Bring kind to your house spirits

One of the first things I did when we bought our house (even before we moved in) was to introduce myself to the house spirits. I went on a shamanic journey to talk to them. I told them who I was, and that our family would be moving in. I wanted to build an honorable relationship with them.
We’ve slowly been working on the house and property. Painting, fixing things, considering landscaping options, etc. I’ve been discussing everything with the house spirits to get their approval and input. Well, when the kitchen window got smashed to pieces last summer from a bad hail storm, I did not ask their permission to replace it. They totally understood that needed to be taken care of asap. But when I wanted to paint a tree mural on a wall, I went on a shamanic journey to discuss the design with them. So it was a meeting, and not just me saying “I’m going to do this no matter what you say”. Because this is also their house. They were here first, and I need to respect that.
I leave an offering to them on the fireplace mantel. A small cup of filtered water, and a food offering of some kind. Usually nuts and/or fruit. I keep the cup filled. And about once a week I dispose of the food in the compost bin and add new food.
We need to remember that even if we legally own a house, that the house spirits have just as much right to live here as we do. I believe that if we take care of them, they will help take care of us.

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