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Lustral pertains to ceremonial purification, especially in consecrated waters.  A lustral bath may be taken before rituals to prepare for magic, prior to initiation, or to purify for any purposes.  It is a cleansing and purification of mind, body, spirit, aural, soul, etc., essentially the entire person.  The term was first used in the 1530s, and comes from Latin lustralis and lustrum.  A lustrum is a period of five years.  Lustrum was originally a purification sacrifice performed every five years after the quinquennial census.  From the word lustrum developed the word for purification ceremonies, lustral.  Recipes for lustral baths can be found in the PaganPath Academy, particularly the herbalism course, and in many public areas of the site.

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