The Gaelic practice of smoke cleansing. Scottish Gaelic word Saen, to “sain” is the Irish + Scottish meaning to charm, protect, activate, or recharge. It can be performed with water, smoke and fire.
And Fat Wood from a fallen pine makes the perfect smoke cleanse tool.
Pine is abundant in my region and I actually have three huge ones in my yard.
The fallen branches are known as fat wood or pitch and can be splintered and dried to use in place of Palo Santo. The pine must be fallen, not cut. Because a damaged branch, before it falls, has produced resin as a healing defense. It is this resin that creates the slow and fragrant burn.
These three guardians of my home are also abundant with offerings for other types of saining:
FIRE •Pine cones to tuck intentions into and toss on a bonfire.
WATER •Tiny seedlings to harvest and cold infuse in water overnight for floor washes.
I’ve found the perfect spot for it in the house. It catches the morning sun beautifully. And is in the same room where I do my morning meditation and time with my ancestors. Also, the location helps me to remember to add a tea light leaf every day because I pass it frequently, which reinforces my focus. 🪞
Brilliant use of my water dispenser inspired by another blogger. It usually sits collecting dust in between family gatherings or parties. So I’m thrilled to see it get more use.
I used crystals and herbs traditionally associated with Capricorn.
Garnet and Amethyst are also linked with Aquarius, my sun sign. So bonus! I also have some significant planets in Capricorn so this felt like a must do for me.
Garnet, Amethyst, Onyx, Pink Quartz, Malachite, Blue Agate (this one seemed odd but it popped up on several searches. Maybe because us Cappy’s need to chill the F out sometimes), Clear Quartz
Rosemary and tarragon which was still growing in my herb garden. Dried chamomile from my apothecary. And also some pine because it just feels Capricorn. Solid, dependable, solid growth.
I also added the sigil for the Archangel for Capricorn, Azrael. Mostly known as the Angel of Death, he is also very much associated with aiding in transition. Which makes sense. Because what is death if not transition. And Death of course is not limited to the physical body but to old ways of thinking, being doing.
It was definitely a last minute addition, but one I felt strongly pulled to include.
And a final note. My silver platter. It flows beautifully with the Cappy ethic of loving top shelf things, but also being financially conservative. I thinks it’s serendipity that I found the silver platter last month for 10 at a thrift store. It’s the Perfect amplifier.
I used a gorgeous live basil plant that perfumed my entire car on the drive home to make this floor wash to usher in the new moon.
Thank you to @luz_astral for this tip. I never would have thought to do a cold infusion for an afternoon but the result was potent and the whole house absolutely sang with beautiful cleansing energy. 10/10 recommend.
I use this old silver compote that a family member gave me to do a lot of my ritual work for the home. The silver is perfect for gathering in and reflecting back energy from your chosen source. For my purpose here, I placed it where it could catch the waning moon light leading up to the dark moon.
The thorns were soaked for a few days and then transferred to a paper towel lined tray to dry off before being placed over all the windows and doors on the new moon.
I also saved the oil by draining it through a cheese cloth lined sieve, putting it in an old jar and labeled for use in the coming year.
Final tip. Save that oil soaked paper!
It’s great to use as a fire starter. I stuff it into old paper towel rolls. Add some herbs or incense and write an intention or Sigils on the outside. I then toss it into a chimnea fire to complete the ritual❤️
Here’s list of herbs and spices from my pantry and yard that I use to create the oil.
It is inexpensive, easy to prepare and the ingredients can be varied according to what you have on hand and your own personal preferences.
I like to use it to anoint charms that I carry with me such as black tourmaline. It can also be used to ward your home by dipping your finger in the oil and drawing sigils above your doorways and windows.
Fallen pine ones and acorns are abundant right now and make excellent wards as well. Drizzling a bit of the oil over them and placing them in small bowls of salt in the corners of your home make excellent wards.
Used a gorgeous live basil plant that perfumed my entire car on the drive home to make this floor wash to usher in the new moon.
Thank l you to @luz_astral for this tip. I never would have thought to do a cold infusion for an afternoon but the result was potent and the whole house absolutely dang with beautiful cleansing energy. 10/10 recommend.