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Spiritual cleansing is a way to remove bad energies that are thought to cause negative health and emotional effects from the body. Depending on the tradition, these energies may go by many different names, and the removal or reordering of the energies may be done by a variety of processes. Usually, spiritual cleansing is performed on a person by a trained healer of some sort, but there are some types of spiritual therapies that rely on personal meditative or energy directing skills. Given that the success of this type of therapy is highly dependent on belief in the underlying philosophy, most people who attempt spiritual cleansing are already members of a tradition that uses this type of healing.
Usually what is involved in spiritual cleansing depends on the tradition in which the cleansing occurs. For instance, spiritual cleansing of a New Age type might include generic negative energies being removed from the body, whereas a Christian cleansing might involve purging the body of sinful thoughts. It is important that a person obey the spiritual cleansing protocol of whichever tradition he or she is using. On the other hand, a spiritual cleanse is intended to work solely on the spirit, not on the physical realm, so any spiritual cleanse that involves consuming unusual or unknown substances should be looked upon with suspicion.
Most people find that using a special room for the process facilitates spiritual cleansing. This room may be decorated or arranged in a meaningful way and may have been prepared by cleansing the room of energies. Participants in the cleansing process are often evaluated prior to the cleanse during a consulting session to determine spiritual needs. Proper preparations are very important to a successful cleanse.
During a cleanse performed by a healer, it is common for the person being cleansed to lie down. The healer may then work with the energies in the body in some way, either by directing those energies with his or her hands, by applying talismans, or by any other method. Often, the healer is responsible for guiding visualization exercises for the patient, which helps get rid of negative energy.
Personally directed cleanses may involve chanting or movement of energy, but the responsibility for sensing where those energies lie is placed on the person being cleansed. By meditating or otherwise reflecting, people examine the source of the disturbance and endeavor to correct it. Even when this type of cleanse is performed at home, it is still important to prepare the room and create a special space for the cleanse. By setting apart the experience of the spiritual cleanse from daily life, the process can be more effective.
By Frankie Desdemona. Image by Sharon Mccutch.
Cleansing, by the definition of magick, is a ritual in which one will purify their space and rid it of negative, stagnant, or malicious energies/entities. Many witches will do cleansing rituals before casting spells, in fear of a negative presence, or as just general upkeep. Objects, spaces, and even people can be cleansed, and it has been done wildly differently between cultures. The tools a witch uses for cleansing are personal for the practitioner and can be anything from a sage bundle to a moon-water spray. For this post, we will be exploring basic methods of cleansing, when cleansing could and should be done, and my personal cleansing ritual.
The methods that particular practitioners can use are vast, but each witch has a different go-to. Some popular methods include:
– smoke cleansing with sage or incense
– cleansing with sound (elephant bells, singing bowls, music, wind chimes, banging pots and pans together),
-meditation and visualization
-cleaning your space physically (sweeping with a broom) or using a protective wash (herbal mix) on your floors or target areas
-cleansing with specific crystals (such as selenite, black tourmaline, or quartz)
-cleansing with moon water (see my personal cleansing moon water spray below)
-a body wash (for physical/bodily cleansing)
-boiling protective herbs and cleansing with the steam.
Frankie Desdemona’s Cleansing Moonwater:
1. Charge approximately 1-3 cups of regular water or rainwater by full moonlight.
2. Gather sage, salt, lavender, lemon essential oil or juice, mugwort, and bay leaves.
3. Place water and herbs in a pot and bring to a steady boil. After boiling, let steep/simmer for approximately 10 minutes, or until you feel the water has been charged with intent.
4. Strain the herbs out of the water and let cool, then place back into jar or a spray bottle.
5. Spray areas or use to clean sacred spaces, doorways, and windows to cleanse.
When should you cleanse?
Cleansing can be done for a multitude of reasons – the energy in a room or a house is stagnant or feels negative, you’re about to cast a spell, or you need to clear out a particular crystal or magickal tool. The answer to when is different for everyone, and it will be different for you, too.
Cleansing can happen at any time of day or night, although the full moon or sunlight is especially potent for cleansing crystals (hence witches frequently leaving crystals out to “cleanse” overnight or during the day). If you feel your energy is stagnant, or a negative presence/entity is lingering around your space, cleanse it! Although cleansing does not PROTECT your space, it will help to remove it so you can subsequently set up protective measures against negative entities. You can cleanse an item if you feel it’s absorbed too much energy, whether that be negative or just neutral. Most witches will cleanse crystals, divination tools, sacred spaces, and houses frequently, especially if they are active in their craft. How often differs for the practitioner.
Personally, I prefer to cleanse weekly, opening up windows, meditating and visualizing the removal of negative energy, then spraying and physically cleaning areas that I feel are used frequently. These include sacred spaces like my altar, bed, and storage for magickal items, as well as high traffic areas, such as my door or the windows I frequently reside in.
In terms of physical and bodily cleansing, every time I shower, I perform a cleansing ritual with a body wash that I like using visualization. This happens every couple of days and is easy to do. I have listed this ritual below, although I recommend tweaking it to fit you personally for the best effects.
A note on cultural appropriation in cleansing
Please do not use white sage or the term “smudging” in your cleansing rituals. This is a particular ritual that belongs to Indigenous American’s culture and practice, and should not be done if you are not Native or indoctrinated into the practice. White sage has also been harvested unethically and, as a result, has become endangered. Here are some links you can visit on cultural appropriation in contemporary Neo-paganism and witchcraft and an article on land and identity in the US pagan and Native American communities.
Frankie Desdemona’s Shower Cleansing Ritual
A note: all spells work best when catered to you and your craft. Add something personal or tweak the ritual to make it feel a little more like yours.
1. Make sure you have your favorite body wash and shampoo for this ritual. I prefer a patchouli body wash and sea salt shampoo for maximum effect, but anything works.
2. Once you are in the shower and feel comfortable, begin by meditating. Visualize that all the negativity of the past few days is caked onto your body like grime and dirt.
3. Start by using your body wash. When pouring it into your hands, speak your intent into it, e.g., “This wash will cleanse me from the negativity I hold.”
4. Spread the wash over your body in whatever method you like. Imagine that as it is washing you, it is removing all the harmful grime, dirt, and sludge from your skin. You can chant along with the visualization if you prefer.
5. When you rinse yourself, visualize that all the negativity is washing off your body and disappearing down the drain.
6. If you still feel stagnancy or negativity around you, repeat with your shampoo and hair.
*For extra oomph, charm your favorite body lotion with protective intent and apply directly after showering.*
An egg is a symbol of life and when it is fertilized it contains the necessary elements that enhance growth and development of the embryo. The egg serves as a gateway into a new life and in the spiritual world it serves as an effective element that is used to absorb bad energies, dense energies, psychic or spiritual negativity. In the spiritual realm, these types of energies are usually contrary to the growth and development of life.
The energetic cleanings with eggs are classic rituals performed especially in Latin America. They are used to ward off the evil eye of jealousy and negative intentions toward you.
There are different eggs cleansing rituals you can perform so you should choose the one you like most. Egg cleansing rituals can be done any day, but it is recommended that you perform it during a waning moon because that is the right time to eliminate bad energies.
Below are examples of the different egg cleaning rituals you could perform.
Egg Ritual to Cleanse Negative Energy
- 1 white candle
- 1 fresh chicken egg
- 1 glass cup with water
- A pinch of sea salt or coarse salt
- Light the white candle,
- Take the egg with your right hand,
- Make small circles from your head to feet, without touching your skin with the egg,
- Remember to pass it all over your body without forgetting any part,
- Break and pour the egg into a glass of water then add a pinch of salt,
- Discard the shell and allow the salt to neutralize the negative charge.
- Then analyze the contents of the glass.
Note: This ritual should be done in a quiet place and most preferably at night.
Spiritual cleansing of a sick person
Step 1: Place an egg in each corner of the room, it will discharge the room of dense energy and enable the sick patient to find more rest in his sleep thus relieving the tension and discomfort of his astral state.
Step 2: Place an egg in each of the corners of your bed, this is an extra help and will enhance what has been done previously.
The eggs should be changed every week, but if they break faster it can be due to two reasons. The first may be due to a change in temperature which makes the egg to rot.
The second reason may be that the egg has already absorbed enough negativity and that is why it breaks. Whatever might be the case just replace the egg with another and dispose the former in a trash.
Egg ritual to keep your rival away
- 1 egg white
- 1 red pen
Cook the egg and wait until it cools. When it is cold, write the name of your loved one and the name of your rival, forming a cross. The next step is to bury the egg in a safe place and make sure no one finds it. Now, you just have to stay patient and wait for the result.
Egg Cleansing after a Relationship Breakup
After a breakup from a sexual relationship we must know that there is always an astral connection from our genitals that tends to attract us to that individual. Some refer to it as love while others say it is lust. This connection can last for a year and will only weaken as time passes.
If you want to break this type of energetic connection you can rub an egg on the genitals as this will break the existing links or connections.
A candle cleansing ritual is an easy but powerful way to cleanse any negative energy around us and free us from emotional burdens and heaviness.
Knowing how to do it might be a great resource if you need a break from what is going on in your life without having to embark on tricky or challenging magickal journeys.
What is a candle cleansing ritual?
A candle cleansing ritual is a little magical routine you can practice to free yourself from negativity. It can be negativity in any form, this ritual is there to support and guide you.
When you feel you need to cleanse yourself from any sort of energy that is affecting you, a candle cleansing ritual is definitely helpful.
I used to perform this ritual when I had to deal with some energetic vampires, people in my life and that were basically sucking all the energy out of me. I felt so drained, so sad, and so depressed all the time.
How long does it take to manifest?
Usually, a cleansing ritual, especially if performed for yourself and your space, manifests right away. It lasts up to 14 days, but it really depends on how powerful the negative energy around you is, so a recast would be useful after a week or so to keep these energies away from you.
Purification and preparation of candles
All candles (as well as all other magical objects), handmade or purchased, must be purified and consecrated before using them. To purify the candles, pass them over the circle opening candle, over incense, and then trace a pentacle with oil or with water and salt, turning your invocation to the Goddess.
Before using them, many grease the candles with perfumed oils or even with common cooking oil, previously consecrated. The anointing of the candles must be done by visualizing the result to be obtained, but it is not always necessary.
Most of the time, depending on the ritual that must be carried out, it is sufficient to trace a cross at the base of the candle with the thumb of the right hand-dipped in oil, or to trace symbols or seals on the candle itself that draw the strength from which we want protection for our ritual.
Lighting, extinguishing, and throwing away candles
To light candles, refer to your tradition or your preference; use matches, since they are made of wood or lighters if you think that the sulfur of the matches is not compatible with your work.
To snuff them out, do not blow on them, the magic would go away (even at birthdays, we blow on the candles to chase away the old and give way to the new).
It is preferable to moisten your fingers and close them on the wick or use a special snuffer. Only in certain rituals is the blowing out of the candle required, but these are linked to negative traditions.
You can store the drops of wax after the spells, (except the ones of removal), to add them to magic bags or talismans.
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Candle cleansing ritual: beginner-friendly and effective!
This small ritual of white magic is very useful to get rid of unwanted bonds and the negativities that afflict us.
Its use is in the practice of esoteric magic as protection from negative energies deriving from incorrect or interrupted rites for various reasons.
You can also use it as a method to ward off so-called spiritual vampires.
It mainly uses the visualization technique and is very simple to perform and easy to prepare.
- A white candle made of virgin wax
- Three sprigs of rosemary or sage (4 cm long)
- A box of long wooden matches
- A crock or white ceramic saucer
- 1/2 teaspoon of new extra virgin olive oil
Candles by TamedWild.
How it’s done:
Put a little oil on the palms of your hands and grease the candle at least 3 times from top to bottom with the palms of both hands at the same time.
Light a match and heat the bottom of the candle to attach it to the saucer.
At the base (on the saucer) place one of the twigs that you have collected (you will have to fumigate with the other two) and light the candle with a new match.
Now, think of and visualize all the negative things that concern you and the faces of the people you think are negative for you or that you think may have brought you negativities.
If you don’t know the person, think about the situation, their name, something that connects you in some way.
When you feel ready and you have visualized everything and everyone well, light one of the twigs that you have put aside and let the smoke surround you, to purify you both in front and behind, from feet to head and back.
Then, let the twig finish burning, placing it in the saucer of the candle and with a little saliva, wet the index and thumb of the hand with which you write and extinguish the candle with your two fingers.
As you put out the flame, you must say aloud:
“As I extinguish this flame, all my ties will be broken, all the negativities interrupted, all the magical arts left hanging will be canceled.”
Now, light the candle that you had extinguished before with a third match and visualize and imagine that all the things and people you thought of before are now positive for you.
For example: do you feel unwell when you meet someone?
Now you have to imagine it as a true sense of well-being.
The person you felt negative about before extinguishing the candle, now imagine that he smiles and loves you, etc.
At this point, light the last remaining twig with the candle flame and fumigate the room and the house, letting the whole candle be consumed completely.
When the candle goes out by itself because it is naturally used up, ‘free’ the twig you had on the saucer and clean it in running water.
What should you do with the remains of the candle?
For a similar ritual, I highly recommend burying the remains as the candle was used to banish negative energies. Bury it in a place far away from your house and never go back there.
If you want to learn more about what to do with the remaining ingredients of a spell, check out this article!
I really think someone or something is haunting me. What can I do?
If you think very bad energy is at work and a similar candle cleansing ritual is not the best match for you, remember that I am here for you! If you need to cleanse your energy and attract luck and positivity your way, I have spells that are amazing for these purposes!
Choose what you feel is the best option for you and let me take care of it with passion, wisdom, and professionalism.
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Imbolc is known as a time of purification and cleansing. A great way to incorporate this into your magical practice is to take a ritual cleansing bath. The purpose of a ritual cleansing is to not only clean the body, but also to cleanse the mind and soul. It’s a chance to meditate and reflect upon the things you wish to wash away–whether it’s a bad habit, negative feelings, or anything else.
This isn’t something unique to Paganism. In fact, many religious groups use bathing as part of their ritual purification. Rabbi Jill Hammer writes, “The ritual bath, the mikveh (gathering of waters), is an ancient Jewish tradition relating to the concept of taharah (ritual purity) and tumah (ritual impurity).” In Buddhism, most temples include a ritual basin full of water, the tsukubai, which is used for purification of the hands and face. As you bathe, you literally rinse away what you choose to eliminate from your spirit or body.
Perform a Ritual Bath
To perform a ritual cleansing bath, you’ll first want to set the mood. Try to do this with some semblance of privacy, so you can have peace and quiet. This is supposed to be restful and empowering–and it’s hard to achieve that if you’re yelling at the kids to keep the noise down. If other people live in your home, either send them away while you’re taking your bath or ask that you not be disturbed for a while.
You may wish to light some candles. Bathroom lighting tends to be harsh, and there’s something very soothing about bathing by candlelight. Some people prefer to turn off the overhead lighting and just use natural light instead, which is easily done if you have a window in your bathroom. You may also want to light some incense, if there’s a particular scent you find soothing or inspiring.
Finally, some people like to add music. Put in a CD of your favorite instrumental music, or of natural sounds. Noises like whale songs, waterfalls, rainfall or ocean waves are all appropriate. If you prefer not to have any music, that’s fine too–it’s really a matter of what relaxes you best.
Herbs for Cleansing and Purification
As you run the bath, you’ll want to incorporate herbs that are associated with cleansing. The best way to do this is to tie herbs into a muslin cloth or bag, and hang it on the faucet so that the warm bathwater runs through it into the tub. Herbs associated with cleansing and purification include but are not limited to:
- Lemon Balm
Once you’ve filled the bath with warm water, running through the herbal mix, immerse yourself in the tub. Make sure you’re completely relaxed–for some people, this may take a few minutes, but that’s okay. Try to clear your mind completely. Focus on the warmth enveloping your body. Breathe deeply, taking in the scents of the herbal oils in the water. If you’ve got music playing, allow your mind to wander wherever the music may take you–a sandy beach, a forest glade, wherever. Close your eyes, and become attuned to the rhythms of your own body.
Visualize, for a moment, all the negative energy in your body. As you focus on this, imagine it being swept out of your body, bit by bit, one particle at a time, through the pores of your skin. See it being released from your body, and diluted into the water. While the negative energy is leaving your body, think about how rejuvenating the bath is. See your body, your spirit, your soul being cleansed and purified by the herbs and the water.
When you feel ready, stand up and get out of the tub. After you’ve gotten out of the water, release the plug so that all the negativity absorbed by the water can be drained away.
Talaj is a Pagan practitioner in Florida. She says, “Where I live, it’s not too chilly at Imbolc–we don’t have snow or anything–but it’s still cooler than normal. A hot bath full of herbs helps me get grounded, reminds me that winter is going to end eventually, and is a really good way for me to relax and reconnected to my gods.”
Important note: if you only have a shower stall, and not a bathtub–or if you just don’t have time for a long bath–you can do this cleansing rite as a shower. Hang the cloth bag of herbs over the showerhead, so the herbal water runs over your body while you shower.
If you watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix, you will remember seeing Frankie going around the beach house doing a sage cleanse: waving a burning stick of sage around to ward off bad energy, singing one of her made-up chants. Also known as a sage smudging ritual, or a sage burning ritual, this involves lighting a dried stick of sage and allowing the vapors arising from the stick to waft in all directions as a cleansing mechanism.
“This is the smell of thousands of years of spiritual communion and ritual. Smudging your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response.
Smudging is ritual alchemy — changing and shifting the air element, and transforming our current experience to a mystical one. The use of incense and other smoke and vapor to connect humans to the spirit world, can be easily traced throughout the East in parts of Asia and even dating as far back to Ancient Greece.”
Ancient and pagan cultures swear by this ritual. If you feel there is bad juju in the air, or want to cleanse your living space of all dark energy, or are just coming out of an argument and need an energy uplift, light a stick of sage. Sage cleansing as a practice is also in tune with Feng Shui or Vaastu ideologies. To align the living energy into perfect harmony, Feng Shui or Vaastu will have you move objects around, place countering elements in the form of pictures or other representative symbols if you cannot move certain sections around. Along the same principles, a sage cleanse will help eliminate all that is perceived to be harmful in your living space.
How to Perform a Sage Cleanse
Consider performing a sage cleanse when you move in to a new place. Perhaps the previous occupants might have left some dark energy behind. Or you might be living in close quarters to a kind of energy that doesn’t align with you. Perhaps your new apartment or office does not get enough natural light and air. Maybe you are recovering from an illness. Or you have just come out of a bad experience. Any situation or experience that leaves you feeling down and out merits a sage cleanse. Here is how to do it.
- You can look for a sage bundle at a mulch or tobacco or hookah or metaphysical store, or even an ethnic market near you. You may also find it at some yoga centers or holistic healing gatherings. Alternatively, you can buy sticks of sage online. The stick or wand is usually bound by a piece of string to keep the fibers together.
- Place the stick on a heat-resistant surface like a plate or an abalone shell. Light one end of it until the flame takes. Once it lights up, you can either fan the stick or shake it or blow on it until it’s just a burning ember. The burning tip will give off vapors that smells distinctly like wood smoke on an autumn night. Depending on the amount of nascent moisture in the stick, you may have to light it a couple of times to get it burning again.
- Holding the non-burning end of the stick in your hand, or just picking up the surface that the burning sage rests on, you can then walk around the house, waving the vapors in every direction of your living space. Also practice the art of creative visualization: imagine all your troubles and cares and worries disappearing into the ether, carried by the smoke emanating from the burning end of the sage stick. If it helps, you can chant either a mantra you strongly believe in, or a song that holds special meaning to you. The incantation, along with the vapors, have a soothing effect on mind and breath.
- Once you have covered all the spaces you want to, you can choose to place the sage in a central location, where the natural movement of air can continue to carry its cleansing vapors to all the nooks and corners in the room.
That’s it — you are done! Let us know how you felt after your first sage cleanse in the comments.
If you grew up religious, you probably witnessed the ritualistic use of smoke in ceremony. For me it was frankincense and myrhh being burned during Sunday mass. For others it might be smoldering incense at their Buddhist Temple, or the spiraling tendrils of bukhoor in a mosque.
There is something primordial within us that connects smoke with spirituality.
In Native American tradition, it’s seen as a bridge to the higher realms, a way to bring in good spirits and dispel the negative or stagnant ones. The most common smoke-purification ritual used by the northern tribes is a technique called smudging.
This practice (or some variation of it) is embraced by almost every one of the native cultures we’ve worked with in the western hemisphere.
When we see a unique method used by different tribes across multiple continents or land masses, it’s a strong indication that it yields very real physical and/or spiritual benefits.
Below, I want to show you how to try smudging yourself and also explore some of the wisdom behind this ancestral art.
A Shamanic Cleansing Ritual
Photo by Rose De Dan
Smudging is the ritualistic burning of herbs and plant resins in a shell or clay bowl while prayers of gratitude and wellbeing are said aloud. The smoke is traditionally fanned using the hand or a feather (eagle feathers are treasured for this) and directed over a person or throughout a living space. The purpose is to wash away impurities, sadness, anxieties, dark thoughts and any unwanted energies or emotions that may be clinging to a space or individual.
This is often done before a ceremony or special gathering, after an argument (to literally “clear the air”), when moving into a new home, at the end of the cold season to re-invigorate one’s living space,
and on a variety of other occasions.
There is much subtlety to this practice, and its potency reveals itself in the experience as you work with it.
Before we get started, it’s important to understand the deep symbolism that underlies each of the objects used in a typical smudge. There are centuries of wisdom woven into this process.
First and foremost, the materials involved each symbolize and honor one of the four elements, a central theme in many Native American rites.
- The shell or clay bowl represents water
- The herbs and resins represent the earth,
- The feather and wind it creates represent air
- The flame used to ignite the herbs represents fire
Sometimes only one specific herb is burned, but often a carefully prepared mixture is created. The Cree people of Montana and Saskatchewan call this botanical blend a kinnikinnick, and it can contain up to 30 different plants, chosen for certain outcomes or to treat a specific illness.
The most common herbs used for smudging in North American traditions are white sage, sweet grass, tobacco, and cedar. Not surprisingly, these are also four of the most sacred plants in this part of the world.
“Sweet grass grows high in the Rocky Mountains. A gift from the creator, it is said this grass never dies. It is one of the great smells reminding us of the mountains and open air. Sage is the cleanest smell of the desert. It is also a present from the Creator. Tobacco is another gift. Our thoughts and prayers are carried on its smoke. It carries the two great smells of the mountain and desert. It is a visual representation of our thoughts and prayers being transported.”
– John Joseph, Chinook Shaman
A Smudging Practice To Try (with a Native Prayer):
A word to the wise: it’s important to hold pure and focused intention while you perform a smudging. Before you begin any purification ritual like this, make sure you’re fully present.
1) You’ll need: a clay bowl or abalone shell, a few leaves of your dried herb of choice (or a blend), a flame, and an open hand or feather.
2) Gently separate any stems or buds from the leaves of your dried herbs (only the leaves or blades are used in this process). Then place the leaves into your smudging vessel – clay bowl or sea shell.
3) If you are inside, open the windows in the space you are in, creating a flow of air from outside.
4) Using a match or lighter, ignite the herbs and let them flame for 20 to 30 seconds before sweeping your hand above them to extinguish any fire. (I’ve been taught that using the breath to blow out the fire is not the proper way.) Tendrils of smoke should be steadily rising from the smoldering herbs now.
5) It is customary to smudge oneself first before moving on to others and the surrounding space.Using a cupped hand, draw the smoke around you. Starting from the top, bring the smoke over and around your head, down your torso, all the way to your feet. Make sure to pay attention to your breathing while doing this. Slow and relaxed.
6) Once you are finished with yourself, use your feather or hand to waft the smoke gently into the corners of the room and over any plants or pieces of furniture. My friend Santiago once advised that we need to be present with the smoke and watch carefully how it behaves and flows around specific people and objects. When we are fully aware, we’ll notice that it moves differently as it touches certain things. There is information there.
7) Once you have finished smudging, tradition tells us that the ashes of the spent herb should be brought outside and returned to the soil. Call it superstition if you’d like, but many tribes believe that the charred residue carries its own energy and must be given back to the earth.
A Native Prayer you may want to use while smudging:
Creator, Great Mystery
Source of all knowing and comfort,
Cleanse this space of all negativity.
Open our pathways to peace and understanding.
Love and light fills each of us and our sacred space.
Our work here shall be beautiful and meaningful.
Banish all energies that would mean us harm.
Our eternal gratitude.
– The Medicine Wheel Garden, E. Barrie Kavasch
I find smudging to be a powerful way to clear stagnant energies and bring a renewed sense of wellness into my living and work space. Next week, my wife, son, and I will be creating a special smudge stick from some local sweet grass and sage that grows in our backyard. Another wonderful way to connect with the earth magic that surrounds us!
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November 18, 2019
Cleansing rituals are about the simplest ways to remove negative energy around you, but often get overlooked when we are feeling the weight of old arguments or other negativity that surround us. They can be as basic as smudging, most commonly with sage but can be done with a variety of herbs for specific intents. Salvia shasta, for example, is used to warn of illness and to guide on spiritual journeys. The first thing you do before moving into a new home is smudge every room to ensure you aren’t being surrounded by someone else’s negative baggage. To do this, move clockwise around each room 3 times, wafting the smoking smudge stick high in the air in front of you.
We’ve put together a collection of the essentials for cleansing your home of negative energy, available here. This collection of items provides a range of ways to cleanse with smoke It includes a portable cauldron, to perform a smoking ritual in each room of your house, white sage, sustainable Palo Santo wood, which has powerful cleansing properties, copal resin, and a piece of pink quartz, considered to be a powerful healing stone.
We’ve also put together a range of handy collections that facilitate a multitude of spells and rituals. See them all here.
Cleansing rituals are also useful for clearing your mind and spirit before spell casting, or just to clear out the psychic cobwebs that are blocking you from visualising intentions and reaching your goals. There are a variety of ways that you can execute a cleansing ritual or spell, however my personal favourite is a ritual bath.
Ritual cleansing baths
Cleansing baths are ancient rituals performed by followers of all the old gods, and in the modern day are still a restorative and efficient way to banish negative energy from your life. They are an essential part of preparing for sabbats as they can cleanse the mind, body and spirit, but they are also useful additions to other avenues of magick work. For example, if the witch feels the heavy presence of a hex or working on them that may hinder their own spell casting, a cleansing bath, sometimes known as an ‘uncrossing’, unbinds – by itself or in conjunction with other measures – hexes and curses from the witch.
By infusing the water and surrounding the bath (including the atmosphere) with evocative objects and scents, meditative intentions are amplified and the experience can be quite powerful. If you have a full-size bath tub, you can imbibe the water with aromatics and soak your full body in it. If not, create the ‘bath’ in a tub or large cauldron and cleanse yourself with scoops of infused water. Start from the feet and work upward if you are aiming to attract or call favour to you, or from the head down if washing away negativity.
Ingredients in a cleansing spell
Not all of these ingredients are needed – choose a selection that attracts you and helps to achieve your cleansing goal.
- Epson salts
- Dried peppermint
- Dried spearmint
- Lemon oil
- Ground black pepper (banishes negative energy)
- Jasmine buds
- Sacred lotus (enhances psychic enlightenment)
- White sage
- Organic bladderwrack
How to perform a cleansing ritual bath spell
Fill your bath with warm (comfortable) water and add your aromatics and salts. Add a charcoal disc to your brazier or cauldron and add a suitable resin incense blend. Don’t add too much and make sure the room has some ventilation, as combined with imbued steam you can become overwhelmed. If you have a small room or poor ventilation, light the brazier and remove it from the room before getting into the bath. Use protective mitts as the brazier/cauldron will be hot.
Dim lighting or candlelight produce the best environment for ritual baths. Any candles will do, but you can always enhance your intentions using meaningful coloured candles, or candles that are ritually dressed for spellwork.
Surround the bath with meaningful objects, or objects you wish to be imbibed with the smoke and steam-filled air, such as crystals or other stones. Clear quartz boosts energy and aids the strength of other crystals, emerald is cleansing, red jasper aids concentration and boosts meditation, amethyst relieves stress and relaxes your mind for meditation, and bloodstone relieves fatigue. These are all great options to surround your bath.
Cleanse yourself in the water while manifesting your intent to cleanse and renew yourself, mind, body and spirit.
It’s that simple!
Try creating a talisman afterward with dried mistletoe or black snake root (to repel evil spirits), amethyst, clear quartz in a bag helps boost the effect of the cleansing spell and prevent negative energy returning quickly. Keep it in a safe place nearby.
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