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Lets Clean House!

Imbolc is here and its that time of year where busy witches
everywhere begin their spring cleaning. We scrub, scour, and shine ,
of course, but to a witch spring cleaning means so much more. We
clean our physical environment of dirt just like most people do but
we also clear our spiritual environment of nasty energies that have
managed to build up just like the dust bunnies under the sofa.The
purpose of a house cleaning is to consecrate the space for you and
your loved ones to be safe, comfortable and happy all the time you
are there.Many witches do this more than once a year but Imbolc and
Ostara are traditional times to concentrate on purifying our homes,
minds, and bodies.

There are many ways to tackle a house cleaning, first and foremost we
get rid of the dirt we can see. If you do a thorough scrubbing every
spring like I do this can take days but it is essential. If you spend
a day or two clearing clutter, washing linens, and shampooing carpets
the scrubbing can be uninterrupted and more effective. Once you are
ready to begin start at the innermost part of your household. Wash
walls and clean floors as you go( I bring my ritual broom along to
symbolically sweep all negatives out of the room) as you clean each
room visualize all the negatives being wiped away and left in you
bucket. Change you water as you complete each room visualizing all
negative energies going down the drain with the dirty water. Continue
with this until you reach your front threshold and sweep whatever's
left right out the door. Congratulations your home is clear!

Now we've cleared out all the nasties its time to go back and infuse
the home with energies of happiness, protection, health and
prosperity. There are dozens of rituals to help you do this. I will
include one with this article but by all means research and find one
you love or better yet write your own! Don't forget to finish up by
adding protective sigils to your doors and windows.

House Blessing ( Author unknown)

Assemble:
Salt & Water
Incense (fire and air)
Milk & Honey
Oil (for anointing)
Wine (for offering)
Bells, Pots, Pans, Whistles, etc.

Cast a circle in the main room(livingroom) and after casting,
visualize the circle expanding to include the entire house. Call upon
the spirits and energies living in the house(or apartment). Invite
those who will be harmonious with the new household and its energies
to remain. Invite/ask those who will be happier elsewhere to depart.
Release all "energies" not compatible with the new household.(This
may be expressed as a "release" in order to unbind anything that may
be stuck.)

Then call upon, greet, and invite ancestors, patron deities, and all
harmonious spirits and energies to dwell in the house as they please.
Gather up the pots, pans, and all the noise-makers. Go to each door
and window, not forgetting the fire-place and dog-door, making as
much racket as humanly possible-to shoo out anything unwanted.(This
is hysterical fun, and also raises lots of energy for the next
important step.) Go again throughout the house and at each portal
(door, window, etc.)sprinkle salt-water and cense, saying: "By the
Elements I purify and charge this portal." Then anoint the portal
with milk and honey, saying: "By Milk and Honey I ensure prosperity
and peace within this place." Finally, anoint the portal with oil,
saying: "With Oil I seal this portal and protect all within." At the
front door a special prayer is said, asking the guardian deities(God
& Goddess) to freely grant entry to all friends and loved ones, and
to prevent passage(turn aside) to any who would do harm." Then, if
it's a house-pour wine across the width of the threshold; if it's an
apartment anoint the threshold with light touches of wine.

The house-holders then each take a sip of wine, leaving some as an
offering to the Gods, and the Circle should be closed. The remaining
wine, milk, and honey should be offered to the Gods.(In our case to
the fruit tree and the oak tree in our yard.)

Addenda: This is very effective if done as part of a house-warming
party, followed by much feasting. It has also been done very
effectively by two people. It only takes about 30 minutes to do a
large house. You can take the time.

Do make certain to "ground" afterward, by closing the circle and by
eating. This ritual can "stir" up everybody and make the house feel
full of "buzzy" energy.

House Blessing Notes
In the spirit of house blessings, I offer some selections taken from
Cunningham's The Magical Household. I hope that they will inspire you
to pick up the Cunningham book, because it's wonderful stuff.

For the doorway:
Suspend over the door a fresh sprig of dill, tied with a blue cord
(or red, if you prefer), to prevent those who mean you harm from
entering
Cross two needles, and stick into or tie onto a corner of your
doormat, to prevent evil from entering.
Grind Dragon's Blood herb into a powder and sprinkle it on door and
window sills, to protect your house from harm.

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