I sincerely hope my brother-in-law lets us keep the chimnea he left behind. It’s become one of my most useful & convenient magic tools. Between giving us some lovely outdoor fire-nights, being a stick & leaf disposal unit, and focal point for the yard, this thing is backyard witchcraft at its finest!
Magic Stuff I Have Used The Chimnea For:
- Smoke cleansing large objects. Light a charcoal block in the belly, add loose incense and pass objects thru smoke out the top without scorching anything.
- Burning a curse poppet at midnight and gathering the ashes to scatter at a crossroads the next morning before sunrise.
- Safe place for a free-standing candle to burn down. Wax forms a 3-D shape that can then be read for divination.
- Disposal of leftover spell elements that I didn’t want hanging around.
- Being a weirdo in public, with none the wiser.
If you’re lucky enough to score one of these bad girls, I highly endorse using it to it’s magical limits and beyond. Smaller table-top or tea-light versions can be used for excellent spell work as well. You just have to get creative and make sure you know if your unit can handle high temps or not.
Mini-Chimnea Suggested uses
- Sprinkle loose incense on a tea light to add the energies to it. You may not get smell, but you’ll feel it.
- If made of heat-proof metal or clay – Use as a charcoal brazier, just add incense.
- Chime/ free-standing candle burning container.
- Put sand in the bottom and use for stick incense.
- Mini-altar for Hearth Deities and House Spirits.
However you utilize a chimnea, the results are nothing short of enchantingly magical. There’s a primal beauty and wonder in a bonfire, but there’s something about a semi-contained source of fire and heat that hits deeper into the heart. It may be that since chimnea and similar fires are in our more recent cultural memories, I feel something more ancient than a wood stove or fire place can fully embody.
It’s more magic than a fire pit, but still mundane.
It invites attention, but not enough to invite suspicion.
I can sit in my yard tossing handfuls of herbs on the fire, and if a neighbor asks what’s that smell, I can say with perfect honesty, that the herbs keep mosquitoes away.
And in the winter, no one’s outside b/c it’s too damn cold.
Yeah, I don’t think my brother in law is getting this thing back any time soon.