Folks, after a hiatus tied up in family obligations, I'm back. I'm giving this blog a reboot and am reposting my original message, below, first written a little more than a year ago and slightly altered for this go-round. I'll be back a lot sooner this time-- just see if I'm not.
Well, here we are. I've been looking for a way to tie in my love for
writing with my magickal self, and it occurred to me the other day (kind
of whacked me over the head, if you want the truth) that a great way to
do this would be via food.
Why food? First and
foremost because I love to cook. I was raised in a family of good cooks,
a family where pie crust is honor and food is cooked from scratch and
where, when I was married, my grandmother's most important gift to me was her own
Third, because as a
magickal person-- a Pagan-- I know that food itself is full of magick,
as is the process of planning and preparing and serving the food. Food
is, after all, essential to life: it is the fuel that fires the sacred
engine known as the human body, and our health, energy, and well being
are fully depending on the quality of that fuel and, I think, the spirit
with which its prepared and consumed. There's nothing more magickal and
sacred than that which is life-giving. And, of course, we Pagans looks
at everything as being imbued with certain attributes and energies,
believing that these subtle influences also play a role in the food's
effects. We also tend to attached a great deal of importance and meaning
to the rituals enacted by preparing and sharing food.
Fourth, let's not ignore that eating can be a sensuous, joyful experience. Most of us associate food with family, tradition, and community, ties that are some of the strongest in our lives.
the bottom line: I believe we humans have forgotten how to respect our
food. We've lost the sense of joy and wonder that should be associated
with the process. We've misplaced the sacred connection between our bodies and the importance of food-as-fuel. And sadly, our dysfunctional relationship with food
has created a host of modern maladies and made us a lethargic, chronically ill society in which, for the
first time in known history, our children may actually have life
expectancies shorter than their parents.
It's time to reclaim our relationship with food. It's time to respect the food
and the processes associated with it.... That's what this blog will be
about-- with a big dose of magick tossed in, because to me, cooking and
food are all about magick and one can't be separated from the other. I'm hoping to bring excitement, practicality, and hopefully a little fun back into your life, at least where food is concerned. Here we go!