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This is part III of book 1, The Alchymist's Shelf.

The "MAGIC" of Scent

The use of incense and perfume oils is almost as old as man. One could fill endless pages dedicated to their ancient usage in Magic and Religion, but to what avail? Let us concentrate rather on the 'HOW' and 'WHY' . The formulation of an incense or perfume is not only an Art but a Craft and Science as well. We find endless so-called Magical attributions and legendary virtues, but, in fact, there is no 'Magic' involved. Science, yes. Magic, no. This is not to say that certain oils and incenses are not used 'Magically', but they are used for the effects which they generate, and these effects are the result of a scientific blending of ingredients. This science has hitherto been restricted to Priests and Adepts of various religious and Magical Orders, for like any other 'force' it can be dangerous in the wrong hands. We are not speaking here of the mundane Art of Perfumery which caters to the masses and offers instant allure in a bottle, but rather the Arcane Science of Psycho-Sensory Response. 'Occult' oils and incenses work on the Subconscious as well as the Conscious Mind and illicit specific responses in accord with their specific formulae. It is a well known and scientifically proven fact that we all respond consciously and unconsciously to Sound, Color, and Scent. It has been further proven that not only do we respond but can also be conditioned and healed by these vibrations. We shall not deal herein with Sound or Color but exclusively with Scent. Let us establish the simple fact that certain scents stimulate a sexual response, others soothe the nerves, some stimulate the Psychic Centers, while still others cover the full range of human emotions. Whatever the scent, the fact remains, we do respond either consciously or subconsciously, and herein lies the 'Science', the 'Art' of formulating a particular blend for a specific purpose based on the known Psycho-Sensory Response of each ingredient. Some scents we respond to on a Conscious level, that is to say that we are aware of our reaction, but when the blend works on the Subconscious level we are not consciously aware of our response. A perfume or incense will generally smell 'good', and of this we are 'aware', but the subliminal response to the scent is not always 'consciously' recorded. For instance, a perfume may smell 'good' at the first whiff, but not until considerably later will the person realize that their tensions have eased and their headache disappeared. Some perfumes illicit an immediate response while others tend to have a 'delayed reaction' as it were. Those incenses and perfumes formulated to stimulate the passions are usually quite potent and illicit an almost immediate response, while those that work on the Chakras such as healing, psychic, and spiritual tend to be more subtle in their effects. In consideration of this we then come to understand the Why and How of this most ancient Science which has survived time and is still employed today.

I must caution the reader, however, not to expect to find these virtues in the average 'occult' incense or perfume. Most of the occult incenses and perfumes are mass produced by large manufacturing firms and the only 'Magic' they contain is in their name. With few exceptions, the commercial occult blends are cut with either alcohol, solvent, chalk, or sawdust, and this alone negates any potency they might originally have had. There are a FEW genuine 'occult' perfumers around, but they are hard to find. A good rule of thumb to follow when buying an occult incense or oil is to check to see if they are pure, uncut, and contain only 'natural' ingredients. "See Know your Incense." I will say, however, that with regard to the commercial blends a person's belief in their legendary 'virtues', is a 'magical power' in itself. Strong belief in the 'magical' potency of an incense or oil does help, and it is this 'belief' that accounts for the moderate success of the commercial blends. The true 'occult' incense or oil does not require belief in its virtues to have an effect as it operates on a 'Psycho-Sensory Response' factor. In other words, it works independent of your belief by stimulating the Sub-conscious rather than just the Conscious Mind.

I have included a section following this page called "Know your Incense". It is intended to give you a working knowledge of what incense is, how to look at it and know something about its quality.

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KNOW YOUR INCENSE

How are you going to, know your incense? Just what does that mean. There is a lot to know about incenses before you use them. All incenses are not equal. A name is not just a name. What looks the same, may not be the same. What looks different may well be the very same thing. We must take into consideration these items: NAME, COLOR, INGREDIENTS, PREPARATION, FRAGRANCE and TEXTURE.

Let's start by looking at one Incense.

How about Moon Magic?

You can find this name in any occult shop, or book store, or even some boutiques that carry a brand of incense. An aside note here, the rules that we look at will hold true for the most part even for essential oils with the same names.

So, how about Moon Magic incense? This is a lunar blend to be used in lunar rites and any aspect of work or offering to the Goddess. It is used in Psychic work and Meditation. From this we know that the incense must be WHITE to be in harmony with the moon. It must be good looking. The fragrance must be pleasant. There are many essential oils that have lunar attributes. In fact, all pleasant smells can be attributed to the moon. So how do we know which is the correct one? In reality for a pure lunar incense it may not make any difference. But we want Moon Magic to be pleasant, relaxing, an aid to meditation and help in psychic work. This will narrow the search to only a few favorable flavors. Most of the time Mimosa oil is used to give Moon Magic its top note, (that is the most dominant fragrance when sniffed but not when it is burned), Mimosa has Venus attributes.

We now have a white incense with the fragrance of mimosa. What more do we need? Well being a Moon type incense it should look good so we must keep it a fine powder type, something nice to touch and look at. White powder that smells good may not burn well. We need a primary ingredient to carry the fragrance into the air and to the one doing the work. This ingredient also must be in harmony with the total Incense. This carrier will be the most dominant fragrance when the incense is burned.

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The major carriers are Mastic, Myrrh, Copal, Frankincense, Storax, Amber, Benzoin, Sandalwood and Dragon's Blood.

This is a list of Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Spirit Attributes including some Planetary information for your use in understanding a little bit more about Incenses.

Spirit : Amber, Neptune
Water : Myrrh, Jupiter
Air : Galbanum, Uranus
Fire : Frankincense, Sun
Earth : Storax, Saturn, Taurus

Spirit of Air : Aloes (wood)
Water of Air : Mastic, Mercury, Gemini
Air of Air : Galbanum, Uranus, Saturn, Aquarius
Fire of Air : Olibanum, Venus, Libra
Earth of Air : Storax

Spirit of Earth : Dittany of Crete
Water of Earth : Clove, Mercury, Virgo
Air of Earth : Assafoetida, Patchouli, Venus, Taurus
Fire of Earth : Benzoin, Saturn, Capricorn
Earth of Earth : Storax

Spirit of Fire : Saffron
Water of Fire : Myrrh, Jupiter, Sagittarius
Air of Fire : Alos (wood), Sun, Leo
Fire of Fire : Dragon's Blood, Mars, Aries
Earth of Fire : Sandalwood

Spirit of Spirit : Ambergris
Water of Spirit : Onycha (cuttlebone)
Air of Spirit : Amber
Fire of Spirit : Civit
Earth of Spirit : Musk

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This list is for some of the ingredients used in incense. All ingredients will fit some where into this list of attributes. Note that some of these ingredients are not major carriers but the attribute list would incomplete without them. This list can go on, add to it for your own information. Also true here as in all occult matters, there may be more than one set of attributes for the same set of information.

The information given here is a set that has been used by the Qabalists, the Wiccans as well as the Alchemists. This information works in incenses for ritual work.

Now we can add some Sandalwood to our Moon Magic incense for the Mercury aspect, also lets add some fine or small grain Frankincense to give solar energy and commitment to the smoke.

We now come to one of the very important points in blending incenses or oils for ritual work. We must consider the Major Planetary aspects at the time of blending. Moon Magic has some planetary ingredients, these may not be in bad aspect to the moon while this blend is being created. The Sun, Venus and Mercury must be in good aspect to the Moon and each other or even the best intentions may not be realized for the user.

How do you know the incense you want to use has been created properly? Well, if you do it yourself you will know. The other choice you have is to look at the incense, does it look correct? How does it small? How does it feel? Is the packaging reasonable for the price being charged. Who made it? Do they know what it is they have made and are selling? Do they know for what purpose the product is to be used? If all these questions are answered to your satisfaction the incense will work for you.

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Here is a list of some qualifications for you to use in making your judgment.

Incense Name

Ab Ra
Abra Melin
Abtina
Adoration
Aesculapius
Altar
Angel
Anubis 
Aphrodisia
Aquarius
Ari Senther
Aries
Asherau
Astarte 
Attraction
Aum
Aus
Banishing
Bast 
Blackarts
Blessed
Buckeye
Buddha
Byzantium 
Cancer
Capricorn
Cedar
Cernunnos
Circe
Cleopatra
Consecration
Crown of Success 
Crucible of Courage 
Dambalah
Divination T
Double Fast Luck 
Dragon's Blood
Drive and Bind 
Druilanach
Egyptian Kyphi 
Egyptian Ritual
Enochan 
Evohe
Fire of Azrael
Gemini
God Fire
Golden Aura
Golden Dawn
Harmonia
Healing Hands 
Heka
Hi Altar
Isis
John the Conqueror
Jupiter
Kafir Dream
Kore
Kundalini
Leo
Libra
Magic Circle
Mars
Meditation
Mercury
Meri
Middle Pillar
Moon
Moon Magic
Mystic Rites
Nefertiti
Nirvana
Nuit
Offeratory
Oracle
Osiris
Pan
Pisces
Qabal
Sagittarius
Sanctum Regnum 
Saturn
Scorpio
Shaman
Shen Tet
Spiritual Vision
Star of the Sea
Tetragrammaton
Thoth
Tibetan
Venus
Virgo

Color

Rose 
White 
Tan
Tan 
Yellow 
White
Blue
Black
Pink
Purple 
Yellow 
Red
Tan 
Resin
Blue
Black
Black 
Blue
Yellow
Black
White
Brown-Grn 
Brown
Orange
Yellow
Purple
Tan
Green 
Black 
Blue/Lite 
White
Tan
Blue
Brown
Tan
Green
Red 
Purple 
Wood
Brown
Blue
Wood
Resin
Wood
Orange
Yellow
Gold
Tan
Tan
White 
Brown
Brown
Resin/Red
Green
Blue
Tan
Gold
Orange
Orange
Green
Tan
Red
White
Orange
Red
White
White
Tan
Tan
Blue
Brown
Orange
Pink
Resin
Green
Green
Red
Orange
Blue
Black
Black
Blue
Resin/Tan
Tan
Blue
White
Resin
Tan
Brown
Green
Green

Primary Ingredient

Frankincense-Mastic
White Frankincense
Frankincense
Myrrh-Frankincense
Datura-Bella-Donna
Frankincense
Myrrh
Frankincense
Myrrh-Frankincense
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Myrrh-Mastic
Dittany of Crete
Myrrh
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Sandalwood
Myrrh
Frankincense-Myrrh
Myrrh
Frankincense
Chestnut Leaf
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Frankincense
Myrrh
Cedar
Cedar
Frankincense
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Frankincense
Rose Petals
Frankincense
Frankincense-Myrrh
Patchouli
Dragon's Blood
Frankincense
Frankincence
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Cedar
Mastic
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Myrrh
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Myrrh
Frankincense
Benzoin
Frankincense
Frankincense
Sandalwood
Sandalwood
Dragon's Blood
Frankincense
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Frankincense
Opoponax
Frankincense
Myrrh
Myrrh
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Myrrh
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincense
Frankincen
Myrrh
Myrrh
Frankincense
Frankincense
Myrrh
SFrankincense
Copal
Frankincense
Sandalwood
Benzoin
Myrrh

 

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INCENSE

AB RA
An ancient Egyptian blend sacred to the Solar God. It is burned as an offering in Solar Rites, but it may also be burned for blessings and protection.

ABTINA
A special blend of herbs, resins, and spices that vibrates on Spiritual level. It aids in con tacting the Inner Planes as well as being burned for blessings and protection.

ADORATION
A special blend for use as an offering in magical rites or personal prayer workings.

ANUBIS
Unique Egyptian blend sacred to the Guardian of Souls. It is used to invoke the god's protection during Astral Travel and in all rites involving spirit contact.

APHRODESIA
An exotic bouquet sacred to the Goddess in Her 'Love' aspect. It is used in all rituals of love, but it may also be burned in the home to maintain happiness and affection.

ARI SENTHER
An ancient Egyptian blend formulated for Purification and Circle Casting. It wards off evil and creates an invisible wall of Spiritual protection.

ASHERAU
An ancient Egyptian blend used as an offering in ritual and prayer work. It has high Spiri tual vibrations.

ASTARTE
An Assyro-Babylonian blend sacred to the Goddess of Love. It vibrates on a seductive level and is suitable for all rituals involving love or passion.

AUM
A rare Eastern blend for use in all types of Meditation, Mantras, and Prayer work. It vibrates on a Spiritual level.

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BAST
An ancient Egyptian blend sacred to the Cat Goddess of Creativity and pleasure. This is an excellent incense for actors, writers, artists, and musicians.

BENZOIN
This resin is burned to promote peace of mind and harmonious vibrations. Venus rules it.

BUDDHA
An Eastern blend formulated for use in Meditation and Prayer work.

BYZANTIUM
A unique blend of resins, rare herbs, and spices that is suitable for general ritual use as well as for Meditation. It is an extremely rich fullbodied incense.

CERNUNNOS

A special blend of flowers and herbs that evokes a forest note. It is used as an evokational incense in the rites of Cerrunnos.

CIRCE
This strange and exotic incense is said to be the same one used by the legendary sorceress. It is an excellent aid in all rites of enchantment and sorcery.

CONSECRATION
A very special blend of resins and herbs that is used in rites of Consecration, Purification and Uncrossing. It is an excellent incense to burn when moving into a new home.

DAMBALAH

A Voodoo blend for use in the rites of Dambalah, but it may also be used as an aid in raising the Serpent Fire.

DIVINATION
A blend specially formulated for use in the Psychic Arts. It is an ESP energizer.

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DRAGON'S BLOOD
This is an incense of Purification and Exorcism, but it may also be used to 'clear'
a house or apartment of the previous tenant's vibes.

DRIVE & BIND
This is the most potent reversing incense available. It sends all evil and negativity back to its source. It is used in all forms of Purification, Exorcism, and Clearing.

DRUILANACH
This ancient Celtic formula is for use in the Need Fire and the Sacred Cauldron rites. It is an incense of both Magical and Spiritual Power.

EGYPTIAN RITUAL
This is a basic ritual incense for general use. It vibrates on the Spiritual level for Purifica tion, Blessings, and Protection.

ENOCHIAN
This unique Qabalistic blend is formulated specifically for use with the Enochian Calls. It is an extremely potent incense of considerable power and should be used only in its proper context.

EVOHE
This special blend is for use in rituals where physical manifestation is required . Its rare ingredients constitute the vehicle required for elemental and Spirit materialization.

FIRE of AZRAEL
An incense used in Visionay work. As described by "Deon Fortune" in her book "The Sea Preastice". This incense should be used with a clear mind and with purpose.

FRANKINCENSE
Also known as Olibanum, this is one of the 'sacred' resins. It vibrates on the spiritual level and is used for blessings, purification and protection. The Sun rules it, so it is also used in Solar incense blends.

GITANA
This Romany blend is used to draw and attract, therefore, it may be used in many different types of rituals where a magnetic vibration is required.

GOD FIRE
This is a Pagan blend for use in all rituals unvolving the Great God. It brings blessings, purifies, and protects.

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GOLDEN AURA
This is a special blend for prosperity and success. It is highly magnetic.

GOLDEN DAWN
This is a highly Spiritual incense suitable for use in most "Golden Dawn Rituals", but it may also be used as a basic temple incense as well as for meditation.

HEALING HANDS
A special blend for use in Healing. It is very soothing and promotes harmony of body and Spirit.

HEKA
This ancient Egyptian formula is one of Magical Power. It is an aid in all rites and helps open the Portals to the Inner Planes.

HETAP
An ancient Egyptian blend is said to bring Peace, Happiness, and Success.

HET-HARA
This ancient Egyptian blend is sacred to the Goddess Hathor in Her 'Love' aspect. It can be used in all love rituals as well as those associated with the planet Venus.

HEX BANE
A special Craft blend for breaking hexes and warding off evil. It is also good for, clearing and purification.

HI ALTAR
A spiritual blend for use where blessings and protection are needed. It may be used in the home of temple.

HORUS
An ancient Egyptian blend sacred to the god Horus. It is a Mars/Sun vibration and is excellent wherever powerful protection is required.

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ISIS
An ancient Egyptian blend sacred to the Goddess Isis. It can be used in all rites wherein the Great Mother is invoked or petitioned.

JOHN THE CONQUEROR
A specially formulated incense that helps in overcoming obstacles and difficulties. It is said to bring success to one's endeavors.

KAFIR DREAM
This unique blend of herbs, resins, and spices is specially formulated as an aid in Astral Projection, Divination, and Prophetic Dreaming. It is extremely effective and opens the Psychic Centers to 'clear vision'.

KORE
This lovely incense can be used in all 'Love' rituals, and, specifically, those invoking the Goddess Kore.

KUNDALINI
A unique formulation designed to help raise the 'Serpent Fire' in Yoga workings.

MAA-ISA
An ancient Egyptian blend known as the "Truth of Isis". It was used by the Priestess's of Isis as an aid in 'seeing true' when counseling or divining.

MAGICK CIRCLE
This particular blend is excellent for general Circle workings where purification and protection are required. It can also be used in rites of Psychic Self-Defense where this particular energy is required.

MASTIC
This rare resin is Mercurial in nature. It stimulates the intellect, and is used in rituals involving the planetary influence of Mercury.

MEDITATION
A special blend for use in meditation, it is very soothing and relaxing.

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MEN THU
An ancient Egyptian blend for Uncrossing. It breaks hexes and wards off evil.

MERI
An ancient Egyptian 'Love' Incense.

MERI-ISA
An ancient Egyptian blend used by the Priestess's of 'Isis' to invoke the presence and blessings of the great Goddess.

MIDDLE PILLAR
A Qabalistic blend formulated for use in the "Middle Pillar Ritual". It vibrates on the Spiritual Plane.

MINOEAN
An ancient formulation suitable for general use. It vibrates on the Spiritual level and is therefore suitable for cleansing' and 'consecration'.

MOON MAGIC
This exquisite blend is sacred to the Goddess in Her Lunar aspect. It can be burned as an offering to the Lady, or used in rites under the presidency of the Moon. It is also an excellent aid in Psychic workings or Meditation.

MYSTIC RITES
A special blend for general ritual and Sabbath use. It has a powerful vubratory rate on the Spiritual-Magical level.

MYRRH
One of the sacred resins, it is used in Purification and Consecration. It wards off evil and negativity due to its highly Spiritual vibration. Saturn rules it.

NEB-TET
An unusual ancient Egyptian blend that is used as an aid in raising Psychic perception. It is also excellent for use while meditating.

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NEFERTITI
An ancient Egyptian blend that is extremely sensual and magnetic. It is an excellent aid in all rites involving love and attraction.

NIRVANA
A unique bouquet of resins and herbs formulated as an aid in deep Meditation. This incense vibrates on the spiritual Plane but also has very soothing vibrations on the Mental-Emotion level.

NUIT
A special blend formulated for use in rites involving the Goddess in Her Cosmic form.

OFFERATORY
This beautiful essence may be used as the ritual sacrifice, or just to say "thank you", for blessings received. It has a high Spiritual vibration and is very soothing to the mind and Spirit.

ORACLE
This incense is used as an aid in all forms of Divination as it links in with the Subconscious and expands Psychic perception. It may also be used in meditation to assist in Spiritual Illumination.

OSIRIS
An ancient Egyptian blend sacred to the Lord of Resurrection. It vibrates on a high Spiritual level, and is suitable for all types of prayer work, meditation, healing, as well as for purification and protection.

PAN
Woodland flowers, herbs, berries, and resins create the fragrance of the deep forest, enchanted glades, and the primitive call of Pan.

PAPYRUS
An ancient Egyptian blend that vibrates on the Mental Plane. It stimulates the intellect and is an excellent aid in meditation.

PSYCHON
This incense was specially formulated for use in all workings of a psychic nature. It opens the way for inner plane contacts and helps open the third eye.

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PURIFICATION
An extremely powerful blend for use in purification exorcism and
clearing.

QABAL
A unique hermetic formula suitable for use in most types of Qabalistic workings. It has a very high spiritual vibratory rate.

SANCTUM REGNUM
This formulation vibrates with spiritual power, and is used in rituals involving the sacred Tarot, path workings and astral journeys.

SAU
This is the ancient Egyptian formula used by the sorcerers and adepts. It is a power source, as well as purifying and protecting.

SEKHMET
This ancient Egyptian blend is sacred to the Solar Warrior Goddess and is used in rites of psychic self-defense.

SEM
An ancient Egyptian blend used for blessing and consecration.

SHAMAN
An American Indian blend that is used for purification and "seeing clear". Spiritually high vibration.

SHEN-TET
Ancient Egyptian blend for health and protection. Anoint temples, wrists and soles of feet.

SHEN UR
Ancient Egyptian blend used to cast the Great Circle of Power. It may also be used for protection and blessings.

SPECIAL BLEND
A unique formulation of rare herbs, spices and resins that helps attune one to inner plane vibrations. It is also an excellent aid in prayer work and meditation.

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SORTES SACRAE
A very special Craft blend for use at Sabbats, Esbats, and all Circle gatherings. Highly spiritual.

STAR OF THE SEA
This is perhaps the most lovely of all the incenses of the Great Goddess. It is excellent for use in workings dealing with the sea elementals, as well as for full moon rites.

TETRAGRAMMATON
One of the most sacred and powerful incenses of the Qabalists. It is suitable for all rites of High Magic and ritual worship.

THOTH
Sacred to the Egyptian Lord of Magic and Knowledge, it is said to stimulate the intellect and aid in all magical rites and workings.

TIBETAN
An Eastern blend formulated for meditation and yoga use.

WHITE LIGHT
This blend is an excellent aid in astral projection, trance work and deep meditation. The blending of certain rare herbs, spices and resins provides the proper vibratory atmosphere for attaining the inner planes.

WICCA
This is Lady Sara's special blend that has been handed down through generations. It is a true Sabbath incense of extremely high spiritual vibrations. It is also excellent for all types of Circle workings.

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Zodiac Essences
 

This fragrance is for the ARIES native (Mar. 21 - Apr 19).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the TAURUS native (Apr. 20 - May 19).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the GEMINI native (May 20 - June 18).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the CANCER native (June 19 - July 23).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the LEO native (July 24 - Aug. 22).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the VIRGO native (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the LIBRA native (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the SCORPIO native (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the SAGITTARIUS native (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the CAPRICORN native (Dec. 21 - Jan. 19).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the AQUARIUS native (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

This fragrance is for the PISCES native (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20).
It helps balance and harmonize the energies of this sign.

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW
ABOUT SELF-IGNITING CHARCOAL BUT
DIDN'T KNOW WHO TO ASK.

1.
Always use a container, such as an incense burner or ash tray, because sparks will jump around while burning incense.

2. Always put some sand in the burner under the charcoal, because the charcoal gets very hot and will break glass or ruin your table top if using a metal burner. You don't have to worry about ashes in the sand, these charcoals are pure and cause no side smells in your incense burning. Just mix the old ashes into the sand.

3. You may break the charcoal in halves or thirds or what ever size you wish to use.

4. If the charcoal is crumbled up into powder, it will not burn reliably.

5. After you ignite your charcoal piece with a match, set it on the sand and let it finish heating clear through, about two minutes. This burns out all the smells that are not incense, and also allows the charcoal to burn longer.

6. Your charcoal can be pushed down into the sand and it will burn ok. If you put a lid on the burner, air can not get to the charcoal and it will go out.

7. The fragrance of the incense is in the air long (hours) after the smoke is gone. If you use a little charcoal and a little incense, the smoke will last about five minutes. Then you may put more incense on the charcoal at that time, if you wish. If you are meditating there is no need to stop and add incense. The fragrance is designed to last. Your nose will get used to the fragrance, so you can't tell how strong the scent actually is. Experiment, light a small amount of incense, set it in a room and go away for a half hour or so, then return and smell the room. If it isn't strong enough for you try a little more incense and charcoal.

8. The best way to use your incense and self-igniting charcoal is to try it.

9. NEVER USE THE BARBECUE CHARCOAL, LIKE FROM THE GROCERY STORE THE SMOKE IS VERY POISONOUS IN A CLOSED AREA, AND IT SMELLS BAD.

Russ - The Alchymist's Shelf

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