sacred smudge

What  plants can be used for smudging /healing?

‘Sage’ of (all kinds), cedar, juniper, sweet grass and lavender are plants that are used to make ( sticks) (smudging bundles) for removing negative energy, from  spaces, sacred items and also for healing.

With all the energies moving in and around your home its a great time to set the stage with a quick cleansing. Smudge the entryways and corners with sage, sweetgrass, juniper, or cedar. You can also asperge (sprinkle) with salt water moving counterclockwise from one room to the next. As you work repeat the following:
May the winds inspire you
earth protect you
water heal you, and
fire always warm the hearth
As you move through the space, clap your hands to disperse old, stagnant energy, then use a bell or rattle to welcome fresh, sacred energy. If you have one or more sleigh bells, they’re perfect for this Midwinter cleansing.

Since it is believe, in many cultures, that the plants we use to burn and purify ourselves provides us with access to their soul and power, it is essential that people ask  permission before gathering these plants. To take only what you need without damaging the plant and give thanks for what  you take. ‘My advise is to learn how to grow your own ‘healing plants’ and then use them however you wish’. (Recently I was given some  fresh picked ‘Juniper and cedar’ sticks. they smelled so awesome and I like using them in my house for cleansing)… 

‘Remember if you do not pick these plants yourself, know that someone else did that for you and that you could still give thanks for the life of those plants and the people who did pick them’.  Smudge is not an incense.   Don’t buy smudge sticks from health food stores or from anywhere that you can’t be sure the sacred plant was not treated respectfully  from seedling to harvest, as these are sacred herbs/plants. Please don’t abuse the plant.

image: source from my stumbleupon gif  (2008)

Today’s crystal grid. The energy in my home has been feeling a little out of whack with all the comings and goings Ive been through these last few weeks. Took some time to do a sage smudge and set up this soothing, loving grid to make the house feel more like a home!

》Sacred time. Sacred space. •Energy cleansing. Burning some Copal incense to epically heighten the experience. Copal incense is a completely natural incense that is used to purify the energy of spaces, places and objects. It has a clean, light, woody scent that could be compared to pine or turpentine. One of the best copal uses is burning it to clear away all the negative energy and make positive changes. It brings a very positive and loving energy that will fill your home with peaceful energies. Copal comes from trees in the Buresa family, which is considered a very powerful medicinal tree to indigenous peoples.

Herbal Thursday

Mugwort

All varieties of Artemesia (Mugwort) are sacred to the Goddess Artemis who gives comfort (or death) to women in labor. Also, Diana through association and Hecate, Patron of herbalists and midwives. Mugwort is also associated with the moon which in turn is associated with the cycles of womanhood.

Mugwort is feminine in nature, associated with the element of earth, and either Venus or the Moon (depends who you ask) and ruled by either Taurus or Libra.

Mugwort can be used as a sacred smoking or smudging herb for protection or divination. It is safe to smoke (as safe as smoking anything is. I actually will be selling a blend with Mugwort in my shop soon!) by itself, mixed with tobacco, or other smokeables in a ritual context and is said to enhance astral projection, lucid dreaming and other altered states of consciousness. Some say that simply keeping mugwort under your pillow or in your bedroom will encourage prophetic dreams. Try making a dream pillow stuffed with mugwort. If you do keep it in your bedroom, remember that it is closely related to ragweed and the flowers may trigger some allergies.

Others say you must burn it or smoke it in order to utilize its conscious-altering affects. Burn mugwort in an incense burner as you use divination tools to help open your mind to any messages coming in; or consider using it to make a smudge stick.If you are not pregnant, a cup of mugwort tea before bedtime will also encourage lucid dreaming.

Mugwort is also used in protective sachets, especially those created in relation to travel. It is said to prevent delays, and other annoyances associated with traveling, as well as to protect the traveler from accidents, thieves and other dangers associated with traveling. 

Use herbal water made of mugwort to cleanse ritual tools, especially those used for divination.

Hanging mugwort over or on a door will keep unwelcome energies from passing through.

A garland or girdle of mugwort can be worn while dancing around the midsummer balefire and thrown into the fire at the end of the night to ensure protection throughout the year.

ARIES
being afraid of something is a reason to do it. using fear as an excuse means you’re not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. the cure is to take full responsibility for yourself and the space you occupy. 

TAURUS
a day escape: ocean eater, with no heart, just a spiny, shoeless ridge and smokey rolls when kindness returns to your window each morning. be brave, be kind. be smart, be kind.

GEMINI
it’s hard to relax when all you wanna do is roll across the plains and spread the good word about stuff

CANCER
unusual moments of aloneness — sprouting kind limbs with gentle sand in our bones. we are here for good. we are here for The Good. getting drunk on severity and the sharpness of silence. taking in hope with each inhale. 

LEO
near everything is about vanity, as it should be, and sacred smudges when everything comes Full Circle. while you’re not looking, I am changing: the Fearless. 

VIRGO
art is created from kind souls enduring kind bodies.

LIBRA
I am neither soft nor hard. I interact with everything good in the world. we will love the sun. just don’t descend. 

SCORPIO
sunstone radiance and full moon bathing thoughts, internal/external synchrony, swimming around on the mossy forest floor

SAGITTARIUS
I feel good, I feel right. I know exactly why I’m here, I know exactly what I’m doing. I know who I am and I love it. I may not know where I’m going, but I always know where I am. 

CAPRICORN
I am at peace. I befriend handfuls of the earth.

AQUARIUS
this contentedness has only words like rose quartz and lavender, seaweed rocks, lavender sheets, wet dog hair, freckled kisses. it has only seagulls flying overhead and seashell scratches on my legs. 

PISCES 
it feels nice to let my cheeks be kissed again. current mood: warm foothills by alt-j

—  august 14th, 2015