Without a doubt, the single most popular post on this blog has been my instructions for performing a Limpia (aka, “Egg Cleansing”). Not only does that post have the most views, but keywords like “egg cleansing” and “limpia” are the most-used search terms that lead people to my blog.
The post also has the most comments. Most of them are from folks who have performed the cleansing upon themselves, and want me to interpret the results. At first I was happy to olidge. However, I soon became overrun with requests for readings, and had to stem the flow by requiring a small fee for the service. (It’s only $15, but it has stopped most of the unsolicited requests.)
The rest of the comments on that post come from those who have paid others to do a Limpia upon them, only to find some kind of horrific object inside the egg. They are told this indicates a curse has been placed upon them, and that it can be removed – at an exorbitant cost to the client.
The ones who post in my comments are the lucky ones. They bring the results of the reading to me because they have begun to suspect they are being defrauded. Thy want to know if, for instance, iron shavings can really turn up inside a chicken egg. (No, they cannot.) These people come to me after losing only a few, or a few hundred, dollars. But this seems to go on a lot out in the world – and some folks will hand over thousands of dollars to such a charlatan before they wake up (or merely run our of money) with nothing at all to show for thier sacrifice.
Folks, if you ever pay someone to do a Limpia on you, and they find some kind of foreign obejct inside the shell, it is a scam. The worst you should ever find in there is some blood spots, maybe some black material if the egg has begun to rot, or even an embrionic chicken. There can bubbles, discoloration, streaks of white, or a bad smell. All of these things can be found quite naturally in the egg – and THAT is what you are trying to read.
But anything else: iron shavings, dirt, hair, stones, other animals, bones, glass, copious amounts of blood or black liquid, feathers, etc, etc, etc, – all of these things are stage-tricks meant to convince you to cough up cash.
Charalatns that work this way can either use sleight-of-hand to make it appear the object came from the egg, or they simply poked a small hole in the egg-shell, inserted the object, and sealed the shell with white wax. (These are old tricks – and I know them because I was once a close-up stage magician.)
If you see anything like that, the person doing it is a fraud. Simply walk away and don’t look back.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
I have seen several techniques for using an egg to cleanse oneself. (Very useful!) However, I once learned a trick for using an egg for active spiritual defense:
Take a plain white egg. Using a pencil or marker, decorate the egg with symbols, words and numbers that specifically symbolize YOU. Of course, start with your full name (you can add “son/daughter of X”, where X is your mother’s name). If you have a personal symbol or sigil, add that as well. Then add your birthdate, your drivers license number, your social security number and anything else you can think of that indicates your person. (I even used pencil graphite to add my thumbprint.)
In this case, you don’t want the egg to be cold. Hold it between your hands and let it warm up to your body temperature. While you are doing this, focus upon raising your personal energy, and channeling it down your arms, through your hands, and into the egg. (If your tradition has a method of raising energy, use it.)
You’ve now created an “astral decoy” that appears to be you. Place it wherever you feel an attack may be coming from. If you are having problems related to your bed (nightmares, insomnia, sexual issues, etc), place it under your bed. Otherwise place it over or near your front door, your window or wherever feels right. (In one case, I knew who was attacking me, and I was able to hide the egg over HIS door.) Finally, address the spirit of the egg and tell it to make a lot of noise and flap around like a wounded bird, so as to attract anything predatory that is looking for you.
This will not put a stop to or reverse what is being done against you, but it can get the heat off of your back long enough to figure out what is happening and fix it. Or, if you’re dealing with someone who is not a conjurer, but is unconsciously sending hatred and negatvity your way, this egg spell can be a good way to defend yourself without hurting the poor sap who has a beef with you.
How long you leave it out seems to depend on circumstances. Sometimes the egg will rot and turn nasty, but quite often they don’t seem to rot at all. Instead, their contents just vanish, as if eaten right out of the unbroken shell. In either case, replace the egg when it reaces that point.
Do NOT break the egg under any circumstance! You can flush it, leave it at the crossroads or even burn it. However, breaking it can unleash a lot of stored negativity. The guy I mentioned above stumbled across the egg over his door weeks after I had left the house. (It never rotted.) He didn’t actually see it, but he was vacuuming and sucked the egg into the nozzle. It popped with a bang as loud as a lightbulb hitting the ground, and over the next days and weeks the guy had an overdue mental breakdown.