Making Your Home a Magickal Haven

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The home is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life, but many forget the significant role it plays in our lives. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a pyramid used to illustrate what people need in order to be fulfilled and satisfied in their life. The first four sections of the pyramid are what Maslow referred to as “deficiency needs” because they are fundamental. Shelter resides in the largest section, Psychological needs, but can also be considered part of the second section, Safety needs.maslow

Creating a safe, warm environment where I live is essential to my mental health and spiritual practice. I focus my magickal efforts towards the betterment of my hearthcult. Protection spells, kitchen magick, and maintaining a healthy happy home is the majority of what I do (in various forms). Since becoming a witch I’ve lived in a dorm room and then several apartments which made it difficult to set up a magickal inner sanctum. But I realized after a year or two of constant moving that no matter where you live you can still make it a sanctuary. 

Some simple ideas:

  • Wards
    • Simply put a ward is a field of magick that can be used for various purposes, but most witches use them for protection. There are numerous types of wards you can use, and in a previous article I discussed warding with WiFi. The one I have around my apartment promotes positivity and blocks all negative energy.
  • Protection sachets
    • Making a simple sachet filled with protective herbs and items is simple and effective. I have a few on the tops of windows and door frames.
  • Sigils
    • I’m a die-hard fan of sigils. I use them in almost all magickal workings. They’re simple and potent.
    • Ideas or using sigils around the home:
      • Use oils to paint a protective one on your front door.
      • Make ones for positivity and hide them in place throughout the space.
      • Sigils for sleep kept on your head board or under your mattress.
      • Draw self-love sigils on mirrors.
      • Use them as a part of your wards.
  • Having an altar (or many)
    • I have my main altar in our studio, but I also have a spice cabinet in my kitchen and a simple bedroom altar.
    • You don’t have to have an altar to practice magick or be a witch, and I didn’t have one for a while because it just didn’t feel right to me. However, altars bring a sense of magick and mystery to the home.
  • PLANTS!
    • I love green things (as most pagans do), and have plants scattered throughout my home. They help elevate moods, clean the air in some instances, can be used in spell work, and look pretty.
    • I have a plant dedicated to Frigg, and taking care of it is a work of devotion to her.
    • Plants directly connect you to nature.
    • You can even create an indoor magickal garden. I have rosemary and mint near my altar for use in spells and kitchen magick.
  • Cleanliness
    • This is just general house keeping. Keeping your space at least somewhat clean and organized will improve mood and the overall energy of your space.
    • You can work magick into your cleaning routine with simple tweaks.
      • Adding a pinch of salt and a few drops of essential oils to an all natural cleaning solution helps kick it up a notch.
      • Sweeping gets rid of negative energy.
      • As a kitchen witch, the hearth (oven) is important to me and I try to keep it clean in reverence to ancestors and Frigg.
  • Incense, essential oils, and candles
    • In some apartments don’t allow incense or even candles, but you can still get a similar effect from a diffuser.
    • Candles bring the element of fire safely into your home.
    • Incense and essential oils alter your state of mind, and can affect moods, cleanse spaces, or be used in the creation of wards.
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Litha Incense

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Needs:

  • Lavender
  • Mint (I used some that I picked from my garden)
  • Rosemary
  • Carnations
    • These are from a Valentines Day flower bouquet my Significant Other bought me at the Pittsburgh Strip District
  • A mortar and pestle

Steps:

Litha Incense LavanderLavender makes up the bulk of this recipe mostly because I love the sent, but also because it’s relaxing, peaceful, and attracts love. I don’t use measurements so pour as much or little as you’d like.

Litha Incense Mint

Mint is a purifying herb and it invigorates the senses.

Litha Incense Rosemary

Rosemary also purifies , banishes negative energy, and brings in love.

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The carnations were a very special part of this blend for me. While you guys might not have a similar connection to the flower, they represent love and there’s also an opportunity for color magick.

Then grind it into as fine as a powder as you can. Mortar and pestle is a time intensive way of grinding, but I like to use it as an opportunity to infuse my intent into it.

I use fast lighting charcoal in my cauldron to burn my blends. Be careful with this step and always make sure the container the charcoal is in can with stand the heat. I pour a thick bed of sea salt to set it on to help defuse the heat. You can burn as much or as little as you’d like.

Positivity Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches

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This recipe is simple to make and packs a real magickal punch.

Needs:

  • Homemade bread
    • When you make something yourself it has more meaning behind it. Homemade bread isn’t necessary, but it tastes better and your spell will be more effective.
  • Raw Honey
  • Peanut butter
    • For me peanut butter corresponds with comfort. There have been many times when all I had to eat was a jar full of JIF.

Steps:

  1. Cleanse your work space.
  2. If you feel the need to cast a circle do so now. I don’t, but that’s just me.
  3. Set out you ingredients. Holding your hands over the items state your intent. I normally say something like “May these ingredients nourish my body, mind, and soul. May they provide positivity and comfort when consumed.”
  4. Hold your dominant hand over each of the ingredients and state their purpose in the sandwich.
    1. PB – comfort
    2. Honey – sweeten words, perspectives, and actions
    3. Bread – this may be the most important part of the whole thing. Bread has a significant spiritual past because it was life sustaining for our ancient ancestors. Some cultures would bake hundreds of loaves a day for their gods. I often throw something about that in there when I get to this ingredient.
  5. I spread the honey on first because I prefer when it soaks into the bread. When doing this focus on all the sweet things you want to happen and how you view positivity active in your life. Use the knife as a sort of wand to direct your energies into it as you make it.
  6. Next is the Peanut butter. Do the same thing as step 5 only focus on comfort.
  7.  When your done draw a positivity sigil in the peanut butter.
  8. Now you’re done! Often I wrap mine in wax paper and draw the same sigil on the top when I’m taking it to work for lunch.

Variations:

  • Jelly instead on honey.
    • My grandma makes homemade jelly every year, and it is the best dang stuff I’ve ever had. I sometimes substitute it for the honey because a.) it’s made with love and b.) the berries used to make it adds another level of correspondences.
      • Honestly most magick is all about the correspondences!