A Sage Smudging Ritual: How to

23 Aug 2018

Every end of year we start to clear our space and clean out the house. The kids separate toys and we give away anything they no longer play with. I get stuck into all the drawers and cupboards. I also start cleaning out our business office and we sort through all our old paperwork and filing.

After all of this I like to perform a smudging ritual (I’m a sucker for ritual).

But you don’t have to wait till the end of the year to perform a smudging ritual. You can smudge when you:

  1. Move into a new home
  2. You’ve had an argument or fight and there is tension in your space
  3. Before, or after yoga and meditation
  4. Preparing for a big change in your life

You can smudge any space you would like to clear of negative energy. You can even smudge yourself, around your body and your aura.


So what is smudging?

Smudging is a ritual performed to bring about a transformation. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and alters our current experience from what could be stress and negativity to a spiritual state of calm and peace.


What you will need:

  1. A smudge stick – one of my favourite stockists in Johannesburg is House of Isis in Rosebank.
  2. Lighter
  3. A fireproof container
  4. A feather

How to do it:

  1. Open the doors and windows of your home. Open your drawers and cupboards and you might want to light a white candle, or three, or four. I like to put sea salt in small bowls and place them in corners of the rooms throughout the space. Sea salt will transform the energy left over from negative vibrations into positive ones by absorbing the negative energy.
  2. I love to create a sense of ceremony when I smudge our home. Make sure you have enough time and that you can go through each area thoroughly without being disturbed. Remove any metal objects before starting. Different cultures have different ways of performing a smudging ceremony, but removing jewellery and belts is a common practice.
  3. Light the smudge stick at the tip and gently wave it around until the top begins to glow. Start by circling the smoke around yourself from your feet to the top of your head. If someone is participating in the ritual with you, you can smudge each other before you begin on the house. I normally start with a prayer of gratitude then ask for love and light to fill each room and pray for peace, protection, and togetherness. Focus your intention, you can also continue by repeating a specific mantra.
  4. Start to gently wave the smoke into the air. Remember to smudge the room corners, as they tend to gather stagnant energy. Keep moving from room, to room and remember to smudge the drawers and open cupboards. As you move past an open door or window, you can use the feather to push the smoke outside, carrying any negative energy out the space.
  5. Use your fireproof container to prevent any hot ash from falling on the floor and use the feather to waft the smoke upward and in all directions of each room.
  6. When you’re done you can let the herbs finish smouldering in your container and then return the ashes to the ground. Remember to clear your salt containers by washing the salt down a drain with water, wash and dry the containers.

Good vibes and Happy Smudging Peeps!


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