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Peaceful Home (also known as Peace In the Home) is an old hoodoo formula for oil, incense, sachet powders, and washing products used in love spells that are believed to put an end to strife in the home and settle conditions so that every family member is contented and co-operative. Some say this formula works because it contains Basil, allegedly the most important "happy home" herb. Others claim that it is the Rosemary in this formula that does the work, because Rosemary is reputed to be an herb that "gives women dominance" and, they claim, a home ruled by a kindly woman is always a peaceful home!
The item shown here is a Lucky Mojo brand Peaceful Home vigil candle. The same herbs and fragrances used to dress this candle for customers and clients are the basis of Lucky Mojo Peaceful Home dressing oil . used for anointing oneself, fixing the home, preparing blue offertory candles or feeding a mojo bag. These herbs and scents also can be found in Peaceful Home incense powder, sachet powder, and bath crystals.
Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, these products contain genuine reputed love-enhancing and home-improving herbs and herbal essential oils, not synthetic fragrances. The ingredients in Peaceful Home include Basil, Sandalwood, Rosemary, and Pennyroyal, plus other herbs and essences. Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.
As the label shown here hints, a peaceful home is one where love abounds -- but a closer close look reveals that this happy home scene of father, mother, and little girl is completed by a bag of money, a bundle of dollar bills, and stacks of coins on the table, plus a letter that surely must contain good news.
The use of coins in Peaceful Home spell-work has a long basis in history, as a matter of fact. One old spell for promoting peace in the home consists of dressing a blue candle -- either a 4 " or 6" blue offertory candle or a glass encased vigil candle like the one shown here -- with Peaceful Home dressing oil and setting it on a paper on which has been written the name of everyone in the household, crossed by the entire text of the 23rd Psalm of the Bible.
Four coins -- usually four nickels or four dimes -- are placed around the candle in the form of an equal-armed cross, oriented North, South, East, and West. (This shape -- four outer corners and a central point -- is called a "five-spot" in hoodoo. Some folklorists call is a "quincunx.")
The coins that surround the dressed candle should all be of the same denomination. Back in the days when women often did not have jobs outside the home and the husband brought home all the pay, it was said that the four coins should be ones that were freely given by the husband to his wife. Nowadays, when most women have their own jobs, that is probably not so important, but the idea of the four coins remains.
After the coins are put into place, the candle is lit and the 23rd Psalm is recited aloud. When the candle has finished burning, the coins are buried at the four corners of the house to let the work continue. The candle wax is buried under the house, thus again forming a five-spot pattern. If the house is built in such a way that you cannot get under it, the wax may be buried at the front door instead.
Old spells like this can be adapted for use by people who live in apartments, but how they do so is going to be unique to their own situation. In any case, it is important to properly dispose of the ritual remains of the spell by laying them in the corners.
Another common way to employ Peaceful Home spiritual supplies is to throw a small amount of the mineral bath crystals in the laundry rinse water when washing the family's clothes, towels, and bedding, thus dressing the items so that they will affect the wearers and cause them to be more respectful, helpful, and loving to one another. The same can be done with the floor wash or household scrub water.
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