Smudging for the New Year

smudg stickEach year people make a resolution to change their life. They want to cleanse their life of the bad habits they’ve carried for years, and go to great lengths to prepare their body, mind and soul, but they forget to cleanse their living space.

Negative energy gathers in corners of our homes and can contaminate our bodies if not removed. It might sound foolish, but if you subscribe to the thought that I do; that energy fields are everywhere and as we pass through them, we take a small portion with us, then you understand that bad energy can accurate in our homes.

Native Americans have a wonderful ritual called smudging. Using sacred herbs of cedar, sage (white), sweetgrass, and tobacco, they cleanse their living spaces and their bodies, removing the negative that is contaminating their life. The ritual itself is quite simple and can be adjusted to suit your needs. Cedar or sage is used first, to cleans and removed the negative energy. Then you use sweetgrass to encourage good energy to occupy the space.

smudginFirst, light the smudge stick carefully and blow out the flame, allowing it to smoulder. Place the smouldering stick in a flame-proof container of some kind to catch any hot ash that drops. Wave the smoke into all corners and dark places in the room with a feather (I use my hand) and recite a prayer or affirmation of your choice.

I found these online and are very good, but anything you create is just as good, and you can tailor it to your spiritual needs or deities.

~Only love and light in this house.~
~Only energy that is pure live and light and for the highest good in this space.~
~This is a house filled with love and light, all negative energy is not welcome here.~
~Thank you spirits for your divine presence as I clear the space for our connection.~

After you have smudged with the white sage, do so again with the sweetgrass. Sweetgrass invites positive energy in to fill the void left behind. Repeat the smudging repeating the prayer or affirmation you used in the first smudging. Also, it must be braided sweetgrass stalk. This is tradition.

Now, I mentioned tobacco in this post, and after consulting my Native American friend Sage Ravenwood, she informed me that tobacco is used more as a peace offering or purification in prayer, sometimes it’s smoked to bless a sacred gathering among a circle of friends this signifies respect.

As for a specific time, I don’t think there is one. If you want to align it with the moon phases, then I would do some research and learn what phase would most benefit your rite.

Bright Blessings and Good Luck!

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to Smudging for the New Year

  1. That’s interesting that you mentioned tobacco. I have a Brazilian friend whose father blessed her new home by chanting, then beseeching an Amazonian goddess and also a Catholic saint for a safe home. He finished by blowing smoke from a cigar he uses specifically for this practice around the outside of the house and in several rooms. I thought it strange that he used tobacco, but my friend tells me his ritual is always the same and that was the way it was taught to him by the elders of his village.

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