One practice I’ve put into my routine is changing my decor around for holidays and seasons. I even like to eat seasonally if I can. It may be because I am a Cancer, which is a water sign, but I like to change my decor with the energies present. I feel like it helps me, “go with the flow.” I become inspired by the energies present and I like to welcome the new into my home and practice. It helps me to feel energized, calm, creative, and I can feel the shift energetically of one season to another. I like to celebrate the energy present, to learn how to work with the energy and invite the new. It helps me to let go of the old, welcome the new.
We’ve just finished celebrating Christmas and New Years here in my home. Now we’re getting ready for Valentine’s day and Imbolc. Right now in stores all the Valentine’s Day decor is out. You might want to pick up some items for now or for later, in which case, I recommend getting a place to store items for future use. I put items away in a designated space in my cupboards, or in storage bins in the garage if I am not using them currently. Some items I outgrow or may not feel the need for anymore and I plan to put them away for a garage sale or for repurposing or giving away.
Some items you may want to pick up for Valentine’s Day decor out in the stores now:
Items that say “LOVE” – consider making a love altar or to have love written in places to remind you visually what you are trying to attract or to remember that you are a loving person and are made with love.
Craft supplies ~You may want to create or craft items to celebrate love and there are lots of crafting items right now in pinks, reds, heart shaped, etc. It doesn’t have to be expensive to celebrate seasonally – here’s some crafts my kids and I have made over the years, using what we had on hand:
This is hanging garland we made out of dental floss or string and construction paper. The rose garland on the side is made out of tissue paper I save from gifts we’ve received. I save and reuse things a lot. I’m a waste not, want not type of person. The garland in the middle I bought from the Dollar Tree, but looks easy enough to make with paper, tissue, or ribbon. There’s lots of pretty ribbons out in the stores right now.
This is garland we made out of tin foil and string – stars and hearts. This was actually decorations from my youngest daughter’s last birthday party, so you can reuse decor for other things. In fact, I may buy some of the Valentine’s Day stuff now and save for her birthday party in June.
Here’s some jars we decorated. The jars were just hanging around my home.
These are old spice jars and I used nail polish to paint them. lol.
The first jar is stickers my daughter added. The middle is pink salt glued on and a ribbon I had in my ribbon stash. The third one is painted with nail polish – the jars are old pickle and olive jars. The mason jar probably had tomatoes or salsa once, canned by my mom. The white flowers in the one jar are made from coffee filters.
I use these items all year long to store my herbs, to house my incense sticks, and as decor pieces on my love altar. I use them as vases for flowers.
And remember these:
I’ve taken out the acorns and I think me and the kids are going to craft some ornaments to turn the white branches into a Valentine’s Day love tree.
Pink and red candles – stock up now while they are around. I burn lots of candles and can use them always. I use red for grounding and pink for love and heart chakra. You can even find heart shaped candles and scented ones – even chocolate scented candles. Many of you know, I burn candles for you while I do readings.
Hearts – of course.
Arrows and Cupid – for honouring Eros/Cupid. In the cards lately, we’ve been seeing arrows as a reminder to stay focused. Maybe you get some arrow and heart decor to remind you to stay focused on the love.
Infinity Symbols – sacred to many
If you aren’t into the frilly, cutsy stuff, there’s lots of key to my heart type of symbols you can use for Hecate altars.
Other items – incense in fragrances like vanilla, rose, chocolate strawberry, and other romance inducing scents.
Roses – I love fresh roses which are in season here in June. Real roses don’t last, even when they are dried I use them in oils, bath salts, smudge, potpourri, and other things in my bag o’ tricks. If you are gifted with roses for Valentine’s Day, dry them and reuse the petals. Roses are good for healing, connect to the heart chakra, grounding, beauty, love, and are sacred to many deities. Gifted roses will have more magical energy. However, I am not above using fake flowers either. I can always reuse them for other decor pieces, gifts, or for decorating graves of my loved ones. For many of you, during readings, I’ve suggested to place roses in your space. Roses are also good for Blessed Mother Mary Altars.
Speaking of flowers, white and yellow flowers are good ones for celebrating Imbolc. I think some will even use pink and red, too. I killed two birds with one stone by getting white flowers with pink tips. There’s also red and pink fabric rose petals, in the base, with white roses and pink cattails. I think I could use the pastel colours for Easter and Spring. I got most of these at the Dollarama and Dollar Tree.
This is also a time when many may be starting their seeds. You might consider planting your seeds with certain intentions such as, “As my seed grows, so does my bank account,” or, ” As my seed grows, so does the love in my life,” etc. I’ve seen many Imbolc seed blessings around Pinterest and the internet. There are gardening supplies and seed starting kits all over the stores now, too.
Once Valentine’s Day is over, we will pack it up, put it away for next year and decorate for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve seen the St. Patrick’s Day decor in the stores, as well as, Easter and Spring. I know these are months away but for me, it gets me excited for the changes ahead. You can pick up green coloured decor for money altars and/or, gold coloured decor for money, prosperity, and Sun medicine. Rainbows to bring in all kinds of blessings and cheerfulness. And leprechauns to celebrate the fae to attract them into your life and welcome them in. You may even want to think about starting your faerie gardens now.
Remember, all these items go on clearance after the holiday is over. You can pick up items inexpensively to use for next year or other times. If you have weddings or engagement parties to go to this year, you can pick up certain Valentine’s Day items on clearance for gift wrapping or giving. You may even want to pick up certain Valentine’s Day decor to use as wedding decor.
Easter and spring decor items: Eggs for fertility, nests for welcoming in the new, birds for the air element, rabbits for fertility and connected to the moon, pastel colours for inviting in new, fresh energies, etc. Flowers like daffodils are symbolic for Easter and Spring, but also tulips.
One thing that has really helped me, is I have decluttered a lot of items from my space. This clears up space for me to decorate and change things up as I choose to. I have learned to detach from certain items, so I can get rid of them from my home. Some items I don’t feel ready to part with yet, I put away in designated space in cupboards so I can pull them out when needed. I don’t have tons of these cupboard either, I have a small space where I store them. Other things, like Christmas and Halloween decor that I have lots of and need more room for storage of them, I have a place for them in the garage. But now I am free to decorate with whatever energy I feel called to celebrate.
Anyway, I hope this helps you to think about celebrating certain energies. I celebrate love all year long, and keep a lot of my Valentine’s Day decor like roses, pink and red candles, etc around for my love altar. For me, it helps me to stay in love and to remember how much love I have in my life from my family, friends, and Spirit. And remember, none of it has to cost you tons of money, especially if you can reuse items and think ahead. I also wanted to include ways to reuse items because even though I am talking about shopping, I am conscious of consumerism.
Another holiday soon, Chinese New Year!
Hope this helps, thanks for reading!