Day 2 of Your Tools

The broom or besom.


Traditionally the broom was made from three different woods. Ash for the handle, Birch twigs for the brush and Willow for the binding cord. Ash is protective and has command over the four elements. Birch is purifying and draws spirits to one’s service. Willow is sacred to the Goddess.

The broom is used for a variety of purposes but most generally to purify and protect. It is used to ritually cleanse an area before magick is performed by symbolically sweeping away negative energies and astral build up. Of old it was used to guard the home and persons within against psychic attack or evil curses, this by placing it across the threshold, windowsills or doorways. It was also placed under the bed or a pillow to protect the sleeper.

Traditionally and perhaps the use which most people identify it with, are the old wedding ceremonies of the Gypsies and the early American slaves, where a couple leapt over the broom to ensure fertility, domestic harmony and longevity. Today pagan hand-fasting rituals often include a broom jump. (so if you don’t want children DON’T jump the broom!) (definition from here.)

Now most everyone, pagan’s or not, own a broom. Most of us as kids pretended to ride around on our parents brooms. As everyday people that are pagans, there is a simple visualization you can do while sweeping up your home.

  1. While sweeping, visualize all the negativity, bad luck, bad everything is being swept up as you go.
  2. Do Not sweep towards your front door as that can sweep all the GOOD luck away.
  3. When you dump the dustpan into the trash, take the trash outside/curb right away so that none of the bad vibes can get back into your house.
  4. Once finished, hang your broom – bristles up – to ward away any more bad luck from entering your home.

So there you have it. Have a wonderful evening/day and I’ll see you tomarrow.

Flickr Ma1974

Flickr Ma1974

*Don’t crash while flying tonite!*


3 Responses

  1. I always finish my home cleansing with brushing the energy out the door thrice with my cinnamon broom. People probably thing I’m crazy but I’m used to it. 🙂

  2. I always had the superstition that once you use your broom to sweep outside, then it would be bad luck to bring it back inside.. I have spent quite a bit of money on brooms because of it.. LOL

    I have other broom superstitions too, but that is the one that costs me the most money 🙂

  3. a witches broom is best if made yourself. and a broom used in ritual or for ritual cleaning should not be used in reglar use. lots of people belive that one should burn the witches broom each year at….shoot cant rember….and then make another

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