based on Starhawk's works and House Blessing Ritual
A house blessing is a common Wiccan ritual used when moving into a new
dwelling or for the cleansing of a dwelling, such as after a divorce or
death. The main function is to clean the house of all unwanted energy
or beings, to seal portals to the outside world, and to make it a sacred
and personal space. An apartment may require 4 to 5 people, while a house
may require 12 to 20 people depending on the size. Blessings should be
carried out in one day rather then room by room over a period of time
and usually stay powerful for a year or so. The ritual that follows takes
portions from stawhawk's Spiral Dance.
Some beings that may not be effected by a house blessings...
the Sidhe, and the likes, will not be gone as they do not perceive themselves
as malevolent. To control their activities leave out a bowl of water
and a bowl of milk. This should pacify them enough for you to continue
with them pledging you.
They may perceive that the house is theirs, that they are not a guest,
or they are not aware the are dead. In these cases a medium must go
into trance and contact them. A skilled medium can lead spirits who
do not know they are dead or how to get to the next realm to the third
high plane and guide them towards the light or communicate with them
to see what it is they want. Some spirits may choose to remain and not
go on to the next plane, e.g. ancestors. It is necessary to assure that
they will not cause harm or mischief to the household.
Sometimes there are powerful forces that mean to do harm. If you encounter
one of these call in your most powerful craft friends; they will open
a doorway to the dimension that the entity comes from and force it through.
Unless you are highly skilled you should not attempt to remove them
- All participants gather in front of the altar
- Ground and center
- Bless and charge the salt water (salt water purification)
- Give each participant an altar tool (salt water, feather, incense,
chalice, athame, bell, and wand)
Starting from the altar, walk each room counter clockwise. At each "gateway"
to the outside, mirrors or reflective sources, draw a north banishing
pentagram. Do not forget "doors" such as cabinet, refrigerator,
toilets, faucets, chest, oven and all "portals" such as the
fuse box, electrical outlets, etc. Do the house room by room. Include
very small rooms, closets, with the main room. Sprinkle each corner of
the room with the purified salt water.
Rune bindings, such as joy, prosperity, protection, strength, may be
used in conjunction with the cleansing and blessing.
After banishing/sealing a room the participants gather around and the
priestess goes to the center
Spirits, agents of evil, unnatural beings, unwanted guests
be gone, leave this house that the gods may enter!
Be gone or be torn by the whirlwind!
Be gone or be burned by the flame!
Be gone or be drowned in the watery abyss!
Be gone or be shatter by earthquake!
Be gone or be cast into the outer darkness!
By the powers of Persephone, Demeter, Hecate.
By the powers of Hermes, Dionysus, and Pan.
At this point stomp your feet, yell, ring bells, make lots of noise to
drive the remaining entities out.
At the last room of banishing, open a door to the outside and sweep out
the remaining entities. Close door and seal it with a banishing pentagram.
Start where you ended and go clockwise throughout the house. Draw
a blessing/invoking north pentagram over the walls and gateways using
the same altar items. At this time the runes should also be drawn.
After you've drawn all the invoking pentagrams and returned to the first
room with the altar, use the athame (or wand) to draw one unbroken line
of energy all around the room, as though you were casting circle. Then
gather together to raise a cone of power that will fill up the house with
power and protection. Start by chanting what is desired in the house (e.g.
peace, joy, strength, protection) Send the cone into the house.
Ground and center.
Thank the Goddess.