Ritual Bell and Besom Brooms: Useful and Alliterative
As we continue our series on ritual items, we come across two important tools: the altar bell and the besom broom. The altar bell, symbolic of the Goddess Herself, is used to clear the area of negative energy vibes as well as to call the Quarters and Deity to the magickal circle.
The altar bell can also be used in some healing rituals: its clear tone is conducive to stimulating healing energies. You can say something like the following as you ring the bell for healing: “With the sound of the bell’s tone/May healing be done/ For the good of all and harm to none/Blessed Be.”
The besom, or broom, is also used for ritual in order to clear the area of unwanted negative energy. Before the ritual begins, it is customary to sweep the negative vibes away: visualization works well here. You can say something like the following as you visualize the negative energy being swept away: “Negative energy, I sweep you away/In the name of the Goddess and God, I hold you at bay/So mote it be.”
I prefer to hang my besom above my altar, rather than placing it on the altar per se.
Before the altar bell or the besom is used for the first time, and periodically afterwards, it is necessary to cleanse and consecrate these ritual tools.
What are your thoughts about the altar bell or besom? Please feel free to share in the comments section. Blessed Be!