Alchemy of Smudging with White Sage

White Sage smudging-the burning of sage- has become a staple in my spiritual practice. I was first introduced to the practice of smudging during a home and energy cleanse by my Yayi (traditional healer). I knew myself to be an empathetic or highly sensitive person, yet did not have the full understanding that I was attracting other people and my surrounding environment’s energy. Unbeknownst to me, I was holding on to other people’s negativity and toxicity and bringing them into my new home. There were times when I would feel sad, troubled, or down right negative and not know why until my Yayi suggested I start  energy cleanses. I am a Virgo South Node, so I am a natural skeptic of many things, however, I trusted my Yayi’s suggestion and decided to learn more about the practice and alleged benefits.

Despite being lauded and consistently practiced by indigenous cultures for thousands of years, smudging has been met by mixed reception within modern society. Native Americans, as well as diverse Asian cultures, believed (and continue to believe) that the smoke from sage and other herbs is capable of cleaning “negative energy,” whether it’s occupying a space or being carried by a person.

At first glance, this may sound like nothing more than a “woo-woo” concept, but it shouldn’t be dismissed too quickly. In this post I am sharing what I learned of smudging and how it has benefited me in my practice.

What are Ions

Ions are all around you right now and, whether you are aware of them or not, there is a good chance they are affecting the way you feel and quite possibly your health as well.

So what is an ion? An ion is a molecule that has lost or gained an electron through various atmospheric forces or environmental influences.

There are both positive and negative ions but, as we shall see, the definitions of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ are misleading in terms of their health effects.

A simple definition of a positive ion is an electrically charged atom, or group of atoms, formed by the loss of one or more electrons. The number of protons does not change but the reduction in electrons gives the atom a positive charge.

Positive ions in the air are usually carbon dioxide molecules that have been stripped of an electron. Also known as positively charged ions or cations, they have been demonstrated to have a negative effect on your body when you are exposed to them in excess.

This is particularly the case with your lungs and respiratory tract but your immune system can also be affected. This is because positive ions are so small they are absorbed directly into your bloodstream from the air you breathe.

What Are Negative Ions?

The definition of a negative ion is an electrically charged atom, or cluster of atoms, formed by gaining one or more electrons. The number of protons in the atom does not change but the extra electrons gives it a negative charge.

Negatively charged ions, also known scientifically as anions, are the opposite of positive ions and they have directly the opposite effect on your health, mood and energy levels when you are exposed to them.

Negative ions in the air have a strong negative charge. Due to this nature, they are statically attracted to airborne particles like dust, mold spores, pet dander and other floating pollutants and potential allergens.

By attaching to these pollutants and allergens they give them a negative charge and, rather than drifting in the air, they are grounded and fall to the floor or nearest surface.

Even bacteria and viruses circling in the air of your home can be cleared by negatively charged ions attaching to them and removing them from the air your breathe.

Medical and scientific researchers do not use terms like “negative energy”, however, they are confirming the cleansing properties of smudging. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology demonstrated that the smoke from burning sage -what the authors of the study call “medicinal smoke”- is able “to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.[1]

From a scientific perspective, medicinal smoke is believed to release negative ions which bind to positively ionized particles like bacteria, viruses, mold spores, pet dander and other allergens, dust, and other hazardous particulates.  I would like to add here that indigenous cultures attempt to explain this negative ion phenomena through non-physical explanations that appeals to spiritual mythologies. I love myths and story-telling that can be tied or expounded upon by the facts of science.

The Scientific and Alchemical Benefit of Smudging

Kills Bacteria and Germs. The same study quoted above discusses the remarkable ability of sage as a tool for clearing bacteria and other pathogens from the respiratory tract and skin as a pulmonary and dermatological antimicrobial agent. For this reason, I smudge as a way to clear pathogens from the air in my home and surroundings.

Natural antidepressant. The negative ions present in medicinal smoke has another fascinating benefit: it balances mood and dispels depression (as well or better than pharmaceutical antidepressants, according to some data).[2]

A research engineer named Dr. Clarence Hansell first stumbled upon the benefits of negative ions in the 1930s. The negative-ion-charged air that some of his equipment produced led to such a dramatic mood boost in his coworkers that he decided to investigate further. A study in 1976 demonstrated that negative ions can balance levels of serotonin, which we now know has at least an indirect effect on the maintenance of mood and energy levels. The study cited above followed in the 1990s, and now negative ion therapy is finally gaining traction as a treatment modality for depression.

Improved sleep and performance. Due to its ability to modulate serotonin, the negative air ions (NAI) in smudging smoke provide a range of other benefits, as well. In 2013, a team of Italian researchers sought to delve deeper into the positive effects of NAI. Their analysis confirmed that NAI treatment works on par with antidepressants for mood disorders, and also observed that negative ions balance sleep patterns, promote restfulness, and improve physical performance.[3]

How do you cleanse your house with white sage?


I prefer to cleanse my home weekly on Sundays, which is also the day associated to Archangel Michael. I begin the day by cleaning the interior of my home. Upon completing the physical cleaning and organization of my home, I welcome Archangel Micheal and his healing and protective energy into my home, as well as a sense of gratitude for all that I have and soon to gain. I then proceed to burn the sage leaves, giving thanks to the leaves for her healing properties, to me, this act of gratitude is received by the spirit of the white sage as she discharges its energy of clearing and protection in the air around me and onto the items I intend to clear or cleanse. 

As the smoke transfers through the area or over an item, the smoke joins itself to any thick, negative energy that is inside the object, space or being. When the smoke is cleared, the spirit of this plant transports the negative energy back to the spiritual light, and leaves my space or the items cleared.

Immediately after clearing, I welcome the energy or frequency of Love, Discernment, Abundance, Joy, and whatever high vibration energy  to fill the spaces that were cleared. For me, this is the alchemical process of transferring a negative into neutral to a positive.

P.S. White sage is wonderful, but it’s not the only option when it Spiritual Cleansing Sessionscomes to smudging and energetically clearing your home! Cedar, wild sage, palo santo-another staple of mine-, juniper, sandalwood, and others are wonderful choices to cleanse, purify and raise the vibration of your home, objects, or even yourself!

Or if you don’t enjoy the smoke from sage smudging… Essential Oils are a wonderful way to cleanse and uplift the energy of your home as well!




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You Are Wombxxn

In society, we are taught from a young age to grow up and be the perfect woman. We are expected to do it all and if we can’t do it all, there is something wrong with us. We are taught that everything in the world is limited – finances, jobs, men, love, promotions, etc. We are told that sex is the only weapon we have to ensure we get what we want. We are told self-sacrifice is a noble act. We are told that a woman’s worth depends on who she marries, where she lives, the size of the rock on her finger, the children she bears, the car she drives, where she shops, the champagne she drinks, and of course, her dress size. We are taught the art of self-comparison – who’s the hottest, who’s the sexiest, who’s the smartest, who’s the thinnest – which slowly begins to chip away at our self-confidence.

We are taught the ways of powerlessness, not power.

As women we are learning to stand in our own power, not to dominate or control, but to be all of who we are. Authentic power is about cultivating your innate divine qualities that affirm your life, your identity and your well-being. It is all a Process, don’t fight against yours. Step into your High Value Femininity and attract, better yet flow into all that you desire

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This Post Has The Answer to Your Prayers 🚨

Great Rising! Set your day with the intent to succeed, complete, and accomplish. We are responsible for our own happiness, love, and esteem. Be the person you always wanted! Care for yourself, love your self and nurture yourself. You are the answers to your prayers. Be It!

My Experience with Spiritually Grounding

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Everyone needs to be grounded, and no one more so than a person who is seeking spiritual growth. When you meditate, your personal energy field—your spirit/aura—expands. Opening you ti receive more from the Divine. Think of a tree. The bigger the top branches, the deeper and stronger the roots need to be, otherwise the tree will topple over.

When you meditate, you receive abundant wisdom and energy. We’ll talk more about meditation in another post…

When you are grounded, you are aware of what’s happening in the moment. You are energetically connected to the earth, your body, and your mind. Your feet feel the ground beneath them. You sense a physical and energetic connection between all of your body parts: your head feels connected to your neck, your neck feels connected to your torso, and so on. When properly grounded, you can more easily handle emotional issues—your own or someone else’s—with self-possession and awareness. You feel focused on this reality and in touch with your feelings and thoughts in relationship to this reality. The energy movement of grounding is downward to the earth, not upward out of your body. When you are ungrounded you cannot live your life to the fullest, let alone be a healthy.

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How Do You Love 💕

No one can love you if you do not love yourself. Where have you lacked compassion and love towards yourself. You give so much or all to relationships, friends, family, jobs…what do you have for yourself? Placing yourself first in love says that you value yourself and your time. Do not allow anyone to “make” you feel you must compromise your worth or value. Speak up for what you want and do for you the way you would want someone else to do for you. YOU ARE WORTHY!

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Xoxo Tahiry

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Get Out Of Your Head

Releasing from that head space and leaping into our heart space is the most liberating, beautiful, and exhilarating step you can do on your self development journey. We all in some way have constant chatter of thoughts that are limiting, loathing, criticla, insecure, judgemental, or empathetic in a way of blaming someone else for how we are feeling. We learn this through childhood conditioning or learned these responses to challenges and adversities. Living in your head space means your self image/worth/value is determined by what others think of you; therefore it’s constantly changing to adapt to other’s opinions of you. This can be limiting or constraining and is not the truth of who you are. Truth is not limiting, it sets you free!

Living from the heart space is about acknowledging and allowing yourself to feel your feelings to understand them and express yourself safely and openly. It’s about being aware and aligned with who you are so that you can create and express the truth of your desires and expression. Stop and ask yourself “How do I feel about this?” Our feelings indicate what’s moving or motivating us and is played out in our body. For example, if you are feeling anxious. Feel for the anxiety in your body. °Where is it

°If it were a color what color would it be

°And then give it a name to describe it

Doing this create ways to understand your feelings and allows you to better decipher what they are telling you.

Acceptance is the foundation of growth and self improvement. Don’t judge yourself, allow yourself to be. Honor and Celebrate You!

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Heart and Mind Connection: Personal Journey of Heart Chakra Healing

The Internal War

When I started my Spiritual path I wasn’t fully aware of the voices that perpetuated my internal dialogue. However, I was aware of a strong distinct voice; and most often that voice didn’t sound very nice. The voice spoke through remarks, judgements and observations that undermine me and created space for me to halt from growing and experiencing my true Self.

It was not until I started to bring awareness to what the voice was telling me, did I really begin to understand how it was telling me what it was telling me. Whoa, that was a mouthful, allow me to explain.

In my childhood, I was harshly judged by my parents about my body, character, and intelligence. I bought into it’s dialogue thinking it was the truth of who I am. I became overly concerned about how I looked or how my body moved, my speech, and my ability to articulate clearly. So much so that I would still trip over my words or become fearful of speaking up because I felt no one would understand or care to listen. I reinforced the negative self talk that my loving parents set the ground work on.

Yet, I persisted.

When I started a process of self inquiry I realized that this is not how I would want to speak to anyone, so why do I speak to myself this way? I began to gain awareness of how I wanted to be spoken to and how I speak to myself; I consciously decided to change how I choose to speak to myself. If how I was speaking to myself wasn’t empowering, loving and supportive, then it wasn’t the truth of who I am. What helped lead to this path was the practice of meditation. I learned to sit with my thoughts and “people watch” them; remaining fully emotionally detached from the thoughts and allow them to unfold. This was a very difficult process in the beginning.

I can not count how many times I would break down and cry and re-experience the feelings and emotions of those thoughts carried. Yet, I persisted.

I can honestly say that after allowing these thoughts to unfold, I was clearly able to see where and who those thoughts came from. Many of them were not my own authentic thoughts. I learned that I allowed other people’s thoughts and feelings to become imparted on me. My mentor at the time taught me to thank them, the thoughts, and release them to the ethers for they were no longer needed. I eventually got to a point in my meditations were I could hear clearly my OWN voice. This was the beginning of writing my story after I cleared the space. I was able to tap into my own heart space and feel love for myself. I saw my self and had so much compassion for her.

Releasing yourself from your head space and leaping into your heart space is the most beautiful, exhilarating and freeing step you can take on your self development journey.

What does living in your head space mean?

For me this meant living with the constant chatter of thoughts that were limiting, loathing, critical, denying, worrisome, insecure, projecting fear or judgement. I would constantly blame someone else for how I was feeling. This was learned from learned childhood conditioning and learned responses to challenges and adversities. Our habitual patterns of how we respond, interpret, react and perceive the world in relationship to our viewpoint of who we are.

Living in your head space allowed me determine my image by what others think of me; therefore it is constantly changing to adapt to other peoples’ opinions. I was completely blocking or overthinking myself away from my own Authenticity

Your Truth is Your Authentic Worth

when your sense of Self is made up of all the things others have told you in regards to who THEY think you are and who you are not, is very limiting and constraining as you try to mold yourself into an image that others will like. If it feels constraining or limiting then it’s not the truth of who you are because the truth is not limiting that’s why it sets you free.

What does living in your heart space mean?

An inner knowing. A knowing that cannot be explained, but felt. You feel light, free, expansive and alive. You don’t question why you are doing what you are doing, but you feel pulled to do it. Living from your heart space means listening to your feelings and understanding what they are telling you. It feels just right and aligned to who you are. It feels authentic.

Heart energy is always loving, supportive and empowering. When we live from our heart space we are self compassionate. True healing is in total acceptance of who we are. As acceptance becomes the foundation for our growth and self improvement, we no longer judge or condemn our Being. Instead, we begin to honor and celebrate it. What you celebrate you honor.

So ask yourself: How can I celebrate myself? How can I honor myself? In celebrating and honoring myself I live from my heart space.



Birthing The Warrior and The Magi

We have all weak points, or areas in our lives that perceive to be weak. Since my inner initiation to the Mother, I have found passion and compassion to all the things that I have and have achieved; even to those things I felt I lost or have yet to achieve. I have a feeling of feeling complete. I live from my inspirations and desires; by just being me.

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I have been birthed into a Warrior where my past does not haunt me anymore. Those are my strengths thanks to the wealth of experience I acquired. My scars are my visual marks of strength and fortitude. I wear them proudly, and feel honored to have them. They remind me from whence I came and affirms to where I am going. I am the Best, my past does not define me, it affirms my growth.

This has also shown me that I am the Magi, or Magician. I have all the tools to create and recreate from the space of abundance. I see so much that I do have when  I look through the lens of gratitude. This has materialized so many opportunities to gain and acquire more. I feel unbound, breaker of chains of self-criticism and self-limitations. In relation to the Full Moon In Capricorn Lunar Eclipse, I cannot help but to see how this energy is a washing away of all the structures that I once held in life that no longer serves me and my growth; but also a nourishing for the newly birthed self.


I am so thankful and grateful for this journey of life. I am continually unlocking the Mystery (My-Story) of myself. There is so much I can share about the past, however the future is right in front of me and completely known yet unknown. I look forward to more to come; for I am the Warrior and the Magi.



How I found myself in The Maiden, The Mother, & The Crone

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The Maiden, the Mother and, the Crone:

I was first introduced to this concept when I began my Goddess journey back in 2014. At that time it felt so revealing of me on my own journey as a woman and womanhood. This concept started to add pieces of what I believed was missing in my experience and ability to maneuver in life.

I wasn’t new to the idea archetypes but I was new to the notion of implementing archetypes in my life and thus seeing myself in one or all three. Awakening the Divine Feminine lead me into my own journey of self discovery and self realization. I immediately saw where I fit in the different archetypes and I fully intended in mastering myself in each one. I felt fluid between the maiden and the mother, it wasn’t until as of recently of last week that I really felt the embodiment of Mother archetype.

Just to give a brief introduction to these archetypes from my perspective:

Maiden is the phase of womanhood/femininity where she is realizing her creatrix/creative/sexual energy. This is the phase of apprenticeship; many mistakes and lessons during this phase. It is the tapping into the potency of attraction and manifestation.

Mother is the accountability of creative/sexual energy. She has mastered her ability and consciously creates, destroys, and rebuild. She activates within her own power and embodies the teacher and caregiver to her creations.

Crone is the most potent and powerful of all. She rests in her knowing and is the epitome of the right application of knowledge, i.e wisdom, that the Maiden and Mother can hope for and achieve with discipline and persistence. She is the Grand-Mother. She is the representation of gains and loss. In this phase she may lose a lot; but her gains for more greater than any loss. She is the bridge between the waking and dream world.

My Experience As Maiden and Mother

I can honestly say that I left my maidenhood just a few days short before last week. For me there was much difficulty in this phase in life because I felt like I did not have the proper guidance to be an apprentice. I maneuvered my maidenhood slightly foolishly, as anyone would given the circumstances. Fortunately, I was a little more wiser than my peers and I still made very good choices despite some haughty decisions.

During my maiden phase I became a mother, I honestly believed that I naturally fell into the archetype of Mother because I birthed children, nurtured and cared for them. I was married, in my career field, bought a house, and drove a nice car. I felt that was all I needed to be Mother. It was not until the last year and a half, while coming to the end of my Saturn Return that I came into the full realization of accountability in my life, present, past, and future. My maidenhood was a seesaw of depression, some deep-seated, and anxiety, sometimes so bad I would not sleep for days.

I was completely unsure of myself, my life path, and my relationships with work and family. It wasn’t until my encounter with the Goddess Kali that I fully understood or coming to understand what my life was like and where I was or wanted to be. I will share more on this encounter along with my Saturn Return at a later post. After Saturn left my sign, I thought now I had graduated to the next phase. I realized what I needed to see and now I have arrived. I found out soon that it did not work like that. Immediately I experienced what is called in the Tarot, a Tower moment in life. Just as I was becoming into more of what I thought I knew, literally everything fell apart. My marriage, my career, my finances they all were stricken by the Tower. At that point I was in complete reset mode.

Like I shared earlier, it wasn’t until last week that I felt the initiation of the shift the awakening of my cells into my mother archetype. I shared on my Youtube video  of the Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse, how everything is happening for you. And in retrospect, not only do I see it, I feel it too. I have been a practitioner of the Tantric Arts for a little over three years now; coming into my fourth year, I feel stability and expansion in my own personal power. As aforementioned, the mother archetype has little to do with birthing physical children but has everything to do with honing and owning your creative power and being accountable with how you use it.


Knowing how to properly harness it express it and maneuver freely in it is what make you embody the archetype of the mother. Just a few weeks before the Cancer New Moon, my cycle was a little over six days late. I was confused to why this was and the several nights I kept having dreams pregnancy related dreams; one I was actually giving birth. Its funny how you can know better, but not actually know better. My dream was speaking straight up to me.

I decided to take a pregnancy test; prior to buying the pregnancy test my spirit was already telling me you’re with child but not with child. I could hear my Inner Voice speaking to me but I still was listening to my outer Voice to drive me to the pharmacy and buy several pregnancy tests, which all came back negative. The point I’m making is, I was pregnant but not in a physical sense, I was with a child and I was the child. I was the mother looking at the child (or new version) of me and nurturing her loving her affirming her and reminding her of her power.

I saw in what felt like a vision or premonition, I was telling this new me that everything that happens in her life was because she chose it and that she too can choose another life. At that moment I took responsibility for everything that took place in my life and soon to take place in my life. I accepted to be accountable of my own life.  I took ownership of my experiences of my knowledge and my wisdom. I felt responsible to myself and for I had to say, teach, or share.

and there was my graduation into my initiation.

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