As I have been asked, so I will answer with this post on some of the more 'magical' (their word, not mine) things that I do. I have asked and recieved permission from the client whose residence I visited, and guaranteed that I will not name names or give direction or locations. That being said...
The day prior to our scheduled meeting I reiterated my plans to two seperate individuals as to where I would be, how I may be reached, and what time approximately I would be back. I have spent a good deal of time with this client, and it was more of a concern in dealing with the other people living in this residence having negative or violent reactions to my presence than any issues that could arise due to their participation. I checked my 'go kit' which includes a number of tools that I may find useful on the go and fits into a small wooden case, including but not limited to a selection of brushes and pre-prepared paper for ofuda, water with rock salt from the directional bowls that are currently active in my space dissolved inside (previous salt bowls have contributed and the water from them was sprinkled in the currently active bowls) and concentrated through sunlight, moonlight, evaporation and time. It is charged daily with intention along with a number of other tools on/in my altar (also made of wood). Also in my kit, a tai chi jian with a daiji (yin-yang symbol) embossed on the hilt, patchouli insense and a small burner, a feather fan, and candles and wooden matches.
That day (prior to the meeting) I ate no animal products, and performed a short harai, dabbing some mint oil on my temples to ward of the headache that would be coming afterward and with the way it helped my breath control I may use it again when my vision stabilizes enough that the headaches go away. Made a small additional offering of 5 perfectly shaped grape tomatoes to the kami and burned 5 elemental candles in appropriate colors to assist with intention directed meditation that lasted until the candles burned out (about an hour, as the candles were tealight sized). Slept well, with dreams of myself as a child small enough to climb/crawl/jump/squeeze through and around and over or under the obstacles placed on my path leading to a cliff overlooking the ocean where I became the spray.
The morning of, I performed my normal routine, offering a peach that smelled and looked great. Elementally the day was filled with strong water elemental influences and so I made sure to wear some metal to strengthen water's seed and work with my plants and some paper to direct the flow to where I want to grow. Plain rice and tea and fresh pickles for breakfast, some mushroom soup and the rest of the rice for lunch. Centered and calmed myself from 14:00 to 15:00, and then asked my shikigami and my living cat to lend me their strength/assistance in the upcoming work. My cat wanted pets and kitty cookies (she goes insane for dental Temptations treats) and shikigami wanted the sound of shime-kazari (folded paper...streamers?) in exchange, and so I fed my cat, let her sit in my lap and purr as I stroked her head, chin, and tummy, and did a small dance to really get my wand moving.
As both my client and I generally share a meal when we meet, I then prepared a three cabbage Korean slaw (gochugaru, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, fish sauce, rice vinegar, minced canned mandarin oranges as I was out of marmalade for the dressing, over vegetables of your choice) and put it in a jar, and set my go bag by the door next to my normal back pack that holds my normal tools for modern life...wallet, change purse keys, pen, paper, small scissors, cell phone. I went and sat with two of my siblings until my client arrived slightly after the arranged time. We traveled by car to their residence, and immediately on seeing it I knew what one of the major problems would be, as it is located on a corner on a busy street. Fortunately, some of the shar chi is negated as there are large trees surrounding the property on the street side, though there is no light provided. The entire area is flat, and a railway line runs very close by, with an abundance of subterranian water.
The majority of residents use the back door as their main entrance, and so we do as well. The house is stagnant, the energy in it flat and tainted by anger and frustration coming from beneath my feet. We have entered into a kitchen, which is moderately lit. The house, from the style, was built in the late 1950's or early 1960's and has been renovated somewhat to turn it from a typical residence of that time to something more suited to the dorm it has become. The walls are hard, flat, and bare, the corners sharp and abbrasive. There is a living room where nothing lives in the same space on the same level as the kitchen with an awkward dividing wall and a cloistered front entrance that stinks of disuse. My client's space is located on the upper divided level, street side, and is muddled and uncomfortable, but not undesireable or overly exposed. Some balancing work and energizing would open it up relatively easily, but whatever is in the basement level is making me uneasy, so that is where we head next.
Fortunately, as we hit the second landing on the way down, a number of things tell me that there is nothing down there that is actively attempting to harm, or even intelligently present. The lack of activity is the first clue, the scent is the second, there is almost no energy on the entire floor, and that is the reason that the anger and frustration are so prominent. There is nothing there to temper or even provide interference. I bypass the room that the energy is radiating from to follow my client into their workspace, and start my work there, explaining as I take out my tools and get the energy present and then moving what I am doing. My client doesn't know a lot about what I do, just that it works, and so I keep my explanations simple and straight forward, summarizing.
With my feather fan in my left hand (yang, actively moving) and a stick of insence in my right (we weren't certain if the landlord would object to burning the insence - right hand yin provide a stable base around which the yang will move), I first circled the room and cleansed it of the few traces left by the previous residents, then circled again to raise energy and have some flow to it once it was present. As the energy present in the space (a basement, in the back of the house, underground) was very much earth it will never move swiftly, and so I placed a single ofuda under the lightswitch (where my client will be touching and 'summoning' power frequently) that calls on wood to help move the energy present in an expanding form, and recommended placement for a mirror to echo and reflect that energy, using water to draw lines of power from the metal of the mirror to the wood of the paper. There is a good deal of electronics where fire would be placed in the go-gyo pattern, and they produce both light and heat. I then finished the energy work, closed it off and sealed it, and moved back to the room with the lingering emotions.
Listening to the instinct that has come to serve me well, I drew my jian, held it in both hands, and allowed it to guide me first into the room, then seek out the source of the emotional residue. I got approximately three steps into the room before the jian yanked me to the left and then around a small corner. There is a storage space behind a plywood cover that had wood left from what looked like pieces of an MDF desk, and burning the wood from it would be the easiest method of disposal, but as it is not the property of my client she will have to ask her landlord if it would be possible to either burn it themselves (highly unlikely, as MDF glue is poisonous and they are located in the city limits with bylaws regarding the burning of waste products) or remove it from the premises (more likely, but still not a fast solution). I allowed for this by 'cutting' the residue into smaller pieces and sealing the space with metal from the sword in my hand and promising to purpose a candle with fire energy for my client to either burn in the space if allowed or simply leave there to limit the residue's ability to affect the rest of the household.
We then went back upstairs and my client began to prepare a meal (stir-fry veggies and somen~! <3) while I began to balance the energy in the room that they rent. First priority was to identify the current energy pattern, then enhance and raise and balance it. I do not have the words for how I do this, it is simply a 'knowing' that years of experience have sharpened and practise speeds the process. The corner furthest from the door contains weak earth, the window across from the door strong metal, there is no water, weak wood at the door itself, and no fire.
First, I deal with the overabundance of metal energy by diffusing it with a dream catcher that has been made for my client to suit them specifically regarding their birthday, which was previously in the room, just not in as effective a position. The diffusion allowed me to move on to creating water energy from the now softened metal energy between the window and the door through the writing and placement of an ofuda. This energized the wood/door enough that I did not feel the need to alter it, and so moved on to fire, as the flow and balance of energy was now almost crying to complete the cycle. Fire, in this case, fire in a closet, is not normally a good idea. Lighting a flame in a full closet results in arson charges, so I went back to my paper and intention, working with what I had on hand. Instead of dousing any energy I could infuse into this ofuda by placing the washi against a wall by wetting it, I made certain to ink in rising patterns and placed it on a small ledge on the side where it will sit undisturbed unless specifically moved. The balance of elements came next, and so a small stone placed amid decorative statues and rubbed against the fire ofuda helped to even the flow. Using my feather fan, I got the air and energy moving by focssing and raising each elemental point and, for lack of a better term, smearing them into one another. My hand moving in a left, right, left pattern to acknoledge each step and honor it.
Returning to the kitchen, I packed up my go bag and greeted one of the roommates who had a cup of instant noodles for supper, and watched as my client finished and plated our meal. Though I prefer not to eat immediately after the amount of energy work I did, the meal was relatively light and the company about what I expected. Normally, once I have balanced a space, the beings residing there also come into alignment, and in people this often results in them needing to talk about something. This was true in this particular case, and between myself and my client. The meal did help to settle me as my body became a thing-that-digests instead of a thing-that-hunts, and after some discussion and meeting another roomate who I am certain thinks I am beyond odd, I was driven home and bid my client farwell. I performed a more thorough harai, ate an egg on toast to complete my settling, and cleaned my tools with flame, salt, sound (paper/wood and air) and water. I took out the candle that is to be used in the basement storage area, and placed it on my altar to remember my task.
This was a number of days ago, and the candle is now ready for pick-up, since I know that said client will be reading this within hours of my posting.