When it comes down to choosing a plant for smudging, one that is popular is cedar. Energetically, cedar trees hold wisdom on a level of stillness and certainty.
During a Reiki class I invited the students outside, and introduced them to “listening to trees”. The orchard of apple trees was fun, but when it came to the cedar, the power of that stillness came through. How do you listen to a tree? You simply place your hands on the tree trunk, shift out of your mental state, and listen.
“Quietude, which some men cannot abide because it reveals their inward poverty, is as a palace of cedar to the wise, for along its hallowed courts the King in his beauty deigns to walk”
Charles H. Spurgeon quotes (English preacher of 19th century 1834-1892)
Cedar is known for protection. In earlier years, cedar was burnt on the Mount of Olives on new years.
Cedar has been used to bless a house before moving in, to attract good energy.
Consider cedar for its age, and use to call in ancestors for support and wisdom. How old can a cedar tree be? There is a cedar tree in Turkey that is recorded to be over 2000 years old.
There are many types of cedar, and juniper is sometimes mistaken for cedar. The most commonly used is red cedar. Do not take from a tree owned by others, and ask the tree before taking. You can order pre-made western Western Red Cedar Smudge Sticks on Amazon.
Tips for Cedar Smudging Blessing
- Thank the cedar tree before using the smudging stick, and ask for it’s blessings.
- Thank mother earth and father heavens, and ask to be held in sacred space so that you can offer a simple blessing where heaven and earth meet.
- Offer the smoke of the cedar in each of the four directions, to create sacred space in each direction.
- Upon ending your cedar smudging blessing, thank the cedar again, and ask to be reminded to stay grounded (rooted) and strong in the days to come.
Image credits: James Ward (1769–1859) A Cedar on a Rise with a Herd of Deer Grouped Beneath its Shade