First, I must apologize for being away so long. I hope you all did not give up on me. I have simply been too busy to sit down and write. Between two full-time jobs, a new relationship, and moving into a new home; I have barely had any time to sleep. Now that my schedule is adjusted, I have adapted to my new sleeping habits, my budget is on track, and I have moved almost completely into my new home, I have a little extra time to tend to my recreational activities.
I must admit, through all these changes it has been very difficult to stay in a spiritual routine. There were nights after working 16 hour days I did not want to do anything at all besides hit the pillow. But I made sure to commit some of my time to reading, writing, or simply just mediating on a daily basis, rest assured, my spirituality is still very much intact. I feel I would not have made it through the last couple of months without the guidance, love, and protection from my Lord and Lady, and I thank them every single day.
I was researching house blessings trying to decide which kind of ritual I wanted to perform for my new home and came across some very interesting things. Every culture, religion, and race in the world has a different tradition for blessing a new home. Here are some examples I found interesting:
In China, before moving into a home the Chinese shine a flashlight into the top and the bottom corners of every wall in every room and wardrobe of the home, because they believe that the light will show the spirits where to go.
A Jewish tradition says to give salt, bread, and a broom for a new home. Salt to season your life, bread in hopes you will never be hungry, and a broom to sweep your sadness away.
In Russia, people always let a cat into the home first before they move in.
There are many more traditions, but one specifically stands out in almost any culture, that is smudging the house with incense or smoke of some kind. The most popular is with sage. Sage is an amazing herb. I grow it and dry it and use it in just about everything magical that I do. I buy a sage smudge stick every time I come across one and my box of magical goodies is about 3/4 full of nothing but sage. Explaining why would entail an entirely separate blog post…I’ll get right on that!
Smudging a new home is very important, the smoke from your smudge stick carries away all the previous energy left in the house by whom ever resided there before you, or whom ever treaded on the property before you, etc. I can mostly “feel” the energy a place has when I walk into it because my mood will change. Over time this could become a burden, you don’t want to walk around your new home constantly pounded by someone’s left over negativity, so smudge it away. All you need to do is light some sort of incense (or smudge stick) and walk around your property. While you do visualize the smoke catching all the energy and carrying it away. You will be left with a clean fresh start.
It is important that when you get rid of anything in magic that you replace it with something else. So after I smudge my space, I leave my sage stick burning and light some candles. Think of what you want to feel when you come home. do you want to feel happy? Protected? Loved? Take these feelings and think of what represents them to you and place a few objects around the home that make you feel that way. For example; flowers make me feel happy, so I placed some fresh flowers around my house. My pentacle makes me feel protected so I placed it on the wall, and my mother’s quilt makes me feel loved so I placed that on the floor. Sit for a few minutes before doing anything else and concentrate on feeling those things you want to feel at home and this will become your homes “new” energy.
With the warmest wishes,
Valentine’s day has come and gone and in a few days some of us will be staring at a bouquet of bloomed roses wondering what to do with them. Whatever you do, DO NOT throw them away! Roses are some of the most magical flowers there are. They will bring peace, attract love, mend the pain of a loss, and they have the capability to empower you.
The rose is the master herb of love, and there are many things that you can do with them other than smell them or look at them atop your desk or bedroom dresser. Here are some things that you can do with roses.
Placing roses on your altar will deepen your experience of divine love. I like to color coordinate flower arrangements with the purpose of my rite. You can buy a dozen roses at Wal-Mart for ten bucks when it isn’t valentine’s day, so they aren’t that expensive and there are a ton of things that you can do with them after your right. You can hang them upside down and dry them, or press them flat in a heavy book and use them for potpourri or incense or oils.
Planting a rosebush in your yard at home will bring good fortune and abundance. There are so many types of roses, and they are all so beautiful. If you live in a home with a garden you can plant them almost anywhere in the yard. If you live in an apartment or townhouse without a yard, some varieties of roses even grow in pots and you can place them on your balcony or patio.
There are a lot of things that you can do with rose petals. Balance your emotions and increase self-confidence by adding fresh rose petals to your bath. You can attract love by placing fresh rose petals in an amulet and wearing it or carrying it with you. You can add them to spring water and allow it to steep and make fresh rose-water which tastes great and smells wonderful.
Whatever you decide to do with those left over valentine’s day roses I hope that it is a magical experience for you. If you decide not to use them for anything afterwords, please don’t just throw them away, they should at least be buried and returned to the earth from which they were grown.
I’ve included one of my favorite rose spells for you below.
Magical Rose Wash: from ‘Wicca: A Year And A day’ by Timothy Roderick
You will need a pint of spring water, fresh rose petals and an apple.
Pour the water into a large bowl. Chop the apple and add it and the rose petals to the water and allow it to steep. The longer it has to steep the better it will be. Cleanse your face and all of your chakras and say: “Awaken beauty, hold it fast. Bind the mists, to make it last.”