Smudging

 

 
 
What is smudging?  Smudging was first done by Native Americans to cleanse and protect people, places and certain objects. 
 
It is done by lighting herbs and passing the item or person through the smoke.  This smoke is believed to drive out negative energies and cleanse the area so that positive energies may enter.  Think of it as a spiritual spring cleaning.
 
Ok what types of herbs do I use to smudge?  There are several different herbs that can be used.  The most widely known and used are Sage and Sweetgrass.  However, you can also use Lavender, Mugwort, Cedar etc.
 
When do I need to do this?  There is no set time really, you can do this with the changing of the seasons, purchase of a new house, before spellwork, or at the end of a yucky day!
 
The best way to smudge is to set a time when you are not rushed.  That way you can focus on the smudging and have positive thoughts!
 
Some people will also cleanse the house by placing sea salt around before smudging.
 
When smudging your house make sure you get all the little nooks and crannies!  Get every corner from top to bottom.  Depending on the phase of the moon I will go a certain direction.  If the moon is new-full I will go clockwise.  If it is after the full moon I will go  counter-clockwise, to banish the negativity.  This is a technique I was taught, but it certainly isn't something you have to follow.
 
After smudging I will light some incense to seal in the good energies brought in by the smudging.
 
You will feel a instant shift in your home after smudging, and it will smell good too!

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