Decades ago, I learned about the Thai custom of building spirit houses. After a house is built, families traditionally create a san phra phum, or guardian spirit house. During a Buddhist ceremony, family members invite a protective spirit to inhabit the small house believing that it will bring luck, happiness, success and security against mean spirits who could potentially threaten their home.
In the past, I’ve made a spirit house for each of my homes. For each new place, I smudge; I place elephants with their trunks up, a customary good luck charm to Puerto Ricans; I have small chairs facing entrances which apparently is a Wiccan practice one of my friends follows; I invite priests to bless the home; and, I never hang a mirror toward the door (a feng shui no-no). I'm not overly superstitious, it's just that over the years I have picked up cultural, spiritual and religious practices from my loved ones. Respectfully, I embrace them and follow them in my own way. For my current house, I *found* my spirit house in my favorite antique shop. Sometimes I leave my spirit houses empty and sometimes I fill them with offerings (to who really depends).
The Curious Professor Z inspired me to make my own Good Things 2015 jar to kick off Bat Fit. I went to Michaels and picked up a small jar (for only $1.50!!!). My fella teased that it was a wee bit small for all the good things that I should anticipate so I decided to FINALLY use my tiny strips of paper that my mother gifted me (maybe 20) years ago (yeah, yeah, yeah so I keep things *shrug*) to make Wishing Stars. I’m including the instructions in case you’d also like to make your own little origami stars. I already added ONE GOOD THING to my jar (see the tiny hot pink star!) and then placed my jar inside of my spirit house. It seems like the perfect place.