Yesterday, my husband told me I should clean the house. No, I did not get offended. I knew just what he meant. It’s so great that he sees exactly what I do and why I do it. I hadn’t done a thorough energy cleansing of the new house yet because it was still such a mess. But yesterday, I assessed the situation: humans vs. boxes: I figured the odds were acceptable and that our space was truly livable and our own. I’m not saying that we are all organized (please don’t look into what should be my office, if you can even get the door open!) But we are set up now and the kids have really taken in the new house as their own. So, it was time to seal the deal with a good energy cleansing.

I first did a tour of the house, putting things away, swept the floor and wiped the sticky fingers from the breakfast table. The purpose of cleansing the energy of a house is to make the energy nice and even. Whatever is messy generates chaos and works against your efforts to stabilize the energy. So, a quick run-through is a good time investment.

In a house, there are areas that accumulate energy and others that our energy deficient. There are energy leaks sometimes, especially in strategic entry points, like windows and doors and everywhere there is more traffic. There are also strategic points that work more than others, so they use up more energy. These are areas such as the roof, supporting beams, foundations, pipes and electrical systems. Those are the things that are most likely to break in a house, because they work so hard. I like to make sure that these key points are stable energetically to ensure the good health of a home.

After my quick clean up, I prepared myself. I evened out my energy by washing my hands, face, arms, body and feet. I picked up my smudge stick and walked up to my altar. A smudge stick is a bundle of herbs that is used to fumigate energies and it is mostly used in Native rites. Mine is a mix of sagebrush and lavendar. I held it up to the icons of my Lord and Lady. I then lit it up until the herbs were smoldering and the smoke was rising in the air. I walked the whole house, leaving a trail of sage smoke at all the strategic points. I let it trail over the seams between the wall and the floor and between the wall and ceiling. I circled the frames of all doors and windows. On the top floor, I used my smudge stick like a paintbrush and painted the whole ceiling with the smoke, willing it to reach the top most part of the roof. In the basement, I painted the whole floor, willing the energy to seep into foundations. I let the smoke trail the beams and the water pipes, went to the utilities room and cleansed the water heater, the furnace, the electrical panels. I also took time to cleanse our new furniture and appliances.

I came back, closing my circle, at my altar. I stopped a moment to smudge the medicine wheel that we put up in our living room, a gift from our friends up north. I came back to my altar and flicked my smudge stick in all four directions: north, east, south, west. I then bowed to my deities. This task was done.

It feels like home now. It’s nice and stable, like the house got warmer all of a sudden. Home is a place of refuge, a place to grow as a family, to celebrate life with friends. When it is strong and solid, it makes you strong and solid. As within, so without… Well, it works the other way too. Sometimes, it’s just easier to work on the ‘without’. The waning moon is the best time to cleanse anything. A few more days left if you want to get this done!

Merry cleaning!