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The Smudging Ceremony: Purification & Prayer

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:50 pm

The Smudging Ceremony: Purification and Prayer

In a smudging ceremony we use the smoke of sage and/or other fragrant sacred herbs to purify ourselves and to pray – a smudging ceremony may be simple, or it may be a bit more involved, depending on the intention and reason it is done.

A simple ceremony, for example, would be holding a leaf of white desert sage, or some other sacred herb, remembering it as a gift of the Divine Mother for purification and prayer, and honoring the spirit of the sacred herb, then lighting it, and with our free hand, waving the smoke towards us, towards our heart and our face, and then waving it about us, circling our head and body, arms and legs with the sage smoke, and stepping with each foot over the smoke – then setting whatever remains of the burning leaf in our smudge pot (if it was an herb that could not be held like sage, then we would burn it in our smudge pot and use the smudge pot as we do this.

If we are going to pray with smudging, or if there is some holy event or ceremony to be done, then we would extend this ceremony a bit further – lighting the smudge, we would smudge ourselves, and then uplifting the smudge pot we would praise and invoke Sky Father, making an offering of smoke to the Heavenly Father, and then touching the earth we would praise and invoke Earth Mother, making an offering of smoke to our Earthly Mother – then we would invoke the Four Directions, making an offering of smoke to each direction. (If others are with us and are to be smudged, then we would smudge them.)

When this is done, then we pray, using the smoke ascending as the physical talisman of our prayers. That’s the smudging ceremony.

(Inwardly, while smudging is done, prayers for purification and blessing can be spoken in the heart.)

As you can see, even in a more “elaborate” form it remains very simple, for basically speaking, coupled with conscious intention, that is all there is to it! Interestingly enough, though, in our experience we find it to be a very powerful ceremony and find that wonders can transpire through it!

Smudging is a method of purification or banishing negativity, shades or shadows, and just as we can smudge ourselves, we can smudge objects and places – for example, this very ceremony can be evolved into a “house smudging,” removing negative energies from a house and blessing it with holy prayers (we will speak more of such things later).

Now there is something secret about smudge that few people know – essentially, when possible, it is good to use a sacred herb that does not grow locally, or that is not commonly used by everybody around. Why? Because it is rather like antibiotics taken too often – you might say “local spirits” can become immune to its effects!

You can either purchase or collect your own sacred herbs for smudging – if you collect them, remember to speak with the plant and gather them in a sacred manner, and if you buy them, remember to pray over them and give thanks for them.

Of course, at the outset of any such ceremony we open to the Divine Light from above and inwardly invoke the Holy Shekinah – and as with any sacred ceremony its effective power is our faith and conscious intention, our kavvanah and devekut; however, what has been shared is pretty much everything you need to know about smudging. It is really that simple and straightforward – with a good heart anyone can smudge!

*In an environment in which smoke is not a good idea, such as a hospital, for example, one can use an herb essence spray with the same basic effect – dessert sage spray from an aromatherapy company can work very well.

May we abide in the remembrance of the Great Natural Perfection of our soul – our Bornless Nature; amen.

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Smudging with Holy Feather or Feather Fan

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:51 pm

Smudging with Holy Feathers or Feather Fans: Transmission of Power

I guess there is something more that can be said about smudging ceremony; we can use a feather or feather fan to blow air on the smoldering smudge to generate more smoke, and then we can use the holy feather or fan to wave smoke in offering and to smudge – this becomes not only a purification but a transmission of spiritual power, the magic power or medicine of the feather or fan, and any fetish that might be hung from it or attached to it. Smudging in this way, along with the purification, there is a blessing corresponding to the powers of the feather or fan; you just need to lean what the various animal powers are, these angels of our Earthly Mother.

(A single broad feather can be used, or a fan made of any number of feathers – usually of the same kind; with a fan, the number of feathers and the intention for which it was made will also add power beyond the correspondence of the feather themselves.)

Now wonderworkers of our tradition have said that blowing air on the smoldering smudge with a feather or a fan is an invocation of the angels of our Heavenly Father and our Earthly Mother to blow the Wind of the Holy Spirit into our heart, kindling the flame of our heart, the threefold flame of our faith, hope and love. They have also said that the birds of the air have a correspondence with the angels of our Heavenly Father, while being angels of our Earthly Mother – so using a feather or fan in this way, as in work of the Sacred Circle, also invokes the power of the heavenly or celestial angels. In this, of course, we know that every time we read of “birds of the air” in scriptures it is speaking of holy angels. A good example is when Adonai Yeshua says that faith is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but from which a tree may grow in which the birds of the air roost – that means that when our faith in fully kindled and mature, we will be like a tree in which holy angels come to rest.

In this light, perhaps you can see how it can be good to use a feather or fan in a smudging ceremony; but it all depends upon what you want to do, whether or not you use a feather or a fan.

A few words on smudging ceremony for the dying and the dead:

There is something else that can be shared too – when you are doing a smudging ceremony for the dying and the dead, or when doing a releasing ceremony (releasing a soul that was bound), or smudging before a funeral or memorial ceremony, then the ceremony begins in the West, then goes to the East, and to North and South, and then to Earth Mother and Sky Father. The order of the ceremony is different because you are helping souls crossover, or are working around spirits in transition – so the whole movement is one of “passing beyond,” which is what the dead need, and is also what the living who are grieving need. So around death the ceremony changes, reflecting that change we call “death.”

That’s pretty much everything about smudging…

May we pray a lot and may our prayers be answered – and may it glorify the Creator; amen.

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#3 Postby sophia-suzette » Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:05 pm

Salutations Tau Malachi!

Thank you for the information about local growing herbs. I did not know that. Would this apply to herbs you grow yourself too? Locally one of our most sacred herbs is Buchu. The San also use it on the graves of their ancestors. Buchu mostly grows high up in the mountains.

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Wisdom of Sacred Herbs

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:29 pm

Greetings in the Blessed Name!

There is something more than may be said of this, for when we are speaking of spirits becoming immune to certain sacred herbs, it is on the occasion that we might be dealing with a more troublesome spirit, a more stubborn and fierce unclean or evil spirit, as it were, that something less local or more exotic might be called for on a talismanic level. Generally, this is not a problem, but if and when we find the sacred herbs of a smudge mix not working, then naturally we may try another formula, just as if one medicine does not work we would try another.

It must also be said that we are speaking of a *talismanic art* – this little “secret” is more applicable early on, before the full reception of the Divine Light from above and the sublimation and uplifting of the Serpent Power, this Divine Power in us; when we embody the Supernal Light-presence and Light-power in its fullness the talisman will not matter so much anymore, but rather through conscious intention whatever is used will become the *Supernal Force*, and all spirits will be subject to what is spoken in this Divine Presence and Power, the Supernal Shekinah – whatever sacred herb we use for smudging will work perfectly well. Until that development, however, this “secret” about sacred herbs comes in very handy if we seem to encounter a troublesome spirit upon which our smudge has no effect – we will just have to try another sacred herb on that little bugger, finding one to which it is not immune.

It is all a matter of skillful means and responding to what’s happening.

On the flip side, we can also say that luminous spirits of a place are rather fond of more local sacred herbs, and that they are pleasing to these local spirits – so working with local sacred herbs is very good when working with luminous spirits of the area; it really all depends upon the work that is being done, and the nature of the spiritual forces we are working with.

A sacred herb grown in a garden, but that comes from outside the region, will still have the effect of an herb that is not local – you see, the spirits of the local area have not participated in the development and evolution of that plant as those native to the area; the spirit of the land and local spirits are within and behind the generation of everything native to their region, but planting something from outside that region in your garden, that is not the case – they had nothing to do with its evolution in the nature sphere, rather the spirit of another land and other spirits brought it into being.

That said, just as there are ways to bless and ward a house, so there are ways to bless and ward your garden – for example, we can put a stone altar in our garden, and tending that holy altar banish shades and shadows, and invoke the Divine Light, the Spiritual Sun; likewise, we can modify a sacred ritual of Standing Stones and the Sacred Circle, placing consecrated stones in the Four Directions; along a similar line, we can earth a Light-Wheel in the garden, a circle of stones with a cross of stones in it oriented to the Four Directions – I will be sharing how these are created in a while. Any of these may be adapted for the blessing and guardianship of your garden – working in gardens and using gardens is very common in shamanic forms of wonderworking. It is also a way practitioners living in cities often integrate the teachings and practices of the Order of St. Uriel – they create and work in magical gardens, *nature sanctuaries* in the city; these are often far more powerful than any indoor sanctuaries we might create, our indoor sanctuaries being a refuge when we cannot work outdoors so easily because of the season or weather conditions. Quite naturally, we usually prefer to engage our spiritual works beneath Sky Father and out in Earth Mother whenever we can, whether by day or by night; gardens are very helpful in this. In fact, right now, we are laboring in the Continuum and Circle here for a transition to ten acres of land to put up a stone circle and grotto of the Mother, and to cultivate sacred gardens; our present house at the top of a mountain, perched on its side, does not lend itself well to this, so we wish to move to a place that does – this coincides with our development of the crystal merkavah or matrix, for we seek and environment that will facilitate a wider range of wonderworking with it, a wider range of Light Transmission.

The sacred herb you are working with sounds delightful and powerful, much like sage, cedar, sweet grass, tobacco and copal here in this land – herbs that are sacred and holy to native peoples, and therefore naturally sacred and holy to us as well. In our art of magic and shamanism there is much to be learn from the indigenous wisdom traditions, for having lived in the land for many hundreds, or even thousands of years, and having been birthed by the land, they have most intimate knowledge and wisdom of the land, of this region of the Earth Mother and her angels here – so we must look to them for their knowledge, understanding and wisdom, as much as to our own tradition and experience; aside from this we believe it is an important exchange of sparks between peoples, an effort towards tikkune of peoples sorely persecuted and oppressed, and tikkune of our ancestors who were the agents of the persecution and oppression. It is for this reason that we integrate spiritual wisdom from Native American peoples into our tradition – for example, among our lineage-holders there are initiated pipe-carriers who know the way of the Sacred Pipe. We have even experienced the giving of a Sacred Pipe Ceremony in vision by White-Buffalo-Cow-Woman in our lineage, along with those ceremonies taught to us from Native American traditions; our experience and reception of her being as an emanation of the Magdalene, the Holy Bride.

As it turned out, I had the opportunity to visit with white buffalo this year in Arizona, and had the blessing of a four month old white buffalo calf, a future white buffalo bull, getting frisky and deciding to play with those of us present, much to the anxiety of his white buffalo cow mother; but she seemed to accept the play, while watching over her little one very diligently. It was really something to visit these rare and sacred white buffalo – something of a spiritual pilgrimage. They are like the “totem of the Supernal” in this land and among the native peoples of this land, and the first white buffalo calf appeared in the present cycle around the time of the Supernal Advent among us; so for us the white buffalo is very connected to the Supernal Movement. It is rather like the white elephant in India I suppose – such as in the vision of the mother of the Buddha when she conceived her noble son.

May we be blessed to serve to bring forth the Divine Light from the people and the land – blessed to be of benefit to all beings; amen.

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#5 Postby sophia-suzette » Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:26 am

Greetings and Salutations Tau Malachi!

It brings me such joy to hear what you are doing, and once again many thanks for these teachings. I do use my garden mostly for spiritual work.

“ ... aside from this we believe it is an important exchange of sparks between peoples, an effort towards tikkune of peoples sorely persecuted and oppressed, and tikkune of our ancestors who were the agents of the persecution and oppression. “

Your words have an especial relevance to me being a member of the white African tribe, the Afrikaner, and it was exactly for this reason that I spent a lot of time with the African Shamans who taught me a lot about the indigenous herbs. I have an especially memorable memory. I once attended an initiation by Sanusi Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa, and after all-night festivities with drumming and dancing, the next morning when dawn broke there arrived a Christian Gospel music group calling themselves “The Arch-Bishops,” who straight away with their full band playing, marched straight through the house, announcing their arrival. Afterwards, I had a chance to talk to them and asked them what they as Christians were doing there, as at that stage the indigenous practices were frowned upon by the Christians. 'Oh,“ he said matter of factly, “I've come to learn more about God.” This is for me one of the wonders happening here. There are serious efforts made now to preserve the indigenous knowledge of herbs and plants and a renewed respect for the ancient knowledge and sacred sites.

There has also been here the birth of white Lions, in recent years, born in the “cradle of mankind,” in fulfillment of ancient tribal prophecy. The white lions are said to carry the souls of kings to come and is said to incorporate the qualities of unconditional love, courage and wisdom. It is also seen as a sign of the advent of global changes here. With it comes another shamanic message. “The real art of shamanism is the respectful exchange between two species.”

In gratitude,
Blessings and Shalom,
Sophia-Suzette

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Sacred Gardens: Outdoors & Indoors

#6 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:45 am

Salutations Sister Renee!

There are many things in the wonderworking art that we will do exactly as they are taught – the building of a Light Wheel, for example, follows a specific pattern and requires the necessary conditions; however, there are many other things in the sacred art that can be adapted, and that can give us ideas, a ground of creative inspiration. Ultimately, as our favorite term “art” implies, it is a completely creative affair; using our knowledge of correspondences, mystical symbolism, prayer, meditation and ceremony, and the Divine Powers and Sacred Circle, and so on, it is all the play of conscious intention, the movement of energy and creative expression.

Whatever you do must match your energy and way – match your vision, and have conscious intention; and everything must be purified and consecrated, and offered up in a sacred manner – and, of course, in appearance, it is to be beautiful, harmonious and uplifting.

Now there are certainly things that can be shared, giving some ideas of what can be done – as an example, I’m very fond of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for she is rather like the “Holy Bride of the Americas,” and to me she joins the partzufim of the Mother and the Bride, and I love her colors. In fact, our discourse room and entire upstairs at the center here is painted to match the colors of her inner robe, and all of the house plants in the room match the color of her outer robe, playing upon her shrine and image in the room, as though wrapping everyone who comes into the room in her Body of Vision. Her shrine sits in a bay window with an image of the Holy Mother above and an image of angels on either side of the window – all painted by an artist in Mexico; in the shrine is an image of her set on a wooden box, with sacred talismans on and in the box, and there is an image of St. Michael in the shrine, and a small icon of the Magdalene, with an alabaster jar by it that has a red stone egg on top, and there are also four elemental weapons in the shrine; on the pentacle in front of her there is a large, virtually flawless, golden citrine crystal with a jewel cut (the “Golden Soul”). The entire environment plays off of this holy shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, “She-Who-Crushes-The-Serpent.”

Thus, building a holy shrine and playing off of it can be used outdoors in a sacred garden or indoors with an interior garden of potted plants. (It’s all about “sacred interior decorating,” which is an art form I love and practice!)

Balconies and little patio areas in apartments, and sometimes their front entrance ways, can become delightful sacred spaces, using plants and flowers, images, sacred stones and minerals, fetishes, prayer sticks, symbols and such – it is just a matter of following a theme, a pattern of conscious intention, that brings it all into balance and harmony, and playing off of the energy of the space so that it feels like it “belongs there.”

For example, suppose I wanted the energy of the Four Winds and Sacred Circle – perhaps I would acquire four gourds of an appropriate size for the space and what I was doing, then I’d paint them in the four colors, but rather than bright colors, I-d use earthy tones of the four colors, yellow-gold, red, blue and green; then, on one side I’d paint a cute little face (eyes, nose and mouth) and on the back side I’d paint a holy cross. All of this I’d do in a sacred manner with conscious intention and prayer, most likely offering up lights and incense while I was doing it; then, when they were made, I’d go out somewhere that would allow me to call in the Powers, I’d do a smudging ceremony, make offerings and call in the Powers, and I’d consecrate these four sacred objects as talismans of the Spirit-Guardians, the Four Winds and Kerubim of the Sacred Circle. These, then, could be set among my potted plants drawing in the energies of the Sacred Circle.

Perhaps I might work off this theme of Sacred Circle, putting sacred stones and minerals among my plants, some even in the pots with the plants, and perhaps I’d make some prayer sticks and fetishes to put in the pots, and maybe I’d specially paint some of the pots too, or pick some special pots; outdoors I might add hanging things, like wind chimes and such, maybe even take a branch of dead wood that looked like a little tree and make a potted mini-prayer tree that I could hang prayer ties on – the ideas can go on and on like this.

But it is all a matter of the chosen theme and energies you want to invoke…that shapes what you do.

There is no such thing as more or less sacred, save in the mind; things are sacred and holy because we walk in a sacred manner, and because we make sure everything is offered up, consecrated to the Divine and Spirit-connected. Thus, an outdoor garden or indoor potted plants can be just the same – a great talisman of prayer for the people, it is just that larger areas sponsor visitation from more people and more activity.

The entire process of creating such talismans of prayer and tending to them is, itself, prayer, meditation and sacred ceremony – within and behind everything there is prayer and meditation, and it is all offered up, and the entire movement is ceremonial, like a great ritual of worship and extending blessings to the people, all our relations. In other words, everything is done in a sacred manner.

This is very powerful because it teaches us to integrate all activities to the Sacred Circle – to our continuum of the spiritual life and practice, the Life Divine; it teaches us to Wear the Body of Vision all of the time, removing the conceptual barrier between the “sacred” and the “mundane.” Granted, at times we may use something of this distinction with skill in the wonderworking art, but in speaking of a “shamanic” wonderworking art we are speaking of a “Tantra Yoga of the West,” weaving all of life into the sacred, transforming all of life into a vehicle of self-realization in Christ.

Perhaps among these ideas you might find some inspiration for this project you have in mind – in places we might not have easy access to nature, indoor plants and environments incorporating natural things becomes an important part of our spiritual practice; so, whether urban or rural, it is just the same – we just adapt the art to our environment and resources, the space around us, and work with what’s happening.

It’s rather like a discussion in creating a Holy Sanctuary in your home – a room set aside for spiritual practice; it is ideal if and when plants and natural things can be incorporated into it, as in these times we have a deep need for connectedness to the earth and nature, as much as to the heavens.

May we honor our Earthly Mother and Heavenly Father joined in the Risen Messiah; amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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