Home. It’s a word that conjures up strong feelings–and if you’re lucky those strong feelings are ones of safety, love, welcoming, and happiness. When you arrive home (whether is you’re bedroom, apartment, town home, or house) it should make you feel glad you’re there. And a witch’s home usually makes you feel this way–even if it’s not your own home!
So how do they do it? How do they make a house, a home, feel so cozy and safe and well…magical? And even more importantly how do you, a witch who wants to make their home more magical, do that?
Well my witchlings I’m here to answer that! I’m starting a new series that will go through the different rooms in the house and what you can do to make them more magical! Hopefully it’ll give you some good ideas, some inspiration, and a bit of magic! But before we dive in I want to address one thing: The thing that makes the witch’s home witchy at the end of the day is simple: Magic and intent. If you preform spells, do kitchen magic, read runes or tarot cards, cast circles, invoke gods or invite elementals, pixies, and fairies into your land, room, or home, then you’re already changing the atmopshere and making it magical!
A magical home is magical because you use magic.
When you first see a witch’s home you might be struck two ways: It either looks and feel’s extremely magical or it looks very normal but feels like it’s just…more. Of course if you’re not sensitive to energies you won’t feel anything anyway, but since you’re here on a pagan blog, let’s assume you do, m’kay? The front of the house is a calling card for witches–and a good way to show your personality both magically and otherwise.
As such, color, sound, and scent play an important role! If you live in a place where you can have a front yard, a courtyard, or even a narrow patio, you can make your home a magical calling card and a safe haven from the rest of the busy world. So first thing is first: doors!
Doors are more than just a way to separate the outside from the inside–it’s a magical gateway. The Greeks had Janus (pronounced yah-nus), a two faced god of doorways–not even the gods could pass if he wasn’t given the proper respect. They had his face carved over the entrance of the main door, or had a miniature statue to guarantee the safety of their family as they left. If it’s in your practice you could also do this! Lining the door with black salt or brick dust (a voodoo practice) is a good way to keep negative spirits from entering your door, as is putting a protective sigil in protective oil on the front of your door!
And let’s not forget about colors! Colors can set the mood, feel, and even the energy of your outside area! In recent years purple has been the go-to color for signaling (subtly) that a witch lives in the home. It used to be a blue door (and in some countries, red) that signaled such a thing, but times, they change! Personally I love purple, so you can bet I’ll paint my door purple (when I have a home). As an overview, here are some good colors for front doors (and even window frames!)
purple is the color of knowledge, magic, mystery, and knowledge. If you’d like to signal that a witch lives here, bring in some magic vibes, and amp up psychic abilities, this is a good color!
Pink doors imply love, healing, and friendship. This is a great color to show some whimsy, and it implies someone with a lot of creativity and gentleness lives here. If I wasn’t so in love with purple I’d paint my door pink!
Green is another favorite color of mine, and doors in Ireland are often this color (or red). Green brings in new beginnings, abundance, prosperity, and luck. Definitely some good energies to bring in or exude right? It’s also a very ‘earthy’ color, and usually brings in a very welcoming feelings for people.
There’s at least 3 billion shades of blue, but in general blue doors bring in understanding, healing, magic, understanding, and confidence. And once upon a time it was the color used to indicate a witch lived in the home!
Red doors are a bold choice in colors! It inspires confidence, action, change, taking chances, and (depending on cultures) protection. Red doors are fun, and having seen plenty of them while in Ireland I have to say I was often left with the impression that something really exciting was beyond the red doors! So if you want to inspire curiosity this might be a good color for you!
Of course you can choose whatever color door you like, and I know yellow doors were popular for a hot minute (yellow inspires creativity, harmony, mental clarity, and optimism), and they’re a fun choice too!
Door color draws people in–but so do plants! For protection you can plant, ferns, cactus, rue, aloe vera (protects from accidents), and violets in pots! So even if you live in an apartment these are all handy AND easy to keep around your front door! And if you style them right everyone will think you’re a great decorator, never realizing that they’re keep negative things away!).
Personally I’m a green witch and I come from a long line of gardeners and farmers, so growing food, flowers, and trees has always been in my life. I think growing morning glories or ivy over a trellis brings magic (and protection) to a small space or patio, and if you can swing it, try getting a small water fountain–even a small desk fountain for your outdoors! The sound of water really helps keep energy tranquil and calms you down!
Wind chimes are also good to have as it breaks up energy and invites breezes your way–keeping energy fresh! When picking wind chimes pick one that has a tone that resonates with you, otherwise it might just annoy you instead of bring a smile to your face. I myself prefer the lower, deeper tones–there’s just something soothing about them. But I have a friend who prefers higher, brighter tones.
Other magical things you could do is carve runes into wooden rounds and hang them throughout your patio/front yard, or paint (or draw on paper) protective Nordic runic sigils under your doormat like this one (the helm of awe):
All in all a front door/yard needs to express you and who you are, but investing in colors, sounds, and scent can really make for an impressively magickal entrance! Just remember that everything you do–down to planting your plants and hanging your chimes, should be done with intent. Cast spells, invite pixies or elementals into your sacred front space, if that’s your wish, and remember: When you use magic you make your home magical!
Next post (up on Wednesday), we’ll be talking about the first room in a home–your living room!
So what about you? What do you do to make your home more magical? Have you ever seen your protective plants or talismans/runes work? I’d love to know!