Magickal incenses can be a potent, personal tool with infinite variations. But sometimes you just need an incense that smells good and is in accord with your magickal purposes. This mini incense almanac owes more to the corner store than to Culpeper. This blend of resins, musk, and florals is an excellent multi-purpose incense. Use it for wisdom and truth-seeking, as well as rituals of love and desire.
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The recipes work well and are self-burning with no saltpetre. Furthermore, they are simple with easy to obtain ingredients and even smell good.
I must admit, I was expecting a book of recipes. What I got, however, was only 21 pages out of a total that included recipes, some of which were painfully simple. The 68 pages leading up to this were five chapters of every detail about the handful of incense shapes, what ingredients are used for in a recipe, how to burn incense an idea which was shocking to me. All this made for one overwhelmed reader, and I had only barely gotten to the good stuff!
To be fair, the author is talking specifically about combustible incense, the kind that you light, blow out, and let do its thing. All my experience comes from non-combustible incense, that which is smouldered on charcoal. I think that both of them have their benefits and I was looking forward to extending my knowledge on incense, which I love.
For rituals, house cleansing, and some spellwork, non-combustible is perfect, in my opinion. But I was interested in learning to make incense that would work better for smaller workings. Instead of describing non-combustible incense use as simply another option, I was sad to see the author put it down and anything to do with saltpeter, in fact again and again labeling it as messy, wasteful, and dangerous. I have no problem with a person giving opinions, but they should not be stated as fact.
The author does say, though, that nothing in his book should be taken as the final word on the subject. I buy mine through the mail without problem. I store it safely in a glass spice jar like the rest of my herbs.
You need no more than the usual amount of ventilation, recipes only ever call for a pinch or so, and in the case of charcoals, the scent is gone before you add your incense. He says this as another reason to avoid saltpeter, but if it were really the case, his use of cloves as an additive would qualify as interfering with every spell not linked to Jupiter or Fire. Oddly enough, for all the times he uses the term, the index has no entry for it.
If you put a little on, a little will burn. Lots of history and culture. This book was long and involved--just what an incense connoisseur would adore!
Me, I was able to learn lots of new things and try out combustibles for myself. Just what I wanted. That I loved.
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