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Tips on Creating a Home-Based Practice

It is reconmended that you check out this article first (click here) Gather Your Tools 1) Make a list of things you’d like to use in your practice. Go through your kitchen/home and check off the items on the supplies list that you have. Now look at the items you do not have and decide what you think you can substitute or do without and what you may have to buy or borrow. Once you have what you need, it may be a good idea to give everything a quick wash and put it all away in an organized manner. new balance 1300 acquisto 2) Keep an eye out for your hearthstone, as this is a family symbol, you may want the family to join in on the hunt. Stones can be found or bought. A great place are aquarium stores that well sell large pieces of attractive stone, such as rose quartz, for a surprisingly low price. 3) Once you have your wooden spoon you may want to start preparing it to be made into a ritual kitchen tool. Make sure to wash and thoroughly dry it once you bring it home or dig it out of the kitchen drawer. You may want to find a special place to store it, or find a piece of fabric or a towel to keep it wrapped up in. You can start planning how you want to personalize it while still making sure it is a useable and washable working tool. 3) Once you have a plan for how you want to make your new spoon special, go for it! 4) You may bless, dedicate, or do anything you feel the need to do to help make your spoon special to you. Ready Your Recipe Book 1) Find a book for your recipes and notes. Make it yours by beatifying it as you please. Do keep in mind that any book in the kitchen needs to be practical first and cool looking second! Once you are happy with it, take a picture (if you can) share it with us. 2) You may bless, dedicate, or do anything you feel the need to do to help make your Hearthcraft book special to you. Creating a Kitchen Safety List 1) Make some time to sit down and think about what kind of kitchen safety procedures are necessary for your home. Do you have kids, pets, roommates, perhaps elderly family members in the home you have to think of? Do you have young people in the home that may be learning how to cook? Are you on your own? 2) Printout or write up a kitchen safety list that is right for your household, post it up in the kitchen or place it in your Hearthcraft book. ray ban pas cher 3) Fire safety: Make sure you add baking soda and such things to your shopping list if you do not have them. 4) Print out, or write up, a list of tips on how to deal with a kitchen fire and find a place to post it in your kitchen or in your hearth craft book. 6) Will you make any changes to how you operate in the kitchen now? Why? Dressing Up the Kitchen 1) Have a look at the Green Living Tips and make a list of ones you already do, and ones you would like to try. 2) Make time this week to clean your kitchen and hearth. 3) Before you begin cleaning, and then again afterward, say the prayer in the lesson. adidas nmd r1 m?skie 4) Don’t just clean psychically; make a point of trying to clean out the negative energies in your home as well. air max 1 pas cher 5) Give smudging your home a try, especially mirrors and windows. 6) Make a list of things you can do to make your kitchen more welcoming and comfortable. 7) Start planning and doing the little things you can to make your kitchen feel like a more special place. louboutin soldes Finding the Ancient Hearth in a Modern Home 1) Have a walk through your house, look at the places you find yourself the happiest in. Spend sometime in each area thinking about the good memories you associate with that area. 2) Choose what shall be your hearth. ADIDAS EQUIPMENT 10 M

Joe Flacco Ravens Jerseys Is it the stove, the fireplace, a corner of the bedroom? 3) Begin planning how you want to signify that your chosen hearth is special. ULTRA BOOST 4) Begin planning for your kitchen shrine. Think about any difficulties and ideas you may have. Perhaps you share a kitchen or need help keeping the cat off the shelf? Will your shrine need to be in a box and brought out when need, or can it become a permanent fixture in your home? 5) Gather some small items, like family mementos and items with sentimental value, go through them and select a few for your hearth shrine. Gods in the Kitchen 1) Read through the list of household gods; are there any that spark some interest in you? Are there any hearth, home, family gods we missed? 2) If you do have a patron god or pantheon already, wonderful. If not, perhaps you should take some time to do further research into household gods and see if you may wish to honor one of them in your kitchen. 3) You do not need to be elaborate nor poetic to speak to a household deity. VCU Rams Jerseys Next time you are home alone, strike up a conversation, out loud, with your chosen deity. Discuss chores and things about the home. new balance 530 homme encap Nike Air Max 2016 Goedkoop 4) Once you have your shrine set up, you may want to make an offering to your chosen god. Nike Air Max 2017 Donna Verdi

Milk and bread are common offerings. Ask for nothing in return, sometimes we forget to give with expecting a return. Adidas Heren Inviting Household Spirits 1) Think long and hard about whether you wish to invite a household spirit into your home. If you do, what kind would you want to invite? 2) Do you feel that there may be some sort of spirit in your home, or may have experienced something like that? 3) We will not be expecting you to invite a brownie right off the bat! Instead, once you have your shrine set up you may choose instead to pay respects to your ancestors. It is okay of you do not know who they might be etc, we all share common ancestors if you go far back enough, so you can think of them in terms of humanities ancestors of you are more comfortable with that. 3a) Once you have your shrine set up, start leaving something small in the dish ever night for the next week, and then once a week after that. Nike Air Max 2017 Blu Uomo

A single cookie, a cracker, a cup of milk, a dinner roll, etc. When you do so, stop for a minute to ground and center. 3b) Then, speaking out loud if you can, say the words “This little offering I give freely to those who came before me, my/the ancestors who watch out for me.” 3c) Each morning remove the item and dispose of it with respect. Giving it back to the land is best if possible, but basically the spirit of the offering will likely have been taken and its no longer needed. Devon Kennard Shrine Creation 1) Make your shrine! 2) Once you are happy with your shrine, you may also want to invite any gods, ancestors and spirits as well and re-affirming your invitation to the hearth flame as well. 3) Then ask the invited parties to witness the blessing of your altar. 4) Smudge it with incense and sprinkle it with salted water. Saying in turn it is bless by Fire and Air, by Earth and Water. chaussures nike pas cher 5) Say a few personal words about your intentions to make your home a more magickal and spiritual place. Air Jordan 13 Uomo 6) Say the words “This shrine is blessed!” with will and intent and joy. 7) Thank the invited entries and bid them farewell but not goodbye. 8) Allow the candle to burn itself out if possible. 9) Now do your best to spend a little time every day, even if its just a minute here and there, to stop and stand before your shrine. Think about what it means to you. If you have a patron or are searching for one, now is the time to acknowledge this with a few heartfelt words. 10) It is time to choose your hearthstone and to begin planning how you are going to decorate it. You will be painting or otherwise marking your hearthstone with a chosen symbol. Air Jordan 3 Something that is personal, symbolizes your home, family and ancestors. A family crest, Clan motto or even a few chosen runes are all good ideas.   It’s the little things that count

1) Take a minute or two before each meal, either before you eat or before you cook, to thank the plants and animals for their sacrifice.
2) Say a blessing before each meal, even if it’s only a few words in your head.
3) Spend a little time thinking about where your food comes from, and if you could be a little more ethical and Earth friendly in your shopping practices.
Correspondences: Figuring it Out For Yourself Many years ago, people had no microscopes or laboratories to tell them what to use a certain plant for. They relied on shamanic practitioners and their own daring to discover the properties and uses of the plant life that grew around them. Here is an exercise to help you see what it must have been like for early humans learning about our world.
1) Choose one culinary herb, your choice, fresh if possible but dried is fine. Greyson Lambert Jerseys It will be best if you choose a herb you do not know much about, just head on over the grocery or fresh greens shop and choose a bundle of fresh (or dried) herbs that strikes your fancy.
2) You will want your notebook handy. Take a moment to clear your mind and relax. Gently touching the herb, feel free to say any prayer, blessing or charm in gratitude for this gift from the earth. Now take some of the herb in your hands and close your eyes.
3) Breath slowly and deeply until you are relaxed. Xavier Musketeers Jerseys Try to turn as much of your focus and attention on the herb. Alabama T-Shirts With respect, ask the herb to share with you its nature, it’s energies, its purpose. Be still and calm and just let any feeling impressions and such drift across your consciousness for a while. Remember to keep your attention focused on the herb. Write down any thoughts, feelings and impressions you have about the herb.
4) Put some of the herb in your hand and just look at it for a few minutes. Go ahead and write single words, anything that goes through your mind about the herb. Feel free to draw if your are an artist.
5) Spend sometime considering what the lifecycle of this plant must be, where it might like to grow, what sort of soil it would prefer?
6) Rub a few leaves against your cheek and through your fingertips. Write down any thoughts, feelings and impressions you have about the herb.
7) Now smell the herb a few times, taking slow deep breaths. Pinch some and rub it between your fingertips as you smell. How would you describe the smell? Any feelings associated with the smell, or when breathing in the herb’s scent?
8) Put some of the bruised herb on your tongue, and move it around your mouth. New Balance France Focus on how it tastes. Abercrombie Pas Cher (You can rinse your mouth and spit it out if you want) How would you describe the taste? Any feelings associated with having the herb in your mouth?
9) Crush some of the herb and mix it with a small amount or warm water. Mix into a paste. Air Jordan 4 Uomo Now rub that paste on the inside of an elbow. Leave there for as long as you like (at least a few minutes), and concentrate on that area with the herbs on it. Then wipe off. Feel your skin there, your energies there. Write down any thoughts, feelings and impressions you have.
10) Boil a small amount of water and then add your chosen culinary herb to the water, making a tea. You can use a tea ball or some such thing, or just let a small amount of the herb float in the cup. Once the tea is steeped, drink it. Going through the same observations, as before, how does it taste, would it be better with honey or sugar? Would you ever drink it again? Write anything down.
11) Thank the herb for sharing its lore with you as its last act. With the remnants, you may eat them, compost them, give the back to the land in some way, make incense etc…
12) Can you find it growing or planted anywhere? From your backyard, to the woodland outside the city, to a planter in a garden store …
13) Now go and research this herb! Compare what you felt in the exercise with what you discover as you research.
It’s Okay to Have Cheat Sheets 1) Pick 1 to 3 herbs, fruits, veggies (etc) and some research on them. Find out a few magickal correspondences, or perhaps some healing properties, maybe a bit of folklore. And share with the class, so everyone can benefit. Here are a few suggestions, but you can choose any food that strikes your fancy: Salt, pepper, sugar, honey, rosemary, vinegar, sage, oregano, orange, milk, dill, beans.
2) Set aside a section of your hearth book for any “cheat sheets” or lists of food properties and info. This will be a great resource for later.
3) Add the list below to your book: Spice Rack Magick by Ana Hawthorn Allspice – Healing, Luck, Prosperity, Winning a discussion Almond – Prosperity, Abundance, Treasure, Wisdom Anise- Protection and Cleansing, and for Ancestral meals Arrowroot – To bind things together or to make a relationship ‘gel’ Basil – Sort of all purpose drawing Love, Money, Protection and even Exorcisms Bay Leaf – Increase Psychic Abilities, Healing, Protection, Increase Power Caraway – Increases powers of Protection, Health and for Lust Cardamom – Aphrodisiac properties and for Love Celery – Increase your psychic powers and to induce Lust Chamomile – To bring Peace, to open one to Possibilities, Sleep, Love, Money Cinnamon – Almost all-purpose used for Healing, Success, Psychic work, Protection, Love and Lust Clove – To get rid of what you don’t want, and to bring you riches in Love and Money Coriander – used to induce Lust, to Heal headaches and to increase Intelligence Cumin – To Keep what is yours- whether a person or an object, Peace of mind Curry – Protection against evil influences Dill – for Increase with either Money or Lust and to turn away Jealousy over prosperity Fennel – Warding of evil spirits and ill health Fenugreek – Money and attraction Garlic – Protection (of- course!), Exorcisms, and Healing Ginger – Abundance of what you wish for in all matters Lemon- Cleansing, Love and Healing Lovage – to increase your Attractiveness Mace – To increase the powers of the mind Marjoram – All-purpose- Love, Money, Happiness, Protection, Healing Nutmeg – To induce Lust, also for Money and Luck Onion – Healing, Purification, Protection and Money Orange Peel – Happiness, for seeking answers and for Abundance Oregano – Money, Abundance Parsley -To get rid of negativity and to induce Lust Pepper, Black – Protection and Exorcisms Pepper, Red (Ceyenne, Chili, etc.) – Hex- breaking, Issues of Fidelity nd ove, Lust Peppermint – Increasing the abilities of the mind, Healing, Love, Sleep Rosemary – Purification, Love and all Mental/Magickal Workings Saffron – Strength of the Mind, Love and Lust, Power Sage – Purification, Healing, Wishes, Contact with long lost friends, Wisdom Sorrel – Healing Thyme – Health, Mental Powers, Courage, Love, Purification Turmeric – Purification Vanilla – Love and Lust, Mental abilities Need some ideas of what sort of info to look for? Below is a list of suggestions, you can go as in depth as you’d like. A good place to start is just by putting the chosen food and the info you want such as “Peach parts used” or “Rice Cultivation” into a search engine. Info Outline Common Name: Botanical or Scientific Name: Other Names: Genus and Species: Type (tree, flower, herb etc): Leaf/Needle: Form: Flower: Fruit: Twig: Bark: Wood: Climate and Habitat: Soil Preference: Places Commonly Found: Places I have Found In Wild: Parts Used: Poisonous Parts: Safety and Warnings: Bouquet (aroma): Flavour: Magickal Gender: Elements: Celestial Bodies/Zodiac: Sabbats: Medicinal Uses: Medicinal Actions: Magickal/Ritual Properties: Aromatherapy and Essential Oil: Culinary Uses: Cultivation: Preparation: Storage: Mythology and Folklore: Constituents: Other Uses: Other Notes: And an example below (you do not have to go to quite such thorough extremes as myself) feel free to add to your hearth book or your herbal (or both):
JuniperCommon Name: Juniper (common)
Botanical or Scientific Name: Cupressaceae Juniperus communis
Other Names: Western Juniper, Rocky Mountain Red Cedar, Dwarf Juniper, Mountain Common Juniper, Old Field Common Juniper (there are many names, for many species of Juniper)
Genus and Species: Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae.
Type: An evergreen coniferous shrubby tree of the cypress family. There are many, many different junipers in the world.
Physical Description: A wide and low tree with an irregularly rounded crown. A knotty, twisted trunk. Nike Air Max Canotta Houston Rockets Often has a “bonsai” look to it. nike air force 1 high uomo Can be a small tree or a low shrub.
Needle (leaf): Small (1/8 inch), scale-like and tight against the branches. Backsides of needles bear inconspicuous glands. Pale, yellowish green when young, greyish-green, green or blue-ish when mature. Appear in pairs, overlapping but covering the twig in four rows.
Form: Small tree or large shrub; shape is variable but often short with a round crown.
Size: Rocky Mountain Juniper can reach 13 metres in height
Flower: Dioecious; both male and female flowers are small (1/8 inch) and occur at branch tips; males oblong and females nearly round. Males are nearly yellow, females greener.
Fruit: Round, bluish berry-like cones (1/3 inch in diameter), covered in glaucous bloom, mature in two seasons. NIKE AIR MAX THEA ULTRA FLYKNIT Green when young, bright to dark blue with a whitish bloom when mature, located at the ends of the branches
Twig: Covered in green scale-like needles, later turning light brown.
Bark: Thin and quite scaly with long narrow ridges, reddish brown but turns gray when aged and weathered.
Wood: Reddish colour, hard, durable, fine-grained, often knotty, distinctive “cedar-ish” odour.
Climate and Habitat: Rocky canyon bottoms, dry rocky southern facing ridges, and along lakeshores and streambeds. Rocky Mountain juniper often occurs in pure open groups of trees, but it can occur mixed with ponderosa pine on south and west facing slopes, or with Douglas fir on north and east facing slopes.
Soil Preference: Dry rocky or sandy soils
Places Commonly Found: Juniper grows wild throughout the northern hemisphere.
Places I have Found in Wild: Okanagan Valley, BC. New Balance 997 hombre Vancouver Grizzlies Near Jasper, Alberta. Traveling through Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Oregon. Parts Used: All but roots
Poisonous Parts: n/a
Safety and Warnings: Juniper is an irritant, and best used with other, more soothing herbs, and should not be used during pregnancy or when suffering from a kidney disease or infection. People with asthma and breathing conditions may not want use it in incense. Nike Roshe Run Homme chaussures nike pas cher Handling the needles can cause a slight irritation of the skin, allergic reactions are common, as such they are not recommended as Yule Trees.
Bouquet: Peppery, woody, almost fruity, some people claims its smells like cat piss, and others say it smell of violets. Fragrant and flowery, combining the aromas of gin and turpentine.
Flavour: Bittersweet and peppery with some pine flavour
Magickal Gender: Masculine
Elements: Fire
Celestial Bodies/Zodiac: Sun
Sabbats: Samhain, Yule
Medicinal Uses: Juniper is primarily used in the treatment of urinary tract infections such as cystitis and urethritis. It is a useful remedy for gastric conditions and gastrointestinal infections, inflammations and cramps. The bitter action aids digestion and relieves flatulent colic. Juniper is often used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and gout. Joey Bosa Applied externally, the diluted essential oil penetrates the skin to help relieve joint and muscle pain and neuralgia. It warms the tissues by encouraging blood flow.
Medicinal Actions: Antiseptic and diuretic properties, improving digestion, stimulating the uterus and reducing inflammation. Nike Free 5.0 Homme Diuretic, increasing the elimination of acid metabolites; urinary antiseptic, carminative, stomachic, antirheumatic, uterine stimulant, anti-inflammatory.
Magickal/Ritual Properties: Protection, love, purification, underworld, manifestation, and prevention of theft.
Aromatherapy and Essential Oil: Clears the mind and is a good detoxifier, especially of uric acid, making it an excellent choice for treating arthritis, rheumatism and gout. The scent and heavy smoke is excellent for creating a ritual mindset.
Culinary Uses: The berries are used to flavour pickling brine, sauerkraut, stuffing’s, game, ham and pork. Nike air max 1 pas cher Juniper extracts are used to flavour gin, beer and liqueurs. Traditionally used by Native Americans, and by Ancient Europeans as a famine food.
Cultivation: The berries are harvested in the autumn of their second year when they are bluish-black in colour.
Preparation: Juniper berries are at their best when they are still moist and soft to the touch, squashing fairly easily between one’s fingers. They should be dried carefully to preserve the volatile oil. The fresh berries can be made into a syrup. It is possible to make a purée from juniper berries or to extract the flavour and aroma by macerating them in hot water, but as all parts are edible and the texture is agreeable, it is usually just as well to use the entire fruit, split or crushed.
Storage: I have found air drying on a screen and storing in a glass jar is most effective for both berry and needle. Whole branches are stored in a paper bag or wrapping to catch the dried needles as they fall off. The plain wood stores just fine on a shelf in a dry room.
Mythology and Folklore: It is said that ‘he who cuts down a juniper will die within the year’. new balance bordeaux femme courir 420 New York Giants Jerseys Planting a juniper by the front door discourages thieves. There are some theories and myths connecting juniper to the world tree. Juniper was burned in the Middle Ages to ward off Plague.
Constituents: Contains phenolics, flavonoids, catechol tannins and polysaccharides, as well as an essential oil which contains a- and b-pinenes, sabinene, limonene, terpinen-4-ol, borneol, geraniol and sesquiterpenes.
Other Uses: Carving, cooking, disinfectant, air freshener, in sweat houses, smoking hides, tea, cooking. Juniper branches were a popular strewing herb.
Other Notes: Juniper often develops massed outgrowths of branches called Witches’ Brooms. Makes great bonsai. A personal favorite of mine, Rocky Mountain Juniper grows all over my area.

A List of Household and Hearth Spirits

There is a plethora of spirits that may be drawn to your household. In fact, there are spirits who are especially drawn to the home. Oregon Ducks Lets have a look at some of the usual suspects:


Household Guardians: The household guardian is a spirit sent to protect the home and it’s occupants. A guardian will watch over the assigned house for as long as it stands. Inne Buty Adidas When people move out, the guardian often does not follow them to their new home but stays with the house and begins to watch over the new family that has moved in.
 Household guardians are thought of as spirits, ghosts, fairies, and even in some cultures as gods. Sometime we can even encourage them to take up residence in our home, or conjure up household guardians if we so choose. They are thought to live in evergreen trees in the yard, under the porch, in cupboards or under appliances. However, the favourite spot for the household guardian to reside is under the stove. Air Foamposite One This is believed as there is always a stash of missing items hidden there thought to be collected by the guardian and also because it is a dark, warm, and a secluded part of the home, also no doubt because they are drawn to the replacement for the ancient hearth.
 Household guardians are many and varied even within a single tradition or culture.
 They are difficult to attract to a house with loud, lazy and violent people.
 They are also known to pinch or scratch the lazy individuals in hopes of getting them motivated to get up and get something done. If you ever see a bruise or a scratch on yourself and you have no idea where it came from, chances are it is your house guardian trying to tell you to get some task done that you have been neglecting.
 They are also said to help keep the home tidy, the houseplants healthy, and the children and pets safe and happy.
 A guardian may alert the occupants of the home to danger by vocalizing, banging, or getting their attention in some other way, such as making the dog bark. Nike Heren She/he/it will also protect your children and gently watch over them while they sleep. 12th Man – Texas A&M Aggies Sometimes, objects and plants and such will take one the role of a household guardian, or perhaps to put it better, as household guardian will choose to reside within a household item such as the tree out front.
 Offerings of food and small gifts should be given regularly to any household guardians.

 

Brownie: A Scottish house spirit. Farms are favoured by brownies, they also like to reside in unused parts of the home. They are shy and usually come out only at night, when they may help out with minor chores. They like to be left food and small gifts. Browines are especially fond of dairy products and like to have a seat by the fire if they can. It is traditional to have a “brownie stone” a flat stone placed within or just outside the house, where their gifts are left for them.  Browines are usually described as being brown or dark in complexion, smallish, jolly and not inclined to converse with humans.

 

Boggart: A Scottish house spirit. Chicago Bulls It is said that a Browine who has been mistreated will become a Boggart. A household spirit which causes things to disappear, milk to sour, and dogs to go lame. The Boggart may even follow its family wherever they flee. It is said that the Boggart crawls into people’s beds at night and puts a clammy hand on their faces. Sometimes he strips the blankets off them. Sometimes a Boggart will also pull on a person’s ears. cheap fjallraven kanken sale Hanging a horseshoe on the door of a house is said to keep a Boggart away.

 

Kobold: A German spirit, similar to Browines. Although usually invisible, a kobold can materialise in the form of an animal, fire, a human being, and a mundane object. The most common depictions of kobolds show them as humanlike figures the size of small children. Kobolds who live in human homes wear the clothing of peasants. Texas Tech Red Raiders Some legends claim that every house has a resident kobold, regardless of its owner’s; desires or needs. House kobolds usually live in the hearth area of a house, but may also take up residence in the cellar or barn. They may do chores at night while the family sleeps. A happy Kobold may bring the members of its household gifts, but beware, they are probably stolen from the neighbours or from visitors to your home. It is best to just accept the gift and return it when you can. NIKE LUNAREPIC FLYKNIT They like to be given milk and biscuits or bread, as well as a portion of supper each night. Like brownies, they must be treated with respect. It is wiser to make friend with a Kobold than to try to drive it away.

 

Domovoi: A Slavic house spirit. Traditionally, every house is said to have its domovoi. It does not do evil unless angered by a family’s poor keep of the household, profane language or neglect. Nike Air Max Goedkoop Mike Trout Jersey The domovoi is seen as the home’s guardian, and he sometimes helps with household chores and field work. Angel Pagan Jersey Nike Air Huarache Uomo Some even treat them as part of the family, albeit an unseen one, and leave them gifts like milk and biscuits in the kitchen overnight. Nike Air Odyssey To attract a Domovoy, go outside of your house wearing your best clothing and say aloud "Dedushka Dobrokhot, please come into my house and tend the flocks." To rid yourself of a rival Domovoy, beat your walls with a broom, shouting "Grandfather Domovoy, help me chase away this intruder." When moving, make an offering to the Domovoy and say "Domovoy! Domovoy! Don’t stay here but come with our family!" The favorite place for these spirits to live is either the threshold under the door or under the stove.

 

Urisk: Living in the Scottish highlands, the Urisk is a faerie that is part-man and part-goat. It is said that they live in waterfalls. Nike Cortez Dames At times they will help farmers with their tasks. Although they are not evil creatures, they will sometimes terrorize people by following them through lonely places.

 

Ellyllon: Benevolent Welsh elves. They are much like brownies as they will help out with household chores. Also like the brownies, they will leave the house if they are offended, or if their privacy is invaded.

 

Bwbachod: A Welsh household spirit. Nike Solarsoft In many ways, it is like a brownie, performing tasks when appreciated, but becoming mischievous and destructive when offended (and are easily offended). Rashad Jennings Bwbachods detest non-drinkers and ministers of the church.

 

Pooka: Irish spirit. A Spirit that like to cause mischief at night and take terrifying form to frighten you. It will often demand a portion of the harvest, which people will leave at the edge of the field. These spirits are trouble makers and are not typically welcomed in the home.

 

Nisse: A Scandinavian spirit. Auburn Tigers Jerseys Tomte or Nisse were believed to take care of a farmer’s home and children and protect them from misfortune in particular at night, when the housefolk were asleep. Nike Air Max 90 Femme He looks like a small old man with a commanding presence. The Nisse is protective and caring if treated with respect and generous offerings are made to him. The tomte is connected to farm animals in general, but his most treasured animal was the horse. Belief had it that you could see which horse was the tomte’s favourite as it would be especially well taken care of and healthy. Sometimes the tomte would even braid its hair and tail. He is especially honored at Winter Solstice.

 

Lares: Roman gods whose job was to protect the house and family.