First let’s talk about why you should sage.
Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space. While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has nevertheless been a shared practice in other cultures too. I prefer White Sage which you should be able to purchase at any new age shop, online, or even our local Whole Foods has it.
(There is a great online store where I purchase mine, called Shaman’s Market. It is the most authentic & powerful I have found.)
Sage burning cleansing rituals can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be, but it’s of the highest importance that your intention be clear before you begin. If you are burning sage to purify a space, or a person (even yourself) then this needs to be clearly planted in your mind before you the light the sage, and while taking the smoke around a home, or through a space. It’s also a great idea to sage a new piece of jewelry after purchase so that the only energy on it is yours. As you can tell, I am a bit sage happy!!
I light sage before and after reading for any client. I set my intention before to clear myself for the reading, and then after to clear the space and myself of the previous clients energy, getting ready for the next client. I also sage my cards & crystals after each use. Once a week, and often daily, I go through my home saging all of the corners in each room. Extreme? Maybe, but the space & me always feel lighter afterwards. After you light the sage, be careful not to breathe it in directly & remember: A little bit goes a long way, you don’t want to smoke yourself out especially if you have any breathing problems such as asthma!
Clear your mind as you walk through your space with the sage and allow your intuition to guide you to the areas that need the most cleansing. This will mostly be the areas with the heaviest foot traffic i.e.- the front doorway , your sleeping & working areas, etc…. like I mentioned earlier once a week is perfect but feel free to do it more than that. And those are the basics! Pretty simple practice yet highly effective.