Primordial healing traditions of the world vary in many ways. One core belief they all share is that everything in and around us possesses an energy or spiritual charge. Feelings of negativity aren't dismissed or coped with in these cultures; they are worked with and cleared, often through the ritualistic burning of herbs or plant resins.
If you feel stuck, stressed, overwhelmed, blocked, low energy, or laden with inner conflict in your life, this ancient method of clearing the air is definitely something to try.
The intentions that are set—when used alongside certain herbs—can make for a powerful ritual that you may wish to incorporate into your regular practices.
Below, I’m going to share three shaman ceremonial herbs that are perfect to use for space clearing and how best to use them all together.
1. Use sage to clear
Sage is a wonderful healing and medicinal herb, that can be used for purification to cleanse your aura, home, automobile, or any other space you spend time in. I like to also use sage, known by the scientific name Salvia officinalis, when I travel and at home.. To clear out previous low energies etc.
I burn it after having guests over, to send their energy, any connective cords, or any soul parts along with them. For anyone working in healing arts, sage is especially important to use for cleansing after each session, to purify the energy of your space between clients.
To cleanse the space, open a window or a door, then slowly walk through each room with a piece of burning sage, allowing the smoke to remove any stagnant energy through the open portal. Try setting the intention of clearing, releasing, and letting go of anything that no longer serves you, or that doesn’t belong.
"I release attachment to anything that does not serve my highest and best self."
“I let go of any negative thoughts, worries, or any energy that does not belong here.”
2. Use palo santo to call in your desires
Palo santo’s ancestral “holy wood” medicine brings with it a sweet citrus scent and a hint of pine. The native South American tree, known as Bursera graveolens, is believed to bring good fortune and enhances creativity in those who use its medicine. Now that you’ve cleared old, negative, stuck energy from your space with sage, what specific good fortune would you like to call in? As you walk through your space with your stick of burning palo santo, be present to what you want to create more of.
Perhaps when you’re walking through your living room, you may want to call in joy, connection, healing, celebration into this space.
In your kitchen, you may want to call in health, wellness, and vitality.
In your office, call in productivity, contribution, inspiration, focus. And don’t forget wealth!
In a child’s room, you might be inspired to call in safety, protection, and growth.
In your bedroom, you might choose to call in passion, love, sensuality, and rejuvenation.
3. Use copal as an offering
Copal, or Protium copal, is a saplike plant resin often used in Maya medicine. When you light it, let it burn like an incense. In addition to its clearing properties, consider also using copal as an offering, giving thanks and expressing gratitude for your sacred space and the abundance you’ve already been blessed with.
Traditionally, copal has been used as an offering to Tlaloc (Aztec god of rain, water, lightning, and agriculture) and to Chalchiuhtlicu, (Aztec goddess of running water and springs, rivers and lakes). However, you can use copal as an offering to whichever Higher Spirit you connect with, or use it to express gratitude for all the things and people you’re thankful for.
“I offer up my gratitude for this space. May it serve as a sanctuary for all who enter.”
If you're new to the practice of clearing space using sacred smoke, sometimes it's best to simply start with one herb and get to know its action well. Let it work through you, paying attention to how it behaves when burned.
Clear intention and presence are everything here
Thrift store finds. Those wonderful treasure finding places..Interesting things.. Today
went in to one thats just up the street. Was a old doughnut shop when I was a kid.
Went to the back right of the store. Looking in the mens section for short sleeve dress shirts. I wear to clean house n cook in. Just comfy n roomy. Some were stained.. and had holes in them.. Stop in mid rack. Found a one that called me. Neon blue with Shiva on the back. Talk about blind the birds when I go outside with this on! Smelled of cheap cigars but knew how to remove that. Looked around a bit more. Found a pink one with small lotus's scattered across..and one red n black shaman like womans robe. Scent of old rose perfume. Went to scan the linen n rugs. Found what I called gypsy rug. Made from scrap fabric in bright colors n some vintage fabric.. Prize.. A good size of 4 ft. Last..zoomed the cookbooks. Some of you know me..know..I love to scan and look for cookbooks. Just I was scanning...ran across some vintage asian rice bowls. Many different patterns with bright colors. There were lotus shaped ones that I remember my grandmother having.. Wonderful custard and rice pudding. would be served in them.
Bringing them home...............
Now. Doing some juju. (Majick)
Wash and remove the past wearers vibration from clothing. Odd scents. Strange
feelings you pick up from the item. Clothing....Add 1/4 cup of ammonia with your detergent in the wash load. Your clothing wont be damaged from the ammonia.
A great amount of removal of funky and negative vibrations will be removed. I like
to hang dry mine but there is no prob putting them in the dryer.
For furniture items. n kitchen items. Large dish pan or bucket. Full of warm water.
Add 1/2 cup of epsom salts..Make sure they dissolve.. Use a clean rag or cloth. Wipe down. Over items. Really helpful to soak dishes in this clears n cleanses the items. So its ready for your own vibration print to it.Brings in blessings n luck. I Wring out cloth from fresh bucket of epsom salt water. Go over tables..chairs..side tables..everything.. Lifts up and raises better higher vibration and flow of juju to move with in your place.
My grandmother was unusual.Not the everyday kind in the naighborhood. You wouldnt catch her in a frumpy old house dress .Hanging out by the front porch. Mingling with the snotty church ladies. Who..many of times tried and I mean..tried to convert her over. Like..she would. Couple times a week. For 5 plus years they would call her name outside. Not daring to get to close to the front porch. Something was there. Made them ill they said. I was burrowing holes and making fairy houses under the front porch one day.When one of them walked up to me .Stood there staring at me. This one was so ugly..inside and out. She in my childs mind looked cross between a bat and a horse. In her time she was said to be a beauty.Perhaps in cave man days. Knew what she was going to say. Maintained my lapis silver eyes to her mud brown ones. Tip of her cane pointed to the front door. "Whats that? Is that the dried up pagan babies?" Before I could say a word. Grandma was out..in her rolled up faded levis and red lumber jack shirt. Shooting death rays at this woman. "Irene..go scoot your scabby old butt off my land. Leave my grand baby alone!" Flashed some hand gestures at Irene face. It was bad. Even I knew what it ment .000oooo man. In the house to wash my hands for lunch. I told grandma what the church lady said. Loud thud on the vintage wood table. Coffee cup was spilled over..all over the table. Grandmas face..all wet from laughing so hard. She got up and cleaned the table. Handed me a small cup of coffee with cream. Sat next to me. Looked at my face. Then held my hands together. She told me what was on the door. Mango leaves and marigold stand hanging on the door is very special. Her mother and her mother and beyond had that tradition going. It came from our gypsy east indian roots. Mango leaves brings good luck, happiness and success to your home and family. Petals of the marigold contain seeds that sprout when dropped on the ground.It symbolizes prosperity. Strings of happy leaves and fertile flowers on the threshold visually communicate the aspiration of the household in festival time. Thankfully Iv kept that tradition alive.With many others as well. Many peaple scratch their heads and ponder. But to me its part of one I am.
Only 2 peaple have looked inside grandmas sacred..yet strange journals.Many she had. Each were a different color with strange charms & symbols on the cover. If you are wondering it was just I along with grandma. Looked and flipped through the many tattered and some what torn pages. Heck man..even my fur kids took a look. So get your notebooks out! Time to scribble down some cool ,yet taboo stuff. Ill be adding more of this stuff in time..
Stuck to page thin stick of cinnamon.Used as a bookmark.
(Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamomum cassia)
Body part: heart
Tarot: The Sun
Cinnamon is the bark from a lauraceous tree. While the tree is said to be of the moon, the spice is of the sun and has long been hailed as a preserver of life.Cinnamon was not only used as a medicine and ritual incense but it may have been used for mummification, to make the body smell sweet.Practitioners of natural medicine describe cinnamon as boosting immunity and
tripling "insulin's ability to metabolize blood sugar." Taoist practitioners used it to purify the body. It is also used as an astringent and antiseptic which is why many mouthwashes are cinnamon flavoured.
Magickally, cinnamon is used in love spells, for promoting psychic awareness, and in money spells. Mixed with myrrh, it is used as incense for rituals involving the summoning of spirits. I just love to burn a cinnamon stick. Letting the smoking lightly drift around the house.
Love Drawing Pouch
This pouch is used to draw love towards you. While this spell could easily be adapted to draw a specific person to you, it is written so as to draw an unnamed person possessing the traits you desire.
Cinnamon sticks, broken into bits (you will need approx. a spoonful)
Red votive candle
Dish to burn candle on
Pin or bent paperclip for writing on candle
When to perform: To draw the love of a man, perform on a sunny day when the sun is still rising in the sky (before noon). To draw the love of a woman, perform at night during the waxing moon.
First, set up your working space. You can use flowers associated with love, anything heart-shaped, copper trinkets, etc. For small spells such as this, I use thin red tape (red is the color of love as well as energy) and tape the shape of the five-pointed star upon the white counter-top. In the center of the star, the belly, is where I put my candle and whatever else is directly involved in the spell.
When your space is set up, take the red votive and, using a pin or bent paperclip, begin writing on the candle what you are seeking. Be as precise as possible and list attributes of your potential mate (honesty, good sense of humor, etc.).By doing this you are focusing on what you intend to draw towards you and instilling this into the candle.
Set the candle down in the center of your workspace and on top of the copper (metal of Venus) penny. Use a dish to burn the candle on, if necessary.
Light the candle while, at the same time, feeling a burst of love and need in your chest and gut.While the candle is burning, it is sending out your intentions. During this time, break off about a spoonful of cinnamon. Use a small handsaw if necessary, but be very careful. If you are unable to get a hold of a cinnamon stick,you can use ground cinnamon and sew a spoonful of it into a small pouch. This is messy and not recommended but sometimes you need to make do with what you have at hand.
Place the cinnamon bits into the small red pouch.
As the candle burns and melt, take some of the run-off wax and form it into a small heart. Place this inside the pouch.When the candle has finished burning, remove the penny from under the candle and place it inside the pouch.
Clean up your workspace.
Either place your love drawing pouch inside your undies drawer (no socks allowed unless you want your love to stink) or wear it/keep it on your person.
Cinnamon Money Spell
For a quick cash fix, you'll need:
Tape-green (money), red (energy), or masking tape with crayon
green votive candle
This is what worked for me when I needed the money to get my fur kids new bag of cat food.It was a super low time.
I couldn't wait around for a scheduled check to arrive. First, tape down a five-pointed star on a clean, flat working surface. If you
don't have red or green tape you can use white for all-purpose or color masking tape with a crayon.
On the green votive candle, write the amount of money that you need and what you need it for. Use a pin or bent paperclip.
Set the candle in the center, belly, of the five-pointed star.
Next, place a small pinch of cinnamon on each of the five corners of the star.Light the candle while visualizing yourself with the item you need the money for. If you need the money for a bill, visualize yourself holding a piece of paper saying "Bill Paid."
Allow the candle to burn down completely.
Many friends my gypsy grandma had. Some were what others would call 'normal'. Others were not. You know what kind I like alot. Smiling into my morning coffee..yeah the 'Misfits'..the 'Freaks'.They were not what society called normal..then again why the f-n hell is that really...and why be a cookie cutter cut out like others.How boring. Not to say very 'clickish' like in the school system.
At one time. Going through her wood box's full.Of different kinds of yarn.Lots of thickness and colors. Scented of ceder and wild violets.My nose inhaling it..cloudy visions in view. A knock was at the kitchen door.Echoing in the warm golden light yellow. In the kitchen. Creeky door opens.
Tall and burly looking man.Strong features of elf. Walks in.Steaming green and gold tea pot.Sets on the maple table.Puffs of stream curls..and swirls up.Making patterns. Large smiles and hugs greets my grandmothers friend. Talex is his name.Warm peppermint cookies slide onto a plate.From grandma. She handed the plate to him.His favorite.We all sat around the old table. Sipping a sacred brew of tea. Recipe given to my grandma from Talex. Reaching in his tattered green jacket,to a hidden pocket. Retrieves some stones..one was larger than a chickens egg. Beautiful reddish orange color.
Across the table he gives them to me. My hands holding them like rare treasure. Feeling them hum in my hands.Warm sensation races across my hands.The look on being startled got them both laughing.To which I didnt understand why. Suddenly visions of peaple..dancing..some peaple smoking tabacco around a fire..mothers bathing thier babies at the side of the river.Then Im being pulled back to the now.Time I was in.
My eyes blinked couple times.Till I saw them both..grandma and Talex staring at me. Telling them what happend. Then there was a silence.Finally words filled the room. 'Zahra..the stone your holding is a accient shaman stone.Its from a Cherokee shaman. Its been in your Wolf Clan for centuries'
I still have that big chicken egg sized garnet. Sets in the sun near my wooden book shelf.
Here is secret oldie. Been used by many mystics and other ones of a different pattern. Than what society approves of..lol.Its called Reading the Oil with Mirror.It sounds a bit odd I know.But..its worked for many and I mean many women before us.Who wanted a quick answer.
Many of my grandmothers friends did this. As well as her.She did hers at night .Believing that the night energies carried in more powerful time to read.With her tea lights around the mirror.Making them glow and shine.
This is how its done.Get a small mirror..plastic or wood framed.Wood framed one you might get some oil on it. I got mine at the 99 cent store.Along with some tea lights.Away from a window. On a flat surface like a table..lightly drizzle onto the mirror some oil.I use olive oil...it was what grandmother used.Said it was holy and has great power in it. Get your tea lights..make around the mirror.For me I like to use 13..or what ever I have at hand.
The oil should be smeared. Reached it out to all corners. Whip fingers clean on cloth. Light tea lights.Put your question out loud.Or in your mind. Some women use to get a piece of blank paper. Bout 4 inches wide. Scribble your name on top..then under it question or intention.Fold it in 3rds towards you. Slip it under the mirror. Look into the mirror as you express what your wanting or question.Threw the oil...you will see a reflection..of a yes or no..sometimes faces of your ancestors.Now..if you see this..they are bringing it forward.
Made this myself. One day.. after finding a very organic and colorful mural.Called 'Moth smear'.The pretty colors of brown,cream white and tint of yellow...of its innards.Near the coffee pot.Dear gift of one of my fur kids. Nothing says I love you..like that greeting. Instantly remembered this recipe.Grandmother brought it with her.From her travels.Coming in to the USA.
Get Your Notebook Ready....
2 fresh lemons or limes. Sliced.
3 fresh sprigs of rosemary
3-6 fresh sprigs of lavender
2 Tablespoons of Sea salt
8 cups water
2 Tablespoons of powdered detergent
or 2 good squirts of dish soap.
In large pot.Add water..lemons,rosemary,lavender and the rest.Gently stir the ingredients.Put low heat to simmer.Then turn off heat.Let cool. Remove bits n pieces of matter.In a clean bucket..add this magickal liquid. With a clean cloth dip in bucket. Clean any area with this.Let air dry.
Removes and clears any nasty low vibrations.Brings in new positive beginings.
Can be kept in a container and used later.Use with in a week.
Iv used this to whip down my altar treasures.Window siles..book shelves.Just to name a few..best secret..washed my gypsy sari curtains in this.Rinse in clear water.Lightly wring them out.Hang dry.The scent is so divine
Candles and fire have been used far before recorded history in rituals, religious ceremonies, and Shamanic practice. Forces of Nature were respected as gods/goddesses, so when humankind harnessed fire, they were not only harnessing the power of the gods, they felt that the gods were there with them whenever they had a flame nearby, especially when it was used as protection, and during rituals when people would pray to or try to make contact with the gods. To this day, candles or fire are used in every recorded mystical or spiritual tradition.
The first “real” candles are credited to the ancient Egyptians, who used “rush lights” made of weeds which were first soaked in hot tallow or animal fat. The Romans are typically credited with inventing the wick candle, also made from tallow or animal fat. Beeswax, a completely natural substance made by honeybees in the manufacture of their honeycombs, was first used as a main ingredient in the making of candles during the Middle Ages. Beeswax candles were an incredible leap forward in candle making because they didn’t have the unpleasant (to many) smell that animal-based candles often had.
The next big revolution came in 1850 when paraffin wax was discovered. Unfortunately, paraffin is a petroleum-based product (most people don’t seem to know this), and aren’t exactly environmentally-friendly as far as candles go. Also, since this is a waste product from making oil from crude oil, it’s extremely cheap, and incredibly available.
As with everything, though, there are VAST differences in the quality of paraffin, just like EVERYTHING else, so choosing a candle from reputable manufacturers who take pride in their candles produce a far cleaner burning product than a cheap, mainstream candle like the ones you see in department stores and dollar shops.
Interestingly enough, candles were also used to measure time. Since candles burn so evenly, it is not that difficult to have a number of identical candles, and know how long each would burn for, so a nap could be measured by a burning candle, or meetings and infinitely more possibilities. King Alfred of England came up with the idea of graduated candles in the 9th century to divide the day into equal periods of study, prayer, royal duties, and so on.
In other areas of history, the Greeks used to take cakes, which we round to represent the moon to their temples to the Moon Goddess, placed candles around the edge of the cake to make it glow like the moon. This is one example of many.
Interest in candles declined when light bulbs were introduced, especially in the West, but candles are enjoying a sort of Renaissance as people realize that they are losing touch with nature, with themselves, and with simply sitting quietly and connecting to our own personal inspiration. Candles, by their very nature, evoke a mood, and can be powerful allies when we simply want to sit quietly with one of the most powerful forces in this world, while we let it gently flicker against the wall as our ancestors did, or to light up the pages of a book, or to create a romantic atmosphere with you and a loved one.
Ritualistic use of candles is soaring as well, as modern day spiritual explorers are increasing in numbers, practicing rituals that connect them to spirit realms as humans have done throughout history. This is encouraging, and we try to choose only the highest quality candles made, especially when it comes to soy candles; the “green” candles that use cotton wicks and are, by far, the cleanest burning candles made.
By the front door. There always seemed to be. Bright red happy-cheery-flowers. In old school looking pots Clay ones.. Some with moss .Making interesting patterns. Always felt as a kid that the fae were leaving their silent messages., that way. My gypsy grandmother, always said its sign that fae live near. It was later on in my life .That I found out why she put the geraniums by the front door.
Some uses for this magical plant.These are what my grandmother used them for.......
Native to South Africa, the plant produces essential oils in small glands around the foliage and flowers. Geranium oil can be harvested when the plant starts flowering and can be taken 2 or 3 times a year.
The oil of the Geranium makes a good astringent and can be diluted with water and used topically to help clean the face or in a bath . It also has great antiseptic properties and is said to help restore the balance to dry or oily skin and hair. You can also make a tea with the leaves and flowers or an oil infusion. The geranium is considered to be safe for most people (those with an autoimmune disease and those who are pregnant should avoid it) and can be used as an herb in cooking as well.
In addition to its astringent qualities, geranium has soothing qualities and is helpful in relieving symptoms of anxiety as well as PMS and menopausal symptoms. The geranium is reputed to help heal bruises, cuts and scrapes, eczema, hemorrhoids, nail fungus and sunburns as well as help with insomnia and varicose veins. It is also said to be a great natural insect repellent and is well known in the ancient world as a tick repellent for dogs and humans
How to Make Geranium Tea:
You can make a tea from dried or fresh geranium leaves. For dried leaves, use 2 teaspoons, for fresh use 1/4 cup. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the leaves and let sit for 5 minutes. Strain the leaves out and drink.
How to Make A Geranium Compress:
Pour boiling water over the dried geranium herbs. Cover tightly and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain out the herb so that you are left with the infused water. Soak a cotton cloth in the infusion and squeeze it out so it is only damp. Apply the compress
How to Make a Geranium Oil Infusion:
Fill a jar with the dried herbs almost to the top. Pour in extra virgin olive oil – make sure the oil covers the herbs and goes 1” above the volume of the botanicals. Put in the sun for two weeks shaking it daily. Strain out the flowers. You can store this infusion in the fridge for up to three months.
Growing Geraniums Indoors
You already know that geraniums thrive outdoors, in summer flower beds or containers, but did you know that geraniums can be grown successfully indoors all year round?
You can over-winter geraniums that you have in your garden by bringing them indoors. There are two common ways to do this: you can take top-growth cuttings about four to five inches long and root them in a suitable cutting medium, then transplant the rooted geranium cuttings to grow in pots in a sunny windowsill. Or you can dig up the whole geranium from your garden, cut the growth back to six inches, and let it grow back naturally in a suitably sized pot
I love altars. All kinds...and types.To a point that Im a bit on a overload perhaps.It all stems from my childhood. My grandmother would have a couple altars going, in her house. All directions..every spot she would fit..top of book shelf..to a small broken cabinet.Even a hole in the wall.It would be decorated. What ever was whispered in her ear from a passing by spirit or other. Her eyes would have a sparkle and her hands would fly around. Grabbing this..doing that..rearanging. Out to the garden to make a herb bundle. Wich usually was fresh sage,majoriam,mint and small branch of rosemary. Wrapping the cut ends together with white twine. Then would dip bundle that looked like a small broom. To my childhood memory. Into a jar of her ocean water. Shaken the bundle around her altar. Not to just bring in positive magic to it. But to also bless it on what it was going to be used for. There was altars of so many. One for healing....kitchen altar just above the stove..garden to call upon the fae and for them to hide from her many collections of cats..in her library and reading room. Of clients names with candles going and her own blend of incense burning. Reaching out..swirling and moving in waves.Scent lingering....
Here is her altar blend... From her journal.
3 pinches of crushed dragons blood resin
1 pinches of crushed pine resin
2 pinches powdered lotus petals
2 pinches dried orange zest.
Keep in a wood container. If you can. If not a plastic container with lid is ok. Use 2 pinches of this with a binder like a drizzle of honey till just together. Iv used a raison. Smear till all ingredients are blended. It held it all beautifully .Burn on charcol