Since spring is a good time for cleaning up, I thought I would share with you how to cleanse the objects on your altar or any new items that you might want to add. This is a very important step to ensure that there isn’t any negative energy attached to the item, and to make it your own. If at all possible, I try to do this when it is a new moon, but you can cleanse whenever you feel you need to. Items that you wish to use on your altar are not the only things that you should cleanse. Jewellery, stones, amulets and anything that you will carry on you should be free of another’s energy and empowered with yours. As time passes, you may feel the need to “freshen up” and do a little spring cleaning with your special items. There are different ideas on the best way to cleanse. This is the method I like to use, but you can do what works for you. You can find other suggestions from many sources on online and in reference books.
What you will need: dish of water (I like to use rain water), feather, white candle, and a small white cloth
Add salt to water. Place object in water or sprinkle water on all sides. Say 3 times “Earth and Water I ask you to remove all energy but my own from this ______________________.”
Place object on white cloth. Use feather to wave over object and say 3x “Air, I ask you to remove all energy but my own from this ______________________.”
Light the candle. Hold object carefully above candle and say 3x “Fire, I ask you to remove all energy but my own from this ______________________.
Return item to white cloth. The cloth represents Spirit. Now ask Spirit 3x to remove all energy but your own from the item.
After the objects are cleansed lay them on the altar. Call upon the God or Goddess you feel comfortable with. While making the sign of the pentacle over each object say, “I call upon ________________ to bless and consecrate these items to be used in any magic I work or any ritual I perform. I ask Spirit, Water, Earth, Air ,and Fire to bless and consecrate these items to be used in any magic I work or any ritual I perform.
So Mote It Be!