Many people think of the new year as a blank slate. It is a time to draw a line under everything that happened previously and to start again. It is an optimistic time where motivation is high and anything is possible, so why not work this feeling into a cleansing ritual?
When humans first gained control of fire they threw a handful of aromatic herbs into the flames and created an atmosphere ripe with magick. This same plant magick is still being used as medicinal tools in smoke, tea and drugs over 50,000 years later.