The one thing you must remember when using any of these methods, is you must believe that what are you doing will work and put confidence behind everything you do and say. If you don’t stand beside your ritual or allow fear or skepticism to take over, you will not succeed.
Common Banishing Tools
Some people are not very welcome to the idea of a spirit in their home, especially if the spirit has shown ill or malicious intent. If you wanted to try a banishing on your own, there are a few common tools that are used throughout many cultures and religions. Here are a few ideas.
The simplest technique is to ask the spirit to leave. Many human entities do to realize their physical bodies have passed. They do not realize what they are doing or their mere presence is frightening. Telling the spirit to move on, giving them permission to leave and telling them they no longer belong here can work. However, some spirits, especially if you are dealing with a non human entity, can be more stubborn and therefore more difficult to convince to evacuate your space.
Water, the element that helps sustain life and makes up a huge part of our bodies and our planet, is a readily available tool that can also be used. The key is to have the water blessed by a religious official. This does not mean you have to go to a Christian or Catholic, there are officials in every religion that can bless the water and the result will be the same. The water can act as a barrier or a transitory plane. Wet your fingers with the water and mark all entry ways into your home.
Another common practice is the use of sage. Sage has been used by many cultures and is widely believed to help protect as well as cast out negative energy. Sage sticks are lit, the flame blown out, allowing the bundle to smolder. Allow the smoke to trail as you walk around the haunted area, it is believed the smoke will capture the negative energy and carry it away as the smoke is fanned out through open windows and doorways.
Salt, preferably sea salt, is crucial to have in any banishing ritual. Salt acts as a barrier that the entity cannot pass. I like to use salt towards the end of a cleansing / banishing ritual as a way of sealing off the area, assuring unwanted spirits cannot return.
We all know the power of the written word. Try writing the problems you have been facing with this spirit on a piece of paper, be as specific as possible, names, dates etc. Follow with writing your intentions, that the spirit is not welcome and you wish to reclaim your space, then proceed to burn the sheet of paper with a candle of your choice.. White candles can be used for protection and black candles can be used for banishing. You may want to place the paper in a clean white bowl for a controlled burn. The smoke will carry the negative energy away.
Finally there is a method that seems to work mainly for non human entities. These entities can be malicious and very difficult to remove. One theory is that these spirits do not like to be challenged. Taking a small bag of tiny grains, such as sand or rice, place it in the doorways with the contents spilling out. There is a belief that the entity must stop and count every last grain. This task is nearly impossible and the entity should grow frustrated at being unable to complete this challenge and will leave your space and move on.