From House to Homestead
Just moved house and want to make it your own? Or perhaps you’ve lived in your house for years, but it’s time for a clean start. In this article I’ll set out in 5 easy steps how to use your common household greenery to lend your cleansing and homemaking activities a valuable magical touch.
Step One: Grounding
Take an onion, chop it in four roughly equal parts and stick one quart in the earth at each corner of your house. (If you live in, say, an L-shaped house, cut the onion in as many parts as your house has corners). Onions absorb negative energy and have protective properties. If your onion pieces should happen to grow new shoots, let them grow, and when they start to whither, repeat the process using the newly grown onion. Keep the other onions in your house as protection (see Step Three).
Step Two: Cleansing
Cleanse your house using any (combination) of the following: bay, fennel, lavender, lemon, parsley, rosemary, thyme. If you feel the need for rigorous cleansing you may also use: basil, beans, clove, cumin, garlic, leek, mint, onion, peach, pepper, rosemary. Use element-based ways of cleansing -- EARTH: at New Moon, make herb sachets and put them in all corners of all floors (including cellar / loft); remove after an entire moon cycle has completed; AIR: mix the herbs into an incense and carry the smouldering mixture through the house, using bushes of lavender / rosemary / mint to manipulate the smoke with; FIRE: form bushes of dried lavender / rosemary / thyme / mint into smudge sticks and light them, allowing them to smoulder and smoke (see incense); WATER – briefly boil your selected herbs in water, let it cool down, then sprinkle all through the house, using bushes of parsley / rosemary / lavender to sprinkle with.
Step Three: Protecting
Your garden and window sill plants really come into their own here. You don’t need much space; even the smallest bed-sit has room for a small pot with plants. These common household herbs / plants all have protective properties: aloe, bamboo, barley, basil, bay, bean, birch, bromeliad, broom, cactus, cinnamon, clove, coconut, cotton, cumin, cyclamen, fennel, fern, garlic, pelargonium, gorse, gourd, grain, grass, heather, honeysuckle, hyacinth, ivy, lavender, leek, lettuce, marigold, mint, mustard, nettle, olive, parsley, onion, pepper, primrose, radish, raspberry, rhubarb, rice, rosemary, sage, tomato, tulip, turnip, violet, yucca – so you see, you’re spoilt for choice! Grow the plants in your garden or window sill – just this will lend you some protection. If you feel the need for more protection, harvest some of your herbs / plants, boil them in vegetable oil, and use the oil to draw protective runes at all exits, including cellar & loft. Alternatively you can make herb sachets and hang them over all exits. You could use the onions that may have sprouted from your quartered onion at Step One, here. Harvest the plants whole, let them dry, and when dry, plait the leaves in the kind of onion braid you see at French farmer’s markets. Keep this in your house.
Step Four – Blessing
Use rice, nuts or sage to make herbal sachets with, and hang a sachet in a prominent place in each room of your house. Part of this is your hopes and feelings towards your home, so make these sachets special – adorn them with meaningful symbols; anything that expresses your hopes and feelings.
Step Five – Make it a Homestead
No magic in the world can make your home a place of love, peace and harmony – only you can. But herbal magic most certainly can help you achieve it. Again, look at your garden, window sill and other places to keep plants. Love, Peace and Harmony are among the properties of the following: lavender, gardenia, olive, passionflower, violet, aloe, apple, apricot, avocado, barley, basil, beans, beet, brazil nut, caper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, daffodil, crocus, dill, gardenia, pelargonium, ginger, jasmine, lavender, leek, lemon, lime, marjoram (oregano), nuts, orange, pansy, pea, peach, pear, peppermint, plum, poppy, primrose, raspberry, rose, rosemary, rye, saffron, strawberry, thyme, tomato, tulip, vanilla, violet. Just growing them will help, but you can also make sachets, or even boil some of these in vegetable oil to make an anointing oil for your family.
So you see: you don’t need expensive, exotic herbs for your magic … just raid your kitchen / garden!
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