Creative Capers 1: Smudge feather fan

Over the past couple of days I’ve had fun creating a feather smudge wand and altering some of my stone pendants.

I have been meaning to create a wand with feathers to use for smudging sage smoke but the day before yesterday felt a real urge to go out for a walk, stepped out of our apartment building and there, on the field facing our parking area, was exactly the right stick and it had fallen off the hawthorn tree. So I grabbed that, continued my walk around our apartment block and, by the time I’d got home, the wood had separate into two, with one being just right for creating my wand.

I had fiddled with the feathers a few times and nothing worked out quite right, but when I decided to work with the end of the stick which had a few thin twigs everything fell into place really fast, as the twigs made a cradle for the feathers. The wand is created from feathers I’ve collected over the years:

* Crow feathers for deep insight and inspiration, for opening to the sacred and hidden depths;

* Kookaburra feathers for sharp vision and ability to retain a sense of humour, of the absurd and to keep my feet on the ground;

* Rainbow lorikeet feathers to remind me of the vast array of treasures available to us here on Mother Earth.

I have white sage in the garden so, when the weather’s cleared up a bit and the leaves have dried out, I’m going to cut quite a few leaves to make smudge sticks.

Smudge wand

4 thoughts on “Creative Capers 1: Smudge feather fan

  1. That’s beautiful! Love it on that pink background. I never knew that you use feathers for smudging. Not that I have yet, but I’ve been meaning to do a sage smudge just for some good vibes. How do you make a smudger?

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    • Jo – I didn’t quite know what to call this because I use the feathers to blow the smudge smoke around. For smudge sticks, you get a whole heap of sage or lavender leaves into a largish bundle, then wind them tightly with string, and wait until the leaves are dry before you use them. They generally smoulder and then I waft them around with the wand (for want of a better word!).

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    • I’m very lucky that I saw all three birds in their natural habitats, they’re really beautiful (although the cackling of the kookaburras at 5am can drive you a bit bonkers). All these feathers were collected from where they’d been dropped by the bird – my husband knows i like feathers and often brings them home for me.

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