In Wicca and other forms of religious witchcraft it is common to take a ritual bath before you enter the ritual space. This is to cleanse you and prepare you to interact with the God and Goddess. This practice varies from a light sponge bath wiping down the body to coven members sharing a tub with individuals taking a quick dip in and out, to simple washing of the face, hands, and feet with a basin of ritual water. No matter the style of ritual cleansing all of the above examples are types of ritual baths.
Magically baths can be used for so much more. You can use them to cleanse and remove things from your life. You can use them to prepare for sacred spaces and rituals. Baths are very powerful in that tool and have been used that way for a very long time. However there is much more than can be done with a magical bath. Magical baths can be used to open roads, bring money, bring love, heal, and protect. Soaking in a bath of herbs is one powerful way to get magical energy to surround your entire body mind and spirit.
The first thing you need to know is that you do not need bath tubs to work with magical baths. Not at all. You just need to have a basin to stand in and a bowl of water with the herbs. You can use a sponge bath or simply pour the water and herb mixture over your body from head to toe. The important thing is that you physically touch the herbal mixture in some way. If you have a shower stall you can work ritual baths. You can do a sponge bath from head to toe or you could tie the herbs in a bit of cheesecloth and hang that over the shower head so that the charged water comes through and touches your skin. You have options.
Now that we have that cleared up its time to talk about the different ways you can use baths. Full immersion baths or the shower method are excellent for cleansing and removal. So let’s start with a good cleansing bath. A ritual bath needs just the herbs and the water to contain them. You can use soap and water in a cleansing bath if you would like, but just having the herbs is fine.
Cleansing Ritual Bath
5 Bay Leafs
1 Tbs Rosemary
1 Tbs Hyssop
1 Tbs Rue
5 White Sage Leaves
(Optional: Soap and or normal bathing supplies)
Take the herbs and mix them in a bowl. As you mix them pray over the herbs. Ask that their spirits and the spirits of your ancestors cleanse and clean you of any negativity. See them radiating power. Know that their energy together will bless you and remove everything that does not serve your highest need. Add enough water to fill the bowl with the herbs about half way
Pour the bath water or fill the tub. If you are standing in your shower either tie the bundle up in cheese cloth or have the basins of water ready. Add the herbs to the water. Stir the water clockwise visualizing them full of a white cleansing light.
Now begin to pour the water over your body starting from your head to your toe using the cup. Always go from top to bottom when doing a cleansing or removal. Never cross back up or you could cross yourself up (hex yourself and loose the cleansing work you are currently doing). As you pour the water over your body a chant like “water wash away, water cleanse today” is important. It continues to charge the water and the herbs while reminding your spirit and mind about the work going on.
As you soak in the bath (or pour the herbal bath over your body) you should be sensing and feeling anything that doesn’t serve your highest good being forced into the water. When you feel as if all of the stuff has been removed from your body stand up. Pour the other bowl of water over your body to rinse off any residual energy from the water. This will leave you feeling light and clean.
The water in your mind should have a gray or black appearance to it when you pull the drain. That darkness is the negativity you are cleansing from your body. Watch it go down the drain and feel yourself lighter and freer. Towel dry off again from head to toe to seal in the cleansing you have just performed. Once dry go about your day as planned.
That cleansing bath was one example. Before you can do any work to bring good into your life you need to remove obstacles from your life. That is what cleansing work is for. Cleansing work opens the way for you to succeed in other areas of life. A common area people are looking for help in is love. A love bath is something that could benefit someone looking for love.
Love me sweet Bath
1 Tbs Honey
1 Tbs Lavender3 Tbs Sugar
In the first bowl mix the rose petals, honey, lavender, and sugar. As you mix the herbs pray over them and see them filled with a red light of love. Feel and know that you are a person worthy of love and are open to love. Remember to pray to the herbs for assistance in love. Be sure to be specific about the type of person you want and the type of relationship that you want.
Once you are sure that the mixture is charged add the water to the bowl and begin to fill the tub. Fill the bowl with water about 3/4 of the way. Once the tub has started to fill to a nice level (for me about 1/4 of the way is enough to start soaking but use your judgement) step into the tub and rub yourself down from head to toe with the hot water. As you run the hot water over yourself see yourself in love and being loved by another person. Visualize that person holding you and caressing you lovingly.
Now start to pour the love bath mixture over your body beginning with your head ending with your feet. Use the cup to gently buy accurately pour the water over your body. As you wash yourself with the bath chant something along the lines of “Love be new, love that’s true”. See yourself in a lasting relationship. Feel yourself full of love and all the happiness associated with it.
Once you have completely soaked in or covered your body with the love bath mixture take the other bowl of water and slowly rinse off. If you are in a tub now is the time to pull the drain. See the water returning to the earth sending your desire for love into the center of the earth. See your love energy and the water bath combining as they flow down the drain into the earth.
Any water and herbs that remain in the bath mixture pour outside your front porch and if possible at a cross roads. This will send your desire for a relationship out to the entire universe.
As you can see cleansing is one example of baths and love work is another. There are many more ways to work with ritual baths out there. Simply use your imagination and get to work. If you don’t feel like making your own baths there are some excellent sources of precharged ritual baths out there. We recommend Mystic Echoes
Mystic Echoes: Mystic Echoes Ritual Baths