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Smudging – the way to create a positive home

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Herbs and spices  have been used either fresh, dried or to be burnt through the centuries to purify  and cleanse people, spaces, and ritual objects since the dawn of time. Many different cultures have their own methods and favourite burning mixtures but there are many common features and the substances used defined the world’s trade routes becoming very valuable commodities.

Smudging is an ancient art  and the practice of burning herbs has again become popular in recent years,using the old English word smudge which originally meant a smoky fire through which  cattle were driven to clean them of unwanted insects. Now it is the name given to the ceremonial,  often daily act of cleansing and purification.The smoke emitted from the herbs is believed to cleanse negative energy. It cleanses a space to invite positive energy the smoke fills and purifies the environment.

It is believed that as the smoke ascends, our wishes and intentions rise and mingle into the universe, connecting heaven, earth, and humanity. Smoke offerings are found in many spiritual religions. The smoke ceremony creates transformation and blesses a space and the inhabitants.

There are only a few things you need to Smudge your home and you can collect them yourself however they are readily available at your local health store, herb shop, metaphysical store or even online

 

I always like to  arrange my smudge bowl and smudge stick on a cloth in front of me . Any nice piece of cloth can be used for this, a beautiful piece of silk or velvet or even source one online. Keep it special so you can use it every time you do a ceremony with your  own private altar. I have a  candle and a feather to fan the smudge with, my is a way of saying when the altar is active (candle alight) or inactive (candle out). I personally like the ritual of lighting the smudge stick with a candle rather than matches. You often have to relight and it is so much easier too!

When performing a smudging take time to be clear what your wishes are for the space. When you clear your house, there’s a vacuum that’s created. Invite good intentions into the new area..

Smudging Ritual

Gather all your things and take pleasure in how you lay them out, do it slowly and with mindfulness.

Clear your mind and heart. 

Now that you have all your tools and preparations in place, you can begin.

Start at the front door of the home and light your smudge stick. 

Hold at a 45-degree angle, light the sage, let it burn for about 20 seconds and then gently blow out the flame so that you see orange embers on one end. 

move around the home. 

Move mindfully and with care, walking clockwise around the edge of the home. Allow the smoke to drift into even the hidden spaces,cupboards, attics cellars and dark corners.

You may need to relight occasionally.

When you have covered the whole area stand in the main room again where you began .

Visualise the entire area is filled with bright whitelight .

Speak your intention one last time to close the smudging ceremony.

 

Smudging is a wonderful thing to do to invite positive vibes and clear bad ones into your home. Do it on a full moon , when you move into a new home or indeed at any time you feel the need to fill your home with a  positive aura. 

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The ghosts of the Serpentine in Hyde Park

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The Serpentine dominates the southern end of Hyde Park in London. This man-made lake was created around 1730 for Queen Caroline, wife of King George II, blocking the Westbourne River. The Serpentine was one of the first artificial lakes in England designed to appear natural when long, straight lakes were in vogue at the time.

It did not take long to make the artificial lake a destination for suicides, there were dozens and dozens of suicide attempts every year, many of them fatal.

For example Harriet Westbrook Shelley committed suicide right here at age 21 in 1816. Harriet was the first wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and had been abandoned by him for Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, famous for writing Frankenstein. It is rumored that she was pregnant by a lover at the time of her suicide and many swear that her ghost still walks around the Serpentine.

A story tells that two ladies stopped on the bank of the Serpentine, and noticed something in the lake that was moving. A thin, pale hand was visible with long fingers opening and closing like those of a drowning person. On the middle finger the hand had a gold ring that sparkled and then the ghost hand disappeared into the lake.  Could that be Harriet’s ghost?

In 1857 a child was killed and thrown into the Serpentine, for several years it is said that a ghost of a child often passed by, so much so that many then decided not to go near the Hyde Park lake.

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The ghost bus of Notting Hill

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There are also relatively recent testimonies of this apparition dating back to the 90s. This is a number 7 bus that appears in the Cambridge Gardens area of Notting Hill at 1.15am in the morning only in May.

The first appearance was in 1934 when a gentleman driving a car swerved quickly to avoid something and crashed into a wall and died instantly.

Some eyewitnesses said the man tried to avoid a number 7 bus, while a couple of others said there was no bus.

Other motorists since then swear they see a driverless bus with the lights off driving at high speed into their vehicle. But when they avoid them and turn to see what it was, the bus disappears.

No one has an idea of the reason for these apparitions and why they are seen always at the same time and only in the month of May.

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Nostradamus predictions for 2021, even worse than 2020

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According to some Nostradamus predicted coronavirus but to be really honest it’s very unlikely. There have been posts on social media about this prophecy  attributed to Nostradamus.”“There will be a twin year (2020) from which will arise a queen (corona) who will come from the east (China) and who will spread a plague (virus) in the darkness of night, on a country with 7 hills (Italy) and will transform the twilight of men into dust (death), to destroy and ruin the world. It will be the end of the world economy as you know it.

Experts have denied that this is a prophecy by Nostradamus who doesn’t have appeared to have predicted COVID-19.  He predicted for 2021 the start of Third World War and the deaths of Putin, the Pope and Trump.  He also predicted a massive earthquake in California, a new king in Britain and a financial crisis.  We still have a few days of this awful year so we can’t yet think we are safe. But as we know Nostradamus doesn’t get everything right. 

Just as well because according to whoever interprets his writing 2021 might be even worse.  In fact he predicts zombies, an asteroid hitting Earth, famine, a massive earthquake in California and the fact that people return to religion. Not a surprise after so many catastrophes.

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