Space Clearing, The Wiccan Way
People of all religions have performed space clearings for centuries in order to rid negativity from dwellings. And just as those of us who wish to bless our homes turn to priests, psychic mediums, and feng shui practitioners, many also turn to witches.
Please note that some in the Wicca religion view space clearing as a sacred ceremony and therefore do not believe the details of the ceremony should be publicized. The techniques in this post are based on what I know and gleaned from researching Wicca space clearing rituals.
Wiccan Beliefs About Space Clearing
Wicca is a religion that promotes being at one and living harmoniously with the divine and all that exists. Witches understand that the universe comprises that which we cannot see, as well as what we can. During house blessings, witches use their abilities to identify the negativity that’s not always visible to others, tune into divine energy, and direct positive energy toward people and physical spaces.
While the precise rituals, techniques, and materials used during a Wiccan space clearing really depend on the tradition and personal preference of each witch, below are some examples of what you might see during a Wiccan house blessing.
Before diving in, it bears noting another of Wicca’s tenets, which is that mankind is a part of nature, and not superior to it. Witches have a deep-rooted connection to their surroundings, and it’s not surprising that the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water come into play when bestowing house blessings.
Space Clearing Process
Step 1: The Literal Cleanse
As with space clearings in nearly all religions and practices, the first step is to physically cleanse the home and rid it of rubbish, dirt, and clutter.
Prior to the house blessing, many witches will move through each room to get a sense of what needs to be done in the home. Windows and doors should also be left open to allow negative energy to escape from the dwelling during the purification process.
Step 2: The Purification
During this process, a witch will methodically cleanse each area in the dwelling using one or more of the materials listed below, one at a time. While performing the cleansing, the witch invokes the corresponding element’s power, and chants words that direct the negative energy out of the space, and invite clean, positive energy in its stead.
Commonly Used Materials
Salt or Earth (The Element of Earth)
Kosher salt placed in a bowl and sprinkled throughout the home is commonly used in house blessings.
White salt has protective and purifying characteristics, while black salt is said to remove and absorb negative energy from a home.
Some witches, as a first step to the cleansing, will set up a circle of protection with salt around the exterior of the home to keep negative energy away.
In some cases, actual earth is used in place of salt.
Smudge Sticks or Incense (The Element of Air)
The smoke of herbs, most often sage, either in smudge stick or incense form, is wafted about to remove negative energy from each room.
Candles (The Element of Fire)
Candles, particularly white candles, are carried into each room. To increase the potency of the candle’s cleansing properties, witches sometimes inscribe the candle with the intention sought, and then anoint it with oils of sage, copal, or cedar.
Holy Water (The Element of Water)
Holy water is sprinkled throughout the area to consecrate the space and invite in energies of harmony, health, and prosperity.
Musical Instruments (Bells, Drums, Singing Bowls)
The sound of various instruments may be used to break up the negative energy that remains in a space.
Iron is believed to keep evil spirits at bay. Many witches will brandish swords across spaces during the purification process.
A broom, or besom, is an object with a wooden handle that is used to figuratively sweep or remove the negative energy from all areas during a house blessing.
After the purification is complete, some Wiccans will hang iron, quartz crystal, or other charms at various locations throughout the home, including entryways and windows. This protects the space and promotes future positivity.
The reasons people seek house blessings, or space clearings, are pretty much the same across all religions and practices. People want to rid their homes of the negative emotional energy that lingers either long after preceding inhabitants have gone, or after experiencing arguments, traumatic events, lack of motivation, and other negative emotions within their own home.
It’s also said that energy grows stagnant with time, so it might be wise to incorporate a space clearing at regular intervals to encourage the fresh flow of positive energy and creativity.
Whether it be a psychic medium, priest, or witch, having someone who is able to “see” the negativity and assist you in clearing it, can help you to balance the energy in your physical field and promote a happier and healthier mental, emotional, and spiritual energy.