Healing Charcoal is one of Strega Tree Apothecary’s strongest medicines to cleanse, heal, extract and metabolize negativity, toxins, poisons, ancestral trauma and karma. It works on the physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies of humans as well as the earth. It is also an activator. It is filled with prayers to and from the particular power of each of the 5 elements : Fire, water, earth, mountain, nature.
Healing Charcoal is made through a long and laborious ritual. It is one of the highly precious and sacred medicines offered to us by the trees.
The image here shows it after it has been ground into a powder. Do not use metal to store, cut or grind your Healing Charcoal. We will send it to you in chunks that you may grind yourself. Sometimes it is nice to use the chunks to draw or write with or as an applicator.
There are many gifts that come through a Dagara stick divination, but for the majority of my clients, I would say that the most important part is finding a connection to one’s ancestors. The majority of us are of mixed heritages. We barely know the stories of those who came before us, their triumphs, their hardships. What remains even more hidden, are the medicine or craft traditions. These gifts either went underground due to persecution, or were completely shut down so that the ancestors could fit in to new lands and new communities.
This is the season for the Remembering. Samhain time. The Day of the Dead. Why, you may ask, do we need to honor the ancestors? To live this life in balance in this world, we must be in gratitude. We would not be here if it were not for our parents, grandparents and the greats before them. Many people are challenged with this concept of gratitude when there is a history of abuse or negative patterns in the lineage. Rightly so. It is a difficult journey to find gratitude towards an oppressive character. But much healing can come from the clearing work involved in discovering gratitude. If we do the work of healing a lineage, we can clear it forwards for our children, laterally for our siblings and cousins, and even backwards for the ancestors themselves. We hold the energetics in our bodies of the traumas that affected our ancestors or were afflicted by our ancestors. The memory persists until it is acknowledged and transmuted. So how do we transmute ancestral trauma? With offerings.
If you feel yourself to be a medicine person but have not found your path or lineage and don’t know what to do, trust that you will eventually be guided to a path that teaches you skills and leads to an initiation of some sort through which you will develop your own particular kind of medicine work. However, you do not need to be initiated to do most of the work and rituals described on this website.One thing many people who are just beginning to do this kind of spirit work ask me is “What are the most common offerings made to the spiritual dimensions?” Below is a list of the top 5 from the divination system of the Dagara people from Burkina Faso that I am initiated into.