“Cardinal Directions” Mix
“Cardinal Directions” Mix
“Cardinal Directions” Mix
“Cardinal Directions” Mix
“Cardinal Directions” Mix

“Cardinal Directions” Mix

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These fab packs have been made in Colorado, containing ready mixed herbs for calling on the Cardinal Points. As part of the Lakota culture, when people pray or do anything sacred, they see the world as having Four Directions. From these Four Directions — west, north, east, south — come the four winds. Traditionally tobacco is used, but due to requiring a license to sell tobacco this is substituted for sage flower. The pack contains loose incense/herbs of juniper, sage, sage flower and sweetgrass. For those who call on the Cardinal directions during your ritual or spell work, this makes a fine smudge incense to light , or indeed as most of us know each cardinal direction honours an element so may also be used for this purpose too.

In the tradition of the neo-pagan Order of the Golden Dawn, watchtowers or guardians were utilised in ceremonies, rituals, spells and rites, marking the spirits of the four Cardinal points (or quarters), which are also associated with the four classical elements. Although utilised in Wicca, these watchtowers have been used historically; for example in archaic Roman religion, small towers were built at the crossroads, and an altar was set before them upon which offerings were given to nature spirits. Guardian spirits known as Lares had association with these towers, offering demarcation points and those of the agricultural seasons. Links too can be found to the Grigio of Italian Witchcraft, the Enochians and Hermetic practices.

I’ve popped some information below about the Native American Medicine Wheel Points, along with the pagan attributes,  just to help guide you. 

West (Black) - Sage - Water - Permanence, Purification, Meditation, Healing, Prophecy

To the west, the sun sets, and the day ends. For this reason, west signifies the end of life. As Black Elk says, “… toward the setting sun of his life.” The great Thunderbird lives in the west and sends thunder and rain from its direction. For this reason, the west is also the source of water: rain, lakes, streams and rivers. Nothing can live without water, so the west is vital. 

North (Red) - Cedar - Earth - Prosperity, Fertility, Healing

North brings the cold, harsh winds of the winter season. These winds are cleansing. They cause the leaves to fall and the earth to rest under a blanket of snow. If someone has the ability to face these winds like the buffalo with its head into the storm, they have learned patience and endurance. Generally, this direction stands for hardships and discomfort. Therefore, north represents the trials people must endure and the cleansing they must undergo.

East (Yellow) - Sage Flower - Air - Communication, Wisdom, Psychic Endeavours, Mental Prowess

The direction from which the sun comes. Light dawns in the morning and spreads over the earth. This is the beginning of a new day. It is also the beginning of understanding because light helps us see things the way they really are. On a deeper level, east stands for the wisdom helping people live good lives. Traditional people rise in the morning to pray facing the dawn, asking God for wisdom and understanding.

South (White) - Sweetgrass - Fire - Action, Courage, Strength, Exorcism, Health

Because the southern sky is when the sun is at its highest, this direction stands for warmth and growing. The sun's rays are powerful in drawing life from the earth. It is said the life of all things comes from the south. Also, warm and pleasant winds come from the south. When people pass into the spirit world, they travel the Milky Way's path back to the south — returning from where they came.