We did a house cleansing/ Blessing today! I adapted a blessing that someone
sent a link to (sorry i'm not sure who now). Anyway , as i have three young
children to help me - the ritual involving lots of noise sounded good
The kids were so excited! They went down to the toy room and "practised"
while I gathered salt, candle, incense etc!
I kept it very simple to keep the kiddies interest ;-)
What we did.....
Opened all windows
Put all supplies White candle
Pots...pans...wooden spoons etc
on kitchen table, me and the kids walked around the table 3 times chanting "
We cast this circle thrice about, to keep good within and bad without!"
We lit our big white goddess candle and juniper incense ,purified our water
Then we stood and imagined it growing into a 'really big circle around the
whole house... then we ran out the front door and circled the house ( to
make sure we could imagine that circle *grin*)
When we returned to the front door we invited the good spirits in by
standing to one side gesturing invitingly and calling, " please come in and
dwell within, only good come in and bad come out!!"
Then we returned to our table and gathered our noise makers , we ran around
the house banging our pots and pans and went to every door, window, toilet,
drain etc imagining we were chasing away anything that might make us sad.
When we were puffed *grin* we went back to the table and got new tools - I
carried the candle, and incense, my daughter the dish of salt and older son
the water we circled all the rooms sprinkling salt and water ,LOL and
calling out " Spirits of Earth, Water, Fire, Air (whichever was
appropriate)Welcome in , please cleanse our home!" (later i thought we
should have shouted "happy happy Joy Joy"as well! like someone suggested)
Next we took a little dish of milk and honey, I marked each portal and
stated " prosperity and Peace within" while daughter and son continued the
salt and water sprinkling (they LOVED that bit!)
then with a little brush i marked a cross for protection and said " seal of
protection! keep good within and bed without!"
At the front and back doors we stopped after that step and added,
"Please Bless this house, welcome friends and keep away anyone who would do
We poured water across the thresholds three times ( we all drink water and
it is a very precious resource here in the Australian countryside where it
is caught in rainwater tanks)
Finally we returned to the table ,we sipped the water and ate a biscuit
Finally we imagined our circle shrinking slowly back to 'table size' and
walked slowly and gently around the table (imagining we were 'sucking the
circle up into our belly buttons *grin*) murmering "Thank you for your help
this day, its time to pack our circle away!
Thank you and goodbye!"
The only thing that went wrong was that half way through our littlest (18
months) decided it was all too much - threw away his beaters and sat down
crying..... I was a bit worried that that might have affected the positive
energies we were trying to gather! He got over it and just followed us
around after that. he was a bit bemused i think. He was very enthusiastic
about the noise while we stayed still but running around the house didnt
appeal - probbaly cos he couldnt keep up *smile*
Anyway I put a drop of lemon essential oil in every sink/toilet etc and then
we had a picnic outside . We were all happy and laughing (even the little
one by this time) and the house felt fresh and clean and alive ( that might
have been cos all the windows were open and it was nearly blowing away!
I must admit later the kids were a bit grumpy and I was worried that the
babies distress had caused problems. things settled down and we made Happy
Bags ( see below).
All seems well - any comments about the tears anyone? i wasnt sure whether
to stop or not - as i said he did get back up and trot after us but
Anyway - it was lots of fun :-) and I am feeling very relaxed and peaceful
as i type this, the kids are playing quietly and the baby is
4 or 5" square of white muslin (i think, very fine can see through it)
marked with smiling faces and yellow dots (for happiness)
added rosemary (for friendship) Rosemary : remembrance - give to friends and
also bereavment For centuries it has been a symbol of friendship and
included little glitttery shapes (cos they looked bright , happy :-)
oh and some purple dried flowers (cos i had them they are nice and they
filled up the bag a little ,lol)
essential oils - dot of lavender (peace, relaxation,harmony)
ylang ylang (love and romance)
lemon (cleansing, purifying)
tied up bag and wrapped on a cinnamon stick using blue embroidery thread for
green ribbon for health and prosperity (hanging down ) and long thin yellow
ribbon tied in a big bow for happiness!
Roxanne's "school one"(age 8)
1 fancy hanky
essential oils lavender
tied up with pale blue embroidery thread
dangly white ribbon
big bow of thin bright blue ribbon
Roxanne's "home one"
Square of muslin
drew on fancy 'L' s (for luck)
yellow paint dots for happiness
essential oils lemon
tied up with pale blue embroidery thread. wrapped a cinnamon stick with
fancy criss cross pattern (embroidery thread) and tied it on
added dangling grren and white ribbon
tied a small yellow ribbon in a bow on the end of the cinnamon stick
tied a bow made of thin bright blue ribbon around neck of bag and over top
of cinnamon stick.
Callum's (age 3)
4 or 5" square of white muslin
2 cinnamon sticks
dot of lavender oil
tied up with blue embroidery thread
attached maroon,yellow,white , blue and green ribbons (dangling down)
Andrew's (made for him) (age 18 months)
Square of muslin
dot of lavender oil
yellow paint dots
tied with bright blue ribbon in a big bow, with dried purple flowers tucked
added loop of pale blue embroidery thread and hung near cot.