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How to Sage your home

How to Sage

How to sage your home correctly 

Before lighting up your sage,  you should do a quick lap through your home and remove any excess clutter. Open all windows, closets, and doors in your home. 

Then, head to your favourite space in your home and place your sage into your shell. Burn a candle, set an intention, and then light the sage using the candle. Blow it out so the embers are glowing. With both hands, bring the smoke into your heart, over your head and down the front and back body to cleanse yourself.

Next, it’s time to get your smudge on. Starting on the lowest level of your space, move room to room and use your feather (if you have one) to waft the smoke into all four corners, where the ceiling and walls meet. Then, direct the smoke out through windows and doorways.

Once you’ve finished smudging, extinguish your sage by rubbing it in dirt or sand, on concrete, or stamping it out in a ceramic bowl. (Whatever you do, just don’t put sticks out in water—you won’t be able to use them again.) Return the shell and sage to your favourite space and give gratitude to the plant for its healing.  

After the smoke clears

Once we’ve cleansed a space, the energy often neutralizes. At this moment, it’s important to fill the space with the energy of love. This is where I recommend using the Palo Santo wood in the exact same process to welcome the positive energy into your home and heart.

You can choose to use either or both the Sage and Palo Santo, use what your heart tells you is right for the day.

I believe you should sage once a week. But like any kind of wellness practice, the more frequently you do it, the better. Morning time is the best however for the likes of a full moon ritual then you would practice this in the evening of the full moon.

Full Moon Ritual

The full moon is a perfect time to let thoughts and feelings go from your life that you no longer need, as it symbolizes a new phase in the world.

When doing a full Moon ritual, you will need very simple tools, your sage and or palo santo wood, your shell and stand,  a bowl of water, a candle and three pieces of blank paper to write down three things you want to let go of.

Make sure you are doing this in a comfortable space and somewhere that is safe to burn your sage or palo santo wood.  Remember to open the window in the room you are in, so the negative can leave your home.

Write down 1 thing you want to let go of on each piece of paper and fold them up.

Light your candle and place beside the bowl of water.

Choose 1 piece of paper at a time and set your intention to let this go from your life, take a deep breath and light it from the candle, then place in the water.

Do this for each thing you want to let go of and each time setting your intention.

Once all three things have been released from their hold on you, light your sage and smudge your head and heart and direct it out the window.

This is such a simple technique that you can do anytime you feel a little overwhelmed. 

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