sacred smudge

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. 

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.