Household gods are found in most folk religions. In Rome, the penates were household gods, primarily guardians of the storeroom. They were worshipped in connection with the lares, beneficent spirits of ancestors, and, as guardians of the hearth, with Vesta or Hestia. This spell is representational and pays due deference to them for protection from harm. 'Household Gods' You will need the following items for this spell: A representation of your household gods Representations of your ancestors Fresh flowers or taper candles Incense sticks of your choice A bowl of uncooked rice A bowl of water This technique offers food to the gods and the ancestors and blends pagan and Western thought. Place your representational objects either close to your kitchen door or near the cooker, today often considered the heart of the home. Light your incense and place the bowls in position in front. Light the candles or place the flowers so that you have created a shrine. Spend a little time communing with the penates and the lares. Welcome them into your home and give thanks for their help and protection.(In Thailand a sometimes quite intricate spirit house is provided away from the shadow of the house for the ancestors.) Their presence is acknowledged each day in order that they do not become restless. Replace the water and rice weekly. Remembering to honour the household gods and the ancestors means that their spirits will look favourably upon us. Often if there is a problem, taking it to the household gods for consideration is enough to have the resolution become apparent.
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