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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.


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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This Wiccan “How To,” plus much more, can be found in:


The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews

by Scott Cunningham

One of the secrets of real magic is that it is controlled by the mind. The more things in your ritual to help your mind associate with your goal, the more powerful your ritual may be. Colored candles, scented oils, natural incenses, and more all add to the impact of the magic you wish to do. But how do you know which incense to burn? Is it possible to add scented oils together to get a more powerful oil? And how do you make your own appropriately-scented tools?

The answers to questions like these and hundreds more can be found in The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by world-famous author Scott Cunningham. This is a greatly expanded and rewritten version of The Magic of Incenses, Oils and Brews. It includes over 100 new formulas, proportions for each element of the recipes (the most requested feature from his previous book), how to substitute ingredients, and much more. Besides the formulas, it also includes the exact methods of making all of these scented tools, including how to extract the essences from the herbs.

Each one of the formulas in this magic book is precise and easy to make.  Also included are other ways to use magical powders that will have you coming up with your own ideas for them, too.

There is a legion of recipes for incenses. There are three for the sun and two for consecrating talismans. There are incenses for each of the astrological signs and ones to help you study better and gain success. You'll also find incenses for each of the planetary influences. There are four for Saturn alone!

This compendium of magical lore is a vital tool for every magical person on any magical path, whether you are a beginner or an expert.

Two Midsummer Incenses You Can Make

Make your own incense for the Summer Solstice

Copyright © 1999 Scott Cunningham