It has been a week filled with customers coming in and calling about "bad things in their home". Many people are familiar with the Native American ritual of 'smudging', but for those that are not here are the basics...
You're feeling something strange, you may have seen shadows, heard noises or something doesn't feel quite right... you need to use SAGE. It is also good to use during spring cleaning, when you move into or vacate a new place, or when you are stuck in a rut in life.
The question I am asked most frequently is WHAT type of sage is the BEST?
The answer is simple, ALL sage is GOOD sage. With that said there are many types & varieties of the herb. The most common 2 types are white sage (broad leaf) and desert sage (brush bush). Desert sage is often also mixed with other herbs & resins to further confuse you! Just kidding! Not to worry, remember it is ALL good. So come into the store and pick a scent you like or one that matches your purpose. Some examples- sage & sweetgrass is a nice combo- sweetgrass is known to bring in the positive while sage removes the negative thus bringing a perfect balance and harmony.Or perhaps you would like an extra sense of peace & calm? Try the sage with lavender. Or what you are experiencing may be particularly negative- Sage & copal, or sage & cedar are both good choices for bringing in your guides and universal help to deal with the problems, and packing an extra punch of clearing. So you have your sage, now what? We have several different books here at Crescent Moon Gifts that go very in-depth, but for the purpose of this blog I will share a quick & easy version that I use.
There are many different ways to 'smudge' your home (or yourself, tools, place of work, vehicle etc.. etc..). Here is what I do. First, light your smudge stick on the non-stem end. Get a good flame going, then blow or wave it out so you are left with a nice billowy cloud of smoke. YES it will be VERY smokey! This is what you need, it is believed that the smoke absorbs the negative energies and carries them away. (If you are smoke sensitive and cannot have someone else do this in your absence, I will give you pointers at the end of how to clear without sage, but actual sage IS best.) Because of the smokey nature I would recommend you remove small children & pets before you smudge, but I leave this to your discretion.
So now we have a smoking wand of sage, what do we do with it? First hopefully you have it in a heat proof bowl or on a plate, something to catch the hot ash as it falls (it WILL burn your floor so use it appropriately), now start by taking some of the smoke and fanning it towards yourself, this will cleanse your aura and shield you while you do your work. Start at the entrance of the home and fan the smoke around the perimeter of your place. I prefer to walk counter clockwise as it is a Wiccan tradition to banish something, but you can walk however you'd like, just make sure you are fanning the smoke EVERYWHERE. You may say a prayer or blessing at this time, or demand that the negative energy leave your home. If you hit a patch that feels extra 'heavy' or weird spend a little more time there, this usually happens in corners where energy gets trapped. Once you have finished walking through your home, place the sage in a central area for it to burn out (or somewhere heat safe like the stovetop) and you may ask for your guides/guardian angels/deceased relatives to help you clear out anything negative or harmful. Once the sage has burned out, open the windows and the doors, and let the smoke carry your troubles away!
Feel better? You should immediately feel a 'cleaner' or 'lighter' energy. Once you have smudged I suggest that you place a clear tumbled quartz in the four corners of your residence to form an energetic pyramid that keeps good in and bad out.
So you are smoke sensitive but want to cleanse? Ok, not a problem. There are a couple things you can do without smoke. We sell a 'smudge' in spray form. It is a mixture of purified water with sage essential oils as well as several other oils & ingredients known for their cleansing properties. Starting at the entrance spritz the perimeter of your place following the directions above. We also have essential oil sage candles which you can burn in each room to cleanse the enegy of that space, as well as sweetgrass candles to bring in the positive. Any of these items of course can also be used after the traditional sage stick smudging to keep the positive energy fresh.
I hope this has been helpful and I do teach this and more as a class in the store called 'Spiritual Housekeeping' from time to time, if you would like to attend a class such as that let me know and I will be sure to schedule accordingly.
A customer asked me today what book I recommended for the beginning pagan. There are so many great books on the market that several options are available and worthy of consideration. I like 'Wicca For Beginners' by Thea Sabin, the entire Llewellyn 'For Beginners' series is decent and covers a variety of subjects, and I also like the 'Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca & Witchcraft'. I know some people have issues with the name, however the entire series is really well written, and again offers a wide array of topics. Lots of easy to understand bite size info throughout and it is comprehensive enough to provide the reader with enough insight & overview that they may feel led to research books of a more specific path later. I may write a more detailed list to post in out book room, so I would love your input...
What are you favorite beginner pagan/Wiccan books?
It is the first harvest of the year and today we honored Lugh at the store with a feast altar. To find out more about this holy-day check out our August newsletter available here: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Events---August-News-from-Crescent-Moon-Gifts.html?soid=1101240945786&aid=RrJF4PXD66Q
We were certainly blessed by our amazing customers today and I am eternally grateful for the support the store receives in this community. It allows me to remain in business to help others, doing something I love to do.