House Cleansings – (un)Expected Side Effects

About three months ago, my ex and his fiance came to me with a problem. His house has started acting up. They’re both recovering drug addicts, extremely RECENT recovering addicts, actually, and before he met her, he had a lot of traffic in and out of his house.

She’s rather sensitive, and like many addicts, extremely superstitious. When she panicked… he did, too. Remember that for later – humans are a herd species… when one panics, they all do – even when they know better. In situations like this, where someone has already started with a negative experience, even when taking action, they are still afraid… and even positive experiences can frighten them.

Cleansing a house, whether there’s something there or not, goes a long way to laying to rest both the disturbed energies in the house AND in the people dwelling within the house. It helps for people to connect house with home, and claim that space as their own.

It also invokes the protection of a threshold, and encourages the house to guard the occupants. Contrary to popular thinking, houses, and the land they sit on, DO gain consciousness after awhile – enough energy is expended in them that they become accidental egregores. If enough negative energy is expended, it CAN attract bad THINGS to the location, but most often, it simply encourages negative loops in the occupants.

For this reason, when taking up a new residence, or starting a new chapter in your life, cleansing your home is always a good idea.

So. I sat them both down, and I explained that, whether their house was haunted (unlikely because no one had actually died in that location – nor had any previous owner loved the house enough to return to it after death), or just disturbed, or whether something nastier had moved in (which WAS likely considering the type of people who had been gathering there for the past four years at LEAST, and gods know what kinds of people gathered there before he bought the house), a cleansing was definitely in order.

Cleansing is simple. It actually doesn’t take much by way of ingredients – you need, at most, salt and clean water. If you want to be a bit more extravagant, add a blessed white candle (I like to etch runes for home and protection on mine and dip it in holy water, giving it a final rub down with holy oil, charging it the whole time – you can even drill a hole in the top and load it with herbs that make you feel safe, if you like), fresh bread, honey, a knife (athame if you’re a practitioner), and rosemary olive oil. If you want to go all out, get some incense charcoal (and of course a fire-safe brazier of some kind), copal resin, a sage, cedar and sweetgrass blended bundle, and some quartz crystals and iron spikes or filings. Iron spikes can be found just by walking along the nearest working tracks – maybe ten minutes will net you more than enough to do the job. If you don’t have train tracks near you, then a hardware store will have iron filings, or you can purchase them online. You can even use black seasalt for the final bits, and during the knife parts, sprinkle red brick dust. Leave the honey and bread outside the house if you’re going to use them. Also keep out a small bit of salt (this is where you’d use the black seasalt).

Once you’ve got your ingredients, you need to decide how you want to do this. Do you want to start in the center of the house and spiral outwards, do you want to start in the north and cleanse back to the north? Remember that you’re banishing, so make all your motions counterclockwise.

These instructions are for the All Out version. You can pare it down as far as you like.

First… light your candle and your incense charcoal. Next, add the copal resin to the charcoal. Copal banishes and cleanses. It’s been used in temples for generations to kick the nasties out, and works for everything that goes bump in the night. Plus, it smells clean. Walk the house with your candle and your brazier. Smoke the corners – ceiling and floor – of every room, always going counterclockwise. You can say a prayer. Most Christians like Psalm 91. Other faiths use other prayers – you might want to make something up. If you’re an atheist, focus on the idea of what you’re doing – invoking positivity and revoking negativity in yourself and in your environment – and getting the house on your side.

Below is the direct from Hebrew to English translation for Psalm 91. I find that translations from the source, rather than through 9 different languages and political venues usually works best, but that might be the purist in me.

Psalms Chapter 91 1 O thou that dwellest in the covert of the Most High, and abidest in the shadow of the Almighty;2 I will say of the LORD, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust,3 That He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.4 He will cover thee with His pinions, and under His wings shalt thou take refuge; His truth is a shield and a buckler.5 Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flieth by day;6 Of the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor of the destruction that wasteth at noonday.7 A thousand may fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; it shall not come nigh thee.8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, and see the recompense of the wicked.9 For thou hast made the LORD who is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.11 For He will give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.12 They shall bear thee upon their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and asp; the young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under feet.14 ‘Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and bring him to honour.16 With long life will I satisfy him, and make him to behold My salvation.’ {P}

Once you’ve banished the negative energies and entities (and invoked divine protection) into your house, take up the sage, cedar and sweetgrass bundle, light it, and smudge the house going clockwise to invoke positive spirits and energies in the house. Sage sets things back to neutral, cedar also cleanses negative energies, and sweetgrass encourages positive energies and entities to thrive. Essentially, the copal chases everything big out, the cedar takes the small stuff that’s really bad and makes it positive, the sage takes the small stuff that’s not so bad and makes it neutral, and the sweetgrass takes the cleansed and neutral energies and makes them positive. Always use sweetgrass when doing things this way, because when you wipe a slate clean, you have to fill it with something – nature abhors a vacuum and there’s no sense in doing all this if you’re just going to leave a clean slate for something else to nest in.

Now, take a little bit of salt, and put it into your fresh water. Bless the water. You can use a prayer, or just the idea – you can bless the water yourself, or ask your deities to bless it for you. Water actually changes shape under a microscope when blessed – and you’re going for that shape. Once you’ve made your holy water, it’s time to draw your threshold. You can do this by asperging (sprinkling), or by taking your forefinger and drawing lines with the water. Do so across every threshold – window sills, door thresholds – I go all out and include all internal doors (and if your house is weird like my parent’s house, internal windows), all vents, gas lines, water lines, drains, electrical outlets (wipe the bottom of the plate – no electrocuting yourself during this process) and switches… the works. Anything that is a portal for bringing things into the house or taking them out needs to be blessed. With every sprinkle or line you draw, say the simple words, “No Evil May Enter In.” In your mind, visualize a white barrier going up in a dome (3-D – you have earth under your feet, remember the land as well as the floor and make it a globe).

Now, take your knife (if you’re a traditionalist, this would be your athame), and do exactly the same thing, only this time, you will visualize a barrier of blades and thorns going up, and you will say as you draw your line, “All Evil Is Turned Back.” During this, if you’re using red brick dust, lay down a line of it in the same places you laid down your line of holy water.

Now, finally, take the rosemary olive oil, bless it, and do the same thing as you did with the holy water and the athame, but this time, you’re using holy oil, and your idea is to make the foundations of the house sacred land. You are making your land and your house into a temple – making it holy. All actions within the house will be blessed by the fact that your house is in essence becoming a church. And no, it doesn’t matter if you’re an atheist… all humans believe in something they consider sacred, and with holy oil, you are evoking that sacredness as part of your defenses. Whether what you consider sacred is what you consider to be divine, or if you find the sacred in the everyday, you are evoking sacredness into your home. Use whatever prayer or phrase you feel works best for this idea. One woman I taught this to asked Jesus to bless her house. Another asked the sunrise and music to make her house safe. Whatever works for you, so long as when you’re done, your house and land feel sacred.

With all three of these steps, go clockwise, and remember that, unless you’re in an apartment, you need to remember to do the land as well as your house.

When you have finished, the final step is to stand, somewhere close to the center of your house, and say, out loud, very firmly, three times, “I call upon this House to guard and protect all who dwell within it! I call upon this Home to Cast Out all Negativity! I call upon the Threshold Guardians! Awaken and Be Vigilant!”

Finally, place salt (this is where you’d use the black seasalt) in every corner of the house, and property. Place iron spikes or filings in every corner of the property, and across thresholds. Place quartz which you have asked to protect and defend your home into the land and all around your house. You’ll know where they should go best – use your intuition as your guide, and trust your gut.

Now, bring in the last bit of salt, that you will never go wanting, the honey, that you will never be sick, and the bread, that you will never be hungry.

The blessing and cleansing/consecration of your house is over.

WHY IS THIS TAGGED ANGELS???????The people I discussed before giving you all this information went home, and did this ritual. Afterwards, they started smelling things – she started smelling cologne, so strongly that she kept looking up to see if her boyfriend was there, and he started smelling flowers.Two nights ago, they called me in a panic, because they both had heard the sound of a bell. It surprised them, and when they realized that they had heard something that hadn’t been there, it aroused the normal human response – to dread what you don’t understand.Bells are used to chase away negativity. The scents that they were both experiencing made both of them feel comforted and safe. They had blessed their house with prayers. Someone had answered.

What smells sweet – of comfort and safety – and comes with the peal of bells which make you feel cleaner, makes your aura whiter and lighter, inside and out?

If, when you are finished cleansing your house, and you’ve done it correctly… you may have the same experiences.

Please do not call ME at 3 in the morning panicking because you invoked the angels to cleanse your house for you, and they actually answered.

Really, a Catholic boy who is a retired demonologist should KNOW better.


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