The Witches Magick for Tuesday, October 14th
Basic Room Purification Ritual
This is an all-purpose purification ritual that can be used as is or as a basis for your own ritual. You will need:
Cleaning supplies (as required)
Incense (stick or loose)
Censer or heatproof bowl
Salt or sand (if using bowl for incense)
Charcoal tablet (if using loose incense)
Candle (white or color of your choice)
Matches or lighter
Begin by physically cleaning the space. Tidy the room. Put things in their place, or return them to their original places in other rooms. Then vacuum, sweep, dust, polish — do whatever you need to do to remove physical dirt. It can be as thorough as you feel it needs to be.
Purify the room by burning a teaspoonful of your favorite purifying incense on a charcoal tablet. Alternatively, use a stick of purchased incense in a purifying scent, or use a smudge stick (homemade or purchased).
As you light it say:
I light this incense to purify this space.
Place the bowl or censer in the middle of the room, and let the smoke fill the space. More incense is not necessarily better; a single small spoonful can produce billows of smoke depending on the blend you’re using. Make sure you test the blend beforehand. If you like, you can walk around the room in a counterclockwise direction to help disperse the smoke throughout the space. Counter-clockwise movement is associated with banishing or undoing something.
Allow the incense to purify the room for as long as you feel it is necessary. It may take anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours. Don’t worry about keeping the incense burning all that time; let the energies released with the original spoonful or stick do their work. If you sense that it will take longer than the initial burn time, check on the room or space after an hour (or after the incense has finished burning, or once the smoke has cleared) to evaluate to see if you need to burn more incense, or follow up with another purifying technique.
When the space feels purified, light the candle and place it in the middle of the space, saying: I light this flame to bless this space. Allow it to burn down.
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