Another of the workshops I attended at PantheCon 2016 was “Goddess in the Kitchen: The Making and Magic of Food.” One of the presenter’s key points was that food is one of the primary ways in which we are sustained and comforted. She even used the image of babies feeding at the breast, which to me was the first problematic statement. #NotAllMothers breastfeed, and those who don’t aren’t any less for not doing so. Some don’t breast feed by choice, and others are unable for various reasons, including that they might have been designated male at birth.
But also, it seemed that the word “food” was used in a very specific way in this workshop: things that have not been heavily processed. The concept of “energy code” was described as foods that are in their most natural state have a higher code while the more something is processed the lower its code becomes. The presenter did qualify this, however, by indicating the way even processed foods are prepared can raise the energy code. Opening a candy bar means nothing. But lovingly preparing a low energy code pre-packaged dinner can uplift it. Intention figured prominently in this workshop. So, if one derives comfort from eating a can of spaghetti rings, then that’s food magick and the energy code is modified by the comfort to an extent.
What I’ve noticed from my experience with food banks, is that processed foodstuffs that keep for a long time is what’s often given out. These things would be considered to have low energy code. But because of the intent of the act of giving, and the presumed gratitude of those receiving the food, the energy code is raised. This was not mentioned in the workshop, but could be inferred by what was said by the presenter. The only reason Anne and I was at PantheaCon was because friends paid for our registration and to replace the battery in our car. We could not afford to be there this year. Likewise, we regularly cannot afford to buy high energy coded foods. A whole, cut-up fried chicken at my local grocery store is about $7. A whole raw chicken, by contrast, is about $11 to $13. A whole head of cauliflower is $3 whereas a 1-pound bag of frozen cauliflower is $2. These differences might seem minor, but when one only has a limited amount of money on one’s EBT account for food, restricting every cent matters.
There was additional classism in the presenter’s encouraging of us to use the best quality tools when preparing food, as doing so will raise the energy code. Seriously? Our discount store and second-hand tools aren’t good enough? Judas Quincy Priest, people, think it through! If the intent is what’s important, and intention was mentioned a great deal in this workshop, then that should defeat the need for
quality expensive tools.
I hear a lot of talk about how the various forms of Paganism stand against the elitism of major religions, Christianity in particular. And then, presenters and their attendees say these things. Holier than thou can occur in a variety of religions.