Friday, August 17, 2012

Time to cut and dry the Sage

This is garden sage, also used as a culinary herb
GARDEN SAGE is a popular culinary seasoning. Among Native Americans a form of Sage is used for Blessing, Cleansing, and Purification and is burned during religious and personal ceremonies.

Carry dried Sage in a purple bag to impart Wisdom and give power to people who are faced with the need to make decisions in Career, Financial, and Family Matters.

Sage has long been burned to purify and cleanse a space. The ancients burned dried sprigs of sage

in temples and during religious rituals. The Greeks and Romans wrote that the smoke imparted wisdom

and mental acuity. In the tenth century, Arab physicians said that sage brought about immortality, or at the very least, a long and healthy life.

In England, seventeenth-century servants of the royal family scattered a blend of sage and lavender on the floors at court to help disguise the smells of day to day life.

In magic, carry sage leaves in your wallet or purse to promote financial gain. Burn leaves

to increase wisdom or gain guidance from your spirit guide. Make a wish and write it on

a sage leaf, and then hide it beneath your pillow -- if you dream about your wish over

the next three nights, your wish will come true.   SMUGING Before you start, close all of your windows and doors.
Start by lighting up your charcoal disc.
Wait until it turns white (that's when you know it's ready to start smudging!
Drop some slightly crushed Sage on it and wait for it to start smoking.
When it starts smoking, go to each room and fill the room with the smoke.
While you are filling the rooms, you can inhale a small amount of the smoke to cleanse yourself.

As you step into each room and with a commanding voice chant the following:

I cleanse this room of all negativity!
Only love and light may enter!

Pay attention to the smoke, because when it turns black it means that in that room, there is that certain negativity that you wish to dispose of.
When you went through all the rooms, return to the room where the smoke turned black and re-do this, until the smoke has turned back to grey!

Russian Sage can also be used for all of the above, and as a garden plant it is much more attractive, but can't be used for Culinary or a food spice.  But the pretty lilac flowers and the heavenly smell make up for that big time!