Spell from the Cupboard by Silver RavenWolf
Molasses (which is boiled sugar cane, grapes, or sugar beets) -- attraction, love, attracting earth spirits, material object prosperity Brown Sugar -- white sugar blended with molasses -- white sugar is used for attraction, love and to invite "good spirits" into a cleansed area and is thought to help dispel the power of dark spirits (Cunningham). Beryl has a different take -- exploring the mysteries. Egg -- birthing as well as cleansing Flour -- depends on what kind you use -- wheat flour -- wheat is used in many spells to attract money, good fortune and abundance into the home -- it is also used to "keep food" coming into the home. Beryl indicates wheat has been used for centuries by many cultures as a religious herb, promoting good fortune and blessings from the earth goddesses. Rice flour is also associated with fertility, protection, bringing rain and drawing money to you (Cunningham) and is used as an offering to the Gods and is used in ritual circle to help facilitate the group mind (Beryl). Rye Flour, according to Cunningham, is primarily used for fidelity and love. Vanilla -- love, lust and mental powers (Cunningham) Salt -- Cleansing Baking Soda -- Bicarbonate Soda - is a chemical compound salt that neutralizes acids and breaks down proteins. Baking Soda can reduce acidity -- and a pinch can be added to coffee or spaghetti sauce. Beans are soaked in water with a touch of baking soda to reduce gas. Baking soda is also used in toothpaste (because it is a mild abrasive tooth cleaner, fire extinguishers (not for grease fires), and food preparation baking. When baking soda is heated is releases bubbles of carbon dioxide, which causes the batter to rise. Baking soda can be used around the foundation of a home to keep ants out, because it irritates their outer covering -- and as a meat tenderizer. With that information -- tell me how you would use baking soda as a MAGICKAL ingredient in spellwork.
If we were going to do a spell with these ingredients -- what do you think this overall combination would support? Fertility? Money? The abundance of food in the home? Love? Passion?
In the mundane world -- the combination of Molasses, Brown Sugar, an Egg, Flour, Baking Soda, and a touch of vanilla if you are so apt -- is the famous Pennsylvania Dutch Shoofly Pie.
To add some fun research from WhatsCookingAmerica.net: As the very earliest settlers came to North America by boat, they brought with them the staples of their diet - long-lasting nonperishable that would survive a long boat trip. These staples were flour, brown sugar, molasses, lard, salt, and spices. Arriving in the new land during late fall, they had to live pretty much on what they had brought with them until the next growing season. The women, being master of the art of "making do," concocted a pie from the limited selection that could be found in the larder. This resourcefulness led to the creation of shoofly pie.
Today's Challenge: You have no "special" magickal supplies -- only those items in your cupboard. Do a working that involves physical items from your kitchen cupboard Without going to a specialty store, and by only looking within your own home or apartment, what items would you pick -- and why? You can choose any topic! Feel free to share our ideas or tell us the working you completed! We'd love to hear!
(1) My old brain (2) Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs by Scott Cunningham; published by Llewellyn World Wide (3) A Compendium of Herbal Mgick by Paul Beyerl; published by Phoenix Publishing
Peace with the Gods! Peace with Nature! Peace Within!