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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.
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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.
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.
Not all of these ingredients are needed - choose a selection that attracts you and helps to achieve your cleansing goal.
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.
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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