The end of October, around the time of Samhain and Halloween, is the most magical and powerful time to bless and cleanse your house. So, if you haven’t performed a house cleansing and blessing ceremony, now is the time to do it! If you’ve stumbled upon this blog during another month, don’t worry, you can still perform a purposeful house blessing and cleansing anytime of the year, just be sure to perform another one at the end of October for Samhain.
Why Cleanse & Bless for Samhain?
With Winter slowly creeping in, it’s the perfect time to move out any stagnant, stale, or negative vibes before the cold sets in.
October 31st and November 1st, this year, ushers in the pagan celebration of Samhain pronounced Sow-in. Many believe that Samhain is the true birthplace of Halloween. Modern day Halloween has taken a bit of a different turn with its kitschy decor. Samhain is still celebrated by many and is considered by most to be a more solemn time and reflective time, perfect for divination, cleansing, and blessing.
During Samhain, the veil between the spirit world and the physical world is at its thinnest so it is believed that spirits and ancestors come back to visit during this time. Performing a house cleansing and blessings gives a welcome space for all of your ancestors you want to come back and protective energy for any spirits you want to keep out.
How to Perform a House Blessing & Cleansing
This is a thorough house blessing and cleansing. Give yourself adequate time and space to fully devote yourself to this exercise. If you have a large house, you may want chunk your house into floors or rooms to perform this spread out over a couple of days.
What You’ll Need
- Cleaning supplies
- Sage, Palo Santo, or frankincense incense
- Large feather
- White candle and another candle in your choice of color
- Salt water in a spray bottle or in a bowl
- Altar offerings
- Optional: protection symbols, crystals, cauldron, broom, herbs, etc.
1. Clean physically: First you’ll want to physically clean your space. Remove things that are no longer serving you. Objects that don’t bring you joy anymore are most likely carrying old and stagnant energy that you don’t need cluttering up your energetic space. Try gifting, recycling, or finding a purposeful way to reuse these items.
2. Cleanse with smoke or incense: Use your preferred smoke cleansing tool for this step. You can use white sage, palo santo, or frankincense incense. If you’d like to learn more about the difference between sage and palo santo click here to read a previous blog post.
With your cleansing smoke of choice, walk from room to room with your feather and waft the smoke into every corner of your house. As the smoke touches each area of your house ask it to cleanse any negative energy.
3. Purify with white light: Using a white candle in a heat and fireproof vessel walk around your house shining the light in each room. Imagine each room filling up with white and ask the light to purify and protect your space. Once you’re finished place your candle on your stove to burn down.
4. Protect with salt water: Just like salt can protect your aura it can also protect your space. Doors and windows are important areas to focus on with your salt water because it’s where energy comes and goes in and out of your house. Spritz a bit of your saltwater in each room focusing on windows and doors. As you do this, ask the salt to protect you and your space from unwanted energies and spirits.
5. Add symbolism for protection: If you’re looking for a fun and effective way to add an extra layer of protection you can decorate with protective symbols. Runes, a hamsa hand, or a protective charm bag are all potent options. Learn more about making a protective charm bag here or click here to learn how to make a protective Rune hanging.
6. Cleanse and consecrate tools: If you have tools you use often for rituals, this is an ideal time to cleanse them as well. You can simply take a few extra moments with your cleansing smoke, white candle, and saltwater to cleanse your tools. You can also set any special tools out under the light of the closest full moon to Samhain for a powerful full moon cleanse.
7. Create a welcoming altar for your ancestors: Once you’ve completed your house blessing, prepare an altar space to welcome ancestors passed on and any deities you choose to honor. If you don’t have an altar space you can also do this on or near your stove, which is our modern hearth, or in another place you’ll see often in your house.
Place items on your altar that would attract ancestors that have passed on like foods or drinks they liked. Light your remaining candle in the color of your choice. Adorn your altar with any crystals, jewelry, herbs, or symbols that you see fit. Here are some options:
-Herbs: Mugwort, sage, garlic, rosemary
-Symbols: Cauldron, broom, hamsa hand
-Scents: Clove, myrrh, frankincense, fir needle, sage
8. Say a prayer or invocation: When your cleansing and blessing is complete and your altar is set up. Grant yourself a few quiet moments at your altar to reflect on this experience. Offer a prayer to ancestors that have gone before you, an invocation to a deity that is important to you, or both.
Sleep soundly and live fearlessly during Samhain and the coming winter knowing that your house has been cleansed, blessed, and protected.
Cassie Uhl is the founder and owner of Zenned Out, a jewelry company that handcrafts jewelry with meaning and provides a community that inspires a mindful and spiritual lifestyle. Cassie grew up with a open minded, astrology obsessed grandmother and a father that would take her and her sister star gazing in the wee hours of the night. These experiences shaped Cassie and Zenned Out into what they are today by bringing spirituality and astrology into the forefront. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on the Zenned Out blog and offers handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry that aligns with their souls purpose.