09 Mary Magdalene Mysteries

Magdalene Mysteries

About thirty seconds after I said I wanted to write an article about the Magdalene Mysteries, I changed my mind. First of all, will I burn for this? And more importantly, where do I even begin? An article? It seems so small for the giant mind-blowing rabbit hole that I have been exploring for years. So, this may be just the beginning of a series of articles, or I will give you just enough to whet your appetite so that you can begin your journey… Which is a perfect place to start: The Magdalene Mysteries are an initiation, a true mind, body, and soul exploration, which begins with a labyrinth. I can lead you to the entrance, but it is up to you to walk the left-hand path. For those who have the eyes to see and the ears to hear, be prepared for an expansion of what you know and potentially a demolition of what you thought you knew.

In order to begin to unlock the mysteries of Mary Magdalene, we must first make an agreement that you will be curious and allow this curiosity to open your mind to wild and unlikely possibilities. If you’re here, it is likely that you already have some unorthodox beliefs, for instance, reincarnation, maybe? Reincarnation is a theory that our souls return time and time again in different bodies, potentially to learn specific lessons or to teach those who cross your path. Some believe we choose the life we will incarnate into, others believe it is karmic, and we are essentially reborn in a life we earned. Reincarnation is a fascinating subject, but we will have to dive into that one later. For the sake of this article, let’s assume you do believe that reincarnation is possible and that you are here on this planet at this time on purpose. This is important because Mary Magdalene’s story begins long before she walked the earth.

The Sacred Union

Long ago, maybe before the beginning of time, there was divine energy, and this energy was a combination of masculine and feminine, and when united, their union created life. This divine coupling has returned to this planet over and over and over as a direct reflection of the original “father and mother,” who was later renamed as one entity, a masculine deity. They were stripped of their sacred union, and the mother was forgotten. But not everyone forgot her, she was remembered in secret, under the moon, deep inside caves, in tending to an herb garden, and especially in childbirth. Our ancestresses whispered Her name and raised their daughters in the old ways for as long as they possibly could, only for Her to be forgotten generation by generation.

Those who have studied the lore of Mary Magdalene have no doubt that Jesus and Mary were not only lovers but that they led a ministry together. One that preached sacred union, Tantrika, and Magick. Those who follow the left-hand path believe that Mary and Jesus were destined, that the star which appeared at his birth, the star which the Magi followed, was a sign from the heavens that the next great love story was beginning. But why? Why would anyone believe this? We have been taught that Jesus was “perfect,” suggesting he never had sex, which is damaging in several ways. Sex and divine union are beautiful, but religion makes them ugly and sinful. We have been led to believe that Mary Magdalene was a reformed prostitute. We have been indoctrinated to believe that Jesus’s mother, Mary, was a virgin when she became pregnant. Even for those who believe in Magick, this concept is a bit far-fetched. In fact, the more we study the sacred mysteries, the more we may become convinced that immaculate conception is ridiculous or that we must redefine the term “immaculate.” So why is this taught? To push you further from finding the truths, to keep you subservient to the patriarchy, and to shame your natural sexual nature.

Immaculate conception, calling Mary Magdalene a prostitute, and claiming that Jesus never had sex implies that sex itself is dirty or sinful. The Messiah could not have come from a man and woman experiencing pleasure together because that would prove that Jesus was a man, not God on earth. Even the term “immaculate conception” implies that sex is dirty. This is some of the oldest misogyny recorded. Casting Mary Magdalene as a prostitute automatically diminishes any potential respect a “good Christian” would have towards her, even though she is the only person who actually fits the bill to be Jesus’s apostle. This smear campaign has done catastrophic damage to the feminine.

The Origin of Marys and Virgins

Consider this: Why were there so many women named Mary in The Bible? I was told that it was a popular name, but I was not told that the priestesses of Isis used the title “Mary.” If these priestesses, these Marys, if you will, practiced the traditions of Isis, they most likely participated in sacred sexuality. In the traditions widely practiced at the time, priestesses performed sacred rituals on sacred holidays, which were held at specific times and dates based on astrology, and it is quite possible that Marys conceived these ceremonies. If alchemists or studiers of Hermetic principles were waiting for a specific moment in time for the next great love to be birthed, a conception at the time of a specific sacred ceremony would potentially guarantee the birth of a reincarnated soul. It is likely that Joseph agreed to take on this pregnant priestess, raise the child and teach him the ways of the goddess…

It is also worth noting that the word virgin did not define a person who had not had sex but rather a free, independent, autonomous, unmarried woman. This is important because it suggests that Jesus’s mother actually was a virgin if we consider this from the original meaning. Even so, I will refer to Jesus’s mother as “Mother Mary” so as not to confuse you and also because the word virgin has been so deeply misconstrued. We can also deconstruct the idea that “temple virgins,” women who served in temples, were not abstinent but most likely sexually active, which was considered spiritual. 

Divine Bloodlines

According to The Bible, which I don’t consider to be an extremely reputable source, but is widely acknowledged as fact, Jesus, his mother, and adopted father went to Egypt when he was very young because Herod the Great, King of Judea ordered the death of all of the male children under the age of two. (Most scholars do not believe that Herod actually did this, just as there’s no evidence that the Hebrews were ever slaves in Egypt. These inconsistencies further prove that The Bible and its stories were most likely lore and loosely based on actual events.) There is evidence that Jesus did travel in the first 30 years of his life. Not only to Egypt but also to Britain, Tibet, and India. If Mother Mary was, in fact, a priestess, and she believed her son was destined to be the messiah based on the time of his conception and the astrology when he was born, as well as his bloodline, then she would have chosen to bring her son to teachers far and wide, to initiate him in the hermetic principles, as well as other alchemical studies, and spiritual practices.

Mary Magdalene, a priestess whose bloodline has been speculated to be of the tribe of Benjamin or the line of the Queen of Sheba, maybe both, also had a promising assumed future. Magdalene was raised as a princess, and a priestess, a Mary. It is believed that Magdalene was betrothed to Jesus based on both of their bloodlines, but the Jews changed the betrothal to John the Baptist, Jesus’s cousin, who also carries the prophesied bloodline because Jesus was too radical in his teachings. Based on the gospel of Mary Magdalene, it is believed that his teachings included equality between the masculine and the feminine, a belief that was systematically dismantled by the religious leaders of this time.

Mary Magdalene and The Prophecy of The Messiah

Meanwhile, John was believed to hate women and chose to live in the wilderness with men only. While John did not want to marry Magdalene, he was aware that based on prophecy, marrying her would make him the assumed messiah. He didn’t necessarily want to be the messiah, but he did not agree with Jesus’s teachings of equality between the masculine and feminine, so he did choose to take her as his bride. It was after his death that Jesus took Magdalene as his wife in order to both fulfill the prophecy and raise his cousin’s son, as it was customary to take on your close relatives family after their death. Those of us who study the left-hand path believe that Jesus and Magdalene truly did love each other, and it was no ordinary love; this love transcended time and space. A love that returned time and time, from the beginning. The embodiment of the masculine and feminine union. It is also believed that Magdalene had three children, which to this day is represented by the Fleur-de-lis. 

Jesus and Magdalene lead a ministry together as equals, husband and wife, prophet and prophetess, and priest and priestess. This has been stripped from history because it shows Jesus in a light that is human and that his ministry taught equality and sacred union. But still, even those who pieced together the bible that we know today could not remove his wife from its pages. Rather they portray her with a scarlet letter A, as a reformed prostitute. But still, it is she who witnessed Jesus after his resurrection. It is she who was the only candidate to be considered Jesus’s apostle. 

In order to be considered an apostle of Jesus: 

  1. One must have spent the three years of his ministry with him
  2. Have been an eyewitness to Jesus’s baptism
  3. Witnessed Jesus’s miracles, healings, and teachings
  4. Witnessed Jesus sacrifice himself on the cross
  5. Witness Jesus after his resurrection

The only person who fits this description is Magdalene. Other than John, all the other supposed apostles were not there when Jesus was crucified, but he is noted along with several other women (Mary’s mostly). And it was Mary Magdalene to who Jesus appeared to first. 

The Holy Grail

After the crucifixion, it was extremely dangerous to be in any way connected to Jesus. Those who followed the left-hand path believed that it would be wise to send the pregnant Magdalene and her children, Jesus’s daughter and adopted son, away. Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus’s uncle, is said to have taken Magdalene and the children to safety. You have probably heard parts of this story. Joseph was said to have gone to England, specifically Glastonbury, with several others, and he brought the holy grail. It is believed that the holy grail is not a cup but Jesus and Magdalene’s bloodline. There was a strong Jewish presence in this area, and in English lore, it has been said that Joseph and Mother Mary had brought Jesus to Glastonbury when Jesus was young. In fact, one of, if not the first “Christian” church in England is said to have been founded by Joseph, although it was destroyed in 1184. It’s possible that Joseph, Magdalene, and her children continued their ministry upon reaching Glastonbury, although it is said that Magdalene made her home in France, specifically a cave where many believe Magdalene lived out the rest of her days. To this day, Sainte Baume is a popular pilgrimage destination. And to this day, lore in England and France puts Magdalene in both places after the crucifixion.

The deeper you dive into these mysteries, the more you find connections that may be right in front of you but are just as easy to miss. There is a deconstruction of what we have been taught, from the Claddagh to labyrinths in cathedrals and famous art pieces. There is so much to explore and never enough room on a page. I’ll leave you with this: While Christianity has distorted the love story of Jesus and Magdalene, many throughout history have stayed true to the origins and have even followed and protected the line of Jesus and Mary. At this point, millions of us probably carry this holy blood in our veins.

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Recommended Books

These books are a great place to start if you want to learn more and do your own research.

Magdalene Mysteries: The Left-Hand Path of the Feminine Christ

Holy Blood Holy Grail

Mary Magdalene Revealed: The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel & the Christianity We Haven’t Tried Yet

The Expected One 

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Magdala: The Lost Story of Mary Magdalene 

Spiritual Tools to Help You Connect With Mary Magdalene

Magdalene Oracle: An Ocean of Eternal Love

Red Chime Candles

Frankincense & Myrrh

Egyptian Alabaster Stone/Marble Candle Holder Votive

Kabbalah Red String Bracelet from Israel

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Love, Light & Lies: Healing and Manifesting Without Forced Forgiveness

By Justine The Witch

I feel called to address some serious issues that arise the more we push this concept of “love and light”, “The Law of Attraction”, and forgiveness. Don’t get me wrong, I do find some value in these concepts, but I also can see how they can be problematic and misrepresented. This may be upsetting or frustrating for some because the concepts I am discussing are very widely used, but just because they work for some, does not mean they work or are even realistic for all types of people. It feels important to address these concerns because I see these beliefs heavily pushed upon the spiritual community.

If you are unfamiliar, I’ll give you a Cliff’s notes version of this “spiritual movement”. The Law of Attraction is a mindset and belief that we can control outcomes based on our deepest desires. This practice encourages you to pour energy into an “abundance mindset”, and avoid the “poverty mindset” based on the idea that we attract that which we focus on. For example, there is much to be said about changing your verbiage from “want”, which is “lack”, to “have” which is “abundance”. Rather than saying “I want to be a chef”, you may say, “I am a chef.” When we are focused on what we do not have, we are more likely to stay in that situation, whereas if you are using verbiage that suggests you already have, you are more likely to achieve your goal. This can work with breaking habits, as well. If you are quitting smoking, you may say, “No thank you, I don’t smoke.” Rather than, “I am trying to quit.” You are more likely to actually quit if you reaffirm that you do not smoke. (You still have to put the work in to achieve goals, but I will get to that.) The Law of Attraction is often paired with the “love and light” ideals, where we stay in a loving mindset and avoid dark or negative thoughts, which bleeds into an expectation that you must forgive those who have hurt you in order to raise your vibration and heal. 

There is a lot of value in the places we focus our energy, as witches, we know that intention is extremely important. As human beings, we have seen the research which shows that having a daily gratefulness practice has proven to help people to be less depressed, and less anxious, which can aid in being healthy, physically and mentally. I am not saying that it’s unhealthy to be grateful, nor am I saying that we can’t attract the things we want. What I am saying is that it is insensitive to claim that this is “the way”. It is unacceptable, and damaging to claim that our mindset will bring forth prosperity when we know that there are people who are starving, homeless, unemployed, abused, neglected, or in other ways less fortunate, and victims of circumstance. 

Subscribing to the “love and light” ideals often causes victim blaming, whether it is intentional or not. We are placing a person’s situation on them, as though they created their reality. But the fact is, some people are at the mercy of situations they have absolutely no control over. For example, my client, who was heinously abused since childhood, did not create her reality, she was only a child. Even if you believe that her celestial self chose to reincarnate on this planet at this time, the abuser chose the violence. A child is innocent and reaps the mental, emotional, and physical trauma, which can lead to mental illness, substance abuse, and depression. Can you imagine telling this little girl that she agreed to this??? Can you imagine telling this little girl that she just needs to focus on the positive, and her life will magically transform? In the “love and light” communities we find people pushing the idea that we just need to let go, forgive, and move on, in order to have a happier and healthier life. They claim that remembering, or harboring our pain keeps us low vibe, and causes illness. In my opinion, this is gaslighting, manipulative, and abusive.

I find it abhorrent to place blame on a victim because they are still dealing with the pain of their traumas. In fact, the entire idea of expecting a victim to forgive their abuser is abuse! Forgiveness is extremely misunderstood, and in my experience, has been used to control. Today one of my clients expressed that her abusive ex-husband reached out to make amends because he is going through the steps of AA. He is on step 8, which is when a recovering alcoholic would make a list of anyone they harmed, and are willing to take responsibility and apologize to them all (unless doing so would cause greater harm). My client has been completely unable to respond to his amends. It was clear to me that she feels torn because she knows that it takes humility for him to take responsibility for his actions, but she just does not feel like she is ready to forgive, and she is not sure if she ever will be. I expressed to her that it is not her responsibility to forgive him, and if she does, she actually doesn’t have to ever tell him. It is not a victim’s job to absolve their abuser, in too many cases, forgiveness has paved the path to continued abuse. However, in many religious organizations, and in the love and light community, you will find that victims are challenged to not only forgive but also to take responsibility for the way they dealt with the issue. For some, forgiveness feels crucial, but I suggest unpacking forgiveness. What does it mean for you, and how does this make an impact on you? We know that forgiving is not forgetting, although, many abusers seem to think that once they have been forgiven, that’s the end of it. It’s very far from the end for those who have been hurt. People who have been abused may spend a lifetime grappling with what has been done to them. Many find themselves in the same, or similar situations because forgiveness meant allowing the abuser back into their life. Likewise, many victims of abuse do not continue to do the work to heal from their trauma because they were under the impression that forgiveness ended the whole cycle of abuse. In many cases, this turns into denial, and victims shut themselves and their emotions down. Some wonder why they have such strong reactions to certain situations, which may even include frustration towards people who are speaking up about their abuse.

It is important that we take responsibility for our actions. However, I do not agree with the notion that victims should be held accountable for the ways they attempted to protect themselves, or the ways they stood up to their abusers. I am suggesting that we give victims a break, that we are gentle with those who have been victimized, and those who are less fortunate. I am abolishing the idea that remorse and apologies must be met with forgiveness. I reject the idea that we should just let go of our past pain, and move on. My pain has driven me to this place, a place where I am able to support my friends and my clients, a place where I can witness and hold space for victims, a place where I can stand up for those who have been abused. I have spent the past decade exposing the atrocities that have happened and still happen in the cult I was raised in. Thanks to being a “dog with a bone”, I have helped many people to free themselves from the cult. If I had just let go and sent love and light to my abusers, I would not have been able to support those who needed someone to validate their experiences and show them a way out. I have not forgiven the cult for the way they treated me, and my loved ones. Do people tell me that it’s time to let it go? Has my own husband asked me repeatedly when I am going to get over it? Yes. In fact, even other victims have said that I need to forgive and look at the positive things that came from those experiences. My lack of forgiveness is not keeping me in an angry space, it is righteous indignation, and it is aiding in healing for others, who otherwise would feel lost, confused, and dejected.

According to The Law of Attraction, there is a lot of value in where we place our energy, but we know that energy must be matched. Daydreaming all the time about losing weight is not going to help anyone drop a few pounds, we must match the energy with action. This means we make healthier food choices, and add more movement to our lives, in order to see results. The same goes for that promotion we have been hoping for, we have got to apply for the position and work hard to prove ourselves. This, however, is a particular challenge for people in certain circumstances, especially health-related issues. The amount of times I have heard of doctors fat-shaming, rather than finding ways to help their patients who have health issues that inhibit their ability to move or are hormonally imbalanced, is cringy! In these cases, it is insensitive and ultimately cruel to push these ableist ideals. It is extremely important that we give grace, and have empathy, and sensitivity to folx who are differently-abled, and have health concerns that inhibit their energy, and movement.

“I ask that we all take some time to be gentle with ourselves, and with others. To take responsibility for the ways we have been insensitive. Be mindful of our words, and our expectations of others. To do what works for you, but allow others to find what works for them.”

Justine the Witch

While I have personally experienced success in using some Law of Attraction concepts, I admit that this is due to my own privilege. I have had the good fortune to have a partner who supports my dreams and goals. He was the primary breadwinner as I poured my energy into my writing and my craft. In complete honesty, I do not know that I would be as successful as I am today if I had to work full time and squeeze out extra energy at the end of the day. My partner is a very dedicated parent, as well, so I have support with the kids when I need time and space to work with clients or meet a deadline. Again, I don’t know how I would have been able to create a business without that added support. I am able-bodied and healthy, I have had the privilege of being in therapy, I have been gifted retreats and seminars, and I own a vehicle. A lot of the people I love do not have any of these things. Some are single parents, some have health issues that inhibit their movement and energy, and some have mental health issues and do not have the funds for proper therapy. I have found myself inserting my foot into my mouth after gushing about how my hard work has paid off, only to recognize that I am privileged to be able to work as hard as I do and to take time off to rest and recuperate.

I ask that we all take some time to be gentle with ourselves, and with others. To take responsibility for the ways we have been insensitive. Be mindful of our words, and our expectations of others. To do what works for you, but allow others to find what works for them. And, if you find it in your heart to support a friend who may need a ride, or groceries, or a shoulder to cry on, and you have the energy or the ability, then go for it. Not out of guilt for what you have, but out of love and respect for those who don’t. Nobody wants to be a charity case, and you don’t need to be a hero. Just be kind. And as always, do what works for you, if you find success in The Law of Attraction, by all means, attract away! If “love and light” is your jam, then “love and light” all day! If you feel strongly that forgiveness is healing, forgive, but I ask that you don’t push your beliefs or experiences on others.

Justine Lieberman or “JustinetheWitch” (she/her) is a practicing eclectic witch who specializes in shadow work and Tarot reading, she refers to herself as a “Tarotpist” and “Word Witch”. Her love for writing and passion to heal spiritual abuse has been the catalyst for her activism and her Craft.

Smoke Cleansing

When most people walk into my home, I watch them drop their shoulders, inhale, and smile. It’s like they just walked into a sanctuary or spa. Even with my small dogs barking their greetings, my guests seem to relax almost immediately. Clients, friends, and family have repeatedly commented on how calm and peaceful they feel in my home. My house is not outwardly calm, between the dogs barking, the three teenagers, the robot vacuum choking on a sock, the game blaring on the TV, and the dishes in the sink, you might be thinking, “CHAOS!”. Sure, those things could be chaotic, and yet, my guests feel perfectly at ease. This is because my home is smoke cleansed regularly, and strongly energetically protected. 
Have you ever walked into a home that just felt heavy, dark, or gave you the heebeegeebees? Are there places that just feel off to you? I remember having a sleepover at a friend’s house in 6th grade, and her house just felt uncomfortable. I never slept over again, but as an adult, I visited her home, and it still felt off. Almost like I was cold, even though it wasn’t cold at all. This really struck me because as a tween, I didn’t think much about it, I just recognized my discomfort. As an adult, I recognized the same feelings I had felt all those years ago. I felt validated but also concerned. I wondered why her house felt so uncomfortable. I wish I had the tools then that I have now because I would have offered to smoke cleanse her house.
All spaces carry energy, whether it’s a home, office, bathroom, church, hospital, school, park, or alleyway. The energy may be so subtle that you don’t feel anything at all, or it may be strong. It can be strong in a positive, or peaceful way, and it may be strong in a negative or even scary way. Just as human beings have the capacity to take on other people’s energy, most commonly noted in empaths, this whole world experiences energetic imprinting. We don’t have to suffer from the intensity or even minimal low vibe energy. In my last blog, “Protect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Peace”, I shared ways to create energetic barriers for your personal aura. Today I want to dive into doing the same for your home. 
Smoke Cleansing is an ancient tradition that has been used in many cultures throughout history and is still a common practice today. We are familiar with Indigenous people in America who use smoke to not only cleanse but also open portals to the spirit world, however, burning herbs to promote cleansing and spiritual connection has been practiced since ancient times all over the world. Biblically God commands the use of incense as early as Exodus, and the wise men who came to witness the infant Jesus after his birth brought frankincense and myrrh as offerings, two herbs that are still used to smoke cleanse and protect to this day. Egypt has been known to burn herbs to purify their homes and help the inhabitants to sleep well. Temples across China and Asia have burned herbs, such as mugwort to support emotional wellness. Africa and India have both been known for smoke cleansing as well. Even Australian Aboriginals and Islanders use different herbs to cleanse with smoke. European witches were put to death for using herbs as salves, remedies, and smoke cleansing. 
You may be wondering if Smoke Cleansing is cultural appropriation. It is a highly controversial subject. As witches, it is important to touch on this subject as we strive to be as ethical as possible. I do not intend to lecture anyone, however, I do find that skirting around it just because it’s uncomfortable is privileged and disrespectful. I have shouted from the rooftops about the injustices to witches, and the 13 million women who were tortured, kidnapped, and murdered by drowning, hanging, burning, and countless other insidious ways. Therefore I would be remiss to skirt over the 56 million indigenous men, women, and children who were brutally murdered in the Americas by European settlers. This was a successful holocaust. Hideous extermination of human beings, their religions, customs, and culture. It’s truly tragic. 
“Smudging” is a term used by Indigenous people for smoke cleansing. While Smoke Cleansing is not exclusive to Indigenous people, the term “Smudge” is. The other issue we run into is that many people use white sage to smoke cleanse because of its magical properties, and popularity. Smudging, and all Indigenous religious practices were banned in the United States until 1978. This type of oppression is abhorrent, and the reason it is argued that it is inappropriate for non-natives to adopt these customs. I have made this error myself, and until recently I used the term “Smudge” when discussing Smoke Cleansing, not realizing that the word is not for me to use. In addition, I have used white sage to smoke cleanse, however, this sage was picked wild for me by a dear friend who is Indigenous and has been one of my beloved teachers. I felt panic in regards to using white sage, but just as my dear friend invited me to a Sweat Lodge, I was informed that being invited, and gifted these items and experiences means that in these circumstances I have the honor of participating in these sacred rituals. It would, however, be inappropriate for me to buy and burn sage, just as it would be inappropriate for me to create a Sweat Lodge, according to my Indigenous friends. In addition, white sage has been over-harvested, and therefore it is unethical to purchase unless you can guarantee that it has been sustainably harvested. 
So what is acceptable to burn while smoke cleansing? First, I would suggest feeling deeply into yourself, your practices, and your ancestral roots. Due to my modgepodge of ancestry, I have looked into the cultures of my bloodline ranging from Ashkenazi Jew to Swedish, to Scottish, Irish, French, German, and Brazillian. For most of my life, I only had a real connection to my Jewish lineage, so I chose to start there. A quick Google search can help you to discover herbs and other powerful plants that your ancestors may have used. 
Others believe that it is most ethical to choose to use herbs that grow native to the area where you live, on the basis that the energies where you live are more connected to the plants that naturally grow in that region. Ultimately it is up to you to feel into what speaks to your heart and keeps you aligned. Lavender, rosemary, cedar, mugwort, and juniper are all effective alternatives to white sage, or palo santo.
Smoke Cleansing is a tried and true method for dispersing negative, stagnant, or stale energy. It’s surprisingly simple, but a somewhat tedious task when performed with intention. You will find that different cultures have different rituals. I encourage you to do your own research and find a ritual that feels good to you. Personally, my preference for Smoke Cleansing whenever the energy in my home feels heavy, or tense, as well as after we have had guests, is two rounds of smoke cleansing, using two different herbs. The first to banish the old or negative energy, and the second to fill my space with fiercely protective love. I begin by opening everything, all the windows and doors, and each and every cabinet, and closet. I bless and command the first herb by saying “I command you to banish all negative, unwanted, and unhealthy energy from this space, and so it is.” then light my herbs in a bowl or heatproof container, and begin at my front door. I use a small broom or hand fan, and wave the smoke, moving the bowl counterclockwise (to banish), I walk counterclockwise through the entrance of my home, fanning the smoke from top to bottom, making sure not to miss corners, and other hidden places, like underneath desks and shelves. I continue this way, moving from room to room, always starting from the entrance, and paying special attention to enclosed spaces, like cabinets. Afterward, I command my second herb (which is often some type of flower) by saying, “I command you to fill this space with fierce protective love, and repel any and all negative or unwanted energy from this space.” Then I begin again, only this time I move clockwise to bring in positive loving energy. Love is my “religion”, so I choose to use love as my protector, and nurturer. If you have a special connection to specific deities, you can call on them as you command your herbs. 
After I have Smoke Cleansed the entire house, I light a candle to seal the deal, then close all the doors, windows, and cabinets. Before lighting this candle, I meditate on its purpose, and command it to bring calm, gentle, loving, and protective energy into my home, and anoint it with specific essential oils. Any candle will do, as long as it has never been burned before. Unless you have designated a larger candle for this purpose, in which case, you would still meditate on its purpose before lighting the candle, and rather than blowing it out, I suggest snuffing it out. 
There are many practices for smoke cleansing, we would love to hear yours! And don’t forget that you can smoke cleanse any item that comes into your home, as well as your vehicles! For more on protecting your home with symbolism, check out my previous blog, “Protect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Peace”.

@justinethewitch (she/her) is an eclectic witch who specializes in Shadow Work and Tarot reading, she refers to herself as a “Tarotpist” and a “Word Witch”. Her love for writing and passion to heal spiritual abuse has been the catalyst for her activism and her craft.

by Justine Lieberman

We lock our doors, set alarms, double-check the windows, and charge our Ring doorbells, but how do we protect ourselves and our homes Magickally?  As witches, our first line of defense is our craft.  It’s important to match our “3D” defenses with our cosmic defenses.  Adding just a few energetic barriers to yourself and your home will not take much time or money, but it will help you to protect your peace.

Beginning with yourself, daily shielding and weekly cleansing will make a huge difference in your energy, productivity, and patience.  Each time we walk out of our front door, send an email, or post on social media, we are potential targets for the low vibe, energetic vampires, curses, hexes, and evil eyes.  Most muggles (and many witches) are unaware they are casting spells left and right.  All of our thoughts and intentions, even subconsciously, carry magick.  The potential to bless or curse is in a split second.  When someone cuts you off while driving, when a customer is rude, or when you see a stunning woman standing in her power, consider what feelings float through you.  You may be an innocent victim of someone else’s jealousy, bitterness, or anger.  You may be sending out jealousy, bitterness, or anger.  These little curses happen instantaneously, and we often don’t realize we have sent them out, or that we have been on the receiving end.  Sometimes you can tell that you have an evil eye on you when you notice that you feel more sluggish, have trouble sleeping, can’t get enough sleep, have out-of-character impatience, or lack of motivation.  These curses attach to your aura and drain you.  Have no fear, you already have some simple and effective remedies in your home.

Salt baths are one of my go-to suggestions when someone suspects they may have an evil eye. I recommend blessing your salt, and setting an intention.  “I command you to absorb all negative energy, evil eyes, hexes, and curses, and return to sender.  And so it is.”  Soak for at least 15 minutes, and be sure to submerge your entire body, head to toe, at least once.  Pull the plug, and watch the water drain, banishing all the negativity that has been pulled from you.  If you don’t have a bath, you could create a salt scrub and use the same incantation as above.  I prefer to scrub starting from my head, and down my body to my toes.  You may prefer to start from your toes and work upward.  I have heard varying preferences.  Play drumming, chanting, chimes, or high vibe music as you soak or scrub, as certain tones are healing.  Music works wonders to shake off negative vibes, particularly music that includes mantras, prayers, or sacred sounds, like Om.

Shielding and mirror armoring are important as a daily practice.  Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, become present and grounded, then imagine mirrors all around your body.  Say, “I repel and banish all negative, low vibe, unwanted energy, and return to sender. And so it is.”  Mirrors are reflective, so your energetic mirrors will bounce back any unwanted energy, protecting you from energetic leeches.  You may write this spell on a post-it, or directly on your mirrors at home.  This will serve as a reminder to shield and will continue working, it is called “spelling” for a reason.  Written words carry power, too!  There are many other options to cleanse and shield yourself such as egg cleansing, smoke cleansing, reiki, crystals, and talismans.  Find what feels good for you.

Now that you are protected, let’s focus on your home.  First, weekly smoke cleansing is extremely helpful.  The smoke clears out old, stale, unwanted, and negative energy that may be trapped in your home.  I recommend two rounds, the first to banish, and the second to fill your space with peaceful, joyful, loving, and fierce protective energy.  You may want to light a white or black candle to ensure lasting protection when you are finished.

“Sometimes you can tell that you have an evil eye on you when you notice that you feel more sluggish, have trouble sleeping, can’t get enough sleep, have out-of-character impatience, or lack of motivation.  These curses attach to your aura and drain you.”

Justine the Witch

After smoke cleansing, place a bowl of salt in the room that people spend the most time in.  You may also add a bowl of salt to each room.  Salt absorbs negative energy and is highly protective. You may also sprinkle salt along your window sills and pour a thicker line outside your front door.  Do not underestimate the power of salt!  I suggest replacing the salt once a week on trash day.  You won’t want the negative salt to stay in your home, so trash day ensures that it’s taken far from you.  I like to do my big cleansings, as well as mopping the house (with added protective salt!), and salt replacements the night before trash day, so all of the unwanted energy and actual gunk is cleaned up, and out of my house.  Witches’ black salt is potent and works wonders when you really need to amp up your protection, just be wary of where you use this salt, as it may be toxic to children and animals.

Keeping crystals like black tourmaline and obsidian on the four corners of your home, or each room will aid in keeping you and your psyche protected.  Selenite is helpful to keep under the four corners of your bed to continuously cleanse and maintain harmony, as well as manage nightmares.  Salt and selenite lamps help to cleanse the air and the negativity from your space.  You may also wear crystals as jewelry, keep them in your pockets and/or your bra to help keep your vibrations raised, which will aid in repelling negative energy.  All of the items listed above should be cleansed regularly.  Moon baths, salt baths, or smoke cleansing will do the trick.

I have been cursed, and recently broke a pretty intense curse by moving.  I know it’s drastic, but anyone who knows where you live, or has stepped foot into your home, has the power to focus negative energy on you and your household.  We can’t all just pick up and move, and to be fair, I hadn’t wanted to, but the Goddess had other plans, and blessed be, she knew what was best!  You do not have to move to break curses.  If you have low vibe people coming around, or you know someone has animosity towards you, I would recommend adding some decorative, but potent symbolism, talismans, or elementals to your home.  I keep a besom, bristle side up, behind my front door as well as behind my bedroom door.  Mine are cinnamon-scented brooms you can find during holidays, and the scent fades, don’t worry!  You can also hang one over your door with the bristle side facing the direction your door opens.  Brooms are believed to sweep away negative energy, protect, and bring luck!  In addition, I hang a small evil eye charm over each bedroom door, on my rearview mirror, and on my key chain for protection while traveling.  I also have a few decorative evil eyes that work with my home décor but serve a greater purpose.  I bless and anoint all objects that I place within my home, and give these items jobs.  You can anoint and energize any of your belongings, they don’t have to have been made for the purpose you set for them.  I also have decorative Hamsas, I am of Jewish descent, so I feel comforted by protective symbols of the Jewish people.  You may be interested in finding symbolism from your culture as well.

If you’re not comfortable using some of these items in your home, then you can always bless a protective oil such as rosemary or sandalwood, and anoint your doors and windows.  You may want to draw protective sigils like pentacles on your door, walls, and mirrors with your anointing oil.  I like to write spells on the back or the bottom of items in my home.  No one knows that they are surrounded by protection, peace, and love spells, but it never fails, each person who enters my home comments on how uplifted and calm they feel.

Remember that you, your loved ones, and your home are sacred, and protection and peace are important.  There are MANY ways to add layers of protection to your daily life.  These are all just suggestions based on my own practice.  Ask your grandparents if they remember their mothers muttering counter curses, pocketing sachets of herbs, tossing salt over their shoulders, growing lavender for luck, or walking backward after a broom fell.  Our cultures and our ancestries have stories to tell, and Magick spells.  Yours may look quite different.  The intent is where the Magick is.  Blessed be.

This blog post was brought to you courtesy of Coven Cloud user @JustineTheWitch. Justine (she/her) is a practicing eclectic witch who specializes in shadow work and Tarot reading, she refers to herself as a “Tarotpist” and “Word Witch”. Her love for writing and passion to heal spiritual abuse has been the catalyst for her activism and her Craft.

Protection Salt Scrub Recipe

  • 1 Cup Himalayan Salt
    • Choose coarse or fine based upon your skin sensitivity. The salt is most necessary for its protective properties.
  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil
    • Jojoba or Avocado are great alternatives
  • ½ teaspoon Vitamin E
    • Optional, but very good for your skin! You can use the Vitamin E capsules from the store. Just cut them open.
  • 6 Drops of Frankincense essential oil
    • Spiritual protection and overall wellbeing. It holds so much magickal ability that it is worth every penny!
  • 6 Drops of Cedarwood essential oil
    • Purifies and grounds the body. Purges negative energy.
  • 6 Drops of Rosemary essential oil
    • Spiritual purification, clears negative energy. It also gives everything a boost of speed!
  • 6 Drops of Sage essential oil
    • Gives spiritual protection by cleansing away any negative energies.

Measure the Himalayan salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Then scoop out the Coconut Oil and add to the salt and mix with your hands until combined. Take several minutes and visualize a white light of protection being infused into the scrub through your hands while you’re mixing. The heat from your hands will slightly melt the coconut oil enough to incorporate the ingredients together. Add each essential oil one at a time keeping in mind their properties from above as you mix. Add the contents into a sealable jar and use as needed.

@justinethewitch (she/her) is an eclectic witch who specializes in Shadow Work and Tarot reading, she refers to herself as a “Tarotpist” and a “Word Witch”. Her love for writing and passion to heal spiritual abuse has been the catalyst for her activism and her craft.