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.
For this recipe, I use the Red Klondike potatoes. I don’t really measure much around here (the bane of the Kitchen Witch), but it’s easy enough to figure out how much you want or like of the ingredients.
Red Klondike Potatoes (I start chopping until I have as many as I feel I want)
Cheese of your choice (Gouda is one of our favorites)
Butter (enough so that the potatoes have something to cook in and not stick)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut up the potatoes into bite-sized pieces and place in a baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place aluminum foil over the pan and put in the preheated oven. I cook mine around 15 minutes or so, but time will vary depending on the size you cut the potatoes.
- Once the potatoes are fork-tender, grate cheese over the top, sprinkle with bacon bits and put them under the broiler just long enough for the cheese to get melted well.
Once out of the oven, you could add sour cream over the top if you wanted to, and I want to try that variation myself, but when I made these the last time, I didn’t have any. I also forgot to take any pictures, so the next time I make them, I will make sure to add them!
My name is Fae Moon and I am the resident blogger here at The Tiny Hearth. Let me start off by telling you a little bit about who I am and what you’ll find here at TTH.
I am a wife, mother, and soon-to-be grandmother (our little bundle of Wee Witchy joy is due on March 2, 2014 ~ which happens to be the day after my birthday, too).
I have been blogging off and on, it seems, since blogging began, but didn’t begin to take it seriously until about 3 years ago when I found myself caring for my dying mother and her husband that was slowly going insane. That blog, unfortunately, disappeared in a maintenance mishap and even the techy guys where I was hosting at the time couldn’t make it come back. Since then, I have floated around from place to place, never quite feeling at home anywhere else and too disheartened to try to revamp my lost blog (let me tell you, that was over a year of hard work, writing, socializing and making a name for myself).
Now, after nearly 20 years together, Draco (my husband and the love of my life) and I, find ourselves on the brink of a completely different life.
Witchlet is our only child and she has been gone from home for years now, and suddenly we find ourselves about to be grandparents! That means that the pitter-patter of Wee Witchy Feet will once again return to our hearth.
Draco has frequently worked jobs with unpredictable hours, and for the last 2 years, it seems he has spent more time out of town than at home and he has just changed jobs to one with a set schedule and days that is local.
In addition to all of that, for the last 4 years, we have mostly lived with other people. We gave up our place nearly 4 years ago to care for my parents and then we moved in with a friend of ours and our lives have been reduced to a bedroom for those 4 years.
Within the next month or so, we will find ourselves moving into a camper and putting it on a semi-permanent site about 15 minutes from Draco’s new job.
I have to admit, I have teetered between excited and nervous, but I have found a number of sites recently about living in small spaces and making it work, so now I am filled with confidence and excitement over this next phase of our lives.
In The Tiny Hearth, you will find stories about our lives and our family, recipes, tips for living and growing plants in small spaces, and frugal living. You will also hear a lot about my favorite little 4-legged baby, my Pug, who is also my familiar.
It also just so happens that Draco and I consider ourselves Pagans. Now don’t get all nervous. It’s most likely not what you think (it’s not what most non-pagans think it is). Our practice is really very different from what I think most Pagans do. I am what I consider a Hearth Witch, or Kitchen Witch, when means that my focus is on my home, my family, cooking and cleaning.
I also do a handful of crafts and I intend to start doing a few more that I may share from time to time.
I’m very excited to have this chance to spend some time with all of you and I look forward to growing a community of people around this blog! I hope you come to enjoy your time here as much as I do!
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