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.

Tattoo Sigils

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What are sigils? It seems like a simple question, but as with any topic in the witchcraft and pagan communities the numerous answers vary wildly. In Chaos Magick you forget the sigil you made as it works in your subconscious. I, on the other hand, keep a detailed list in several books scattered about my apartment so I can easily access them when necessary.

The dictionary definition of a sigil is “a sign, word, or device held to have occult power in astrology or magic”(Merriam-Webster Dictionary).  This means that almost anything could be considered a sigil. Think of your favorite fast food logo. It was designed with a specific intent in mind, and even the colors were picked to try and influence those who passes by.

I love tattoos, and I’m one of those people who get them a bit impulsively. Last year around this time I got  an amethyst cluster on the inside of my right arm near the elbow for free from an apprentice.  At the time it was just something I liked aesthetically. After some soul searching  I realized that all of the tattoos I had represented different cycles in my life.

This led me to the idea of turning my crystal cluster into a sigil to help me accept myself and what happened in my life up until that point. I used similar practices outlined on the Sigil Daily website. Of course not all of these options will work with a tattoo.

Another thing that makes tattoo sigils interesting is that they live under your ever-growing, ever-changing skin. The energy just from that creates potent magick. Combining that with symbolism and intent and you’ve got something intense on your hands. For this reason I don’t recommend tattooing yourself with sigils steeped in negative energy because you’re directly linked to that energy and are constantly feeding it a part of yourself.

The next tattoo I got I planned it out with the intent of making it a sigil. Dealing with depression for my entire life, the symbolism of the moth always spoke to me. Along with the moths, I made sure the design incorporated eyes representing the third eye, intuition, and divination. Another way of adding extra oomph to the sigil (I guess at this point it can even be considered a spell) is scheduling your appointment around the moon phases and time of day correspondence. Color magick is also something you can play around with.

And of course there’s the part where you actually get inked. Tiny needles penetrating your skin over and over again is painful no matter how you look at it. When getting tattooed you earn the art. Use this time to focus on your intent for the sigil, and the pain will help cement it into your conscious and subconscious.

This is a form of some serious magick, and I don’t recommend it for beginners because 1.) you’re still new to the practice and you don’t know what jams with you yet and 2.) this is a permanent sigil/spell. Make sure you know what you want and that it is well thought out, clear, and concise. Think about this long and hard before getting anything. I mentioned before that I’m impulsive when it comes to tattoos, and that’s fine, but when it comes to magick on this level make sure you’re dedicated to it.

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

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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!!!).

 

Worshiping the All-Mother

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A large portion of Norse beliefs, practices, and customs faded into oblivion, and as modern day practitioners we are stuck with the task of reconstructing the old ways. There are dozens of view points, sources, and ideas that contradict one another. On my journey I’ve discovered which associations, symbols, and worships practices work best for me to connect with the All-Mother.

Symbolism:

  • Marriage
  • Motherhood
  • The home and hearth
  • Domesticity
  • Destiny
  • Dreams
  • The unknown
  • Spinning

Symbols:

  • Hearth
  • Norse spindle
  • Spun wool
  • Spinning wheel
  • Distaff
  • Keys

Colors:

  • Silver
  • White
  • Blue
  • Gold

Plants:

  • Birch
  • Buttercups
  • Mint
  • Rose
  • Mistletoe
  • Mugwort
  • Valerian
  • Flaw
  • Thyme

Stones:

  • Amber
  • Moonstone
  • Rose quartz
  • Pink tourmaline

Sacred Animals:

  • Geese
  • Falcons
  • Hawks
  • Herrings
  • Crows
  • Pigs
  • Cats

Perfumes/Scents:

  • Amber
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Myrtle

Time of the Year:

  • Right before Yule (shes spinning destinies for the new year)
  • Yule

Other Associations:

  • Full Moon
  • The Sky
    • Atmosphere, clouds, cloud spinning, storms, weather, wind, and crop growth
  • Spinning
    • Fiber arts
  • Here are some adjectives/descriptors:
    • Tender, nurturing, strong, protector, inner strength, authority, clever, intelligent, tall, beautiful, stately
  • Helps us keep our lives in alignment with our spiritual selves
  • Helps us keep in touch with our intuition

Worship Ideas:

  • Contact through forms of divination
  • I use tarot and pendulum
  • I share my morning coffee with her
    • I have a station on my altar set up for giving her offerings and I make her a separate cup and pour it into that.
  • Any type of charity work
  • Cleaning the house
    • Especially the kitchen
      • Ovens are the modern day hearth so keep it clean!
    • She hates messes
  • She has a love of adornment so that may be something to keep in mind for altar/shrine crafting
    • Also digs white candles
  • Frigg’s blessing is still invoked for birthing women and a safe delivery with a white candle that last burned during Yule

If you want more information on Frigg check out my previous article here.

Note: Since posting this I’ve been getting a lot of flack from a close minded community regarding my reference to Frigg as the All-Mother. To mitigate any potential questions about this I’m providing my source.

Krasskova, Galina, and Raven Kaldera. Northern tradition for the solitary practitioner: a book of prayer, devotional practice, and the nine worlds of the spirit. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page , 2009. Print. Page 5 “Under the charcloth is birch bark, from the tree of the All-Mother, rich with oils that relieve pain.”

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!

Dancing in the Rain: A Magickal Look at Gloomy Days

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I love rainy days, and we’ve had a wet summer in Northwestern Pa. They remind me of comfort, cuddling up in a blanket, drinking a steaming hot mug of tea, and listening to droplets pelt the window panes. Its calming to me.

Another reason I connect with rain is because my matron goddess is Frigg, and she is associated with the sky and cloud spinning which means she’s also controls the weather to a degree. I’ve been working on an in-depth post on her, and it should be up on the blog by the end of the week.

Rain is the giver of life for the entire ecosystem. The rain waters plants which feed animals, and then we eat those plants and animals. Of course all of this can be said about any type of water. Rain is just another step in the water cycle, and I’m sure most of us are familiar with this concept from middle school science class, but just in case here’s a diagram from the NASA website.Water-Cycle-Art2A

As you can see water goes through many stages before it becomes the powerful thunderstorm. This causes it to pick up extra energy from the area around it. Of course we must be careful when it comes to handling the water we collect for this very reason. NEVER ingest rain water without following the proper precautions. In some states it’s even illegal to collect.

There are different types of precipitation, and each corresponds with different things and have unique energies. In general rain reflects cycles, creativity, inspiration, energy, cleanse, growth. A light rain is good for cleansing, but a thunderstorm is perfect for release. Always remember that what something means to you is more important than what I or anybody else says. Trust your instincts.

Rain Magick Ideas:

  • Grounding
    •  Stay in a safe space
    • Stand with your feet firmly planted on the ground
    • Feel the thunder shake you to the core
    • Visualize the rain washing away old energy and replenishing you at the same time
  • Many witches attempt to raise storms
  • Others try to reroute them
    • I don’t think as witches we have the capability of controlling the weather, but we can always try to influence it
  • Collecting storm water
    • Uses:
      • In spells for a boost of power
      • Add a few drops to a bath
      • Use to make super charged moon water
      • Make an anointing water with various ingredients to use daily or whenever you need a boost
        • Good for getting into the ritual mindset
  • Release rituals
  • Bonding with rain/weather associated deities