Institutional Pagan/Wiccan Cleansing Ritual Without Tools

August 16th, 2009

County Jail Inmate ShirtThere are times when a Pagan or Wiccan needs to do a ritual without the usual tools. This is commonly the case in institutions, such as prisons, hospitals, mental facilities, and even homes if there are people hostile to Paganism and Wicca living there. My experience is with prisons so I focus on them here, but keep in mind that this situation is similar in other types of institutions.

I received an email from a loved one of an inmate in jail. The inmate was having a lot of difficulty with depression and the negative energy that permeated the facility was making it difficult for her to improve. She asked me through her loved one for a cleansing ritual that she could do for herself without any tools at all (per institution rules) to reduce the effect of the negativity. Here is what I suggested to her:

In general, Hestia and Apollo can help you, as they bring the divine light. Hestia is the Goddess of hearth and home, bringing warmth, nurturing, and light from below that can warm the soul in even the coldest places. Apollo is a God of light, joy, music and the arts and brings light from above. Apollo also brings rationality, which can help keep wild emotions in check (though it’s important to not eliminate emotions altogether). Prayers to either of them can be of benefit. If you follow a different pantheon, you may substitute similar deities from your pantheon.

Here is a simple ritual that can call them to help cleanse your cell and bring light and warmth:

  1. Take 10 deep breaths (or more) with closed eyes. This can be done either standing, sitting or laying down as long as it is comfortable. Feel the ground (floor) firmly underneath, supporting from below. Feel the air above.
  2. Ask for Lady Hestia and Lord Apollo to join you in the room and help you cleanse the space of negativity and darkness and to warm you up and give you light. If you prefer, you can call them with a hymn. Here are a couple hymns to these Gods written by my wife, Bella Sundancer: Hymn to Hestia and Hymn to Apollo. Here is an Orphic Hymn to Apollo (no Orphic Hymns were recorded to Hestia).
  3. Rub both hands together for at least 5 seconds, as if to warm up on a cold day. Feel the divine warmth heat up in them and visualize a glow of cleansing light and fire emanating from them.
  4. Slowly separate your hands and feel the excited energy between them. It normally feels like a tingling sensation, though some people may feel it differently. This is the universal energy that flows through everything, the creative energy of the Gods.
  5. Hold one hand out in front and turn in a widdershins (counter-clockwise) direction around the room. Visualize the fiery light of the Gods shooting out from your outstretched hand like water from a firehose. Feel it washing away all negativity and darkness, pushing it through the walls and out of the room. Go around the room three times.
  6. Announce out loud (though it may be as quiet as a whisper if necessary), “All negativity is banished from this room. So mote it be!”

Since prisons and jails are very negative places, it is good to follow-up a cleansing ritual with a circle to help seal it from letting the negative energy re-enter.

  1. Ask Lord Hermes, God of boundaries (among other things), to protect your space with a circle of positive energy. If you wish, you may call Him with your own words or with a hymn: Bella Sundancer’s  Hymn to Hermes or Orphic Hymn to Hermes
  2. Hold one hand out with the first two fingers extended (index and middle fingers together) and feel the energy shooting out of your fingers.
  3. Slowly turn around in a deosil (clockwise) direction and visualize a white light forming a circle around your room, including all corners and edges. The energy would go through the walls so the whole room is enclosed.
  4. Go around three times and visualize the circle turning into a sphere hermetically sealing the room from negative emotions, demons, and anything else that needs to be kept out.
  5. Draw a pentacle in the air with your first two fingers extended together in each of the four corners, asking the protection of the pentacle to help maintain the energy of the circle.
  6. Draw another, larger pentacle at the door, asking it to only allow in positive energy and beings.

The circle will not keep out physical people, but it will help to cleanse them of negative emotions and energy as they enter. Since the energy in the cell and the facility is quite negative, it is best to repeat the ritual daily (either in the morning when you wake up or in the evening before going to bed). As time goes on, the energy in that room will start to naturally attract positive energy and deflect negative energy, so the effects are cumulative.

You may also want to try a few other daily rituals, if you are so inclined: Dialexis to Latreia, Dialexis a Stauros and Dialexis Phos.


4 Responses to “Institutional Pagan/Wiccan Cleansing Ritual Without Tools”

  1. Taylor Says:

    Morninghawk, ive been a wicca my whole life but i live in a non wiccan friendly enviroment. All of the purity, cleansing, and curse removal spells i have looked up lately have all contained sage, an obvious ingrediant because of it’s smell, and therefore banned in my household. it helped so much for me to discover a spell to help my lack-of-luck life that could be done discreetly. can’t wait to try it out. Thanks! TaY

  2. Morninghawk Says:

    I’m glad you liked it. Though sage is a great way to purify things, it is definitely not the only way.

    Blessed be.

  3. Oak Arrow Says:

    I would like to request your permission to reprint your ritual in the Greenman newsletter. The Greenman is a prison newsletter that is distributed across the country in prisons and jails. It is published by Greenman Ministry, a Wiccan prison ministry located in Richmond Texas.

  4. Morninghawk Says:

    Definitely, I know how hard it is for inmates to get information online. I’m glad you find it of use for your important ministry.

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