Creating and maintaining a magickal space is what I had always dreamed of as a teenager. Back then I wanted little fairy houses and twinkle lights lining my room, an altar with a large black metal cauldron to burn resin in, and witchy decor strun about. As I've grown older, I'm making my witchy space dreams come true, except it's a little less dramatic and more purposeful.
My apartment that I share with my girlfriend is slowly becoming the magickal home I see in my mind. We're growing together, her sporty-vibe mixing with my need for everything to be either black, pink, or turquoise (I know it's a weird mix, but it works! Think pastel goth). It's an interesting process melding two completely different aesthetics and personalities into a singular space, and compromise has become the magic word. In this post I want to share with you some fun ways to bring the Craft into your homes, especially if you share space with roommates or partners. And, if you live alone, you're free to run with these ideas even further.
Spaces in which energy can flow in and out are important to protect. You can do this in a multitude of different ways, but here are some of my favorites. Hang a besom (witches' broom) or horseshoe above your main door that provides entry to your home. Both are thought to ward off negative energies from entering your space. In addition, bells or chimes that ring when a door is opened can refresh the energies within your space and foster a lively environment.
My favorite way of creating a positively energized space is by growing and caring for plants and flowers. In my living room, I have two windowsills currently packed with flowers and herbs. All living things have divine energy in them, so caring for plants in your home will allow the plants to provide their own energies to your space. Also, growing herbs are great for crafting your own tinctures, teas, and for cooking in general! And, hanging them to dry near windows can definitely contribute to a witchy vibe.
Some great low-maintenance plants to have in your home are orchids, which foster love, spirituality, and emotional support; venus fly traps, which, in addition to capturing flies and bugs, also capture positive energies that enter your home and foster them (such as luck!); and aloe vera, which is an amazingly versatile medicinal plant that is great for treating cuts and burns, in addition to a multitude of other uses.
Cleansing your home or personal space is incredibly important to your emotional and spiritual health. Spaces will absorb energies that enter into it and can linger for years and years. The energies of the people who lived there before you and previous guests can stagnate. These energies can easily effect you immediately or the longer you stay in that space.
A great, popular way of cleansing your space is smudging (burning) sage or another dried herb known for it's cleansing properties. Burning incense or oils in a diffuser are also popular for cleansing of energies. However, my favorite way of cleansing my home is creating specific blends of oils and herbs that I can spray throughout the space in order to cleanse it and rejuvenate the space with my intentions. Below, I'll share with you a recipe for my new favorite mix:
Hearth & Home Essential Oil Spray
This Hearth and Home spray is crafted with essential oils to bring abundance and balance to your home. I add into the bottle a small clear quartz crystal charged to bring protection and peace. The spray has the purifying properties of patchouli and sage to cleanse your space of negative energies. It has a light mixture of woody, herbaceous, and floral scents. My girlfriend describes it as a light mint scent, although there is no mint in the mixture.
To craft this spray you will need: 4 oz dark colored, glass spray bottle A small bowl 3 tbsp vodka (I substituted Bacardi rum since it's a similar 80 proof) 12 tbsp distilled water (You can boil tap water to purify it, or use a home filter) 3 drops Bergamot essential oil 5 drops Sage essential oil 2 drops Patchouli essential oil 15 drops Lavender essential oil 25 drops Jasmine essential oil
This mixture will promote kindness, communication, bliss, successful relationships, and defense to your space.
In the small bowl, add in the vodka and distilled water. Then add the essential oils, mixing in between each essential oil addition. Pour your mixture into the spray bottle. Add in a small clear quartz crystal cleared and charged with your intention, if you'd like/have one on hand. The crystal is not necessary.
Shake up the mixture before each use, and store the bottle in a dry space away from sunlight and humidity.
You now have your Hearth & Home essential oil spray! Never apply pure essential oils directly to the skin. This spray is diluted, and therefore should be safe for skin contact. Please be cautious with those who may have allergies or sensitivities. If you'd like to purchase this spray, it is also available in the shop!
Please do share below if you have some additional ways you craft your magickal spaces!