House Cleansing and Blessing

Have you ever moved into a new home or rental property and spent the first hour cleaning an already clean house just because you feel like you're living in someone else's grime?

No? Just me?

Well, even if your cleaning doesn't boarder on obsessive, I'm betting you've cleaned sometime in the past couple of weeks. It's just routine maintenance. Crumbs make their way onto counters. Dust finds itself on shelves. Pet hair gathers...everywhere.

How come we don't clean the energy? Have you ever walked into a room just after someone had a fight? Like, the faces are still scowling, the hands are still fisted, and you can can cut the tension with an athame? (Tee hee, see what I did there?) Energy is an undeniable force. We use it to power our computers. We see it if we're hooked up to an EKG. And sometimes, we need to clean out the bad stuff. 

Below you will find my personal cleansing and protection ritual that I perform on any house I move into. This will not only cleanse your home of any lingering energy from previous owners or troublesome times in your house, but it will also protect you from outside influences and people who wish you harm, whether that be in the form of robbery, jealousy, or anger. I wouldn't stop locking your doors at night, and it's probably not a good idea to start flicking off that annoying neighbor, but I've found this to be very effective in my own life. I hope you find it just as helpful in yours!

House Cleansing and Protection from Negative Intentions


Smudging stick or loose smudging herbs (Sage, Rosemary, or Evergreen needles)
Bells of any kind

Protection Blend
Dragon's Blood

Above is my personal blend used for home protection spells. If you don't have an ingredient listed, don't worry! You can either supplement it with something you do have or simply use salt! Salt is a wonderful element for protection. 

To Cleanse the Home:

When I'm smudging a house, I like to begin in a room where the energy feels most stagnant or hostile. The idea is to move clockwise through the room as furniture will allow (no need to climb over a dinner table!). After lighting your smudging stick or loose herbs (in a bowl, of course) waft the smoke using a feather or your hand. Start in the doorway and move clockwise (left) around the room. Make sure to raise and lower your smudging stick as you go, so floor and ceiling are being addressed. Also hit the corners, as those are areas where energy collects. I like to keep a string of bells looped around my wrist so the energy of the ringing bells can dispel any negative energy. If you don't have a strand of bells you can either have someone follow behind you with a bell or vigorously ring the bell three times as you enter and exit the room. 

While smudging say: I banish all evil and negativity from this home. Only good shall prosper here!

Continue throughout the house, including the garage or any attached buildings. While I do believe there should be a certain amount of structure, some people are very strict about rituals and magick. Spirituality is personal. I don't believe feeling stressed and nervous during any ritual is beneficial to anyone involved. Trust your instinct and do what feels right to you. If you go in the wrong direction, correct it. If you get tongue twisted, take a breath and start over. The universe WANTS you to prosper. It's not waiting for you to fumble so it can pounce. Anyone who says otherwise a wholly wrong. 

Protection Spell

Once your home is oh-so-squeaky clean, you are ready to protect it! Mix the above herbs in your desired ratio. I use salt as the base and a good pinch of everything else. If one feels more appropriate to you or has a more specific meaning, go ahead and add it. Do what feels right to you! Since you're using a small amount, about 1/4 cup total is all you need.

This part takes place outside the home. I prefer to do it in the middle of the day because that's when my neighborhood is quiet. You can do it at night or early morning if you don't want the neighbors watching. 

Optimally you would sprinkle this in a circle around your home and property. I live in a duplex, and I don't think my neighbors want me hopping the fence, so I sprinkled it in a line beneath all my doors and windows and then did the perimeter of my yard. If you're in an upstairs apartment and can't really work outside, you can sprinkle a very small amount inside. I recommend using straight salt for interior use (especially if you have pets!).

While sprinkling repeat: This home is protected; this home is secure. Evil may do no harm here!

On your last chant end with So Mote it Be!

Now doesn't your home feel cleaner?! And you didn't even have to break out the Windex.

Do you have a special spell or charm you use to protect your home? Do you have a particular ritual you use for housewarmings? 

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