Most of us do a number of things instinctively when we start the process of making a new home our own. We paint walls, we copy keys, we hang curtains. The fact is, we do all these things to ensure that our home is a healthy, wealthy and happy place to live. One of our favorite books, Welcome Home by Rebecca DiLiberto, compiles a smorgasbord of superstitions and rituals that are practiced to create a happy and healthy home. Each chapter pertains to a bringing a different energy or aspect into your home. Choose your favorite rituals, give them a try and let us know if it changes the energy of your home!
excerpt from Welcome Home, by Rebecca DiLiberto…
Protecting and Maintaing Your Home
Most of us wouldn’t consider spending even one night in a house without locks on the doors, but did you know that some people insist on drawing a circle around the perimeter of their home with sea salt before they can relax? They believe this creates a realm of positive energy that evil spirits cannot penetrate. Here are some more ways to keep your family protected:
Outside Your Home:
- Train ivy to grow on the exterior walls of your house. This lush green plant will blanket your home in ribbons of positive energy, keeping negativity out.
- Put a marble statue somewhere near your home to assert the strength of your own little society. One reason that you see so many marble statues in Italy is that their hardiness appealed to Renaissance civilizations, representing the staying power of their cities.
- Renaissance-era Italians believed that burying a bronze or stone equestrian statue helped defend a city from war and plunder. Why not protect your own family in the same way? This is an especially brilliant strategy if you should receive a housewarming gift you’d rather display underground…
- If you draw a chalk line across your driveway, evil spirits won’t be able to penetrate your home.
- Plant houseleek on your roof–this succulent, flowering plant will keep your house from catching on fire. This special plant also serves as a powerful reminder of the resiliency of nature, its latin name Sempervivum meaning “live forever.”
- To keep the energy in your home pure, Shinto tradition suggests sprinkling water around your front gate in the morning and evening symbolize cleanliness. If you don’t have a front gate, sprinkle water where your property begins.
For the Entrance of Your Home:
- Feng Shui tradition dictates hanging a wind chime near your home’s entrance in order to attract chi and repel negativity. Hang the chime on the side of the door that opens–not the hinged side–to usher energy in.
- Rub some pure olive oil on the doorjambs while saying a blessing that is meaningful to you. This practice stems from the ancient Christian tradition of anointing, which signifies the presence of God and the purification of evil forces.
- Make a sachet of red onions, dried chili peppers and turmeric and suspend it above your front door to ward off evil.
- The Hawaiians call the Cordyline, or Ti plant, “Good Luck Plant.” Accordingly, they plant it to the right of the entrance to their homes. To the left, they plant “Heavenly Bamboo.” This flowering plant is believed in most Asian traditions to bring prosperity and safety to your home.
- To keep away the evil eye, place a cactus near the front entrance of your home. The Greeks believe its sharp thorns threaten anyone who desires to harm the home’s inhabitants.
- Plant some clover near the front door. Sure, the four-leafed kind is lucky, but the garden variety also brings protection.
- Hang a bell over the entrance of your home. The clear clang it produces will send evil beings running.
Cleaning and Maintenance:
- The first time you use a new broom, sweep some dust from outside the front door into the house to usher in luck.
- Never sweep dust and debris you’ve collected with a broom directly out the door, or you’ll be sweeping out your luck as well. Instead, sweep it into a dustpan and carry it outside.
- Sweep in the morning, not at night.
- If you accidentally break a dish or cup when washing up, break another one on purpose or be extra careful with the rest, as another will be prone to breaking.
- Cleaning out your closets once a year is an important ritual. But before donating or throwing away old clothing, wash it, or you could be passing on your unfinished business and bad luck to unsuspecting new owners.
- Never let trash stay in wastebaskets too long. This can interrupt the flow of energy throughout the home and keep new things from coming in.