In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and all of the Irish blessings that are quoted today, we thought we’d tap into some of the ways different cultures bless their new homes before moving in. A lot of people conduct rituals to clear out any negative energy, bring prosperity and even babies!
Have a House Warming Party
Fill your space with love and joy by throwing a house warming party! This is one of the most common traditions across the board, but some believe that having so much positive energy from friends and loved ones can ward away any evil spirits still left in the home! Others just find this to be a great way to get new presents for their new home! (Kidding, but not really).
Buy New Cleaning Supplies
The ancient Chinese tradition of Feng Shui says to throw out your old brooms and mops and buy new ones before bringing them into your new home so that you don’t bring any of the old dirt or troubles with you.
Bread and Salt
Jewish tradition suggests bringing bread and salt to a new home to make sure that through hard word, you are always able to eat.
Pick the Right Move Date
You can check a zodiac calendar, Chinese calendar, moon calendar or any type of calendar that will let you look at “lucky” dates. It’s best to pick one of these as your move-in date.
Burning dried sage is a Native American tradition that is thought to clear out negative energy and ward off evil spirits. There is a specific way this should be done if you’re interested:
To perform the ritual, you need a bundle of white sage, wrapped with thread and accompanied by lavender or other fragrant herbs. Light the sage in a fire resistant bowl and let it smoke on its own. Then, walk around the house clockwise (starting at the front door) and wave the smoke in the air, making sure it gets to every corner of every room (corners are where negative energy tends to accumulate).
Boiling milk (and rice) in Hindu culture until the milk overflows the pot is thought to bring a long life, purity and an abundance of food to the new home. You are supposed to serve some to your guests as well.
Do you have any rituals you like to do before moving into a new home? Share them with us! For now, we leave you with an Irish house blessing and wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
“May your troubles be less, your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.”