Let’s Talk Witch – Winter Purification Rituals

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Let’s Talk Witch – Winter Purification Rituals

During the winter, stagnant energy and negativity can build up in our homes. Fire is a natural purifier and is excellent to use during the winter to cleanse our living space. Here are three rituals for you to try.

This ritual uses winter spices to help clear the home of negativity. Combine a pinch each of allspice, ginger, and clove. Sprinkle these spices onto the fire. Using a small pine branch, trace the shape of the pentagram in the air over the hearth. At first, hold the pine branch above the flames and visualize any negativity being sucked up the chimney. Then lay the pine branch directly into the flames, if it pops and cracks a lot, then you did have some negative energy hanging around. If you perform this ritual in your cauldron or other dish, when the ashes cool, sprinkle them away from your home.

To create a calm atmosphere in the home and to purify yourself of any negative thoughts, this spell combines snow (or ice), rose water, and fire. First, in a bowl combine some fresh snow, or a few ice cubes, and a teaspoon of rose water. Place the bowl in front of the fire and let the snow or ice melt. When melted, stir the mixture with your hand and anoint your forehead and each wrist. The scent of the rose water should calm you— let go of any bad thoughts. Take this mixture around your home and sprinkle it in front of doors and windows. Return to your hearth and bless the fireplace and chimney. Pour any extra mixture outside.

As a good general cleansing technique, after you have built a fire or when the wood is glowing brightly, sprinkle a handful of regular table salt onto the fire. This serves to bless and purify any space, as a bonus the salt also helps to slow any creosote build-up in the chimney. Use this once a day in my wood stove.


Excerpt from:
Article: Winter Fire Magic
Author: James Kambos
Source: Llewellyn’s 2014 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living

2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Witch – Winter Purification Rituals

  1. I was watching “Dead Files”, with Amy Allen, and she mentioned to one family, that they should use ‘Pine Water’. A drop in each room of their home, that they do not want any spirits to come into. She said that she does’t use it her self, since she talks to the dead. Amy said that it is made with pine needles, water and other things. She didn’t say what the other items were.

    I do not know if you have ever watched her series, on the Travel channel, but she is an amazing woman, and I give her kudos for what she does for people.

    Have you any idea of what she was talking about?


    1. I have noticed that a lot on those shows. It is like a cliff hanger, you know, lol! I believe I found the recipe you are seeking. If not, one close. This one does not use real pine needles because not all people have access to real pine trees. I like the oils personally. They are stored easily and in certain circumstance they pack more of a bunch.
      Here is it sweetie, hope it helps you out.
      The ingredients you will need:

      Rosemary – for space clearing
      Peppermint – Strong cleanser
      Hyssop – Cleansing and purification
      Pine – Cleansing and purification
      Lavender – For harmony and peace
      Rose Petals – For peace and affection
      Spring Water

      This method is for using dried herbs, if possible, fresh herbs are the best, adjust the quantities depending on bulk.

      Place 1 tablespoon of Rosemary, hyssop, lavender, and pine needles in a small pan on the hob. Add one tea spoon of dried peppermint to the other herbs, 2 tablespoons of rose petals and cover with 3/4 pint of spring water.
      Bring to the boil, to kill any bacteria etc. that may be lurking in the herbs. Boil for one minute and then turn down the heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 2 minutes and then turn off the heat and leave the pan to cool naturally.
      Once the mixture has cooled, place in a large bottle or jar with tight lid and leave to stand for 2 days untouched. Strain the mixture through muslin or a sieve to remove the herbs and bottle the liquid in a bottle with a tight fitting lid. Label the bottle with the floor wash name and the date.

      When you are ready to use, add 2 or three tablespoons of the floor wash to a bucket or bowl of water and use to rinse the floor and any non-delicate surfaces. A a few drops of white vinegar if you have it for extra cleansing boost.

      Alternatively, add a dessert spoon to a bottle with a spray fitting. Top up with spring water and use as a room spray, but this will need to be used daily for a few days to have the same effect.


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