House Spirits

I’ve always wondered about whether house spirits are something I should work with. When I was younger, living in an old Victorian house, I would have. It would have made sense then. We had a bit of property with the house, and it would have made sense to offer something to the spirits of the house. But, moving into a newer house, I never was quite sure how that worked out. I’ve still yet to reconcile how I feel about houses say in a new development. Perhaps I would have to invite a house spirit in. That might be something to consider, an event I’m not sure about as of yet.

Now though, I’m living in an apartment (well, will be living in after graduation). I don’t know about house spirits in apartments. I don’t know about experience in that type of situation. Do house spirits work in apartments? That’s something that I don’t know about. I mean…I can see how it might work, but then again, I’m not completely sure. There are situations where I could see having the support and also help of house spirits as being a good thing. But then, working with them, I know that times they can be very temperamental sorts. So I’m not sure that I want to open that kind of relationship, or invite them into my house, without being very certain of the sorts that I’ll be having into my house.

And, since my mom isn’t really a fan of these sorts of things…I need to be a bit careful. I mean, she just thinks that it isn’t really real. She respects my beliefs in paganism, but she’s just not a believer at all. It has to be careful then for me, that I don’t cause a problem for her while I’m doing anything in our apartment.

So house spirits are a bit of an interesting thing for me. I’m still trying to work out the logistics of whether I should deal with them, considering my roommate/mother is not involved with anything to do with witchcraft or paganism. I do want to respect her wishes and boundaries, but I am interested in seeing if house spirits are useful for my practice.


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2 thoughts on “House Spirits

  1. As an apartment dweller with a barrel-ful of spirits knocking around, yes they do work in apartments. It’s definitely a different relationship now, however. Mostly they seem to require more sustenance since there is no land immediately beneath the house for them to rest in. (at least, that’s my current working theory) At the old house there was a single powerful spirit in the stream down the hill from the house and he kept everyone in the area pretty well protected. There were a small trio of little spirits that came up through the earth and into the house one day. They are each very different, with different kinds of power and there’s one that must be kept sated else he’ll light something on fire. When I moved they came with me. The folks who were in the apartment before me either had no spirits with them or took their spirits with them when they left because the place was utterly silent inside. There are land spirits outside, don’t forget, and they are much less appreciative of humans than the old stream-dweller was. My three little spirits moved in, harass the cat and parrot, sometimes knock random items over, and appear out of the corner of my eye just as they did before. Since they have proven to be mobile (unlike some house and land spirits which are tied to their location) there was no trouble. I think you could easily put out a banner saying you would welcome any little friendly spirits looking for a home. I think you might also be surprised in the apartment. It’s been my experience that any place where humans dwell, those little domestic spirits will find us.


    1. Friendly would be the key to inviting a spirit of any sort in. I’ll have to consider this now, since I have a bit more information to go off of. I do have to be considerate of my mom, and more so, my little cat. She sees things, I know, so I really don’t need her spazzing out on anything that comes into the house. But I can look into things perhaps cautiously with barriers in place.


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