How to have a Ritual Bath
The purpose of a ritual bath is to cleanse Yourself, from the inside and out, of negative
energies and prepare your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Self for Circle.
A ritual bath is a rite in and of itself. The rite is ideally done just prior to Circle.
The bath water should be infused with salts, herbs oils and colours that are harmonious
with the work to be done in Circle.
To prepare for the bath:
Select the Herbs, (it is best to have your herbs in a bag for easier clean-up) oils and
salts same colour as the candle that you will be using.
Have a censer and charcoal block ready to burn corresponding incense on. Anoint a candle
of appropriate colour using the same oil as you are using in the bath. If you have a shrine
set up in your bathroomthere should be a Goddess and God candle present.
Have some Holy Water ready.
Holy Water is made from
1/3 sea-water (river-water with sea-salt added will do if sea-water is unavailable)
1/3 river-water, 1/3 spring-water (store bought is OK)
Have a tape recorder with meditation music in the bathroom with you, as its aid to visualization
and meditation is invaluable. (Be cautious to have the tape recorder far away from any
water and Do NOT touch when your still wet
A glass of wine is also needed for consumption upon completion of the rite. And your
libation dish for the libation to the Gods.
Turn out the lights and light the candle(s) and the incense,
turn on the tape, fill the bath with warm water and add herbs, oils, salts and a cup or so of
With your Athame draw and visualize a Water or Banishing Pentagram over the bath water.
All of these tools represent the four Elements;
Air/the incense and the scents from the bath,
Fire/the heat of the bath,
Water/the bath and Holy
Water and, Earth/the herbs and oils.
Get into the water and visualize it cleansing you of all negativity.
Know that these energies are flowing from your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Selves
into the water.
Relax and enjoy the warmth of the water, the scents in the air and the feeling of being
cleansed of all negativity, let yourself drift. Now concentrate and visualize on the purpose
of the coming ritual and know that you are truly prepared.
When you feel you are ready, empty the bath and stay in the bath
until all the water has been drained. As the water is draining
visualize and know that the negative energies that are now in the water are going into
the Earth and are grounded.
Rise up out of the bath and do a Self Blessing like the following:
Anoint each area while saying aloud:
Blessed be my Mind, that learns of Your ways (anointing your forehead)
Blessed be my eyes, that have seen this day.
Blessed be my lips, that utter Your names and keep Your secrets.
Blessed be my breast(s), formed in strength (Beauty).
Blessed be the phallus (Womb), for without which I would not be.
Blessed be my knees, that shall kneel at thy Sacred Altar.
Blessed be my feet, that have brought me in these ways.
Pour a libation to the Gods and drink the wine. When dried, robe, clean-up the
bathroom and take the libation outside to return it to the Earth.
The rite is ended. So Mote it Be!