How many of us enjoy housework? I know there are many out there who simply adore housework and all its connotations, but as a Leo (and I am not speaking for all Leo’s) I feel that delegation is the best way to go however there is only so much work that the Brownies and Hobgoblins can do, so I find myself having to join in and share the workload with them. Not that I am complaining as a clean home is a happy home, although a little clutter can be fun along with a few magickal twists and formulae to help turn housework into an enjoyable exercise. So without further ado I have included some recipes for you to have a go at making and adding to your home, cottage, house, barn, caravan or castle.
A LITTLE BROOM LORE
The broom has long been associated with magic and of course, housework. Traditionally made from Ash, Birch and Willow, the more modern version is made from a variety of woods available including Oak, Pine, Maple and Poplar.
Brooms or Besoms as they are also known, have been used in many rituals for purification, protection, cleansing and even with the weather! They are ideal for sweeping away debris and dust, casting circles with, protecting thresholds and of course flying on when one gets the chance. In ancient times several brooms would be made and used for various magical workings. In modern times you should at least have one broom for magic, nothing else and another for sweeping and general housework duties.
It is always best to get new broom when you move house as you don’t want to take your old ‘dirt’ with you, however you can pass the broom through the window and not the door when you first arrive with it should you choose to take it with you. Likewise with a new broom, it must also pass through the window first and not the door of the home. The broom placed by the main threshold is said to deter negativity and unwanted guests from outstaying their welcome. And never walk over a fallen broom, if you do, walk directly backwards over it as if rewinding the motion.
BLESS THIS HOUSE SACHET
This sachet is to bring blessings into the home. Mix the following dried herbs until well blended and then add them to a sachet of natural fabric. Secure with a white or green thread, hang the sachet in your favourite room of the home.
1 tsp lavender for blessings
1 tsp red or pink rose petals for love
1 tsp birch leaves to honour the Goddess
1 tsp oak leaves to honour the God
‘Lavender blessings and rose for love, Goddess of earth and God above.
Guard this home and keep it well, with this herbal Witches spell.
As we are in the harvest season a wreath is an ideal craft to make and hang in the home to symbolise the harvest, abundance, fertility and of course protection. Depending on what herbs you add can change the energies needed to suit. Start with a standard willow or oak circle/wreath then add herbs such as dried wheat, thyme, lavender, maple, dried grasses, autumn foliage and hops. Sachets of dried herbs can also be added along with ribbons and other talismans or trinkets, a pentacle or even miniature farming tools.
Fertility herbs could be fig, grape, hawthorn berries, hazel, oak and pine. Protection herbs of angelica, barley, burdock, cloves, fennel, garlic, grasses, horehound, mandrake, oak, rosemary and vervain. For blessings and good energies add lavender, nigella seeds, meadowsweet, olive and skullcap.
Our homes need to have a thorough cleanout every now and again, dusting, wiping and washing, a symbol of clearing away old energy and making room for new. A cleansing to release our homes and ourselves of any stagnation that has made its way into our lives. The following herbal wash can be used to wipe down doors, windows, altars, door frames and to wash floors. Rinse jars or bottles in the freshly made wash before filling them with new magical herbs and potions. For outside use, wipe drain pipes, walls and around doors and windows, also safe to use for the cleaning in animal houses. Pour any remaining liquid down the drain pipes while visualizing all negativity going with it.
Add to a large pot the following: A handful each of fresh peppermint, rosemary, lavender and bay. Add one cup of fresh lemon juice and six litres of water. Bring to boil then simmer covered for thirteen minutes. Allow to cool, strain, bottle and label. The herbal wash can be poured into a glass spray bottle for use and should be used once made. A little goes a long way.
This incense is a strong blend of spices and is used to help banish negativity from the home. Grind together in a mortar and pestle the following spices and for Goddess sake try not to get it into your eyes or up your nose! Burn on lit charcoals or throw into the balefire to send negativity packing and invite positive energies into the home.
1 part whole cloves
1 part dried rosemary
½ part ground cinnamon
¼ part whole chili flakes
‘Herb and spice, cloves of whole, banish this ill that makes my home unwell.
Send it far with no return, by the powers of this incense that does so burn.’
SOME HOUSEHOLD DEITY
Brownies - Good luck, protection and happiness in the home. They do not like to be seen and are happy to go about their work during the night. Leave out oats, porridge, honey and small gifts of food for them. They like to live in parts of the home that are not in use as much, and will become offended and leave if ‘payments’ are given to them.
Cats - they are guardians of all thresholds within this and other realms. They protect us and ensure that psychic energies are maintained where needed.
Frigg - Norse household Goddess and of ‘woman’s work.’ Wife of the Norse God Odin.
Gnomes - Spirits of the Earth and of the pantry, food stores, buildings, foundations, cupboards and the home and garden in general.
Hesta - Greek Goddess of the home and hearth.
Hobgoblins - Puck is a Hobgoblin and they can be very mischievous as we know from his antics. Hobgoblins do odd jobs around the home while humans sleep. Leave food out to them and it is said that if you offer them clothing they will vanish from your home.
Janus - Roman guardian of doorways and the threshold.