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Personalized Smudging Rituals

Updated on June 28, 2017

How to Smudge

Purpose and Intent.

If feeling stuck, negative, sluggish, or even downright depressed, it may be due to some stagnant energy in your field. Your field can include your emotional, energetic, mental, spiritual or physical body, and your environment—whether it’s your home, office, or other physical space. Stagnant or negative energy can have extremely detrimental effects on your mental and physical state and is even believed to manifest into things like a lack of happiness and success as well as pain and bad luck.

Smudging can help combat this negativity, clear the energy in your field, and help you start anew. Smudging is an ancient ceremony in which you burn sacred plants, such as sage, to allow the smoke to clear and bless a space.

The goal of smudging is to make a place clear of lingering energy that is different from what you may be intending for that space. You want to prepare the space for ceremony, the way you would clean your house, cook, and decorate when your family comes for a holiday. We are welcoming Great Spirit, angels, and ancestors to come and share a clean space with us as well. The task of welcoming happy, pleasant energies for starting new project or even starting a new life becomes increasingly difficult when negativity is lingering in our fields.

Cleansing A Home With Sage;

A lot of times i have seen people use smudging as a method of dealing with lingering spirits in a residence. Whether they are trying to calm, to put at rest or even to expel lingering spirits, always know what you are truly dealing with in the residence.

Smudging is a very powerful form of purity/ cleansing, but there are somethings in our world that take a little bit more to deal with and smudging won’t always cure a entity from a home. In fact it can make it even more angry and cause more physical harm. So a lot of times i ask people, the day before prepping for a smudging, to take an orange to the property, cut in fours, and to place each slice in the farthest corners of the home. Return to the orange slices the next day and look at how they have dried. If the orange is brown and dried out this is normal, but if black mold has started to grow on the orange, then please think twice before burning sage in the residence. There is better ways to handle what is in your home.

If the property feels safe of a residual entity then you may follow these steps on smudging the property.

Begin by getting a layout of the property. (if it’s your own home, then you don't have to worry about getting a tour.) ask the owner of the home to take you through the home to see each room, and ask them what room they spend most time inside of, this is important because this is the room you will be starting in.

There are four things that are a must have when smudging. A lighter or matches, a seashell, a wafting tool, and of course the smudge stick itself.

Why the wafting tool and sea shell? The wafting tool, such as a feather, is used instead of blowing, because a feather represents the element air, and the seashell represents water.

Once the sage is lit, open a window in the room that you have started smudging in.

This is because the negativity has to escape the home somewhere otherwise you are chasing the negativity from room to room and not really expelling anything from the home.

From room to room, with the sage placed inside the seashell in one hand, and the wafting tool in the other, waft the smoke through every corner in every room. Once the smoke has been spread properly through each room, return back to the room you have started in. stand by the open window wafting smoke out of the open window, this is to show the negative energy the path out of the home.

Place the tools back on the table and snuff the sage stick out if it hasn't burnt all the way down yet.

Your home has now been cleansed of all negative energy that may have resided in the home pryer. At times when i have performed this ceremony in others homes they have told me a few days later the home may even seem lighter now, as if the sun enters the home easily now.

~Thank you all, and blessed be.

~Happy divining.

Victoria Night Shade


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