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.

My Spice Cabinet Altar

 

About 70% of the tools I use in my practice are found at thrift stores or garage sales. It’s a thrill finding just the perfect thing without even knowing you were looking for it. My significant other and I go on bi-weekly trips to our local Salvation Army, and on one of these visits we stumbled across this cool spice cabinet. Knowing it would be perfect for my kitchen craft and because he loves the aesthetic, my SO bought it for me.

When we got home I cleaned it, cleansed it, and began transforming it into my kitchen altar. The altar sits inside a tall, skinny cabinet in the corner of my kitchen. I color code all of my ingredients so my family and I can quickly identify if something is edible or not. The symbol on the inside of the right door is my personal sigil which came to me in a mediation. The other symbol (not the pentacle) is a sigil I made for protecting anything from all forms of harm.

On top I keep a strip of green cloth to represent earth, a quartz crystal I use for casting circles,  a walnut for protect, a birch branch to represent Frigg, and two pieces of fossilized wood.

 

Enchanting Packed Lunches

TEA SHOP & CAFE

Kitchen Magick is one of my favorite forms of magickal working because the spell/recipe can be prepared at one time, and then consumed and activated hours or even days later. This aspect is especially helpful for moms and other busy individuals.

My Significant Other and I meet up and eat our lunches at a local park during the work week. Since I start my day later than he does, I make the lunches. My morning routine takes about two hours because I enjoy taking my time, but for others enchanting lunches may take some preparation the night before.

Of course, it’s best to use fresh and homemade ingredients whenever possible because 1) less chemicals in your food and 2) the energy you put into actually making something builds up, making the item more potent. Plus it tastes better. I’ve ruined store bought bread for my family.

I like to start with all the ingredients I’m going to use displayed on my kitchen counter. I cast a quick circle, and then I state the overall intent of the recipe. After that I go over each ingredient and state the why I’m using each one for the working and what they represent to me. Sandwiches are a staple in our lunches so I normally use some version of this spell. I draw any sigils needed, assemble the ingredients, and close the circle. At times I even draw runes or sigils on the bags containing the food.

Enchanting your lunches is a great way to get a little magickal pick me up in the middle of your day. Do you have a big presentation? Use some garlic for luck or basil for success. Feel like you and your partner need a little boost of love? Rosemary and basil. Feeling down? Cupcakes.

There are so many options and opportunities in kitchen magick, and all you need is a basic understanding of cooking techniques and food handling (don’t forget safety!!!).

 

Deliciously Simple “Love” Spell

Chocolate Pudding

My SO loves pudding. I make it for him all the time, and it only takes a minute to whip up. Of course something so simple sparked my witchy creativity, and I decided to make a chocolate pudding to increase and enhance feelings of love, intimacy, and happiness.

Needs:

  • One package of chocolate pudding mix
  • Milk
  • Whisk
  • Cups to pour mixture in
    • I use four cute glass tea cups because it makes me feel fancy and it’s more romantic

Steps:

  1. Gather ingredients and lay them out on your work space.
  2. Focus on your intent. Go through each ingredient and state its purpose for the spell.
    1. Chocolate corresponds with love, romance, lust, and sex.
    2. Milk corresponds with creativity, happiness, and health.
  3. Follow the instructions on the packaging. I use a whisk because it incorporates air into the mixture making it light and fluffy, but also because its energy is projective and corresponds with cheerfulness.
    1. While whisking the ingredients together focus on what your intent.
  4. Eat!

Office Magick

Office Magick

Working in an office as a witch is an interesting experience. I’m an empath which means I can be highly affected by other’s emotions, and an office is a mixing pot of energies. I realized early on I needed to set up a perimeter around myself to act as a barrier. Using sigils written on sticky notes I lined my desk with them and noticed an immediate difference. This got me thinking about other forms of magick that could be easily and subtly performed in an office setting.

Sigils

I’m not going in depth with this subject because there are already so many resources, and explaining it here would take up the entire post.

Basically, sigils are symbols programmed with intent that can be written pretty much anywhere. Around my desk I have several different sigils on color coded sticky notes. The one I have the most of is meant to shield me from other’s emotions. My positivity sigil also appears more than once. These help me create a positive work space where I’m protected.

Sticky Notes

You can get these babies in any shape, size, and color. While clearing out some junk from previous employees who used my desk, I came across a gold mine of sticky notes. The ones I use most are shaped like a star for balance and harmony, but I also frequently use ones that are a pretty blue color to help promote communication.

Depending on your situation you can really have some fun with these. Working on a project that requires creativity? Use orange ones. Need to earn a promotion? Try green to represent money.

Decorating Your Desk

  • Crystals!
    • By far my preferred way to decorate any space. I always choose the crystals based on what I want to accomplish at my job or what kind of space I want to cultivate. Up until recently I had citrine, selenite, and amethyst sitting on the base of my computer monitor, but they need a good cleanse and charging.
    • Most people won’t bother asking about them because they are pretty normal decor. If someone does just say they look cool and that’s why you have them.
  • Mini Altars
    • While I don’t do this, it can be a good way to keep your path in the front of your mind. I believe that altars are microcosms of your life so whatever you want to manifest should be put on it, and all others should be kept off. Coworkers often sit at my desk and fiddle with things and I don’t trust them not to mess anything up so I just don’t keep one.
  • Potted plants
    • All witches know the benefits of having plants around. Keeping one or two at your desk helps boost mental health in general, and can have a calming effect. I have two spider plants that I named Bonnie and Clyde.

Magickal Lunches

I mentioned this idea in my Positivity Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches because it is something that is a part of my daily activities. Enchanting lunches in the morning (or whenever you make them) allows you to get an extra boost of magick in the middle of your day without doing anything or drawing attention to yourself.

I do this for my significant other and he always tells me how much better my lunches taste. I also slip in little love notes meant to make him feel loved and have a positive day.

Schedule

A YEar and a Day

After scouring the internet looking for an example of a Year and a Day schedule I was frustrated to say the least. Everything either cost money or appeared in a book. So I decided to create my own, custom tailored to me and my needs. Each section is a topic that I plan to explore until I feel satisfied with my knowledge on the subject.

Of course this is a loose schedule and I’ve already deviated from what I set. If you want to follow along with me feel free to change it as you see fit.

  1. The Elements
  2. Deity and Ideas on divinity
    1. Focus on the duality of male and female energy, and the need for a male figure in a balanced practice
  3. Meditation
  4. Visualization
  5. Types of paganism/paths
  6. Creation concepts
    1. Norse
    2. Germanic
    3. Irish
  7. Wheel of the Year
  8. Astral world
    1. Astral projection
    2. Astral travel
    3. Houses/realms
  9. What is magick?
    1. Ethics
    2. Personal views and thoughts
  10. Energy Work
    1. Chakras
    2. Cleansing
    3. Grounding
    4. Auras
  11. Grimoire
  12. Ritual creation
  13. Hearthcult
  14. Divination
    1. Tarot
      1. Tarot journal
    2. Runes
    3. Scrying
    4. Flame
    5. Palmestry
  15. Dreams
  16. Kitchen Craft
  17. Herbalism
  18. Crystals
  19. Colors
  20. Death
    1. The possibility of an after life
    2. Death Deities
    3. Reincarnation
  21. Astrology
  22. Archetypes
  23. Protecting and shielding
  24. Binding
  25. Banishing
  26. Candle magick
  27. Jar spells
  28. The importance of silence
  29. Bonding with nature
  30. Lunar cycle
  31. Spirit work
  32. Shadow work
  33. Heathenry
  34. Asatru
  35. Family Tree
  36. Chaos magick
  37. Tools
    1. Wand
    2. Staff
    3. Etc
  38. Weather magick
  39. Sigils
  40. Fiber magick
  41. Writing spells and deications
  42. Oaths
  43. Servators