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How to Use Sage / Smudges

Hello! We had requests from some of you on how to use the various smudges that we have in the shop. Here is some information that will help you smudge your space! If you click on the title “How to Smudge” you can download a PDF of this information.

How to Smudge

Even the happiest homes accumulate negative energy over time, so people find it helpful to smudge the home a few times a year. Some people smudge as much as once a week. You can also smudge your office space periodically (though preferably not during busy office hours), and you can even use smudging to clear your own bodily energy or the energy of other people.

Along with space clearing and other practices, smudging can be an effective way to clear negative energy and create good vibes. There is no right nor wrong way to smudge; use this guide to develop an approach that makes YOU happy!

Smudging is an ageless and sacred ritual; it should be performed with full awareness and in a slow, mindful manner. To start, place one end of your smudge over a continuous flame. You may use a candle or gas stove for this purpose. It will take a while for your smudge stick to light completely; hold it over the flame until the entire tip of the stick is burning like the end of a cigar. Then extinguish the flame to let the sage smolder gently.

When your smudge stick is ready, you may say a prayer of blessing, or other such affirmation, and begin to walk around the room (or rooms). It is advisable to smudge the entire living space, lest you chase the negativity from room to room instead of away entirely.

You will want to have a fireproof container in your other hand to catch ashes or where you can rest the smoldering sage if you choose to use a fan to direct the smoke. (An abalone shell on a stand, or a cast iron cauldron, work well for this.)

First guide the smoke around your body by gently waving the smoldering smudge stick. If you choose to carry your smudge in a vessel, you must fan the smoldering tip to keep it lit. You can direct the smoke around yourself, another person, or around any space where you wish to purify the energy.  Remember that you are waving a burning object about your house; be aware of falling ash or embers if you are not using a vessel: they will fall, they may set something on fire!

Make certain the smoke touches every part of your space – all openings, all corners, all dark spots. You may direct the smoke with your breath to reach hidden areas. Be thorough and take your time.

When you have smudged your entire space, go back to where you started. Re-affirm your blessing or prayer. If you have not used the entire smudge you may retain the remainder for future use. Put the smudge out in a heat-proof vessel (ashtray, abalone shell, ceramic saucer) … anything that will not burn will work. Grind the smoldering tip against the vessel gently but firmly, until all embers are gone. This may take time; make sure your smudge stick is completely extinguished before disregarding it. When it is 100% out, thank it for the work it has done for you, remembering that it was once a living thing.

You should feel a difference in your living space: a sense of calm, positivity, and positiveness. You may then your space bless it with another prayer, anointing oil, sacred water, Palo Santo, or House Blessing incense. Remember, there is a difference between cleansing and blessing. Cleansing banishes negative energy; Blessing invokes benevolent or Divine energy.

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