Baking Soda, Qi Vampires & Ancient Egypt

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Given that the astro – Grand Water Trine – is so sensationally pure raw magic at the mo, i have a number of emails from people wanting my thoughts on magical rituals, spells etc. I don’t really believe in them. I do Feng Shui which probably counts as ancient Chinese witchcraft but remember this: In ancient days, people considered their cleaning of the house and their bodies to be magic.

Every scrub down was obviously purifying and stimulating the skin but also the soul, sloughing off dead cells and who knew what else. Hence the popularity of demon-busting herbs like rosemary and birch with the ultimate magical subsctance: salt. The Ancient Egyptians used baking soda for cleaning and banishing bad luck/dark entities – they thought it was magic and they called it natron.

The clean was the ritual. Then of course there would be a candle burned to invoke whatever. But the cleaning and sorting was It. The phrase “clean as a witches kitcen” did not come out of nowhere. Nor the old school “cleanliness is next to godliness.” The idea of multiple levels of existence is familiar to all schools of magic, Taoism, whatever. If you have a house as fenged up as mine though, things can get weird. I have pictures jump off the ceiling, salt shakers explode and the front gate mysteriously fly open. It’s not ghosts. It’s Qi.

This is a really weird example but it makes me think that Qi Vampires are like a form of fungus. I was doing these super strength probiotics (Bio-Kult Candea) that are meant to blitz any candida in your system. So okay, a day later i am half dead with some sort of Herxheimer Reaction (should be called Hex Reaction) and at the same time i notice that my Lucky Bamboo is coated with this white stuff – fungus. And rather then obeying my Mercury in Aries urges to just chuck it, i spend some quality Taurus-style time wiping it all down Ti-Tree oil etc.Β  And as i was dealing with all this I got a really terse email from a Qi Vampire.

Qi Vampires can get into your life the way fungus does – you know how we all need a bit of it but it can multiply and do scary things by hooking into your g.i tract or whatever (obviously i am not a doctor – this is not medical advice lol)? That is how Qi Vampires start out. They don’t rock up and say “hey, I am here to bludge off your Awesome, mess with your mind and drain you dry.”

Sometimes, you only know you have a Qi Vampire or fungus when you try to get rid of them/it. So anyway, i love the idea of the Ancient Egyptians using baking soda and if you want some house-witching, consider sacred cleansing – washing tables and floors with water to which you have added the appropriate oil, a good smudge with Mugwort and/or flinging some salt around.

And this Dark Moon in Taurus is perfection for cleansing.

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Paige Luff
Paige Luff

Smashed phones, broken bones. With extra salt.

virgo kathleen
virgo kathleen

Practical magic i.e. cleaning and feng shui is about all the magic I do too. De-cluttering feels so good. I wish my housemates were into that because they have SO MUCH clutter and the energy affects everyone. sigh. I fear that I have been a qi vampire in the past. In fact around a year ago I went through a major life crisis. And during that time I know I was a qi vampire and I lost some friends. I mean, some stuck around, but it was a really bad time. I don’t think it’d happen again but I’m still… Read more »

L Cat
L Cat

Hi Virgo Kathleen, I too, have discovered I too easily absorb the energies of others around me. Majorly. Not good for my well-being! Feel overwhelmed, drained, sad, anxious etc etc. I recently found an article that you may find useful.

http://empoweringastrology.com/self-care-for-empaths

I found some great tips. I do the white-lighting when I’m going to be around others, and it helps to contain your own energy, & seems to work not take on others’ energies!… Take care! Hope it helps.

earthicat
earthicat

reading all comments here really really inspiring! thanks also for these links, i have Issues with a capital I in absorbing and feeling other peoples energies – it aint nice when they cleanse themselves off of me! links very helpful πŸ™‚ !!!
xxx

virgo kathleen
virgo kathleen

Thank you very much! I’m so glad I spotted your comment! I have Neptune conjunct moon in Capricorn which explains why this happens to me. I’m off to read the second article now. xx

Sunrise
Sunrise

Oh crazy synchronicity! Yesterday, spent most of the day cleaning my apartment Virgo-style, then put salt along the threshhold of the doorways before I went to sleep. It did feel ritualistic, and I just felt inspired to do it.

Feels kind of creepy how we are influenced (controlled??!) by the collective unconscious.

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

Ooh this moon feels so intensely Dark! Today I’m taking a carload of my no longer useful items to charity: suddenly it feels imperative that I unload less I drown in the stale Qi these items emit. Also, am putting the finishing touches on a firey ankh painting for my living room: the room’s too watery, needs balanced. The painting will hang on a south wall, opposite a big mirror (that I cannot move myself). Didn’t I read here once that mirrors are a Scorpio thing? This house was full of mirrors when we moved in, many of which are… Read more »

R(aqua/tauri)
R(aqua/tauri)

Weird timing…I went in for a facial yesterday and came out with a fairy godmother of candida cleanse support who swore by a handful of supplements refined over a decade of trial and error and is putting me on a strict no sugar diet (not too crazy for me; basically I just need to cut out the fruit because I eat pretty clean). She warned me that I’ll feel like death for two weeks then slowly come back…very slowly. I’m in. Upgrade me.

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

Right on, Rache: Upgrade Me. Love it x

Ms.
Ms.

Love a bit of practical magic. Sending over the banshee body guards Mystic πŸ˜‰ Other side of the salt line please people. Reminds me, I have a guy at work who is all enticed by Crowely, the occult and clairvoyance who keeps harassing me about spells and interviewing me incessantly since discovering a previous place of work that had me outed slightly. I see him only one day a week and its spent politely shutting down his ridiculous spell casting questions by pointing out the obvious and not giving any energy away to what is seriously stupid and unintentional black… Read more »

Sparkling Leo
Sparkling Leo

Hi……..Mystic just wondering what a super Feng Shui house like yours would look like? Are there any photos of a portion of a room of yours on this site? Funny I went crazy cleaning today, neglected cleaning and then read this post this evening! Horizontal surface clearing, cleaning. Oh dear, I hope tomorrow isn’t the y axis………..even brought in lavender to calm the energy, so not me. LOL

Shannon
Shannon

Fungus on my mind…! My partner and I just discovered the third entity in our relationship- a super fungus in our mattress- producing heat and water in copious amounts. A new mattress and airy slatted base were quickly purchased and I am sleeping much better- and no longer dreaming of Mycelium taking over mankind πŸ˜› Reading about other’s Qi Vampires makes me happy mine was a simple fungus! Also, like an Egyptian, I have shaved off all hair that isn’t on my head and exfoliated with baking soda! It must be in the collective unconscious- I am never this extreme… Read more »

Hypnotist
Hypnotist

Did you know that a mattress doubles in weight, in 10 years of use, due to dust and fungus accumulation? Kind of nasty.

virgolicious
virgolicious

Ewwwww! Horrors!

electric eel libran
electric eel libran

if you are taking requests, do Donald Levine astrology the guy who invented GI joe dolls for boys! he just died recently. He’s got to have some strange Mars and Cancer things going on.

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

yep. Cancer guys are obsessed with masculinity πŸ™„

Just looked him up. He’s a Gemini with moon in Gem at 22ΒΊ. Who knows what time he was born. He could have had moon in Cancer?
Anyway He has Pluto conjunct Jupiter on Cancer

calypso
calypso

yep!

electric eel libran
electric eel libran

fabulous! thank you!

Catfish Moon
Catfish Moon

A rough dark moon for me this week. Stress is a factor. I need to cleanse….Have cleaned my house for 2 days, then dragged brush into one pile this morning.

zoe
zoe

Mystic please do a blog about Michiel Huisman’s astro. He’s a Cancer but it would be nice to know of his other aspects as well. I’ve had the biggest crush on him this week.

venusyonce
venusyonce

Funny, I just bought a big brick sized box of bicarb to clean my new bathroom yesterday! And havr been having wild dreams, as in, people in the dreams actually say things that I need to hear. This little libra rising wants to get going with mars direct but I’m holding back … good thing I love taurus moons πŸ™‚ new rose lipstick, lavender oil, pizza and couch and game of thrones with a dear friend tonight! So very taurus of me!

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

Pertinent. I’ve been pondering what kind of cleansing ritual I might need to do now that the qi vamp in this house has been evicted. I never believed in qi vampism until I met him to be honest. I thought it was always a mental illness that created this type of behaviour. But he has no mental illness, no addiction or other factor that I can see. He’s just a C***T through and through. ….. soz but compassion lacking on that front at the moment So yes cleansing the house. Awaiting instructions from Cedric. Cleaning really does work especially when… Read more »

venusyonce
venusyonce

Yeah I don’t do spells as such anymore, even though they were mostly benign (a few fuelled by love zombieism) they were way too effective and it was only later that I started thinking about the wider ripples of consequences … I reckon raising your qi and setting up general protections against negativity and cleansing of space ie. Salt, sage etc. are prob best. I love using bay leaf – love the smell, love the positive vibe. It feels strong to me and it grows plentifully in many gardens!

electric eel libran
electric eel libran

just burn some sage, and clean/wash/get rid of anything he spent a lot of time with in the house.

ImpoliteSociety
ImpoliteSociety

Hi there, Vesta rising here. Oh wow! Before I even read you post! This morning I ceremoniously cleaned my boyfriends HEARTH (well, wood-heater), candle burning on it and all. It gave great comfort and solace to tend to the centre and ‘heart’ of the house, giving thanks for the warmth, protection, solace, merriment, storytelling and comfort – everything that a home fire brings. (I have a past life memory of a neolithic time, resting peacefully in a dark cave with my fellow kin) Let’s just say, before I came alone his house was full of hoarder-clutter (my Virgo rising nearly… Read more »

calypso
calypso

ah, has the wine been drunk? I hate to ask, but does that situation require more than salt?

ImpoliteSociety
ImpoliteSociety

Time and trial will tell, Calypso (I’d say, yep!).
It’s a very Dionysian/Ariadne coupling.

Me: In the middle of the Neptune square natal Neptune transit.
Him: Neptune transiting 12th house.
We exit these at around the same time (2016).

Who knows what will be left standing once all the Neptunian fairy dust scatters! The prognosis looks grim, but I will go with the flow of this transit (for someone like me with such a strong Saturn, this itself is an astounding development). Much magic, soul-mating and happiness from our friends has been made despite outward appearances and inward obstacles…

calypso
calypso

oh well, I congratulate you on your self awareness and wish you much enjoyment of the blurring of Saturnine boundaries! Did the beginning of the relationship coincide with yr N square N transit? Mine was a doozy (on my angles and with Saturn in 12H). An old friend used to say you should spend at least 3 years in a relationship before contemplating children. Now I imagine this is why!

All the best to you Impolite Society πŸ™‚

Anonymous
Anonymous

Cheers!

Ooh yours sounded tricky. My N 2 N started in March, but felt “on” in Dec… Around the same time this relationship started along with the occultation of Venus retrograde. I wasn’t sure if it would even pass that phase, but it was a major romantic reset indeed.

ImpoliteSociety
ImpoliteSociety

Cheers!

Ooh yours sounded tricky. My N 2 N started in March, but felt “on” in Dec… Around the same time this relationship started along with the occultation of Venus retrograde. I wasn’t sure if it would even pass that phase, but it was a major romantic reset indeed.

calypso
calypso

wow, timing of Venus Rx is interesting! I recently saw the man in question during the Mars Rx. It was so striking to me that I didn’t feel anything – and I used to sniff this guys mattress that he left in my garage long after he left the state to avoid creditors and ppl who wanted to kill him (only a slight exaggeration – would be funny if it wasn’t true) – So I checked the ephemeris and lo, it began and ended with the Neptune Sq Neptune transit. It was a transcendent, orgasmic, substance-fuelled thing too, fun while… Read more »

numoon
numoon

Made sea salt and coconut oil tooth paste – (that is about all i think CO is good for lol) added a few drops of myrrh eo and evoo. Loveee.TP is such a rip off / full of junk. This is just as good at removing the biofilm & keeping gums tip top – (or way better I would argue!)

gemyogi
gemyogi

I often use bicard soda for teeth also. It’s a wonder product. Also salt can whiten teeth by scrubbing off tartar etc. Just be gentle though.

I’ve just go into coconut oil, using it in frying and cooking. Love it. I also love coconut cream, I used in a curry, then used the left over on my porridge this morning! it’s delish

numoon
numoon

Bi-carb & hydrogen peroxide is good too.. for the whitening. But coconut oil in food is a non non for me – like eating soap!

Gemyogi
Gemyogi

The one I’m using is yummy. One of my favourite desserts is black rice pudding with coconut cream.

flowerchild
flowerchild

I have been cleaning my house and doing laundry today as well as I have purged some ‘stuff’ from the house, including old clothes. I am in that mood….. and then I saw this post! So I guess I’m doing the right thing…… I will try the baking soda thing, though. Sometimes I leave an open box of it in rooms, not just in the fridge, to absorb the bad qi. Also, I saged myself and my house today. I do have some sea salt across the front doorway. This is an intense and a bit dark-side neighborhood –gang violence… Read more »

gemyogi
gemyogi

hmmm sounds like the guy isn’t a good thing in your life. You will know what to do if you listen. Hugs for the sad.

MiM
MiM

Big hugs to you flowerchild! As Mystic has said before, sometimes it’s good to ‘slow down and simplify’. Good luck with + enjoy new man – remember thou shalt not take shite.

Loved this post about ‘spells’. I swear by cleaning and doing laundry with essential oils.

Half a cup baking soda mixed with quarter cup salt poured down drains, then followed by a cup of white vinegar (stand back, as it will FIZZLE) will rid house of any drain smells, by the way. Good way to “un-drain” your house/soul/life.

flowerchild
flowerchild

Thanks for the input, gemyogi and MiM! I’m now reading articles on the internet about dating Swedish guys, because the guy I’m dating is Swedish and it occurred to me that some of this ‘communication’ stuff that is going on is somewhat cultural differences. I am American, from California, and we are both living here in San Francisco. Anyway, the articles I’ve found so far have been quite validating! …..some of the stuff going on, though, I think is just man/woman stuff, and then perhaps some dynamics that are potentially not so good, that are just particular to me and… Read more »

Aishah Macgill
Aishah Macgill

Interesting Mystic that those things happening in your house you see as Qi?twice in the last week when I approached a door at home, it magically opened for me, like in a gentle breeze. I said thank you to the wind, but wondered, who or what was it really?

Methinky
Methinky

How lovely! I can relate to this – I once lived in a lovely old flat where the kettle would turn itself on in a kitchen that whenever I took photos of it, had big rings of light around that appeared from all angels (I’m leaving that typo). I woke up in the morning three times to find the front door wide open before I realised I was gently being sent to pursue my destiny…. Elsewhere!

Aishah Macgill
Aishah Macgill

The doors opened for me when I came home after being away, so after reading your comments about leaving the house, I am taking it as I need to stay put, a kind of welcome home!

electric eel libran
electric eel libran

anything can be a spell as long as you set an intention with it.

Sphinx
Sphinx

“Na, is an abbreviation of that element’s New Latin name natrium, which was derived from natron which refers to Wadi El Natrun or natron valley in Egypt from which natron was mined in ancient Egypt for use in burial rites”. I love this! It makes sense that anything that has a practical ability for cleanliness would impact us as a vibration. We are vibrating energy and sound ourselves. But that is why spells can work too, I mean you are setting the intent through sound which is a vibration. Thoughts have a vibration too of course. β€œIf you realized how… Read more »

gemyogi
gemyogi

Yes, totes works in with law of attraction and such!

islandgirl
islandgirl

I love what you say Sphinx – everything is energy – and we are creating the future NOW – we are weaving spells every moment we live. We are in this reality because our antecedents created this by thoughts which manifested into actions. To weave a better future we need to have a healthy and uncluttered mind – we need a good flow of energy to help direct our intentions. Feng shui was set up as a practical method to help with physical and mental hygene – they knew that the physical affects the mental and emotional and the other… Read more »

Sphinx
Sphinx

Ha ha, you are picking up on me or there is synchronicity there islandgirl. This morning I woke up with conjunctivitis in both eyes and a bad cold. I sat on the edge of my bed thinking ‘that’s not right’! Then I understood that I was feeling soo much guilt for cutting ties with qi vamp fam. I forgave myself & did some reiki on my eyes and I heard:

‘Establishing boundaries provides you with traction. Traction is necessary to move forward in life”.

The conjunctivitis cleared up immediately. 😯

Gemyogi
Gemyogi

Totes. I’ve been cleaning, smudging, hanging out with my best GFs, laughing, potting new bargain plants!

Moved into new studio and swept and smudged. Walls are yellow, brown plasterboard I will paint white, floor is industrial concrete painted a beautiful orange. It already matches my paintings.

I love bicarbonate soda for cleaning and Epsom salts and lavender in the bath.

Gemyogi
Gemyogi

And I put a new line of salt across my threshold last week πŸ˜‰

Sphinx
Sphinx

How exciting GY!! Sounds like it will be gorgeous, blessings for a harmonious and creative sacred space!

gemyogi
gemyogi

Thanks Sphinx! πŸ˜›

Sphinx
Sphinx

That’s a cool girl, clearly she recalls a time when she had those skills! I totally think fire-bending could be a thing, perhaps it’s an extension of healing as it is about raising and lowering temperature?

Hypnotist
Hypnotist

If you’re interested in fire-bending you should check the story of the Little Buda πŸ™‚ (not the movie) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rpWWm8PDDc

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

Yes. Yes and Yes. By the way this Grand Water Trine is beyond Amazeballs.
Soooo much magic happening at the mo’!

Sphinx
Sphinx

Ha! I relate to all of this.
As I was sloughing off qi vamp fam in the last weeks I had a series of incidents that kept me aware of the drain they were having.
Apart from skin issues, illness etc. due to the stress of it all, my Cap scaled a high shelf and threw down Qi Vamp Piscean’s print he was storing at my house.
A dark grey and silver spooky airman. Glass everywhere. Felt so good to have it gone!

Fury LittleCross
Fury LittleCross
elvirago
elvirago

That has to be the most sensible thing I’ve ever heard said about spells!

Katie
Katie

I wanted to say I no longer cringe when reading about Chi Vamps on this site, even though I feel my life is not quite where I want it to be right now.

Ms.
Ms.

but yeah thats the first step and its a big one. A lot of us are not where we want to be per say but if you are on the way there its all that matters

Katie
Katie

Im so intrigued by this concept of Qi Vampire. I fear that I am one I have had low self esteem issues which crop upwhen I am tired, and I seem to struggle a bit with life, the simple things. I do admire people who seem to be strong and to whom things, as I see it, ” come easily”. Instinctivley I feared I was a chi vamp, and really freared, since reading this blog, because I would do things such as be jealous of people who were happier than me; I wasnt happy; I used to enjoy being wtih… Read more »

prowlncrab
prowlncrab

That’s amazing! The fact that you’ve decided to start taking responsibility for yourself and are already able to pinpoint areas where you (in the past) have used others because you’ve felt you can’t do something or be something for yourself IS awesome … most dyed-in-the-wool qi vamps never do this. They continue to leech and then externalise the issue as everyone else’s fault and play the victim. The resist looking at themselves because it’s easier to blame/use others. Sounds like you’ve experienced a lot of growth and yes it is hard but very rewarding in the long term. πŸ™‚

R(aqua/tauri)
R(aqua/tauri)

Yep. I had a long comment I wrote earlier but the phone died. My essential message was that as long as you’re not in denial you’re ahead of 90% of chronic qi vampire types…I too have had major qi vampire tendencies starting around the time I finished college and was dealing with health issues and completely lost when it came to my career goals. Became way too dependent on a boyfriend, super negative…I still have those tendencies but I am more honest about it and able to flip out of the thought patterns quicker through being and staying aware. It… Read more »

gbs
gbs

It takes real honesty to acknowledge our Qi vamp tendencies and to move on from them. Kudos to you for doing it! I can relate to a lot of what you say. I’ve been realizing over the past few days how much Qi vamp energy I projected onto a friend a few years ago. On the one hand, I feel so ashamed of my behavior when I look back on it. On the other, I’m glad I’ve come to this point of awareness and that the friendship has moved on from that dynamic. I’m going to smudge my house now… Read more »

Malcolm mcleod
Malcolm mcleod

Well said, so much potent practical qi amplifying wisdom here

Centaurus
Centaurus

I really like this Myst. Practical magic is mortal magic and all magic must still be grounded in the reality we are in or the result cannot be earthed.. y’know actually appear in this dimension, it will float out in the either or in the psyche just out of reach… Qi v ghosts… I don’t know about all the time given I can see them here and there but ghosts is such an incorrect word implying hauntings and negative vibes but definitely Qi flow can act like the wind but so can spirit and I say this fessing that I’m… Read more »