Calendar of the Sun
Feast of the Kitchen God/dess
Colors: Red and blue
Altar: On this day the altar is built in the kitchen, on the center of the main table. All activity of
the day centers around the kitchen. Crowning the pile should be the paper portrait of the Kitchen
Goddess. Decorate the altar with dishes of food, glasses of drink, and copper pots. Use the best
china. The portrait of the next kitchen goddess should be hidden under someone's clothing,
rolled up and waiting.
Offerings: The entire kitchen should be cleaned thoroughly. Afterwards, the kitchen should be
cleaned again. A pot of honey should be placed nearby.
Daily Meal: Enough food should be made and laid out to feed the entire community for the
lunch and dinner period, and outsiders should be invited in to share it if possible. The food
should be lavish and elaborate and aesthetically prepared.
Invocation to the Kitchen Goddess
Lady who watches over
The heart of our home,
Lady who fills our bellies
And who observes all our faults,
Today we send you to heaven
On a curl of smoke from your hearth.
We ask you, be generous,
And speak well of our efforts.
When you speak of our faults,
Have compassion on our humanity
Lady who guides our hands,
Send us pots that do not burn,
And enough love and peace
To infuse every morsel
Of nourishment that we here consume.
(Each person present should step forward, dip their finger in the honey, and touch it to her
picture, asking her aloud or silently to forgive them for whatever pettiness occurred in the
kitchen that year, be it actions or thoughts. Then she is taken to the hearth and burned in the
flame, while everyone present claps and chants rhythmically. After that, lunch is eaten, and then
a new Kitchen Goddess is installed in her place.)
Chant: Fire of the hearth, Fire of the wine,
Fire of the heart, Fire of the mind,
Fire of the Art, Fire out of time.
[Pagan Book of Hours]