Last year I shared with you one of my favourite recipes for hot buttered rum and showed you how to turn it into an actual magickal drinkable potion.
So this year once it got cold outside, I started craving a delicious cup of hot buttered rum, or any of the variations I’m fond of (I like adding the batter to coffee or hot chocolate with just a little splash of rum, because a whole cup of hot buttered rum is often too strong for my tastes if I still have stuff to do when I prepare it and can’t afford to get that relaxed and sleepy).
The problem though is that this year I’m on keto, and sugar and keto don’t mix at all.
So I came up with a keto-friendly version of hot buttered rum coffee (or chocolate).
And then it dawned on me that most people don’t seem to realize that something as mundane as coffee is actually pretty magical and has a long history of being used in magic.
So I decided to talk about the magical history of coffee and 10 ways you can use it in magic.
And then at the end of the post I’ll show you how to make a keto-friendly version of a hot buttered coffee drinkable potion (if you prefer the original potion recipe that has sugar in it, you can find here).
A SHORT MAGICAL HISTORY OF COFFEE
If you see coffee as a modern addiction that developed because people’s lives got so busy and demanding, think again.
The history of coffee as a popular beverage actually has its very roots in magic and mysticism.
The first place historically where people started drinking coffee was Ethiopia (there is an Ethiopian coffee ritual practised up to this day).
In the 14th century, a Sufi sect (a sect of Islamic mysticists) brought coffee from Ethiopia to Yemen and began cultivating it.
The Sufis used coffee to stay awake during their late-night devotional practices.
In addition to that, they believed that coffee -when you infuse it with prayer and consumed with proper devotion- could lead to “qahwat al-Sufiyya,” a term broadly translated as “the enjoyment which the people of God feel in beholding the hidden mysteries and attaining the wonderful disclosures and the great revelations.”
From there, coffee spread to the rest of the Islamic world and even developed an angelic reputation: according to a legend, it was Archangel Gabriel himself who first served coffee to Muhammad.
When coffee was first introduced to Western Europe, it was met with suspicion and prejudice. We can’t tell with certainty if it was because of the bitter taste, its connection with magic and mysticism, its aphrodisiac properties or the fact that it was so popular among Muslims, but catholics became very suspicious towards coffee, going so far as to term it “the bitter invention of Satan”.
Pope Clement VIII, however, sampled coffee himself and instantly fell in love with it.
He declared that the drink of the devil was so delicious that instead of rejecting it, a baptism was in order so that they could cheat the devil and banish all the dark magic from coffee.
(So next time someone tells you that coffee is bad for you, you can tell them that it has been officially blessed by none other than the Pope himself 😛 )
THE MAGICAL USES OF COFFEE
- Coffee has long been considered a drink that stimulates the mind and spirit, so you can use it in rituals meant to restore a person’s energy.[spacer height=”20px”]
- In addition to that, you can use it in spells for creativity.[spacer height=”20px”]
- The smell of coffee has a reputation of acting as a mild antidepressant (a property it has in common with frankincense, which also has a long tradition of being used in ritual).[spacer height=”20px”]
- In terms of practical magic, coffee has the power to remove curses and nasty stuff from people (including nasty spirits), which is why you will find it in different uncrossing bath recipes.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Considering the stimulating powers of coffee
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