Confession time: I hate cleaning house. Or at least, I hate cleaning house when it is just for no other purpose but to clean the house. I need a better reason to clean, which is why I have found creating rituals and building a spiritual practice around my housework makes it much more rewarding. When I remind myself that there are energetic and spiritual benefits to doing these “chores” I am much more likely to get them done. So here I will share with you a few key concepts and ideas that help motivate me when it comes to Spring Cleaning.
With the season of spring comes a refreshed energy vibration that often leaves many people feeling the need to start new projects and ventures. As a Pagan observing the Wheel of The Year, the Spring Sabbats such as Imbolc and Beltane can fill my mind with sometimes lofty dreams about my goals for the future. After months of rain and cold weather, I will often feel like I am waking up from a long slumber – and I’m suddenly hyper aware of the state of my house. Where did all this stuff come from?
Connect With Your Ancestors. The sudden need to purge and refresh the home isn’t new or modern. “Spring Cleaning” is a practice that can be traced back many years to our ancestors of almost all cultures. The tendency towards hoarding and saving things in your home can probably be traced back to some basic survival instincts of our ancestors, along with the process of then emptying out the store houses and preparing the home for busier spring and summer work projects. Opening up the shutters and letting in fresh air was a welcome change after long and dark winter months. Use your time cleaning to intentionally connect with your ancestors and the changing of the seasons, embracing the time of spring as a time to refresh, renew, and bless your living space for future months.
Removing Stagnant Energy. Energy flows freely throughout your home and while smudging with sage or other energetic clearing practices can be beneficial, just the act of moving things around can help break up stagnant energy. You’ve probably spent more time indoors during the winter, and remnants of your shifting moods have gotten “stuck” on objects around your home. Piles of clutter can create something like a black hole or vortex of negative energy. Need to change the energy in a room? Straighten up, get rid of some clutter, and move at least 7 things around the room to different locations. (for example try the lamp on the other side of the desk, move some pictures on the walls to different places, and move your favorite decorative cat to a different location in the room.) You will immediately feel a shift in the energy flow in that room. Follow up with some smudging with sage and the ringing of a bell to help purify the space. If the room needs a BIG energy shift, rearrange the furniture and get rid of as much clutter as possible.
Ritualize a Cleaning Project. You may have that one project you have been putting off: cleaning out the closet or the desk drawers that have just become a place where stuff gets shoved when no one wants to put it away or knows where to put it. Try to look at this project from a different perspective. What do you wish this space could be used for? Do you want your desk to be a place where you work on your home budget, homework, or running your small business? Set this as your intention. Now, which God or Goddess do you want to call on to help you with this goal? Is there a certain Deity you will work with if you are a student, or one that you will call on to help your business be more successful? Gather the tools and offerings you will need to work with this chosen Deity and then create a ritual around the work you will do. In many cases, the work itself can be the offering – as you spend your time cleaning this space and turning it into a more effective space for its chosen purpose, this work is your devotional offering to your chosen Deity. (If it is cleaning a child’s bedroom, you may wish to work with a Mother Goddess such as Demeter. For a couple’s master bedroom maybe a God or Goddess of Love would be chosen, etc.) Once you have gathered your supplies and created your ritual, you can cast your circle as usual, expanding the circle to include the space you will be cleaning. Then just go about your cleaning project, staying mindful and focused on your intention and devotion while you work. Try to remove anything that doesn’t fit with the intended purpose of this space. If the project will take more than one day, just close the circle each time you are done for the day, and open it again when you have time to continue. When you have completed your project, devote the space to your chosen Deity and ask them to bless the space for it’s intended purpose. This may also help motivate you to keep the area clean and clutter free as it is now more than just a desk or a bedroom, but also serves as a shrine and an area with a purpose. Perhaps decorate the area with an object that is related to this Deity in some way as a visual reminder of the work you have done to honor them and the blessing you have asked for.
I hope these ideas have you excited for taking on your Spring Cleaning projects (though they are certainly not limited to the spring season and can be implemented at any time!)
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