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Decorating & Dedicating the Portals of Your Home

As a cottage witch, your entire home is your altar—your holy space where you can cultivate your practice on a grand scale. Every nook and cranny has magickal potential, and while you don’t have to worry about activating every possible space, there are a few areas that need to be fortified as soon as possible, such as the portals of your home.

The portals of your home include doors, windows, or any other entry or exit points. Fortifying these areas is important for a few reasons. First and foremost, you want to protect the energy you’ve been so carefully creating from any unseen forces. Especially if you live within close proximity to neighbors, you want to make sure any negative or unwanted energy can’t seep into your home space. You’ll also want to protect your home from any unwanted energy houseguests may be bringing in, and also protect the home from any energy you may bring in while out and about.

Keep in mind that not every type of negative energy is automatically evil or unwanted. For example, a friend struggling with depression may bring some negative energy into your home, but this is not evil or dangerous. You may even be struggling with some negativity yourself. Your home shouldn’t have “good vibes only.” In fact, it should be a place where you and others feel safe to fully explore the depths of their own humanity. The type of energy you want to banish and keep from entering the home is any type of energy that could be harmful or toxic to you, including toxic positivity. You get to set the boundaries for the type of energy you want and don’t want in your home, and those boundaries begin to be set by decorating and dedicating the portals of your home.

Let’s start with the front door since this is the main entryway for the home. You’ll want to decorate and dedicate both the outside and the inside of the door since they’re both portals in different ways. If you have more cleansing spray leftover from when you cleansed the whole home, take a few moments to spray both sides of the door to give it a fresh cleaning. Now, let’s begin with the outside area of the entryway.

You can decorate the outside as witchy as you want, going all the way or just adding some subtle supernatural touches. One way to do this is by creating a magick-infused door wreath. Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • One bare door wreath (can be made with sticks, metal, or plastic)
  • Plastic flowers or plastic leaves/greenery with the following colors:
  • Black for protection
  • Pink for emotional healing & harmony
  • Purple for wisdom & understanding
  • Green for manifestation
  • White for cleansing
  • Small protection crystals that aren’t water-soluble, such as:
  • Clear quartz
  • Black tourmaline
  • Black Obsidian
  • Black jade
  • Pyrite
  • Hot glue gun or glue
  • Black string

Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to make your wreath! Begin by casting a circle in whatever manner best suits you. Once the circle has been cast, it’s time to begin making your wreath! Grab the bare wreath and the string, and create a pentacle shape with the string that you’ll glue into the center of the wreath. Each point of the star will represent each element (Spirit, Air, Earth, Water, and Fire) and the wreath will represent the typical circle that wraps around the pentacle to symbolize the universe containing all of these elements. The pentacle is largely known as the universal symbol of the craft and embodies balance and the ability to harness the elements for your own bidding. Once the pentacle star has been glued into place, it’s time to start decorating! Add your flowers and crystals to the wreath in whatever way intuitively feels right to you. Once you’ve reached your desired look, it’s time to enchant the wreath with your magick!

Hold the wreath in your hands and close your eyes. Connect to the home through your root chakra and imagine this energy traveling up through your hands and into your wreath. Let your protective energy flow into the wreath until you feel it has been fully charged, then say the following spell:

“Bound by the pentacle, infused with my magick, may this wreath protect from unwanted havoc. Placed on the door to protect from evil, may all who enter be loving and peaceful. Those who wish harm must be turned away when my wreath of protection is on display. So mote it be.”

Now that the spell has been cast, close your circle and place your wreath on the door, and get ready to dedicate the other side.

The inside of your doorway should contain a message about having a safe journey or coming back safely, and we’ll do this by creating a wooden sign that can be hung above the door. You can either gather these materials in your backyard or a nearby park, or you can buy these supplies at your local craft shop. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

  • One rectangular piece of wood that can fit in the space above your door
  • Small crystals such as:
  • Carnelian for grounding
  • Citrine for abundance
  • Amethyst to soothe anxiety
  • Labradorite for finding your way
  • Rhodonite for making deep connections
  • Paint or markers in any of the following colors:
  • Black for protection
  • Pink for emotional healing & harmony
  • Purple for wisdom & understanding
  • Green for manifestation
  • White for cleansing

You can also grab anything you want to add to the wooden sign for decoration, such as ribbons or flowers. Once your items have been gathered, cast another circle in whatever manner fits your practice and drop into meditation. Imagine the feelings you want to cultivate whenever you’re outside of the home, such as protection, connection, and safety. Create a mantra that you’ll use to make a sigil. Here are some examples you can use:

“May I return in safety”

“May I return with love”

“May I go out and spread kindness and return with peace”

Once you have decided on a mantra, you’ll create your sigil! To do this, you’ll write your mantra on a piece of paper and remove any vowels. For example, if your mantra is “May I return in safety,” the letters you’ll be left with are “m,y,r,t,r,n,n,s,f,t,y.” Next, you’ll remove any repeating letters, which will leave you with “m,y,r,t,n,s,f,y.” These letters will act as the shapes you’ll use to create your sigil. Arrange these in any way you want, and don’t worry about getting it right on the first try! You can try out different arrangements until you find one that feels right.

Once your sigil has been created, you’ll use your paint or markers to draw your sigil onto the piece of wood. Do this near the center, as big or as small as you’d like. Once the sigil has been drawn, begin decorating the sign with your crystals or any other supplies you’ve gathered.

Once your sign has been designed, it’s time to add your magick! Hold the sign in your hands and connect your energy to it. Your mantra actually is the spell, so as you hold the sign, say the mantra out loud at least 10 times, or until you feel that the sign has been fully charged. Now it’s time to hang your sign! Close your circle and then hang it above the inside of your front door. Every time you leave, take a second to look at your sign and say your mantra to yourself on your way out the door.

Now it’s time to move on to your windows! This will start with a thorough cleaning. With a clean sponge/cloth and all-natural cleaning spray, take the time to scrub the windows both inside and out. This is a great time to practice mindfulness, focusing the mind on the task at hand rather than whatever pops into your head. This will help you connect to the space and charge it with your energy. As you clean, focus on feelings of safety, cleanliness, and warding off evil. Once the window has been cleaned, dip a finger in a bowl of water and draw a pentagram onto the glass while saying the following spell:

“Through this washing and anointing, I am always protected. Whether open or closed, this boundary must be respected. Sealed with the pentagram and infused with my magick, this boundary will direct all energetic traffic.”

After all of your windows have been energetically sealed, you can decorate your window sills with protective crystals and plants to fortify your magick. Feel free to re-decorate your portals in accordance with the seasons, the moon cycles, or upon the new year—and rest easy knowing that your home is the safest place for your own energy to take a rest and heal completely undisturbed.

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