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					From: Rowan Fairgrove About ten years ago I was very interested in botanical incenses and spent alot of time studying and teaching the use of same. After a hiatus I am getting back into this and would like some feedback on what has been happening out there. I will type herein parts of a booklet I published called "A Handbook of Botantical Incenses" to give you some idea of where my thinking was at that time. I had generated the schema as something useful to my own work, it is not something widely used. I would love to hear other schema such as astrological, deity correspondences, seasonal, etc. I may append some of those sorts of categories to this if I have the time. My meaning come mostly from "traditional" sources but in my actual teaching and working I place more emphasis on what an individual scent does to the worker. In my beginning classes I simply passed around a collection of incenses and had each member tell what it meant to them and then we talked about the "traditional" meaning. If, for example, the traditional meaning for cinnamon is concentration and you smell it and think of grandma's pumpkin pie and all you can think about is food, it is not going to be appropriate to burn to help you study! A HANDBOOK OF BOTANICAL INCENSES Introduction: ...Botanical and other incense are a tool which can be tailored to the user's desire. At their simplest they may be used to stimulate the sense of smell and bring enjoyment to those nearby, alternatively, they can be a subtle compilation designed to create a specific ambiance for a ritual or magical operation. The following guide contains some botanical (and a few other substances) and their uses when burned. The attributes have been derived from a great many sources, both published and personal communication, and like most magical properties they are most effective when tailored to the individual or group using them. So sit down and burn some and see if they work for you. Try combinations. I have included some recipes which have worked for myself and others in the hopes that you will find them useful. Happy Censing! A Scheme of Things: The botanicals which I will discuss fall into several broad categories: 1) EVOCATIVE - used to get the attention of divinities or to summon spirits 2) DIVINATORY - used to foretell the future or to see hidden secrets 3) PURIFICATORY - used to purify the purpose of a rite or the action of a given object 4) ENHANCING - used to intensify the purpose of a rite or the action of a given object 5) PROTECTIVE - used to shield the user or area from harm 6) BANISHING - used to drive out unwanted influences or

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spirits HEALING - used to promote wholeness in mind, body or spirit SPELL CASTING - used to promote a purpose, e.g., love, fertility, money, luck, fortune, concentration, etc.

Many botanicals fall into several categories, for example: Wormword (Artemesia) can be used 1) 2) 6) 6) 8) to evoke Artemis and call the dead to promote divination when consecrated to Mars in banishing & 7) it was used to banish the Black Plague fleas when consecrated to Mars, in works of anger.

Some Examples: 1) Evocative Almond Ash Basil Bay Blessed Thistle Damiana Dittany of Crete Elm Frankincense Henbane Life Everlasting Flowers 2) Divinatory: Ash Bay Cinquefoil Clove Elm Frankincense 3) Purificatory: Angelica Bayberry Burnet Cinnamon 4) Healing Balm of Gilead Lavendar Life Everlasting 4) Enhancing: Anise seed Angelica Celery seed Cinnamon

Lotus Mandrake Myrrh Olive Patchouli Rowan Rue Thyme Verbena Vervain, Blue Wormwood Yarrow Linseed Mugwort Rowan Thyme Wormwood Yarrow Mastic gum Myrrh Olive

Myrrh Rosemary Wormwood Lotus Mandrake Mastic gum Mugwort

Cinquefoil Cloves Damiana Dragon's Blood Frankincense Henbane 5) Protective: Alfalfa Basil Blessed Thistle Bay Camphor Cinquefoil Elder Five Finger Grass Frankincense Garlic 6) Banishing: Agrimony Ash Camphor Dragon's Blood Juniper wood 8) Spell Casting: Basil Bayberry Bezoin gum Camphor Cinnamon Damiana Dragon's Blood Frankincense Lavendar Lemon peel Life Everlasting flowers Mandrake Mistletoe Orris Root

Orris root Peppermint Sandalwood Styrax Uva Ursi

Juniper wood Life Everlasting flowers Mastic gum Mistletoe Mugwort Orris root Rosemary Rowan St. John's Wort Vervain, Blue Lavendar Pine Rowan Vervain, Blue Wormwood Patchouli Peppermint Rosemary Rowan Rue Sandalwood Tormantil Uva Ursi Vervain, Blue St. John's Wort Wormwood Yarrow Ylang Ylang

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