Hearth Witchcraft ~ Tips For Exploring Magick in The Home
With a flourish of love and a dash of spellwork the hearth witch breezes through her home filling it with magickal energy as she goes.
Hearth witchery holds a special place in my heart. I’m actually typing this up after sprinkling hearth magick throughout my own home.
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Now let’s take a breath and waltz into the magick of the home.
What is Hearth Witchcraft
Hearth witchcraft is essentially a magickal practice which seeks to infuse the home with loving, nourishing energy.
Traditionally the hearth was the heart of the home. It was where food was cooked, it was the primary heating source, and a place to gather round to tell stories (especially in winter when that would have been the cosiest spot to be), and in many homes this energy still holds true even though the modern hearth looks a bit different.
In more modern housing our hearths now are represented by an electric or gas stove. Heating systems in many homes no longer revolve around a singular fireplace to heat the entire home. Even still, in some homes, fireplaces and wood stoves often provide a great supplementary source of heating.
Considering these modern adaptations to the hearth, hearth witchcraft has grown alongside and come to mean more of a magick that encompasses the entire home.
In this aspect then hearth witchcraft is the practice of weaving magick throughout the home, whether you’re in the kitchen cooking up some kitchen magick, creating a cosy recharging atmosphere in the living room, or a restful space in the bedroom.
What Are Hearth Spirits?
Though they are not as commonly spoken of today, hearth spirits were once respected beings honoured in many homes across different cultural traditions
These spirits had many different names and general characteristics which vary across their lore. Many were considered benevolent guardians while others if crossed, could be tricksters.
In Kindling The Hearth (available on Patreon) we explore two of these beings further – the Brownie from Irish tradition and the Domovoy from Eastern European lore.
Hearth Magick Herbs
Weaving hearth magick with herbs can take on a few different forms. In my own spiritual practice, I work most frequently with herbs in my hearth and home by tending to plants (green witchery), cooking with dried herbs (kitchen witchery), sprinkling dried herbs around the home, and working with essential oils.
You might’ve noticed I’ve mentioned two other types of witchcraft in this section already! That’s because many different aspects of magick flow into and overlap with each other.
If you feel called to weave in multiple different forms of witchcraft go for it! Don’t feel like you need to stick to a single label, follow what feels right for
Okay, a slight ramble in there! Now let’s refocus on some particular herbs that are easy to get your hands on and explore their magickal properties for the hearth.
Rosemary: Rosemary is my go-to hearth herb. Associated with properties of protective hearth energy, rosemary can be beneficial to work with when you want to create a loving boundary around your home.
Sage: Sage is one of those all-around witchy favs. With its energetically cleansing properties, working with sage in the home can help you to clear out any vibes that
Lemon: A shout out to lemon here (even though it’s not an herb) because it’s one of my fav green beings to work with in the home. Magickally, lemon has an uplifting, refreshing energy that can add a bit of zest to the energy in your home. Yep pun definitely intended haha! 😄🍋
Basil: There’s an old saying that goes ‘no evil goes where basil grows’, working with basil lends a protective energy to the home. It’s also one of the herbs that I find grows easiest and is a great addition to cooking.
Peppermint: Peppermint has healing, soothing energy. In my magickal hearth practice, I add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to my floor cleaning solutions to uplift, heal any
Keep in mind that each of these are suggestions, there is an endless bounty of different herbs that can create a wonderful energy in your home, let your intuition guide you on what will work best in your home!
Hearth Witchery & Candles
The idea of incorporating candles with hearth witchery goes back to the origins of the hearth. In its traditional role, the hearth was a fire, often located in the centre of the home.
I’ve been to homes which have wood stoves and fireplaces and I happen to think that they are divine.
In my current home, we have electric heating which is nice and cosy and something I fully appreciate when the winter winds are gusting outdoors. Our stove too is a modern electric adaptation.
As such, lighting a candle has become a simple way in my own hearth practice to connect with traditional hearth energy, back to when the hearth was kindled by
Often times I’ll have a tealight lit on my stove top honouring that traditional energy of hearth. At night when I’m cosy in my living room, I’ll have a candle lit on the coffee table, adding a soothing glow to the evening that harkens to days past when I might have gathered around a traditional hearth fire with loved ones and told stories after the sun set.
Crystal Grid to Nourish Hearth
Crystals and earthen stones (stones from the garden or beach) are another magickal way to nourish hearth. I’ve suggested a few options below for different crystals grids depending on the energy you want to bring into your home.
While putting your crystal grid together, focus on the energy that you are bringing into your home to infuse them with your magick as well.
Abundance: Citrine, Green Aventurine, Pyrite
Love: Rose Quartz
Amplify: Clear Quartz
Protective: Obsidian, Black Tourmaline, Hematite
Clean & Allow Good Vibes to Flow Freely
An important part of hearth witchery is cleaning. While cleaning isn’t generally pictured as the go-to activity of fun, hearth and home magick benefit greatly from a loving, magickal clean.
When your home feels clean it uplifts the energy and allows it to flow more freely. It creates a space you want to be in, a space you want to recharge and rest in.
Bringing magickal mindfulness to your cleaning helps to maintain and continue to nourish and refresh the energy of hearth and home.
For an extra dash of magick when cleaning, incorporate essential oils. This can be can be a lovely way to infuse your home with the magickal properties of herbs.
Making homemade cleaning solutions is another way to weave in some hearth magick that is also gentle on the environment. Using eco-friendly cleaning supplies when availability and budget offers is also a great option.
The main thing to keep in mind when weaving cleaning magick is your energy. While essential oils are a lovely addition, the only aspect you really need to weave hearth magick while cleaning is you and your energy.
As you dust, sweep, vacuum, or mop visualise the old energy being released. Then when you’re all done, visualise your space filling up with loving, healing, nourishing, refreshing, energising, or recharging vibes or any energy that feels right to infuse the space you’ve just cleaned with the energy you feel your hearth is seeking.
Kitchen Witchery Meets Hearth Witchery
As the traditional place and method by which food was cooked, hearth witchery and kitchen witchery are closely intertwined. Both seek to create nourishment in the home, one practice through cooking or baking the other through nourishing the environment of home.
If you’re interested in learning more about kitchen witchcraft specifically have a gander at this post.
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