I would like to cleanse my house with sage and I have never used sage before. I would also like to eventually use sage to cleanse my tarot cards as well. How do you use sage?
Usually cleansing with Sage refers to White Sage from North America which is pleasant when burned but other Sage can be used too. Usually the sage is bundled into a long cigar shape with different coloured thread. Red is very common colour of thread.
The end is set alight (over a dish to catch the ash) then allowed to smoulder. The smoke is used to cleanse by fanning it or passing things through the smoke. Giving thanks to the Sage for it's help is usual too.
Cleansing with sage originally comes from the 1st Nation people of North America but other herbs, woods and resins with aromatic qualities have been used as incense all over the world in different ways as both cleansing, healing and sacred offerings.
Your intention (prayer) combined with recognition of this powerful and generous plant spirit should be all that is needed.
Was there something in particular you felt needed cleansing or removing?