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Ancient Cleansing Kit

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A ritual kit including an absolutely exquisite abalone shell, sustainably sourced from farms in Mexico and South Africa (so no sea-life is damaged), and hand-tied bundles of sustainably sourced Californian white sage from Juniper Ridge.

'Smudging' is a beautiful, ancient, ritualistic tradition observed in Native American custom, said to cleanse a person and their space of lingering, stagnant or negative energy. The loose concept is that the sacred smoke detoxifies the air around you, allowing the breath of life to restore balance and love.

It is with a humble heart and great respect that we bow to these ancient customs, their origins, and share them with our community. We encourage the self-education and due diligence around this area of spiritual cleansing so as not to appropriate other cultures, rather acknowledge their magic and share in it with love and gratitude, giving thanks with every leaf we ignite and whose smoke we bask in. It is also important only to buy white sage from reputable retailers who do not endorse the mass-cultivation of the wild plant as it is an endangered species.

White Sage Properties

White sage is a holy herb of the Americas, said to possess potent protection properties that, if burnt, will be released through the sacred smoke, cleansing, purifying and protecting all who breathe the air.

Abalone Shell Properties

It is said that the pearlescent ear of the iridescent abalone shell can hear the stories of suffering, all we have faced in life. A kind and listening shell, the abalone brings messages and energy of peace, compassion and healing love.

There is a deep magic to sustainably sourced abalone shells, whose soft pastel interiors are reminiscent of the sunset brushstrokes in paintings colouring the ceilings of the Palace of Versailles. You gaze upon the pearlescent inner ear of these shells and marvel at the magic of nature, expecting to glance cherubim circling naked nymphs, swooning at the sublime, just as we crane our necks to swoon at the palatial ceilings upon which they’re painted.

These pieces of nature are masterpieces, Fine Art, to be treasured and passed down through generations. Nature’s heirlooms, as we say.

Abalone has nourished the appetite since time immemorial, as well as nurturing human spirits through ritual means, too. Like oysters, the abalone is a type of mollusk, most popular harvested by curious otters who like to get creative with rocks to prize them off the stones to which they cling close to the shore. Their beautiful blue shells, like butterfly wings, were once traded as currency and are still highly sought after in South Africa today. Sadly, the price has been dropped for these stunning artworks of Nature by some retailers, just to try and shift stock and make sales faster, so we like to respect the farmers and shells by retaining their inherent value, which, of course, you cannot put a number on, just as with all our incredible crystals.

According to certain indigenous communities of the Americas, it is said that the people believe their prayers and wishes will rise up with the smoke of burning sage within the abalone shell, carried up to the heavens above. Among the Apache tribe, in particular, the abalone shell properties are many. Most notably, the Painted White Woman, representative of girls' transition into womanhood, survived a storm in the magical abalone shell. And so the abalone shell is used in coming-of-age rituals.

Due to the shell's inherent purpose of protection in order to sustain the life of the creature once inhabiting it, the abalone shell's healing properties include deep protection and strength through difficult times of loss, grief and inner turmoil.  

Contents:

1 x XXL abalone shell

1 x white sage wand / smudgestick

How to use

Use the smudgestick as a wand and walk from room to room with the shell beneath, as an ember-catcher. Alternatively, carefully break leaves apart from the stick and scatter in the shell to burn as loose incense. You can then walk around the house with this shell, waving a hand to direct the smoke into tight corners or over pillows to disperse bad dreams or arguments with lovers. Wave wand around your body (careful not to burn yourself or your hair) to shift old blockages.

Cleansing ritual tips

- always have a window open so that old energy and stale air can escape, allowing newness to be breathed in.

- cleanse crystals / items / people / spaces by wafting the smudgestick over and around them, so that the smoky trails and circles in the air, removing any blocked energy.

- a wonderful time to practise this cleansing ritual is during new or full moons, when the night is charged with a certain lunar magic, or during a renovation and when you move in to a new space.

- you might like to set an intention or speak a mantra as you light the tip of your smudgestick - eg 'only energy vibrating with love and light is welcome in this space' or 'may this spoke fill my space with healing energy and give me motivation to finish my project.'

- always position your wand in an incense holder, such as a sacred abalone shell or heatproof dish, and place this somewhere safe.

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