Naming the Home

In the Celtic culture, to give a person or object a name is to bestow this object or person with power. To know the magical name is even said to grant one with complete and utter power of the person bearing the name.

Therefore, naming your home can be considered as equally important. When you name your home, you suffuse it with your energy and as such you transform and enhance the energy or “chi” which is present. It is of course also a way of turning a house into a home, a haven and a place of comfort where you may be at ease.  

A home is not only meant to be a sanctuary, but it should also provide a working space where you may be inspired just by being in it. Depending on the needs of the inhabitants, the home may have a different purpose and it may signify different things to different people.

The name of your home should reflect the feeling you get when you wake up inside your room or when you come home after a long day’s work. Based on the words you would use to describe your home and what it means to you, you should be able to come up with a name which illustrates your home’s purpose beautifully. For instance, I used the words “haven”, “inspiration”, “beauty”, “comfort”, etc and I settled on “The Mound of the Muse”. It may sound funny, because it doesn’t sound at all like the typical names of a guesthouse or an English cottage, but the name works for me and it certainly works for my home.

Gana Moonfire

My Lady of the Hearth

As a pagan and polytheist, I work with various Celtic deities (mostly Welsh and some Irish) according to the places I visit and pass by on my meandering journey of life. 

My home is very important to me and with regards to household deities I chose to work with Brighid. I have felt strong affinity with her since I first started to tread the Pagan path. However, I also have other reasons for wanting to have her presence fill my home. She means many things to me, most of which (if not all) are all connected to the hearth.

First of all, Brighid represents the three fires: the physical fire (smithcraft – but in this case I would rather refer to the hearth and the cooking fire), the inner fire (inspiration – which is also an important energy in my personal space) and the healing fire (in my eyes also related to the home as I am into kitchen witchcraft and healing of the members of the home). I have worked with her for quite some time now and she is a very protective deity: she protects the members of the home, especially the mother and children since she is also a deity of fertility and childbirth. I believe the mother is essential to the home; therefore this mother aspect of hers seems appropriate. Lastly, Brighid denotes change. We laugh, cry, feel anguish, bliss or despair and grow in our homes. Our home is a principal witness of our lives and it is suitable that Brighid oversees these changes. In conclusion, the home’s function is to shelter and house the members of the family and I believe that by protecting and taking care of the family, Brighid helps to bring about a blessed and peaceful home.

Gana Moonfire

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