Food: An Agent of Magic

Food has magical powers. Reading fairytales will tell you this. The hero or heroine in any story is empowered in their epic journey, by food!

When consumed in moderation, food can both strengthen and transform us physically and soulfully since enjoying food, to a healthy degree, is a part of soul searching. In fairytales, food is an agent that connects people together. In rituals of life passages, we use food to celebrate milestones. Very few celebrations occur without victuals or a feast.

Food also provides magic for change. Take Cinderella’s fairy godmother, who changes a pumpkin into a coach so Cindy could go to the ball. In Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack trades his cow for beans, which ultimately enables him to “rise above.” And Goldilocks keeps tasting the three bears’ porridge until she finds the one that is just right. She doesn’t give up. She keeps trying, which symbolizes growth.

Fairytales also use food as a symbol of caution, such as the apple Snow White is given by her stepmother, incognito as a poor old woman, who really yearns for her death; or the house made of candy in the tale of Hansel and Gretel, which the two children thought they could eat abundantly, but was really used to trap them. Similar to addicts who become seduced, hooked, and then potentially face their demise.

Ultimately, we need food to survive, to transform. It nourishes our souls, and has the ability to heal us and stimulate passion. Whether you're a carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or vegaquarian, food empowers. And remember, no matter the question, cake is the answer. Bon appetite!

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