Sometimes it can feel like, no matter which way you turn, you are facing another obstacle. You try and you try, but you just can't seem to break free of the things that are holding you back. Burning some pine, in combination with sage, can be a powerful tool to get you back on track- feeling stronger, sharper, and more motivated than ever.
Pine has a reputation for all sorts of positive attributes: physical health, protection, fertility, prosperity. At its heart, though, pine is simply a catalyst. When you know what you want, but you aren't quite sure how to make it happen, some pine in your smudge bundle will open your senses to the opportunities that surround you, and get you back on the right track.
Our bundles of sage and pine are approximately 4" long.
How do I light my Sage and Pine Smudge Bundle? Grasp the Sage and Pine Smudge Bundle at one end, and hold it with the other end pointed slightly downward. Hold a lighter, match, or even a lit candle, to the tip of the bundle. Once it catches, let it burn for a few seconds before you press the tip against a fire-proof surface (a bowl or shell works well) just long enough to extinguish the flames. Leave the smoldering embers, though. This is what will release the fragrant smoke, and let the herb do its job.
Now what? Fix your intention firmly in your mind before you begin. Gently waft the smoke from the smoldering sage and pine over and around you and/or your tools, as you focus on driving away the bad vibes. Or if you are smudging your home, go from room to room, along the walls and into every corner, again, focussing on your purpose as you proceed. Be sure to open all doors and window give any malevolent spirits a route to depart.
Now how do I extinguish my herbal bundle? Sage and Pine does not burn particularly vigorously. Once you stop moving around, and place the herbal bundle on a fire-proof surface, it will go out on its own after a few minutes. You do not need to wet your bundle to make it go out.