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Rowan Moonstone 05-28-89 

When I cleanse a dwelling place, first I burn a good cleansing
incense, like frankincense or sandalwood in the home while I prepare
for the rest of the ritual. You should have in addition to the
incense, a candle, a bowl of salt water and a bowl of herbs. I
particularly like to use rose buds for love, lavender for
preservation, rosemary for protection, and any other sweet smelling
ones that appeal to you personally. If you can get them home grown,
so much the better. You should proceed around the house, widdershins(
counter clock wise) and cleanse the area with the salt water. Be sure
to get each corner, window, door, drain, etc. Simply sprinkle a
little salt water on each and ask that any evil or disruptive
influences leave the place. When this is finished, proceed around the
house deosil( clockwise) sprinkling the blessing herbs and invoke
whatever deities or properties you wish on the home, such as peace 
prosperity, tranquility, etc. In the past, I have used 3 candles on
the central altar. Blue, symbolizing tranquility, green for healing
and prosperity, and purple for protection. Others might be pink for
love, or brown for hearth and home. You and anyone who is to share
the home with you should share food and drink, and don't forget to
leave a little of the food and drink to take outside and return to the
Earth that which has been given. 
Blessed Be. Rowan 
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