The Aromatic Smoke of Juniper: Resilience, Protection, and Hardiness

Juniper: the desert elder, the minimalistic and resilient tree of the Sun. When I think of the juniper tree, I often think of its hardened and gnarly trunk, standing strong through the harsh storms, strong winds, rain, flash floods, dust devils, and the immense heat and cold of harsh, high-desert environments. This tree’s hardiness reflects the ability that we all have within us to stand firm and strong in the face of whatever challenges life presents. Continue reading The Aromatic Smoke of Juniper: Resilience, Protection, and Hardiness

Purifying Sacred Space – Smudging

Native Americans have traditionally called on the spirits of sacred plants to cleanse people and places of harmful energies, thoughts, and influences for thousands of years. This sacred act of purification, called “smudging”, is used to clear the atmosphere of negative vibrations and energies caused by anger, sadness, illness, or malevolent spirits, and to fill the environment with positive, uplifting energies. The burning of sacred plants is also traditionally used to consecrate sacred and ceremonial spaces. The smudging ritual is an important part of the ancient traditions of First Nations peoples and should always be respected and honored. Continue reading Purifying Sacred Space – Smudging