The Basics of Smudging

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Hello beautiful people. I hope everyone is doing well today. I thought today would be a great day to talk about smudging. Smudging is using sacred smoke from plants to cleanse or purify, yourself, your space or your things. It has been a practice that is utilized by cultures all over the world in day to day life or traditional ceremonies. There are many specific ways to use smudging such as clearing energy from a tarot deck, clearing and purifying crystals, and cleansing negative or stagnant energy from a room. This brings us to the question of how does one smudge? In my opinion there is no right or wrong way to smudge as long as your intentions are good. If your smudging a room I recommend opening doors and windows to allow the smoke to carry the negative or stagnate energy out. There are many thought systems out there about how you smudge I am going to share what has worked for me but I would encourage you to investigate for yourself. Now there is a disclaimer smudging is very scared to certain cultures and they have a very specific way of practicing it. If you plan to do smudging within a cultural context you need to learn their ways and rules of doing it out of respect. Like I mentioned earlier when I smudge a room, home or building, I like to open all windows and doors that I can so that anything that no longer needs to be there can leave. I use an albion shell or a wooden bowl. I will light whichever plant I choose to use for example palo santo wood and wait for it to stop burning and start smoking. If I am clearing a room I will use a feather to waft the smoke around the room, in every corner while saying my own prayer of blessing and clearing. If I am clearing a tarot deck I will wave the deck in the smoke. When I am smudging a person I lift my smudging stick and wave it around the person say a blessing the whole time. 


The next question is what herbs are good for smudging and why?  The list is endless I am going to give you a screenshot of some. 

Alfalfa: Associated with psychic abilities, and attracting animal spirits.

Allspice:: For uplifting and increasing energy, and determination.

Amaranth:: For healing, protection, vulnerability, especially healing of broken hearts.

Aspen: For ascension, protection, and overcoming fears.

Basil: For attracting love, happiness, peace, and money; steadies the mind.

Bay Leaves: For psychic power, divination, success, and money; invoking wish magic.

Blue Spruce: The symbol of pure intentions, generosity, and giving.

Calendula: For love and constancy.

Catnip: Attracts good spirits and great luck. For love, beauty, and happiness.

Cedar: Banishes fear and enhances psychic powers.

Chamomile: For protection and purification.

Cinnamon: When burned raises high spiritual vibrations and aids healing.

Cloves: For protection and exorcism; attracting opposite sex.

Coastal Sage or Artemisia Californica: For clearing negative energies and healing holes or tears in the aura. 

Dandelion: For divination, spirit calling, and wish magic. 

Dill: For protection, luck, money, and lust. 

Eucalyptus: For healing and protection. 

Frankincense resin: Reduces stress, eases tension, and connects you with Source energy.

Ginger: Adds power to any magical activity, speeds things up; brings passion. 

Lavender: Brings peace, relaxation, and restful sleep; purity and love. 

Lemongrass: For cleansing and purifying, removing obstacles, and opening doors. 

Lilac: For protection and exorcism. 

Mugwort or Artemisia Vulgaris: Brings clarity and develops/deepens psychic abilities.

Myrrh resin: For physical healing and grounding.

Palo Santo: For deep healing to the physical body; can be used to clear a home of energies associated with illness.

Peppermint: For purity, protection, release, and renewal. 

Pinon Pine resin: Protective, healing, and nurturing.

Rosemary: For removing negative energies associated with sickness, and clearing, protection

Sage Flowers: For cleansing and releasing negative energies; brings wisdom and purity. 

Sweetgrass — healing + purification + brings positive energy {perfect to burn after smudging with a more potent energy cleanser}

Thyme: Excellent for releasing ceremonies; allows us to recall the past without pain.

White Sage or Salvia Apiana: Used to clear negative energies from objects, space, or people

Holy basil (tulsi) — purification + calming

Mullein — cleansing sickrooms + heals/improves respiratory function

Rose petals — meditation + calming + attracts love

Desert chaparral — negative energy clearing + protection + calm

Yarrow — eliminates toxins from the body

Lemon balm — spiritual cleansing + calm

As always thanks for listening, I hope this is helpful.

Love and Light Morrigan Porter.

5 considerations for setting up a tarot reading space

Hello lovelies!! Hope you’re all doing well today.  You may have already read my blog post about choosing and working with a tarot deck.  Now let’s look at how to set up a sacred space for reading tarot. There are many different opinions when it comes to having a tarot space. The most commonly held belief is that you need to have a quiet space away from distractions. I personally believe that practicing tarot is all about your headspace and your ability to get into that headspace no matter where you are. Anywhere that your consciousness can enter into a quiet, intuitive headspace, can be a sacred tarot reading space. That being said, there are definite benefits to having a dedicated tarot space for readings. We are going to look at five ways to set up a sacred tarot space.

  • The room: Make sure that your tarot space has access to natural light and you can open a window–this is key for the routine clearing and smudging you will be doing. Make sure the room feels energetically comfortable and peaceful. Choose a place where it is easy to achieve quiet and calm.
  • Items: You will want to have a desk or table, a comfy chair, and a candle to let your guides know the work has begun. A cloth to cover the table and keep your cards clean and sacred is also a good idea. Crystals that you find helpful or soothing, calming music and scents are also helpful.
  • Storage: I find open book shelves are quite nice for storing tarot decks and work well as a display. Decorative boxes and bags can be nice to keep in a drawer or on a shelf, as well as any other supplies.
  • Blessing and clearing:  It’s important to clear and bless the space before setting it up and again before using.  Smudging and prayers are one way to achieve that. You can also use a singing bowl to sound-clear, and set up clearing crystals in the room.
  • Decorating: You can decorate using warm and calming fabrics, crystals, painting, artwork and other various things like that. I like to hang tiny fairy lights and mandala tapestries in my tarot reading space. Intuitive colors like purples, deep blues, and gold work well.

All in all your tarot room is your sacred space and a room you will spend a lot of time in. Make sure it is a comfortable and relaxing space! Thank you for reading–hope this was helpful!  Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss anything and check out my website!

Love and Light,


Tarot Decks: 4 things you need to know about choosing a tarot deck

Hello lovelies, hope you’re having an amazing weekend! So you’ve begun your journey into the world of tarot.  One of the key steps in this journey is finding a deck and getting to know it. In this article, you’ll find out the four most important tips when choosing and working with your first deck. These ideas are helpful for your first deck as well as future decks you acquire.

Choosing the deck: Choosing your first deck can be overwhelming because there are SO many types of decks out there. When your learning it is best to start with a traditional deck. This way you can learn how to properly understand the major arcana as well as the suits. It provides the foundation you need to interpret other decks.  The classic Ryder Waite and Robin Wood decks are both great to start with. I was lucky enough to be gifted my first deck (and it was Robin Wood) but it’s just as special to go to a store and choose one for yourself. Most importantly, let your intuition guide you!

Cleansing and Blessing your Deck: Now that you have your first deck, it’s time to prepare it for use. The first step is to cleanse the deck. There are a few ways to cleanse a tarot deck. You can smudge, sound clear with a singing bowl, or use white light. Choose whichever you feel most connected to, or do all three. After cleansing, you can say a blessing to your spirit guides, or whatever Divinity you choose, and then it’s ready!

Get to know your deck: Once your deck is cleansed and blessed, you’ll need to take some time to get to know it. Here are the three easiest ways I found to familiarize myself with a tarot deck: first, conduct interview spreads, and make sure to write down the results of each interview; second, go through each card one by one and write down your impressions, thoughts, and feelings; finally, bring the deck with you everywhere and find opportunities to use it. The more you use your tarot deck, the better you’ll get to know it.

Tips and tricks:  Tarot is an extremely intuitive divination practice and it does take time to get the hang of it. Practice, practice, practice–the more you do it the better you will become! Also make sure to cleanse and bless your cards often so they don’t hold on to too much energy, which can cloud your readings. When you do decide to acquire more decks, make sure you really get sense of the connection you feel when you first see or touch each one. If you have a tarot deck that you just can’t seem to form a good bond with, then clear the deck and gift it to someone you think will appreciate it.

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Love and Light,