Moving a house spirit
Posted 18 January 2016 - 08:55 PM
Updating this post with what happened: I never got a chance to sneak a bottle into the inside of the house. I did paint some bind runes on the walls. Those rooms feel good, safe. The rest of the house was built by my partner, supposedly "for" me but with nothing allowed in it whatsoever that mars its supposed "perfection". Old woman doll... Out. Ancestor altar... He said it was a "dust trap" & dismantled it (not knowing what it was). Everything that is mine must appear completely "normal", uncluttered, etc. My partner is ... difficult, let's just say. So my protections have to be on the down lo.
The main problem now is the house itself. It feels...empty...inside. I have laid out offerings for the house spirit... Nothing. It just feels cold and dead in here. Like it is just a shell. I'm wondering if anyone has successfully lured or brought a house spirit from one house to another -- the little cabin we moved here from, in contrast, always felt cozy and welcoming. It is about 200 yds away. I was thinking about making it some offerings and having a conversation with it about coming to live over here. I have a set of antlers it could live in, or I could make it a little decorative needle-felted house.
Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.
Posted 18 January 2016 - 10:46 PM
Thought: denying a cohabitant an area at home for self expression is not normal.
Thought: rooms in your home that do not feel good and safe are not normal.
Thought: destroying a cohabitants possessions is not normal.
These are all red flag actions. I am really sorry.
Thought: you have the right to control part of your own home.
Thought:you have the right to an area for personal expression in your own home.
Thought: you have the right to a home where every room feels safe and good.
Thought: you have the right to your possessions.
Let's say you make it clear to your partner that these rights have been infringed on. So that could go well, and this whole situation could get turned around. Or it could go not at all well, which is what ditch bags are for, and why it's wise to have one ready.
Bottom line, you're trying to wake up a house that isn't yours. Why would that work? Our dust catching nooks are how people like us inhabit. Put your altar back up and give your old woman doll a proper chair. These are your ways, and necessary to your well-being, and that is nonnegotiable. You don't have to be a bitch about it (I would) and you can totally take some time to cast beforehand. Put honey in his coffee, sort of thing. Why not?
Once you have a home to open to it, the spirit will show.
Posted 19 January 2016 - 12:17 AM
You don't have to be a bitch about it (I would)
I would be, too.
Once you have a home to open to it, the spirit will show.
Perhaps this is why there's no house spirit. The (other) inhabitant makes it inhospitable.
For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel
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Posted 19 January 2016 - 02:01 AM
And also, I agree with the above....your partner's actions are alerting.
Posted 19 January 2016 - 11:43 AM
And now my Witchlet is living it. I'm waiting for her to wake the hell up and come home.
It truly sux when you have a house - but it's not a home.
Can you leave your partner there and move back into the cabin?
Personal issues aside - is it possible to move a house spirit? I think so. How else did the little house spirits, brownies, and other assorted critters travel across the ocean from their homeland to wherever the people settled? Was that intentional or did they just tag along? I really don't know.
Does the house spirit belong to the house or the people/person that lives there?
Are you sure it was a house spirit to begin with and not a personal one?
Yes, I know, I often say that hiding in plain sight is a skill that every Trad should learn. But sometimes, you shouldn't have to. Especially, not in your own home.
Posted 19 January 2016 - 06:39 PM
How long have you been there now? I tend to think as you continue to work magic in a certain spot, it naturally attracts spirits there.
Otherwise, why wouldn't a targeted attraction spell work to attract?
There is a newer (2013) book out there (that I have not read yet) called "The Tradition of Household Spirits: Ancestral Lore and Practices" by Claude Lecouteux that may give you some ideas, if you haven't come across it yet. It is available on kindle.
Posted 19 January 2016 - 10:52 PM
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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:03 AM
Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:17 PM
Some Celtic and Slavic tribes/magic folk used to perform land taking rituals, basically an elaborate way to announce one's arrival and set ones boundaries for all the local spirits to witness. But I doubt it would fully work if you don't have all right in your own home.
When I lived in some else's townhouse as a roommate, I couldn't successfully protect the house, only my bedroom which was the only room I could truly call mine. I tried many various ways for the four years I lived there but I always found them to perform poorly.
Posted 20 January 2016 - 08:48 PM
WhiteRaven, always good to see you
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Posted 21 January 2016 - 05:23 PM
Anyways, regarding the house spirit. If it were me, I would take advantage of the cabin's proximity to the new home and make offerings daily for a week or so, then "pop the question" to relocate the spirit. I'd also meditate to determine when the spirit felt strongest when I lived there (i.e.- lunar cycle, specific weather events, etc.)
Posted 21 January 2016 - 07:20 PM
I echo others that have worries about you not being able to express yourself in your own home. Not okay. Even the most controlling of housewives let their husbands with no skill or interest in decorating have their 'mancaves' usually. Why should you not also have your own space? Some sanctuary in the home that is just yours.
Forget about the house being an inhospitable place to spirits...it sounds like it's inhospitable to you!
Posted 21 January 2016 - 10:40 PM
@Rapunzel would you by chance know a particularly good pinterest board for that? I love new creative ideas for the craft...and crafts!
Posted 21 January 2016 - 11:07 PM
I'm always getting stuff like that in my feed because I'm always pinning crafts and nature photos and herbs and gardening stuff, along with various witchcraft related pictures, etc. Pinterest seems pretty good at predicting my tastes by this point
Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:37 PM
And to the OP, if your situation is not negotiable and you really can't practice in your own home as you wish, I would suggest a garden altar. You would be limited in the cold winter months, but if you really wanted to get fancy, you can even put it under a small gazebo canopy (they cost between $50-$100) to shield it from sun, rain, and snow. Maybe when you have a gorgeous outdoor temple of your own you won't worry about a dusty indoor altar. And if that isn't the real reason and he still has a problem with it, then you have more issues to handle before you tackle the empty house.
One of my neighbors has a little shrine in the center of their garden. She has multiple statues including saints and the Virgin Mary. It's very beautiful in the summer! Outside of my home, we have a chiminea that we use as a second "hearth" to practice outside. It's not necessarily an "altar" for decoration and offerings, but it is a sacred space.
Posted 24 January 2016 - 10:30 PM