Smudging fans are for fanning the smoke from your purifying smudge stick into every nook and cranny of your home or sacred space.
As with all my magickal tools, creating a smudging fan is done in a loving and respectful way. Most of my smudging fans are created using naturally shed feathers from pet and domestic birds such as budgerigars, macaws, cockatoos, chickens, guinea fowl and pheasants etc.
Sometimes birds come to me and my family in their last hours or go into the spirit world somewhere close to me. I feel this is so that their medicine, their mystical essence, can live on through becoming a Blessed Branch. The bird is blessed and cleansed, then after removing the wing and/or feathers, we return the body to the earth, along with crystals, seashells and much love. We sing a song and say some words.
It’s not just birds we do this with. We have found sea turtle bones and thank the great turtle for his powerful gifts. Snail shells from land and sea, black beetles with their glistening shell, stick insects, cicada wings get dropped at our back door, snake and spider skins… all these magickal gifts come to us with no effort. We do not seek them out, if anything I feel they seek us – a family who cares and has a respect for all creatures living and dead.
All my magical tools are handmade with love and my only wish is for them to be used to create much magic and millions of miracles.