Esbats & Sabbats

12 Nights of Yule- December 23rd

It’s the fourth night of Yule and today I’m taking the time to honor April, the fourth month, which is known for being a great time to do a lot of spring cleaning around the house. Kitchens and bathrooms get scrubbed down. Bedrooms and closets are reorganized. All drapes, linens and sheets are thrown into the washing machine.

Even nature gets a good washing from all the cleansing April rain showers.

I want to take spring cleaning a step further and focus on detoxing my mind, body and soul. This April I will be creating my own 30 day Spiritual Detox Challenge and invite anyone who’s in need of a good soul-scrubbing to join in.

This is some of what April will look like for me:

Journaling. Writing in my journal has helped me release those melodramatic thoughts that can cause a full-on mental breakdown if left unchecked. Sometimes I go back to reread what I’ve written and make funny little notes to myself like, “Whoa girl- you had some feelings ‘bout that, huh?” It’s funny how an emotion that seemed so intense and definitive in the moment can appear so trivial once the dust has settled.

Smudging. Burning a bundle of white sage is very common in rituals and spell-crafting but it’s also very useful for regular purification maintenance. It releases negative ions which helps neutralize the excess of positive ions in the air. Science has proved that too many positive ions can cause damage to cells within the human body and causes feelings of anxiety, lethargy and depression. Negative ions assist in uplifting your energy and even help clear the air of mold spores, dander, bacteria, etc.


Meditation. I’m the kind of person who has a hard time meditating. My mind can bounce around like a basketball, especially when I try to still it. But I’ve found that certain nature sounds help me achieve a state of deep relaxation and eases me into a meditative state. My favorites are the sounds of a crackling fire, crashing ocean waves, the wind blowing through leaves and soft thunderstorms. If I can’t experience the real life sounds, I have a full playlist on YouTube to choose from.

Crystal Chakra Healing. The vibrations of crystals like selenite and amethyst are incredibly healing and purifying. Simply holding them during meditation and connecting with their vibrations leaves me feeling more clear-headed and cleansed. But to take it a step further, I want to start Chakra Healing with crystals, choosing specific ones for the various chakra points on my body.


Ritual Baths. Baths are always soothing but a ritual bath elevates the experience by shifting your mindset into a more spiritual state. Make a warm mug of green tea and honey. Light candles. Sprinkle Epsom salts into the tub to detoxify the body. Craft magickal bath sachets of lavender, rose petals and marjoram. Try crafting your own soap or supporting your local artisanal soap maker. I enjoy Inunctus Artisan Spa Treasures Lemongrass Bar which contains antioxidant-rich Matcha powder, purifying sea salt & tea tree and gorgeous hydrators like shea butter and hemp seed oil. When unplugging the bath, visualize the water pulling all the released negativite energy down the drain.

How do you like to detox? Leave me a reply and let me know!


The Snow Orchid Witch

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