The Meaning of Smudge Smoke

Howdy lovely folks, 

So we’ve pushed through ‘lockdown two point oh’ here, we’re right on top of the winter solstice, Yule and Christmas, and everything feels very different to a regular December at this time. 

Being safe doesn’t alter the fact that living through this pandemic is hard to accept and cope with, and not being able to hug all our most important people goes against the most basic of humanity’s social programming. 

And yet here we are; a vaccine on the horizon, and so close to the finish line it’s hard to find the energy to keep doing something that is this hard. 

For me, i’ve been getting out, no matter the weather; just seeing others makes me feel more connected. But I have found that wherever I go, i’m dragging this sludgy, fed-up, niggly energy along behind me. So i’ve broken-out the smudge, opened the windows and generally tried to (none to gently) clear the air. 

Which has made me think it’d be a good time to talk about interpreting the smoke when we smudge. 

(As a quick aside – there’s lots of interpretations and meanings available all over the place, and it’d be natural to think that it wouldn’t be too hard to take to the interwebs and find the meaning that you prefer the most ~ and you’d be right. But it’s all about being clear (upfront) which meanings you’re going to be following. I chat more about this in this week’s vlog, i’ll leave a link at the bottom of the page if you can bring yourself to listen to my waffle as well as read it. But I digress…) 

When you smudge, sometimes it can feel like you haven’t quite cleared everything, and you end up doing it again. But maybe you’ve done a good job transmuting all that negative energy that’s been hanging about, maybe there’s just a message there that you didn’t pick up on. 

If I smudge and it still doesn’t feel quite clear, i’ll often go back a second time ~ not to make sure, but to read the smoke, and I do this using the directions of the compass. Once you’ve smudged have another walk round and watch what the smoke is doing. 

If it’s drifting North, you still need to communicate about the issue – but the answer is there. If it’s going East it means your space is cleansed, and you’re good to go. South is all about learning and healing, it’s time to shift your mindset, and West (I call that ‘the teenage direction’) is asking if you’ve been a bit hotheaded. It’s time to reach for patience and try again. 

I’ve written up The Meaning of Smudge Smoke in more depth, and created a download, incase you’d like it for your journal or book of shadows. 

Take care lovelies, and if you want to talk more about all sorts of Paganism, i’ve got a group of lovely peeps over on facebook, and here’s the link

Jo x 

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