Cleanse. Protect. Reverse.

As a wee lass, I didn’t pay much mind to any of the above. I figured the Universe was a nice place, and I was here to experience it-for better or worse. Lately, though, I’ve had some serious cleansing-and I feel better for it.

Join me, if you will~in a multi-part exploration of these practices. We will ramble-across ingredients, tips, tricks, and ideas. We will explore the differences between inner and outer energies that we want to dismantle.



I’m a huge fan of bathing. I love it. I wish our society were more devoted to it’s pleasures, but instead, it mocks me by creating living spaces without bathtubs, and people will live in these. I don’t understand.

For those of us that embrace the the Holy Bath, some ideas:

Lavender– related to the Latin “Lavare” to wash- so the member of the mint family is deeply related to cleansing

Sage– long associated with cleansing, especially in Native traditions-don’t feel like it is necessary that you only use white sage- any sage will do, even kitchen varieties

Epsom Salts– said to draw out toxins

Sea Salts– also long associated with cleansing and protection

Palo Santo– wood from a South American tree, I usually get the oil, but it also comes as a stick that you burn like a smudge stick

Ginger & Mustard Detox Bath

One of my favorite combinations is Ginger, Mustard Powder, and Salts, it’s like a mini-sauna. Energetically, it’s fiery and warming, great for winter. It’s believed to help relieve cold and flu symptoms.

To a tub of warm water, add:

1/2 cup freshly grated ginger (or 1 tbsp powder)

1/8 cup dry mustard powder

1/2 cup salts (epsom, sea, or a combination)

Swish in the tub until dissolved and enjoy.

Tea~ A bath for the inside!


What about energies you’re carrying around on the interior?

Kill it with Fire Tea!

Ginger, Cinnamon, Fennel, and Cayenne (just a touch)

This fiery combination is a warming tonic for the insides.


Kill it with Kindness Tea!

Sage, Lavender, Peppermint, Chamomile, Rose

This gentle combination is cleansing and nourishing.

Bodily Approaches

Massage, meditation, saunas, hot tubs, and other forms of body-work can all be useful in purging the body of undesirable energies.

Any movement practice that you engage in can be applied to moving harmful or unwanted energies out of the body. Some of my favorites are yoga, in particular Sun Salutations (more fiery-magic) and yogic breaths.

Here is Sadie Nardini’s Yogic Detox Breath  video.

And her Sun Salutations

For further information on removing traumatic energies from the body with movement, see~

The work of Peter Levine



The work of Will Johnson



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I Think I Can

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My religious practices, up til now- have been hit or miss. I’m not the best adult, not the most *organized and together* person. I have forgiving Spirits who I do a lot of work for, in the world, but I’m never meeting my own expectations, so I suspect I’m not meeting Theirs.

In about two weeks, I’ll receive Collares (necklaces) that will mark me as a baby Santerian. If I manage a Misa (spirit court) before this, no doubt my spirits will voice their assignments, requests, and more!

So, while entering the religion should please a great many of Them, it’s also a Gateway to Things to Do (or Not Do).

Add the small children I work with ( who are forever pulling my hair, breaking my necklaces (3 to date) and getting me dirty)- and…well, you see.

Not to mention, the chickens.

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A Theurgic Devotional Ceremony For Unifying The Faces of Your Deity

I Found this work very interesting.

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Source: A Theurgic Devotional Ceremony For Unifying The Faces of Your Deity

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In which much has occurred.

Since my last post-many, many things-big and little have occurred.

I lost my dear daddy to a month-long battle with lung cancer.

I moved, bought a house on the river in OR.

Started a new job in a preschool.

Discovered that I have a back problem- spondylolisthesis- a vertebra slipped forward. Apparently this is a thing now, and I am needing to make changes around it.

Decided to become a Santera.

My life in incredibly beautiful, simple and complex at the same time. I’ve never been more happy or more worried.


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Love, Beauty


Isn’t this wonderful?

Originally posted on Paganarch:

On my lunch break from work I walked along wet streets, trying not to think about the internet and things on it.

And I saw this, on a crosswalk signal pole, barely there, barely noticeable except for those who might look, who might stand waiting for the light to change to cross the rivers of asphalt, a love poem of the best sort:

“Why does beauty remind us of something we cannot remember?”

And I smiled.

Another quote for you, this one from me:

You can weave love, like stories, into the warmest of cloaks to wrap about you against the coldest of winds.

Not all shields must be made of wood or metal, and not all which protects you must prevent you.

Be well.

All of you.

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Using All The Best Things!


Enjoy the beauty, now. In each and every now.

Originally posted on Cauldrons and Cupcakes:

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“Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.”Mary Manin Morrissey

While I was at university I went to a babysitting job. The family owned and ran the canteen at my college, and worked long hours. They were incredibly proud of their new brick home, and invited me in as if I had arrived at Buckingham Palace.

Over the white shag-pile carpet lay thick plastic runners. Plastic slipcovers encased every piece of furniture in the lounge. It was the height of summer so I was offered a seat on a towel, placed on top of the plastic-covered and uncomfortable sofa. I drank my cold drink from a plastic cup and ate my cake off a chipped…

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Why Freya Makes Me Cry


As a dedicant to the Venusian energies, and the spirits therein- Oshun, Freyja, Aphrodite, etc- my life is very much this way. Asking myself “what’s the most loving or harmonious action I can take?” And not just noticing beauty, but being beautiful- all make for the exquisite beauty of this post.

Originally posted on Freya: The Gold Thread:

Started out writing a post about the love notes, ended up writing the “why she makes me cry post”. It is what it is….

I “check in” with Freya every day–kind of like I check my email–to see if She has any words of inspiration to pass on. I do it because it’s part of my commitment to Her, to write these love notes and post them for people. It’s not because I’m particularly holy or special; I just do it because I promised I would.

I’m very sensitive all over–physically, emotionally–and it’s easy for me to be overwhelmed, so normally I keep my emotions and ability to sense things tightly locked down. But in order to hear Her, I need to open up. I When I open my shields up, I usually get a feeling, an image, and anywhere between one word/or concept and a full sentence or two…

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