Thursday, February 26, 2009

How to Perform a House Cleansing


One of the most frequent questions I get from people is that of how to get rid of negative energy in the home. Sometimes the energy is defined as spirits, ghosts, evil entities, or just a general negative vibe. Regardless of the type of negative energy, it is necessary to start by performing a home cleansing. Sometimes, you have to do this more than once, particularly if the energy is pervasive or just downright stubborn.

Cleansings are a staple in New Orleans Voodoo and Southern hoodoo practice. Many works require a basic cleansing to be performed first, to remove any negative energy that may interfere with the work to be done. Cleansings are also done by themselves whenever a “clean slate” is needed. The goal of a cleansing is to restore a person to a natural, balanced state and to provide them with some immediate relief.

To perform a home cleansing, you will need some sage or cedar or sandalwood incense or holy water. You can also use some holy anointing oil to anoint the entrances to your home, such as doorways and windows.

This ritual calls for a spiritual practice called “smudging” wherein objects, people, or spaces are lightly covered with the smoke of incense, or the smoke of smoldering herbs such as cedar or sage. Simply light the incense or herbs and fan the smoke with your hand or a large feather. Offer the smoke to the helper Spirits by fanning it to the west, north, east, south, heaven, and earth and respectfully ask them to help you clear the area of all negativity.

Begin fumigating the area, beginning with the doorway. Smudge it, and all of the corners moving from the floor up, going clockwise. Smudge everyone present, starting from their front, going from their feet to their head. Have them turn around and repeat the procedure. Next use some Holy Water and sprinkle it (or you may place it in a spray bottle so that you can mist it) on the floor of the room or area you wish to have blessed. Mist each corner and move to the center of the room. Anoint the window sills and doorways of your home with holy anointing oil. As you are doing this, repeat the prayer of protection:


Prayer of Protection

The light of God surrounds me
The Love of God enfolds me
The power of God protects me
The presence of God watches over me
Wherever I am, God is
And all is well.


You may now thank God, the helper Spirits, or whatever Divine spirit you deem to be your Higher Power for their special attention.

Express your love, say “So be it”, and say goodbye. Your space is now properly cleansed.

At this point, you could bury a medal of St. Benedict in your front yard and/or carry one on your person for added protection.

You can find a complete line of cleansing and uncrossing products at my website Creole Moon.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Spell for the New Year


Greetings and welcome to the first post of this new blog in this New Year of 2009!

One of the things I like to do at the beginning of each year is to do a home blessing. This really sets the stage for a safe and prosperous year, and in these trying times, who doesn’t want that?

This is a ritual that involves making a witch bottle. A witch bottle is a very old spell device dating back to the 1600s that is designed to draw in and trap evil and negative energy directed at its owner. Though European in origin, it is similar to the New Orleans ju ju and hoodoo spell bottles as it acts as a protective object that keeps evil and negativity at bay. It also counteracts spells cast against you by other witches.

Traditionally, the bottle is filled with items that aligns with its intended use. For example, if the spell is intended to protect the home, it is filled with rosemary, pins and needles, and red wine. It is then buried at the farthest corner of the property, beneath the house hearth, or placed in an inconspicuous spot in the house. It is believed that after being buried, the bottle captures evil and impales it with the pins and needles, drowns it by the wine, and sends it away by the rosemary. The Witch-bottle is believed to be active as long as the bottle remains hidden and unbroken.

The following recipe is for creating your very own witch bottle for protecting your home and family all year long. To make it, you will need:


1 glass jar with cork stopper or lid (a small canning jar is fine)

1/2 to 1 cup salt (depending on size of the jar)

3 cloves garlic

9 bay leaves

7 TBS dried basil

4 TBS dill seeds

1 TBS sage

1 TBS anise

1 TBS black pepper

1 TBS fennel

1 bowl


In the morning, ideally on a bright and sunny day, assemble all items. Place the salt into the bowl and say:

“Salt that protects, protect my home and all within it.”

Add the cloves of garlic to the bowl and say:

“Garlic that protects, protect my home and all within it.”

Crumble the bay leaves, place in the bowl and say:

“Bay that protects, protect my home and all within it.”

Add the basil and say:

“Basil that protects, protect my home and all within it.”

Add dill and say:

“Dill that protects, protect my home and all within it.”

Add the sage and say:

“Sage that protects, protect my home and all within it.”

Add the anise and say:

“Anise that protects, protect my home and all within it.”

Add the pepper and say:

“Pepper that protects, protect my home and all within it.”

Add the fennel and say:

“Fennel that protects, protect my home and all within it.”

Mix the salt and herbs together with your fingertips. When mixing, visualize your home as safe and protected and visualize the witch bottle as a strong guardian of your home. Pour the mixture into the jar, seal tightly, and place in your home while saying the following words:

“Salt and herbs, nine times nine

Guard now this home of mine.

So be it.”

If you want to get creative, you can paint your bottle with magickal symbols, add a picture of your favorite saint, or glue stones and amulets to the bottle.

Do this spell as soon as you can and you will set the correct energy in motion for a safe and prosperous New Year.