Friday, November 28, 2014

House Cleansing Ritual 2014


Perhaps you're here because you're getting ready to move or because you need to refresh your space.  Maybe you're looking for tips on clearing negativity or just want to see how a house cleansing ritual can go.  You're in the right place!

After a bad year in a very negative two-bedroom apartment with a multitude of problems, my husband and I decided enough was enough.  We officially settled on the idea of renting a house and, after a month-long search, found the perfect place!  Because we pre-scheduled our wedding anniversary on September 20th off from both of our jobs, we decided to override our original plans and use that day to move into our new home.

But before we moved in, I wanted to ensure we would experience nothing like we did at the apartment.  One of the ways to do this is through a house cleansing ritual.



WHAT IS A HOUSE CLEANSING RITUAL?

Most living spaces have been lived in prior to your purchase or lease.  Even if it hasn't been lived in, it's been worked on by a variety of people.  The land has likely been tracked on by men, women and animals.  All of these people, animals and activities leave a sort of spiritual mark on a place in the form of energy.  While that energy may be positive or negative, it's much better to avoid chancing it by removing it from the space to create a clean slate for you and your life.

A house cleansing ritual is a spiritual and/or religious way of removing that energy from your new home.  By performing a house cleansing ritual, you set your space up for success by removing previous energy signatures and imbuing it with your own.  A cleansing ritual could be as simple as burning sage, a cleansing herb, throughout the area, or as intricate as the ritual I'm about to describe to you.  There is no right or wrong way to do it; what matters most is that it is personalized and feels right for you.

You will want to perform a house cleansing ritual before any actual living activities take place in the new home.  This includes moving any furniture into the new place.  For example, because our official moving date was September 20th, I asked to receive the keys on the 19th.  We then held our cleansing ritual that evening.  It makes the most sense that you would cleanse your house of its previous life before its new life, and yours, begins.

However, it is also appropriate to occasionally re-cleanse your house from time to time.  This ritual would be appropriate for that purpose as well.

As with all spiritual practice, you should match your cleansing ritual with physical world needs.  Cleansing your house will not protect against the harsh, tangible realities of life, such as termites, mold, structural integrity, bad neighbors or financial problems.  For example, my husband and I went to extreme lengths to ensure the house we were about to rent was the right house for us in the following ways:

  • Renting from a reputable property management company instead of an owner.
  • Searching for available houses in areas in town I liked or grew up in.
  • Visiting the house twice - once for initial impressions and once to scour the house top and bottom.
  • Talking to the neighbors on all sides to discover more about the area and who we'd be living next to.
  • Requesting police reports from the area to ensure safety.
  • Calling utility companies to see previous bills on the property for an estimate of living costs.
  • Carefully reading the lease and any other contracts involved, highlighting concerns or changes I required along the way so I could discuss them with the property management company.
  • Scheduling maintenance come out to inspect the property and fix anything necessary seven days after moving in.
  • And more.
When we officially turned in the signed lease and received our keys, I had never been more sure that we were making the right decision.

But there was still something more I wanted to do.  Something spiritual.  Something that called to my soul.  I didn't want to simply move our belongings in to our new place and hope that our future would be brighter and happier.  After a year of personal illness, pet illness, financial woes or friendship loss, I reevaluated my standard cleansing ritual and expanded it.  I had to make it bigger, more intricate, more guarded.  I never wanted a repeat of our last living space again.

To ensure the success of the ritual, I wanted to have more than just myself and my husband in attendance.  Thus I invited friends from all walks of life to join me in my house cleansing ritual.  Attendants were everything from Wiccan to gypsy to Baptist and Catholic to Agnostic and more.  Because of this, I was mindful to explain every detail of what items meant and what we were doing.

The following ritual is heavily influenced by my beliefs as an eclectic pagan and is my personal take on a house cleansing ritual.  Do what feels best for you in the end.  Personalize it.  Make it yours.  Enjoy it.



THE THREE ESSENTIAL CLEANSING ELEMENTS
Cleanse - Protect - Raise Power

As I have mentioned before, there are many ways to cleanse a house.  However, I believe that there are three essential steps to make a house cleansing ritual successful: Cleansing, protection and raising power.

You must first cleanse the space.  Perhaps this is a literal cleansing, where you mop the floors and steam clean the carpets.  Perhaps this is a figurative cleansing with sage and purified water. Maybe it's both! Whatever it is, use it to remove the physical and/or spiritual dirt from your living area's previous life.

You then need to protect that space.  This may involve anything from iron to quartz crystal to a protective charm.  Whatever feels appropriate.  By protecting it, you are preventing all of the energy you just removed from returning to the home.

Once it is protected, your last step is to raise power.  Maybe you'd like to cast a circle, sing a song, perform a spell or dance like no one's watching.  Whatever you decide, this should be incredibly personal.  It should have your soul written all over it.  The reason you should so deeply customize this part of the ritual is because you are leaving your own personal energy mark on your new space.

I also believe repetition is key.  I believe there is no overkill.  I believe in going all-out.  If your style is more laid back, use it!  Keep it simple.  However, in the ritual I'm about to describe to you, you'll find personal spells, crafts and activities that repeat those same three concepts of cleansing, protecting and raising power over and over again.

There is no doubt in my mind that the house I now live in was properly cleansed by our house cleansing ritual.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

The following is a list of items you will need to perform my house cleansing ritual.  You are welcome to customize it to your needs!  The list does not include any items for spell work performed once the circle was opened.  Because I wrote about those activities separately to avoid a terribly long entry, you can find those items in the appropriate links below.

  • Sage bundles to cleanse your attendants and tools.
  • Matches
    • Fire-proof collection bowl for matches
    • Fire safety item of choice in case of accidents.
  • A brand-new handmade besom or broom that means something to you.
  • Protective item or items of choice
    • I used 2 lbs of tumbled quartz - enough to put two pieces in each window and door at either side.
    • Four pennies to place on each corner of the house.
    • Protective ashes created by burning specific herbs and sigils on paper.
    • An iron item to hang near the entry door, along with nails and a hammer to hang it.
  • Items of your choice to create an elemental altar in each appropriate corner of the house.
    • I used a candle of each color (yellow for air, red for fire, etc), as well as candle holders for those candles.
    • Small offering bowls containing element-appropriate items for each corner (sea shells and water for water, a candle and ashes for fire, etc).
    • Candle snuffers for each corner.
  • A compass if you need to determine where the corners are.
  • Sage bundles for East/Air.
  • Lantern with black candle for South/Fire.
  • Large bowl of purified water for West/Water.
  • Bowl of salt for North/Earth.
  • Any items needed for raising power.
    • We brought in a phone connected to music.

I realize that, at this point, the item list seems overwhelming.  I assure you that all of this, along with all the items I needed for each of my four ritual activities, fit into one medium-sized box.  Well, sans broom of course.  That one medium sized box was the simplest thing I carried in the entire move.

You can actually see that exact box in the background of this photo.
STEP ONE
Purifying Your Tools and Attendants

Before any single thing enters your home, it should be cleansed.  My activity of choice for this task was smudging with sage.  Smudging is a simple yet effective way of removing negative energy.  In fact, many people simply smudge their home as their full cleansing ritual!  You are by all means welcome to do that.  For me, I needed to go much, much further.


STEP TWO
Sweep Out the Negativity

Folklore tells us that the broom is the physical and spiritual cleansing tool of the home.  Because of this, a broom becomes attached to its living space very quickly.  It holds and removes all the dirt of your home with it.  That's why you should never take a broom used to cleanse one living space to another living space; you are effectively passing the energy of one house to another.

This is why I bought a new besom for our new house!  I wish I had had the time or skill to make one.  However, our local Renaissance Festival offers a variety of craft shops and one such shop just happens to be a pagan besom shop!  I rely on them for all of my besom needs.

The first thing that enters your home should be your new besom followed by you, the owner.  This attaches your broom to the house and clearly defines that you are entering with the intent to live there.

Begin your house cleansing ritual by physically sweeping the entire house.  I even swept the carpet and basement.  Sweep all physical and spiritual dirt our the doors.


STEP THREE
Ward Against Negativity Reentering

As I swept the negativity from the house, designated attendants began warding against that negativity.

One person placed quartz on either side of every single window and door, even the garage door.  The only door she did not cover was the front door, as we needed a place for negativity to exit.

Two other people spread protective ashes and pennies along the outside of the house in a clockwise motion.  Again, the skipped the front door, saving it for after the ritual so that the negativity had an exit.


STEP FOUR
Raising Energy by Opening the Circle

The first power raising activity of the night, and the primary meat of the ritual, was opening a cleansing circle.  In many ways, this was your typical circle casting: We set up altars to each quarter as well as a main altar in a centralized location facing east.  We then called upon the directions in a deosil (or clockwise) order.  But that's where the similarities end.

One of the differences between this circle and standard circle castings I've done in the past is that the circle encompassed the entire home.  The altars were placed against the outer-most walls on the main floor facing their appropriate directions.


This meant that each altar was in a different room of our home.  It also meant that you could travel anywhere within the house and still be within the confines of the circle.

The second, and perhaps biggest, difference is that we used each element as a way of cleansing the house as well.  For this, I chose cleansing items that corresponded with each direction: sage for East/Air, fire in the form of a candle in a lantern for South/Fire, purified water for West/Water and salt for North/Earth.  The attendant corresponding to each element would cleanse the entire house with their selected cleansing item, then return to the appropriate altar to light the candle and call upon the element.



This means that one attendant saged the entire house before returning to the east-most altar to call upon air.  Another attendant used a candle to light every corner of the home before calling upon fire and so on and so forth.

For what each attendant stated when they lit the candle and called upon each element, see below.

EAST
"We call upon the element of air,
Whose pure winds sweep this place of its negativity."
All: "We welcome the watchtower of the east."

SOUTH
"We call upon the element of fire,
Whose burning flame both burns away the bad and illuminates the good."
All: "We welcome the watchtower of the south."

WEST
"We call upon the element of water,
Whose flowing rivers wash away the physical and spiritual dirt that once resided here."
All: "We welcome the watchtower of the west."


NORTH
"We call upon the element of earth,
Whose stable soil turns that which has passed into that which grows again."
All: "We welcome the watchtower of the north."

RETURN TO CENTER
"And so our circle is cast.
With sacred space surrounding us, we turn to the center, welcoming the divine.
As above, so below.
The powers spin and our magick holds."
All: "As above, so below. The powers spin and our magick holds.

We effectively cleansed, protected and raised power all at the same time.  But the activities didn't end once the circle was raised.  Within the circle, I repeated the same three-step process through a variety of spells in order to ensure the home was indeed ready for us.


STEP FIVE
Remove Negativity

The first spell I performed was my personal Negativity Banishment Spell.  For more information on that spell, including a lengthy description and several pictures, click here.


As a banishing spell, it can be incredibly tedious for someone with a 101-base (or less) knowledge of spell work.  Because the ritual was interfaith and thus not everyone was familiar with spell work, I simply asked attendants to lend me their energy as I performed the spell.

For this spell, I created a ring of protective herbs around a small plate.  Filling the plate with a little bit of purified water, I then light a match and placed a cup over it.  Doing this created a vacuum that forced the cup to absorb the water.  As the match went out, it filled the cup with smoke.

The water absorbed the negative energy.  As it did so, it produced a positive, happy smoke that I released when I removed the dish.  I poured the remaining water into a small black bowl and put it to the side.  I would later take the bowl of leftover water back to our old apartment and threw the water into the lake there.


STEP SIX
Ward Against Negativity Returning

Protecting the house was a two-step process in the ritual.  The first thing I did after performing the Negativity Banishment Spell was create a protective sachet.  This is something I've blogged about before and even created an infographic on.  You can find that here.


To create the sachet, I used a variety of herbs and gemstones that specifically harnessed a protective energy.  I filled a small black back with those items.  Once the sachet was tied shut, I asked everyone to join hands and lend me their energy as I charged it with protective intent.  I then hung it on a star hanger that would eventually go on my kitchen altar.

Look at all those boxes piled up in the reflection.  Goodness me.
The second step was charging and hanging my Protective Rune Chain.  For more information on that chain, including pictures and a lengthy description, click here.


Each rune on the chain represents something we wished for in our new home, such as financial prosperity or health stability.  Once again, I asked attendants to join hands and lend me their energy as I charged the chain.  I then handed it to my husband who hung it with care between our living room and our kitchen.



STEP SEVEN
Raising Energy

The third and final part of the inner activities of the circle was raising power.  To do this, I asked my attendants to each bring something small for the house - an item that represented a concept they wanted to give to the house, such as protection or prosperity.  Because the circle was interfaith, I encouraged them to bring items of their own faith to the house.  We had quite a variety of trinkets!

These trinkets were essential in creating our Blessing Bowl.  For more information on how to create a blessing bowl, including a variety of pictures of our own, click here!


During the ritual, I explained the concept of charging an item to the circle.  I then had each member charge their item with their intent and pass it around the circle in a clockwise motion to me.  I placed each item inside our blessing bowl, which would stay within the living room.

While charging an item is certainly raising energy, we enforced it even more by singing an energetic and enjoyable song in unison as we did so.  Not only was it a ton of fun, but everyone was smiling at the end!


STEP EIGHT
Closing the Circle

Once all activities had come to an end, it was time to close the circle.  Closing the circle was fairly routine.  We released each element and bid them farewell.  For words each attendant spoke when the elements were released, see below:


NORTH
"We release the element of earth,
And ask that its bountiful soil continue to protect this house as it becomes a home."
All: "Hail and farewell to the watchtower of the north."

WEST
"We release the element of water,
And ask the water that flows through this house to wash away any future potential negativity."
All: "Hail and farewell to the watchtower of the west."

SOUTH
"We release the element of fire,
And ask that the flame brightens this home with beauty, prosperity and happiness."
All: "Hail and farewell to the watchtower of the south."

EAST
"We release the element of air,
And ask that the winds remain steadfast and true about and within this home."
All: "Hail and farewell to the watchtower of the east."

RETURN TO CENTER
"And so our circle is open but unbroken.
We now turn to the center one last time.
Merry meet, and merry party, and merry meet again!"
All release hands upward.
"Blessed be!"


However, even though the ritual was over, there were still a few more things that needed to be done.

STEP NINE
Finalize Protection
FINAL STEP!

Back on step three, remember how we did not place any quartz or protective ashes around the front door to allow an exit for negativity?  Now is the time to complete that step by placing two pieces of quartz on either side of the front door and spreading the protective ashes across the step.

In addition, I warded the front door by hanging my broom on the wall next to it, as well as a decorative iron item above it.  Iron is known for its spiritually protective properties and is a great way to keep unwanted visitors away from your home.


ENDING NOTES

Overall, a house cleansing ritual of any type, no matter how simple or intricate, is a great way to clear a new home of any residual energy to make way for the new!  As you work to build your house cleansing ritual, keep in mind the following:
  • Always match spiritual/religious work with physical world efforts.
  • Feel free to personalize everything.  The more you the ritual is, the more effective it will be!
  • Put a box together with all your essential tools.  Make a check list to ensure to leave nothing behind.
  • Be sure to purify everything before entering your new home, including yourself!
  • If you choose to include a broom or besom in your ritual, make sure it is brand new and the first thing that enters your new space.
  • Cleanse the space to remove previous energy signatures.
    • Examples:
      • Sweeping your new space with your new besom.
      • Sage for smudging the area.
      • A black candle for illuminating every corner.
      • Purified water sprinkled around the edges of every room.
      • Salt scattered around the edges of every room.
      • A negativity removing spell.
  • Protect the space from allowing that energy to return.
  • Raise energy to put your spiritual mark on your space.
    • Examples:
      • Open a circle.
      • Sing a song.
      • Create a blessing bowl.
      • Dance.
      • Chant a special poem.
      • Play an instrument.
      • Meditate
      • Visualize

And that concludes the fourth and final installation of my House Cleansing Ritual series!  Enjoy your new home.  We're definitely enjoying ours!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Negativity Banishing Spell (House Cleansing Part 3)


Welcome to the third installation of our House Cleansing Ceremony!  Instead of presenting you with an overwhelming amount of information in a single post, I've decided to divide the celebration into four parts. The first three parts will detail three major activities that occurred within the ritual: I've previously covered how to create a protective rune chain for your house, as well as how you can put together a wonderful blessing bowl for a centralized room in your home.  This article will cover my personal Negativity Banishing Spell!  And the final installation of this series that features the actual house cleansing ritual itself has been posted!


ABOUT MY NEGATIVITY BANISHING SPELL

Let me be up front and frank: Banishing spells are considered black magick.  Black magick can refer to a variety of things but, in my belief system, black magick is subtractive, negating, removal magick.  It often gets a bad rap for being "evil" or "dark."  However, the reason we call it black magick is because it's defined by its color.  Subtractive spells, spells that often require widdershins or counter-clockwise movement, spells that remove something or stop something from occurring in your life typically involve the color black.  Black absorbs all light and thus can absorb energy.  As an absence of color, it is the perfect correspondence for such spell work.

That being said, banishing magick is nothing to blink at.  I would not suggest this spell to someone still in the 101 stage of their learning.  The thing about black magick, or any kind of life reversal, is that it has the tendency to make life worse before it gets better.  If you're not highly specific with the meaning of your work, it could backfire.  This goes for any spell work but especially the subtractive kind.  Something about removing things from your life creates a higher chance for things to go awry much quicker than other kinds of magick.  The bottom line is that you had best be prepared to handle the consequences of your actions for this spell.

If you are unsure, I would highly suggest not performing this spell.  If you decide you would like to try to move forward, please attempt meditation or divination to be sure it's a good idea.

You'll notice that this is a heavy disclaimer.  This isn't the first time I've talked about this spell before.   It was mentioned in my post about black magick in June of 2012, but I refused to hand it out.   I am doing so today because not only did I include this spell in my House Cleansing Ceremony, but I make a hard effort to keep this blog as open and informative as possible.

This spell is part my own personal creation, part passed to me and a little bit of science.  While I have altered this spell to fill my needs, please be very careful when changing parts of any spell.  Ensure the correspondences fit you, your needs and the needs of the original spell.  If you are at all unsure about the changes you are making, I would not edit this spell.

In addition, I would strongly suggest casting a circle or creating some sort of protective, cleansed atmosphere in which to perform this spell in.  Ensure to have everything you need prior to cleansing the space and starting your work.

Speaking of which...


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

My version of this spell requires a variety of objects and herbs to get the job done.


First, you'll need a black candle.  While I use a pillar as this is the candle I specifically use for any time I perform this spell, I would suggest a tea light or votive for your first time so that you can burn it out or bury it afterward.  Be sure to get a candle that is black the whole way through.  While white is an acceptable replacement for most colors, I wouldn't use it personally for this kind of magick.


You'll also need a little bit of purified water in a container that's easy to pour from.  You can create spiritually purified water in a variety of ways, from adding salt to setting out in a full moon.  If you're performing this spell, I would assume you have a solid way of creating purified water that works for you.


You will need two different herbs for this spell.  Salt (technically a mineral) and basil.  Salt and basil both have protective properties and will come in handy for locking the negativity into one spot during your work.


As for containers, you'll need three: a mirror, a small plate with a solid lip or edge to contain a light covering of water (the one I use is technically a pillar candle plate), and a narrow, clear glass.  The mirror is a platform for your herbs but also creates a reflection of yourself.  The small plate would preferably be black in color for proper absorption, and smaller in size than your mirror so that it can be placed in the center.  Likewise, the circumference on the opening of your glass should be smaller than the black plate.


You will need a pair of sturdy scissors and a box of matches.  The matches should be wooden kitchen matches longer than 1" in length.  Wooden matches are sturdy and can stand upright on their own given a base.  This is important later.


Finally, you'll need a small bowl, preferably black, for the end of the spell.


THE SPELL

This spell is best performed during a new moon, known for banishment,  Monday, ruled by the moon, is the best day.  The time around and shortly after Samhain is the best time of the year.  However, I have performed this spell outside of all of those circumstances and still seen results.

The first step of the spell is to create your cleansed sacred space.  This may be casting a circle or saging your area or meditating.  Whatever it is that clears an area and creates a boundary of protection in your beliefs is necessary for negating magick.


Begin your spell work by lighting the black candle.  Spend the following time visualizing the end goal of your spell.  Be very specific.  Include a time frame, both back and forward, that you need this spell to go.  Define what this spell is and is not removing from your life.  Picture exactly what it is that you want this spell to do.  Forgetting one thing could tip this spell in a direction you may not want it to go.


Create a protective barrier on your mirror by spreading your herbs.  Begin by pouring the salt in a deosil, or clockwise, motion around the smaller dish.


Once you have created a full circle of salt, add the basil on top of it.  Again, pour in a clockwise motion.


Your next step is to take one of your wooden kitchen matches and cut it so that it stands around 1" tall.  This is about half of a standard match's length.  Set it to the side, but keep it accessible.


Your black candle will likely have accumulated quite a bit of melted wax at this point.  Very carefully drip some of that wax in the very middle of your dish.  Before the wax cools...



... Place the cut end of your match into the wax so that it stands straight up with the match's head at the top.  Hold it in place as it cools and ensure the wax has hardened before continuing.


Once the wax has hardened, pour your purified water into the dish.  You don't need much - you simply want to get a thin coat of water onto the plate.

Take a deep breath and center, as the next part of this spell goes very quickly.


Light another match from your black candle...


... and use it to light the match in the middle of your small dish.  Quickly...



... cover the match completely by setting the glass upside-down over it.  As you do, chant the following:

"Absorb all the negativity from this place,
For only light will I embrace."

Visualize all of the negativity - everything you want removed - being absorbed from your life into that glass.


If done correctly, the match will go out with much smoke contained and the water from the plate will be absorbed into the glass.  This is caused by the temperature inside the glass.  As the air inside the glass becomes hotter due to the match, the pressure rises and pushes against the water in the small dish.  When the match extinguishes from a lack of oxygen, the air inside the glass cools.  The sudden lack of pressure causes a vacuum effect, sucking the water into the glass.  While this is mostly simple science (and a common trick performed in bars and classrooms around the world), it makes for an especially effective negativity banishing spell.

Whatever you wanted removed from your life is now trapped inside the glass as the water.  From this spell, smoke was created.  This smoke is the positivity, happiness and future from this point forward.

Carefully pick up the glass and the dish together, holding them tightly to one another.  In one fluid motion, flip the glass back to right-side up with the dish still covering the top.  Take a moment to move the small bowl to the center of your mirror, still covered in a salt and basil circle.  As you remove the top and pour the contents of the glass into your small bowl, chant the following:


"Negativity flee and vanish.
From this place, I thee banish."


"By this spell and words of rhyme,
I cast out evil's weary bind."

When you remove the small dish, you release the smoke of positivity and happiness and trap the water, filled with negativity, back in the circle of salt and basil where it cannot re-enter your life.


Now use a candle snuffer to put out your black candle so you may bury it, or instead let it burn out as you meditate within the circle or sacred space you created.  Once you feel you have spent sufficient time, close the circle if needed and carefully carry the mirror with the salt, basil and small bowl of water outdoors.  Take your candle as well if necessary.  Dig a hole (minding safety and laws) where you will bury everything to nullify the energy and return it back to the earth.


ENDING NOTES

If you have done everything correctly, you can expect fairly immediate results.  Don't be surprised if things get drastically worse before they get better.  Oftentimes, I have experienced what I thought were losses only to find out that it was necessary for happiness.  Directly after performing this spell, I have broken things, lost friends (sometimes in large quantities), gotten into a heated argument or become ill.  Each time, those things were absolutely essential to paving the way for a better life. Here are some examples of how events I thought were bad were actually positive later on:
  • When my computer stopped working, I was forced to buy a new one.  Because I work from home full time, I was incredibly frustrated with waiting for the local tech store to open so I could buy the parts and spending that kind of money unexpectedly.  As it turns out, my old computer was was so outdated that I didn't realize how much it was interrupting my day-to-day life!
  • When I got into an argument with my husband, with whom I simply never fight, it actually brought us closer as a couple because we were able to open up communication.
  • When I fell ill, I had to go to the doctor for medication.  It forced me to get routine blood work done where I discovered I was Vitamin D deficient.  Vit-D deficiency has been linked to a variety of mental illnesses, including depression.  I'm much happier now that I'm on the appropriate supplements!
  • At one point, after performing this spell, I lost a multitude of friends.  However, by closing the door on that part of my life, it removed the negativity that was perpetuated by our relationship.  It forced me to be more social and opened the gateway for new friendships I would have never forged without that loss.
If the spell doesn't work, it should be fairly obvious during ritual.  The most likely symbol will be that the water will not absorb into the glass.  Typically, this is an error in where the wax was placed, how much water was put in the bowl or how quickly you went from lighting the match to covering it with the glass.  These mechanical errors represent that you are not in the correct mind frame to perform a banishing spell.  I would suggest waiting for a different day.

Best wishes to anyone who decides to perform this spell!  Enjoy!




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blessing Bowl (House Cleansing Part 2)


Welcome to the second installation of our House Cleansing Ceremony!  Instead of presenting you with an overwhelming amount of information in a single post, I've decided to divide the celebration into four parts. The first three parts will detail three major activities that occurred within the ritual: I've previously covered how to create a protective rune chain for your house, and will cover my negativity banishing spell next.  Today, I'd like to talk about the household blessing bowl!



  WHAT IS A BLESSING BOWL?

A blessing bowl is a simple way of filling a space with a specific intent continuously.  It is typically a small bowl filled with items that have special meaning to you.  The items can be anything, such as small trinkets, stones, herbs, jewelry, coins, pictures, offerings, prayer cards, and so on and so forth.  Anything small that will fit in the bowl could be a candidate as long as it holds a special place in your heart and is entered into the bowl with intent.

Typically, blessing bowls are cohesive - that is, one person puts it together or it's received as a gift completed.  It also usually contains small cards as requests for blessings for the room.  However, I've put a small spin on the concept of a blessing bowl so that I could create one with my friends in ritual!



ABOUT THE BOWL

The bowl itself should have significant meaning and be appealing to the eye because it stays on display in a particular area.  It doesn't have to be expensive - you could pull a bowl from your cabinet or pick one up from a thrift store.  It can be handmade, but you don't have to personally create one if ceramics are not your thing.  It could technically be a basket or a tray, as long as it can hold the items you put in it.  Size doesn't matter, but typically you'll want something that looks full once it's complete.


I personally chose a bowl that called to me on Amazon.  If you'd like to take a look at the bowl I ordered, complete with three decorative spheres, one of which has a pentacle carved into it, click here!



THE RITUAL

Before we moved anything into our house, we held a special house cleansing ritual.  On the invites, I asked everyone to bring one item for the house - a small object that symbolized something they would like to bless our house with.

The evening before the ritual, I was sure to sage all supplies, including the empty, fresh-out-of-the-package blessing bowl!  This is incredibly important.  You'll want to remove any energy anyone else might have unintentionally or otherwise put into the bowl.  It's the perfect way to start with a clean slate!

The blessing bowl was one of the last activities of the ritual.  We began by choosing a song that was fun, energetic and most attendants knew.  We also wanted something that signified growing up and moving on because our last living space was so difficult.  The song was admittedly chosen during ritual, but it was perfect: Bon Jovi's It's My Life.

I started by filling the bowl with salt.  Salt is considered a purifying mineral, which is perfect considering the house cleansing ritual involved an incredible amount of cleansing.

While I filled the bowl with salt, I asked everyone in the circle to charge the item they were asked to bring with pure thought and happy intentions.  We then passed them in a clockwise motion around the circle while singing along with with the song.  As I received each one with my receptive (non-dominant, energy receiving) hand, I placed the item aesthetically in the bowl.  

The items were of a wide variety of subjects, and covered everything from finances to music and more.

Because the house cleansing circle was interfaith, I encouraged attendants to bring symbols of their faith to add to the bowl.

I'm incredibly humbled and proud that my circle of friends are so open and accepting, and come from so many different walks of life!

Items included shells, coins, jewelry, gemstones and even an action figure.  Each item meant something special to the person who brought it and was charged with the appropriate intent as a blessing to our new home!


Once the bowl was completed and the ritual was over, I placed it in a safe area of the house to avoid spilling it while moving our furniture and belongings in.

PLACEMENT OF YOUR BLESSING BOWL

Once your blessing bowl is complete and you've fully moved in, you should find a place for it that is in a central location.  The idea is that the blessing bowl will fill your home with its offerings, so you'll want to make sure it's in a room you're in often or in a location that you'll walk by it every day.


My husband and I chose to have it in an area near the front door.  This ensures that we see it and walk near it every single day, whether we're leaving for work or walking the dog.


It's also in a centralized communal area.  My husband and I live with fellow Circle of Fountains member and longtime close friend Tony.  This means that we each have our own rooms and separate offices.  By placing the bowl in the front room, we've put it in our shared space.


ENDING NOTES

I couldn't be happier with our beautiful blessing bowl! I feel as though it is one of the key reasons we've been so happy and so lucky in our new place.  If you'd like to make a blessing bowl of your own, keep in mind the following points:
  • Blessing bowls can be made by one person or many.  They can be made for yourself or as a gift.
  • Blessing bowls are put together of any item that has profound meaning to the owner and to you.
  • The item itself should somehow represent the blessing the owner wishes to bestow upon the area.
  • The bowl should have particular meaning to you or call to you.
  • Your bowl should also be properly cleansed, be it with sage, purified water, full moon light or any other purification method you prefer, to remove any intentions of its previous life.
  • Once cleansed, the items should be charged individually by the owner with the appropriate intent and entered into the bowl.
  • The bowl should then be placed in a centralized location - either a room where you are the most or where you will walk by it every day.  If you are gifting this to someone, be sure to let them know this!
  • While accidents happen, try your best not to knock the bowl over or jostle the contents too much.  The items should remain charged even if the bowl tips, but I would suggest putting it back together gingerly and with great respect.  I would maybe go as far as to hold a new ritual, even if it's solitary, and add new items of your own to the bowl.  A tipped bowl could be a sign of hard times or of potential disruption.  We, fortunately, have yet to experience this in the two months we've lived here but I'm certain it'll eventually happen.
Best of luck to you on creating a beautiful blessing bowl!