Having bought our own house, and moved into it, I remembered that certain things need to done. It’s been a few years since I did a House Blessing of any kind, so it’s time.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that, as a renter, you should probably do a House Blessing more often. I’d recommend at least once every six to nine months.
I’ll tell you why in a moment, but first, I want to talk a little bit about the difference between my method of House Blessing, and most.
Where I come from, a House Blessing is a 3-step process. But if I were to blend my method of House Blessing with the way most Pagans do it, it would go:
That leads me to a few quandaries, though.
First, once you clear the space, there’s a void. Nature abhors a vacuum, so something is going to try to fill that void.
Second, blessing the space helps with that – it adds good luck, good fortune, love, peace, and all that warm fuzzy stuff. But, not before something else has had opportunity to plop into that empty hole left by the clearing.
Third, sealing is awesome – but when done as the third step in the process, it leaves everything open to all manner of potential intruders. Hence the reason that the “something else” has opportunity to fill the void created by the clearing. Before the blessing of the space fills it.
So I tend to do things a little differently. I put the Sealing portion FIRST. So my House Blessings look like this:
“But Alan,” you say, “doesn’t that seal the blessing part OUT?”
As the creator of the boundary, you have ultimate authority to give whatever-you-want the permission to cross it. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves.
After the Seal is created, the next step is to Clear. We get rid of the stuff in that space. Everything. All of it. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Because it takes care of everything with one fell swoop. And that includes any “sneak-ins” that might try to fly under the radar as good entities.
But because the seal is already in place, nothing can re-enter once you clear it out. So once you’ve cleared the space, you suddenly a large void to fill.
And what do you fill it with?
ALL THE GOOD THINGS.
- good luck
Now, don’t get me wrong. Your life isn’t going to be the most amazing, hunky-dory, wondrous thing after a House Blessing. BUT, you’ve taken care of what could be potential culprits in a life you DON’T want.
What about anger? That’s sometimes a good thing, too. What about distrust? That can be beneficial. But those are natural parts of the human makeup. Oh trust: they’ll enter in, because you’re a human, and you’ve got a Shadow. But, you’ll know where they came from: you, and your loved ones. And that eliminates the possibility that an outside negative entity is interfering – which means: no confusion about the source of the issue.
Can you bring stuff in with you, once you’ve sealed, cleared, and blessed? I mean: most of us go out to work on a daily basis, or at least to the grocery store every now and again. We don’t live our lives in a bubble (even though some of us might like to from time to time).
Remember: every House Blessing is temporary. There is no such thing as a permanent sealing, just like there’s no such thing as a permanent banishing. All seals break down over time. It’s why we recreate sacred space every time we perform a ritual, right? Even if you were to leave your circle up, it would dissipate over time.
How do I know that? Like water, energy’s nature is to conform to the shape of its container, and to take on the properties of anything mixed into it. And, like the discipline of Feng Shui teaches, the nature of energy is to move, to flow, and to not remain still. If energy gets trapped in too confining a space for too long, it grows stagnant. And stagnant energy emits a very negative vibe that contributes to disharmony, overly serious attitudes and over-sensitivity, and the lack of harmony in an environment.
So naturally, barriers break down over time because the energy must move. It dissipates. And that means that, as we go about our lives, we may pick up some things that are able to cross the barrier when it gets to a certain point of weakness.
So we simply renew the House Blessing every so often. If you’re a renter, you want to do a House Blessing more often because, if you live in a complex-type environment, like an apartment building or condo unit, you probably have a little more funky energy flowing through your property than you know.
I tend to think that, if properly done (no shortcuts!), and you have few guests, once each year should be good. As a new home owner, this is going to be a bit of an experiment for me. I’ll do it once annually to start, but if I start to notice any weird negative vibes, or other issues that pop up (like, the exact opposite of the “All The Good Things” list), I might go with more often.