To make sacred space means to cleanse and prepare an area for divine connection, like a “sanctuary” in a church. You can make your entire home into sacred space. The first step in making your home a magical home is to envision it as one big magical circle. Learn how to make a magical home with cleansing, protection, gardening, and witchy decorating ideas.
We all know that our homes protect us from the outside world. They also give us privacy. But when we make our homes magical, we also have to think about spiritual protection. If you’ve never energetically cleansed your home, this will be your first step to making your home magical. This is also something to repeat once a month (preferably on the new or waning moon) or whenever you feel the need. Cleanse your home after illness, discord or spiritual intrusion, as well.
A spiritual home cleansing is a removal of negative energy that has either invaded or built up. I’ve found the most powerful way to cleanse a home of negative energy is a smoke-cleansing ritual. Some of the most powerful herbs for smudging are: white sage, rosemary, and palo santo (among others). Research how to do a smudging ritual and then cleanse your home. Don’t forget to open the windows or doors to allow the negative energy to escape. This is crucial. If you can’t use smoke to cleanse your home, there are MANY cleansing methods to try including sound cleansing, purifying sprays, simmering potpourris and more.
Following the cleansing ritual, set up a magical barrier. The first way to do this is to bless your doorways, windows, and all openings to your home including chimneys and exhausts. You can use a bit of olive oil, essential oils, or any kind of oil and draw a protective symbol on each window and door. For example – a pentacle, triquetra, cross, runes, etc. This same blessing ritual can also be done with a bit of holy water or moon water. Use what you have!
After you’re done with the cleansing and blessing rituals, add other protective elements to your home:
Last but not least, call on your ancestors, gods and goddesses, angels, guardians, guides, etc. to protect your home from all negative energy.
Not everyone can have a magical log cabin in the woods as their witch’s house. But that doesn’t mean your apartment in the city or home in the suburbs isn’t as magical! Now, this is the fun part. With these witchy decorating ideas, the enchanting effects are really amped up. Depending on the objects and placement, these elements will draw in abundance, health, love, peace, success, etc.
My witch’s house is your average one-story home in the suburbs. Built in 1980. Nothing too super witchy about it. But that didn’t matter to me. I’ve made it my magical home with love and with my own personal style. I use the four elements as a major theme in my home, as well as some rustic decor. I recommend using your interior design preferences to guide your witchy decorating. Here’s a few themes to consider:
The best witchy decorating ideas center around the four elements. By hanging wind chimes at your doorways and around your home, you add pretty, whimsical sounds and invoke the air element. This brings open communication for those who enter and carries wishes away on the winds. Wind spinners are fun in the garden. One of my favorite methods of enchanting my home is to use candles. We have candles in nearly every room. Light them and watch your home’s ambiance change from mundane to magical! You’re calling on the element of fire by doing so. If you can’t use actual candles, LED candles work just as well (they take energy to work don’t they?)!
Houseplants bring in that earthy energy. African violets, succulents, and ivies are my favorite but experiment with different houseplants to see what you like best. Be careful what kind you get – some are toxic to pets and children. Place around your home for earthy, healing energies. Small herb gardens with grow lights in the kitchen are helpful for kitchen witches.
Rose quartz, amethyst, and selenite are great for the home. Small water fountains and vessels of water honor the water element in your magical home. So do mirrors. Some people are afraid of mirrors or have strange superstitions attached to them. I say as long as you cleanse pre-used mirrors before hanging them, you should be just fine!
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Each room in your house has its own energy, it’s own unique magic. If you have an entire house to decorate and dedicate to your magic, consider each room as a separate entity. Here’s some ideas for witchy decorating by room:
Probably my favorite room in the house is the kitchen. The kitchen links us to our ancestors, the fire and water element, and to various kitchen gods and spirits. Set aside a cabinet solely for your magical herbs and supplies. A kitchen altar with candles, offering bowls, heirloom cookbooks, and herbs is a perfect way to honor your ancestors and household spirits. Add pictures of herbs to the walls, add a kitchen witch doll to watch over the kitchen, and light a red candle when you’re cooking to connect to the hearth-fires of the past. Leave a cup of coffee or tea for your ancestors in the morning. Learn how to enchant your kitchen here.
A lot of magic happens in the witch’s bedroom: sleep and dreams, relaxation, meditation, and intimacy. First and foremost, make sure your bedroom is comfortable and serene. Candles, Himalayan salt lamps, and crystals for love and passion are perfect witchy additions to the bedroom. Lots of pillows and comfortable blankets, quilts, etc. are a must. Make your bedroom a cozy sanctuary within a sanctuary!
I associate everything in the bathroom with the water element. So ocean decorations like seashells, ocean paintings, and the colors of the ocean grace my bathroom walls. Crystals associated with water are also great in the bathroom, i.e. moonstone, ammonite, etc. Succulent plants do well in bathrooms because they soak up the extra moisture in the air including jade plants and cacti.
The Living Room, aka Family Room, is magical because it is the meeting place of the entire family. Make sure the furniture is comfortable, clean and inviting. Add photos of the family and ancestors to your walls. An ancestor altar is perfect for the family room, so the ancestors see what’s going on in the family’s lives and partake in the daily comings and goings. Candles and LED candles set the mood in the evenings. Mirrors reflect the light and provide good feng shui for energy. And I also provide comfortable throw pillows and blankets – enough for everyone.
The laundry room may not seem like a magical place, but it is! The water element is also represented strongly in the laundry room, so any water deities or spirits you’d like to honor, this is a great place to do so! In addition, adding magic to your laundry is as easy as keeping a bottle of moon water and lavender essential oil on your laundry room shelf. Then add a cup of moon water or a few drops of oils to the laundry to enchant your clothing!
A beautiful centerpiece in the middle of your dining room table turns your dining experience into a magical one. Change it with the seasons and sabbats, for instance: sunflowers during the Summer and evergreen foliage for Winter. Set a place at the table for your ancestors when you have a big meal and want to invoke their presence. Hang talismans from the chandelier. Add tall taper candles and eat by candlelight.
I don’t have a home office, BUT if I did, I would make it like a sacred retreat. I would set up a meditation corner complete with comfortable floor pillows and aromatherapy. My desk would have a vision board above it and prosperity spell jars on it. But some more ideas – keep black tourmaline near your computer to ward off negative vibes. House plants cleanse your home office’s air and keep the vibes positive, even when you’re stressed to the max. If you have a window in your home office, set your desk facing towards it. This way you can look out the window and see the clouds, insects, and birds.
We all know how creepy an attic or basement space can be. Don’t be afraid to witch-ify these spaces and make them part of your sanctuary. First clean and declutter. Then spiritually cleanse the space and invite in good energy. An attic might become a witch’s arts and crafts room. Or a space for seances! A basement becomes a witch’s ritual room where you can draw your circle on the floor with chalk and invite your witchy friends and family to join in. If you have attic space, consider decorating with mostly the air element, since the attic is “up in the air”. If you have a basement, consider decorating with the earth element. Since the basement is within the earth itself. You could even consider decorating it like an ancient prehistoric cave!
Another special way of adding magic to your home is by setting up an altar. Be as discreet or as elaborate as you’d like and as your lifestyle allows. Find a tabletop surface, wall shelf, bookcase, etc. on which to place your altar. Preferably, it should be out of reach of pets and small children (unless you want to make it a pets or childrens’ altar).
Make an altar to represent the four elements: earth, air, fire, water. Set up an altar to honor your gods and/or your ancestors. OR create a meditation space. Add stones, seashells, feathers, and herbs to the altar. Pictures of angels, deities, ancestors, etc. work well. Place candles, incense burners, oil diffusers, and more on your altar. Altars are great on kitchen counters to honor ancestors and hearth goddesses, too. The choices are endless!
What magical home would be complete without a garden? Some people say “I have a black thumb”. I used to say this, too. It’s truly about putting in time and effort, and eventually you’ll learn what grows well in your climate and what doesn’t. Purchase or grow plants that are native to your area. You will have plants that are acclimated to the land where you live and easy to grow. They will also attract and supply food or shelter for essential wildlife such as bees, butterflies, rabbits, birds, etc.
When you grow native plants around your home, you invite mother nature to take up residence. Those positive energies will translate to positive energy inside your home, as well. If you don’t have a yard, grow plants in pots on a balcony, patio, or even in a sunny window! Herbs do well in pots, and so do many flowers.
If you’re a pagan and have never considered helping your local wildlife by planting native and beneficial plants, please consider it. Since starting a butterfly garden, my family has gotten so much enjoyment out of it. My kids get to see the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle – from egg, to larva/caterpillar, to chrysalis, to an adult butterfly. Not only is it wonderful for your home’s magical energies, it’s also entertaining and educational!
If you have a garden, consider setting up an outside altar to honor your nature spirits and fairies. A stump, a large stone, or log are all great altar surfaces. As long as its flat enough to set offerings on. Offerings for garden spirits can be put in seashells, small cups, or laid directly on the earth. Fairy offerings include: wine, mead, milk, cream, cakes, cookies, fruit and all things sweet. Add a Green Man or Green Woman plaque to your garden gate. Invite the benevolent nature spirits to take up home in your garden and watch your plants flourish!
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