Tarot by the Mouthful Theresa Reed and Kyle Cherek

Kyle is a foodie who loves Tarot. Theresa is a Tarot reader who loves food. 

Together, we host Tarot by the Mouthful: a mouthwatering, multi-media culinary tour through the world of Tarot. 

Sublime recipes. Soulful stories. Essays, videos, interviews and delicious surprises. 

Join us every Sunday for a new installment — and get ready to sip, slurp, crunch and savor your way through the entire Tarot deck! 

This week: The Magician

tarot by the mouthful the magician

The Magician – The Magician has mastered his skills and is now positioned to manifest whatever he wishes.  Before him, all the tools of his trade are set out.  He has what he needs at hand.  Willpower, focus, and manifestation.  How will you focus your energy?  What is the correct use of power?  What are you ready and willing to manifest? Envision your goal and know that you can make it happen.

Kyle is off this week, hunting Easter eggs with his family – so it’s all me.

Theresa – Everything In Place: Last year, I was sitting with a friend at Momofuku, the famous ramen restaurant in New York. We had the perfect view of the kitchen and were watching in awe as the chefs worked in unison in that not-so-big kitchen.  I have the Momofuku cookbook and I can tell you this: those recipes call for many steps and ingredients.  They take real work to make. Despite that, no one missed a beat or bumped into each other. Everything flowed and the food, as always, was flawless. My dinner companion and I mused at how effortless they made it all look.

When I first began my foray into cooking, I was messy.  Disorganized.  I would run around the kitchen like a madwoman, gathering spices and tools in a haphazard fashion.

Other times, I would forget an ingredient or read the recipe wrong and do things in the wrong order.  This chaotic way of cooking still managed to garner good results…except I often felt like I’d run a marathon by the time I was done.

This was no way to operate.  Even the most skilled performer needs structure.  Much as when I do a tarot reading, there are rules, guidelines, and certain methods in place.  This forms a base that allows me to do my tarot magic with ease.

I learned that I needed that same sort of framework when I cooked.

When you look at the Magician, you see that he has his tools neatly arranged.  This allows him to work with great intention.  In cooking, this is called a “mise en place”, which translates to “everything in place”.

tarot by the mouthful mise en place

Setting up your ingredients before you begin to cook creates order. That order allows for a perfect flow and movement that is based on intention, not chaos.

Before I begin to cook anything, I set up my mise en place. My work station is clean. Everything is pre-measured, chopped, and set in order.  All my tools are ready.  This prep work allows me to be a better and focused cook.   And when I’m able to operate from that energy, my cooking comes together like magic.

How do you set the stage for magic in your kitchen?

Bon appetit!

Theresa and Kyle

photos from personal collection and Jessica Kaminski

Hungry for more? Click here to explore the entire Tarot by the Mouthful series, from the very first card… right up to our latest installment. Bon appetit!

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