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How to cleanse a new space before you move in

Are you moving? Before you move into your new space, don't forget to energetically cleanse it. A home has a spirit. It's always a good idea to cleanse your new house or apartment to let the space know that you will be the new inhabitant. Smoke cleansing the space helps to get rid of the old owner's energy. The same way that a vintage thrifted bracelet from an estate sale will hang on to the energy of its owner, a house will do exactly the same - maybe even more so. That's because homes are really powerful places that hang on to all our personal energy. Regardless of how long the previous owners were in the home, their energy is everywhere, and it's great ritual to gently remove their old energy to make way for all the good vibes you'll be bringing in. 

If you're empathic, you may be very affected by moving into a space that holds a lot of energy that isn't recognizable to you, or simply is different from your own. You never know what goes on behind closed doors. An event that happened within the home prior to your being there, may still be hanging out energetically. This is something that can really affect an empath if she moves into a new space before cleansing it.


ITEMS YOU'LL NEED

• cedar foliage
• fire safe dish
• small drum (or small pot + wooden spoon)
• white candle
• rose quartz
• bucket of warm water + soap
• lemon
• cloths
• mop + broom
• matches 

It helps to have friends and/or family with you to effectively perform the this welcome home smoke cleanse, just make sure you like the energy of the person or people helping you. Ideally, the following is performed inside an empty house before you begin to bring in your belongings, so your energy doesn't mix with the previous owners.


HOW TO PERFORM A
WELCOME HOME RITUAL


1. RED CARPET WALK-THRU

Before you bring in your supplies, walk in through the front door and envision a red carpet rolling out through the entire home. This is the red carpet that your guides, helpers, animals and ancestors will walk on to help you prepare your new abode. You can also do this on the drive over, visualizing the luxurious rug unravelling and waiting for you.

2. SWEEP OUT THE OLD

Bring your supplies in to the centre of the house. Sweep the entire home to rid it of built up dust. Add lemon juice to your bucket of soap and water and wash the floors to scoop up the stagnant energetic grime and remove any blockages within the house. Wash any blemishes on your new walls and surfaces with the lemony soap water as well. Lemon is very useful in purification. You may also wish to burn lemon verbena.

3. BREAK UP THE ENERGY WITH A BANG

Once your home is physically clean, grab your drum or wooden spoon and pot and walk through the house banging the "drum" to break up the energy. This is doubly effective if there are multiple "drums" sounding off at once, so give your bestie an extra pot and spoon to help you out. Let the sound reverberate through the home, and be sure to pound the drum within each room. Should you feel anything off in any room, be sure to hang out there a little bit longer banging your drum. Trust your intuition. If you ever don't have these items, you can clap in a space to reverberate the energy outward.

4. TELL THE HOME YOUR EXPECTATIONS

You've woke up the newly vibrating energy, so now is the time to advise it of its new purpose, who the new family is in the home and what the expectations are. Ignite your herbs in your firesafe dish to send away the negative energies and invite and welcome the positive energy. Walk through the entire home as you did with the drum, wafting the smoke into every room. Conversely, you may also have one person drumming and one person burning herbs behind them. Whatever works best for you. You can snag some smoke cleansing items here.

5. FILL THE HOME WITH LOVE + ROSE QUARTZ

Once you've finished the smoke cleanse, place your rose quartz in the centre of the home (placing it on a little plate on the floor is fine; try not to put the crystal on the floor). The rose quartz will radiate love, strength and protection throughout the space. Light the white candle, placing it beside the rose quartz, and ask your spiritual team to bless the space. Let the candle burn while you clean up your supplies, but be sure to extinguish it if you leave the home. Remember to make sure your rose quartz is cleansed and prepped.

Your space is now squeaky clean and ready for you to move in!


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