Currently I am languishing in an inner city pad in one of my favourite areas of Wellington. I have often said this is where the freaks, geeks and weirdoes hangout, my type of people really. And given that this inner city pad is owned by a fellow Witch, I figure a post about Spirits that inhabit this house would be appropriate for this week’s post, namely House Spirits. This inner city apartment has them, I can feel them quite strongly and yesterday was about getting used to each other. It helps that I have set up an oil burner, as I suspect that incense may well set of the fire alarms off, so instead I am using the afore mentioned oil burner. I have brought with me lavender, sage, basil and Frankincense, essential oils to use, and luckily for me the house spirits have been enjoying this. I figured a good way of making friends with other witches house spirits would be to give them an offering of some sort, not that I realised this to begin with.
When I first arrived and after making a nice cup of tea in the awesome teapot of awesome, I set up my laptop and duly put in the password to connect to the network but alas, not working,pages did not want to come up, you are connected to the internet it said but no pages for you. EEEEK! For this Urban Witch having no internet is like a Hedgewitch without her Hedge, so to speak. But after a bit of fiddling, resetting and imploring that the internet work, it was up and running.. *phew* There may have been a few cups of tea and some chocolate to recover. So internet done, time to set up the sewing machine.. oh wait why is the light not working.. *frowns* I have a Janome sewing machine and I have noticed the light on it often stops working after it has travelled from one place to another, well bugger. Again after imploring that the light magically turned itself on, it did. It was about then that I noticed the presents of the House Spirits that abided here. And what’s more these house sprits were helping.
At my house where I usually live there are also house spirits, and given that the flat I am staying in is a was build last year, most of the house spirits that now inhabit this flat came with me, and given that I flat and don’t own the house I live in they pretty much move with me from place to place. But having said that, they are not something that I always notice because they have been around for what seems like forever. In other places where I have flatted there have already been some resident house spirits, and given that I was now moving in, I have always made a point to lay down the rules, ‘My house My rules’ they are pretty basic rules that I would and do expect, not just house spirits to follow but also my friends. Don’t be a dick or you will be asked to leave. It has been this way for at least as long as I have been a Witch. Let’s leave out the current bit where I have hawthorn berries drying in my room cause that would just invite the fey.. *coughstoolateoopscoughs* but that is a different spirit. Here we are talking about House spirits.
This is the first time I have been house sitting and in a fellow Witches house, so the rules are somewhat different. It is not my house thus not my rules. But there are rules and these rules need to be followed, so I spent yesterday making friends with these house spirits. Given that this is not my house and not my rules, it would do me no good to come in like an elephant on roller skates and roll over all the current rules, in fact it would be downright rude of me to state my house, my rules as it is where I usually lived. So instead, after getting my computer connected to the internet, with the help of the House Spirits, and setting up my sewing machine, with the help of the House Spirits, and once I had figured out that they were helping, I set about creating an offering.
I set up my Oil burner on a window sill with a coaster, and offered these house spirits the scent and magic of Frankincense and some of my personal energy with the intent to get to know each other, to make friends, rather than make rules. This has worked well, and my computer and sewing machine is working nicely and it feels very welcoming. Today we had sage basil and lavender which was ok, but not as accepted as the Frankincense. But hey, dems the breaks.
House spirits in my experience are generally a combination of energy left over from previous tenants and people who used to inhabit the building as well as your own personal energy. In a way that I don’t as yet understand this energy combines and creates what I call House Spirits. I generally find these spirits to be helpful, as they are in this inner city apartment, and am figuring out that they need regular attendance, offerings, if you will, which for this inner city pad comes in the form of regular cleaning and tidying.
This inner city pad was built about 10-15 years ago in a building that is well over 100 years old, which is quite old for New Zealand. These House Spirits are a mixture of the buildings spirits that have been created over the last 100 years , a certain amount of spirit of place and several of my fellow witch’s ancestors from her blood family as family is very important as well as I suspect a personal spirit or two . Keeping an eye on the placed. It is a curious but I suspect somewhat common mix.
For me House Spirits are often the combination of emotional energy, and an action with a dash of spirit of place, as in the land that the building is built on. You know when you go into a room where two people have been arguing, you can feel the energy in room quite strongly. You could cut the air with a knife, that is and can create spirit forms, especially if an action and emotion is something that is repeated. I can remember seeing a glimpse of a woman walking through a gate that was no longer there carrying a basket and dressed in clothing from the early 1900’s while visiting at a friend’s house, I found out that where I had seen that woman had walk was where the original gate was. It looked like she was carrying the days shopping home in a basket. I suspect that women who have lived in that house have carried shopping home through that gate quite a few times, thus an energy or house spirit has been created. I have no idea what the mechanics of such a thing is I just know that is how it is created.
It will certainly make me pay closer attention to the house spirits when I go back home in two weeks. I suspect that my cat will tell me off quiet loudly, but I am also wondering if I will look differently at my usual house spirits, that I have lived with for so long, perhaps I am now taking them for granted. I will have to make a point of paying them more attention, it is only fair.!
Of course I could just be making this all up with a truck load of wishful thinking.. but I do not believe so.