Purification rituals

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I am called upon, from time to time, to offer blessings in a new home, or to bless a newly purchased item. I love and welcome these opportunities to perform rituals that shift energy toward a specific outcome. Here, I will share two rituals, one which clears and purifies second-hand or pre-handled items. The second ritual is for blessing a new home. This double-whammy approach will enliven your living space with good energy and set the stage for restful sleep, good health, peace, harmony, and lots of love and good times.


The element of fire is used by nearly every religious group in ceremonies all over the world. Fire invigorates, purifies, cleanses and transforms energy. Candle magick involves the use of fire and candles, combined with setting intentions toward a specific outcome. The more specific your request, the better your results.

In general, energy work (including candle magick) should be practiced with an intent to "do no harm." Willful interference in the personal energy flow of another should only be done with their permission or, as in the case of infants or people who are mentally incapacitated (in a coma, Dementia, severe mental retardation, etc.), with the permission of a legal guardian.


Items Needed

  • dried rosemary needles
  • dried sage leaves
  • dried thyme
  • few cedar chips
  • fire safe bowl or cauldron

Put cedar chips in fire safe container and light them. When the smoke begins to rise, add the herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme). When a good bit of smoke is wafting, pass the item through it and say: "rosemary, sage, and thyme, remove any evil which may dwell within. Cedar, clear this (name the item) and make it new. Smoke, wash away the past. As I will it, so let it be."

If your item is too big to pass through the smoke, walk in circles around the item, using your hand to guide the smoke toward it.

Leave the burning items to extinguish on their own.

NEW HOME BLESSING (candle ritual)

Items Needed

  • white candle
  • cinnamon stick
  • hot water
  • sage oil
  • small spray bottle

Perform this ritual on the first night after moving into a new house or apartment.

Stand in the center of the home and light the white candle. Pass the cinnamon stick through the flame several times, until you can smell the fragrance of the cinnamon. Save the cinnamon stick for further use.

Add hot water to the spray bottle with 7 drops of sage while saying: "sage of cleansing purity, bless my home. It will be a place I love merrily. It will be a place I live happily. Sage of cleansing purity banish sickness, fear, and keep loneliness at bay. In this house, I will welcome true friends."

Walk through every room of the house repeating these words and spritzing each area three times. Don't forget to include closets.

Using the same cinnamon stick, simmer it every night for 7 nights, allowing the scent to permeate the home. Discard the cinnamon stick in the front yard after use.

Frankincense Incense: How to Burn Frankincense Resin

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Frankincense is believed by many to possess powerful healing properties. Frankincense essential oil is said to reduce inflammation, prevent infections, relieve anxiety, boost the immune system and fight cancer. It is used as an internal and topical aid to address skin issues. Additionally, researchers at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas have found that frankincense regulates epigenetic machinery. These are the mechanisms essential for normal development and maintenance of tissue-specific gene expression patterns in mammals. This regulation is believed to contribute to the potential use of frankincense as a cancer-fighting and prevention aid. In 2008, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology summarized that burning frankincense may be a viable way to alleviate anxiety or depression. Burning frankincense resin is common in religious and spiritual rituals for purification, meditation, spiritual protection and to enhance spiritual development (psychic energy). The sweet aroma is immediately calming and brings about a sense of peace and connection to one's soul and Source.

Raw incense resins are also referred to as oleoresins. Resins are the oldest forms of incense, used long before sticks or cones. My favorite magic and healing rituals involve burning frankincense or myrrh resin on a hot charcoal puck. As the oleoresin melts, its essential oils (oleo) are released first, followed by aromatic smoke.

Items Needed for Burning Incense Resin

·         Incense burner that can withstand intense heat and temperature change (soapstone, marble, terracotta, aluminum, etc.)

·         Natural ash or sand

·         Self-igniting charcoal puck

·         Tongs

·         Matches, lighter, gas stovetop or fireplace

·         Incense Resin

How to Burn Incense Resin on Charcoal

1.       Place about 2” of ash or sand in incense burner, forming a cone shape or mound.

2.       Holding charcoal puck with metal tongs, light the edge until you see tiny sparks.

3.       Place charcoal puck (concave side-up) on top of ash or sand mound, being careful to leave the edges exposed for air to flow around the charcoal.

4.       Allow charcoal to sit for 3-5 minutes, until it glows red with heat and is covered with gray ash.

5.       Being careful not to touch the charcoal (it can heat up to 1500 degrees), sprinkle a small amount of resin in the indention. ¼ to ½ teaspoon is enough, as more may smother the charcoal.

6.       Enjoy the aroma and smoke of the burning incense, feeling free to add more resin as the smoke thins out. Charcoal puck will remain hot for up to 60 minutes. Do not discard for at least 2 hours to allow proper cooling time. Even then, use tongs to avoid burning your hands.