How to Use a Broom in Witchcraft

A broom in modern Witchcraft is a symbol of cleansing, banishing, and fertility not a form of transportation. The tradition of broomsticks began in West European fertility rites. People ran around fields on broomsticks, jumping high to encourage their crops to bloom. Here are some modern ways to incorporate a broomstick into your spells and rituals. Also covered are some beliefs about brooms and broomsticks that you may find of interest.


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    If a baby is to be born in house, make sure a broom is in the room as it represents fertility. Sweep the area around the birth site to sweep away bad energy pertaining the baby and mother.
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    If you think someone is using malefic magic against you, hang a broom beside your entry door. A broom is a supposed amulet against malefic magick.
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    If you are trying a traveling (especially a flying) spell use a broom to apply an ointment pertaining to your spell.
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    Hang a handmade broom. A handmade broom can be placed on your alter to help channel your spells.
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    For more ways to use a broom, got to an occult store near you. There are plenty of books describing many more ways to incorporate a broom into your magick!
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    If you need to purchase a new broom, for spells or for cleaning, you may wish to consider the following. "Buy a broom in May, and you will sweep your friends away." This is a superstitious old English rhyme.
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    Try to avoid sweeping after sun set. There are those that believe doing so will chase away happiness or hurt a wandering soul.
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    Don't leave your broom lying about. Some people believe that if a young girl steps over a broom, or over a broom handle she will become a mother before a wife. You may, or may not, see this as undesirable.
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    Remember these good practices to avoid your broom being bad luck to your home.
    • Some American country folk say no good can come of carrying a broom across water so avoid doing that.
    • Try not to lean a broom against a bed
    • Don't burn a broomstick.
    • Good luck can be had by sending a new broom and a loaf of bread into a new home before entering it.
    • Never use a broom when there is a dead person in the house.
    • Never use a broom to sweep outside of your house, unless you have swept inside the house first.
    • Never walk on a broom.
    • Never sweep upstairs rooms in the afternoon.
    • Never sweep the room of a departing guest until they have been gone for some time. Sweep too soon and your sweeping will bring them back.
    • Never bring old brooms into new houses, when moving house for instance. A broom becomes attached to a home. It is, apparently, best practice to leave the old broom behind. Whilst this seems like simple superstition, in the days before vacuum cleaners, an old broom might have harboured all manner of nasties like fleas and bed bugs. Getting a new broom for a new house seems sensible.
    • Always sweep dust balls into the middle of the room, they will protect against bad luck
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    Use a broom to cure warts. Measure a wart crosswise with a broom straw, then bury the straw. The straw, so intimately connected with the wart, will decay, and so too should the blemish.
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    Place a broom across any doorway. This allows your departed friends and family to speak to you, if they so choose. As long as the broom remains in place, they can communicate freely.


  • Household brooms are not as powerful as a handmade broom but they will work in a cinch.


  • You must never use a broom with black bristles as it will make the spell or ritual backfire!!

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