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Salvia officinalis/ Artemisia spp.
Element: Air, Earth, Fire
Planet: Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
Astrological Sign: Leo, Sagittarius
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Consus, Cadmus, Chiron, Jupiter, Obatala and Zeus, Animal Guides/Familiars
Sabbats: Mabon/Autumn Equinox and Samhain/All Hallow’s Eve/Halloween
Tarot: Associated with the Temperance card of the Major arcarna
Magickal Uses: Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Clarity, Protection, Purification, Healing, Prosperity, Wishes, Ceremonial, Communication with one’s Animal Guides
White Sage – Further Magickal Uses
White Sage carries the virtues of strength, mental health, wisdom and it banishes all evil. It is said to possess the ability to keep one’s mind strong and clear, cleansing the thinking process and enables the mind to discard negative thoughts. White Sage has been said to put oneself in touch with common sense, and to promote wisdom. White Sage is an appropriate herb to either burn or to carry into a meeting to bring the energy of wisdom and sagacity. The burning of White sage by way of either incense or smouldered in the form of a Smudge Stick is thought to rid a space of all negative influences. It has also been used to purify one’s self, removing all negative energy and providing a healthy attitude towards life. White Sage is an ideal herb used to cleanse an area before ritual. When burned it is said to refresh the mind, enhance memory and clears the path to wisdom and mental clarity.
White Sage has been used by many cultures most notably, various Native North American tribes and has long been regards as a highly Religious herb and most sacred, often burned in rituals for purification, cleansing and healing.
Element: Air, Water
Planet: Sun, Moon, Mars
Astrological Sign: Aquarius, Leo
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Aphrodite, Ares, Hathor, Khephera, Mut and Venus
Sabbats: Imbolc/Candlemas, Ostara/Spring Equinox, Mabon/Autumn Equinox
Tarot: helpful to move beyond the mundane symbols of the Seven card of any suit also to better understand any card of the Cups suit.
Magickal Uses: Circle Casting, Protection, Cleansing, Purification, Protection, Harmony, Prosperity, Wealth, Astral projection, Meditation, Intellectual, Concentration, Visionary, God Energy and Magickal Workings
Benzoin – Further Magickal Uses
Benzoin provides the ability to focus and enhance concentration and can assist one when moving into the astral. Benzoin is desirable for those who seek to journey or to project their spirits into the astral plane. Benzoin burned during meditation, increases the serenity of ones own energy and the surrounding environment. Benzoin has also been used in Meditation to enhance Creative Visualisation and stimulate the imagination. Useful for communication and improving thought processes. Benzoin is useful in the Sanctification of an area. Combined with Sandalwood, Benzoin can produce a very warm, calm and relaxing environment idea for the evening.
Benzoin can be used at both the Spring and Autumn Equinox in order to help us understand the mysteries behind the turning of the seasons, when there is a balance between day and night. Benzoin can help one understand the nature of transition both in learning how to live with the wheel of the year and in gaining comprehension regarding the natural cycles of change. Benzoin is known for its ability to promote generosity, open a closed spirit which is suffering from selfishness. It has been used to bring increased success to Magickal working or to attain Magickal goals, also for attracting business and encourage success when combined with Cinnamon. Long used since antiquity as an incense ingredient by many civilizations. Benzoin added to other herbs will help to focus their energies and heighten their effective power.
Benzoin was known throughout Europe during The Middle Ages as "Friar's Balsam”.
Cedar spp/Thuja occidentalis
Element: Fire, Air
Planet: Sun, Mercury, Uranus
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Amun Ra, Baalat, Cernunnos, Indra, Isis, Jupiter, Odin, Osiris, Pan, Poseidon and Wotan,
Sabbats: Liltha/Mid Summer/Summer Solistice
Tarot: Useful in studying any of the Four Cards of the minor arcana. Due to Cedar’s magickal assossiation with Wands, it is useful for studying any of the cards in the Wands suit. Major arcarna – The Magician Card
Magickal Uses: Healing, Purification, Consecration, Protection, Money, Magickal, Visionary, Courage, Hex-
Cedar – Further Magickal Uses
Cedar Incense is highly recommended in the consecration of a magickal wand. A wand carved of Cedar or a cedar blend incense may be used to invoke Odin, as can incense containing Cedar. The spirits of Cedar are believed to be both powerful and persistent.
A piece of cedar kept in the wallet draws money, it is often used in money drawing incenses. It is often an ingredient used in love spells and talismans.
Cedar on its own or in a blend may induce psychic powers. It is also said to allay grief.
The smoke of Cedar is purifying and can aid in the cure to the predilection to having bad dreams. The Hindu practice in which an oracle is invoked when the seer breathes in the smoke of burning cedar until she is overtaken with prophecy.
A traditional Native American incense, often burnt with other herbs, especially sage. It is used for protection and to carry prayers to the creator. Commonly placed on hot stones during sweat lodges. Its fragrance expands and clarifies the mind.
Said that Unicorns love to have little cedar boxes around in which to store their treasures.
Cedar is associated with the Summer Solstice
Astrological Sign: Leo, Sagittarius
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Hecate, Ix Chel and Venus
Magickal Uses: Purification, Cleansing, Protection, Consecration, Anointing, Refreshing, Love, Romance, Fertility, Attraction, Inspiration, Invocation, Divination, Meditation, Contact with the Astral Planes, Happiness, Celebration, Exorcisms and Banishing
Copal – Further Magickal Uses
Copal is said to be cleansing and aid in mental and spiritual endeavours. It opens the soul and stimulates creativity and imagination. As Copal burns it creates a mellow and Magickal atmosphere to work in. As it is very fragrant and aromatic resin and can create a lot of thick smoke, only a small amount should be burnt at a time.
The sacred smoke of Copal resin carries messages to the Spirit world, allowing us to see life more clearly and inspires in us divine insights, making it a good choice for meditation. Copal is reputed to aid a person obtaining a meditative or trance state. It allows safe passage into other realms and facilitates safe passage back. Gazing through the smoke may enable one to detect energy blocks. Copal is said to be able to hold sacred space during divination.
Copal is used to cleanse and refresh not only the mind and body but the environment and can be added to love and Purification incenses. Can also be used in self-
To the ancient Mayan's, the Divine God of the Earth extracted Copal resin from the tree of life “the blood of the tree” and gave it to humans as a gift. These ancient people would then employ it as an offering to honour the deities.
A piece of Copal can be used to represent the heart in poppets.
Planet: Mars, Pluto
Astrological Sign: Aries, Gemini, Sagittarius
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Shiva
Tarot: Major arcarna – to help in understanding the Emperor Card – represents many aspects of discipline with mastery without a loss of sensitivity.
Lovers Card – not only deals with issues of romance but an indication of a person being unable to make an easy choice when both options are appealing and there is no clear answer – for use when making a difficult choice
Magickal Uses: Consecration, Cleansing, Protection, Magickal Power, Energy, Power Amplifier, Luck, Love, Fertility, Sexual Potency, Banishing and Exorcism
Dragon’s Blood – Further Magickal Uses
Dragon’s Blood incense is said to increase the potency of a spell. It has strong banishing powers against negative influences and bad habits. It can also be sprinkled around the home or place of business to drive away negativity. It can also be carried for good luck. Charm bags/talismans containing Dragon’s Blood are believed to have powerful protective properties for the wearer.
Dragon’s Blood resin burns with a distinctive, highly pleasing aroma and the bright red colour of the herb itself lends itself to enhance many Magickal workings. Dragon’s Blood has been traditionally burned for love, protection, exorcism and increase sexual potency, and is often used for cleansing. It is especially useful in neutralising negative energies. Dragon’s Blood is often used in Magickal inks. Such inks are useful for writing a vow upon a piece of paper or parchment when giving one's word to the Universe. Also commonly used for Talismans and Seals.
Adding a pinch of Dragon's Blood to other incenses is said to increase their potency and power. A pinch under the mattress is believed to prevent impotency.
It is believed that to quiet a noisy house, use ground Dragon's Blood resin mixed with sugar and salt and placed in a bottle. Cover this tightly and secure it somewhere in your house where it won’t be found. You'll have peace and quiet.
Often found mixed with other resins and herbs, especially Frankincense.
Dragon's Blood resin smouldered as incense has been used for thousands of years in India as part of their Rituals. It has also been used in north western coastal Africa for embalming in a manner similar to the Egyptians.
Astrological Sign: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Adonis, Apollo, Baal, Demeter and Ra
Sabbats: Beltane, Lughnasadh/Lammas and Yule/Winter Solstice
Tarot: Minor arcarna -
Magickal Uses: Cleansing, Protection, Purification, Clarify and Deepen Mental Perception, Enhance Spirituality, Invoking God Energy, Invoking Spirit, Psychic Awareness, Successful Ventures, Exorcism
Frankincense – Further Magickal Uses
Frankincense has been used throughout the ages to enhance spirituality, mental perception, and consciousness. Frankincense can be used to raise the vibrations of a sacred space including Circle Casting. Frankincense is excellent for cleansing and clearing areas of negativity as it uplifts those of the area by realising its own powerful vibrations.
Frankincense soothes the spirit as it slows and deepens breathing making it an excellent choice for meditation. Frankincense is said to induce visions whilst aiding in meditation.
Frankincense resin is burnt for protective use and used in Rituals and Magick associated with self-
Deeper states of meditation may result, also one may develop easier ways to speak hat you perceive as the “truth”. Frankincense represents the ability of the divine to move into manifestation. It is often added to charm bags to aid in bringing about success. Charm bags created for protection, spiritual growth or luck should contain a small amount of Frankincense.
In ancient Egypt, Frankincense was burned at sunrise to honour the Sun God – Ra. It is a good choice to burn during any sunrise Ritual of any kind.
Ritual objects, crystals, old jewelry or any item can be consecrated and purified by holding them in the smoking incense for several seconds.
Frankincense is renowned to be a strong purifier as it dramatically raises the vibratory rate of an area including rooms to whole buildings. As Frankincense burns it drives out all negativity and evil, “clearing and cleansing” and as such it is used in exorcisms, purification Rituals and blessing of any kind.
Energy is concentrated within the third eye centre when Frankincense is used. This focuses upon the psychic level that can awaken psychic gifts. Frankincense is said to aid in the development of certain psychic abilities including: the gift of psychic vision, intuition, clairvoyance, clear-
Frankincense is usually commonly part of the composition of incenses used in Catholic churches.
Element: Air, Fire
Planet: Sun, Moon, Mars
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Astarte, Diana, Ishtar, Osiris and Ra
Magickal Uses: Psychic Enhancement, Protection, Purification, Cleansing, Tranquillity, Consecration, Spirituality, Exorcism and Hex Breaking
Gum Arabic – Further Magickal Uses
Gum Arabic has been burnt traditionally to enhance Spirituality. It also offers Purification properties and as such has been used for Purification purposes. Gum Arabic will also aid in purifying an area of negativity, replacing these negative and or evil vibrations, with positive and or good vibrations.
Gum Arabic can be used for blessing any Sacred Space including Circle, Alter, Temple even a storage box for Ritual items.
It has often been found burning on Buddhist and Hindu sacred fires.
The tree from which Gum Arabic ie Acacia spp is sourced is deeply entrenched in legend and myth. Ancient Lore tells us that the Ark of the Covenant, in which the Biblical 10 Commandments were placed, was crafted with this wood, as was the Sacred Tabernacle of the ancient Hebrew tribes.
The timber from the acacia tree was utilised throughout antiquity for its water-
Christian lore states that it was acacia thorns that were used to make the crown of thorns that was placed upon Christ’s head at his crucifixion.
Planet: Sun, Mercury, Jupiter
Astrological Sign: Gemini, Virgo
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Hecate, Saturn
Sabbats: Litha/Midsummer/Summer Solstice
Tarot: Associated with the Hermit card of the Major arcarna
Magickal Uses: Clairvoyance, Magickal Workings, Protection, Purification, Love, Longevity, Healing, Peace, Tranquillity, Sleep, Chastity, Happiness, Joy
Lavender – Further Magickal Uses
The burning of Lavender attracts energy of a high vibrational nature and for the use in meditation where increased awareness is sought. Lavender can enhance Clairvoyance.
Lavender is said to yield a spiritual property of greater relaxation in the higher states of spiritual ecstasy, oneness with god, and deeper states of mediation. The tension in a person that may be associated with these states as one returns to normal waking consciousness are eased. This is because the spiritual states of oneness and an inner understanding of god are brought more in to the everyday patterns of life. Gradually, daily patterns will be infused with spirituality. Sometimes lavender enables an individual to reach much deeper trance states and can relate to deep trance channelling. Lavender is said to bring great inner calm, peace of mind, and freedom from emotional and mental stress. Lavender may aid in inducing sleep and bringing about a sense of rest and relaxation. It has been used to improve one’s clarity when viewing the world and to assist the evolution of one’s spirit through life. Bringing with it a calmness and serenity to one’s inner self.
Lavender has been used to assist in the bringing of any work into manifestation. The herb has an associated with the god Saturn, which enhances the potential for permanence of its Magickal workings. It has been used to increase one’s ability to both manifest and attract both money and possessions; however if the motive for the Magickal working is desire rather than genuine need, the Magick would well work in the reverse. Lavender is often thrown into bonfires at Midsummer as an offering to the Gods and Goddesses. Lavender is said to protect snakes and has been used in the worship of those Goddesses who are associated with serpents.
Lavender has long been used in love sachets and spells, especially those to attract men. Carried by women it is said to attract men, and carried with rosemary to preserve chastity. It is said that with the burning of Lavender there is an air gentleness that takes place in men, and with women there may be a tendency towards greater strength.
Lavender scattered about the home is said to maintain its peacefulness and to bring in joy and healing; added to the bath for a restful nights sleep. It is an excellent addition to Sleep and Dream Pillows. Lavender has been worn to protect against the evil eye and carried to enable one to see ghosts.
Lavender said to one of the many herbs to have been selected by the legendary King Solomon to aspurge his temple
Traditionally, Lavender has been burned at the birth of a child to welcome it into the world and to its new life. Lavender flowers have been woven into small wreaths to crown newly married couples and often used in Handfasting rituals.
Planet: Sun, Jupiter
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Apollo, Balder, Cernunnos, Freya, Frigga, Herne, Hercules, Loki, Oak King, Odin, Osirus, Taranis and Venus
Tarot: Associated with the Tower of the Major Arcarna, Knights & Six’s of the Minor Arcarna
Magickal Uses: Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility, Health, Exorcism, Immortality, Aphrodisiac, Consecration, Beautiful Dreams and as an aid to all Magickal workings,
Mistletoe – Further Magickal uses
Mistletoe is one of the Druid’s most sacred of trees. In Druidic lore, Mistletoe is an herb of the Winter Solstice and is the special plant for the day after Yule.
Picked on midsummer’s eve or when the moon is six days old, cut with a gold blade and never permitted to touch the ground. Found growing upon an Oak tree, Mistletoe was and is considered most potent and sacred. It is an herb associated with rebirth
The Celtic and Roman people believed that Mistletoe is the key to the supernatural.
Mistletoe will aid and strengthen all magickal workings but is best called upon for healing, protection, and beautiful dreams. Dreams that will unlock the secrets of immortality. Also used to assist in prophetic dreams.
Long been used for protection against lightning, disease, misfortune of every kind. The herb hung above the door or in a talisman bag will provide protection against injury and misfortune. It can provide an opening into the mysteries which extend far into the depths of the universe. Bringing an understanding of the very nature of eternity, also bringing understanding of the true nature of one’s spiritual self.
Mistletoe placed in cradles to protect children from being stolen by the fey and replaced with changelings. Mistletoe carried will protect the bearer from werewolves.
Mistletoe carried is said to bring good luck in hunting.
Burned, mistletoe banishes evil. Mistletoe acts as a master-
A herb of immortality, mistletoe is seen as a symbol of rebirth, its energy containing the secrets of life beyond this, carrying the soul far into the future.
Herb of protection and traditionally hung over a doorway with red thread to bring harmony, and protection to the home. Also to share a kiss of peace if one stands underneath it.
Element: Water, Spirit
Planet: Sun, Moon
Astrological Sign: Cancer, Scorpio
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Adonis, Aphrodite, Cybele, Demeter, Hecate, Isis, Juno, Marian, Oshun, Ra, Rhea and Saturn
Tarot: Minor arcarna -
Major arcarna -
Magickal Uses: Cleansing, Purification, Protection, Healing, Invoking Goddess Energy, Enhancing Spirituality, Exorcism
Myrrh – Further Magical Uses
Myrrh has been used since antiquity to inspire prayer and meditation, and to fortify and revitalise the spirit. An excellent aid to meditation and contemplation, Myrrh is used for Spiritual Opening. Myrrh is said to align Christ consciousness within all aspects of a person seeking to love others more and to understand oneself better.
This spiritual level extends into areas of which most individuals have no conscious understanding or recollection. It is the energy by which, before being born, they created various life tasks and purposes to accomplish in the coming life. The way this can operate within a person is to illustrate for them more clearly their unique gifts. This then can have a great psychic effect, and spiritually what occurs is an alignment of the God/Goddess nature of the individual. With Myrrh, people learn to view these gifts and to understand these higher abilities.
Myrrh can penetrate into an individual unconsciously as you come to know and become acquainted with your talents. The willingness for an individual to put their energy into new psychic abilities without fear and make rapid progress with them is enhanced. Smouldering Myrrh on a charcoal block will aid in bringing about peace to a situation. Myrrh resin incense when burned releases high psychic vibrations that will enhance any Magickal working. Burnt as potent incense Myrrh, is used to bring peace and used to consecrate, purify and bless objects, including amulets, talismans, charms and all Ritual tools. Myrrh will aid in increasing the power any incense blend that it is added to. Myrrh has been used to help enable a person of find lost objects. Throughout antiquity, Myrrh (along with Frankincense) has been traded as a precious substance worthy of Kings. One of the most notable references to Myrrh being a precious substance can be found in the bible where one of he Magi travelling from the East (three wise men) brought it as an offering to the new born Jesus who was heralded as being the long awaited Messiah/King of the Jews.
Myrrh is often found being burnt with Frankincense.
Planet: Sun, Jupiter
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Athena, Blodeuwedd, Brighid, Cybele, Dagda, Dianus, Donar, Hercules, Hermes, Herne, Janus Jupiter, Odin, Pan, Perkunas, Perun, Rhea, Robur, Shu, Thor, Thunar, Zeus
Sabbats: Mabon, Samhain, Yule
Tarot: Hierophant, The Emperor, Justice and The Fool of the Major Arcarna
Magickal Uses: Protection, Fertility, Magickal Workings, Abundance, Fertility, Luck, Health and Healing Potency, Money, Longevity.
Oak – Further Magickal Uses
Oak is used to bring protection against the ferocity of the elements and the dangers of life. Oak is often used to ask for divine assistance in having our needs met. A tree as long lived and strong as the Oak naturally offers Magickal protection. It also symbolises protection, abundance, fertility, longevity, endurance and triumph. Oak has been used to unite one with the Gods and Goddesses.
Oak can either used in an incense or placed within a talisman bag will give the bearer the ability to withstand the lightening blasts of spiritual awareness while remaining firmly rooted in the material or earthly plane. Can also be hung over windows and doors to protect all who reside within from negative/evil spirits.
As The Oak is masculine it is an ideal wood for the construction of any tool that needs the male influence such as Athames, certain Wands and Staffs. Today many believe there is no wand as sacred as one that has been made with Oak as it is imbued with great power.
The Yule log should always be of Oak. Before the log burns away, always save a small portion for the kindling of the following years Yule celebrations. The remaining ashes should be strewn throughout the land to bring good fortune and wealth in the coming year.
Oak Galls, known as Serpent's Eggs, were used in magical charms. Acorns bring fertility and abundance to any endeavour. Acorns gathered at night hold the most fertility powers. Burning Oak leaves, aids in purifying the atmosphere.
Element: Air, Earth, Water
Planet: Moon, Mars, Pluto
Astrological Sign: Aquarius, Aries, Scorpio
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Artemis, Astarte, Attis, Cybele, Dionysus, Pan, Poseidon, Rhea, Sylvanus and Venus
Sabbats: Winter Solstice/Yule, Imbolc/Candlemas
Magickal Uses: Prosperity, Protection, Purification, God Energy, Healing, Fertility, Money, Exorcism and Binding
Pine – Further Magickal Uses
Pine resin incense used in meditation and Ritual facilitates the ability to work with the Nature Kingdom, and the communion with Nature Spirits is enhanced. There is a much greater awareness of nature and of the purpose of Nature Spirits. Clairvoyant sight is enhanced affecting the perception of nature and the ability to sense the shape and colour of the aura and the energies of subtle bodies. Pine resin burned and also rubbed over the third eye will help to activate and balance the third eye and the energies associated. Pine has the quality of cleansing a space of negative energy. Pine is also very effective as a Counter-
Pine brings a clearing, balsamic bouquet to any incense mixture or burn on its own and it has a deep woodsy fragrance. It is ideal to burn during Winter Rites especially the Winter Solstice/Yule.
Element: Water, Air, Fire
Planet: Sun, Moon, Jupiter
Astrological Sign: Pisces, Cancer, Leo
Associated/Invocatory Deities: Venus
Tarot: Major arcarna – to help in the understanding of The Empress card, associated with mysteries and creativity
Magickal Uses: Psychic awareness, Visionary Herb, Prophetic dreams, Astral projection, Psychic Powers, Spirituality, Consecration, Relaxation, Meditation, Goddess Energy, God Energy, Wishes, Purification, Protection, Ritual Work, Healing, Cleansing, Exorcism
Sandalwood – Further Magickal Uses
Sandalwood makes a great choice for Meditation, Trace Work and all forms of Divination as it calms the mind and helps one become spiritually focused and facilitates concentration. The fragrance of Sandalwood creates a relaxing and harmonising atmosphere of calm and supports the search for inner peace, reflection and balance.
Sandalwood has been said to help in healing by aligning the chakras for better energy flow. With Sandalwood, deep states of relaxation take place on not only a physical level but on a spiritual level as well. With this calming effect comes the realisation of spiritual aims and with it the enabling of one to better understand spiritual teachings. The relaxation from Sandalwood extends deeply in an individual. The aim of this state is to create an almost trancelike or meditative environment in which there is a focus on the information already garnered from past lives and the integration of this into the current life, and what is possible for the future. Sandalwood when mixed with Lavender can enhance contact with the Spirit World. Sandalwood mixed with Frankincense can facilitate the generation of the highest spiritual “octave”. These two combined have some of the highest vibrations inherent in any plant; they will resonate with aspects of us and with the Devic/Angelic beings of the highest order. Thus attracting or eliciting the highest spiritual vibrations from within ourselves and the cosmos.
Sandalwood is believed to aid in removing negative energies and is useful as a general defence against physical and psychic attack. Sandalwood has been burned during protection, healing, and exorcism Rituals and spells. Sandalwood can be ground down to a fine powder and sprinkled around the home to clear it of negativity.
Sandalwood is believed to be useful in assisting in achieving success in life and increasing opportunities. By taking a small chip of Sandalwood and writing a symbol upon it, something to signify what you wish for and burning it in a censer or cauldron whilst visualising your wish will aid in the manifestation of the wish.
Sandalwood produces a sweet, warm, buttery, woody fragrance and has been one of the most prized incense ingredients for thousands of years.
Early on in India, people observed that termites never attack Sandalwood which is why so many deity statues are carved out of Sandalwood, and it is for this reason, they considered it a symbol of vitality.