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Magical Food - Beans



(Phaseolus spp)

Lots of different types of green bean – green bean, runner bean, French bean, garden bean etc.

A climbing annual plant with white and sometimes red flowers (depending on the variety) grown for the ‘fruit’ of the plant…the green beans.

Also included in this group are the beans that we use just the ‘seeds’ from such a pinto bean, kidney bean and broad bean.

Basically a whole load of beans…

In ancient Egypt and Greece beans were thought to contain the souls of the dead (quite small souls obviously) and you were therefore not allowed to eat them or destroy the plants.

Linked to the ancestors the humble bean can be used in workings for wisdom and divination.

Shelling beans from their pods was said to bring prosperity your way so use them for money workings.

Apparently if a single woman finds a bean pod with nine beans inside she should hang it over her doorway…the next eligible man that walks through will become her husband (presumably whether he likes the idea or not…).

Beans Magical Properties:

Wisdom, divination, prosperity

Ruling planet – Mercury

Element – Air

Gender – Masculine

Information from: A Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Food by Rachel Patterson


Publication 26th June 2015

Food is magical, not just because of the amazing tastes, flavours and aromas but also for the magical properties it holds. The magic starts with the choice of food to use, be added in whilst you are preparing and cooking then the magic unfolds as people enjoy your food. Dishes can be created for specific intents, moon phases, and rituals, to celebrate sabbats or just to bring the magic into your family meal. Many food ingredients can also be used very successfully in magical workings in the form of offerings, medicine pouches, witches bottles and poppets. Let's work magic into your cooking...


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