Deck Updates and a Blessing Moon DIY Herbal Wand

deck Updates and A blessing moon DIY Smudging wand

Happy Eclipse and Full Blessing Moon!

I am thrilled to finally have some news about the decks! They will be shipping out shortly!

The decks are finally on their way to me, and once they are here, I will not rest until they are all in the mail on their way to you. Should be another week or two.

I am SO sorry to those who have been waiting... I did everything I could to make sure the decks would be on their way to me before mercury retrograde hit… but sadly due to a miscommunication, the decks got printed much later than planned. (Should we blame Mercury?)

In fact, if you’ve ordered Spirit de la Lune, chances are your deck is already on it’s way! (because Marissa got her half of the decks before me.) SO, there has been a bit of a mix-up that I’m still working around.... and I appreciate your patience greatly.

I know I’m already giving out free art prints with all the pre-ordered decks, but I will be sending those who had to wait all this extra time an extra gift for their patience!

Either an extra art print, a mini original, ATC, a reiki infused crystal, or one of my new resin/sculpture creations!

deck Updates and A blessing moon DIY Smudging wand

So, the decks are officially on their way to me… I have a tracking number that I will be checking on daily. Once the decks are here with me, I will be catching up on all orders and sending out the free art prints and free gifts ASAP. The decks should get to me in about a week two max, I’ll keep you updated.

Once the art prints are sent out, I will be updating my website and listing those small prints for sale. I do have some new work that I am hoping to post soon too… in fact, I’m hoping to roll out an entirely new website soon! (I need to sit down and finish that…)

BUT, I am feeling SO relieved knowing the decks are finally on their way to me. I hate waiting for things like this… because I know so many people are waiting on me! I did just about everything I could to not email my printer every day and ask for an update. I’m trying my best to learn some patience.

I have been spending a lot of time in my garden this summer to help with my anxiety… Nothing teaches patience and mindfulness like gardening. The act of gardening is also very grounding for me. I sometimes suffer from dissociation too, and gardening has been so helpful and grounding.

Last week I was in my garden transplanting a few plants for the last time this season. One of my favorite things to do is replant plants or plant new ones from cuttings. I just finished moving some plants and weeding and decided to prune my lavender and sage plants so they would continue to bloom and spread for the summer.

Like I mentioned in my last Full Moon post, picking and pruning the blooms in your garden encourages new growth for the entire season. I’ve been picking off the blooms here and there, transplanting, making garden bouquets or propagating cuttings all summer long.

I was creating a little bouquet for myself a few days ago, and since it’s a bit late in the season (especially now with this full moon) I didn’t want to propagate anything… so I thought it would be a fun idea to dry the bouquet so I could burn it and use it as a smudge wand!

deck Updates and A blessing moon DIY Smudging wand

The smell of the herbs as I picked them was so wonderful... I could only imagine how wonderful the smoke would smell! Maybe it’s all the fire in my chart, but I do love fire and smoke.


And because this is also the Blessing Moon and a Lunar Eclipse, and I thought what better way to enter a new chapter than by cleansing the energy and environment first.

The act of burning herbs to clear negative energy, clean the air and offer intention or blessing has been around for many years and is practiced by various cultures.

Smudging is currently very popular in the west, and there are many debates on if white sage is considered endangered or not… While white sage is a sacred herb for many cultures, there are several other different healing herbs out there that can be burned for clearing and cleansing the energy from the air. In fact, you might already have many of these herbs in your garden already! If not, your local grocery store or nursery will have many of the herbs! (Read more about the history of smudging here! Here is a list of possible herbs and their meanings to use.)

For this Full Moon Ritual I’ve put together a quick and easy tutorial on preparing an herbal smudge bundle below! I’ve also shared it over on Spirit de la Lune today.

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We are currently in the middle of the Eclipse season with this full moon, and deep in the many retrogrades of 2019.

Many of these planets will be retrograde for several months, so the lessons they offer might be a bit more subtle than Mercury’s and the current Full Moon’s.

(A retrograde is when a planet appears to be moving backwards… It really isn’t, but the retrograde does cause US to slow way down ourselves… the energy causes us to reevaluate, rethink, and replan.

Eclipses, like the current Full Moon we are experiencing shake up the current energy so that what isn’t working in our lives can come to the surface to be dealt with and healed.

deck Updates and A blessing moon DIY Smudging wand

Tonight is the Full Blessing Moon and Lunar Eclipse!

With all this going on, we are currently welcoming in big changes and deep transformation into our lives that will have lasting impact.

This Lunar Eclipse wants us integrating these karmic lessons on a soul level so that we can enter a new chapter in our lives free from the weights and baggage of the past.

In order to truly embrace this change we need to prepare ourselves and our environment for the upcoming transformation. Similar to weeding a garden… smudging or saging your home or space will clear way old energy (and even bacteria) that is stagnant, negative or could be inhibiting your growth.

Blessing your space and calling in the energy of transformation and change after you clear the energy is a great way to help set an intention for the changes ahead. Cleansing and blessing your space and self can make way for new and healthy growth, while also helping your garden flourish!

deck Updates and A blessing moon DIY Smudging wand

Herbal Smudge Wand

You will need

Scissors

Garden shears

String

Fresh Herbs

Herbs used for today’s smudge wand: Lavender, russian sage, purple sage, yarrow, rosemary. (scroll to the bottom of this post for the spiritual meanings and uses.)

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  1. Gather- Gather your herbs and flowers. Before you pick the flowers and herbs, keep in mind your intention from the last new moon. Or write a new one if you need to. You can even base the color of your string and herb choice off your intention. Using garden shears or sharp scissors, cut and gather your herbs.

    Before cutting, ask the mother plant for permission and let her know what you plan to do with that branch. This will help remove any current living energy from the branch as well as help set and tune the intention of your smudge wand. Be sure to pick and prune at the right joints and nodules of the plant to promote future growth. Here is a good guide.

2. Arrange - Arrange your flowers into a small bouquet.

Lay the biggest and tallest plant matter down first to frame and add structure to your bouquet. Next add a layer of medium length flowers. Then add the shorter flowers filling in any gaps. Move the faces of the flowers so they face outwards. You can always trim any leaves.

*It is a good idea to let the bouquet wilt in the sun for a few minutes to soften up the stems so they don’t snap when tying the wand.

3. Tie- Tie a knot at the bottom/base and wrap the string tightly around the bundle at a 45° angle until you get to the top, then repeat back down the bundle until you get back to the bottom. Secure with a knot at the bottom. Keep the string tight. Herbs lose a lot of their bulk when they dry out, so you may need to re tie your smudge stick, or go over it again later.

You can leave a little loop so you can hang and dry your smudge stick.

4. Dry- Hang your fresh herb bundle by an open window until it is dry enough to burn. Mine was ready in only a day or so! Until then, enjoy the fragrance of the fresh herbs through your window!

(Your herbs will lose some size/bulk when it’s dry, so you might need to re-tie it.)

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5. Burn- Burn your wand with a container under it to catch any ashes that might fall. Never leave your herbal wand burning unattended! It’s best to stay mindful when working with fire and smoke.

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Sacred Smudge Stick

Here is a list of the herbs I used and their properties… Find more here!

Lavender- Used as an invitation for spirits. Lavender has long been used for cleansing. The Scent of lavender wards off evil spirits and safeguards one against evil.

Sage- Sage is a healing plant who’s smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal. Sage is used to cleanse away the outside world and helps us enter a place of ritual or ceremony. There are many varieties of sage. Sage smoke is also antibacterial. It cleanses the air of negative debri on a physical and spiritual level. (I used Purple Sage, Russian Sage and Furman’s Sage)

Yarrow- Burned to enhance courage and strengthen psychic powers. Aids in divination and connection with spirits. Used to increase and enhance love. Burned for purification, cleansing and blessings. Encourages peace and balance. Yarrow helps eliminate toxins from the body during the Smudging process.

Rosemary- is known to to be soothing and encourages a sense of peace within you and your environment .Rosemary removes negative energy from spaces. Used to restore balance to create a healing environment.

deck Updates and A blessing moon DIY Smudging wand

Happy Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse!

Don’t forget to set an intention tonight and cleanse your decks and crystals as well!

I will also be setting out some water under the Full Moon tonight to create some Eclipse water for my watercolor paintings! I’ve been doing this for about a year now and it’s one of my favorite things.

I’ve also shared some of my super secrete projects and sculptures over on my patreon tonight! I have one particular sculpture I’ve been working on for almost a year now…. she only wants to be worked on during the Eclipse!

What kind of fun things are you doing to honor this Full Eclipse Moon?

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Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.