Post by spookymuffin on Nov 12, 2013 19:20:17 GMT -8
I use tobacco infrequently within ritual though based on my work with the tobacco spirit and other sacred plants, I have my own ideas about why it is sacred to so many traditions. The spirit itself has an energy that facilitates communication between the worlds; I often get a sensation of space and passage when I make contact with it. The effects of tobacco also set it apart from other plants so that alone seems like a good reason to regard it highly.
I don't smoke tobacco myself anymore (sigh, I miss it sometimes) though it's a usual offering for my ancestors and Santa Muerte. They all seem to regard it as a luxury, as a way to relax and feel satisfied. It's kind of awesome how much the spirits and powers here like tobacco.
I use pipe tobacco as an offering to the ancestors, usually sprinkled around the wick of the candle I'm burning for them at the time. I also occasionally smoke a pipe and offer the smoke up to the ancestors or the spirits of the land. On the solstices I usually smoke a cigar and offer the smoke to the spirits of the land and Hermes even though he isn't usually involved with my devotions.
As an example, on Halloween night I stood vigil over the property until midnight (the heavy rains that had been happening for the past twenty or so minutes I figured drove any human trouble makers indoors by then) and I smoked a pipe in honor of those ancestors standing the watch with me. I also refilled and left the pipe for them beside the plate of food and glass of wine left out for them and the fae folk before going inside for the night.