How to Make Your Home Magical
Your Home Is Sacred Space
You'll often hear the words "sacred space" in paganism in reference to rituals, sabbats, and gatherings. To make sacred space means to cleanse and prepare an area for divine connection, sort of like the idea of a "sanctuary" in the church. But did you know that you can also make your entire home into sacred space? The first step in making your home a magical home is to envision the entire house as your own personal sacred space - your own magical circle, so to speak. It is a place that shields you from the potentially harsh conditions of the outside world - storms, extreme temperatures, etc. But it is also a place that provides you comfort and solace from the outside world both physically and spiritually.
It is not difficult to make your home a magical home. It only takes time and effort. No matter your religion or beliefs, your home is a magical place if you make it so. Ultimately, depending on the people who live inside and their attitudes, your home can be a positive, uplifting zone of serenity, or it can be an uncomfortable, unstable place of anxiety. But the peace and harmony in your home starts with you! Here are some tips on how to make your home magical.
We all know that our homes protect us from the physical outside world. The roof and walls protect us from harsh weather conditions, temperatures and otherwise. It also protects us from intruders to an extent. But when we are making our homes magical, we also have to think about spiritual or energetic protection. If you've never cleansed your home in a spiritual sense, this will be your first step to making your home magical. This is also something that you will want to repeat once a month or whenever you feel the need.
Spiritual cleansing of your home requires a removal of negative energy that has either invaded or built up in your home. There are several ways to perform a home cleansing. I've found the most powerful way to cleanse a home of negative energy or entities is to do a smudging ritual. Smudging means to burn a bundle of herbs with purification properties throughout one's space. This is a ritual that dates back to ancient times with the Native Americans as well as nearly every other culture in the world. Some of the most powerful herbs to use are: white sage, rosemary, and palo santo (among others). Research how to do a smudging ritual and then cleanse your home. Don't forget to open the windows or a door or two to allow the negative energy to escape. This is crucial. The most powerful time to do a cleansing of your home is during the waning moon, as this is the time of "undoing" or "banishing" according to magical traditions. But, in all honesty, it can be done any time it is needed.
Following your cleansing ritual, you'll want to focus on how to protect your home by setting up a magical barrier. The first way to do this is to bless your doorways, windows, and any entry-way into your home. You can use a bit of olive oil, essential oils, or any kind of oil and draw a protective symbol on each window and door. Any symbol that means something to you that has protective qualities will work. For example - a pentacle, triquetra, cross, runes, etc. This same blessing ritual can also be done with a bit of holy water, moon water, or blessed water of any kind.
After you've done a complete cleansing and blessing, you can add other protective elements to your home. These can really be anything you find have a protective quality, including:
- protective bags containing protective herbs, objects, stones (hang them on doors, over windows, under beds, etc)
- salt in the windows and over thresholds
- hang dreamcatchers over bedroom windows
- iron horseshoes over doorways
- pictures of angels, deities, ancestors, etc.
Last but not least, call on your gods and goddesses, angels, guardians, etc. to protect your home from all negative energy and invasion of any kind. You can also bury or set images of guardians at the four corners of your property for added protection.
Adding Magical Elements
Now, this is the fun part. By adding little magical elements to your home, you can really amp up the enchanting effects of your space. Depending on the objects and placement of the objects, you can focus these elements on drawing in abundance, health, love, peace, etc.
Think of how you can add the four elements into your space. You can do this in clever ways, ways in which no one would even notice! By hanging wind chimes at your doorways or all around your house, you are not only adding pretty, whimsical sounds to your space, you are also invoking the element of air. One of my favorite methods of enchanting my home is to use candles. We have candles in nearly every room. Light them when you're in that room and watch your environment's ambiance change from mundane to magical! You are honoring the element of fire by doing so.
Add some houseplants to your home to bring in that earthy energy. Not only are they nice to look at, they also lift the energy in your home significantly! African violets, succulents, and ivies are my favorite but experiment with different houseplants to see what you like best. Be careful what kind you get, as some are toxic to pets and small children.
You can also place crystals and stones around your home for added earth and healing energies. Rose quartz, amethyst, and selenite are great for the bedroom. Heck, rose quartz is great for anywhere in your house! Citrine is great to sit at an entryway to bring in that abundant success energy. Black tourmaline can be sat next to your electronics to absorb the negative energy put off by technology. And on and on the list goes.
Another way you can bring magic into your house through decorations is by adding pictures or decor that represent the elements, gods, or nature and wildlife in general. And if you like being discreet, no one will question why you have a picture of a deer or dolphin or wolf on your wall, now will they? And you have the added benefit of bringing that totem's energy into your sacred space.
Magical Elements to Add To Your Home
Setting Up Altars
Another special way of adding magic to your home is by setting up an altar (or more). You can be as discreet or as elaborate with this as you'd like and as your lifestyle allows. Find a tabletop surface, wall shelf, bookcase, etc. on which to place your altar. Preferably, it should be out of reach of pets and small kids who might knock things over, but if not just make sure you save the fragile stuff for another day.
You can make an altar to represent the four elements: earth, air, fire, water. Or you can set up an altar to represent the divine masculine and feminine (whoever that might be to you). You can also simply create a meditation or zen type space. Add bits of nature such as stones, seashells, feathers, and herbs to your altar. Add pictures of angels, deities, ancestors, etc. You can have candles, incense burners, oil diffusers, and more on your altar. The choices are endless and are all up to what you prefer!
Some people choose to have multiple altars - one for the elements, one for deities, and one for ancestors. But again, none of this is necessary as your entire home is your sacred space and what you include or don't include for your spirituality is up to you!
Gardening and Wildlife
One of the most important aspects of creating a magical home is to take into consideration the energies you are inviting around the perimeter or your home and on your property. If you have a yard (no matter how big or small) and have land to grow a garden, you should be thinking about doing this! Some people say "I have a black thumb". I used to say this, too. But it's truly about putting in some time and effort, and eventually you'll learn what will grow well in your climate and what won't grow well. An easy way to be a good gardener is to purchase or grow plants that are native to your area. What this means is you will have plants that are acclimated to the land where you live and will be super easy to grow. Low maintenance plants are the best! Not only will they be low maintenance, they will also attract and supply food or shelter for essential wildlife such as bees, butterflies, rabbits, birds, etc.
When you grow native and beneficial plants around your home, you are inviting nature to take up residence in your space. Those positive energies will translate to positive energy inside your home, as well. If you don't have a yard or a lot of space to grow anything, you can always try to grow plants in pots on a balcony, patio, or even in a sunny window! Herbs do well in pots, and so do many flowers. You'll be caring for local wildlife plus caring for yourself when you grow herbs!
If you're a pagan and have never considered helping your local wildlife by planting native or beneficial plants in your yard, please take the time to consider it. Since starting a butterfly garden at my home, my family has gotten so much enjoyment out of it. My kids get to see the stages of a butterfly's life cycle - from egg, to larva/caterpillar, to chrysalis, to an adult butterfly. So not only is it wonderful for your home's magical energies, it's also entertaining and educational!
Other easy ways to make your home magical include burning incense or candles at any time of day, playing relaxing or spiritual music, and being a positive influence within your household!— Nicole Canfield
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