Purification refers to the removal of impurities or unwanted influences, toxins, filth, negative energies, etc. in order to leave a pure or at least less polluted product.
How and When it’s Used?
Many magical practitioners engage in purification ceremonies before performing magical work.
They may purify themselves, their tools and/or their ritual space in order to begin their magical work with a clean slate.
As water may be purified by boiling to destroy bacteria, filtering to remove sediment or heavy metals or distilled to remove virtually everything but the water, magical practitioners use a variety of means to purify their space, themselves and their tools and other materials.
Some methods include asperging, smudging or fumigation, the use of salt, and ritual baths.
Purification by Smoke
Smoke cleansing or purification by smoke involves using smoke, usually from burning aromatic herbs or incense, to purify the body or space, usually to drive off unwanted energies and entities.