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.

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
Invoking the Nine Directional Powers

Invoking the nine directional powers is typically facilitated with a smudging ritual, though it is not entirely necessary. Invocation of the directions can be used to cleanse an area, cast a circle, commence meditation, or otherwise create sacred space. 

First, gain your bearings. Turn to each direction as you acknowledge it and recite the following:

I call forth all energies that might serve my purpose–

And omit all energies that mean harm or hindrance.

To the powers of the North, of Earth, and of the Body: 
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the East, of Fire, and of the Will:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the South, of Air, and of the Mind:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the West, of Water, and of the Emotions:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers Above, of Light, and of Insight:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers Within, of Spirit, and of Truth:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers Below, of Darkness, and of Obscurity:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the Left, of Receptivity, and of Femininity:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the Right, of Creation, and of Masculinity:
Thank you and welcome.

Directional associations may vary among individuals based on the culture(s) and tradition(s) they are familiar with. Some people choose to include animal and/or deity associations as well. You may even like to utilize terms from a different language that you identify with. Personally, I’ve come to find the German term “danke und willkommen” as fitting in place of “thank you and welcome” being that it is unique to my ethnic background.

If the above format doesn’t resonate with you, use the basic concept of honoring the directions to create your own ritual. You need not stress the semantics; just go with what feels right to you. 

Some people find it wise to release the powers they evoke once they are finished performing their ritual. I would suggest doing so, out of respect if nothing else. To do this, simply go through each direction stating something along the lines of “I now release the powers of ____. Hail and farewell.”

anonymous asked:

you know cleansing sticks are a native american thing with religious and ceremonial meaning behind them, right?

Cleansing sticks, no. Smudging sticks, yes. 

If you call it smudging it is cultural appropriation, because smudging is sacred ritual, but smoke cleansing is a thing used by many people of many cultures over the history of time. 

Here is a post breelandwalker wrote about the difference between smoke cleansing and smudging. 

Ok so I see this post going around saying its cultural appropriation to call yourself a shaman

And Id just like to say, after reading and studying the post- that it seems to be reffering neo pagans who just casually and uncaringly mix and match practices that are special to native cultures. Which is definetly wrong! I agree 100%!!! But here are my issues witht he post- Its mostly reffering to Native American Indian practices- and many natives Ive met do NOT want their medicine men or women to be called shamans! Shaman is a mongolian term…so uh, the whole post is cultural misapropriation anyway?

Another Issue I have witht he post is that its truing to make an a fool and strip the honor and dignity of anyone who is a shaman and pagan. I am pagan, I am particularly heathen and I also happen to be a shaman. HOWEVER-Unlike these neo pagans who mix match and appropriate cultures and traditions. I only use ancient norse and scandinavian shamanic practices because that is not only my heritage, but also where my religion comes from and I know and have studied the information on such things immensely. Plus, many of you on here say that Heathenry is an open tradition. Which means anyone cna join and be a part of said religion. Which I agree with! So how is being a shaman cultural appropriation if the old norse heathen religion had shamans and shamanic tradition? Riddle me that batman.

It, and many other posts also try to call out heathens and norse based pagans for smudging. Let me learn you a thing: yes smudging is sacred and important to native american indians and rightly so! Its part of their tradition and I respectothers tradition. However! Smudging and similar practices known by other names have origins all over the planet in different cultures-for sake of time and space, I will only explain the norse and germanic tradition of “smudging” in ancient days the norse people did not call it smudging of course. They used the old norse word for “smoking” or “smoke” which was Reykya. In germanic temples, accounts say that they burned herbs and such all over the place! The tradition is not exclusive to Native American Indians. However, it is important to know that a version of the tradition does belong to them and to do your practices differently in respect to theirs.