A Mystic Guide to Cleansing & Clearing takes a new approach to the practice of cleansing our lives. Using energetic methods from a variety of traditions and philosophies yet geared for the pagan mind, you will uncover energetic burdens and learn how to transform and clear them from your life. These teachings from the Western magickal traditions will arm you with the tools necessary to clear your space, cleanse your body, cast out negative entities, and clear the slate for a fresh start.
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David Salisbury is Wiccan clergy within Coven of the Spiral Moon, a coven based in Washington DC. He is author of various book on witchcraft and mysticism and co-organizes The Firefly House, one of the largest witchcraft traditions in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. In "A Mystic Guide to Cleansing & Clearing" he takes a new approach to the practice of cleansing our lives. Using energetic methods from a variety of traditions and philosophies yet geared for the pagan mind, metaphysical students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject will uncover energetic burdens and learn how to transform and clear them from daily life. These teachings from the Western magical traditions will arm the reader with the tools necessary to clear their space, cleanse their body, cast out negative entities, and clear the slate for a fresh start. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "A Mystic Guide to Cleansing & Clearing" is enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library Metaphysical Studies collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Mystic Guide to Cleansing & Clearing" is also available in a Kindle format ($5.99).
~ The Metaphysical Studies Shelf, Midwest Book Review
Time to pick up that besom and sweep that stale and negative energy out of your life! Many occult books discuss cleansing and clearing briefly but few if any are dedicated solely to the topic from a Pagan perspective. David Salisbury has done a phenomenal job of compiling methods from various spiritual, shamanic and magickal systems along with his own unique techniques and insights as a seasoned magickal practitioner in his latest book A Mystic Guide to Cleansing & Clearing. David’s down-to-earth writing style and practical advice ensures both clarity and a foundation for a solid practice, which he has shown us before with his first book, The Deep Heart of Witchcraft.
Published by Moon Books, this small but comprehensive 152 page book gets straight to the heart of the matter. Full of techniques, recipes and rituals to purify the self, the environment and banish negative energies and entities and diffuse curses and hexes. David teaches how to use meditation, rituals, stones, herbs, oils, magickal tools along with advice on petitioning deities and spirits to assist with creating a blank energetic slate to live, love and perform magick within.
As a High Priest within the Firefly Tradition of Witchcraft, a student of the BlueRose line of Anderson Feri tradition and a folk-magick practitioner, David knows what he’s talking about. He has used each technique and recipe that he shares within the book with successful results and omitted the techniques and recipes that didn’t work, which is one of the great things about him as a teacher. He walks his talk. It is void of the popular new age pseudo-expertise of other books on the subject from writers who haven’t performed or understand what they’re writing about, or share techniques that actually perpetuate or worsen the problem.
My favorite thing about this book was his real-world advice along with the metaphysical theory and lore behind it. David writes that, “I cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain a healthy, happy home. It affects everything else in your life, including your ability to communicate with other people outside the home.” While the book has some very witchy projects in it and some great techniques for special circumstances, David does a fantastic job of showing how magick can be integrated in our daily grooming and bathing routines as well as cleaning our homes as a form of energetic maintenance. Everyone could definitely benefit from this book and think every witch should have a copy of it on their bookshelves. ~ The Astrarium, http://theastrarium.com/mystic-guide-cleansing-clearing/
Well, a new book called A Mystic Guide to Cleansing and Clearing offers the best advice I've ever read on the subject aimed at the modern-day witch. That starts in the introduction, where author David Salisbury explains that cleansing and clearing is mostly about getting rid of unhelpful energy - usually emotional or psychic crud rather than actual ghosts or malevolent entities.
The first chapter lists useful tools for cleansing, and again starts with advice that I agree with. If you are any good as a witch, you often don't need any tools at all. That doesn't mean tools aren't cool. Brooms, bells, blessed water and blasting rods can come in handy to focus your magic. Candles are also among the most versatile things to use for cleansing space and creating blessed water.
Further chapters explain several methods of cleansing yourself, your house and other spaces. David offers numerous ways of doing this, from very quick and simple routines you could do every day to longer rituals to use if necessary.
Although most of the time all we are clearing is unhelpful energy picked up from grumpy people or caused by our own bad habits, sometimes things are a bit more serious and harder to shift. These can be things like connections that link us to other people, which are draining our reserves or holding us back.
But, sometimes we do really need to get rid of a ghost. David's advice is again what mine would be. First find out if it is actually a human spirit or simply an echo of an event that is replaying in the place it happened. If it is a spirit, then attempt to communicate with it to find out why it is lingering. If it is causing a nuisance, David offers several techniques to move it on.
What I really like about A Mystic Guide to Cleansing and Clearing is that it offers practical, sensible advice in a clear and succinct way. And I have to say that if I was troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night or experienced feelings of dread in my basement or attic, to paraphrase the original movie, I wouldn't call Ghostbusters - I'd just try out the stuff in David's book.
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~ Lucya, Badwitch
I had the distinct honor of having David Salisbury perform a ritual cleansing on me several years ago after I felt a once close friend had cursed me. The working left an impression that has forever followed me through my exploration in the craft. The Mystic Guide to Cleansing and Clearing contains the wisdom used that afternoon along with so many other treasures. A jewel for those who are looking for a direct answer in times when energy may not be at its best, this book has no problem talking about ancestral curses or entities. Salisbury is a real witch who blends the old and the new in a way that makes this work a true triumph of the modern arts.
~ Devin Hunter, author of The Witch's Book of Power
A solid, well-written little manual on the arcane arts of clearing and purification. From making a wand, broom, or talisman, to cleansing your body, aura and home, this book is presented in a practical style that makes it easy to master. Learn about un-crossing baths, house clearing, curse breaking, and the specific herbs and stones that will aid you in the work. Includes the care and feeding of familiars, and spiritual relationships with ancestors, angels, Goddesses, Gods and ghosts. I even identified a new spirit animal just by reading this book! ~ Ellen Evert Hopman, author of A Legacy of Druids - conversations with Druid leaders from Britain, Canada and the USA, past and present
A Mystic Guide to Cleansing and Clearing is full of common sense insight and offers great techniques for ridding your life of energies that don’t serve you. I love that this book speaks to magic users in a non tradition-specific voice making the ideas in this book easy to adapt to your own path. I found myself working with some of David Salisbury’s techniques before I was even halfway through reading it. This is the kind of book that you’ll come back to again and again when the chips are down and you need some thoughtful advice to keep the energies in your life running smoothly.
~ Mickie Mueller, Illustrator, author of Voice of the Trees & The Witch’s Mirror
David Salisbury has created a helpful little book of practical cleansing techniques, packed full of useful information. In clear, straightforward prose he leads the reader through sensible cleansing techniques that begin with the body and work outward to living and work spaces. He also includes an aspect that is sadly lacking in many works: how to maintain a 'spiritual hygiene' practice that will prevent future problems from arising. With no melodrama and plenty of real-life examples, Salisbury offers the reader a valuable guide to all kinds of spiritual cleansing, a resource worth returning to over and over again.
~ Laura Perry, author of Ariadne's Thread: Awakening the Wonders of the Ancient Minoans in Our Modern Lives
David Salisbury's Mystic Guide to Cleansing and Healing is a really good, down to earth, practical introduction to everything you need to know about cleansing your self, or your working space when working with energy. Full of practical hints, recipes and tips, it is clear this is not just an ordinary 'how to' book - David knows his stuff from years of practical application. Accessible and very readable, I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to expand their own repertoire of cleansing rituals.
~ Rebecca Beattie, author of Nature Mystics: The Literary Gateway to Modern Paganism
David Salisbury has taken the inbuilt need we all have, to clear and cleanse our inner and outer worlds, broken it down into its component parts and rebuilt it for us. In the process he has provided us with tools ranging from sprays and baths to besom brooms, soul alignment and pretty much everything in between. I found much in ‘A Mystic Guide to Cleansing and Clearing’ that was new to me, techniques I am now impatient to try out and perhaps add to my own toolkit, for that's what is provided here, tools which we can assimilate into our own practice whatever that may be.
~ Yvonne Ryves, Shamanic and Energy Healer, author of Shaman Pathways: Web of Life