Monday, August 6, 2012

Cleansings

Cleansings, a.k.a. Uncrossing, Clearings, are works designed to take off or remove negative energy, curses, and jinxes. Cleansings are found in practically all magical traditions across all cultures.

In the practice of hoodoo/rootowork, cleansing spells often are connected to physical cleaning, such as bathing and cleaning of the home. In such rites a person will bathe with a tea made from herbs that have the magical reputation of removing evil. The tea is added to the bathwater and the bather will scrub in a downward fashion to remove the evil. The bathwater is then usually saved to use as mop water or floor scrub. Additional items used in cleansing spells include white candles, incense, salt, smudge sticks, eggs, and even black chicken feathers. Recitation of Psalms may also be used. There are so many methods of performing a cleansing that it would be impossible to list them all in this blog entry.

In hoodoo/rootwork, cleansing are more often referred to as uncrossings, which is the opposite of the term crossed which is a synonym for being cursed or jinxed.

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