Friday, November 10, 2006

INFO of the day * Smudge Stick

Web Witchcraft Pagan Goth
A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herbs, most commonly white sage. Often other herbs or plants are used or added and the leaves are usually bound with string in a small bundle and dried. They have a strong pleasant aroma when burnt.

Ojibway and Cree ceremonies often use smudges of sage, sweet grass, and/or juniper to cleanse with, and to give prayers to the Creator, or Gitche Manitou. Smudges with hot coals underneath can provide a lot of smoke for many hours or days to repel mosquitos and other insects.
Smudging has been borrowed from the Native American tradition and absorbed into the Wiccan practices in Celtic lands