The Elemental Purification
This rite utilizes the powers of the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) to cleanse the home. At a time when you are alone in the home, or in the presence of family members or housernates, assemble on a table the following items:
A bowl or flat dish of salt
An incense burner (censer)
Frankincense (or any other sweet-fumed incense sticks, cones or powder)
A white candle
A bowl of clean, pure water
Light the incense and the candle. Stand before the table and open yourself to your home. Feel its energies. Really tune in to any impressions you receive.
After a moment, hold your hands over the assembled tools and say something like the following (feel free to improvise):
1 charge you, tools of the elements,
To sweep my house clean of all ill and bane.
This is my will, so mote it be!
Take the dish of salt and, moving clockwise around the house, throw a pinch of salt into each corner of every room, saying the following or similar words:
By the powers of Earth, I cleanse this house!
In your imagination, see the salt burning away negativity as you sprinkle and toss it. Your purification will be as strong as your visualization.
Also throw pinches into cupboards and closets, through open windows and doors, into attics and basements, and in the garage.
Next, set the salt down and pick up the censer. While the incense smokes, carry it on the same route you used with the salt. Holding it before open windows and doors and in the corners of each room, visualize the smoke clearing away all negativity and evil. Say the following at regular intervals:
By the powers of Air, I cleanse this house!
Once you have walked through the whole house, return the censer and take the lit candle on the same route. Again, visualize, moving clockwise and holding the flame before windows and doors, seeing it shining forth with magical power, burning away negativity. Every so often, say:
By the powers of Fire, I cleanse this house!
Finally, replace the candle on the table and take up the bowl of water. Sprinkle water throughout the house, in every corner and at exits and entrances. Toss some drops at and through windows. See and know that the water is washing away ills with a tidal wave of magical power. Say the following:
By the powers of Water, I cleanse this house!
Set the bowl on the table and stand for a few minutes in the house. It should feel calmer, more peaceful, fresh and clean. If not, repeat the ritual. Close the doors and windows, and, if time permits, leave the salt, incense, candle and water together on the table until the candle burns itself out and the incense is reduced to ash.
The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
by Scott Cunningham