Written by Priestess Hypatia
For Coven Life
Over the next series of articles I will be presenting the ‘Magick of Food’ by introducing you to some wonderful recipes and ingredients that can transform the way you eat and cook food. But before I delve into that, I feel that I need to expand on the essence behind the inspiration of the previous article The Magick of Food.
So here is a little bit about me…..
Back in 1987 I saw a wonderful movie called ‘Babette’s Feast’. One that transformed the way I thought about food. It allowed me to think of food, the art of cooking and eating on a soul level and the Psyche. I ventured out into the big wide world of cooking to fulfill my dream as a Chef, traveling around the world and learning the culinary art. All the while there was something missing. A feeling I just couldn’t describe.
Much later yet another movie ‘Chocolat’ with Juliet Binoche triggered that feeling I had many years before. One that ignites a passion filled with magick even at the thought of collecting and put together ingredients. It’s like an alchemical process, transforming a simple meal from the mundane into the magickal.
If anyone is familiar with such movies like ‘A Touch of Spice’ and even the esteemed and rather accurate animation ‘Ratatouille’ you will understand how food can have such a sensory and psychological impact. Using simple fresh and whole ingredients, grown, stored, prepared and cooked with love, it can truly become memorable, one that will transform your existence.
Many years in the Industry running and owning restaurants, then going on to training Chefs, I decided to take a sabbatical from cooking and do some study. Of course, I thought, the next logical stage was Nutrition. Becoming a Clinical Nutritionist has allowed me to look at the actual alchemical process of food and its effects on the human body mind and soul. I loved the pathophysiological aspect of food however my interest in the spiritual aspect of food was far greater.
Putting it all Together
My dedicated spiritual vocation over the years has given me the privilege to look deep into my soul aspect and discover my 2 loves. Spirituality and Nutrition. Now, alongside Clinical Nutrition, I also practice Spiritual Nutrition.
Spiritual Nutrition allows me to look at an individual in a more holistic manner. It takes more than vitamins, minerals and nutrients to heal an ill body. There is a deep psych attached to the element of food, one that takes us back to our first ancestors who walked this earth. Food has been associated with the human psyche since the beginning of time. It is used in many spiritual practices as offering to the spirits, ancestors, Gods, etc.
There is an intimate connection to food with humans since the hunter- gatherer times, one that brings people together in the planting, harvest, preparing and of course eating. Festivals are created and centered on the foods that are harvested during a season, it nourishes our entire existence and feeds our mind, body and soul, so how can this NOT be magick. Simply put food IS magick, it is a gift from the Gods themselves, this is one of the reasons we have harvest festivals, perform offerings and sacrifices. Such practices have been and will continue to be honored throughout millennia.
Keep it Real!
It is important to me and many others I suspect to keep food real. Steering away from artificial, highly processed and even packaged food. Anything that has an ingredient label attached to it I seriously try and avoid if I can. Anything that is unethical, mass produced, artificial and genetically modified all for the convenience of the corporate company. Supporting local farmers and local stores that supply locally grown produce is all part of my ethos, I also encourage my clients to do so.
Society has drifted so far away from the reality of what food actually is. Food is sacred, not a mass produced lump of dead nutrients that is treated with disrespect. Our soil and atmosphere are being over polluted and over planted, developing a deficiency that is being transferred into the food we eat. They then try to compensate by adding artificial fertilizers to the soil killing the natural process. Planting GMO foods that only are good for one harvest, confusing the wildlife, the bees, the trees and of course all the other animals including us humans.
As a result the Great Mother becomes ill and of course as we are an extension of Her existence so do we become ill including everything that she has gifted to us. Our food is making us sick, in fact I just finished attending a lecture with convincing scientific evidence of such shameful global practices. Bringing diseases to the forefront in epidemic proportions such as autoimmune, inflammatory, psychological, pathophysiological, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies in first world countries, malnourished and deformities as a result, cancers, Hormonal imbalances and the list just goes on. This is NOT reality, the reality is that we all have an ability to live a long healthy good quality life, this is a fact not an assumption. In Haiti one of the poorest countries in the world, they refuse assistance from Monsanto (a global food abomination) because their crops are all GMO. The people from Haiti know all too well of the effects of what such food companies and practices can do to their existence.
Can a Diet have an Impact on our Spirituality?
Once we become aware of our actual connection to food, nourishment or human nutrition takes on a spiritual aspect. Growing our own food to harvest and cook is very powerful magick indeed and most definitely impacts on our spirituality. It’s like growing your own herbs, drying them and using them in potions, lotions or a sacred incense during ritual, far more powerful than buying online from a mass produced herbal supplier. How can the magick of your herbs take effect if the energy is wrong to begin with? You plant them, nurture them, and care for them, sharing your own essence. Everything we do, everything we are is energy, one that comes from a pure light source. Just look up and you will see this grand ball of energy called the Sun. Plants thrive in a conducive environment, just like people, science has proven this over and over again.
Food is the same, they too are plants. They should be planted at certain times of the year, in fact looking at the Farmers Armagnac calendar one can see even at certain times of the month what is required, this is called bio dynamic planting. It allows the plant to be at its best, ridding it of disease and producing the best possible food, it is the exact same effect on our body. If this isn’t spell work, I don’t know what is!
The Pythagorean’s- about 600BC believed that a healthy diet contributes to a higher sense of being, encouraging and leading one to a path of enlightenment, a healthy body equates to a higher spiritual being, a cleaner essence and a pure thought. This is what they call the light body. It is through these pure thoughts that one develops their soul aspect or as the ancient Greeks called the Psyche. The ancient Greeks had a maxim- Your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habit, your habit becomes your character your character becomes your fate, and no one can escape their fate.
Mind, Body, Soul Connection
Modern spirituality calls this the ‘Mind, Body, Soul connection’. The reality is that the pure light body is not a metaphysical speculative pseudoscience. The ancients knew what they were talking about. Modern science has discovered something called Bio photons- These are actual’ bits of light’ energy found in all living plants and animals that also include humans. These ’bits of light’ have been proven to play a vital role in supporting the health and well-being of cells and the immune system. Without these ‘Bits of light’ our body becomes ill, our mind becomes ill and our soul then becomes ill.
REMEMBER you are what you eat! If you eat food filled with light then that is what you will become.
In the following articles I will be introducing simple food sources and their benefits to the ‘Mind, Body and Soul’.