Cleansing Yourself and Your Sacred Space
Before any ritual, you need to make sure that the space set aside for it is clean. Try to keep the space uncluttered and get rid of any dirt. Cleanliness is a sign that you respect the sacredness of the space.
The next thing to do is to prepare the space for the cleansing of any negative energy. In witchcraft, drawing on the power of the elements is a good way to increase the potency of your spell. Having items that represent the various elements is how you will incorporate the power of these elements.
First divide the space into quarters that correspond with the four cardinal points.
Air can be represented by a feather and the color yellow – these are normally set up in the east quarter.
Water can be represented by a shell or sea glass and the color blue – these are normally set up in the west quarter.
Fire can be represented by a candle and the color red – these are normally set up in the south quarter.
Earth can be represented by a stone or piece of natural rock and the color green – these are normally set up in the north quarter.
Although not an element as such, spirit is also considered important and is represented by a figure of a person and the color purple – these are normally placed in the center of the room.
Now that you have all the items in place, you are able to start the cleansing ritual.
Burning sage – either the dried herb or incense – is a really good way to purify the space of negative energy. You can also use a solution of water and salt to cleanse the space.
The following spell employs a combination of the two:
Hold the water in one hand and the salt in the other and say – “In the name of the Lord and Lady, I cast out all impurities.”
Mix the salt with the water and put it down.
Light the sage and pass it over the water and repeat,
“In the name of the Lord and Lady, I cast out all impurities.”
Now that the water is cleansed, sprinkle it around the room and onto the people present. Be sure to also sprinkle the salt water in the doorways and on the windowsills.
Pick up the burning sage and cleanse the air with it – paying particular attention to the corners of the room.
The space is now ready to be used.
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