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!)
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.
Uncrossing is magickal self-defense. When your spells go awry, when spirits move in where they shouldn’t, when another witch casts curses against you or when you just feel that things are not right, uncrossing is the first and best step to fixing the problems. In many cases it may be all you need. In more intense situations, it might be followed or preceded by more targeted magickal work.
Simply put, uncrossing is a cleansing (and an exorcism) that washes away negative influences from yourself and your home. You cannot have someone else do this work for you, but you will find this is not a complex process to follow. It is intended for *anyone* to perform, even if they have no experience in the magickal arts.
What follows is a fairly standard Uncrossing, with a few added tricks I’ve picked up over the years:
Step One – Look for Curses, Tricks, Talismans, etc.
If you have reason to believe a curse has been cast against you, the first thing you should do is search for a magickal object hidden somewhere on your property. (This will be more relevant in some parts of the world than in others.) There *may* be something buried or hidden – most likely near or directly under where you must walk past every day – such as under the doorstep or front pathway. If you can find such an object- like a bottle full of nails, cloves of garlic nailed together, etc- immediately dig it up, dismantle it, burn what can be burned, then toss the ashes (and/or anything that couldn’t be burned) into a body of running water.
Step Two – What You Will Need
Whether or not you find such an object, you must then “uncross” yourself – that is, remove the curse. This will involve an herbal ritual bath and a house cleansing. Here is what you will need to gather together:
-Nine sacred herbs: vervain, fennel, lavender, sage, valerian, mint, basil, rosemary and hyssop.
-Spring Water and Salt (or Holy Water obtained from a Church).
-A White Candle.
-Frankincense or “Church” Incense.
-A white towel and white clothing.
- Over the Herbs, Candle, Incense, Olive Oil and Salt: recite the Lord’s Prayer (or a prayer appropriate to your faith – Wiccans can use the Charge of the Goddess, etc). Then recite your own prayer asking for these materials to be blessed and sanctified and all hindrances and evil spirits be expelled from them. (Note – if you have obtained Holy Water from a church, you do not need the Salt.)
Step Three – The Bath
The bath is very important to this process! It will wash away any negative influences that have attached themselves to you, and purify you so that the remaining steps are possible.
- Take the nine herbs, grind them up and boil or brew them like a tea. Strain out the plant material.
- Then, at dawn on a Sunday, run a tub of warm water, cast in some of the Salt or Holy Water and pour in a portion of the brewed herbal “tea.” (Make sure you don’t use up all of these things, as you will need more later.) Then light the candle and incense.
-Enter the bath and pour the bath water over your head several times, making sure your entire body is covered, while reciting the following Psalms at least three times each:
If a curse has been cast against you or enemies are attacking you:
Psalms 51 (“Have mercy upon me, O God…”) and 37 (“Do not fret because of evildoers…”).
Or Psalms 101 (“I will sing of your love and justice…”) and 68 (“May God arise, may His enemies be scattered…”).
Or Psalms 35 (“Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me… “), 55 (“Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.”) and 109 (“Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise.”).
For general uncrossing:
Psalm 5 (“Give ear to my words, O Lord…”)
Or Psalm 51 (“Have mercy upon me, O God…”)
Or Psalm 40 (“I waited patiently for the Lord…”)
Or Psalm 10 (“Why standest thou afar off, O Lord?”).
If the problem is due to an unwanted spirit, choose three of the following:
Psalm 5 (“Give ear to my words, O Lord…”)
Psalm 10 (“Why standest thou afar off, O Lord?”)
Psalm 15 (“Lord, who shall abide in thy Tabernacle?”)
Psalm 19 (“The heavens declare the glory of God”)
Psalm 29 (“Give unto the Lord, O ye Mighty”)
Psalm 40 (“I waited patiently for the Lord”)
Psalm 66 (“make a joyful noise unto God”)
Psalm 68 (“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered”)
Psalms 101 (“I will sing of mercy and judgement”), and/or 144-145 (“Blessed be the Lord my strength”, “I will extoll Thee, my God”).
-Leave the bath, use the burning incense to perfume your entire body. Do not dry off with a towel, allowing yourself to air-dry instead.
-Though this is not necessary, some of you may find this egg-cleansing technique useful. You can do it before the bath to see what is stuck to you, and/or you can do it after the bath to see if anything is still stuck to you.
Step Four – Cleanse and Seal Your Home
-First, simply give the place a good scrubbing, from top to bottom, just like spring cleaning. (Including throwing out old and unused things, etc.)
Important!: The floors must all be washed: Add the left-over “herb tea” and some ammonia to the water in the mop bucket, then wash the floors starting from the back of the house and moving toward the front, ending with the front doorstep. (For carpeted areas, put some of the floor wash into a spray bottle. Lightly spray over the carpet and brush with a broom.)
In the end the house should be bright and cheery, with open windows, fresh air and sunlight.
-Then put on the white clothing and light more of the incense.
-If you blessed Salt previously, cast some of that into fresh spring water and recite your chosen prayer of blessing over the salted water. If you obtained Holy Water from a church, you do not need to add salt or pray over it.
-Then walk around the entire house- sprinkling the water and perfuming each and every room, every corner, every nook, every dark place. While you do this, recite Psalms 90 (“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place…”) and 91 (“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High…”) over and over.
-When that is done, take the blessed olive oil. Dipping your finger into it, seal every door and window in the house – marking with the oil above and on either side of the doorway or window. As you do this, think of the passover in Egypt (when the first-born of the Jews were spared from the Plague of Death) and recite the Lord’s prayer (or your chosen prayer of blessing) over and over.
NOTE – How Often?
You might perform the ritual bath and house cleansing once for small purposes, or more often for more intense situations. You can do this three days in a row, or seven, or nine, or twelve or thirteen days in a row. (The full spring-cleaning of your house should only need done on the first day. A lighter cleaning can be done each day afterward, including the floor washing of course!)
This will either entirely remove, or drastically weaken, any magick being used against you or spirits that may be attached to you or your home. If your problem is merely an evil spirit that is harassing you, then this may well solve the problem. However, if there really is a witch casting curses against you, then further steps will have to be taken to put a stop to it.
Here is my favorite mirror-spell for putting a stop to evil magick.
Here is my favorite egg-defense spell to “divert” evil magick sent your way.
For the first part of the bath, you can either run a tub of warm water, or just turn on the shower.
Disrobe while reciting the following Psalms: 14 or 53, 27, 54 or 69, 81, 105
Then recite this exorcism over the tub of water. (Or if you use the shower, place your hand on the shower head while you exorcise.)
“I exorcise thee, O creature of Water, by him who hath created thee and gathered thee together into one place so that the dry land appeared, that thou uncover all the deceits of the enemy, and that thou cast out from thee all the impurities and uncleannesses of the spirits of the World of Phantasm, so they may harm me not, through the virtue of God almighty who liveth and reigneth unto the ages of the ages. Amen.”
Finally enter the bath and wash yourself while intoning the following names two or three times:
“MERTALIA, MUSALIA, DOPHALIA, ONEMALIA, ZITANSEIA, GOLDAPHAIRA, DEDULSAIRA, GHEVIALAIRA, GHEMINAIRA, GEGROPHEIRA, CEDAHI, GILTHAR, GODIEB, EZOIIL, MUSIL, GRASSIL, TAMEN, PUERI, GODU, HUZNOTH, ASTACHOTH, TZABAOTH, ADONAI, AGLA, ON, EL, TETRAGRAMMATON, SHEMA, ARESION, ANAPHAXETON, SEGILATON, PRIMEUMATON”
When you are perfectly clean, exit the bath (draining the water if necessary) and use the Water Sprinkler to splash yourself with Holy Water. (If you don’t have the sprinkler, then use your fingers.) While you do this, say:
“Purge me, O Lord, with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Now you get dressed – but you’ll be disrobing again soon enough. Therefore, I just throw on a robe or towel at this point. Then repeat these Psalms: 102, 51, 4, 30, 119:91, 114, 126 and 139
Finally we’ve reached the second part of the bath- which is really a kind of baptism. Fill the tub again with warm water. If you only have a shower, then fill a pot with hot water and set it in the shower stall. Then recite the following prayer over the water:
“EL strong and wonderful, I bless thee, I adore thee, I glorify thee, I invoke thee, I render thee thanks from this bath, so that this water may be able to cast from me all impurity and concupiscence of heart, through thee, O holy Adonai; and may I accomplish all things through thee who livest and reignest unto the ages of the ages. Amen.”
Then recite the following exorcism/benediction over the salt:
“The blessing of the Father Almighty be upon this creature of salt, and let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hencefrom, and let all good enter herein, for without thee man cannot live, wherefore I bless thee and invoke thee, that thou mayest aid me.”
Finally, recite Psalm 103 over the salt.
Cast the salt into the water. (Some manuscripts of the Key say to cast in consecrated spices as well, but none of them mention which herbs. If you wish to use herbs here, I would suggest the nine herbs used in the Water Sprinkler. You can brew them up just as for a Hoodoo bath, and pour the resulting “tea” into the water with the salt.)
Now disrobe once more while intoning these names:
“IMANEL, ARNAMON, IMATO, MEMEON, RECTACON, MUOBOII, PALTELLON, DECAION, YAMENTON, YARON, TATONON, VAPHORON, GARDON, EXISTON, ZAGVERON, MOMERTON, ZARMESITON, TILEION, TIXMION”
Enter the bath once again, recite Psalms 104 and 81 and pour the water over your head several times.
Once done, exit the bath and dry off with a white towel and put on clean white garments.
I also have another bath that follows a more Hoodoo-style pattern, which I give to anyone who comes to me for magickal help (uncrossing, etc). I’ll post that one here later.