The New Moon is a perfect time to clear out old stale or negative
energies. Although most well known in Native American cultures, Smudging
and the burning of sacred
herbs belong to many spiritual cultures. Burning of these hallowed
herbs for the purpose of cleansing and sending out prayers is
On the New moon, open all doors windows of space to be cleared, the
old stuff HAS to have a place to go.
You will need:
Smudging herbs like White Sage, Cedar or Sweetgrass
A small ceramic, stone bowl or heavy seashell
White Candle (optional)
1. Light the end of your charcoal tab and let it burn for a few
Sprinkle the herbs on charcoal; you may need to fan the flames with
A feather or your hand.
2. Call on the spirits of the smudge to cleanse and protect you,
saying: "Sacred herbs, remove all negativity from my heart;
cleanse me, bless me."
3. First waft the smoke towards your heart. Hold the vessel away
from you and use the feather to waft the smoke towards you. Then
take the smudge smoke over your head, down your arms and down the
front of your body. Imagine the smoke lifting away all the negative
thoughts, emotions and energies that have attached themselves to you.
4. Now bring the smoke down the back of your body towards the ground.
Visualize the last remains of negativity being taken back into the
away into the air.
5. Go through each room and in clockwise fashion circle and waft the
smoke about, seeing it exit the window or door, along with any bad
energy. Chanting, "Sacred herbs, remove all negativity from my home,
cleanse my home, bless my home."
End at your front door and sprinkle a bit of your unburned herbs to
welcome positive spirits to your home. A white candle can be used during
this cleansing by keeping it lit in the center of the home or space.