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One of my favorite scents is a freshly brewed pot of coffee. Which is a little odd, because I actually don’t like coffee at all. It’s too bitter for me, even when it’s packed full of sugar, cream, or chocolate. But when I smell it, I feel energized and cleansed. It’s like a kickstart to my day. Right now, I’ve got a bag of coffee beans on the counter (they’re a gift for a friend) and I smell them every morning just for that jolt. I think that’s one of the great things about coffee—its physical qualities reflect its magical ones. We’re discussing just that in today’s article, where writer Katiee McKinstry shows some of the myriad ways we can use coffee grounds in magic. As for drinking, though, I’ll stick to tea.
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Casting Spells With Coffee Grounds
By Katiee McKinstry
Say you are in a spellcasting mood, but limited on supplies. What’s something you can use in your kitchen that can amplify your spells? Why, coffee grounds, of course.
Coffee grounds are a beautiful thing to implement in your spellcasting. Not only do they provide food for your plants, but they can also help to cleanse negative energy and invite in creativity. Even if you only have a can of instant coffee lying around, hop in the kitchen and get to casting!
One of the most fun ways to use coffee grounds in spellcasting is using the grounds to create a zen garden. Flatten the grounds into a small, sacred space. Perhaps you will plant real seeds here, or just mental ones. Use the zen garden to cleanse your anxiety, or meditate alongside it. Visualize what it is you want, and allow the coffee grounds to take that shape in your zen garden.
What do we use coffee for? To perk up, speed up, wake up. If there is something in your life that you feel needs attention and a little pick-me-up, sprinkle coffee grounds on your altar or around your body. This will help boost your intention, and bring clarity and speediness to it. Repeat this little ritual until your intentions are accomplished, being sure to clean up the old coffee grounds and use new ones each time.
A lot of us also take to drinking coffee for a mid-day boost. Do you feel like you are slacking at work or school? Maybe you have reached that point in the day where all you want to do is nap? Don’t worry, you can introduce some coffee grounds into your day to make it a little brighter. Grab your favorite essential oil, a bag or something to pour into, and a piece of citrine. Place the crystal in the bag, drop in some oil, and add your coffee grounds. Place this next to you for an added boost of mid-day energy.
If you are looking for a way to cleanse your energy and boost more creativity and positivity, coffee grounds are a simple kitchen item that will be perfect for your spells. They do make a mess, though, so make sure you are cleaning up after using them. Happy casting!
Katiee is a witchy writer based outside Atlanta, GA. She writes about witchcraft, astrology, gaming, pop culture, and more. Her biggest passion is music and concerts, and she has a rabbit named Florence and a cat named Dexter. Follow her on all socials at @rosecafletic.
Welcome to Kitchen Witch’s (sporadic) advice column! We’re here to answer any questions you’ve got about witchcraft, the kitchen, food, or any combination of those topics.
Today’s question is one I’ve heard from new and experienced witches alike over the years: Can you still make moon water if it’s too cloudy or bad weather and the moon isn’t out?
Absolutely yes, you can! Just put your container of water anywhere the moonlight would normally shine. Lunar energies are powerful and will seep through the clouds, even if you can’t actually see the moon. If you’re in a situation where you don’t normally get moonlight shining onto your outdoor space or in through a window, just put your container down anywhere it can see the evening sky and you’ll have moon water in the morning.
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Coming Up Next Week…
Next week, we’re going to learn a bit about the traditions and food in Zambian witchcraft.
See you then!