top of page

The Waters of Life: A Simple Cleansing Method

Cleansings tend to be one of the first things that you learn about in Magick – or at least, it should be one of the first things that you learn about – and can take many different forms. One of the more “popular” or well-known forms of cleansings include the LBRP (lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram) that also purifies an area and not just you.

There are so many different methods of cleansing, yet sadly, many people are under the impression that the LBRP is one of the only methods available and thus, they gravitate towards it thinking that that is basically it.

Cleansings can actually be likened to Spellwork or Rituals, in the fact that they are so versatile and varied. Some are meditation or visualization-based (such as the LBRP), whereas others resemble sympathetic magick spells.

The point we are trying to make is that you should not feel limited to only the most popular or well-known forms of cleansings…and as such, within this simple blog post we will describe another method which you can use which has its roots in sympathetic magick…which is just as, if not more, effective than the popular methods such as the LBRP. Over time, we will present more methods of different cleansings and so on, however, all of them will be paradigm and experience neutral, meaning that regardless of the paradigm you practice or your level of experience, that you will be able to perform them.

First, just a quick definition: cleansings (over the self) serve to remove residual energies from you as well as any weaker spiritual attachments. The removal of residual energies is a bit default with this, however, the effectiveness of the cleansing over lesser spiritual attachments or afflictions rely on your spiritual power and experience – in other words, if you are a more experienced practitioner, you will be able to remove far more attachments (even the not-so-lesser ones) than someone who literally just started their practices today – and this is using the same method of cleansing. This doesn’t render cleansings moot if you are a novice, not at all – as with everything else in the Occult, the more experienced you are = the more powerful you are = the more you can do.

The secret is that the power does not lie in the method used, but rather in the person using it – remember this. There is no one form of performing a cleansing that trumps another…all of them are equally as effective, and their efficacy depends on the practitioner.

Nonetheless, the method we will present to you today we will call the Waters of Life method. It can be performed daily, weekly, before ritual operations or however you see fit.

You will need:

  • A large fire-proof bowl.

  • A candle – any color, but for the sake of general association, you can make it black.

  • Salt.

  • Optionally, you can also have some herbs or herbal extracts such as Cedar, Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Palo Santo etc or any Solar-based herbs.

Step One

First things first, if you decided to use any of the optional herbs etc, make them into a tincture…or if you are using extracts or oils, then all is well.

Step Two

Take the candle and affix it inside the bowl. Make sure that it is stable.

Step Three

Run yourself a bath. If you do not have a bath, you can use a bucket.

Step Four

Add the salt to the water along with the herbal tincture or oils if used. Place your right hand in the water and envision the burning and purifying light of the Sun entering the top of your head. Envision this light traveling through your body and entering the water through your right hand, imbuing the water with this same radiant and purifying light and properties and stir the water clockwise a few times with your right hand. The Sun is omnipresent, as you well know, so it does not matter whether you do this during the day or night. Know that this water will cleanse you from residual energies and anything malefic.

Step Five

Undress and climb into the bath. Wash yourself in this water, making sure to get the water everywhere, including on your head, in your ears, in your mouth etc. If you are using a bucket, take a washcloth and do the same. Know that by doing so, all the residual energies upon and within you is being removed by the water and it is now within the water and not you.

Step Six

When done, do not drain the water or throw it out. Dry yourself and dress if needs be.

Step Seven

Take some of the water you washed yourself in and transfer it to the bowl you previously prepared. We suggest using a cup or other container to do so. Take care when pouring the water into the bowl so that the candle does not detach. Fill the bowl with this water until the bottom 2 inches or so (5 cm) of the candle is within the water. Drain the rest of the water from the bath or bucket.

Step Eight

Light the candle. When doing so, envision and know that as the candle burns down, so all negativity and residual energies that were removed from you are being destroyed.

Step Nine

Allow the candle to burn down by itself and be extinguished by the water. When the candle is extinguished, it is done.

Step Ten

When done, discard the contents of the bowl by either flushing it or by digging a hole at the base of a tree and pouring it within the hole, burying it once again. Rinse the bowl with salt water.

And it is done.

To the astute practitioner, you may notice that the candle wax may take certain shapes or images upon the water. Through this, you can determine a few things – not unlike ceromancy (divination via candle wax). You will also realize that you can use this same method for cleansing your house as well.

Simple…isn’t it? Sometimes, the most powerful and effective things tend to be the simplest.


All of our writings, including our blog posts, are copyrighted to us (Rheiner and Vanessa Le Roux under the pseudonyms of Baron and Baronessa Araignee) and our business Araignee Arcane Services. Our writings are original and not copied content.

If you like any of our posts and would like to share them, feel free to do so by selecting one of the sharing options below. If you would like one of our blog posts to be on your website or blog (and for us to be guest bloggers) simply reach out to us via email.

Plagiarism is an extremely damaging and annoying thing – and by plagiarizing our work (or another’s) you are not just stealing – you are damaging your own name, as things like this always come to light. Don’t be a typical human.

1 comment

Recent Posts

See All


1 comentariu

Evaluat(ă) cu 0 din 5 stele.
Încă nu există evaluări

Adaugă o evaluare
Membru necunoscut
21 mai

Years ago, before I was consciously aware, I was cleansing myself of toxic and unhealthy "residual negative energy" by going to the beach and soaking in the salt water while simultaneously bathing in the rays of the sun.

Thank you for reminding me of the importance of allowing our intuition to guide us.

bottom of page