Magical Incense Mixtures
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Angels Delight. This beautiful mixture is filled with the richness of aromas which helped cultivate spirituality, healing and visual powers in the ancient civilizations of the Middle East and Africa. Traditionally, the ingredients in the mixture were used to help establish contact with Angelic Beings. Evidence of this can be found in the Old Testament from 2000 years ago where Moses was given instructions as to what to burn in order to fulfill God's request. The mixture aids in meditation and can be burned for psychic and clairvoyant development.
Incense of Kings. Governed by the Sun and element of Fire, Frankincense is one of the most sacred resins which has a history associated with the birth of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. Frankincense and Myrrh were offered as gifts from the three wise men in the birth story because of its value. The resin was worth as much then as gold is today. There are incense burning traditions in all Eastern and African cultures throughout the world which speak about the many healing and cleansing-purifying properties the resin from the tree has. In fact, it is often called the Incense of Kings. Today, Frankincense is traditionally burned in both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches at Christmas and also at funerals and other important festival times. The special qualities associated with the resin are purification and lifting the consciousness onto a Higher plane of awareness which are accompanied by prayer and meditation,
Wisdom of the Goddess. The sensuality of the feminine is captured in the essence of Myrrh resin. The Commiphora tree like the Frankincense bush, grows in the eastern and African cultures. The sacred aspect of the feminine is governed by the planet Saturn and the Earth element. Myrrh is excellent to burn for fertility rituals and spiritual work, and is also used for calming a tense nervous system. In a similar way to its male counterpart, Myrrh is widely used in churches and at major festival times. The resin represents the sensuality of the earth and has the calming qualities often found in Motherhood. However, please note that the resin should not be burned if you feeling down or suffering with depression. The Frankincense mixture might be better to burn in such instances.
Sufi Mystic Incense. Sufism is the Mystical aspect of Islam. From the 6th century until the present time, Sufi poets, mystics and dancers have burned these traditional ingredients as a way of expressing the celebration of life. Rhythmic chanting, singing and dancing in addition to burning incense has been one of the primary functions of inducing a state of trance and altering the consciousness as a way of encountering God. The mixture can be burned before preparing a space for ritual dance, and it supports the masculine spirit also helps strengthen intent and purpose
Spirit of Kalevala Incense. The ingredients in this mixture can be found in the forests and woodlands of Finland. The herbs, berries and resins have been carefully selected and blended together so that when they are burned one can gain inspiration and support for writing poetry, story-Telling and Singing. The ingredients are best burned after being ground together beforehand. Some folks like to ground the mixture into a powder and sprinkle a little on the heated sauna.
Women's Moon Incense. A 13th century recipe inspired by the writings of Hildegard Von-Bingen. The combination of esoteric elements mixed together serve as a medium for Lunar and Stellar observation and rituals, especially Drawing Down the Moon in feminine spirituality . The ingredients also support dance, singing, drumming and chanting during all phases of Lunar activity.
The Magic of the Druids Incense. A woody blend of herbs that contain ingredients from the waters edge, old forest, sky-sun and earth elements. The mixture can be used for consecration work - blessing a space prior to ritual, ceremony or healing. Burning the mixture also helps enhance shamanic journeys and spirit work.. There are also herbs in the mixture which help support fertility rites and to help strengthen both male and female aspects of the psyche.
The Wisdom of the Jaguar Incense. The Jaguar mixture contains traditional ingredients which have been burned extensively by Mayan, Inca and Aztec cultures for millennia. Different aspects of these traditions pay special reverence to the Solar and Lunar powers as well as those of the animal and water kingdoms. The ingredients have been selected and combined together to help enhance dreaming and visionary workings. The balsam-like fragrance also contains a purifying aroma which touches the senses in different ways.
Space Cleaner Incense. A strong mixture which helps in matters of cleansing and purification. The herbs and resins contained in the blend have a long tradition of being used for cleaning ritual tools such as wands, staffs, crystals, drums, rattles, and circles. The mixture is also effective for purifying troubled buildings and areas on the landscape where there is disturbances and negativity
Pleasures of the Garden Incense. The herbs and resins combined in the garden mixture are done so for the purposes of helping to explore through visualization the Elemental Kingdoms of the middle-world. These are predominantly: tree, plant, water and mineral realms. The focus for utilizing the Pleasures of the Garden mixture is for making contact with the spirits of nature and their powers. Through right action and commitment inspiration may be gained to help with artistic and musical projects and healing.
Reiki Incense. Reiki incense although not patented, in this case, is composed of both make and female ingredients that represent both earth and cosmic energies. I made the mixture for the following uses. Burn either before conducting a healing treatment or sending distant healing as a way of offering prayers or a petition for help. The Reiki incense may also be burned as an offering after the healing is complete as a way of expressing gratitude and also offering a gift in return to ones guides and helpers.
The Mists of Tantra. The mixture embodies the essence of male and female ingredients in such a way they combine the sensuousness of the earth with the soft fire of the sky. Tantra seeks to fulfill the ultimate expression of the love between two people to the extent it brings unity and oneness with the creator. The mixture can be burned prior to lovemaking and when blessing another.
Queen of the Night Incense. The musky, spicy and sweet scent from the resin is nowadays considered as a temple incense and therefore, widely used in Churches and place of worship because of its ability to increase sensory awareness and perception. Myrrh is a feminine polarity and therefore, is used for its sensual properties.
Beautiful Morning Incense is a lightly fragrant resin that is beneficial to burn in the morning to help with focusing energy and strengthening intentions. The gum mixes well with other plants and resins such as Acacia and Cypress leaf as well as Frankincense and myrrh. These ingredients combined strengthen the purifying properties of incense burning.
Tree of Life Incense is the premium incense to burn for a range of benefits. The resin is Burgundy Spruce, which has a light balsam, forest-like fragrance that lifts the senses and has strengthening and regenerative properties, that promotes inner peace and purification of the healing or ritual space before spiritual work commences.
Spirit Dancer Incense consists of Copal Resin that has been sacred to all south-American cultures. The resin, which has a warm fruity-like fragrance can be used for dance and different kinds of expressive activities for deepening awareness and its powerful cleansing properties mean it has been extensively used in purification rites and offerings to the deities of the Mayan, Aztec and Inca peoples.
Prosperity Incense, is a resin, from Sumatra that has a light vanilla, balsam-like fragrance that stimulates imagination and inspiration. The benevolent properties of the resin means it is widely used in Orthodox and Catholic Churches and therefore, brings forth abundance in different ways. Its properties are typically used for protection, in addition.
Incense, Magic & Spirituality
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Throughout every culture in the world, their religious and spiritual heritage, tells their own unique stories concerning sacred rituals and ceremonies, which were held at certain times of the day or year in relation to Spirituality. In ancient times, Mother Earth, was indeed comprehended as being a sacred living organism with a consciousness that was alive, pulsating across the land like a unified web of intricately established relationships. This web traveled through rivers, lakes, wells, mountains, standing stones, trees, ancient track ways and burial mounds; a great many of which were known to be Holy Places. These places were where people for centuries had worshiped the Divinity in Nature, and were able to tap into this web.
Communication with these Holy places was done through song, dance, music, poetry and story telling for example, at times of Life Cycle and Fertility Rites, and when Seasonal Festivals were held, such as the Equinoxes and Solstices.
These special places in nature, were not only Holy, they were also gateways to other dimensions within the cosmos, and people such as Shamans, Priests and Priestesses, could during ceremonial and ritual activities, travel into, to seek both power and assistance for divination and healing purposes, as well as gain information about the mysteries which lay between death and rebirth. Knowledge was quite often received here from the ancestral realms, through these gateways, which were the accessing points to where the collective body of wisdom resided. Another medium used for accessing these dimensions in the cosmos, was through dreaming and sleep
One of the main activities which played a major part in these rituals was Incense Burning Ceremonies, either in a group setting or individually. Unlike other cultures, which sacrificed animals, for the purposes of receiving the power to heal or receiving special knowledge for success in hunting; when consciously offering certain resins, herbs and gums, at these power places, activities such as burning fragrant herbs and resins, was seen as a ritual, which was both a creative and powerful 'medium' for invocation with reference to directing prayers to God, and also as a way of seeking renewal of oneself, through communion with Mother Nature and the Earth.
About 500 years ago, because of the arrival of the industrial era and the modernization of the world which followed, many stories, poems, and songs, about the sacredness of these holy places and the powers to be found there, were written into fables and fairy stories, so that they might survive, and this is the one of the main reason why the Druids, gain inspiration through story-telling, singing, poetry, and dance, during ceremonial and ritual activities.
In the world today, we see a huge interest in Spirituality and Healing, as a response to the on-going ecological crisis which the planet continues to under go, as a great many people are horrified over the extent of the appalling damage that human beings have done to the earth through greed and ignorance.
At the present day, there is a re-emergence of the 'Old Ways', where Western Contemporary thinking and life, is taking on a different meaning, where people are striving to unify consciousness, through ceremony and ritual. The revival of Druidry and Wicca are evidence of this, as is interest by Westerners in Native American Spirituality.
There has been a huge interest, more so over the last decade, to restore, or maybe reawaken is a better word to use here, the creative inspirational powers of these special places, inspiration, that was put to 'sleep' by religious leaders (through spells and incantations). Many seekers, have come to believe, that when the inspiration or power of a place are renewed, it gives new life to the place itself, thus protecting the land to recover and helping Mother Nature herself.
Incense Burning and Nature Spirits: Within the realms of Nature, exists a multitude of different dimensions, where nature beings such as Elves, Gnomes, Goblins, Dwarfs, Trolls and Elementals such as Fairy beings and Devas, who reside in rocks, trees, water, hills, plants and in the Sauna. There are also Wizards and Witches, Wise Men and Women, who despite being hundreds or thousands of years old, have the ability to still walk through the worlds, and many of whom still work alongside Mother Nature, helping to protect the land, despite being in absolute futility sometimes in different situations, with reference to what human beings are doing to the planet.
What the ancient peoples knew, was that when the use of drums, song, dance, poetry, and burning incense was combined together, it fed and nourished these guardians and helpers, in some cases giving them power to grow in size, and carry out very difficult tasks, such as dealing with harmful forces, and helping to direct human kind in their daily lives. They also assist with healing and difficult situations on the earth, and also in their kingdoms, concerning departed loved ones, who are making the transition in to the world of spirit.
In ancient times which predate the bible, Shamans believed that a Fire was a gift bestowed to people on Earth from the Gods and Goddesses, who resided in the Heavens. They knew that not only did the aromatic plants when burned, change the atmosphere in a room, but the aroma was a medium, through which the power and mysticism of a special place could be accessed. For example, skilled Celtic Priests and Priestesses, who used tools, such as drums, runes, crystals and bones for divining future events, would contact their helping spirits, prior to divination, by burning fragrant substances, thus increasing their awareness. For spiritual cleansing, incense that was warm and harmonizing, was also burned by Shamans, before they began to drum, chant and dance, as the aromatic substances released from the plants helped the shaman move from the physical reality into altered states of consciousness. For this certain fragrances, for example, such as Sage Leaf , Sweet Grass, Copal Gum and Frankincense would, when burned, cleanse and purify the ritual space, thus creating an atmosphere of healing power and establishing contact with Spiritual Guides and Healers.
In the North, Shamans from Sápmi and Siberia melted down Spruce resin into a glue like substance, and used it in the construction of drums and other ritual tools and burned the root Juniper for protection during healing and ceremony.
In contemporary life, many therapists (Dentists especially!), use incense for space clearing the therapeutic environment in which they work, especially in waiting rooms, and where people hang their coats, where anxiety and stress in often left!
As part of the inspiration for the work that I am doing, I have carefully brought together a number of Incense blends, which can be purchased and used for a variety of different activities. The list and activity of each mixture, is found on the page: 'Magical Incense Blends'.
An important note about incense burning. There are some herbs which are Contra-indicated (irritants when used), by people who are pregnant and who have medical conditions such as Epilepsy. Do not use the incense, if you have any chronic medical condition or allergy.