N O U M E N I A T R A D I T I O N S
Noumenia is the second day in the three days that mark the start of the new month in the Hellenic calendar though I only recognize Noumenia as an eclectic revivalist. Please refer to other Hellenic polytheists for more information.
In my practice Noumenia is a day to honor Hestia. I refresh and cleanse my household, cook a nice dinner and bake honey cakes, and take some devotional time out of my day for Hestia.
R E F R E S H T H E H O U S E H O L D
- take care of any chores and tasks leftover from the past month
- take time to do some monthly chores and tasks
- clean and cleanse altars/shrines
- refresh the kathiskos
- cleanse the house through cleaning, burning incense, misting with cleansing water, ringing a bell, et cetera
Prayers for Hestia:
- Hail Hestia by divine-adoration
- Hestia by greekpagan
- Hestia as Patron Goddess by pomegranateandivy
- Hestia of the Home by dandthegods
- Hestia’s Home by dandthegods
- A Historical Prayer to Hestia
- To Hestia by hestia-aflame
Hymns for Hestia:
- Homeric Hymn 24
- Homeric Hymn 29
- Hymn to Hestia by justjoshingjeez
- Hymn to Hestia-of-the-Cabled-Cardigan by poetryandarete
- Orphic Hymn 83
Honey Cake Recipes:
- Acts of Devotion to Hestia by hestiaswitch
- Hestia/Vesta: Small Devotional Acts by heatherwitch
- Simple Ways to Honor Hestia by hearthcentereddevotions
Last updated 12/6/18
To anyone who needs this post, I am sending gentle and loving energy your way. Know that grief is meant to hurt, and with time it WILL get easier (but may not go away, and that’s okay). Please utilize this post only as a supplement, and talk to a therapist or loved ones if you need to.
- Grief powder
- Sage drops spell
- Relieving grief
- Jar of grief spell
- Honoring the dead
- Ritual of grief
- A remembrance spell
- A spell for passing and mourning
- Grief over death is easier for me and effects me less
- My grief does not control me
- To bring aid in times of crisis and grief
Loss of pets:
- Emoji spell to bring comfort to those who are grieving
- “I’ll be alright” spell jar (for grief)
- Tarot spread to ease grief
- Crystals in death magic (include some for grief)
- Crystals for PTSD (include some for grief)
Recommended tags to utilize when you’re ready:
- How to clean up kitchen (particularly the sink, burnt pots and small aplliances)
- How to take care of kitchen stuff so that it lives longer
- 10 commandments of a clutter-free kitchen
- Organizing kitchen mini masterpost
- 5 things to do in the kitchen before you go to bed
- What is soapy bowl and why it’s awesome
- How to organize your fridge (also here, here and here)
- Thins you should know about your fridge
- Adding more storage space in a tiny kitchen
- Lots of cleaning tutorials and tips. And some more
- How to clean up pantry
- How to make your house look cleaner than it really is
- How to wash pillows
- Cleaning the bathroom
- How to clean the nastiest places (and get rid of bad smells, etc.)
- Floor-to-celling guide to spring cleaning
- Recaulking your bathtub
- Cleaning grout
- How to dispose of toxic waste
- Cleaning the medicine cabinet
- How to make chores more fun
- You mustn’t skip these chores, but you can delay these if you’re busy
- Easily forgotten things that you should clean/replace
- Why you need a catch-up day
- Small cleaning tasks to do in under 15 minutes (also here)
Looking for a flat/moving
- First apartment checklist
- Where too look during an apartment hunt (and some more tips)
- Negotiate these things with your landlord
- What to do first in a new place
- What do clean before moving out
- How not to get crazy during moving flats
- How to downgrade to a smaller place
- 10 habits for better home organisation
- How to store off-season items
- 10 storage ideas for small spaces (more here)
- Storage secret weapons
- How to organise your closet
- Things to do before twice-yearly closet switchout
- How to store and maintain your sweaters
- Why it feels great
- How to get rid of clutter
- How to declutter (not only a flat)
- What needs to be thrown away from your flat
- How to let go of the things you no longer need
- Things you own too many of; you can throw away these too
- Decuttering the bathroom
- Decluterring masterpost
- Projects for every room in your home/flat
- Add style to your home
- DIY decorating ideas
- How to use negative space
- 4 common decorating mistakes and how to avoid them
- Questions to ask yourself before buying something new
- How to choose furniture that’ll be easier to clean
Green thumb 101
Living alone / Sharing a flat
- How not to be lonely when living alone
- 12 things you can only do when home alone
- What you learn by living alone
- Things you learn while sharing a flat
- What to pack when leaving for a dorm
- How to seamlessly share a kitchen (or a flat in general)
- Safety issues to discuss with flatmates
- Benefits of living with strangers
And also how to turn a house into a home
Hi! This is sort of random but I’m hoping that you know. You used to have a playlist running on here and I remember there being a song with the word Druid in it or something? Anyways, I was wondering if you might know what song I’m talking about because I loved it and I can’t seem to find it now. Sorry to bother! ♡
heya! was it this Druid meditation song? (link)
Let’s just start a series of crash courses in witchcraft, since sometimes we need to learn things the quick and dirty way. Today, let’s talk about wards.
What are wards?
Wards are protective energy barriers. They keep things out. You can place them around your home, certain rooms, even on certain objects. With practice and clear intentions, you can focus the wards to block out everything or only certain things. We’ll get to that in a bit.
Why should I ward my space and my things?
Wards can keep out all sorts of things you don’t want in your home. They can block out negative entities, wayward spirits, mischievous entities, demons, and (if you’re really good at what you’re doing) even gods. Some people ward their divination tools so they know there are no spirits tampering with the results.
So what do I need to do first?
Cleanse. This is very important. Wards are kind of like walls, or perhaps more accurately, bubbles. If you don’t clean the space first, you might trap things inside your ward bubble. You do not want that. There are lots of methods of cleansing, from burning sage to spritzing oil-infused water. Find a method you’re comfortable with and cleanse everything you’re going to be warding.
I’ve cleansed my home/item. Now what?
Now we ward. I’m going to give you a couple methods. Let’s start with my favorite, incense warding.
Incense warding can also be done with spritzes of water/essential oil blends or herb-infused water if you can’t have smoke in your space. Whichever you’re using, you want to have a blend of protective herbs. Bay leaves, cinnamon, ginger, mustard seed, and salt are some great options that you can find in the grocery store, no fancy witch shop necessary. If you’re using incense, make sure you’re using natural incense and not super cheap stuff that’s artificially scented. The magic is in the herbs, and you won’t get that from fake scents.
How to Incense/Spritz Ward an Item
- Smoke or spray item.
- Visualize the smoke or spray clinging to the item and wrapping around it like a tight blanket, protecting it from anything that would cause harm (or interference, etc.).
How to Incense/Spritz Ward Your Space
- Pick a place to start. I always start at my altar, but it’s up to you. If you’re doing multiple floors, start either at the top or bottom floor.
- Moving continuously to your right, smoke or spray along the walls and door frames. As you go, imagine a barrier being formed around the walls, ceiling, and floor, pushing outwards to fill the room. Visualize the smoke or spray forming the barrier to keep out anything that will do you harm. [If you have a hard time with visualization, you can simply focus on the intent of the smoke or spray keeping things out.]
- Keep moving right, following the layout of your home, making sure you get all the closet spaces. You basically want to outline the entire area you’re protecting, whether it’s you’re room or your whole house.
- For multiple floors, repeat on each level.
- For big layouts where there are rooms in the middle, go around those rooms as well.
- I like to reinforce the wards over outside doors, windows, and mirrors. These are all passages of sorts, and when I reach them, I use the incense to draw a pentagram in the air over them. This is entirely up to you.
- You’re done when you’ve reached the point where you began.
So why do we go to the right? Is that important?
Kind of. Going to the right is like going clockwise. It’s about making things and progression, where going to the left or counter-clockwise is about deconstruction or reversal. [I read this idea in a witchy book a long time ago and will try to find a source when I can. If you honestly don’t feel it makes a difference, do whatever you’re comfortable with.]
Can I place wards that keep out certain things but not others?
Sure. When you’re going around your space/warding your item, your intent is what’s important. I like to ward out entities that mean harm - it’s nice and general and doesn’t keep the fae out. Some people might want certain spirits and not others. Have your intentions clear in your mind as you place your wards.
That’s neat and all, but what are some other ways to ward?
Let’s list a few.
- Choose (or make) a symbol or sigil that has protective properties. I’ve done this with Pluto’s astrological symbol because I worship him and it’s my way of being like, “Hey, Pluto. Please protect me, kthanxbai.” Pentagrams are nice and basic witchy/pagan symbols if you like them.
- Draw the symbol over doors and windows. You do not literally have to draw it. It can be in water, incense smoke, or just your finger against the surface if you want.
- As you’re drawing, make sure you have your intentions in mind - that nothing harmful can pass through this door, that the windows remain closed against entities, etc.
Energy Bubbles (if you have control over your energy)
- Pick an item - any item.
- Get your warding intentions in mind.
- Channel lots of energy into the item. Visualize it emanating from the item in a bubble to fill your space.
- If you’ve got mad skillz, you can form the bubble to the walls and be super exact with where its barriers are.
- If you like spoken (or thought) spells, come up with a small chant to protect your space.
- You can repeat this chant as you focus on your item being protected or as you walk around your home, protecting every room.
- This is really great to incorporate into basically any other form of warding and gives your magic an extra bit of oomph.
I’ve heard wards can “fade” over time. True or false?
Wards are just energy. Like all energies, they can disperse and weaken over time, or if something particularly nasty puts effort into destroying them. Redo your wards every so often (I do mine every few months, but it’s up to you), and especially before spiritual interactions. I also like to do mine after I’ve had lots of company, to kind of clear out family’s lingering energies and reinforce what I don’t want in my house.
In general, the intent of your wards is the most important part. Know what you want to keep out. This concludes our crash course on warding. Now go forth and protect some stuff!
Things to help you move on and recover from a long day, a rough night or a good cry.
Spells and magic:
- Rose quartz healing tears spell
- Ease the pain spell
- Here comes the sun spell
- Self love bath / Shower ritual
- Cleansing ritual body scrub
- Quick pick me up glamour
- Seashell charm for self acceptance
- A simple spell to release stress
- Full bloom spell
- Sunrise magic
Things to make:
To move forward:
- I move on sigil
- Restarting spell
- Clarity spell
- Letting go - banishing spell
- Spell for reassurance
- Self empowerment spell jar
Little things to do:
- Surround yourself with crystals like rose quartz, carnelian, amethyst, rhodonite, citrine, pyrite and more!
- Use rose water or honey to sweeten up your day.
- Witchy thing to do right now
- Magical self care
- Self care magic
- Self care for the witch
- Witch self care tips
- What to do if witchcraft drains you
- Self love latte spell
- Overall positivi-tea*
- ‘Give me sunshine’ potion for happiness*
- A warm heart tea recipe*
- Healing heart tea*
- Mental reboost tea*
- More in this masterpost!
Odds and ends:
- The new you tarot spread (3 card)
- Moving forward tarot spread (5 card)
- Magics for heartbreak
- Witchcraft for the grieving
- Gentle witchcraft
- Magic to replenish energy
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