Have you ever turned to a friend and asked her, ‘do you smudge?’ If she responded with smoky eye makeup tips, then enlighten her to the art of smudging: waving a smoking bundle of sage just like a wand around her aura to cleanse any negativity away, as well as protecting any from entering afterwards. It’s a sacred ritual that anyone can try; find our easy stepby-step below and cleanse away.
Do as the white witches do
“We [white witches] chew fresh sage leave before doing divinations (such as using tarot cards or reading tea leaves) and before making difficult decisions in our work and family life,” say our resident witch Silja. “It can help us to gain insight and make the wisest decision for all. By sprinkling sage into herbal teas or mixing into food, this herb can even assist others to gain insight into the consequences of their actions. But sage is most commonly used in smudging – burning dried sage bundles while walking counter-clockwise around a home or office clears us of our personal ghosts and stresses and even bad memories of a place.” Now it’s your turn…
•white sage sprigs with large leaves
1 Tie a few sprigs together at the bottom of the stems, leaving one of the thread tails long.
2 Use the tail to start wrapping upwards around the bundle and around the tip a few times before wrapping downwards, criss-crossing over your previous threads.
3 Tie the thread to the original knot at the bottom and trim all sprig and thread ends to neaten. Leave somewhere warm and dry for at least two weeks before lighting.