This Cedar Smudge with Coffin Nail may be used by itself, or as part of a Banishing Ritual (see below). Cedar is a hearty smudge that requires a bit of time to thoroughly light. You may choose to hold the Cedar Smudge with your hands or place it in a fireproof bowl and walk clockwise around your private space, allowing the rich Cedar smoke to gently envelop each corner of your home. Pay special attention to mirrors, windows, doors, and all reflective surfaces. When the home is thoroughly smudged, collect the smudge ashes and take them to a very private, undisturbed part of the forest away from your home. Dig a shallow hole in the ground, place the ash inside. Fill the hole back up with the dirt. Take a Wrought Iron Coffin Nail and strike it with a hammer into the ground. Leave in peace, don't look over your shoulder.
If using the Cedar Smudge as part of a Banishing Ritual, mix the Cedar ashes with the ritual remnants (candle wax, statement paper, herbs, etc.) and take to a very private, undisturbed part of the forest, away from your home. Dig a shallow hole in the ground, place the ash and ritual remnants inside. Fill the hole back up with the dirt. Take a Wrought Iron Coffin Nail and strike it with a hammer into the ground. Leave in peace, don't look over your shoulder, your Banishing Ritual is now complete.
When more extreme measures must be taken, a cemetery can be used instead of the forest as the disposal method. When leaving the cemetery, make sure to leave a few coins or pieces of candy at the cemetery gate. This pleases the gatekeeper and the residing spirits, ensuring nothing (and no one) follows you home.
Each Cedar Smudge bundle is handmade and is roughly 4" long. Color of thread varies.
The Wrought Iron Coffin Nail emulates hand-forged nails of the late 1700s, this solid-steel 3" version features a three-sided head and black wrought iron oxide coating. Rustic and handmade in the Czech Republic.
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