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Author Topic: Cleaning and Divinity  (Read 201 times)

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Cleaning and Divinity
« on: August 09, 2018, 05:34:38 am »
So, I've been ill with the flu recently. An unpleasant experience, and one that isn't familiar to me, as I don't get sick very often. Anyway, I'm pretty much better now, and I'm also getting the urge to clean, and I was wondering if anyone else liked to clean when returning to good health.

Obviously, there are practical reasons for this (who wants to dust when sick?), but I think there may also be spiritual ones behind the urge as well. Cleanliness in general is associated with divinity and regeneration. For the Aztecs, the ceremony Ochpaniztli, the sweeping ceremony, was conducted to prepare the earth for the return of the gods during the next month. And so, to me, cleaning represents a return to a natural order, and a reopening of my connection to the gods.

Does anyone else have this view?

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Re: Cleaning and Divinity
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 01:31:16 am »


So, I've been ill with the flu recently. An unpleasant experience, and one that isn't familiar to me, as I don't get sick very often. Anyway, I'm pretty much better now, and I'm also getting the urge to clean, and I was wondering if anyone else liked to clean when returning to good health.

Obviously, there are practical reasons for this (who wants to dust when sick?), but I think there may also be spiritual ones behind the urge as well. Cleanliness in general is associated with divinity and regeneration. For the Aztecs, the ceremony Ochpaniztli, the sweeping ceremony, was conducted to prepare the earth for the return of the gods during the next month. And so, to me, cleaning represents a return to a natural order, and a reopening of my connection to the gods.

Does anyone else have this view?

Regarding cleaning after being sick: I've totally and mostly always have had that view point after being sick or if anyone in my apartment has been sick to clean the heck out of the place. Just feels so good to get everything smelling clean (as in Lemon, Bleach, and other associated smells).

However, associating cleanliness with the Divine? Or, as my Grandma would say, Cleanliness is closest to Godliness? In both of my practices, I never thought of the two connected. As I read Beckett's book (Path Of Paganism), however, I am noticing that maybe I should connect certain a task with the Divine such as cleaning. I cleaned the altar space and I noticed Dionysos was happier for it.

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Re: Cleaning and Divinity
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 06:53:23 pm »
cleaning represents a return to a natural order, and a reopening of my connection to the gods.

In theory, this is a part of my own practice.

In actuality, I have trouble getting off my butt to actually do it.

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Re: Cleaning and Divinity
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 11:50:19 pm »
So, I've been ill with the flu recently. An unpleasant experience, and one that isn't familiar to me, as I don't get sick very often. Anyway, I'm pretty much better now, and I'm also getting the urge to clean, and I was wondering if anyone else liked to clean when returning to good health.

Obviously, there are practical reasons for this (who wants to dust when sick?), but I think there may also be spiritual ones behind the urge as well. Cleanliness in general is associated with divinity and regeneration. For the Aztecs, the ceremony Ochpaniztli, the sweeping ceremony, was conducted to prepare the earth for the return of the gods during the next month. And so, to me, cleaning represents a return to a natural order, and a reopening of my connection to the gods.

Does anyone else have this view?

Getting my house cleaned and organized helps me reorient myself spiritually and connect better to my companions.  However, I'm not very good at doing it, and this is complicated by not so much physical but mental illness.  From time to time family helps me get my house in order, and I keep it reasonably clean.  It's just a small space and there is a lot of clutter.  Clearing the clutter helps clear my mind.
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Re: Cleaning and Divinity
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 04:17:01 pm »

Regarding cleaning after being sick: I've totally and mostly always have had that view point after being sick or if anyone in my apartment has been sick to clean the heck out of the place. Just feels so good to get everything smelling clean (as in Lemon, Bleach, and other associated smells).


Whenever someone in the house falls ill, I want to clean more (from a germ standpoint), but once they are better, I always cleanse as well, because I want to clear out any residual energy that developed.

I am super anxious about illness, so I am always out of sorts whenever anyone is sick around me (or even when people I know online are sick...and I literally have no contact with them at all).  It makes me want to burn incense, cleans and bless everything.

I do notice that my space feels heavy when people are ill, and I need to cleanse to make it feel right again.  When I'm cleansing, I not only clear out the old, but add in a blessing to keep everyone healthy.

As far as a spiritual connection, other than as service to Eir (as a thanks for helping with healing) I tend to think of cleaning in general as a spiritual act (I clean for house spirits and for Frigga), so it does make sense in my mind.
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