16 March, 2016

Preparing for Spring Equinox: what techniques can I use to clear and bless my home?

On Sunday, March 20th, the northern hemisphere will experience the Vernal Equinox. Around this time, many folks work on "Spring Cleaning" projects, including the switching over of wardrobes and the cleaning of homes.

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House Clearing Rituals are common at this time, and are an excellent way to move past the heaviness and solitude of Winter into the fresh, exciting projects of Spring. I've worked with numerous clients and their homes, and many are interested in learning how to create their own rituals and techniques. 

The following three methods are just a small example of a few things that you can try, to help reset the energy on your own:

  • "Incense-bomb" the home. Purchase sticks of Frankincense and Myrrh incense (more powerful than Sage for House Clearing), light a stick in each room (or at least each major room), and let the sacred smoke go through the house. After you have lit all of them, you might like to say something, such as "At this time, we dis-invite all energies, entities, and thought-forms that pervade this house and land, and ask that the Helping Spirits return it to its original neutral energy."  It can get quite smoky, so don't forget to open the doors and windows after a reasonable period of time!
  • Walk the property line with offerings of birdseed and/or cornmeal. Offerings are very important when working with the Nature Spirits and Spirits of Place, and by walking your own property line, you are creating your own Sanctuary. It also gives the Spirits the energy of the offerings to return a space to its natural energetic form; neutral and joyful.
  • Ask a Tree or Plant near the Front Door to be a Guardian Spirit. This is from some of my German ancestors, who used to keep "Elder Plants" near the front door to the house to ward off nasty neighbors, solicitors, and other energetic things. By asking a plant (one with thorns is best, like a Rose or Holly) or a Tree (many trees will do the job nicely, but Oaks seem particularly great with this task) to guard the home, then you begin to establish a relationship with the Spirits of Place near you. Give this plant or tree an offering (beer, wine, honey, milk, etc) and thank it for its help. As you leave for work in the morning, or as you leave the property for chores or events, feel free to say a few small words to this new guardian, such as, "Thanks for keeping an eye on the house, please protect it from all negativity and intrusion."  

The three techniques together cover the main magical and energetic ideas of banishing/resetting, blessing, and guarding/warding. All three of these steps, in this order, form the basis of my own House Clearing work, and can do much to make a workplace, farm, house, and/or apartment feel like a safe and protected space.

What techniques do you use in your own practice to bless and protect your home?

09 March, 2016

Baby blessings and Helping Spirits

The other day, I worked with a dear client within the home, so that the client could be close at hand to monitor a newborn baby.  We were both a bit nervous about how the drumming, rattling, and singing would affect the little one, but it seemed to comfort and calm him so that he drifted off to sleep!

Once the healing for the client was complete, I asked permission* to check in on the baby, to see what Helping Spirits were protecting him. The client responded positively, and I began rattling and singing.

As I looked around the baby's crib area, I saw something very unexpected. Giant silvery fish swam through the air, looping over and under him, and protected him within his personal space.

My jaw dropped-- I had no idea what type of fish they were, what they represented symbolically, etc.! I love to each fish, and visit aquariums, but I was out of my depth. Even my favorite go-to text, Animal Spirit Guides, didn't help!

I thanked the fish for their healing and protection, and closed the ceremony. After grounding and centering, I grabbed a notebook and pen, and attempted to draw what I saw (although I am a terrible artist). Eventually, after drawing a very poor approximation of a possible tuna, the Spirits took pity on me and yelled, "It's a Betta fish, silly coyote!"

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Ha ha! Now I understood!

Betta Fish (Siamese Fighting Fish) are warriors and protectors, and are excellent at protecting the boundaries of people (interpersonal relationships). What a wonderful Helping Spirit for a newborn! The client and I laughed, and gave thanks again to this Spirit.

Have you ever worked with any aquatic Helping Spirits?

*It is very important to be given express permission by a legal guardian, before working shamanically for any being that cannot give that permission him/herself. This includes children, pets, service animals, etc. If you have any questions about these and other Ethical Guidelines, please email me!