By John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903) (Bonhams) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Witches’ Spell: House Cleansing and Purifying

As any witch will tell you, cleansing, purifying and blessing your home on a regular basis will help with all facets of your life. You will get rid of the old and draw in the new with every ritual cleansing. Most witches have their own special methods of cleansing their houses, but when you combine your typical house cleaning with a house cleansing, you will be amazed at the difference you feel in the space afterward.

Even while living in my parents’ home as a child and later as a teen, I had a seasonal ritual of cleansing my living areas and reorganizing them completely. It did not get rid of everything I would have wished, but it got rid of most of it. When I moved out on my own, I continued the process as I cleaned out closets, cabinets, and drawers, leaving no place untouched. It always made me feel so much better, lighter, and happier, even before becoming a witch. The process of cleaning was working its magick in my life. Since I always had lots of green plants around the apartments and always has windows cracked at every opportunity, there was always a fresh flow of air and energy in my places.

Now that I am older and my sons rule the majority of the roost though, I am not the one doing the majority of the cleaning in the household (my sons clean all the areas they use and I clean the two areas I use) it is a different process and a different feeling within the house, now.

I discovered a few years ago, partly by accident and partly by sage advice, it is a simple matter to cleanse the house at the same time we clean the house. One method removes the dirt and grime that we can see, the other removes the psychic dirt and grime that we feel in the form of negativity, harmful, and depressive energies. It is amazing how different the house feels afterward.

Some simple things you can do to accomplish the most for your efforts with the least physical repetitions and effort is to start with a plan.

First, take a nice ritual cleansing bath and work in some targeted deep breathing before you begin, following up by anointing a black candle and a white candle, with ritual cleaning oil and invoking the power of deities or the elements, etc, whatever the individual witch prefers.

God’s and Goddess’ (Elementals) divine power
Join with my own in this hour
Harmful magicks to disarm
Guard our home from any harm

Floors to ceilings, walls to walls
In the bedrooms down the halls
Kitchen, restrooms, yards and more
Every window, every door

From both mundane and arcane
Safe within we will remain
By these powers I decree
As I will so mote it be

Personally, after this I suggest passing all the cleansing additives to be used through the smoke of the anointed candles. On passing them through the smoke, focus on their absorbing the power to cleanse and purify from the candles and the powers or deities represented, if any, for the job at hand. Then, all oils, herbs, waters, etc, passed through the smoke and charged with the ability to cleanse and purify should be set aside to await their individual use.

In invoking deities to join with the witch in the cleansing and purifying of the home is a personal choice. I have always felt that Ma’at particularly enjoys working with me to get my house in order, and Thoth does not mind helping out due to the magickal nature of the enterprise as we do it.

Next is organizing the clothes washing, especially the efforts to get the blankets, sheets, and bedding taken care of, in addition to their bi-weekly washing. Getting them into a wash and add some indigo blue water, New Moon Water, maybe even a few drops of Purification Oil blend to the wash water every season, in order to properly cleanse and purify the items.

While those loads of laundry are going, organize the areas of the home. Make certain that everything has a place and is in its place. As loads complete, hang or fold laundry and put it away. Add sachets of lavender to drawers with clothing for ones who prefer femininity, or cedar for clothes of the masculine witches amongst us.

Adding some New Moon Water to the water for washing the floors and windows, perhaps even a bit of freshly zested lemon rind, a tablespoon each of hyssop, and burdock tied into a small bit of cloth and dropped into the water bucket is a good choice. Barely spritzing this mixture onto microfiber cloths used to dust household areas will keep from damaging wood or other tender materials while picking up the dust.

For witches who vacuum, add a few drops of pine oil, cedar oil, or a few drops of frankincense to some baking soda and mix well with mortar and pestle, and then sprinkle over carpets in order to purify them and make them smell nice. Personally, I enjoy a blend a lemon and lavender for the carpets, then a drop or two of straight peppermint on the filter of the vacuum for purification. At the heat of the vacuum and the movement of the air through the filter, the entire house begins to smell wonderfully minty.

Create two-inch squared bags from thin linen; stuff them with thyme, marjoram, rosemary, and pine needles. Charge them for your purposes and use a piece of white yarn to string them together. Hang them in a window that is often open to allow the wind to carry their scents and magickal purpose throughout the rooms.

For outdoors, killing many purposes with one application, mix and magickally charged sea salt, powdered cayenne pepper, and diatomaceous earth, and spread it around the foundation to your home and the perimeter of your property. Not only will this work to cleanse and purify your property, but also the diatomaceous earth will help prevent many types of harmful insects from invading your property and your home, as well.

As you can see, using these methods, the busy witch can cleanse, purify and protect their home and in multitude of ways with one days effort.

Should a witch choose, they might add the more common smudging with sage, or writing protective runes or sigils onto windows and mirrors, after the fact. However, technically, these are not necessary when the house is cleansed and cleaned in the manner explained above, as the surfaces are handled on an individual basis with the charged cleaning items. Only the intent during the cleaning process is needed. If you want to add one more layer, get some active music with a great beat and a positive message blaring as you work. After all, don’t forget, sound cleanses as well.

Of course, if there is illness in the air, witches may get a few large white onions and cut them into halves or quarters, leave a large piece in each room for no less than twelve hours, or preferably over night. This will draw the illness from the air. Throw the onions away the next day or leave in place for a few days, if there is illness spreading in the community. Remember, if you have small children or animals, to put the onion where they cannot access it for their safety as the onion draws bacteria and is poisonous to some animals.

Be certain to add your favorite house blessing spell after the cleansing and purification is complete. After all, nature abhors a void, so it you do not fill it, something else will. Be a smart witch… fill the void for yourself!

 

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Witchery: Cleansing Methods for Magickal Items

Before creating or using a magickal item, it is necessary to clear all components or individual items of any previously existing negativity or personal energy. Whether you buy an item from an online store, from a local shop or find it in nature, it is a good idea to cleanse it thoroughly prior to bringing it into your home or using it in your magickal work. You never know who may have handled it, owned it, fashioned it, or focused energy upon it. Better to be safe than sorry when you are thinking about owning and using such items in the practice of your craft.

It may not seem like a big deal to non-magickal people when purchasing crystals or stones, but witches are different in this as in many other ways. What if you choose crystals and stones handled in anger while being placed on display for sale or handled by previous customers, before you even arrived, who were filled with serious negativity issues? What about that package of incense that a person, filled with negativity or hatred, handled as they packed it into a box for shipping? Did you think about the lovely gong that you discovered at a garage sale and just knew it would perfectly suit your altar? How do you know what kind of energy it was immersed in and for how long? Consider the silver candlestick holders that you inherited from Aunt Faye, the irritable. Do you really want her energy hanging around your home or altar? How well do you really know the person who fashioned that gorgeous wand that you fell in love with at first sight and decided you just could not live without it?

As witches, we know that in spell work the balance of energy is a crucial factor to the eventual success or failure of any magickal endeavor. If we are working a healing for a friend, who has depression and is in need of relief, we cannot afford to have any negative energy involved in the spell. We choose which spell to use with great care, determine which tools we will need, prepare our altar and tools, raise energy, focus our intent and more. Yet, if our tools are not in proper order, if they have not been cleansed, consecrated, and charged to the proper use, then the spell has already failed. Before the first candle is lit, the first word spoken the spell is pointless. That is why it is crucial to know and care for our tools. We are only as good as the time we put into our practice. While not all spells require tools, when tools are a component of the spell, their care matters a great deal.

Most witches are very thorough about cleansing when it comes to store bought items in their practice. Yet, many I have spoken to are not as careful with items found by discovery in nature. While most items are “neutral” when found “wild” in nature, how do you really know the last time that stone was handled in frustration, held by someone in a deep depression or hurled in anger or hatred? The tree you found with the perfect wand shaped branch; who has leaned against it recently, or climbed it or sat against its trunk spilling out terrible secrets or vitriol? Why take a chance? Just because you find something in nature, why would you want to assume that it is neutral? After finding the item, and especially after purchasing an item, cleansing it for use is the next logical step in claiming it as a tool in the practice of your craft.

Cleansing is a basic function in witchcraft and easily done by various means. Even beginning witches who have never before cast a spell are capable of cleansing tools with a few simple methods. Some types of cleansing are almost entirely passive to the practitioner, burial in salt, burial in earth, exposing items to the light of sun or moon while focusing on the placed item being cleansed. Other methods require a small amount of work, smudging with sage or passing it through smoke from a cleansing blend of incense while focusing on the item being cleansed. Other forms of cleansing are very personal and sometimes intensive, using the power of the witch to drive the unwanted energy or negativity out and allow it to return to neutral or replace it with the energy the witch wants the item to have at its core. Various methods are used, each one works, it is only important that you choose a method that does not harm the item.

Most magickal items will only require a single cleansing in one manner before being ready to use for your purposes. Once negative energy is erased, the item has returned to its natural state. However, some magickal items may retain lingering amounts of negative, unhelpful, or unfriendly energy that are still palpable even after a basic cleansing. Items, such as those created by a very powerful magickal person, items inherited from another person who had control over the item for an extended period, or items previously charged and used for specific purposes may be more difficult to cleanse. These items may require multiple cleansings in one form, or perhaps even multiple different cleansing methods to clear these kinds of items. If one application is not enough, repeat the process. If that is still not sufficient, try a second method.

Some methods of cleansing:

  • Sage Smudging – purchasing or creating a smudge stick and using the smoke from the stick to pass over and surround the magickal item while focusing on sending any alien energy away from the item and allowing it to become neutral again. Incantations may be used or not as the witch prefers, and deities, elementals, or other beings may be called to assist but are not necessary.
  • Incense Smoke – choosing a fitting scent or blend and following a procedure similar to or the same as that with the incense. Each witch usually develops their own specific method in accordance with their needs and desires.
  • Holy Water – purchasing or creating your own holy water and using it to submerge or to sprinkle over items as needed, or in conjunction with energy work while focusing on your intent to cleanse the item of unwanted energies and speaking an incantation. You may call on the power of others to join with your own , if preferred.
  • Running Water – allowing items that would be unharmed by water, to be submerged in a stream or creek and allowing the natural power of the water to wash away and cleanse the items of any unwanted energy. Rainwater can serve the same purpose when available.
  • Sea Salt – immersion in sea salt is an effective way to cleanse energies from items, just make certain that the salt will not be damaging to the item before hand, bury it in the salt and leave it for a few days so the salt can absorb the unwanted energy.
  • Sunlight – make certain that the item will not be damaged by sunlight and then leave the item in direct sunlight and allow the sunlight to remove the energies from the item.
  • Moonlight – place an item outside after sunset and bring it back in prior to sunrise in order to allow the moonlight to cleanse away any unwanted energies.
  • High Vibration Sounds – using a lead crystal bowl, a Tibetan Singing bowl, a gong, drumming, tuning fork or even your favorite music turned up loud will cleanse an item of unwanted energies.
  • Pyramid Energyplacing an item under or inside a pyramid which has been charged for cleansing will take away any negative energy and return the item to neutral.
  • Personal Energy – using your own personal energy to drive the unwanted energy out of the item that needs cleansing is one method that is safe for every item, though it can be intensve depending upon the quantity and quality of the energies needing to be stripped away.
  • Charged Crystals – some crystals have a natural ability to strip away energies of items and leave them neutral, amethyst or rock crystal excels at such work. Small items may be placed on larger crystals; larger items may have smaller crystals set on them to draw out the unwanted energies.

As with all things magickal, your methods and procedures may vary. You may use these methods as is, consider them as a starting point and modify them as needed, or go a completely different route. You are the only one who can determine the correct way for you to practice your magick.

Use logical means to determine which method will work best for which tool. While some heavy items, such as large crystals and stones, placed in a creek or stream bed or lighter items suspended in a tightly woven mesh bag and left to dangle in the running water for a few days will be cleansed by the running water. Bear in mind, some types of stones, are damaged by submerging in water. Others items, such as some metals, may be damaged by salt and still further, some lightly colored quartz, amethyst, and other stones may lose all or a portion of their color and energy when they are left in direct sunlight. Always check with a reputable jeweler, if you know one, or research the specific item prior to choosing a cleansing method to use until you become familiar with that specific type of item. Some of the least damaging methods of cleansing will always be direct moonlight, smudging, incense, sound manipulation, and using your personal energy.

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Witches’ Spell: Indigo Blue Water Spell

To cleanse the astral body, clarify the aura and provide magickal strength during times of stress you may use an Indigo Blue Water Spell.

As you are running a tub of slightly cool water, stir in one ounce of the Indigo Blue Water. Soak for at least 20 minutes and submerge several times to get the full effect.

As you are soaking visualize the blue water seeping in through your pores, see it seeping into your cells and going deeper and deeper with each breath you take, strengthening you all the way to your core. Feel the tranquility it provides as it re-balances your spirit and washes the stress away from your body, mind, and spirit leaving only peace behind.

Visualize the cleansing blue water washing over your aura each time you submerge. See it flowing over your aura, washing out to the very edges and cleansing away the negativity that attaches itself to your aura during daily life. Watch as your aura becomes clean again and clarifies in color until it shines brightly.

As you submerge, also feel the water washing away the detritus collected from other astral bodies, which have encountered yours on the astral plane. These astral bodies leave behind their vibrational residues of anger, hatred, greed, envy, and other unwelcome emotions. These residues wash away as you visualize it; you feel it as your astral body begins to vibrate in harmony once again.

When your visualizations are complete, leave the tub, and feel the blue water draining from your body and back into the tub. Allow it to drain away all the impurities and know as you step out that you are revitalized, re-harmonized, and cleansed through.