Category Archives: Wicca

Creating A Magic Home (Cleared and Shielded)

Home is the place we laugh, love, gather, a place of security and an essential sanctuary -or it should be.  A wise witch maintains his/her home and space.  Our environment impacts us -that much is sure.  I giggled the first time I saw Howl’s moving castle.  Granny Sophie told a curious patron that she was the scariest witch -the kind that cleans.

Cleaning is an act of magic and it is a good place to start. Before you begin, consider what you have in your home and how it is arranged.  Does it make you feel good?  Does it remind you of old memories you’d rather forget? Get rid of what you do not need and tidy up as much as possible.     A home should first be properly cleared.  The clearing should be expanded to the property if possible.  If you do not own your home this may not be applicable.  After the home and property are cleared, a blessing is done.  Following the blessing are seals and barrier work. It is important to note that these spells build over time; also consider carefully what you are keeping in and out of your space.

The checklist is complete, the house is cleaned and the old rubbish is out.  Now it is time for a good clearing!   What do I mean by that?  Clearing is essentially resetting the energy in your space -it neutralizes the field so to speak.   At least, that is the way that I think about it. Clearing the home can be done in a multitude of ways (keep that in mind as I describe my own method.)  Clearing should be extended to the property but if you do not own your property (or require a certain level of discretion this may not be possible.) The good news?  There are ways around it!

After the clearing, it is important to apply seals and erect barriers. It is important to note that these spells are built and maintained over time.  Also, consider carefully what you are keeping in and out of your space.  That will be addressed a little later.  What follows is my personal house clearing.

  • Herbs:  Rosemary and white sage bundle (these herbs are high vibration and excellent for clearing work.)  If you do not have them; mugwort, basil, frankincense also work well.  If you are very sensitive to smoke I discourage burning them.
  • A white pillar candle that has been anointed with olive oil and blessed for the working.
  • Blessed  water (sea salt, rosemary, basil, and elderberry) I brew this up ahead of time and let it cool (infusion).
  • Tokens for the front and back doors, and the four corners of the property.  (The tokens I typically use are dimes, iron bits, wood with rune work…)  These items are later used to seal the house and property and in my personal opinion, this is a very important step.
  • Bell

I set my items up in the central part of the home. I ring the bell three times and light the candle. I say a personal prayer to begin the house blessing.  I open the doors and windows if possible (at least one should be open) and I prefer this to be the back door.  I light the herbal bundle and I begin chanting:  Cleaned, Clear, Cleansed away. Here harm  cannot stay, out the door away from me, away from home and family -Cleared are the windows, closets, and doors, cleared are the ceilings the walls and the floors.  Clean and clear is this space, my home is a blessing, a sacred space.”  This chant is repeated as you walk the home from the front to the back, top to bottom and back to the central space of the home.  After the entire home is cleared I perform a blessing.  The blessing begins with water and earth and is completed with air and fire.  I ask for the blessing of guardians, guides, and other energies. Blessings are very personal for me, I encourage everyone to write their own but if you have trouble with words, consider these:  I complete the work by sealing my doors and windows with the infusion.  I use an equaled armed cross on every door (internal and external; locks included) and windows of the home.

“May this home be blessed with the sacred gifts of the Fire; may it warm the hearth and hearts of those who live here and serve us.  Let this home be blessed with the prosperity and abundance of the earth -may our bellies be full and our life and works prosperous. When we most need stillness let it be found within this sanctuary.  By water, this home is blessed,  by the gifts of love, joy and connection.  By the air this home is blessed, here is clear communication, inspiration, and beginnings that help us thrive.”

I complete the work by sealing my doors and windows with the infusion.  I use an equaled armed cross on every door (internal and external; locks included) and windows of the home. Finally, I bury the tokens at the four corners of my property while envisioning a barrier akin to the image of the magic circle (or sphere).  Extra tokens are placed inside the home such as above the doors or hidden in the walls, vents etc. Make sure the clearing has been performed prior to placing these or you might inadvertently trap energies that you do not desire in your space.

It takes energy -hence the work.  However, it is important to care for your space, it is the epitome of the labor of love.  You can build on the protections and blessings as the moon waxes.  If you do not own your property, you can erect the barrier on the walls inside of an apartment to keep energies from above or beside you from leaking through.  A protective stone planted inside of a pot with a plant (such as cactus plants, or holly for example) will aid in shielding your space.  If it suddenly starts to die even though you are taking care of it correctly, consider another clearing.

Bobcat’s Message

If you discover that your call is to the animal world you may find this article helpful -though, it does indicate that personal work and devotion is required. The call may come in the form of personal experiences (and attraction)  with animals or very vivid repeated animal visitation in your dreams. What do we do with these dreams and experiences? What do they mean and how can we begin to open to the understanding that calls us?

My first experiences with the animal folk began as a child. They came to me in person and in dreams. At the time, I was unaware of the gift they were offering me. As a child often is, I was careless. I tangled the beautiful web of spider into a jar and held her prisoner. Then spider came to me with hissing, raised legs and in crawling numbers too numerous to count. I’d wiggle myself awake trying to shake them off. In time, I grew a healthy respect. Animals were my death teachers -showing me that decay was a part of life not separate from it.  Vulture brought those lessons.   They attacked me in a dream but then later asked me why I was so upset, they explained “We are picking out the dead parts of you that are not helping you anymore.”

The world of dream and waking cross when we discover that the animal is visiting our front door. In 2014, I went for a walk in the woods. I’d been having ominous dreams about a man in black with a fox mask following my daughter and I. In the dream there were many eyes in the forest watching me. The next day, as I wrote the dream, I felt inclined to visit the forest. I had a talk with a friend and he took to onto the land. There were many signs of animals: Stags marked the trees with their horns, coyotes bleached a tree by peeing on it over and over, and the bear had knocked over several logs as if to say: I am here. William had spent many years on the land, I was grateful to learn these things and he was a good teacher -whether it was his intention or not.

I didn’t encounter any animals that day -only signs…which was part of the message. In the quiet of the night, the bobcat came to see me. In the dream, he came to sit at the edge of the property. As usual, I was concerned for my safety but bobcat did not show any threat. Eye contact with bobcat suddenly revealed a need for me to separate, to be alone and “unseen” for a while in order to cultivate understanding. I considered dreaming as I recorded it. Hearing the last of my coffee strain, I poured a cup and headed to a chair right outside the camper door. The cool moist leaves greeted the soles of my feet and I felt the inclination to look up. There, right before my eyes was the gray, full coat bobcat. Her eyes held me directly and time held still. Immediately, I had the understanding that it was time for me to prepare to move, the feeling was this (It is time to be solitary for a while, sit with it.) Bobcat broke the gaze and disappeared into the misty morning.

The past few years have given me the keys to tap into the dreams and messages of the animal folk. Despite Bobcat bringing me to being a solitary practitioner (a path I didn’t initially feel was for me,) these last few years have helped me to grow immensely. To understand the messages that you may be receiving it is important to make space for yourself (even if it is only fifteen minutes in the bathroom with a lit candle and a locked door.) In addition, get outside and into nature more often. Remove yourself from harmful, negative environments, practice meditation, still the chattering mind, be open and receptive. Observe the behavior of the animal and research how this creature thrives. Ask questions for revelation and contemplate how this energy may be relevant to your life.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the animal?
What kind of environment does this animal thrive in?
Who/What are the natural enemies and threats to this animal?
What have we symbolically attributed to this creature?
What do I need to take from this experience?

The pathway to understanding can take a lot of patience. No matter how many animal Oracle books you may read, it won’t take the place of needing to make space for these sacred experiences. The space you make (it honors your connection) for stillness and meditation, for that walk or hike, to simply be open and receptive -that will be of greater service than you might imagine. May your journey be one of revelation, safety, and success!