It’s Ostara season! Time for modern witches to sweep out the cobwebs, with tips from Rebecca-Anuwen.
Celebrate Spring equinox on 20th March, 9.37am
The Pagan festival of Ostara, also known as spring equinox, celebrates the balance between day and night as we cross the threshold from winter into longer days and the promise of summer. It’s a time when we are surrounded by the energy of change, rejuvenation and renewal. Traditionally, it’s the time of the year where we clear out the old, the stale and stagnant that can be built up over winter and welcome in new and fresh beginnings with a spring clean of our homes.
Bring magic to the mundane
First, we clean – we make room for the magic to happen. You may want to clean your entire house, or if that feels a bit overwhelming, choose to start with one room. Where would you like to bring in the Ostara energies of renewal and change? If it’s your wellbeing, you may want to start with your kitchen. For healing, focus on your bathroom; for community and connection, focus on your living room and for love, focus on your bedroom. Get clear on what change you want to bring into that area of your life and say: “As I cleanse and clear my space, I call on the energies of balance and renewal to return to my life and I welcome the change that I desire into my life.” Then start cleaning! Open your windows to let in fresh air and put on your favourite music to lift up your energy. Clean and declutter, taking this as an opportunity to get rid of things that no longer align with what you want in life and repair or remove items that are broken.
Sweep and set intentions
Brooms have long been associated with witches, but they are totally practical too. Get your broom and sweep from the centre of your room towards the main door of your home. With every flick of your broom, have the intention that you are removing the energetic patterns that no longer serve you. As modern witches, you can use your hoover too – just be sure to empty the hoover after it’s used.
Supercharge your cleansing waters
Fill a bucket of water, add your chosen herbs and flowers and leave to charge in the sunshine for at least an hour. Then, when you mop your floors, you can use this sun-charged water to bring the energy of the sun into your home.
Cleanse for luck
Pay particular attention to your doorstep and the threshold strips between rooms. Clear this space to welcome new energies into your home and life. Cinnamon is a good herb to add to water to cleanse these areas as it brings security and luck.
Clean your windows to bring in clarity and focus and add the appropriate herbs to the water you use to attract in what you want more of!
Once you’ve cleaned your room, it’s time to cleanse it. To energetically cleanse your room you can use sound, fragrance or smoke. A traditional witchy tip is to add bells to your door handles. The bells cleanse the energy and attract positivity. The smoke from burning bundles of dried rosemary and lavender is also a powerful way to cleanse your space. These herbs are said to cleanse your space and protect it from negativity, including your own self-doubt. If you can’t use smoke, use a floral cleansing water in the same way.
Lift up the energy
Finally, to fill your home with new energy, bring in fresh flowers in colours that correspond with the energy you want to experience. You might add plants that purify the air such as palms, spider plants and peace lilies. Play music and dance!
Imagine sunlight filling up your room to lift up the energy. Or, imagine the energy of a colour that aligns with your intention flooding your space. You might choose blue for peace and harmony, green for health and balance, pink for self-love, red for passion and yellow for abundance. Sit back and enjoy the new energy that you have called in, leaving you feeling refreshed, renewed and ready for a new beginning.
NOW TRY SOMETHING NEW
Use herbs for a soulful clean
Add some fresh sprigs or a few drops of essential oil to your water for cleansing. You could use:
•Lemon balm for relationships
•Rosemary for good luck
•Lavender for peace
•Mint for wellbeing
•Basil for wealth
•Cinnamon for security
Use this water to wipe down kitchen counters, mop floors or clean windows. Be mindful if you’re using essential oils and you have pets or young children.
NOW TRY SOMETHING NEW
Brew your own re-energising water
1 Add some dried or fresh lavender or rosemary and salt to a bowl of hot water and add a squeeze of lemon.
2 Let the water cool down slightly and then walk it around your home.
3 Sprinkle small amounts of water around your home and especially in the corners of each of its rooms, where the energy is prone to becoming more stagnant.
4 Strain the water and add to a simple spray bottle. Spray the water around your room to cleanse the space.
5 Spray the water lightly on your curtains (as long as it won’t damage the material), knowing that every time your curtains are blown by the breeze, or are open and closed, you’re activating the energy.
6 You can even just set the bowl of energised water down and leave it in a room for an hour. After this time, remove the bowl and return the water to the land.
Rebecca-Anuwen is a modern-day witch, author and kinesiologist. She teaches how to be your true self, trust your magic and create real change. Rebecca is head witch at ‘The Witch Academy’, a magical place to learn, grow and be fully yourself. Find out more at rebeccaanuwen.com
Rise of the sage stick!
“We white witches chew fresh sage leaves before doing divinations and before making difficult decisions. But sage is most commonly used in smudging – burning dried sage bundles while walking counter-clockwise around our home, clearing us of our ghosts and stresses,” says resident witch Silja.
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