- Incense - Virtues & Properties
Originally, what is called "incense" is a resin called "Frankincense", which is taken from a shrub in Ethiopia called "Boswalia Carteri". This resin has been revered since antiquity, when it was burned to honor the gods.
Today, the term "incense" designates all the resins that are burned to create a particular atmosphere.
Like candles, incense uses its powers through the law of correspondence.
Frankincense therefore belongs to the vegetable kingdom. The power of incense comes from the fact that each scent "vibrates" on a certain "frequency", and by breathing it, changes the vibration and frequency of our own body. As a reminder, the "vibration" of negatively charged electrons, grouped around a positively charged nucleus, form matter.
These electrons orbit the nucleus because they are in perpetual motion, although to our limited senses matter appears solid and static.
This "waltz" of electrons, this continual movement, is called "vibration" and the material resulting from a certain assembly can be a piece of meat as well as a color or a perfume.
The "frequency" is the speed or the slowness of this dance, it is the rhythm; like a measure, it marks the movement. The faster the measurement and the more the "matter" disintegrates in our eyes, the less visible and dense it is; the slower the movement, the more the matter is what we call such: the palpable, visible, audible and odoriferous density.
Magical Uses: This expensive gum is used as an offering to the deities or to the Cosmic Force. It carries prayers and amplifies meditation. It also has the property of strengthening and stimulating love. Promotes passion, sensuality and virility. It is common to place a little amber on the altar, or on your items as this amplifies the magical vibrations.
Widely used for the consecration of talisman and symbols.
Customs: Orientals use star anise a lot to cure colic and rheumatism. In Japan, star anise peels are used as incense. Magical Uses: Star anise is known to develop psychic awareness.
It is also used in rituals of luck and prosperity.
Customs: Benzoin was used by medicine thanks to its antiseptic and healing properties.
Magical Uses: Benzoin is an excellent purifier and is often used as a base in incense blends. Plus, used with basil and cinnamon, it attracts prosperity.
Origin: India, Pacific Islands, Customs: Used as an incense component for 4000 years. Sandalwood has long been used by the Chinese. In India, some temples were built of sandalwood. It seems that the smell still emanates there today. In addition, in Hawaii, some homes were built with sandalwood beams.
The Egyptians imported it for use in medicine and in the practice of embalming. Buddhism considers it to be one of the three integral incenses with Agarwood and clove.
Magical Uses: We discovered thousands of years ago that the scent of sandalwood inspires spirituality. It prepares very well for rituals of all kinds.
Sandalwood is also sometimes used when a person is suffering from sexual dysfunction as it is reputed to be an aphrodisiac. In Asia, some esoteric shops sell small sandalwood animals for use in the home. Sandalwood, often used in this way, is excellent for making an offering to deities.
Customs: Camphor trees were used to protect the doors of Buddhist and Taoist temples. Also, it would seem, that in the past, people breathed it to stop sexual ardor. Magical Uses: Another purifying incense used in a lot of mixing.
It is often used for self-consecration / purification and it increases concentration during psychic exercises. Also, it increases physical vitality.
Magical Uses: Cinnamon is often used in incense blends intended for prosperity, money, and success. In addition, it increases the spiritual vibrations of people and increases physical energy.
It is also used in the rituals of seduction.
Origin: Quebec, Canada
Customs: In the past, cedar from Lebanon was very expensive and now it has become rather rare. It was widely used in the Mesopotamian region and by some Native American tribes. Magical Uses: Cedar wood is great for keeping valuable items. It is customary to see cedar chests in mansions. Why not continue the tradition by storing your magic tools in a cedar chest?
The Canadian cedar, also called the Tree of Peace, has a perfect balance of male and female polarities. It helps us achieve this balance.
It is an excellent purifier and it attracts money without a bad conscience.
It predisposes to prayer, serenity and calm. Burn some cedar and visualize that you are in control of your life, serenely.
Customs: Champa is used in India during ceremonies taking place in temples and during meditations in ashrams.
Magical Uses: Its mystical and transcendent scent provides access to the Supreme Source and is excellent for meditation and relaxation. Champa purifies, soothes and uplifts the spirit.
When burned, the champa leaves a pronounced smell of freshness.
Origin: South America
Customs: Formerly used by the Mayans, Aztecs and some peoples of North America, copal is popular today for spiritual purposes. Mexicans burn it in their homes to purify and protect.
Magical uses: Its fragrance, more subtle than frankincense, makes it ideal for personal consecrations.
Used to purify oneself during depression and negative thoughts. Useful for purifying crystals and stones before charging them. Also, it encourages spirituality.
Magical Uses: Besides being used for healing, its symbol of longevity ensures a life filled with love and peace.
This incense is often used during the reconciliation rituals of couples and to attract love.
Origin: American Southwest
Customs: Juniper berries were burned for gods and goddesses among the Sumerians and Babylonians of ancient times. The Egyptians also incorporated them in their incense blends. They were associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar. They are widely used in Tibet and in some Native American tribes.
Magical Uses: Among Native Americans, it is believed that burning juniper with cedar, sage, and sweet grass purifies the mood in a place, around an object, or a person's energy. Juniper is also used to remember dreams and to purify places where we sleep.
Parts used: Resin (gum from acacia)
Customs: Gum arabic is certainly the oldest and best known of all gums. The Egyptians knew it under the name of kami and would have used it as of the third dynasty (2650 av JC) to ensure the cohesion of the bandages of mummies. This eraser could also have been used to fix the pigments of hieroglyphic paintings. Without going so far back, it is possible to state without error that gum arabic has been known since the beginning of the historical era.
Magical Uses: It neutralizes negative waves and allows positive energies to manifest in a place.
Customs: In China, the aroma of jasmine is used to facilitate childbirth. Jasmine is often associated with femininity, due to its fragrance, and has often been used for love rituals. Magical Uses: The scent of jasmine influences our emotions, which makes it very suitable for use in love rituals.
Visualize, with the help of jasmine incense, that you find love and surrender to the magic of jasmine. Also used to arouse sexual desire and to ward off frigidity disorders. Jasmine incense also helps relax the mind and body. Helps ward off depression. In addition, this incense is very effective for work in the field of dreaming.
Customs: It seems that the scent of lavender calms lions and tigers. During the time of the Greek and Roman Empires, lavender was burnt as an offering to the deities. Magical Uses: Lavender is excellent for harmony and relaxation.
It is also used in magic during love and clairvoyance rituals. Plus, lavender helps people who have trouble sleeping and depression.
Customs: Myrrh has been used in magic and religion for 4000 years. Formerly, the shrubs from which myrrh comes were called "balsam" and the sweet scent of this juice was so penetrating that the Israelites and the Greeks preferred it to Incense.
In Egypt, she was burned to honor Isis and to accompany the process of mummification.
Magical uses: It protects against evil spirits and purifies places. It creates an atmosphere of peace.
It is also used in fumigations for healing and meditation. It is a universal perfume for the rites of worship and it is used particularly for the rites of praise. Myrrh awakens in us a spiritual consciousness on a daily basis. It develops contemplation.
Myrrh amplifies the properties of the plants and resins with which it is mixed.
Customs: Oliban has more than 3000 years of magical and religious utility. The Egyptians burned Oliban in honor of Ra, the sun. It is widely used in incense mixes in Catholic churches.
Magical Uses: One of the most widely used basic incense and a very powerful purifier, like sage. Used to drive out negative energies and to perform consecrations of all kinds. It develops spiritual consciousness and is the incense par excellence for any magical work: it relaxes and enables the practitioner to perform magic, to communicate with the divine. It is also ideal for expressing love for the deities.
It amplifies the other elements constituting a mixture of incense and is used as essential incense. Recommended for anyone who is faced with a seemingly unresolvable problem.
Customs: In India, it is used to ensure male fertility.
Magical Uses: It is common to use patchouli in rituals to attract money and prosperity.
It is also used very frequently in rituals aimed at arousing sexual desire and seduction. Often used in incense mixtures intended for love.
Customs: Ancient fertility rituals used resin and pine needles. The Japanese have a custom of hanging a branch of coniferous pine to ensure harmony and peace in a home.
Magical uses: It enters into the composition of incense intended for ferti