I knew as soon as I decided to add a category page called “Domestic Paganism” to the blog, that I would feel the need to offer some kind of explanation of what it is ~ and what it’s not.
Probably one of my favorite descriptions of what a Domestic Pagan (Kitchen Witch/Hearth Witch/Domestic Witch) is comes from a post on The Modern Pagan called What is a Domestic Witch? It gives a good general definition, but to that, I’d like to add my own.
For me, the short answer to “what is a domestic pagan?” is that I focus on home and family and add touches of “magick” throughout my home and my interactions with my family.
The long answer can be a little more complicated, mainly because it’s something that I have finally accepted about myself and am in the process of delving deeper into myself. As I learn more about this aspect of myself, I know that my definition of it will change and grow with me, but I’ll give you a few ideas of what it is I do that makes me consider myself a “Domestic Pagan”.
For starters, my home and my family are my life. At the end of the day, they top the list of what is important to me. It’s one of the few areas of my life where I have to admit, I do care what other people think. When people come to my home, or meet my family, I want their impression to be a positive one, and I feel like whatever their impressions are, are a direct reflection of me.
I most strongly identify myself with my home and my family. I feel that they define who I am, what I am, and what my purpose in this lifetime is.
One of my favorite things in the world to do is cook and I can sit and look back to the early years of my life, before I ever knew their was such a thing as Paganism (Domestic or otherwise) and see where, even though I didn’t know what I was really doing other than caring for my home and family, that I unconsciously was practicing Domestic Paganism by adding certain herbs or ingredients to a meal when there were things going on in our lives.
Knowing some of the magickal associations of herbs and foods now, I realize that I was cooking with magick, even then.
Paganism for me, is very basic and simple. I have tried doing things what I consider “the hard way”, and even spent some time last year going to school working on getting my “Priestess” title, but after some long and serious thought, I realized that it was just more than I really wanted from my spirituality. I don’t feel that it has to be complicated to be meaningful, and serving the larger community just really isn’t what I want to do. I want to serve myself, my home and my family.
When I cook, I stir clockwise to bring the energies of the ingredients to us, or counter-clockwise to banish something. If someone is under the weather, I cook dishes that include foods and herbs with healing properties. When someone is depressed, I use things that draw happiness or banish negativity. I chant while I sweep, banishing negative energy from the house.
To some, these things may seem small, but to me, they help make up and define who and what I am, as well as defining a very fulfilling (at least for me) spiritual practice.
As I learn and grow, I will add posts to this topic covering things more in depth, but I hope this at least gives you an idea of what being a Domestic Pagan, or Kitchen Witch, is about.