Home Blessings for Warmth

Hestia

I

sacrifice to you

first

Because

You are the first

the center

the keeper of the fire

A house blessing for warmth should naturally start with the most ancient source of warmth: fire. Whether you have a working fireplace or a big candle in your kitchen, begin by making fire. Once you have lit your fire, offer any prayers to hearth deities you intend to have bless your home.

Take a lit white candle and go to each door into your house in turn. Start with the front door. Trace along the door jams, about two inches away (or right on the door jam using the unlit end of your candle), describing the full rectangle. Saying

“May all who enter in this way

Know the warmth of sweetest

Kith and kin now gather round

And make within a joyous sound.”

After you have completed each door, visit all the places in your home you want people to experience warmth. If your friends like to watch movies together on the couch, bless the couch. A musician might bless the space they gather with friends to make music. Others might bless their kitchen tables and stoves. Wherever possible, do some act representative of what you want to happen there. Play a song or make a meal. Say a few simple lines, poetic or not, about your intentions for warmth in that space.

Return to your original source of fire. Envision your home glowing with a warm light. Sacrifice something small to the fire in thanks, such as a bite of food, a strand of hair, or a flower. Let your fire burn out.

What is important to you in a home blessing? Share in the comments!

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About Melissa ra Karit

I'm a queer, poly, genderqueer Witch. I'm a sex-positive feminist, an activist, and a writer. I believe that when we attend to our individual good, we approach the world with good in our hearts and change the world for the better. Opinions expressed here are solely my personal opinions, and do not represent the views of any organization with which I am affiliated.
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