Smudging

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White Sage used for smudging

Apart from Amethyst, Citrine, Kyanite,& Azeztulite, all crystals/stones need to be cleansed. This means that any energies absorbed by the crystals/stones need to be cleaned, so they can carry out their purpose & intent.

SMUDGING

In order to cleanse using a smudge there are a few basic tools required.

1. Sage
Either White or Domestic Blue Sage can be used to smudge the only differences between them is the scent that they emit when they are burnt. White Sage(Buffalo Sage, Grandfather Sage) smells very herbacious and similar to when ones cooks with sage. Domestic Blue Sage smells more like burning plant matter. Both of the scents however can be altered to be more pleasing by the use of loose powder resin that is applied to the sage coals as they smolder.

2. Natural Material Vesel
When looking for a vesel to burn your sage in look for natural materials such as shells (abalone shells are traditional and look amazing), clay or stone. Do not use man made or synthetic materials such as glass, aluminum or metal. The vesel should also be heat resistant and fire proof. Using a natural material vesel keeps the process respectful and sacred.

3. Ignition Source
To light your sage and begin the smudging use a match or a candle. Using these natural ignition sources with also keep the process respectful and sacred.

PROCESS

Once you have the above mentioned tools and have lit the smudge pass the crystals/stones through the smoke for a few minutes or until you feel that the crystal/stone has been cleansed. Sage smoke acts like a energetic vacum. It clears all negative and stagnant energies and creates a blank slate for the introduction of new energies.

While holding the object in the smoke, hold strong intentions (say a mantra in your head or out loud) that all negative/unwanted energies be transmuted into positive and the crystals/stones will be re-energized and ready to use again.

Cleansing is also an excellent time to program your stones for specific pursposes. While they are being cleansed specifically outline what you would like the crystal to do or to help you acheive. This is especially amplified during new moons and solstice.

Smudging in Close Quarters

For those who live in an apartment or dormatory in which the smell of the smoke may bother others the use of powder resin incense is highly recommended. The incense comes in a variety of scents and one can be easily chosen to alter the scent of the sage as well as add the incenses properties(e.g. harmony, healing and prosperity).

Cleansing should be done at least twice a month especially when you feel the stone loose its power or become blocked.

Cleansing a Space

Smudging can also be used to clease a space such as a home or office. This process is explained in detail on our Space Cleansing Page

“Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.” ~ Thomas Merton