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This was a surprisingly hard list to create. There is little information out there on the magical correspondences of meat an animal products, and even less of that information is compiled in one place. I found only two good sources for this information:
- A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food by Rachel Patterson
- Alchemical Properties of Foods: Hundreds of Foodstuffs Classified According to Their Elemental Nature
I do wonder at why it was so hard to find this information, but I think there are two main reasons this is.
Firstly, witches nowadays are very concerned with the ethical ramifications of our magic and our food. For that reason, a lot of witches are vegetarian or vegan.
Secondly, many modern cultures, especially Western cultures, frown upon animal sacrifice for religious purposes. To ascribe a magical purpose for the death of an animal could lead others to sacrifice those animals “just” for religious purposes.
But the fact is, there is magical meaning behind all the things we eat. For that reason, to help all the kitchen witches out there that have been searching for this information with little success, I have created this table with the magical correspondences of animal products.
Use it, don’t use it. But it’s still important information that would be a shame if we lost it!
You’ll notice that most of the animal products listed have information missing. Unfortunately, there just isn’t a lot of information out there, and I didn’t want to rely on my unverified personal gnosis for this information. If you know of a source that fills in any of the missing information, please contact me or leave a comment below. I’d love to update this with more correspondences!
|Animal Product||Elemental Associations||Ruling Planets||Deities||Magical Properties|
|Beef||Fire, Earth||Female cows: The moon|
Male cows: The sun
|Hathor, Isis||Excitable energy, power, fertility, blissful energy, aggressive energy, beef tongue is used in spells to control what someone says and stop gossip|
|Butter||Water, Earth||Moon||Ea, agricultural deities||Peace, spirituality, calming stressful relationships, increasing tenacity, helping with life changes, increases spirituality, helps to connect with deities, makes spells more nurturing and healing, commonly used offering for deities and the Fae|
|Caviar||Water||Moon||Sexual energy, aphrodisiac, emotions, passion|
|Cheese||Air, Earth||Saturn||Apollo||Things coming to fruition, raising vibrations, adds positive energy, success, happiness|
|Chicken||Fire||Represents the sunrise, sacrificed to Roman gods, healing, restorative properties, divination with the bones. The bones can be added to money drawing spells or luck spells|
|Crab||Water||Moon||Apollo||Grounding spiritual energy, spirituality, hex breaking|
|Egg Shells||Earth||Protection, peace|
|Eggs||All elements||Represents creation, the universe, the soul, primordial mysteries, immortality, new life, new beginnings, and fertility. Used for divination.|
|Fish||Water||Murigen||The power of the unconscious, fertility, prosperity, abundance, healing, emotions, cleansing, and purification. Fish has been sacred to nearly every culture throughout history.|
|Fowl Game Meat||Fire||Fidelity and faithfulness. Represents the sacred cycles because of their migratory cycle. Used in divination rituals|
|Gravy||Water||Moon||Smooths transitions, mellows energy, controls aggressive qualities, calming, emotions, healing, cleansing, purification|
|Honey||Water||Ra, Demeter||Happiness, fulfillment, good moods, healing, love, prosperity, passion, spirituality, fairy offerings|
|Ice Cream||Water||Moon||Love, spirituality, change, malleability|
|Lamb||Fire, Earth||Sensitivity, sacrifice, caring, nurturing, new life, beginnings, spring, fertility. Represents sacrifice for a higher purpose|
|Liver||Fire||Mammal liver represents raw courage and power. Fighting or warlike energy. Used by the Romans to predict the future.|
|Lobster||Fire||Mars||Ares||Chaotic energy, fighting, war|
|Mammal Game Meat||Fire||Fidelity, divination, power, and energy. Many cultures believe you acquire the power and characteristics of the eaten animal.|
|Milk||Water||Moon||All goddesses, Hera||Goddess energy, feminine nurturing energy, motherly love, moon magic, offerings, love, spirituality, fairies|
|Oysters||Water||Moon||Passion, balance, sexual power, hermaphroditic or gender neutral energy|
|Pork||Fire||Manannan, Demeter||Dramatic energy, intensifying, strength, fertility, prosperity, luck, longevity|
|Sausages||Fire||Male fertility, masculine energy|
|Turkey||Fire, Air||Family traditions, celebrations, motivation, increasing attention, clarity, focus|
|Yogurt||Water||Moon||Spirituality, creativity, healing depression|
How To Use This Information
The most obvious (and ethical) way to use this information is in non-vegan kitchen magic. When you’re making a steak for a loved one, consider the magical correspondences of beef. If you’re working on fertility magic to conceive a child, consider adding some caviar to a romantic dinner.
You can also leave animal products as an offering to the gods or the Fae. Most witches would be fine with leaving milk or honey out, but I think it becomes a little less accepted when it comes to meat. This is less ethical because the offering isn’t being consumed physically, but sometimes this is what the gods demand.
What matters is that you please the gods and stick with your morals. You are never under any obligation to please another witch.