I believe it is important to acknowledge life’s blessings and give offerings of thanks. Now were as spirit may like your sage your ancestor may dislike them and love some beer or tobacco instead. Garden spirits often will specifically ask for things they don’t already have in the yard like bake goods.
Make a connection
So if you have strong feelings about what offerings you want to give it is most likely what they are telling you to bring. Go with your intuition.
General Offering Notes
- My family burned candles, told family stories, and more as gifts to spirits and ancestors.
- Herbs you grow can be great offerings, both burned and otherwise. Culinary sage is wonderful and effective when burned.
- An offering can consist of planting flowers, trees and fruits trees and vegetables.
- I find that some spirits like alcohol, but this may not be your experience. I’ve hung bells, chimes,
- I take care of the nature around my home, by feeding the birds and other animals.
Offerings of earth
Planting trees, herbs, and other plants work as earth offerings.
Offerings of air
Flags, windsocks, incense, and herbs. You can write your offering, poems, or what you are grateful for that you get from the air and say thanks. On a thick paper wind ‘sail’ attached to a bell clapper, this way your intent goes out with the ringing of the bell with each gust of wind .
Offerings of fire
You can offer candles outside using very sturdy enclosed lanterns. Or LED candles can be used in windy conditions or in situations where an open flame isn’t advised. Burning herbs. You can write your intentions/offerings to the element and why you are grateful, and say thanks. then you may burn it.
Offerings of water
You can use your moon water and water from rivers or wells. You can collect rain or irrigation water.
Offerings of spirit
Words or prayers of gratitude, regular spiritual practice, meditation and I like to offer tobacco and marijuana.
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