Something that always gives me witchy vibes is that feeling of autumn before it’s there. Like when it’s still in the 70s to 80s, but you can smell it in the air. You can feel it in the depths of the woods.
this can be used in a book of shadows, book of knowledge, path journal, etc.
✧ table of contents: so you don’t have to flip through to find whatever you’re looking for
✧ a page all about you : helps to make it more personalized. you can add your favorite herbs, crystals, plants, incense, tarot cards and just about anything that’s important to your craft. you can write what your path is and what interested you about it. you can add your natal chart.
✧ goals: goals in your path (can be included on the page about you)
✧ calendar: you can write down the lunar phases on it, holidays important to your craft such as Esbats or Sabbats
✧ elements: what they stand for. their importance. correspondence.
✧ herbs/plants/flowers: I wouldn’t put every herb but write down the ones that you most commonly use and their correspondence
✧ crystals: exact same as the herb page.
✧ runes: exact same as herb page.
✧ candles: you can write down what each color represents.
✧ witch tools: write down the tools you use. maybe their importance or what you use them for.
✧ lunar phases: draw them out or print them out and write down their symbolism
✧ astral plane: information about the astral plane and astral projection. your experience with astral projection.
✧ deities: info about your deity/deities (their history, picture, correspondence). offerings ideas. invocations.
✧ rituals/rites/songs: any sort of rituals you do for cleansing, daily rituals etc. anything that’s important to your craft.
✧ spells: you can separate them by their use such as love spells, luck spells, etc.
✧ recipes: for kitchen witchcraft or how to make moon/sun water, elixirs, potions, oils, or just witchy diys!
✧ dream work: accounts of any dreams you’ve had. meaning of dreams. (if applicable)
✧ sigils: how to draw them. how to charge. list of other sigils. (if applicable)
✧ astrology: natal chart. info on the zodiac. what each element/planet/house/aspects mean. celestial events. (if applicable)
✧ tarot/oracle: what each card means. tarot/oracle spreads. results. (if applicable)
✧ pendulum: a pendulum board.
✧ spirit work: info on spirits you have been in contact with. offerings. (if applicable)
✧ energy points: how you use them. their meaning. what stones you can use for each. (if applicable)
✧ auras: different auras. what each color aura means. (if applicable)
✧ familiar: info about them. (if applicable)
✧ alter: traveling alter page. how it’s setup. pictures/drawings of it. (this is also helpful if you’re not open about your craft)
✧ knots: knot magick (if applicable)
✧ reflections: personal reflections.
✧ ancestors: your ancestor line.
✧ resources: info from books you’ve read.
you can decorate your book with dried up leaves/flowers, illustrations, collages, colored pen/markers. I would recommend adding a protection sigil. by no means do you have to make your book aesthetically pleasing, do whatever works for you! In my case, the nicer it is the more I’ll use it. add whatever is important to your craft, don’t add stuff you’re not going to need or use. make it your own!
Here are a few tricks I’ve picked up along my kitchen-witchery journey:
• When frying meat, use tongs and always add the meat to the pan by laying it away from you. This prevents the oil from splashing and burning you.
• Do not prep and cook at the same time. Finish your prep before adding anything to a frying pan or sticking anything in the oven.
• 4 tbsps is equal to ¼ cup. So when something calls for 1/8 of a cup, it means 2 tbsps. No one has 1/8th cups.
• If a recipe calls for buttermilk but you’re all out, add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Boom, you have buttermilk.
• Burned the bottom of your pan? No worries, I do it all the time too! To get those stubborn bits off, add water to the pan and boil it once more on the stovetop. This loosens up the grime so you can scrape it off!
• Keep brownies, cookies, and cakes moist by storing them with a slice of bread. The treat will remain decadent while the bread will harden and crust up.
• Speaking of crusty/stale bread, if you want the best french toast, leave your bread out overnight. Stale bread soaks up more egg/custard and will result in richer, Fuller pieces of french toast.
• Before frosting your goodies, stick your frosting spoon/utensil in the fridge. Colder utensils make for better frosting-spreaders.
• To prevent your cakes from cracking or rising unevenly in the oven, place a dish of water on the rack below. The extra moisture helps cakes cook evenly.
• Eat and use veggies and fruits that are in-season!
• Buy local produce when you can.
• Always work with sharp knives and always slice away from yourself. Dull knives and cuts are no good.
• Lean cuts of meat like pork tenderloin and chicken breasts toughen up when cooked in the oven, on the stovetop, or on the grill. To keep some of the moisture, wrap them in foil or add a sauce to the pan.
• Your measurements don’t have to be perfect! It’s okay to spill a little flour here and there!
• If you screw up a recipe don’t get discouraged! Cooking and baking are trial and error. Both skills come with time and part of the fun is making a few mistakes along the way!
• Intent is important. It doesn’t always matter what magical ingredients you’ve added to the dishes, sometimes intent and reason for making are the strongest most powerful forces you can garner during the process.
• Everyone has different tastes! Some people may not like what you make, others may enjoy it whole-heartedly. Don’t get discouraged if a few people shy away from your food!
That’s it for now! I’m sure I have many more to share, but until then, keep cooking!