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 […]

Purifying Sacred Space – Smudging


Native Americans traditionally call on the spirits of sacred plants to cleanse people and places of harmful energies, thoughts, and influences. This purification ritual, called “smudging”, is used to clear the atmosphere of negative vibrations caused by anger, sadness, illness or malevolent spirits, and to fill the environment with positive, uplifting energies. This ceremony is […]