Welcome back to GypsyWytch Diaries! Its the New Year, I’ve just moved into a new home, and there’s this strange duality hanging in the air… That awkward transition between one chapter and another… I’m so ready to clear away the energy of the hectic move and invite fresh, new energy into my home and my life. I’m saging, smudging, and getting attuned to the vibe of my new space.
Every House Has an Energetic Memory
I’ve lived in over 20 different places in my life, and one thing I’ve picked up on is that every dwelling has an energy to it. The experience you have there will likely depend somewhat on the lingering energy of what’s taken place there in the past… As well as any old beliefs about domestic matters which you may be holding onto from past living situations. If you want to actively create a peaceful environment for yourself, its important to cleanse the space and infuse it with your own power of intention. Energy clearing and intention setting is a wonderful practice, whether you’re in a new home or if you’d like to spruce up the energy of a home you’ve lived in for a while!
In the spring of 2014 (three homes ago for me), I tried a new energy clearing technique, and I’ll definitely be carrying on the tradition in my new home: Its the Four Corners Home Blessing, which I learned from my friend, Paula at Blessings By Nature.
Paula is an herbalist, who I met that years ago when she did a presentation at Her Story Boutique. She’s full of awesome tips for space clearing, fong shui, and herbal blessings. When she shared this home blessing recipe, I ran right home and tried it out. Does it work? Well, considering how much growth and prosperity I experienced in that apartment, I’d have to say yes! As with all rituals and spells, though, it depends heavily on your own power of intention, so keep that in mind as you explore the magic of plants, herbs, and words!
This is my personal spin on this spell, as Paula’s only calls for rice and salt. It’s perfect for those of you who are new to herbalism, because sea salt and dry white rice can be purchased in any grocery store, and you probably already have some lying around your home anyway. If you’re feeling like branching out, or if you’re already collecting or growing herbs like I am, feel free to supplement this recipe with whichever herbs hold meaning for you. I chose lavender and sage, because they’re easy to find and are very powerful and fragrant!
The process is extremely simple: literally all you have to do is combine these four ingredients in four clear glass vessels (I used clean pasta sauce jars lol!), and place them in the four corners of your home. To take it a step further, though, I like to infuse the herbs with my power of intent by running my fingers through them as I repeat (in thought, or aloud) a mantra of abundance and purity.
I actually downloaded a free compass Android app to familiarize myself with the directions of my apartment, and placed these jars on windowsills North, South, East, and West. Of course, as a writer and illustrator, I had to get all artsy about it and create fancy labels for the jars. It’s really nice to have these images and words visible when I happen to be spending time in a corner of my home. It reminds me of my intention to live a life of peace and abundance, and smelling the fragrant herbs helps to perpetuate that intent.
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Keep these open vessels in your home for as long as the energy continues to feel fresh and positive. Some people like to change the contents out at each full or new moon, or on each of the eight checkpoints on the Wheel of the Year. Paula says she only bothers to replace the contents of her jars when the energy in her house begins to feel funky. Use your intuition, its always right! When it comes time to throw away the old mixture, give it back to mother earth by simply pouring it onto the ground in your garden or at a park. The Earth will take back these natural materials and recycle it into new neutral energy.
I hope you’ll try this herbal home blessing, and enjoy prosperity, peace, and abundance in this coming season! If you do try this, I’d love to see photos or hear stories about how you go about this! What are your traditions for welcoming consecrating a new space? Share the love in the comments!
Until next time,
Blessed be and Namaste!