Use Yule Bells For Positive Energy

Clearing negative energy from your home is a basic housekeeping duty of any witch, particularly of the hearth witch variety. Smudging with sage, sprinkling salt and burning clearing incenses are all great ways to “clean up” the energy in your home.

But sometimes people forget that that’s just the first step. Once you’ve cleared the air, so to speak, you have a clean energetic slate. And naturally, you’ll want to fill that up with something positive.

This season gives you the perfect tool for that: jingle bells!

You can use any bells you can get your hands on; even a single bell will do, but I think more is more in this case. You can string a few on a brightly colored ribbon, maybe in a color to represent your intention. I have a long strand of extra large, rustic bells on twine and tied with rag ribbon that I use both as holiday decoration around this time and the perfect tool to ring in the energy I want.

Here are some basic steps to follow, but as always, you should let the energy guide you.

  • Take a cleansing bath, or at the very least, wash your hands to get ready for the clearing. Call in your spirit guides and helpers, or say a prayer to the deity of your choice.
  • Focus on the intention you want for your home: Peace, Joy, Abundance, Friendship…whatever positive energy you wish to attract.
  • Use whatever clearing method you prefer, though smudging with sage is tradition. Don’t forget to smudge yourself!
  • After the space is clear, start at the entrance to the room, with the bells in your right hand.
  • Move slowly around the room in a clockwise motion, ringing the bells in a light but quick rhythm, allowing them to sound as they will. At the same time, voice your intention loudly, joyously, or however the bells and your guides lead you.

You’ll find the energy changes dramatically as the bells lead you around the house, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly they can not only change the way the home feels but how they seem to help manifest your intention.

Obviously, this technique can be used anytime, but what better time than now?


A Poem for the Ancestors

Come you in and sit you down
What you lost shall here be found.
Bowl and cup shall slake your lack;
Cast the bundle from your back.
No more wandering. No more war.
Come you in and close the door.

Caitlin Matthews

This would be a beautiful verse to use as a blessing if you celebrate Samhain with a dumb supper to honor your ancestors.

Kitchen Witchery: Almost Homemade Skillet Rosemary Rolls

Every hearth witch knows the power of home cooked food – particularly homemade bread. But not every hearth witch has the time to make bread or rolls from scratch.

These rosemary rolls have become almost a signature dish of mine, and they could not be easier or more economical.

I start with a bag of inexpensive frozen rolls. The kind I purchase (and make sure you’re getting the rolls in dough form and not ‘brown and serve’ type already made rolls) comes with about 24 rolls in a bag and is often on sale for just a few dollars.

I get out my trusty, 1920 cast iron skillet, which holds about 12-13 rolls. I usually start about 4 hours before I want rolls, to give them plenty of time to thaw and rise. After arranging them in a skillet, I just cover them with a cloth and wait.


When ready, I brush them with a few tablespoons of butter, then sprinkle on coarse sea saltĀ (regular table or Kosher salt doesn’t work as well) and then add a sprinkling of finely chopped fresh herbs. I prefer rosemary, but I’ve tried these with thyme and a combination of herbs, so choose herbs that go with what you’re serving. You can certainly use dried, but fresh is always better if you can get them.

Then just pop them in the oven according to the directions on the bag (18-20 minutes for mine), brush them with butter again when they come out and voila: you have a skillet of amazing rolls that warm hearts and fill bellies, and took up very little of your precious time.

These areĀ great at the holidays, by the way, since they mostly just sit by themselves until you’re ready to bake them, but bring a real wholesome feel to the table.