When you are planning a magickal dinner, the ambiance is just as important as the food itself.
Candles are a given. Choose a colour that corresponds with the magickal intent. You can also choose how many through numerical correspondences as well.
Fresh cut flowers are a nice addition to the dining space. Again you can choose flowers of the appropriate colour, or the magickal properties of the flower itself. Remember elementary school science class? If you can’t fin a flower in the colour you want, you can buy white carnations and add food dye to the water. The carnations will then soak up the dye and you will see it in the flower. Do this ahead of time because it can take a day or two to get really good colour.
I usually do not include fragrance in the dining space as it can interact poorly with the flavours in the food. The scent of the food is a large part of our taste experience. However, if you’d really like to add fragrance I would suggest simmering a little bit of pure essential oil. Try to pick one that corresponds with the intent but isn’t too strong smelling.
Tablecloths can add a nice soft touch to the dining space. Stay away from patterns and choose the appropriate colour. Same goes for napkins. I always prefer cloth napkins but I don’t always have them in the colour I want. White can be substituted for any colour and esthetically it goes with any colour. However, if you really want a napkin in a certain colour, dollar store party supply aisles have napkins in a wide variety of colours.
You can place crystals or stones around the room and on the table itself. Cleanse and charge them first.
You could also do a center piece that includes flowers, candles, crystals and stones along with other herbs.
Pure white plates. Not all of us have pure white dishes but you may want to consider picking some up for magickal dining purposes. If you are dining alone you only need to buy one. Try second hand stores. You can often find a few pure white plates. Not only does the white go with the intention of what you’re cooking it also symbolizes purity. Plus, food looks better on pure white plates. You could also use a serving dish that is either in the colour you want or in pure white.
Beverages in wine glasses. Even if it just water you are drinking, put it in a wine glass. Fruit juices look lovely in wine glasses. Not only does it bring a touch of elegance to your table, it is symbolic of our chalice that we use in ritual. Symbolic of the element of water and Goddess.
Open a window. Let the fresh air refresh your spirit allowing you to put forth more energy into your magickal intentions.
Last but certainly not least is music. I love spa music with nature sounds in the background but you can choose whatever kind of music tunes you in and helps you connect with your magickal intentions. Try not to pick music that is too stimulating or you may end up connecting with the music only and find it is harder to focus on your magickal goals.
Do you have any more tips for setting a magickal ambiance? Leave your tips in the comments section.