Purpose: To reinforce the moenia for the winter, and to ask for the protection of the house and the house spirits.
You Will Need: Rosemary. Cedar. Ribbon. Offerings.
Step One - Place offerings for the land spirits around the outside of your house. In my house, this can be milk/cream, apples, oranges, candied figs, nuts, etc. As you leave your offerings, recite:
Spirits of the land, I offer you this gift in exchange for your cooperation and protection during the icy months and winter storms. Look on our house and family kindly and bring us happiness. Aid us in enforcing the protection of the walls around us, as you have done in years before. I leave you this gift as a token of my appreciation and good will.
Step Two - Place offerings for the house spirits (and the house itself) within the house—by the hearth, on the window sills, in the rooms your family spends the most time in, and in any room that is left mostly unused. Again, you can gift these spirits food. However, for indoor spirits, I usually mix up a bowl of cinnamon, cloves, and rosehips for the living room. Clove-studded oranges can be hung by the windows or placed in bowls. Orange peel and cinnamon can be boiled as a scent offering. In the rooms that you don’t use, you may want to leave a cigar or alcohol. As you leave these offerings, recite:
Beloved house and the spirits within, I offer you these gifts in thanks for your protection during the rain and wind, and to ask for continued shelter from the ice and snow. Your walls and halls are a comfort to us and we thank you for the happiness you bring us. We ask that you treat us with kindness in the months to come, and promise to treat you with kindness in return. I leave you this gift as a token of my appreciation and good will.
Step Three: Make a bundle of rosemary and cedar, tying it up with your ribbon and hang it on the front door. Recite:
As the house protects us from harm, so the door lets in happiness and joy. We offer you this gift today as a token of our appreciation for the protection of your locks, and the welcome you extend yo our friends and family. We ask that you continue to keep out ill and let in our friends and kin.
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Purpose: This spell is used to protect a property from mischievous spirits, to ward off fae, and as a defense against unsavory magic.
You Will Need: One raven cadaver. One small bell with ribbon or string. One tree, pole, or other surface. Safety gear. Something to hold the cadaver in place—twine, wire, or nails will do.
Specifics: First of all, at the time this spell was written, I already had a raven carcass in my garden. One of my roommates’ dogs killed one by the edge of the woods. I only used the remains after asking permission. Even then, I did so outdoors, with heavy gloves and a mask as a safety measure. I’m definitely not saying that you should run around killing birds. Check your local laws for guidelines about animal remains. And please, please, please exercise caution when working with animal remains. And inspect the remains before working with them. If they appear less-than-fresh or there are signs of disease, don’t use them.
Step One - If your practice dictates it, ask for the bird’s permission before moving the body. My practice suggests asking permission, explaining what you intend to do with the remains, and leaving an offering in place of the remains.
Step Two - Tie the small bell around the bird’s neck, to associate the remains with warning, protection, and cleansing. Recite:
Raven, who through the clouds does roam;
we welcome your passing above our home.
We thank you for visiting.
We welcome you to stay.
We ask for your protection
Until, once again, you stray.
Step Three - Affix the bird to your pole or tree (preferably out of sight of passersby and neighbors—which, thankfully, we do not have) as close to the edge of your property as possible.
Step Four - My practice suggests that the raven be given a small shrine in exchange for his/her protection, that’s to be maintained and looked after by its employer.
Again, be safe. Don’t do stupid things. And, for the love of Lenore, wash your hands.
Purpose: These wreaths are meant as a means of extra protection of happy home magic. They are hung on doors and windows to ward off evil spirits, bad luck, and misfortune.
You Will Need: Herbs. Thread.
Specifics: Different herbs can be used for different things. I have a fondness for rosemary, but you can use anything. Some examples are:
- Rosemary - Protection, happiness, cleansing
- Cedar - Protection, cleansing
- Lavender - Tranquility, cleansing, happiness
- Baby’s Breath - Love, luck
- Sweetgrass - Cleansing, happiness
Step One - Create your wreaths. These can be as simple or as big as you like. I like mine really simple like the one pictured above. And there are lots of tutorials for herb wreath diy in the world. Even Martha Stewart has one.
Step Two - Hang them in the windows and on the doors. These are subtle, very homey ways to ward off baddies and keep your home comfy; and they look very cute fresh or dried.
Purpose: A warding spell to protect the home
You Will Need: Four stones—at least the size of your fist. Paint (or paint markers).
Notes: This spell is meant to be used as one layer in a series of wards and boundaries.
Step One - Using a compass, determine north, south, east, and west relative to the location of the building you’re protecting. Make note of these places.
Step Two - On each of the four stones, paint an open circle. Then paint a cross over each circle to close the gate.
Step Three - Starting in the west and moving anti-clockwise bury the first stone by the west marker, saying:
I close this gate to harm from the spirit world.
Bury the second stone in the south, saying:
I close this gate to harm from curses and chaos.
Bury the third stone in the east, saying:
I close this gate to emotional turmoil and unrest.
Bury the last stone in the north, saying:
I close this gate to ill health.
Step Four - Recite:
All harm and ill I have rejected,
by the gates and wards, I am protected.
Purpose: To bless a door and strengthen its protection.
You Will Need: Olive oil, for an extra boost, this can be infused with garlic or rosemary.
Step One - Using a paintbrush that you won’t mind throwing away, paint an equal-armed cross onto the door.
Step Two - Recite:
Door at the threshold, guardian of our home—
May you be strengthened against mischief and woe.
May your locks stand strong against invasion.
May your knocker attract only friends.
May you welcome mirth and happiness,
and shut out grief and tears.
Creature of wood, bolts, and locks,
I enchant you and charge you with our protection.
Spiced Pomegranate Wine
You will need:
- Pomegranate juice (I used Bolthouse)
- wine making yeast (I used Red Star)
- sugar or honey
- a large jug
- a balloon
- about three weeks
- bottles and corks (for bottling)
- a funnel
- mulling spices (nutmeg, clove, anise)
THE FIRST THING
- Pomegranate juice goes in the saucepan, heat on LOW. Basically, you don’t want it cold.
- Pour in sugar or honey to taste. You will want to cut some of the tartness out of the juice because whether it ferments or not it may still end up tasting like vinegar to most people. So make it plenty sweet.
- Using a funnel, pour the juice into a gallon jug. Don’t worry if it doesn’t fill it all the way up.
- Add 1 package of yeast (or 1 1/4 teaspoon) to the juice. You can use bread yeast if you can’t find wine-maker’s yeast, but it will give it a bready taste to your wine, so you have been warned.
- Stretch a balloon over the top of the jug and store it in a temperate, dark place (we do our wine-making in the basement.)
- WAIT THREE WEEKS OR SO. As the yeasts interact, the balloon will start to inflate. This is good. You want this. When the balloon starts to sag, shake it up a little and tell the little buggers to wake up and get to work. If the balloon doesn’t inflate again, they’re done. This took about three weeks for me
THE SECOND THING
- Pour your wine out into another saucepan, and heat on low again.
- Stir in your mulling spices until they dissolve, or use a teaball. Add them to taste.
- Once its all dissolved and everything tastes like a kick in a glass, funnel it into bottles, cork them, and store them. Or just drink it right away like the badass winemaker you are.
Give it away as holiday presents, use it for offerings, or just drink the whole thing because you made this wine and you are its god.
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1) Mix together the salt and flour, gradually adding in the warm water and vegetable oil until your dough pulls together into a ball, leaving the sides of the bowl clean.
2) Knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and slightly stretchy.
3) Cover in cling film and leave to rest for 20 minutes.
4) Go ahead and work with your salt dough – it should be a similar consistency to play-dough but holds together better so is easier to work with. We think its easiest to work with on baking parchment so that it doesn’t leave any residue on the counter top, and you don’t have to flour your surface.
5) Salt-dough keeps in the fridge and is good to work with for about a week if you keep it in an airtight container or in plastic wrap.
Once you have made your dough you are ready to go.
1) Roll your dough out to around an 1/8th inch thick with a rolling pin. You can go as thick as you’d like, but with our dough, any thinner than an 1/8th inch and the dough became slightly too fragile to work with.
2) Cut out any shape of your choice using a cookie cutter – although you could go free hand with a sharp knife if you felt so inclined. We chose a star but anything would work. Also, if you didn’t have a cookie cutter the edge of a glass would work to make circles.
3) If you want to decorate with patterns now is the time to do it, while the dough is still soft. We used the patterned ends of some icing nozzles, a skewer to make little holes, a pin to make little speckles, anything we could find in the kitchen really. It was just a case of trial and error, pressing something into the dough and seeing what it looked like when we had finished.
4) Poke a hole with a skewer for the ribbon to go through.
5) Leave the dough to dry. This is the part where you have to be patient. The dough usually takes around 48 hours to dry – less if it is thinner, more if it is in big thick pieces.
If you are in a hurry you can also dry the dough in a cool oven which will take about 4 or 5 hours. The negative to this is that when salt-dough is placed in an oven it can go a little puffy, so you might loose some of the detail of your patterns. Also, the oven needs to be verrryyy cool or the salt-dough will crack.
6) Decorate the dried ornaments. Once they are good and hard now is the time to paint your ornaments or glue on extra decoration if you fancy.
7) Thread a thin ribbon through the hole you made before, tie at the top and hang on your tree. Stand back and admire your pretty work! See, it’s that easy.
Freezing Fresh Herbs
Cut up fresh herbs and put in ice cube tray. Add olive oil. Freeze. Remove from tray and store cubes in freezer container in freezer. Add to recipes as needed. Great idea!
Hello, just a quick question: what is Dy's personal (or public spiritual if there is a difference) url? The link in your Introduction page isn't working.
Dy’s url has recently changed to wrathfulcalm.
I don’t have the ability to change the link, but I’ll leave it here for you.