Monthly Archives: June 2016

Space Clearing & the Art of Flame Watching

First off, let me apologize for the 1 1/2 year vacation I took from writing this blog.  I guess you could say I’ve been making some changes to the way that I share my knowledge on Feng Shui, and I needed a little break from writing about it.  At any rate, I am back and ready to write!  P.S. You may have noticed that I also changed the name on the blog to my actual business name instead of Feng Shui Girl in the City.  Once upon a time, I was trying to link my title to the success of the show Sex in the City, but nowadays, I just want to share my knowledge without all the hype!

Today, I had the entire afternoon with nothing scheduled.  I’d been wanting to do my annual space clearing ritual for a few weeks, but it wasn’t until today that I felt like the time was right.  One of the tools that I use to determine “rightness” is from the World of Feng Shui website.  It offers a calendar with the most auspicious dates for marriage, but I use these dates for everything from space clearing, to buying a house and last but not least, for making big furniture-placement changes.

Another resource that I use for this ritual is from the Pensacola Paranormal Society.  They have a wonderful space clearing prayer that I like to recite when I clear each area of my home.  I have asked their permission in the past to share from their site, and I will make sure to give a full link to it as well.

If you have never done a space clearing, let me start by saying that there are many different ways to get it done.  One of the most common is to burn sage; however, the method I am about to share is my personal favorite.  It is an epsom salt space clearing, and I have had a lot of success with it.  There are a few things that you will need in order to get started.  First, you need a pyrex bowl.  I got mine from Goodwill because I knew I was going to ruin it, and didn’t want to spend much on it.  You will also need some sort of trivet or bricks to place under the Pyrex bowl.  This will ensure that you do not burn a hole in your floor, so make sure you don’t skip this step.  Other ingredients include plain epsom salt, 91% isopropyl alcohol, and a lighter or extended fire clicker.

Once you have your auspicious day, another way to add benefit to the process is to do it between the times of 11 – 1 in the a.m. or the p.m.  The way I would describe this is to say that it is something of a doorway or a time when there are less energetic disruptions.  When I am moving furniture or doing anything else Feng Shui related, I try to do it during this free zone, although that isn’t always possible.  It just so happened that for this space clearing, I was able to honor this part of the recipe.

If you have a  two-story home, you will want to start downstairs and work your way upstairs.  This time, I decided to simplify the process.  Instead of doing the salt burn in all nine (9) areas of the bagua, downstairs and up, I mentally divided each floor into four (4) areas.  This entire process took me over 3 hours, so you can imagine how long it would take to do it 9 times on the bottom floor and 9 times on the top.  Now that we have all the little details covered, here’s the way to begin:

Say your prayer for protection and intention.  Here is the one I used from the Pensacola Paranormal Society.  

“Mother, Father, God, I command that all negative energy and energy that is not condusive to my well-being be removed through this process. If there are any attached spirits to this home, I evoke Archangel Michael to use his sword to remove them and their tie to this place. I ask for your protection and guidance in the process. Thank you, it is done, it is done, it is done!”(

Once you have said your prayer, you are ready to go.  Put a layer of the epsom salt in the fireproof bowl, cover it completely, but don’t drown it, with the alcohol, and light it up.  Just for fun, I decided to time the duration of the flames and photograph the results.  Some areas seemed to take much longer, and some were done in less than 15 min. The amount of black residue on top of the salt at the end of the burn is supposed to represent the amount of negative energy present that has been burned away.  It would seem that certain areas of my home had way more negative energy than others! The good news is that after this process, my entire home feels purified and energetically clean.

Example of a lot of negativity burned out Example of a lot of negativity burned out
Example of very little negativity caught in the salt Example of very little negativity caught in the salt

One other thing that I did this time around, was to stare into the flames and focus on each life area with a specific intention.  Alternatively, you can think about the things that aren’t working in your life and give them to the flames to be transformed.  The part that I love the most, is the photographs.  The images that emerge within the flames are sometimes a little spooky, but always interesting.  It reminds me of cloud-watching and how a single cloud can look different depending on the person watching it.

After the first burn has stopped completely, move your bowl and trivet to the next area, add another layer of salt and alcohol, say your prayer, and light that layer.  I suggest that you have one bowl for the bottom floor and one bowl for the top floor.  After you have completed all four areas downstairs, and the bowl has cooled, you will need to flush the salt mixture into the toilet.  This can be a little bit daunting because it will be as hard as a brick.  Just add a small amount of water, stab it with a fork to break it up, and flush a little at a time into the toilet until it is all gone.

I’ve heard it said that when the flames leap very high and seem to be dancing, that it is a clear sign that there is spirit energy on the site.  I do not claim to know this for certain, and I could not find anything on the internet to corroborate this, but I wanted to mention it just to be thorough.

What do you see? What do you see?

I recommend that this type of space clearing be done at least once a year, or anytime that you feel the energy getting stagnant.  If you have a lot of visitors in your home, keep in mind that you may need to clear your spaces more frequently.  This would also be a great tool for realtors or for someone who is selling their own home, as well as if someone has died in the home.  If you have a question or comment that I didn’t address here, please email me at