January is a terrific time of year for new beginnings. When I worked as a fitness instructor years ago, January was my busiest time of year. It was when everyone was inspired to get up off the couch and start a new fitness regime. Gyms are chock-full of people trudging the treadmill to lose those stubborn extra pounds gained during the Christmas binge, and the shops are full of bright new ideas for a new you.
So, if we are going to start a new well-being program for the New Year, why not do some energy clearing while we’re at it? A good place to start is to begin clearing out stale, negative energy in your home. After all the decorations have come down and the guests have left, there may be stagnant energy lingering in the corners of your home that can cause you to feel sluggish or down.
Take a black bag and fill it with anything that doesn’t bring you happiness. Take a look around your house and be very ruthless – that old vase gathering dust in the corner that an old auntie gave you years ago that you always despised needs to go! Anything that causes you to feel anything less than happy should be thrown out. You can sell these items on an online auction site or give them to a charity shop – just make sure to give them a good saging first. The corners of your home are the areas where stale energy tends to gravitate, so vacuum the corners and place cleansed crystals in each corner of every room. Rose Quartz brings harmony, Clear Quartz clears and raises the vibration, and black crystals absorb negative energy. If you had a cranky guest staying over during Christmas, be sure to place a bowl of sea salt in the room where they stayed for three days and then flush it down the toilet. Clean the windows to bring in a clearer, fresher perspective. When your home is clear, your mind begins to clear.
The final step is to open all the windows and light some sage. Waft it around every room, from top to bottom in a clockwise direction chanting: “Smoke of sage, please cleanse my home. With this sage, I cleanse and clear this home of all negative energy, for the highest good of all. Blessed be.” Open the front door and let all the old stale energy whoosh out, leaving your house clean and clear for 2018.
Spell for magical intent
• Decorate your altar with all the things that inspire you for the year ahead and specifically what you would like to manifest. Meditate on what you want to draw towards you for 2018. If you crave more financial abundance, place your biggest denomination note on your altar, along with some green crystals. If you’re looking for love, place some rose petals in a bowl and underneath write a description of the type of person you would like to draw into your life. Fold the paper towards your heart before you place it under the bowl.
• You may also want to place photos of your dream car or home on your altar. Set your intention with a candle. A white candle will work perfectly. You can dress it with an essential oil you feel drawn to like lavender, rose or patchouli.
• As you look around your altar, ask the universe for these wishes for 2018, for the highest good of all, then light your candle. Sit and watch the flame flicker for a while, visualising how wonderful it will feel when these wishes fill your life.
Patricia Weston is a witch based in Dublin, Ireland and calls herself a White Witch because she works in the light. Patricia gives mediumship readings, psychic readings, healings and hypnotherapy. For more info, visit patriciawestonpsychicwitch.com