By Luna Joya
When I was little, I learned “tips” from older ladies who looked after me. How to treat with herbs. How to keep spirits out of your mirrors. How to recognize when a rock/crystal calls to you.
It wasn’t until I went to school that I realized not everyone learned kitchen witch tips. Because I was a sensitive kid who responded to different energies, those ladies had been protecting me.
So how about I share one such tip with you?
Let’s discuss my specialty. Negative energies drain you, your space, and whatever else you can think of whether the energy is from a toxic person, inner troubles, or ghosties. I’m a “sweeper” since I grew up being taught to sweep my path clear.
This can also be an excellent way to get your kids to help with housework. Any broom or vacuum will do as Hocus Pocus affirms. Just state your good intention and get to cleaning, visualizing those negative vibes going bye-bye.
Can you use a spell? Absolutely. Does it help? Maybe. It seems to ground me. I’ve used the same since childhood: Find release or be at peace, else be away, you cannot stay.
How to add to the sweeping?
I’m a big believer in salt. Sprinkle salt, let it sit a bit while keeping kids and pets away, then sweep into a pan to dispose of outside your house. Remember the negative goes with the salt. You toss it in the bin in the kitchen, and that’ll just seed the problem.
Can you sprinkle herbs in the salt? Sure. What you add depends on your purpose. I practice adding a tiny pinch of the following for desired effects:
Lemon rind—cleansing, joy
Remember, different practitioners use different herbs.
While I grew up in the countryside where we grew, foraged, and bartered our herbs, you can do the same in the city. I still grow aloe and other herbs, and I trade frequently with other growers.
The next time you see a witch with her broom this Halloween? Remember, find your calm, keep any snarky comments to yourself, and don’t get swept away.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, healer, or a good housekeeper. Neither do I play one on television. I’m a writer, a storyteller, and tale spinner. So practice at your own risk and as always, with pure intent.
Award-winning author Luna Joya writes steamy witch romances with mysteries, strong heroines, and the heroes who love them.
Fluent in sarcasm and penal code, Luna prosecutes crimes by day and writes at night. A survivor of traumatic brain injury with steel body parts, she lives in SoCal with her combat veteran husband and their two-pound terror of a rescue pup.
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