Sage is masculine in nature and associated with the element of air and the planet Jupiter.
Smudging is an ancient and sacred ceremony, so it is best to perform it with full awareness and in a slow, mindful manner. Even the happiest homes accumulate negative vibrations over time. Many people find it helpful to smudge the home at least several times a year. Some people smudge as much as once a day.
To get started with smudging, place a fireproof dish on a table, desk, or any other appropriate surface with with your loose sage leaves. Light the sage leaves with a match or lighter, then gently wave the dish of sage leaves in the air until the tip begins to smolder.
You can use a feather to blow the smoke around the room if you have one, but it is usually sufficient to simply wave your hand through the air to gently waft smoke where you want it. Remind yourself to stay connected to your breathing throughout your smudging session.
Move in a clockwise direction around your house (usually starting at the front door), and gently wave the smoke into the air as you move. Spend a bit more time smudging the room corners, as they tend to accumulate stagnant energy. Be sure to also open the closet doors and carefully smudge inside. Do not forget about spaces such as the laundry room, the garage, and the basement.
When you have smudged all areas of your house, return to the starting point and monitor your sage leaves until they are extinguished .
It is best to perform smudging at a time when you will not be disturbed. It is best if you create a sense of ceremony when you smudge your house, allow yourself at least 10 to 15 minutes.
*Does not include plate , cauldron or mortar & pestle in pictures.
**Not for internal consumption.