taiteimogen  asked:

Hey! I'm new to Wicca and I recently bought a few things at a charity shop to put on my altar. Do you know any good websites or even know yourself whats the best way to cleanse these items? I have this really strong urge to bless them because I'm worried they may be carrying left over negative energy. Thanks!

Good morning! And sorry for answering so late! I’m glad you’ve found some good things for your altar! And you’re right to cleanse them. Considering they are coming from a charity, they most likely do have residual energy from them.

In the end, it boils down to what you’re cleansing (especially if you have crystals, because the methods you use for one crystal you can’t use for others.

But off the bat, here’s some things you can do:

-Place them under the sun (if possible I would do from the morning until sunset).

-Making a cleansing solution. This can be done with adding quartz and salt into a spray bottle with water and spraying it over your things.

-Try smoke cleansing (not smudging, smoke cleansing).

-You could perform a cleansing spell.

-Write a sigil specifically for cleansing.

-You could put crystals that absorb negative energy—such as a smoky quartz—around them so that they may be cleansed.

-You could even use your own energy to cleanse them.

These are my personal go-tos. When using your own energy don’t leave yourself open to negative energy like I accidentally did!

As always I encourage my followers to add their own input, as they usually have excellent advice to give!

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Masterpost of Simple Beginner Friendly Potions

Here is a masterpost of a ton of potions I have in my grimoire that are simple and easy to make with simple easy to get ingredients. 

Originally posted by thathipsterwizardaesthetic

Tea Potions

Headache Relief Potion

  • Ginger Root
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon Wedge

Steps: Add herbs to hot water and let them steep for a few minutes. Squeeze in lemon then let the wedge and skin soak for another 1 or 2 before drinking. 

Sour Tummy Be Gone Potion

  • Chamomile Tea
  • Spearmint
  • Ginger Root
  • Spoonful of Honey

Steps: Brew tea then add herbs to it, let them steep for 5 minutes before stirring in your honey counter-clockwise to banish the cramps and sourness in your stomach. 

Deep Slumber Potion

  • Chamomile Tea
  • Lavender
  • Dried Rose Petals/Buds
  • Lemon Balm

Steps: Brew tea then add in herbs to steep for 5 to 6 minutes, add sugar or honey to taste. Drink slowly before bed in a quiet place.

“Bring Me My Own Love” Self Love Potion

  • Rose Water or Rose Tea
  • Sugar
  • Milk or Milk substitute 

Steps: Brew your tea or warm your rose water. Pour in milk and sugar to taste and stir it clockwise to welcome in your own love. Drink while doing something you enjoy.

Release from a Bad Day Potion

  • Green Tea
  • Catnip
  • Lemon Wedge

Steps: Brew and steep your tea and catnip, squeeze in your lemon and stir it counter clockwise to banish the negativity that the day has given you. Add sugar or honey to taste

Give My Heart Strength Potion

  • Black Tea
  • Orange Peel
  • Honey

Steps: Brew tea and let orange peel steep for 5 minutes, stir in your honey clockwise to bring yourself emotional strength.

Open My Mind Awareness Potion

  • Black Tea
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk or Milk substitute
  • (Optional) pinch of Mugwort (use with caution)

Steps: Brew tea and add ingredients. Sit in a quiet place and drink the tea slowly while centering yourself and if you can meditate.

Cleansing Potion

  • Moon Water
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Steps: Heat your moon water and let herbs steep for a minute or two before drinking. You may add sugar if you desire

Protect Me From Parasites Potion

(protects from psychic and energy parasites)

  • Moon Water
  • Rosemary 
  • Mint

Steps: Heat moon water and steep your herbs for 5 minutes. Drink at the start of your day.

Coffee Potions

Strength For a Big Day

  • Coffee
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar to Taste

Like a Storm Confidence Potion

  • Coffee
  • Hazelnut creamer
  • Cinnamon
  • Fresh Orange peel

Spark of Creativity Potion

  • Coffee
  • 2 Drops Vanilla extract
  • Fresh Orange Peel
  • Spoonful of Caramel

Romancing Myself Potion for Self Acceptance

  • Coffee
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Milk
  • Red rose petal

To Good Friends Friendship Potion

  • Coffee
  • Caramel
  • Sugar
  • A cherry
  • A good friend to share it with

Hot Chocolate Potions

Warm My Bones Happiness Potion

  • Hot chocolate
  • Marshmallow/Marshmallow fluff
  • 1 drop vanilla extract
  • Cherry 

To Get Through Hard Days Potion

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk
  • Fresh Mint Leaf

For Enhanced Energy Potion

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Orange Peel

Gem Elixir Potions

Note! Unlike the others, these ones are NOT edible nor should they be ingested! These potions are for anointing or bath magic.

None of these potions are made with the crystals in the water! I ALWAYS put my crystals around a jar or cup of water to charge over night. SOME OF THESE CRYSTALS SHOULD NEVER GO IN WATER!!! So please just place them around your jar of water over night, not in it.

I am Beautiful Potion

  • Water
  • Angel Aura Quartz
  • Clear Quartz
  • Coconut Oil (small amount)

Peaceful Thoughts Potion

  • Water
  • Amethyst
  • Moonstone
  • Lavender

A Pinch of Luck Potion

  • Water
  • Aquamarine
  • Sunstone
  • Spearmint

Divination Improvement Potion

  • Water
  • Amethyst
  • Nuummite
  • Orange Peels
Ways to Strengthen Your Magic

Every now and then, magic can fade. In order to keep it strong and healthy, you have to exercise it. Of course there will always be times when something else is more important than your craft, but there is always a little something you can do to keep it going.


-Whisper an incantation over your lil’ cup of tea.

-Pray to your deities as you fall asleep at night.

-Carry a tiny crystal in your pocket.

-Scribble a quick happiness sigil on your arm before school or work.

-Give your pets some treats you have bewitched.

-Recite affirmations when you get ready to go somewhere in the mirror.

-Light a stick of incense while you’re cleaning or just sitting around.

-Add little thoughts to your grimoire.

-Sleep with your tarot cards.

-Play some witchy music.

-Set out a couple jars to collect rain water.

-Cleanse your home while cleaning.

-Set aside at least one day a month to devote entirely to your craft.

Hope all of you guys enjoyed and if you’d like more ideas then feel free to request! In the meantime, have fun and happy bewitching!

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Cleansing Spray

This is a super simple cleansing spray for those whose situations prevent them from burning herbs. I use this when I have to cleanse something too large that calls for an amount of smoke that’d set the smoke detectors off (it’s happened; its not fun). Here’s what you need:

  • Rosemary.
  • Sage (I use basic sage, not white sage, but you can use whatever).
  • A bay leaf.
  • Salt.
  • Good ‘ol H2O.

NOTE: the bay leaf is totally optional. I include it because I use bay leaves to help grant wishes. It adds a boost to the cleansing properties, and gives an oomph to the spellwork.

Directions

Put the water in a pot on the stove and toss in the salt, rosemary, sage, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce it to medium and let it simmer for a few minutes, so the oils seep out of the herbs. The wonderful scented steam will cleanse your kitchen in the process!

Once you’re satisfied (or until the water is a yellow-green color - yes, it will look like pee), take the pot off, pour the water into a safe container, and let it cool. Once it’s cool enough, bottle it up and you’re good to go! I always put some sprigs in my bottle just for the sake of it, too!

Cleansing Crystals Methods  

1.  Pass them through incense smoke. 

An easy way to rid any clinging energy from your crystals is to pass them through a stream of incense smoke. Not only does this method also cleanse your space, but you can re-charge your crystals for a new purpose at the same time. We recommend using frankincense for basic cleansing, benzoin resin for bringing calm, and dragon’s blood for increasing energy vibrations.

2.  Dip them in charged water.

Place them in a bowl of water charged under the full moon, or submerge them in a naturally running stream to send negative energies away. In the winter, crystals can be buried in the snow for a few hours with the same effect. Water is a powerful energy-force and giver of life, well suited to cleansing people and tools alike. Make note that this method is not suitable for porous or metallic crystals. 

3.  Cover them in sea salt. 

Take a container made of a natural substance (like glass, wood, ceramic) and fill the bottom with sea salt. Add in your crystals, then cover with more salt. Wait at least one day, then take them out and they’re ready to use. Salt is one of the greatest energy purifiers out there, and it’s also easy and cheap to come by. Sea salt is preferred because the most natural and absorptive type of salt.

4.  Let them bathe in the moonlight.

The simplest (and safest) way to cleanse your beauties is to let them soak up the purifying energy of the moonlight. Lay them out on the night of the full moon where the soft, purifying glow of the moonlight can illuminate them, then bring them inside come morning. Placing them on a window sill with moonlight is a suitable alternative if you cannot place them outdoors. 

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✧˖° CAPRICORN ZODIAC POTION ˖°✧
              *:・゚✧ RELAX ✧・゚*:

For when you had a long day or maybe week, and you want to feel rested, close your eyes and open them new. Remember to feel the intention while you make this mixture and to take deep breaths when you apply it!

This potion is specially made for Capricorns but anyone can use it! *:・゚✧ You can find our other Zodiac Potions HERE!

***If you don’t live in a sunny place is better to just start using it right away and check for mold or humidity forming so you know when to throw it away!

Reminder for young witches that...

Simply cleaning your home or room is enough to allow good energy into your home! (it’s also good with witches who deal with mental illness like depression or anxiety! it’s trouble starting but doing it slowly is great!)

Open a window and grab a duster and dust out the negative energy!

maybe light a good smelling candle (yellow is good for this)

play some music to help you through and fill your home with good vibes!

Charge some sigils in sunlight as you clean!

vacuum the carpet! (i saw a cool post where adding baking soda and essential oil to the carpet makes it extra clean and smell nice!)

Charge your phone, and organize apps!
make to-do lists!

organize your grimoire/bos or any note book you keep notes in!

charge your crystals and tools if you wish!

make some coffee or tea (or chocolate milk!!!) and sit on your bed or chair for rest!

clean your clothes and be neat!

reorganize your altar!

refresh your offerings or plants!!

clean your computer screen and keyboard!

refresh batteries in anything!

charge your tarot cards!

chat with your deity or spirit companion or familiar!

clean out anything old!

take dishes out of your room!

take out your trash!

cleanse your room if ya want!

🔥THE BIG ASS CLEANSE ROUTINE🖕🏾

So something shitty happened! Or has been happening! For a long time! Maybe you’ve had enough or your situation or made a bad decision. Whatever the case, new beginnings are needed or wanted. Never fear my friends, introducing the big ass cleanse routine.

This “routine” is a detailed list of ways to cleanse your life and soul. Complete all or some of these tasks over whatever period of time you need. -Freya🌹


🔥Clean your room. Dust and purge.

🔥Clean up your diet. Don’t eat anything processed/junk food for as long as you feel necessary. (Try to stick to plant based meals if you can)

🔥Delete old texts

🔥Clean up your social media

🔥Clean your sheets and clothes

🔥Throw out or consolidate old bottles of lotion, perfume, ect.

🔥If you have a carpet, pour a mix of herbs and vacuum.

🔥Take a shower or bath and use a scrub to gently get rid of old dead skin. (I use a home made Sugar, Honey, and Rosemary mix)
🔥Cleanse your skin very well and treat yourself.

🔥Take out the garbage

🔥Cleanse or charge one or more crystals if you can

🔥Make sure your home is full of scents you enjoy. Light a candle or two.

🔥Change out your pillowcases

🔥Move things around, furniture, items, plants, whatever.

🔥If your alter is messy, organize it.

🔥Make a new playlist and delete old ones you no longer listen to.

🔥Be as kind as you can to others throughout the cleanse.

🔥Throw out old candles that are almost finished, or burn them until they are done.

🔥Clean up your herb supply

🔥Donate old books or materials

🔥Donate old clothes

🔥Wash your shoes

🔥If you have drinkable moon water, take a few sips (at least).

🔥Make a sigil inspired by your name and burn it.

🔥Learn something and teach something

🔥If you can, run around in the rain.

🔥Cut your nails

🔥Clean pieces of jewelry that you wear often

🔥Throw or reuse old pill bottles (sometimes i put crystal in mine or paint them)

🔥Begin the process of renewing good relationships and removing yourself from bad ones.

🔥Carefully clean your crystals
Delete unnecessary files on all your devices.

🔥If a favorite tree or bush could use trimming, help provoke new growth by clipping off dead branches.

🔥BLOCK!* TOXIC 1! PEOPLE!!11 :)

🔥Burn shit. Just burn it. Write all the shit down on a piece of paper and safely burn the shit out of it.

🔥If you can’t burn the shit, rip the fuckers up into tiny little pieces

🔥Delete unneeded contacts

🔥Drink lots of water and eat lots of plants

one of the best minimalistic witchy things you can do is clean your house.

seriously. light a candle and go to town. in the process of cleaning, you’re also metaphysically cleansing your space which opens doors to renew wards and put up additional barriers if necessary. 

you’ll feel much better afterwards, and remember to take breaks if you need to. 

Cleansing The Cards

It’s natural for tarot cards to accumulate & harbor energy, since that is the primary force they operate through; it can “clog” or “restrain” them, making them rather unproductive, though it doesn’t damage them. They simply need to rest and be refreshed every now & then, just like the reader does.


METHODS ||

I suggest trying all of them out & sticking to the ones that work for you.

Shuffling
Simply shuffle the deck with the intention of cleansing it, in whatever way that’s most comfortable for you & for as long as you feel you need to.

Sorting
Sort the cards – arrange them in order of the 22 Major Arcana and 4 suits of the 56 Minor Arcana. Allow the deck to “rest” in proper sequence for a while. You could also simply sort the cards so that all are upright & none reversed.

Knocking
Tap the deck against something, or tap it with your hands / another object.

Sunlight
(This method is better for projective/masculine decks.) Place the deck in sunlight and leave it there until you feel that all the unwanted energy has been burned, faded, blinded, or driven out.

Moonlight
(This method is better for receptive/feminine decks.) Place the deck in moonlight and leave it there until you feel that all the unwanted energy has been drained, coaxed, flushed, or guided out.

Salt
Place the deck in a sealed, air-tight plastic bag and bury it in organic salt. Let the salt soak up the excess energy for a few days, or until you feel it’s done.

Crystals
Place a crystal that corresponds to your intention upon the deck, or somewhere near it. You could also form a crystal grid around it.

Smoke
Pass the deck through the smoke of incense or burning plants that correspond to your intention (most people would use dried sage or rosemary).

Pendulums
Swing a pendulum of your choice clockwise in circular motions above or on the surface around the deck with your intention in mind until you feel that all the unwanted energy has been drawn out & expelled.

Sound
Play any instrument with your intention in mind, or place the deck near a speaker and play music that corresponds to your intention.

*You can also cleanse each card individually rather than the whole deck at once, if you prefer. It takes longer but it’s more thorough & “intimate”


MAINTENANCE ||

After cleansing your deck, store it in a special box/bag/cloth and/or with a quartz crystal to protect and generally upkeep its clean state.


Simple tip: cleanse your deck every time you use it. This is the easiest way to maintain a healthy deck, & the ritual of it can improve your general relationship with the cards as well as your connection with them in the moment.

Other good opportunities to cleanse your deck:
- It’s brand-new / inherited / borrowed / secondhand
- Another person has come into contact with it (especially if it was without your permission – the deck will let you know if it’s been meddled with)
- It has come into direct contact with a surface or object you didn’t want it to (this mainly applies to the tarot readers who take extra precautions to preserve the energetic integrity of their deck – such as only laying the cards on a designated cloth/mat/board, not allowing others to touch them, etc)
- It has come into direct contact with another deck
- It hasn’t been used for a long period of time
- It’s been accidentally scattered/messed up/physically damaged
- Many different readings have been performed with it
- An extensive/intense reading has been performed with it

Symptoms of a deck that needs to be cleansed:
- An irregularly large amount of cards drawn in a reading are reversed
- An irregularly large amount of cards are falling or popping out of the deck while you shuffle & handle it in general / the deck won’t stay together
- The readings are becoming unclear, or you’re having an unnecessarily difficult time interpreting & discerning their meaning; you’re getting mixed messages, the cards aren’t cohesive, and so on. If you feel like you’re not gaining anything out of the readings you do with a deck, you need to cleanse it.
- You get the sense that you need to cleanse the deck. This could manifest in many different ways; perhaps you feel bored of the deck or distant from it, or perhaps its “personality” changes, or perhaps you simply feel off about it. Common “off” feelings are slowness or lethargy, disengagement, bitterness, exhaustion, a sense of a contrary or combative disposition, misplaced irony, dullness or hollowness, strain, stress, aggravation, confusion, or alienation, and may come from either you or the deck itself when you interact with it.
- You can’t bring yourself to focus on the readings you do with it; neither you nor the deck can maintain your concentration / awareness / full presence.
- You consistently lose and misplace the deck or you can’t find it when you want to use it – or other people have moved it, even just once. If you don’t give it a spot and it tends to wander around your house, that may translate into your cards. Cleanse them and pick a permanent/regular place to keep them.
- The deck loses its “magic” and begins to feel like plain paper to you
- Using the deck consistently drains, frustrates, upsets, or annoys you / using it no longer brings you whatever beneficial quality it usually does.