Home is the place we laugh, love, gather, a place of security and an essential sanctuary -or it should be. A wise witch maintains his/her home and space. Our environment impacts us -that much is sure. I giggled the first time I saw Howl’s moving castle. Granny Sophie told a curious patron that she was the scariest witch -the kind that cleans.
Cleaning is an act of magic and it is a good place to start. Before you begin, consider what you have in your home and how it is arranged. Does it make you feel good? Does it remind you of old memories you’d rather forget? Get rid of what you do not need and tidy up as much as possible. A home should first be properly cleared. The clearing should be expanded to the property if possible. If you do not own your home this may not be applicable. After the home and property are cleared, a blessing is done. Following the blessing are seals and barrier work. It is important to note that these spells build over time; also consider carefully what you are keeping in and out of your space.
The checklist is complete, the house is cleaned and the old rubbish is out. Now it is time for a good clearing! What do I mean by that? Clearing is essentially resetting the energy in your space -it neutralizes the field so to speak. At least, that is the way that I think about it. Clearing the home can be done in a multitude of ways (keep that in mind as I describe my own method.) Clearing should be extended to the property but if you do not own your property (or require a certain level of discretion this may not be possible.) The good news? There are ways around it!
After the clearing, it is important to apply seals and erect barriers. It is important to note that these spells are built and maintained over time. Also, consider carefully what you are keeping in and out of your space. That will be addressed a little later. What follows is my personal house clearing.
- Herbs: Rosemary and white sage bundle (these herbs are high vibration and excellent for clearing work.) If you do not have them; mugwort, basil, frankincense also work well. If you are very sensitive to smoke I discourage burning them.
- A white pillar candle that has been anointed with olive oil and blessed for the working.
- Blessed water (sea salt, rosemary, basil, and elderberry) I brew this up ahead of time and let it cool (infusion).
- Tokens for the front and back doors, and the four corners of the property. (The tokens I typically use are dimes, iron bits, wood with rune work…) These items are later used to seal the house and property and in my personal opinion, this is a very important step.
I set my items up in the central part of the home. I ring the bell three times and light the candle. I say a personal prayer to begin the house blessing. I open the doors and windows if possible (at least one should be open) and I prefer this to be the back door. I light the herbal bundle and I begin chanting: “Cleaned, Clear, Cleansed away. Here harm cannot stay, out the door away from me, away from home and family -Cleared are the windows, closets, and doors, cleared are the ceilings the walls and the floors. Clean and clear is this space, my home is a blessing, a sacred space.” This chant is repeated as you walk the home from the front to the back, top to bottom and back to the central space of the home. After the entire home is cleared I perform a blessing. The blessing begins with water and earth and is completed with air and fire. I ask for the blessing of guardians, guides, and other energies. Blessings are very personal for me, I encourage everyone to write their own but if you have trouble with words, consider these: I complete the work by sealing my doors and windows with the infusion. I use an equaled armed cross on every door (internal and external; locks included) and windows of the home.
“May this home be blessed with the sacred gifts of the Fire; may it warm the hearth and hearts of those who live here and serve us. Let this home be blessed with the prosperity and abundance of the earth -may our bellies be full and our life and works prosperous. When we most need stillness let it be found within this sanctuary. By water, this home is blessed, by the gifts of love, joy and connection. By the air this home is blessed, here is clear communication, inspiration, and beginnings that help us thrive.”
I complete the work by sealing my doors and windows with the infusion. I use an equaled armed cross on every door (internal and external; locks included) and windows of the home. Finally, I bury the tokens at the four corners of my property while envisioning a barrier akin to the image of the magic circle (or sphere). Extra tokens are placed inside the home such as above the doors or hidden in the walls, vents etc. Make sure the clearing has been performed prior to placing these or you might inadvertently trap energies that you do not desire in your space.
It takes energy -hence the work. However, it is important to care for your space, it is the epitome of the labor of love. You can build on the protections and blessings as the moon waxes. If you do not own your property, you can erect the barrier on the walls inside of an apartment to keep energies from above or beside you from leaking through. A protective stone planted inside of a pot with a plant (such as cactus plants, or holly for example) will aid in shielding your space. If it suddenly starts to die even though you are taking care of it correctly, consider another clearing.