Ukemochi – Goddess of Cooking and Food

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Ukemochi - Goddess of Cooking and Food | Wicca, Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism
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  • Attributes: Goddess of rice, nutrition, abundance and cooking
  • Symbols: Food in general, mainly rice, beans, corn, wheat and nori (a type of edible seaweed, common in oriental cuisine)
  • Place: Japan
Goddess Ukemochi | Wicca, Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism
Ilustração de Ukemochi

In Shinto, the Goddess Ukemochi is a Goddess who represents abundance of food and the happiness of sharing it. Her myth tells that the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, used seeds produced by Ukemochi to plant the rice fields.

One day Amaterasu sent his brother Tsukuyomi (Susanoo, the God of Storms, in other versions), The Moon God, to the producer’s house to inspect her work, and Ukemochi decided to please him with a banquet. Ukemochi turned to the sea and vomited fish and nori, turned to the fields and vomited cooked rice and turning to the mountains, different animals appeared to be served. Tsukuyomi was disgusted because he considered the food “dirty”, and assassinated Ukemochi in an act of repulsion.

Even when the Goddess died, she did not stop to provide fodd and she eventually changed: from her head came oxen and horses; Her eyebrows turned into silkworms; Corn and wheat sprouted from her forehead; Rice came out of her belly and her genitals sprouted beans.

Amaterasu was angry with Ukemochi’s death and decided never to see Tsukuyomi again. Ever since then Sun and Moon have never met. Being so sad, Amaterasu decided to hide inside a cave.

The one who supports life

By dying, Ukemochi became indispensable items to life, thus guaranteeing prosperity for mankind.

Sometimes Ukemochi is mistaken for Goddess Inari, the Goddess of Rice, represented by a white fox and sometimes as an old man with a long beard.

Until today Ukemochi receives offerings in her temples, but instead of gold and precious things, she receives food prepared with love.

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Summoning Ukemochi

Reminder:

There are no rules or ready-to-use recipes to summon any Goddess in Wicca. The summoning rite comes from within the self. When we study each Goddesses’ myth and symbols we can have suggested some ways to summoning them.

Ukemochi is a Goddess who can be summoned to make your life abundant: happiness, food or love. To summon her there is a simple spell that can be done in the last quarter of the Crescent Moon or during the Full Moon.

Necessary items:

  • Green or white sail
  • Something to draw on the candle, it could be a toothpick
  • A piece of white paper
  • String

Use the toothpick to engrave something on the candle. Let your creativity flow through the designs, runes or letters you want to put. Write on paper what you want to bring in abundance for your life and tie it with the string.

Light the candle and burn the paper while reciting or mentalizing:

Lady Ukemochi, Lady of Food and Bounty
Welcome with abundance and tenderness!

Watch the candle, and as it burns say 7 times:

The flame of this candle grows as much as the abundance around me!

If possible meditate about your request until the candle burns completely. Take the leftover ashes and wax and bury them together in a place away from your home.

The Goddess Tarot

The Goddess Tarot | Ukemochi

Ukemochi is one of the Goddesses present in the Goddess Tarot. The card number XIII, Ukemochi, represents Transformation.

After her death, the body of the Japanese Goddess Ukemochi was transformed into food supply for humanity. Her head turned cattle, grains sprouted from her forehead, rice plants sprouted from the belly of the Goddess, thus, death became life.


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