We all know that blissful moment of putting our feet up at the end of a hard day and sipping a hot cup of soothing tea. Relaxing, calming and apparently the answer to every situation: ‘Have a cup of tea, it will make you feel better.’ But tea can also be extremely magical, especially if you create the blends yourself and tie them in with your magical intent.
I have a beautiful teapot that has a built in infuser, but you can get small metal infusers for individual cups of tea and these are brilliant for popping your tea blends into or just use a normal teapot and a strainer. You will want to use one of these methods otherwise you will be spitting bits of herb and spice out…
I think there is something very magical about the whole process of making tea, especially if you make a bit of an effort rather than just throwing a teabag into a cup and filling it up. It can become a small ritual in itself.
The Japanese have a tea ceremony called Chanoyu, Sado or Ocha. The whole event from preparation to serving and drinking the tea (a green tea called Matcha) is part of the ritual. It isn’t all about drinking the tea, it is about the care and attention that goes
into it, the serving of it and the appreciation.
The Japanese tea ceremony is for creating relaxation, communication (if you are serving guests), connections with your surroundings and the elements, to create harmony, but ultimately the aim is to make that deep spiritual connection that you get from drinking the tea in silent contemplation. Almost as if the process from preparation, serving and drinking is all part of a ritual to send you into a meditative spiritual state. The Japanese tea ceremony philosophy is one of harmony, respect,
purity and tranquillity.
From the Magic of Tea (quoted above) to a Happy Cake Filled Ending, this is a celebratory sort of book for bringing magic into your everyday life. Lots of recipes, lots of correspondences between foodstuffs and all manner of things - ideal for your sympathetic magic. Magic for hearth and home.
The kitchen is traditionally the woman's domain, as wife, and mother, as domestic servant. I should perhaps give a nod to the sinister witches kitchens where children may be cooked, but there's none of that here! This is a book of benevolent, family friendly magic where nothing is going to object to going in the oven.
it's very readable, and accessible, the recipes are pretty straightforwards, and can be used as acts of seasonal celebration, or as food magic. Food preparation is a great focus for intent, it gives you enough to be doing, it gives you a delivery method, and if you want to bring any kind of joy, encouragement, romance or good fortune into the world, something charming and edible will help that process on its way.