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Coven of the Unicorn's Realm

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 suble 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       
    spirits                                                    
7)  HEALING   used to promote wholeness in mind, body or       
    spirit                                                     
8)  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) to evoke Artemis and call\ the dead
2) to promote divination
6) when consecrated to Mars in banishing
6) & 7) it was used to banish the Black Plague fleas
8) when consecrated to Mars, in works of anger.

Some Examples:

1) Evocative                                                   
Almond                             Lotus                       
Ash                                Mandrake                    
Basil                              Myrrh                       
Bay                                Olive                       
Blessed Thistle                    Patchouli                   
Damiana                            Rowan                       
Dittany of Crete                   Rue                         
Elm                                Thyme                       
Frankincense                       Verbena                     
Henbane                            Vervain, Blue               
Life Everlasting Flowers           Wormwood                    
                                   Yarrow 
2) Divinatory:                                                 
Ash                                Linseed                     
Bay                                Mugwort                     
Cinquefoil                         Rowan                       
Clove                              Thyme                       
Elm                                Wormwood                    
Frankincense                       Yarrow 
<pre>3) Purificatory: Angelica Mastic gum Bayberry Myrrh Burnet Olive Cinnamon re>4) Healing Balm of Gilead Myrrh Lavendar Rosemary Life Everlasting Wormwood
5) Enhancing:                                                  
Anise seed                         Lotus                       
Angelica                           Mandrake                    
Celery seed                        Mastic gum                  
Cinnamon                           Mugwort                     
Cinquefoil                         Orris root                  
Cloves                             Peppermint                  
Damiana                            Sandalwood                  
Dragon's Blood                     Styrax                      
Frankincense                       Uva Ursi                    
Henbane
6) Protective:                                                 
Alfalfa                            Juniper wood                
Basil                              Life Everlasting flowers    
Blessed Thistle                    Mastic gum                  
Bay                                Mistletoe                   
Camphor                            Mugwort                     
Cinquefoil                         Orris root                  
Elder                              Rosemary                    
Five Finger Grass                  Rowan                       
Frankincense                       St. John's Wort             
Garlic                             Vervain, Blue  
7) Banishing:                                                  
Agrimony                           Lavendar                    
Ash                                Pine                        
Camphor                            Rowan                       
Dragon's Blood                     Vervain, Blue               
Juniper wood                       Wormwood  
8) Spell Casting:                                              
Basil                              Patchouli                   
Bayberry                           Peppermint                  
Bezoin gum                         Rosemary                    
Camphor                            Rowan                       
Cinnamon                           Rue                         
Damiana                            Sandalwood                  
Dragon's Blood                     Tormantil                   
Frankincense                       Uva Ursi                    
Lavender                           Vervain, Blue               
Lemon peel                         St. John's Wort             
Life Everlasting flowers           Wormwood                    
Mandrake                           Yarrow                      
Mistletoe                          Ylang Ylang                 
Orris Root 

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