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