House Cleansing and Blessing
is unknown to me.
are two ways (well, more or less) to do this - one is taking a new place, that
has not got your mark on it at all yet, and consecrating it, and then filling it
with yourself. the other is taking
a place that you have lived in a while and never consecrated.
that, one assumes, is full of you already, but may also contain things
that are not you and that you do not want, as well.
place was the second type. this is
my advice for the second type:
- clean it. not mystically, just
good old ammonia, hot
water, comet, etc. find a place for
everything, throw out everything you don't want anymore, or give it away, or
something. This does not mean the
place has to be spotless. it is
YOUR place. make it the way YOU
- consider the arrangement of the house. Is
out the way you want it? Are those
curtains the ones you really LIKE in this room?
are your pictures and thing up, and are they in pleasing places?
if not, move them. make the place look as much like the image of the way home
SHOULD look as possible.
- gather the stuff for a ritual
cleansing. for this ritual,
you need: a blue candle, enough candles for every candleholder in the house, as
many white candles as your altar requires, your favorite incense, your favorite
essential oil(s), olive oil or almond oil, a jar, a white handkerchief, four
rocks, a stick (birch, or whatever wood you happen to like), and flowers.
the only part requiring preparing ahead is filling the jar with the oil,
adding a few drops of the essential oil(s), closing the jar, and leaving it for
a week to set.
- all this being done, it is time for the ritual cleansing.
there are a number of ways to do this, but the one Rachel preferred when
I told her her options was to make a broom out of flowers and a birch stick
(blossom end down), and sweep out the entire house, stem to stern, dusting off
anything stressful especially carefully. carry the broom out the back door and
toss the flowers out, along witheverything they are carrying away.
- on your way in, light the dark blue candle (you
had grabbed it and stuck it in your back pocket on your way out), and walk the
perimeter of your space. if you own
the whole house, walk the boundaries of the property.
if your place is an apartment, follow the edges of the rooms. But you are
drawing a ring of fire around your boundaries, so that your cleaned house will
stay clean. when you have completed
the circle, set the candle on a white handkerchief by the front door to keep
watch. weight the corners of the handkerchief with four rocks (one for each
corner) taken from someplace nearby.
- now the place is clean, and guarded. now
it is time to
mark it as YOURS. light your
favorite incense. doesn't matter
WHAT your favorite incense is. what
matters is that YOU like it. or if you prefer a potpourri burner, go with that.
then light all the candles you bought for all the candleholders in the house,
and put on some music. (what music? ask
yourself? what have you got that feels sacred or just very YOU.
if that happens to be Aerosmith, well, it's YOUR ritual.) now that you've
done that, take the scented oil and mark every corner in the house, as well as
any place or object that it seems to you OUGHT to be marked.
recreate (or create) your altar. anoint
it with the
scented oil, wave incense over it, put everything on it in its place.
call whatever deities, wights, watchtowers, elements,
etc., that you want watching over your house or present in it.
since you are erecting a temple and setting up protections, you don't
dismiss them afterward, just offer them food, drink, whatever they like.
go eat & drink something yourself.
it's your house now. now you have
to live in it.