Besom is a bundle of twigs attached to a handle and used as a broom not to physically clean a floor as a kitchen broom but more to purify and protect - IE sweep away negative energies.
To do this clean the area well with a kitchen broom or vacuum cleaner then work sun wise - so for us in the southern hemisphere widdershins or anti clock wise sweep with the besom a few inches off the floor. Using a besom can be in place of incense to purify a space - especially good option if you have allergies to incense. The broom represents the Element of Air.
Ancient Broom FolkLore
Oil your broom with anointing oil four times a year during each turn of the wheel - Yule (winter), Ostara (spring) Litha (summer) and Mabon (autumn)
Never leave home for long periods of time without informing your broom.
Never use the broom for actual cleaning a floor - inform family members as it can be tempting to play with the broom.
Always stand the broom with the bristles standing up and handle to the floor.
Resources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broom http://www.paganspath.com/magik/broom.htm http://www.witchcraftandwitches.com/terms_besom.html http://www.ladyoftheearth.com/tools/broom-lore.txt
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