Kitchen Witch: Self-Love Coffee Recipe

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Hello my witchlings! Today I’ve concocted a magical drink for you!

Is it the secret to eternal beauty?

No.

Is it the elixir of eternal youth!?

I WISH.

While my recipe is neither of those things, I think it’s something that’s almost as important!

We all have days (or weeks, am I right?!) where we feel we’re not good enough or pretty/handsome enough, or funny enough, or really ENOUGH. And that’s no way to think about yourself OR your life. Because you’re none of those negative thoughts you tell yourself. Would you talk to your friend the way you talk to yourself? NO. You are YOUR friend too–so talk to yourself like you would talk to your best friend and leave those negative comments about yourself behind!

It’s my hope that this drink I’ve created will help put your mind back in it’s right frame of mind so that you can start your day off with positive thoughts about yourself, and confidence in WHO. YOU. ARE.

There is no other you, and the world needs you. Yes, YOU. The people in your life need you, and you have a purpose in life–and that is to LIVE. Whether you like it or not, you touch and influence someone’s (or multiple someone’s) life everyday. You matter, you are unique, and you are NEEDED AND LOVED.

I hope this drink helps inspire self-love to your mornings! Blessed be! 

Self-love Coffee

you will need:

Pink Coffee Mug 
(or really any coffee mug that makes you feel happy!)
Coffee- Helps dispel negative thought forms and overcome internal blockages Cloves- For Self Confidence (use 1 teaspoon to the coffee for each cup you’re making. So if you’re making 2 cups of coffee in your coffee machine, add 2 tsp cloves)
Cinnamon- Increases effectiveness of any mixture it’s added to (add in 1 tablespoon for every cup)
Allspice- Adds strength of will, determination, and perseverance (add in 3 tsp for every cup)

Directions:

Before doing any kitchen magic (aka, making this coffee!) remember to light a candle to a hearth goddess–a tealight will do– and place it on the stove. Then take a few deep breaths to bring your focus to the goal for the day, which is coffee for self love so you have confidence in yourself and your words and your actions!

Put your coffee grounds in a bowl and stir counter clockwise (to release) with your kitchen wand (aka a wooden spoon you’ve blessed and use specifically for magical cooking) . Inhale the scent and with each breath and stir imagine the scent brushing away negative words you’ve said to yourself or your appearance or even your personality.

Next add in the cloves and stir clockwise (to bring in). Put into your mind, an image of you being happy, speaking easily to people, being happy/proud of you in your body size, shape, and personality. Imagine a scene if you want, of what you image yourself to be/act like in your minds eye.

Add in the allspice and stir clockwise. This is important. Pause here. Really, really focus on this image you’ve created. Of you happy, confident, of people and friends responding positively to you. Of you making a funny joke or cheering someone up. Of you being able to flirt with some one you find cute and it going well. But infuse in this though with this spice as you stir, YOUR WILL. Your belief. That you CAN do this and that this version of you that you made and want to be IS what you are.

Lastly, add in the cinnamon and stir clockwise. This herb will boost your energy and intention that you’re stirring into your coffee.

Take a moment now to put your hands over your mixture, eyes closed. Ask your goddess to aid you in your vision, hold that vision of the you, you want to be. Hold it and believe it OF YOURSELF. Not some distant thing you’ll be someday, BUT WHO YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.

Send that image and positive energy into the mixture and when you feel it’s time, say firmly “AS I WILL IT, SO MOTE IT BE.

Put your coffee mixture into your coffee filter and make coffee as normal. Add in sugar for love and sweetness and milk (or creamer/half & half) for healing of your heart and aura, if you wish.

Remember to stir in clockwise, to bring in positive energy, AND ENJOY!

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Litha Ritual (solitary) 2015

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I’m a child of the night. Even as a tiny tot I liked staying up late and hated being woken up early. Hated it. HATED IT. My mom used to stand in the doorway of my room and throw rolled up socks at my head to wake me up for school because if she got too close I punched and kicked and then rolled up tighter in my blanket.

But I also love summer. Not as much as fall or spring, but I love it. I love the smell of sunscreen and coconut and the salty ocean air. I love the sun as long as I’m wearing 100000+ proof sunscreen (because I’m Irish. I just sunburn, peel, and I’m still white. Ooops.). It’s a time to spend with friends and family, to laze about on the porch or couch, or go off adventuring. It’s a time to just enjoy life.

since I’m celebrating this Solstice alone this year, I thought well, if I have to do it alone, I may as well share it with my pagan community! Because the internet means you’re never really alone! Right? So for all you wonderful pagans and open minded people, here’s my ritual that I did today/tonight! Enjoy guys!

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Some practices say to take a ritual bath–and I decided to add a twist on it! It’s a bit hot out to be taking a hot bath, and I’m pretty sure the local pool wouldn’t be too happy if I went around sprinkling it with oil and herbs, so instead I drew a cold bath, added a few drops of lavender oil, and some quartz stones. After cooling off and soaking in that wonderful energy, off I went to work!

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my alter, mid-working!

In Wicca (and other practices) people create circles and call the four corners. A friend of mine once said, “I don’t cast circles most of the time, I feel like I’m locking out energy.” And you know what? It made sense to me! I now only draw circles and call quarters for very intense workings–otherwise I assume having a big bad God and Goddess  summoned is enough to repel most things! So no circle was cast. I called upon Lugh of the Long Hand (Celtic pantheon, though I’ll get into that pet peeve in a later entry), since he’s considered a sun god, and it was his day to shine (literally!).

After cleansing my space and calling on Lugh, I then made an incense with the herbs that corisponed with this day! Here is the recipe, feel free to use it! I used it by literal pinches, as I ground it up in my mortar and pestal, but if you wanted to make it in bulk, just replace pinches for tablespoons or cups! 🙂 Also, if I had it on hand, I’d have added 2 drops myrrh!

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Litha Incense 

part pine needles 

part rose petals

part lavender 

*2 drops myrrh (optional)

directions: Grind together with mortar and pestel. Imagining the suns’ energy infusing it with each crush. Or infuse it with love! 

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After that, I blessed it over the yellow candle I had lit (it had three wicks, which I thought fitting!) and then got ready for my next fun activity of the day: A Litha Tarot reading! And what a day for it! There was a light breeze, but it was still hot and humid. Ah summer. How I both love and dislike thee.

The tarot reading is great for seeing where you are at the height of summer! Now, traditionally I know that this is seen as the last day of summer. But I always feel like this is the start of summer, and my life always seems to really get put into action around this time. Something major always shifts, so I suppose that’s why I always see the whole season of June-August as a free for all, and Litha as the start!

This is any easy spread to do, especially if you’re just learning! First, light the incense you just made by putting it in on charcoal!

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Then, do your tarot reading!

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 After that, I had to wait a bit for evening to come for doing one of my favorite things: Making candles! The sun may have set, but that doesn’t mean the magic has to stop! Yesterday I had posted I went to the beach with friends. After asking permission and giving some energy in return, I took sand with which to make sand candles! When melting and stirring the wax I imagined the sun’s strength in it, for when the nights grow cold and the wind nips bitterly, I’ll light the candle and once again the sun’s warmth will be in my room!

I’ll post the tutorial for Litha Sand Candles tomorrow, as this post is getting way too long!

I hope you all had a wonderful Litha/Summer Solstice!