Thursday, May 10, 2012
Smudging, Why Do It?
I admit it, I am a lover of smudging. It may have something to do with the fact that I am 50% Ojibwa and that I am being guided by my ancestors to do it, or in simpler terms I just love how it feels after I smudge my house. Normally I smudge at the beginning of every new season unless I feel the need to do it more often. There was a time that I was doing it every month or every other week, but those days are over with now.
Smudging is a Native American ritual of burning items such as cedar and sage, but with the psychic work that I do my smudge mix is a lot more complicated than just using sage or cedar. Even though, when I do my work I always put a circle of White Light around me with a purple flame above my head for protection from any negative or evil spirits, they can still sometimes creep into my home, so every time I smudge my mix looks like this:
cedar - for the removal of negative energies and creating an area of protection
sage - for the removal of negative energies and creating an area of protection
sweetgrass - brings in blessings and healing energies
tobacco - used in most Native American rituals for cleansing and healing
rosemary - this banishes a negative energy that my be lingering in your home or sacred space, negative energies can not stand the smell of rosemary so it chases them away
nettle - this also banishes a negative energy from your home or sacred space
Smudging has been used by many groups, whether it's the Native Americans using sage & cedar or the Catholics using frankincense and myrrh which were delivered to the baby Jesus. Incense has been used by many cultures for many different things. I am only talking about what I do to cleanse and honor my heritage.
I also burn the tiny incense cones that come in various scents, my favorite are cedar, healing, protection, and cedar/sage. I always burn them at my desk when I am either working on my blog or writing my book - it helps to clear the energy and allow me to hear what I am supposed to write next.
Until next time....