Witch Tips: Spring Cleaning

The days are getting longer.  A few days ago I woke up to birdsong.  Wool coats are going back in the closet.  My family established the tradition of spring cleaning when I was a little girl when the weather gets warm enough to keep a window open for an hour.  Even if you don’t have time to clean everything in your home top-to-bottom, here are a few simple tasks to do before Ostara.

  • Junk Drawer: I’ve got one.  You’ve got one.  We’ve all got one. It’ll take you (hopefully) an hour to go through, discard, and reorganize.  If it’s at work or school, take 5 minutes of every break and go through a section of the drawer at a time.
  • Awake the Earth: If you have a garden, start working the soil and clearing leaves from the fall.  Plan your space for the new planting season.  Give a small offering to appropriate spirits and deities.
  • Open a Window: Fresh air is healthy and therapeutic.  It may be too cold to spend large amounts of time outside, but a little bit will go a long way to ushering in spring.
  • Clean Your Altar: Some people think that physically cleaning an altar affects the energies of the space.  I kind of think the deities and spirits you work with will get more offended if their sacred space is messy than if you shift the energies.  I will say I like to keep chemicals and synthetics out of sacred space, so use natural cleaners.
  • Reestablish Relationships: Sometimes you become a little relaxed in your spiritual practice, especially in the dormant energies of winter, making you feel spiritually messy. Create a small ritual to speak directly to your deities to strengthen your bond.

© Ariadne Woods

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One thought on “Witch Tips: Spring Cleaning

  1. I’m planning to redo my house cleansing ritual as well. When you move into a rental, you often clear it out in the beginning… but many people stop there. I feel like it’s been over a year since we moved, and we could use a little refresher; roommates have been moved in since the first round, and life has changed.

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