Since I posted the Egg Spell for Spiritual Defense, I feel it would be good to offer another magickal use for an egg: Cleansing – also called a Limpia. (Very useful as part of an Uncrossing!)
NOTE: If you have paid someone to do a Limpa upon you, or are thinking about having one done, please read this important warning!
I have seen this process done by Ocha Ni’Lele, using a live bird instead of an egg. There was no ceremony to speak of – it was actually an impromptu action taken after a wild bird landed and simply allowed him to pick it up. Assuming it was a gift from the Gods, he passed the bird over his entire body (making sure to allow/encourage its wings to flap) and then released the bird again.
Sadly, it was assumed the bird would have died. I suspect it was already headed that way, or it wouldn’t have allowed a human to pick it up. However, I have to admit I couldn’t bring myself to use a live animal to cleanse myself of negativity in any case. On the other hand, I have heard of using raw eggs for the same purpose. I recently saw the subject discussed on a Hoodoo forum, and it inspired me to post my egg material here.
What follows is simply what I learned from Ocha Ni’Lele, replacing the live bird with an egg and some basic Hoodoo technique.
Update 1-13: As this post is perhaps the most popular one on my blog to date, I have decided to re-format it somewhat to make it easier for folks to perform the egg cleansing properly. It contains all the same information – most of it mine, some coming from a post I referenced here in the older version of this post (but which I have expanded upon below).
Instructions for Egg Cleansing
-For a cleansing, you want a standard “Grade-A” white egg from the fridge. It should be cold.
-Also, if you have an established altar for general spiritual work, make sure to power it up for this work. Light the candles and incense you normally use there. Have consecrated water on the altar and ready. Then invoke your spiritual patrons and guardians as you would normally do before any magickal work.
If you do not have such an altar, setting up a temporary one for this process is not hard. Cover a small table with a white cloth. Place a white candle upon it, and a censor to burn holy incense like Frankincense, “Church” Incense or something Solar. (Pretty much any incense you find that relates to the Highest Divinity will work.) Also place your favored holy symbol upon it – a Cross or Rosary, a Pentagram, a Goddess Symbol or whatever fits your beliefs. If you would recite specific prayers or Psalms, have the prayer book or Psalter there as well.
Finally place a cup of water on the altar. If you don’t know how to make full-fledged Holy Water (such as done in the Solomonic and Wiccan traditions), you can consecrate it by reciting a prayer over it. Or, you can obtain holy water from a church or from someone else who knows how to make it.
-Once the altar and tools are ready, light the candle and incense and pray for Divine help and guidance. Then get the fresh and cool egg, bring it to the altar, and consecrate it with a prayer while passing it through the smoke of the incense and sprinkling water upon it.
-When this is done, take your holy symbol in your left hand and hold the egg in your right. (Or vise-verse if you are left-handed.) Recite Psalm 51 as you perform the following actions:
-Begin at the crown of the head and pass the egg downward over every part of your body. From the crown to the nape of the neck. Then downward along either side of the face. Then downward strokes along the chest and abdomen, down the spine, then from shoulder to fingers on each arm, then downward strokes between the legs in the groin area and finally long downward strokes along the legs to the feet. Overall, this should appear as if the egg were a bar of soap, and you are using it to wash every part of your body.
Once done, you can break and flush the egg down the toilet, or toss it into a crossroads or river. Or, you can use the egg as part of a divination to see what kind of astral gunk the egg absorbed from you:
Egg Divination Instructions
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT READINGS: When I first posted this technique, I was more than happy to offer simple readings for folks who wanted to send me pictures of the results of their limpias. Since then, this has become the most popular post on my blog, and I have become overwhelmed with requests for readings. Sadly, this has meant that many of you have asked for readings and not receieved a reply… :(
So, I have no choice but to put a bottleneck on the requests. I will need to charge a small amount for a reading (payable by Paypal) – just $15. You will need to send me pictures of the results, and I will offer interpretation and advice. (If you want to undertake a full consultation that goes beyond the reading, it will be a bit more expensive – but I am ridiculously reasonable.)
However, before you pay for a reading, please read on and check the comments section of this blog. I have already interpreted many limpias right here, and it is quite likely one of them will cover what you see in your egg. If you would rather discuss it with me personally, just contact me at email@example.com.
The following instructions are quoted from this link. Also see the comments section of this post as it contains many examples of interpretations I have done for others.
[B]reak the egg into the glass of water [*not* the glass of holy water!], checking for abnormalities such as color, blood, shape and texture.
Some basic interpretations:
-If the water smells bad with blood present, this is a sign of evil work being done.
-If there are blood spots in the water, this is a sign of bad luck and harm being caused by strong spellwork especially if the water is murky.
-If the water turns murky with no smell or blood, this is a sign of susto (soul loss) as long as there is no blood present.
-If the yolk of the egg has the shape of a face, this is a sign of an enemy. A thin face indicates a male enemy, a round face indicates a female enemy.
-If the yolk is in the shape of an eye, this is a sign of the evil eye.
-If there are small bubbles in the water, this is a sign that the negative energy was absorbed by guardian spirits.
-If the water is clear, with no abnormal shapes, smells or blood, this is a sign that nothing unnatural is happening.
To the above, I would add the following from my own experience:
-If the egg white forms a “mesh” or “webbing” pattern, this indicates something that is entrapping you, holding you back and impeding your peronsal or spiritual progress.
-The egg should sink directly to the bottom of the glass. If it floats, this is a sign that further cleansing – preferably an Uncrossing – is necessary. This is also true if only part of the egg floats while the rest sinks – though that indicates a smaller or still-developing problem that you want to rectify right away.
The remaining egg and water would then be disposed of as previously described – down the toilet, etc. Feel free to share your own results if you give this divination a try.