Cleansing Ritual

Wiccan Cleaning Ritual

Looking for a Wiccan Cleansing Ritual? It’s important to safeguard your environment. There is a lot of psychic energy in our space. We live here, we love here, we laugh here, we fight here. These walls have seen it all. It’s important to clear it out every once in a while. 

And my place needed a real good cleansing. It was cluttered, messy, and there was a soul-sucking quality to the place. Every time I glanced around, I got annoyed or overwhelmed. Yikes!

Most Wiccan rituals focus on  cleansing a space with herbs, smoke, or other means. Before I use one of those methods to clean my apartment, I had to literally clean it out. If I didn’t, it would just be a cosmetic or surface change and I needed something deeper. Smudging some herbs wasn’t gonna get the job done. I needed to roll my sleeves up and get to work. 

If your space has a very negative vibe like mine did, I’d highly suggest moving things around in your environment before you try a ritual. If it’s a simple issue, than simply skip down to the last part of this post.

I’ve been reading this book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and I’ve implemented some of her suggestions. I’m proud to report, I love my apartment now and I look forward to spending time there. Hopefully, you can use some of these tips and suggestions in your own home. 

It’s all About the Energy

There are some principles of Feng Shui embedded in this book and she discusses the energy a person receives from an object or place. In fact, I liked the vibe so much in my newly cleaned place, I read up on Feng Shui and made some further adjustments to my home. Move your Stuff, Change Your Life by Karen Rauch Carter was very helpful and practical.

As a Wiccan, I can feel the transfer of energy when it happens.  Both people and spaces give off a vibe. Have you ever walked into a space, and gotten a bad feeling for no rational reason? Likely, you are responding to the negative energy.I have realized my space was chaotic and haphazard.  Consequently, I was drained and unfocused. 

First, she suggests you visualize your ideal space. How does it look? But more importantly, how does your home make you feel? I want a cozy, relaxing space. So, when I walk in the door, I breathe a bit easier. 

Find your Joy

Next, I started pitching things.  I literally wanted to free up room in my apartment, as well as in my own head. Somehow, the clutter around you affects your thoughts and emotions. I created a keep pile, a donate pile, and a trash pile.

How do you decide what to get rid of? I’m glad you asked. Marie’s method is simple. Does this item bring me joy?

It’s important to surround yourself with things you love, but it’s equally important to get rid of things you don’t love, or you have negative associations with. Obviously not everything will give you joy. I like my can opener and I use it a lot, but I don’t love it. So, I added a category for necessary items like plungers and sponges. 

For example, I went through the mementos, I received from former boyfriends. If I got an awww kind of a feeling, I kept it. If the item in question, made me sad, I tossed it.

I also donated clothes, which didn’t look good on me.  I only kept things I loved, looked great on me, and were simple to care for. 

Want to know the miraculous thing? I feel brighter, lighter, and happier the more space I freed up. Slowly, item by item, I changed the energy of the place.  Once the momentum got going, I gleefully went through closets and drawers, pitching as I went.

What I Realized

This sparked a revolution of sorts, in terms of my thinking. I should enjoy my days, and my life. Why wouldn’t I want to be surrounded by people and things I love? And why wouldn’t I spend my precious time doing things I adore as well?

Sometimes, I think we get too caught up in our obligations, crossing items off of to-do lists, doing what we have to do, instead of what we want to do. I’m going to evaluate my days, and my whole life, by what brings me joy.

Every day I ask myself: what would make you happy? This morning, for example, I’m having a delicious cup of coffee, with a square of super dark chocolate. I’m not quite hungry enough to eat breakfast, but I love the small Indulgence. Quite simply, it makes me happy. 

But I digress.

Organizing

After I got rid of a mountain of dead weight, I gave every item a home and grouped like items together in all my closets and cabinets. For example, I have a tools and tech cabinet with USB cords, batteries, nails, screwdrivers, light bulbs, etc.

Once I made decisions, I took a trip to the dollar store to buy inexpensive organizing baskets and such. Now, I can open a closet and nothing falls on my head.

I also arranged my furniture differently. I created a reading nook in my living room, which I love. It’s cozy and comforting to sit there with my Kindle and a cup of coffee.

My office was like a dark cave, and I dreaded going in there. So, I moved my desk to the other wall, took down the heavy drapes and put up light and airy ones, to let in the sunshine. It totally changed the energy of the space and I love going in there.

Cleaning

After I de-cluttered and organized, I started cleaning from top to bottom. I use all natural cleaning products, like baking soda, vinegar, and water. My favorite is a water and vinegar solution in a spray bottle, but I add rosemary essential oil to the mix to cover the vinegar-y smell.

Rosemary is associated with purification, blessings, and ritual cleansing, so it’s perfect for this job. It also has antibacterial properties. Win-win!

Because the weather happened to be cool that day, I opened all of the windows, and let a rush of fresh air in. It was invigorating, charging the room with light and air.

As I cleaned, I pictured sweeping up and dusting off the negativity, gathering all of those soul-sucking emotions so I could get rid of them. After I finished sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming, I took the trash out and envisioned myself banishing all of this negativity.

Wiccan Cleansing Ritual

As for the ritual, it’s up to you.

I would recommend selecting herbs, that “speak” to you and your specific needs. Do you need a sense of calm? I would recommend lavender. Want warmth? Consider using ginger or cinnamon.  Looking for a bright pick me up? Go with citrus essential oils like lemon or lime. I was seeking a cleansing, a purging of negative emotion, so I went with rosemary again.

Next, you need to choose a delivery system. Do you want to gather dried herbs, and burn them, known as smudging? You might want to buy candles that have been infused with essential oils.

I opted for my essential oil diffusers. I went through the rooms, one by one, letting the scented water vapor seep into every corner of the space.

As you are doing this, think about what you want. Are you seeking protection? Positivity? Focus on that. Close your eyes and concentrate, smell the scent in the air, and project those thoughts into the room. If you feel moved to say something, do so. 

Some people want a mapped out ritual, with magical phrases and exact measures of herbs. I believe in letting intuition guide my spells. The goddess is always looking out for me. The potency of a spell increases when I make it personal to me, and I believe in what I’m doing. Magic is an act of creation and its important to be involved in the process.

Listen to your inner voice. What is the goddess telling you?

Wrap up

Basically, this is a deep psychic cleaning of a home. I would use this method for a major overhaul.  The last couple of parts (cleaning and cleansing) I would recommend doing this, on a semi-annual basis. Maybe I’ll do it with the change of every season, as a reminder for myself. 


How do you cleanse negative energy from your home?

 

 

 

 

Cleansing Ritual