place. Like I have said probably a million times to different people, I believe that sacred space is not just in our circle but it is also with in us. So that said I think that we can bring that sacredness into our kitchen and homes as well.

I am not a Kitchen witch. I am more of a Hedge Witch or Cottage Witch but I believe that there are many similarities and crossovers. I think the important thing is awareness that everything that I do can be magical when I put my intent and use the knowledge and tools of my craft to make it so.

Ways that I can bring my craft more into my kitchen include mostly being aware of the purposes and energies of the things that I do and use in the kitchen. The use of herbs means very little to most people other than to add flavour to their food but since I know many of energies and correspondences of the individual herbs I use I can utilize their strengths for healing, encouragement, prosperity and so much more. Creating an altar or a shrine to honour not only the deities of my home but the energy of the kitchen itself strengthens not only my cooking but anything else I do in that room.  Inviting the presence of deity and honouring them brings in their energies and blessings as well.

Other things that can be used in the kitchen is water, stones, plants, herbs candles – basically anything can be used as long as I  am mindful of the intent and energies that I am working with. Chants, prayers, and even meditations are ways I can bring my craft and more magical energy into my kitchen.

Learning from the Cicada

By Raiwvynn November 9th, 2014, under Animals, Totems

Cicadas have been a totem for me long before I even knew what a totem was. People have often told me that Cicadas cannot be totem animals – well granted they are not really considered animals but insects. However I know what I have learned about and from them and believe that the Cicada is probably one of my life totems.09fa03_cicada

I have been keenly aware of cicadas ever since the summer I turned 13 and spent time on my grandparent’s farm. I found that their song was comforting to me even though many people find them annoying. Cicadas are known for their loud and rather conspicuous songs. I am surprised to find out that most people that I have talked to don’t know what a Cicada looks like and also don’t know that that loud, high pitched sound that they here when the weather is hot and dry is the sound that a Cicada makes. This past year I have had more than ten Cicadas on the fence that surrounds the parking space at the back of the house and have seen 5 or 6 of them in the tree in the front yard.

The first thing that I think about when I hear the Cicadas is about how they make the noises that they make. It is all about vibrations. This made me more aware of the different vibrational levels that we deal with on a daily basis and the fact that I am striving to attain higher more spiritual levels. I’ve been wondering if in my struggles the past number of years I had lost that connection to higher spiritual vibrations as well as the fact that I have become disconnected with my own natural vibrational level. I think that the interference that I have allowed from others has created some disharmony within me in this regard. I think that it is also telling me that my personal vibrations have now moved into a more positive energy.

I know that they have been around to encourage me to improve my communication skills. They have been telling me to speak my heart and to be heard. At the same time they remind me of how I communicate. I know that when I am hurt or upset I can speak harshly and often sarcastically, they remind me to use my voice in a positive way. I think that the Cicada teaches me to find ways of communication that are beneficial to myself and others and I think they inspire me in my music and in my writing.

After doing some reading about the Cicada as a totem there seems to be an agreement that people with Cicadas as their totem can sometimes either be reluctant to know themselves or in a hurry to find out who they are. I think perhaps in some ways throughout my life I have been in both camps on this one. I have vacillated from one extreme to the other. For the last 4 or 5 years the desire to know myself has become almost fanatical at times but thankfully the Cicada totem as well as the Goddess has brought about situations where I have had to sit back and stop the mad pursuit of the depths of my psyche and who I am meant to be and let life progress in a more normal pace. Though this totem lends itself to unearthing the hidden and discerning the differences between reality and illusion it also speaks of patience and doing things in the timing that is appropriate.

I think as well that the Cicada helps me in my becoming. By that I mean that the Cicada aids me in understanding who and what I am; bringing all that I am out of the shadows and into the light or at least into my own awareness. I think that this can manifest itself also as bringing to surface some past life stuff as well. Giving me an awareness not necessarily of the past lives but the lessons learned that have been buried right under the surface and how they affect and influence how I am in the world.

In addition the cicada spends most of its life underground. They live in either 13 or 17 year cycles where they come up from the ground and emerge into the world. I think that my awareness of them being all over the place this past summer has shown me that it is now the time for me to come into my own. It is time for me to come above ground and to live life. No more hiding away from the world, no more avoiding my dreams, goals and wishes. It also has made me aware of the fact that I need to uncover the hidden truths about me, about life and to look beneath the surface – I need to come up and live in the light without fear.

 

Define yourself they ask…

By Raiwvynn November 6th, 2014, under Personal Growth, Wiccan, Witchcraft

I was asked recently how I would define my path. I thought wow! That’s really an interesting question but perhaps not so easy to define as it really is in a state of constant change. But in some ways it is also very simple. I am sure I will come back to this and redefine things as I go along but this is a start.

I believe in the Goddess and the God. Do I believe in them as archetypes or as individual Deities? Both. I think that that the archetypes call to us in the form that suits us best. The form that is most acceptable to us. I can accept that there are a number of Goddesses who essentially are “The Goddess” embodied. So for me I am called by the Celtic and Norse Pantheons predominately. It resonates with my Celtic Heritage and my Norwegian Heritage. It gives me a connection not only to the Goddess and the God but to my history. I honour and serve the deities in my actions towards others and towards the earth I live on. I honour them in my worship and also in my learning. I don’t particularly believe that if I do something wrong that the Gods are going to strike me down. I do however believe that they can and will withhold their wisdom, energy and their blessings.

The other primary focus of my beliefs is that of connecting with the power or energy of nature. This is actually the more complicated part of my faith really. What does it mean to connect to nature? Well it means acknowledging and accepting the power that flows from the natural world and using and taking care of all of the nature that pours out that energy. How does that manifest itself in my life? Well for example all living things have energy so I work with them. I work with the plants and the animals and I take care not to harm or endanger them if at all possible. I work with the cycle of life understanding that life and death are a part of the cycle and that in taking responsibly and giving back are also part of that responsibility. I have a responsibility not to take more than I need and to facilitate the growth and replenishment of anything that I do take. I am responsible for giving honour to what I take and not waste it or use it to bring about harm. I am responsible for using the energy to bring about life and creation not destruction.

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So how do these two things manifest in my path?

Well traditionally I guess you could call me a Wiccan. I follow the basic tenants that are covered by most Wiccan traditions.

  • Do what you will but harm none (Rede)
  • What you send out will return times three (Karma)
  • Life is a cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth as seen in human life but also in the wheel of the year and the agricultural cycles (Cycle of Life/Wheel of the Year)\
  • There is a balance in the world  – positive and negative, male and female, yin and yang that needs to be respected and strived for
  • All living things have energy that can be utilize for positive or negative means
  • The earth is the embodiment of the Mother – so we take care of her
  • Within each of us is an element of the divine
  • I have and can use the power within me

So more practically I believe that my path is one of healing and nurturing of those around me and of the natural world. I believe that in all things that I do I need to be conscious and vigilant about creating and healing as opposed to destroying. I practice my craft as much as possibly without harming nature or other people or animals. I believe that drawing on the energy within and the energy of nature can heal and create and sustain life.

When it comes to dealing with magical power I believe that this should be done with extreme caution, and with understanding of what you are doing. Because of this I believe that my path calls me to extensive study not only of the “Magical Arts” but of the natural world, the different cultures and of course the deities that I work with. I think that an uninformed witch is at the least is ineffective and the worst a threat. I believe that wisdom grows with knowledge and practice so we must use was we know and learn in order to move forward and be of aid to our world and our Gods.

The practice of my craft is pretty much in every part of my day. I wake and meditate and have a few moments of devotion before my Deities altar. And then I go about my day taking care of the mundane and doing my best to draw in the magick and power of my faith in the Gods and in the power of nature. I don’t believe that my path is fully definable right now nor do I think it ever will be. It is in a state of change right even now as I write.

I’m a witch. I am in touch with nature and the energies there. I am in touch with my Gods and their energy is present in my life. I do my level best to treat all people, and nature with respect and care – striving to heal and strengthen instead of tear down and destroy. I strive to learn and grow and gain wisdom and understanding about the nature of the world I live in, the people in this world and the occult as well. That is my path. Learning, growing, practicing what I learn, and helping to heal a pretty damage world.

 

Raiwvynn Dusana Windsong

Finally Here….

By Raiwvynn October 28th, 2014, under Personal Growth

Well, I have been wanting to start up a blog again. It’s been a few years and I definitely was never consistent. But I am going to follow along with Lylith and Wynter and see if maybe I can keep motivated. I love to write but usually its just scribbling away in my journals and keeping my thoughts hidden away. I am hoping that this is going to be a way to bring me a bit more out of my shell and also to help me share the things I am learning with others so that we can all learn from each other and grow together. Your feed back is welcome and I look forward to what’s to come.

Blessings of laugher and love

Raiwvynn