Below, you'll find details and pictures of my kitchen altar! This altar was placed as soon as I bought my new pantry shortly after moving into our apartment. I was looking at it today and realized I hadn't shared it with everyone!
My altar is not placed in the kitchen, but rather in the corner of the dining room in front of the kitchen entrance. This serves two purposes. First, being on top of the pantry, it helps to ensure that our pantry always remains full and bountiful. Second, being at the entrance of the kitchen helps to imbue the energy exerted by the items placed upon the altar to those who enter the kitchen.
Upon the left side of the altar, you'll find items such as:
Wheat symbolizing baking and harvest.
Tea, welcoming visitors and friends.
Salt and pepper for protection.
Fruit for the productivity ("fruitfulness") of the kitchen.
I've also placed bottles of local honey on the altar to tie it into the area we live and hopefully ensure the fertility of the local land.
On the right side of the altar, I placed items such as:
A living plant for life, fertility and happiness (specifically Lucky Bamboo, primarily because it survives with less light, but it also represents luck and fertility).
Corn for wealth and abundance.
Balsamic vinegar as a symbol of friendship and love.
An herb pouch made during the Harvest Moon to help with kitchen witchery.
Of course, you're sure to recognize this doll from the Lammas celebration. This Kitchen Witch made of straw is said to protect the kitchen. Her tag reads as follows:
"The Kitchen Witch
She was hung in Colonial
Kitchens to ward off
Help bake tender pies
Help cakes to rise
And to ensure
I ran across this doll at a thrift store some time ago and thought it was too perfect to resist.
Large wooden utensils are often decorations in older homes. This one, in fact, was owned by my grandmother and passed to me when she passed away. These decorations often symbolized good health. Because the family gathers specifically for dinner, they were also a representation of a strong family - the size of the strength displayed in the size of the utensil.
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Question for my readers:
What's on your kitchen altar?