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« Topic Start: June 11, 2011, 07:38:14 pm »

A friend of mine needs her house to be cleanse, but we will not be able to use any form of burning techniques. I was wondering are they any other ways to go about cleansing the house without the use of burning? So far from a quick look at google and smudging was an option, but myself and another fellow pagan are a bit wary of the smudging techniques.

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« Reply #1: June 11, 2011, 07:40:56 pm »

A friend of mine needs her house to be cleanse, but we will not be able to use any form of burning techniques. I was wondering are they any other ways to go about cleansing the house without the use of burning? So far from a quick look at google and smudging was an option, but myself and another fellow pagan are a bit wary of the smudging techniques.

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I've read about using water as a cleansing mechanism. You can steep appropriate herbs in the water separate the herbs and sprinkle the water through the area or even put it in a spray bottle.
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« Reply #2: June 11, 2011, 07:51:06 pm »

A friend of mine needs her house to be cleanse, but we will not be able to use any form of burning techniques. I was wondering are they any other ways to go about cleansing the house without the use of burning? So far from a quick look at google and smudging was an option, but myself and another fellow pagan are a bit wary of the smudging techniques.

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I am bit confused as to how smudging doesn't count as burning. What kind of burning do you mean?

In addition the water Asch suggested, you can also sprinkle salt around the home. (Inside and out.) Another option is to make a lot of racket (bang pots and pans, chant loudly, shout) in order to drive out the unwanted energies.

When I did my house cleaning we had burning sage, water being sprinkled, salt being sprinkled, and lots of racket. We began at the bottom of the house and worked our way up, removing the unwanted energies with the noise and smoke, and then working our way back down, blessing the house. I had a chant for the removal of any negative energies, and then another one stating the things I did want in my home.
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« Reply #3: June 11, 2011, 09:18:22 pm »

A friend of mine needs her house to be cleanse, but we will not be able to use any form of burning techniques. I was wondering are they any other ways to go about cleansing the house without the use of burning? So far from a quick look at google and smudging was an option, but myself and another fellow pagan are a bit wary of the smudging techniques.

First, it might help to know why you're wary of smudging. (Some people have allergies, some people are concerned about cultural appropriation, some people are nervous about anything that has to be lit by a flame... the useful solutions for each are a bit different.)

As others have said, there are a bunch of other options. My usual preference is to banish unwanted energies first (banishing), and then add in a bunch of wanted energies (blessing). Two-step process, in other words.

Step 1: Banishing
My favorite methods for banishing involve:
- a really good physical cleaning, including a thorough sweeping/vacuuming

If I'm doing a really serious cleaning (spring and fall house cleaning, moving into a new place, etc.), I will use some energetic cleaning techniques as part of the physical cleansing: some salt in the wash water, spraying a mix of water, salt, and appropriate essential oils as part of cleaning (lemon, orange, mint, or rosemary are all pretty inexpensive, and smell nice), or sprinkling a mix of salt, baking soda, and a few drops of appropriate essential oils and vacuuming it up.

(There are lots of website recipes for both sprays and carpet powders out there; I'm on a lousy 'net connection right now, so am not giving examples...)

Do the floors. Do the windows. Do the sinks. Cleaning out the sinks with a mix of baking soda, vinegar, and water is great. (Cup of baking soda as much down the drain as you can. Cup of vinegar follows. Let sit for half an hour, pour a quart of boiling water (or really hot water, anyway) down. It's fine for any public-provided water supply, and I think also totally safe for septic systems.

Energetic banishing can be done using a broom (moving the energy, not moving dirt: sometimes they're the same thing, but not always), a chime, clapping, or a number of other techniques. (If you talk about what you're comfortable with/your background is, people can probably make some more suggestions.)

Smudging (carrying a bundle of sage, sweetgrass, etc. around from place to place) is generally considered banishing, as well. I tend not to use it both due to the fact it comes from a religious tradition not so directly related to mine, and  due to asthma issues: I'm less reactive to specific brands of incense, or an oil burner.

Step 2: New energy
Things I've used include:

- Creating consecrated water (salt, water, a verbal and energetically appropriate blessing). I like singing, but speaking one's fine too.

- Sprinkling the water around the space (possibly followed by using incense, or an oil burner carried around the space with scents that feel like blessing to you).

Another option besides incense would be to put some mulling spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, ginger, orange, lemon) in water or apple cider (apple cider's awesome, because you can drink it when you're done) and warm it on your stove/slow cooker. (Those spices all have pretty strong correspondences in various magical traditions with prosperity, abundance, well-being, etc.)

But in general, filling the space with a scent that feels clean, refreshed, but 'homey' to your friend is the idea.

- Finally, I generally go around with that consecrated water, and sprinkle with an asperger all around the place. (If, like me the first time I heard this, you are now going "What's an asperger when it's at home?" the answer is "It's a little thing you flick water around with." There are pre-made ones, but a couple of short clumps of pine needles, or a few sprigs of rosemary work really great - tie them together with a bit of ribbon or yarn, and use them to flick. You can also just use your fingers.)

I then go around and outline the entire door (and ideally the windows, but this is sometimes less practical) with sacred water, and then draw a protection sign of my choice (pentacle, spiral, something else appropriate.)

You should know that if you do this, you (and maybe other people) may see a glimmer reflection from the lines of the symbol long after - unless, of course, you draw it and then wash that bit of the window after (a cloth lightly soaked in the same sacred water works fine.)

I then go and pour a little of the consecrated water down every drain and other place where things go in or out of the house (your washer or dryer drain/vent included)

- I usually finish by putting on a playlist of songs that make it feel like a happy, refreshed, clean, happy place to be - either songs that make me just very happy, or songs that are appropriate for my overall goal. I then bop around the house tidying and rearranging little things while the playlist is going (30 minutes or so is great) and/or sit down and do something that's deeply connected to how I want to live my life in that space (a meal with close friends, working on art/music/writing/whatever.) for a while

And, on the other side, I'm careful to avoid stuff I don't want in my space for the next few hours to a day - I'm really attentive to what I'm watching in terms of movies/TV shows, what I'm reading, how I treat my home, etc. I've found that doing so (doing the dishes immediately, cleaning up after myself, etc.) immediately after a thorough cleansing of this kind helps me set a much better pattern for long-term care and love of my living space.

I've got a bit more info (including some books I like on related topics) on my website at http://gleewood.org/seeking/practices/keeping-a-sacred-space/ that might also be helpful.
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« Reply #4: June 11, 2011, 10:51:36 pm »

Energetic banishing can be done using a broom (moving the energy, not moving dirt: sometimes they're the same thing, but not always), a chime, clapping, or a number of other techniques. (If you talk about what you're comfortable with/your background is, people can probably make some more suggestions.)
I've read about this somewhere! I guess what I mean to do by commenting is saying that if I know it as a newcomer, it may be very effective.

Also, if you're into more eastern magic, look into mirror magic (i think that's the right term?) and feng shui. I know when my aunt would come to stay, she had to set up mirrors strategically in the room she was staying in.
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« Reply #5: June 12, 2011, 01:26:52 am »

I've read about this somewhere! I guess what I mean to do by commenting is saying that if I know it as a newcomer, it may be very effective.

Also, if you're into more eastern magic, look into mirror magic (i think that's the right term?) and feng shui. I know when my aunt would come to stay, she had to set up mirrors strategically in the room she was staying in.

If I recall correctly part of the racket of Chinese New Year is for similar reasons.
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« Reply #6: June 12, 2011, 01:39:58 am »

Being more nature based, I prefer to use ocean water and sprinkle it around (clockwise) with an asperger. Sweeping in ritual is another way. Keep it simple!
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« Reply #8: June 14, 2011, 04:09:04 pm »

A friend of mine needs her house to be cleanse, but we will not be able to use any form of burning techniques. I was wondering are they any other ways to go about cleansing the house without the use of burning?


A really good sweeping of all the rooms - sturdy brooms and strong motions. I'd start in the basement if there is one, sweep up to the middle floor and then top up to the top and sweep down. Once all the dirt and debris is gathered on the entry floor - sweep it solidly out the door. And off the steps - don't let it stay on the steps or you'll just track it back inside.
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« Reply #9: June 14, 2011, 05:04:56 pm »

If I'm doing a really serious cleaning (spring and fall house cleaning, moving into a new place, etc.), I will use some energetic cleaning techniques as part of the physical cleansing: some salt in the wash water, spraying a mix of water, salt, and appropriate essential oils as part of cleaning (lemon, orange, mint, or rosemary are all pretty inexpensive, and smell nice), or sprinkling a mix of salt, baking soda, and a few drops of appropriate essential oils and vacuuming it up.

This is very similar to what I do.

If I want to do a general cleansing/banishment, I end up using a lot of salt. Salt along the threshold of the door, salt along the window-sills, and salt sprinkled on the pipes if I'm being really thorough/careful about it. I also usually tie up garlic, and clean off and rehang (or hang for the first time, if it's a new place) any pictures of my family's guardians.
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« Reply #10: June 14, 2011, 10:57:25 pm »

A friend of mine needs her house to be cleanse, but we will not be able to use any form of burning techniques. I was wondering are they any other ways to go about cleansing the house without the use of burning? So far from a quick look at google and smudging was an option, but myself and another fellow pagan are a bit wary of the smudging techniques.

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Wash the windows and any drains with sea salt water.
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« Reply #11: June 15, 2011, 01:44:00 am »

If I recall correctly part of the racket of Chinese New Year is for similar reasons.

Not sure where I read this, but we do it every New Year's eve.  Go through the house banging pots and pans, blowing noisemakers and making lots of noise to drive the bad energies from the old year out and bringing good in. Smiley We've been doing this since my daughter was liiiiitle. Smiley It's a family tradition she still enjoys.

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« Reply #12: June 15, 2011, 08:03:19 am »

Not sure where I read this, but we do it every New Year's eve.  Go through the house banging pots and pans, blowing noisemakers and making lots of noise to drive the bad energies from the old year out and bringing good in. Smiley We've been doing this since my daughter was liiiiitle. Smiley It's a family tradition she still enjoys.


This is all great! We're fixing to move to a new house at the end of the month and I was just coming on here to ask for different cleansing techniques that don't involve smudging/smoke. The scent of burning sage gives me a mammoth headache and I loathe the scent of smoke lingering in the air.

Thank you all so much!
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« Reply #13: June 16, 2011, 04:35:29 am »

A friend of mine needs her house to be cleanse, but we will not be able to use any form of burning techniques. I was wondering are they any other ways to go about cleansing the house without the use of burning?
There is always a way.

The ones that come to mind:

A purely energetic cleansing with no material components whatsoever.  Just raising energy and directing it towards cleansing the house.

A besom.  The broom is a tried method for ritually purifying a space, and one long associated with witchcraft.

Water.  This one should be obvious, though clearly you don't want to soak the ENTIRE HOUSE.  As someone suggested though, sprinkling a little throughout should suffice for a ritual.

Salt.  Salt is considered a cleansing agent in many rituals.  You could sprinkle salt.
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« Reply #14: June 16, 2011, 04:38:36 am »

Clearly I didn't read this thread very carefully (read: past first 2 or 3 posts) as it turns out everything I suggested had already been said.  Oh well.
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