Sweeping Spells and Lore

SWEEPING SPELLS AND LORE

If you feel your life is in chaos, take a look around at your front porch and
front walkway. If the front walk is cluttered with leaves and dirt, then sweep
your walkway and front porch clean with your magickal broom and envision that
your life is in order and that all that comes to your will be clean and cleared.

When you move from one house to another, it’s always good to change your
workaday broom. Either burn your old one, or make sure that it is buried with
honor. Always bring a new broom into the new house, but sweep some dirt from the outside in before you sweep the dirt from the inside out. This is to bring in
good luck from the beginning and not push your luck out the door.

Always hang a broom by the front door for protection. Brooms will keep the bad
things out and the good things in. I have a broom at every door of my home. I
keep it in the corner. Always stand a broom on end with the brush facing up.
This helps the wear and tear on the brush  and it’s also said to bring love from
the earth through the broomstick and given up to the heavens through the brush.

If your broom falls from your hand while you are sweeping or doing other work,
make a wish before you pick it up. It’s also said that if a broom falls from it’s kept place, company is coming and it’s not good news. When you pick up your
broom after something like this happens, sweep the energy out the door and bid
it adue not to return again.

If you or your kin are having recurrent nightmares or night hauntings, sweep the
room clockwise while stating that all that lies between here and the other world
be gone and back whence you came.
Hither, hither, hither gone.
Hither, hither, hither gone
Hither, hither, thither gone
So Mote It Be.

Now stand the broom outside the bedroom door and place a piece of garlic under
the bed.

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Feng Shui for Pets?

Feng Shui for Pets?

by TAILS

 

What’s better for Fido’s wellness—having his water bowl near the eastern or  western wall of your house? How about your cat’s scratching post—will kitty be  more inclined to use it if it’s in the living room or bedroom? Perhaps you used  feng shui to organize your home when you first moved in, but did you ever  consider that this Chinese philosophy relating spatial arrangement and  orientation to energy flow can also benefit your pets? Why is it important to  make your companion animals’ living quarters more feng shui–friendly, and what  steps can you take to help your furry friends achieve a better balance of yin  and yang? How can feng shui benefit Fido?

“A house with good feng shui means that you have a peaceful, clean, and  harmonious home,” says Kathryn Weber, publisher of the Red Lotus Letter, an  online newsletter about feng shui. “When your home is in good order, everyone is  more healthy and content. This transfers to your pets’ health and well-being,  too,” she says.

Dirce Johnson, a Longview, Washington-based certified practitioner of  interior alignment, feng shui consultant, and animal rescuer, concurs. “Feng  shui is even more important for animals than people,” she says. “If a living  area is out of balance, people sense it and react negatively,” she says. “These  reactions can run the gamut from mental issues, such as depression, anger, and  anxiety, to physical ones, such as loss of sleep and illness. Animals are far  more intuitive than we are—they survive by instinct. Consequently, an animal’s  reaction to an imbalance in the environment is much worse than that of a  human.”

Basic ways to achieve balance

In light of these expert observations, what can average pet guardians do to  prevent such imbalance and improve the feng shui within their living space?

“A beneficial home environment is one that is neither too dark nor too light,  not too loud nor too still,” explains Weber. “If your home has a loud TV and  bright sunlight or is noisy and without calm, the pet may be anxious, [which can  result in] birds plucking out their feathers or dogs excessively licking. If the  home is too dark or quiet and is cluttered, the pet may experience weight gain,  feel lethargic, lose [his or her] zest, or have nagging health complaints, such  as achy joints or poor breathing. Cleanliness is also essential for maintaining  good feng shui. For example, a kitty litterbox that’s rarely changed is bad for  the cat, emits negative energy in the form of odors, and is unpleasant to look  at.”

Suzanne Metzger of Feng Shui Consulting Services in Colorado Springs,  Colorado, adds to these recommendations by emphasizing that eliminating clutter  is a simple yet critical step that pet guardians and home owners can take to  enhance feng shui. “This is especially important in your bedroom and your pet’s  sleeping area,” says Metzger. “Clutter, which is stagnant energy, is a common  problem in our material-based culture. Both people and pets can be affected in  subtle ways, such as premature aging, eating disorders, and lack of focus. In a  pet’s case, lack of focus can contribute to problems with housebreaking or other  training difficulties.”

Calling all experts

But what if cleaning up clutter and providing a calm yet energized home  environment seem like daunting tasks in and of themselves, let alone when the  idea is to create the optimal combination of yin and yang for everyone in the  family? According to Metzger, certain circumstances often necessitate a little  expert advice.

“A trained feng shui consultant will be able to balance your entire space,  pinpoint problems you may not be aware of, and give appropriate solutions with  more accuracy than someone without training. Yet not all consultants are tuned  in to animals, so it’s important to tell them about any problems your pets are  experiencing when they take your family history.”

Weber, on the other hand, advises that outside consultation is not always  essential. “You don’t [always] need to see a feng shui consultant, because good  feng shui starts with the basics—a clean and tidy, clutter-free home. If you  have pets, this will help them stay in good health and prevent them from being  pestered with problems like fleas. Feng shui is truly an easy-to-apply  technique.” On the flip side, she adds that furry and feathered residents are  responsible for actually generating feng shui within a home. “Pets themselves  are good feng shui! Their lively, active energy works as an energizer for the  home environment, and animals are also wonderful protectors.” Consider this food  for thought the next time you’re experiencing any negative energy as you go to  change Fluffy’s litterbox.

Everyday Tips for Fostering Feng Shui with Your Furry  Companions

Consider trying out these simple suggestions to ensure that your pet benefits  from as much positive energy as possible!

• Make sure any litterboxes are situated in secluded areas, preferably in  their own nooks.

• Be certain there are no exposed beams above your pet’s  sleeping area.

• Do not situate your pet’s sleeping area near any electronic  devices.

• Consider purchasing a pet fountain from a pet supply store or  constructing your own with an inexpensive pump purchased from a craft  store.

• Make sure there are no sharp corners pointing towards your pet’s  food, sleeping, or toilet areas.