Don’t underestimate the power of a space clearing. A family was moving into a historic home (quite large) that was originally built in 1815. I was asked to space clear their new home. Over 200 years old - think about the energetic history of this home!
The idea behind space clearing is to clear out previous occupant energy and any negative, stagnant energy that has accumulated so we can make space for the owners’ energy and intentions. Moving into a new home is a perfect time to space clear.
Typically before a space clearing, I will set my intentions for the magic to happen and make sure I clear myself so I can be more attuned to the energy. I also conduct a protection ritual so I do not pick up any negative, unwanted energy during the clearing process. The protection part is a very important step as I was harshly reminded. Here’s what happened.
I arrived at the appointed time and the owner greeted me. We were about to get started when her husband arrived with some important news to discuss. After an emotional-laden delay, the owners decided to proceed with the space clearing. Even though I knew better, I chose to continue without having conducted my personal protection ritual.
Initially, we created a small altar with a beautiful scarf, the space clearing tools, flowers, and crystals. The altar helps set the tone for the sacred work that we were about to begin. We started on the first floor, walking counter clockwise around the perimeter of the house with a tool that might be described as a Shaman’s rattle. This tool has many large, hollow buckeye nuts tied to a bamboo handle. A very sturdy tool, it really shakes up and disperses the energy with loud, clacking noises. One pass around the entire first floor, we then began a second pass smudging with the smoke from Palo Santo wood. Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. Like sage and cedar, it is known for its energetic clearing and healing properties. Next, we began a third pass around the first floor - this time with a Tibetan bell, ringing and listening for clarity and a beautiful resonance. Each pass is a refinement of the energy clearing.
Next, we were ready to tackle the second floor. It was this point that I felt an uncomfortable heaviness and thought that I had better conduct the protection ritual, which I did rather quickly. We continued with the rattle, smudging, and bell ringing on the second floor.
We made our way back to the altar to give thanks and participate in a house blessing. Then the owners both wrote down their intentions for their new home and their family. The intentions were folded up and slipped into a cotton drawstring bag, which included a gorgeous, green moss agate. The green represents health and new beginnings. It is a great stone for strengthening the heart chakra function. It is also a great stone for gardeners, as it helps nourish and accelerate plant growth. The owners chose to bury the bag with its contents near their fountain garden in the Wealth corner to preserve their intentions and the sparkling, new energy we created space for. It was a beautiful ceremony.
As I was collecting my things to return home, I noticed I still had that heaviness and I felt a headache coming on. It was an hour drive home and by the time I got to my house my head was pounding and I felt so tired. I went to bed early that night and woke up with a pounding head and nausea. This lasted for several hours. I took a hot bath with Epsom salts and lavender essential oil with the hopes of releasing this negative energy that I had obviously taken on. Finally I began to feel better.
I checked in with the family members to see how they were doing the next day. All was well.
I have no doubt that we conducted a powerful space clearing ceremony in their beautiful home and I am pleased that they now have the energetic space to create their own magic. And, I can assure you that I will not forget or neglect to conduct the protection ritual prior to any future space clearings. Lesson learned!