Two Midsummer Incenses You Can Make 

Make your own incense for the Summer Solstice.

     Copyright © 1999 Scott Cunningham
Scent is power. It allows us to slip into ritual consciousness, thereby allowing us to raise power, infuse it with the proper energies, and send it forth toward the magical goal. However, not all magical incenses smell sweet. Some have strong, resinous odors; others, intensely bitter scents. Incenses intended for ritual use are blended to provide the proper energies during magical operations-not to smell pleasing to the human nose.

Don't let this scare you away from incense, however. Most of our associations with "pleasant" and "foul" odors are leame~ and our noses aren't as capable of determining various scents as they should be. Retrain your nose to accept exotic scents, and the art of incense burning will become a joy, not something to be tolerated for the sake of magic.

Occult supply stores stock incense intended for use in magic. Many rare blends can be purchased for a few dollars. While these are magically effective, you may wish to make some of your own.

Specially formulated incenses are burned to attract specific energies to the magician and to aid her or him in charging personal Power with the ritual's goal, eventually creating the necessary change.

Incense, in common with all things, possesses specific vibrations. The magician chooses the incense for magical use with these vibrations in mind. If performing a healing ritual, she or he burns a mixture composed of herbs that promote healing.

Make your own Midsummer incense.

Midsummer Incense # 1

   * 2 parts Sandalwood
   * 1 part Mugwort
   * 1 part Camomile
   * 1 part Gardenia petals
   * a few drops Rose oil
   * a few drops Lavender oil
   * a few drops Yarrow oil

Burn at Wiccan rituals at the Summer Solstice (circa June 21st), or at that time to attune with the seasons and the Sun.

Midsummer Incense # 2

   * 3 parts Frankincense
   * 2 parts Benzoin
   * 1 part Dragon's Blood
   * 1 part Thyme
   * 1 part Rosemary
   * 1 pinch Vervain
   * a few drops Red Wine

Burn at Wiccan rituals at the Summer Solstice (circa June 21st), or at that time to attune with the seasons and the Sun.

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