A New Home Blessing

Finding our new home in the heart of Cooper-Young was such a blessing for me and my husband! Him being an artist and me being a small metaphysical shop owner, we knew this was the area we belonged in! From the herbal shops and cafes filled with Lavender Mochas, surrounded by homegrown Rosemary and Sage, to the bookstores overflowing with ancient texts and the art galleries and blown glass retailers, Cooper-Young is a creative soul's utopia.

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It felt only right that, this being the first place my husband and I will live together as a mutual agreement (picking it out together, setting it up together), we come into this home immediately protected and fill it with warmth, light, and love. 

While there are many home blessing rituals on the internet, I wanted to create my own and make use of things I felt a personal affinity to. Thus, the New Home Blessing Ritual was born. Please note that this is a rather extensive ritual. I put a lot of time and thought into it, because this ritual was so important to me. Feel free to adjust it however you wish to complement your time limits and personal desires. 


       TWO NIGHTS BEFORE MOVING

Here's what you'll need:

 

 

You'll need a white/blue/green/red candle, which you'll carve a sigil into. This sigil will basically state the intent for your ritual, and will be activated once the candle is lit. I chose a blue candle for my Blessing Candle in order to activate a sense of peace in my new home while also creating a spiritual sanctuary. White candles are excellent for purification and cleansing, while green aid in attracting wealth into your home (great for those who work from home), and red are ideal for encouraging creativity and passion within the new home. 

You'll need a white/blue/green/red candle, which you'll carve a sigil into. This sigil will basically state the intent for your ritual, and will be activated once the candle is lit. I chose a blue candle for my Blessing Candle in order to activate a sense of peace in my new home while also creating a spiritual sanctuary. White candles are excellent for purification and cleansing, while green aid in attracting wealth into your home (great for those who work from home), and red are ideal for encouraging creativity and passion within the new home. 

You'll also need to create a sacred smoke, which can be done with traditional white sage, Palo Santo, or a cleansing incense. I chose to create a floral wand of Pine, Mint, Lavender, Yarrow and Rose.      Pine: protects and dispels    Mint: fosters mental clarity and wakefulness; I also just really love the smell ;)    Lavender: relaxes the mind and body while assisting with deep spiritual connection    Yarrow: soul-protection    Rose: one of the flowers I hold most sacred; healing energy and balance; promotes passion. I also chose red roses to symbolize the sacrifices my husband and I had to make in order to get our new home...this was my small and magickal way of honoring those sacrifices. 

You'll also need to create a sacred smoke, which can be done with traditional white sage, Palo Santo, or a cleansing incense. I chose to create a floral wand of Pine, Mint, Lavender, Yarrow and Rose. 

   Pine: protects and dispels

  Mint: fosters mental clarity and wakefulness; I also just really love the smell ;)

  Lavender: relaxes the mind and body while assisting with deep spiritual connection

  Yarrow: soul-protection

  Rose: one of the flowers I hold most sacred; healing energy and balance; promotes passion. I also chose red roses to symbolize the sacrifices my husband and I had to make in order to get our new home...this was my small and magickal way of honoring those sacrifices. 

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You'll want to make sure you bring plenty of rags/handtowels, too!

You'll want to make sure you bring plenty of rags/handtowels, too!

So, you could go ahead and have these things all together, and then work on creating your Blessing Wash. Here's how I created mine:

   Slice a lemon and boil it in a large pot of water. Add any herbs you feel correspond to your intent. I added Mint, Rose, Lavender, and Rosemary to purify. Then add a handful of sea salt and 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar, and stir clockwise with a wooden spoon as you meditate on the intention of cleansing and blessing (or whatever your specific intent may be). 

You'll then turn off the stove and allow it to cool before you transfer it into a spray bottle. I dropped a small quartz into my spray bottle to amplify the energy. 

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I also packed up some ingredients to make a new batch after the Blessing Ritual. This batch is the one I created for separate intentions, to be used once we were settled in our home. I threw out all other all-purpose household cleaners so that only this special cleaner would be used for the first couple months in our new home. This is totally optional, but here's what I brought along to create this wash:

 

Powdered alum to ward off negative energies, my favorite store-bought fragrance oil (Clary Sage), half a sliced lemon, a Mason jar to hold the wash, and twine to decorate the jar. :)

Powdered alum to ward off negative energies, my favorite store-bought fragrance oil (Clary Sage), half a sliced lemon, a Mason jar to hold the wash, and twine to decorate the jar. :)

Finally, you'll need to pack up anything else you wish to incorporate into your ritual/set up immediately in the home. This ritual should be done before you start moving anything in, and one of the first things you should set up is the family altar or the ancestral altar. If you're planning on burning incense, bring the appropriate tools. I burnt Frankincense resin and brought my censer along.   You should also bring a crystal for each room of the house. These crystals will be imbued with your intention for each room specifically (more on that in a moment).   Anything you correspond with luck, you can bring to bury around the perimeters of your property. I brought acorns for luck, protection, wisdom, and personal power. 

Finally, you'll need to pack up anything else you wish to incorporate into your ritual/set up immediately in the home. This ritual should be done before you start moving anything in, and one of the first things you should set up is the family altar or the ancestral altar. If you're planning on burning incense, bring the appropriate tools. I burnt Frankincense resin and brought my censer along. 

You should also bring a crystal for each room of the house. These crystals will be imbued with your intention for each room specifically (more on that in a moment). 

Anything you correspond with luck, you can bring to bury around the perimeters of your property. I brought acorns for luck, protection, wisdom, and personal power. 

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You'll need candles to place in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western quarters of your home. These are the candles we used as centerpieces on our wedding day, and I felt they carried a sacred and precious energy just perfect for Blessing each quarter of our home. 

You'll need candles to place in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western quarters of your home. These are the candles we used as centerpieces on our wedding day, and I felt they carried a sacred and precious energy just perfect for Blessing each quarter of our home. 

[It's best to pack up everything in a separate box and label it, so it doesn't get mixed up!]

If you have a besom, be sure to pack that and bring it as well. Here again is something I made for my wedding day and decided to incorporate into my ritual. <3

If you have a besom, be sure to pack that and bring it as well. Here again is something I made for my wedding day and decided to incorporate into my ritual. <3

I brought my Ganesh mini statue to place at the mantle. Bring any deity-connection iconic images/figurines of deities you wish to call on/invoke.&nbsp;

I brought my Ganesh mini statue to place at the mantle. Bring any deity-connection iconic images/figurines of deities you wish to call on/invoke. 

Finally, go through and make sure you have all you need! If you're setting up an ancestral altar in the home, you'll need to be sure you bring along items that are sacred to them/photos of them!

My great-grandmother's ashes.&nbsp;

My great-grandmother's ashes. 

Yet another token from our wedding day, a photo of my father.&nbsp;

Yet another token from our wedding day, a photo of my father. 

*Optional: Bring along some dried herbs to tuck into cabinets and drawers! For example, bring dried Rosemary to continually purify.&nbsp;

*Optional: Bring along some dried herbs to tuck into cabinets and drawers! For example, bring dried Rosemary to continually purify. 

Now set aside all your boxes-you're packed up and ready for the Blessing Ritual!&nbsp;

Now set aside all your boxes-you're packed up and ready for the Blessing Ritual! 


  THE NIGHT BEFORE

The night before we moved, I took the time to walk around our neighborhood and collect little things to remind me of our old home...things like fallen black walnuts, pine, and feathers. 

I also went through our home and spoke words of gratitude for all the good memories...for all the nights we spent cooking together in our kitchen, for all the bath rituals I performed there, and for the year of safety and stability our home had given us. 

Then I lit a final sacred fire in the hearth and called on my ancestors. I explained that we would be moving into a new home, a home we'd picked together, and I invited them to come with us and make it their home, too. I asked that the spirit of the home we were leaving be cleansed and offer love, warmth, and happiness to the next family who inhabited it. I dismantled our energy, and mentally shifted it to our new home, to pave the way for a smoother transition.


  THE DAY OF...

On moving day, we loaded up some of our possessions, stopped to grab a new broom (I'm THAT funny about energy), and headed off to our new home! Before anything could be unloaded, I brought my Blessing materials into the house and immediately began my ritual. 

Moving clockwise through our new home, I used my wash and some rags to cleanse the walls, the doors and drawers and cabinets, and the windows. As I moved through the house, I stopped to be sure all windows, closet doors, cabinets, etc. were open, and I temporarily removed our smoke alarm. I then grabbed fresh towels and proceeded to spiritually and psychically cleanse all the countertops, the sinks, the mirrors, and the mantle. 

I then prepared my additional wash at the stove, using the same method as before but with the revised ingredients. Once it cooled, I placed it in the refrigerator, with the lid tightly in place. From there, I proceeded to sweep the floors of our new home, envisioning that I was sweeping out any lingering energy of anyone who'd entered the home previously. 

Carrying my cleansing spray and Rosemary, I once again moved through my home clockwise. This time, I sprayed each window and mirror with my wash, and traced a pentagram with the solution and my finger. I also sprayed some of my wash into all drains and into the toilet as I tossed a dash of Rosemary into my cabinets and drawers. 

Then I laid out all the rest of my ritual items before me on our mantle. I lit my floral wand and walked though the home, purifying every nook, including the cabinets, etc. Returning to the center, at the mantle, I placed my floral wand into my censer. Then I began to place a candle at each quarter. Each time I placed a candle at a quarter, I would stop and light the candle, and I would place the appropriate crystal in a corner of a room. For example, in our bedroom I placed a large pink quartz crystal imbued with the intention of making our bedroom a sacred space filled with pleasant dreaming and sensuality and passion. Each room of our home was dedicated to a specific purpose. 

I then placed the besom before the doorway...and my husband carried me over the threshold. You can, of course, alternatively just jump over it! Haha!

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Bringing the Besom into our home handle first, we chose a spot for it on the wall and hung it up, where it will remain as long as we live here as our home's little charm. <3

 

As my husband began moving boxes in, I took a walk around our property, showing my ancestors the boundaries of our home as I buried acorns for luck. Then I set up my ancestral altar, lit my Home Blessing Candle and burned my incense, called on my deity, and welcomed my ancestors to the new and blessed home!

 

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New Home Tips!

   Add some of your cleansing wash to your detergent and your dishwashing liquid!

  Ask your ancestors to protect the new home from unwelcome spirits!

  Place a sprig of fresh Dill under the welcome mat, and enchant it to draw in good company, and ward off bad company!

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 You could choose to hang your besom outside near your front door, and face it handle-down when you desire the comfort of good company, and handle-up when you desire solitude. Alternatively, a besom kept upright by the front door or a fireplace is said to protect everyone who lives within the home by preventing evil from entering. 

 You may wish to also put a shield up around your home. Here's a great post on barriers and shields: https://thetwistedrope.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/devo-magix-barriers-shields-and-warding-part1/