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“Someone’s In My House” Banishing Spell, based on the song of the same name from the 1999 film, Bartok the Magnificent. For when you’ve got an unwelcome visitor.
Who is in my house? I smell a rat.
A witch’s life is very solitary,
No one around to talk to but trees,
So many years of never making merry,
But I can feel a change in the breeze.
Cos tonight there’s no one in the hallway,
No one left or right,
But my hallways all say,
Someone’s in my house tonight!
No one by my fire,
No one sipping tea,
My fires burnin’ higher,
Someone’s in my house with me.
Witches are people with a magic intuition,
And she’s havin’ a feelin’ that is, oh, so bewitchin’,
Even though no one’s hangin’ round the kitchen,
We know that someone is near, dear.
No one in the attic,
No one in my chair,
But I’m so emphatic,
Someone’s in my house somewhere.
Where is he?
Where are you?
You wouldn’t desert me,
You know it would hurt me,
Where is he?
Where are you?
Little no one, You’re through!
No one in the mirror,
No one by the door,
But I’m getting nearer,
Someone’s in my house for sure.
No one small and dumb,
No, no one pink and white,
No one, Here I come,
Cos someone’s in my house.
Somewhere in her house.
And no one’s getting out, Tonight!
I’m pretty sure I watched this movie an entirely unhealthy number of times with my sister when we were younger. It’s still a favorite, and Bartok is probably one of my favorite animated characters ever. Sass for miles.
Anywhoo, this is a little spell to help you clean out your house of any big-bad-and-nasties that may have happened to sneak in.
What you’ll need:
Any of the following herbs used together (You’re going to want at least one “banishing” herb, and at least one “protection” and “purification” herb. Many of these can be found at the grocery store or in most people’s pantries, so don’t feel the need to order something you’ve never heard of from online. Simplicity is awesome.):
- Angelica (Used for protection and in banishing rituals, can also be used as an amulet)
- Marshmallow root (Considered a “persuasive” herb, to help your intent to get all the icky out)
- Basil (Purification and protection)
- Bay leaf (Powerful protection, commanding, used for banishing as well)
- Caraway seeds (Used in protection, especially health)
- Clove (Strong; very powerful protection, and very commanding)
- Cinnamon (For me personally, I always see it at a protective herb—you might not, to each their own)
- Cayenne pepper (Returns “evil” back from whence/whom it came)
- Geranium (Banish negativity)
- Hawthorne (Protection, purification, banishing—the triple threat)
- Heather (Protection)
- Lavender (Shielding, protecting, banishes negativity—especially good for protecting wee ones)
- Marjoram (Often used in charms to protect the house and home)
- Mistletoe (Protection)
- Pennyroyal (Cleanses and protects)
- Pine (Cleansing, uncrossing, protecting, refocusing)
- Salt (Always salt, forever, it’s awesome, protection and purification)
- Rosemary (Purification and protection—probably my favorite herb)
- Rue (Protection, wards against negativity)
- Thyme (Protection—particularly from the negative intentions of others, also used for cleasning)
A mortar and pestle (Because, come on, Baba Yaga)
*Optional* A silver spoon
A broom (Can be handmade or commercially bought)
A broom pan or other device that can be used to scooping up sweepings
A very strong will of getting the nasties out of your house
What you’re going to do:
- Take your herb mixture and the salt and place them in the mortar and pestle. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, I suppose you could do this in a spice grinder, but I doubt your spell will have the “oomph” it would have if you used a mortar and pestle. I mean, this is Baba Yaga we’re talking about. She flies around in a huge mortar and wields a massive pestle. Come on now.
- Grind up your herbs. We’re not looking for a fine powder here or anything, just basically getting all the herbs blended well together. In fact, if you don’t wish to grind the herbs that much, it might work better for our purposes. (You’re going to be sprinkling the herbs and then sweeping them up.)
- So, for this particular bit of magic, you’ll need to have a relatively clean house already—at least floors cleared of things like dog toys or your toddler’s trains or dirty clothes. I’m not gonna tell you to move your furniture around or anything. It’s up to you how much pre-cleaning you want to do before the big job.
- Once your herbs are adequately mixed/ground, either take your silver spoon (if you’re using it) or your own fingers and—beginning at the back door of your house (it can be the front if you don’t have a back door, I just like working from the back of the house to the front)—work in a circle (Counter clockwise or clockwise, it’s up to you. Whatever feels right to you, is fine. Personally, I like working counter clockwise when dealing with protection and banishing.) all the way around, sprinkling the herbs on your floors.
- As you work, keep your intent in mind. Someone or something is in your house, and you want that fucker gone. If words are your thing, you could even repeat something like this over and over until you’ve circled the house and made it back to the back of the house:
Something in my house, I see you
Something in my house, I know
Something in my house, I’m coming
Now it’s time for you to go
- Once you’ve sprinkled your herbs from the back of the house all the way around again, get your broom and begin to sweep in the same direction you sprinkled, from the back of the house to the back again. Sweep all the herbs into your dust pan or other container and open the back door. (Again, if you don’t have a back door, the front is fine. I prefer the back door though; again, to each their own.)
- When the door is open, take the herbs out to the edge of your property and empty the dust pan out there. While you’re walking to where you will dispose of your herbs, make sure you’re still focusing on your intent—ridding your house of this nuisance. To help, you might say something like the following:
Nothing in my house, it’s finished
Nothing in my house anymore
Nothing in my house, it’s ended
Now I’m sweeping you out the door
- Dispose of the herbs and return to your house, secure in the knowledge that your not-so-welcome visitor should be no more. Put your broom back where it’s kept, perhaps thanking it for its assistance, and go about your business as usual.
I hope you all enjoyed this spell…ritual…thing. I’m not sure what else I was going to say after all this, because, sadly, pregnancy brain has kicked in already and I’m pretty sure I’m just lucky to have gotten the thingy written out. Anywhoo! Enjoy!
PEOPLE CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO THEIR BODYS
IF THEY DON’T WANT TO SHAVE
IF THEY WANT TO BE COVERED IN TATTOOS AND PIERCINGS
IF THEY WANT TO HAVE UNNATURAL HAIR COLOUR
IF THEY DON’T WANT TO BE THIN
IF THEY DON’T WANT TO BE BIG
EVERYONE CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO THEIR BODYS
AND NO ONE, NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO TELL THEM DIFFERENTLY OR TO TELL THEM TO CHANGE THEMSELVES
Being pagan of any kind DOES NOT make you any more special than anyone else.
If you want recognition amongst other pagans, work for that shit and give back to the community. Because I promise you that you are not entitled to any thing here just because you *~believe~*, and you will be written off if you act like a douchecanoe.