How might a pagan bless things and why would they want to?
Everything we experience is energetic in nature and also all matter we encounter has a energetic fingerprint signature. Energy, like water, is fluid and flows. Energy can puddle in great concentrations, be collected, sent and received. When we bless something or someone we are intentionally adding positive energy to that thing. We are capable of blessing others, places and things by using our intent. Oftentimes, we intentionally utilize the energy of the gods and goddesses, the elements, in addition to our own energy to do so.
We can bless informally, as in a simple prayer or spell (god bless you or namaste’), or we may create a more profound direction of positive energy toward something by creating a complex ritual (like a home blessing, or a blessing for personal healing). One can bless or sanctify pretty much anything a person wants to at any time.
Yet, in our energetic world, if we are attempting to cause a profound impact, I recommend becoming familiar with the elements and their associations so that you could utilize them as a positive force in your magickal toolbox. The energy of earth is profound, and it is as just as deep and strong as the energy of fire, which is similar to but has a different energetic signature than the element of water, and just as potent and directive as the energy of air. Each contains a gift of sacred knowledge and magickal ability because they inherently are provocative energy themselves. They can facilitate change in ways different than we could of our own volition by ourselves (spirit). By learning of their associations and strengths, and then blending those together we can create a powerful invocation of blessing.
You will find that those of the craft will establish a sacred relationship with these corners and their beings to deliberately align their work with them. Once we have established a healthy working relationship with the elements, we can use the elements as partners to strengthen our work. We can invoke the element of earth by (seeds, crystals, stones, salt, cauldron, bones..) together with the element of air (feathers, incense, smudge, bells, wand, flags..), fire (candles, athame, sword, lamps, volcanic rock) and water (chalice, cup, bowl, seashells, salt, blood or wine.. water..) to bless many things. While herbs and oils aren’t tools per se, they are often used to facilitate a blessing. This is because each herb (and subsequently oil derived from them) holds an energy pattern associated with at least one of the elements in addition to the signature for life-force energy itself.
Blessing Candles: gently melt down tealights on a cookie sheet in the oven or on a coffee warmer, leaving the wicks in. Add herbs, small crystals, &/or magickal sea salts according to your aim. Make sure to check elemental associations when crafting.
Oftentimes, old places or items have discordant energy attached to them. One can clear these old imprints by cleansing them energetically (making them ‘neutral’), but to truly make the item whole again, it takes a blessing. You must offer your love and support to the place or thing to raise the vibration of that place or thing. You can invoke the strength of specific deities, incorporate the elements according to the specific need, and send your loving intent into that energy.
We often run about cleansing or purifying things to make sure our local environment is stable and void of lower/negative energies or entities, but folks- that’s only half of the picture! I suggest wholeheartedly that you always bless what you have cleared. If you cleanse a crystal, then bless it after. If you cleanse your home, bless it after. If you smudge a friend, bless them after. Yet you need not cleanse a person, place or thing in order to feel entitled to bless it.
You can bless an area by combining your intent, energy, and action. You can send a blessing non-verbally to the grouchy looking person in the grocery store that you passed in the aisle (‘may you have greater peace and the understanding you need’) by directing your intent toward their solar plexus, you can bless food and drink by holding love or healing energy into it as you make it or prior to consumption, you can bless an area by walking around and lovingly picking up trash and leaving your blessing of healing and balance in it’s place.
In my home I’ve blessed random objects (a coffee cup, a pen, a door knob, etc.) each randomly, trusting that whoever could benefit from that blessing will come into contact with it. There’s a mug that is blessed with intent of joy, one for healing, a door knob blessed to impart greater safety as needed, a pen to bless with calmness and greater compassion. Seriously, most things in my home have been bewitched by blessings, come to think of it.
If you’re unfamiliar with the habit of blessing things, people or places, I suggest it’s an incredible behavior to adopt. By establishing this pattern of behavior, you will always be sure to leave a place with a more positive energy than you’d found it. Go ahead and bless a random plate at a restaurant to invoke that the person who eats off of it will find greater clarity each according to his/her need or perhaps a grocery cart- that the person who uses it will remember that one item they habitually forget. As you sit at an intersection waiting for a light, you could send your intent into the crossroad that whomever passes through it who could use more centering or more spiritual support receives it in the manner and timing which best suits them.
Pagans tend to take their blessing more seriously than most. We often do so more formally by crafting a ritual incorporating those things which call to you to help empower your intent. Whether hoping to promote a thought/idea or communication (air), instigate action or passion (fire), soothe or elevate emotion or intuition (water), increase or induce manifestation or practicality (earth) or any combination thereof, we can work in synchrony with the energies of the elements to get the job done more effectively. And, elements are an incredible way to make your blessing work more fruitful.
I use many oils, herbs and crystals in my work. I use these because of the elemental associations they have. I notice that when I combine my intent with my energy, together with the energies of the elements, that profound things happen. It only makes sense to me to use that potent combination to bless places and things when it intuitively feels right to me. I know that you each have blessed things in your different ways, and I’d like to urge you to continue to do so. I propose that by purposefully incorporating the elemental allies into your blessing work, the world will markedly be shaped by you in a very positive way.
In kindest regard,