Magickal Effects of Incense

Why Use Incense in Magickal Workings?


There are many reasons why incense is such an important part of our magickal workings.

  • One such reason is that it assists with training and encouraging our minds by motivating our sense of smell. Our sense of smell alone can energize our mind into completing a diverse range of activities within our minds and bodies. One good example is when I smell an apple pie baking. My mind and body responds to this smell in several ways. My mouth will start watering and after awhile my stomach will start to rumble. It also brings back memories of when I was a child and I would help my mom with the cooking and baking. Much of the time when we would bake pies, it was because my brother was coming over for dinner. I enjoyed those times greatly and looked forward to them eagerly. So it also brings with it feelings of happiness, excitement, love, and a general sense of well-being.

  • When incense is used in our magickal workings on a regular basis, it helps to train our minds. After awhile, when we light our incense, our minds will automatically start quieting down and getting ready for our magickal workings. It will aid in the transformation of your consciousness during magickal workings.

  • Another consideration of why incense is such an important part of magick is because it is said to facilitate the drawing down of the spirits through it's magickal bond with the elements of Air.

  • It is also an ancient belief that when a spell is concluded that the magickal workings are dispatched to the ether realm by the way of the incense.

  • Incense has the ability to affect not only us, but the universe in general, through its vibration level. When we burn incense during ritual, that vibration that is released by the incense, changes the space around us along with effecting change in a universal capacity.

STICK INCENSE
STICK INCENSE
CONE INCENSE
CONE INCENSE
CYLINDER INCENSE
CYLINDER INCENSE
LOOSE OR POWDERED INCENSE
LOOSE OR POWDERED INCENSE

Varieties of Incense


There are four primary varieties of incense. There is the loose, cone, stick, and cylinder. Each incense is used in a different method.

  • Stick Incense is probably one of the more popular of the incense simply because of its availability. Stick incense is simply ground up herb(s) that are combined with a wood dust and bonding agents that are then wrapped around a small stick. The advantage to stick incense being so popular is that it is made in a myriad of different scents. Most people choose not to make this type of incense at home because of the difficulty and the added chemicals that are needed to produce it.

  • Cone Incense is in the shape of a cone. Like the stick incense it is also a combination of ground up herbs, wood dust, and bonding agents. It is less messy and burns more cleanly than loose incense, and burns slower than stick incense, and is not as fragile as the cylinder incense tends to be. There is, however, a limited variety of scents that the cones come in.

  • Cylinder Incense is fundamentally the same as the cone incense with the exception that it does burn more evenly but it also tends to be more fragile and breaks easily.

  • Loose or Powdered Incense nothing more than a dried herb or combination of dried herbs that have been broken up into small fragments or powdered. It is then burned on a special charcoal that can be bought online or in metaphysical stores. While loose incense is quite simple to make and has more versatility than the other forms of incense it does have its disadvantages. Loose incense burns much more rapidly, because of the heavy smoke that it can produce it can stain your walls, ceilings, and furniture, and the charcoal can release toxic gases.

You can of course buy your incense readily enough almost anywhere. I am even seeing a small collection of incense at my local Kroger store. The type that you decide to use is obviously up to you, and will probably depend greatly upon the magickal workings that you are doing at the moment. Many people will use a combination of each of these types of incense at different times and for different spell workings. It depends considerably on what you are doing at the moment and what is required.

Magickal Correspondences

Sabbat Correspondense

Esbat Correspondences

Days of the Week Correspondences

Zodiac Correspondences

Planetary Correspondences

Buying or Making Incense?


You can of course buy your incense readily enough almost anywhere. I am even seeing a small collection of incense at my local Kroger store. The type that you decide to use is obviously up to you, and will probably depend greatly upon the magickal workings that you are doing at the moment. Many people will use a combination of each of these types of incense at different times and for different spell workings. It depends considerably on what you are doing at the moment and what is required.

My E-Book

I have spent some time lately creating an e-book for my fellow Wiccans, Witch's, and Pagans.

It has all of the common tools that we use along with history, lore, where to buy, how to make (if possible), and correspondences.

I have created this because I know how convenient it is to have all of the information available and easily accessible. I even find myself using this all the time simply for the correspondences.

This book contains information on your altar, Book of Shadows, candles, essential oils, herbs, incense, pentagram/pentacle, mortar & pestle, athame, boline, wand, cauldron, chalice, besom, offering dish, bell, bowls of salt & water, statues, clothing & jewelry, and the lighter & matches.

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Alice DeWonder 5 years ago from 3rd planet from Sun

Can it be not so much "magickal" but merely a human response to a program stimulated sense. Just like you consistently react to the same way to the acceptance of a particular sense, most people will perform likewise to a specific song. Perhaps there really is no magic, merely the verb "to be."

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