Last night my sister and a Goddess friend joined me in blessing my new home. Their presence was so important to me. I could not have felt the calmness and sincere intentions without them. I did a little research on how to bless a house - and I have learned that just about all faiths have a special ritual. The rituals I choose were the ones that felt right to me. I gathered a few tools: sage sticks, rose water, salt, vinegar, dried lavender, crystals, candles, new brooms and my husband's cherished singing bowl. I also brought a few of meaningful objects and set up an alter on the fireplace. My sister and I smudged the entire house as well as the perimeter with burning sage sticks to remove old energy and to invite new energy. My friend followed with spritzes of rose water as I made my intentions of the house be known. "May peace, happiness and love fill our new home - may it comfort us in sorrow and sickness - may it protect us and keep us safe." The singing bowl filled the air with its song and chime. We sprinkled salt in the corner of each room to banish bad energy that may have been trapped. I then prepared a bucket of water with salt and vinegar and wiped down the surfaces in the house to cleanse and welcome the new energy. As I did this I sang along with Snatam Kaur - whom I love dearly. Perhaps you'll fall in love with her too - enjoy the video and her energy.
The house is now ready for us to move in - which will happen in two short days. Rain is in the forecast which seems to go along with our wedding that was canceled due to Hurricane Lenny. We did eventually get married - that story is for another day. We can withstand torrential rains but I am hoping for light showers and maybe even a rainbow. Below is a photo that speaks the how and why of our new home. It sits upon the alter that I set up, yet hides in the following photo. However you'll see in the next photo the most delightful accomplishment of our love for each other - a framed photo of our two happy girls.
I read aloud two blessings. The one below is my favorite - I found it while googling and the author in unknown.
Blessed Goddess, most gentle one,
calm my home for me.
Relieve all tension, send it far,
so from stress we shall be free.
Touch my family with peace and calm,
and the sweetest softest bliss,
bless my home, Great Gentle Goddess,
with your calming kiss.
My dear husband just informed me that it is Tuesday - opps.