Witchcraft and Paganism have a long
history of the use of incense as a valuable ritual tool. Incense is
associated with the element Air and helps us to create and open the way
to a Sacred space. In the past people would burn
magical herbs and aromatic
woods to help cleanse, purify, and sanctify their homes and temples as
well as spaces in which they were going to perform ritual magick.
History tells us that Incense has
been used as a sacrifice to both Goddesses and Gods, as a smudge to help
drive away evil spirits, and as a tool to draw in good luck, love and
wealth. The ancient Egyptians and Jews were but two such peoples who
blended and produced high-quality Incense for ritual use. You can even
find mention of such recipes in the Bible and other older texts for some
of these wonderful fragrant incense blends.
Types of Incenses
Incense comes in many forms.
Some are more popular than others, but each type has a use
that is traditional its own magickal culture. or Compounded Incenses, which .
Natural Incenses are made of dried tree resins, wood chips,
or herb pieces.
- Granular Resin Incenses are commonly burned
on a charcoal. You light a charcoal disc and place it on, or in, an
appropriate incense burner and then place the incense on top of
the charcoal disc to burn.
- Smudge Sticks are bunches of
dried herbs such as Sage, that are lit at the tip and slowly
smoulder as they burn.
Compounded Incense are
recipes made up primarily of natural
wood flour with added resins, herbs, plus
natural essential oils or fragrance oils.
There are many forms or shapes that Compounded Incenses can take,
such as self-lighting powders, granular, cones, briquettes, coils, and
- Joss sticks, also called Agarbathi and Cone Incense,
also called Dhoop, arre Indian and Asian forms of Incense that
are very popular
In Witchcraft and Pagan practice, the indian and Asian style
joss-sticks are one of the most popular and
common forms of Incense, due to their introduction to America many years ago.
Joss-sticks, especially those made with pure Sandalwood, called "Chandan,"
are great for short rituals, but for
longer rituals self-lighting powders, granular or cone incense seems to
work better. Another issue with joss-sticks is that you cannot blend
sacred or magickal herbs
into them and they only come in a range
pre-made scents, some of which are highly articifial in frangrance.
- Self-lighting Incense Powders are the
most popular form of incense in Hoodoo and Conjure and nicely bridge the
gap between our Witchcraft traditions and those of the traditional Southern Conjure
workers. They contain herbs in a base of wood flour, and they
are usually scented. To use them, the powders are formed into corn shapes
for burning. This is done by using a candle snuffer as a cone-shaper
or cuting a small half-circle of paper that is
folded to make a cone shaped form that the self-lighting powder is
molded in. After the cones are made, they are lit exactly the same way you’d
light regular Cone Incense.
- Special Purpose Incenses are made in our Coven out of
Self-lighting Incense Powders with added herbs and essential oils
that correspond with the ritual work
we are peforminging. Careful planning and care should be used when
making up your own Incense this way; use your intuition and intent to
help guide you in making up what is best for your ritual. It is also
very helpful to dedicate the incense you have made up. This can be done
by simply making a prayer or statement of intent over the Incense, such
as, "I dedicate this incense for the use of..." and then naming the ritual
or intent for which the Incense will be used.
The following is a list of incense
fragrances and their properties that can be used in assistance of your
The Witches' Cupboard:
Ritual Wiccan and Eclectic Pagan Incenses
Spiritual Incense play an important
role in setting the tone and mood in a working Coven's
ritual space. The lighting of the incense often begins
a ritual, and its cessastion signals the close of
the rite. In addition, Incense may be used to impart
magickal intentions to articles, such as clothing, that
cannot be anointed with
spiritual anointing oils
DRAGON’S BLOOD is a resin incense
burned on charcoal to help cleanse spaces and rid them of negative
influences. It also good for attracting love, increasing luck,
aiding in magickal invocations, and pact-making.
is an ancient and holy incense that comes down to us
from the spiritual rites of the Jewish peoples. It is burned on
charcoal and has become the preeminent
incense for spiritual worship and work. It can also be blended with
other incenses and herbs in almost any rite to help invigorate and empower
MYRRH is also a resin and as such
must be burned on charcoal. It shares the same rich history as
Frankincense, and the two are often burned together for healing and
purification. Its nature by itself is one that helps create
peaceful, healing, relaxing, and protective environments and also can
help stimulate sensual love.
SWEET GRASS comes to us from
Native American traditions and it possesses a wholey unique scent
unlike anything else. It is used as a sacred offering for blessing,
consecration, and funerary rites. It is found in long braided
lengths and is intended to be lit and burned as a smudge, which,
depending on your magickal working, may take several days.
WHITE SAGE is offfered
in the form of smudge bundles. It is a
traditional herbal incense used for cleansings,
purifications, and protection work among some Native Americans
nations, and as such it has become very popular for the same uses
with Magickal and Spiritual workers from many different traditions.
SOLOMON SEAL INCENSE is a wonderful
incense to help invoke the wisdom, strength, and beauty of King
Solomon, one of the greatest of sorcerers. This is also really a
fabulous formula for doing ritual work with Talismans and Seals.
The Conjure Bag:
Hoodoo and Conjure Self-Lighting Incense Powders
There are literally hundreds of different Hoodoo recipes and forumals
for Self-lighting Incense Powders; we present here a list of our recommendations
for those which are most useful to those working in a Pagan or Eclectic Witchcraft
path. One of the most traditional uses for these incenses in Hoodoo is called
"smoking," which means to wave an article or object, such as a
lucky mojo bag
in incense smoke.
CROWN OF SUCCESS INCENSE POWDER
To help you succeed and achieve recognition in school, career, or
your magical work there is no finer magical formula than the Crown
of Success family. This traditional Rottworker's Incense is tried and true; it
helps crown you and uplift you in all endeavors that you might
undertake. We like it enough at Coven Kyklos that we have
used it for ritual work as well as in magickal undertakings.
ROAD OPENER INCENSE POWDER is one
of the most powerful magickal aids for clearing away old obstacles,
set-backs, or slow-downs. It is used to aid in "opening the way" to
a better future. Road Opener and can help to break through negative
blockages that may have been placed on you by others or help you aid
you when you are starting new enterprises. We find
it useful to add a little Road Opener to other types of Incense
if our rituals or workings seem to be dragging.
FIRE OF LOVE INCENSE POWDER This
incense helps create a passionate sexuality, or a fervent desire.
The old Conjure Workers say of this that as it burns flame burns, so
does love burn and increase. We consider it an incense that
combines elements of Venus with elements of Mars, producing
a natural sexual heat.
MONEY DRAWING INCENSE POWDER
This is one of the most popular of the Hoodoo Incenses for private
workings to foster abundance and prosperity in the home. As such
it is definitely more of a Magickal Incense than a Ritual Incense. We like
to mix it with the next incense in this list, Money Stay With Me.
MONEY STAY WITH ME INCENSE POWDER
We all know that far too often the problem is not about how much
money you make but how much of it you can hold on to at the end of
the month. This old time traditional formula helps keep your money
from slipping out of your hands and bank account too fast.
SPIRIT GUIDE INCENSE POWDER This
Conjure incense is quite beneficial when one wishes to invoke helpful,
beneficent spirits to aid one in any kind of magickal, ritual, or
ceremonial work. It also is works excellently when calling the
Guardians of the Watchtowers.
NATURE INCENSE POWDER Not to be
confused with the "nature" around us, instead here the word Nature
is the old Conjure and Hoodoo term for one's sexual nature, one's
sexual vitality. From time to time all of us find our libidos
wavering, due to any number of reasons, and we wish to reverse that.
This incense, and in fact the whole family of Nature products, helps
increase the user's sexual vitality.
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