Category: incense

I’ve been hesitant for a while to try it, since I didn’t really know how, but after reading about it in a book, I cast my first circle for a spell today! I also did a tarot divination beforehand to make sure it was the right time to cast the spell. 

My friend had surgery for appendicitis, so I wanted to cast a spell that would help him. I brought representations of the four elements into the circle: sage incense, a white candle, a small bowl of water, and my azurite-malachite. I charged each one and visualized the desired result, before drawing the circle!

Here’s a helpful tip I learned about for circles: if for any reason you need to leave, draw a rectangular shape at the edge of the circle and visualize a door appearing, opening it to leave and closing it behind you then and when you return to the circle.

I also took some notes on how the candle behaved. The flame burned very high, and it caused wax to pour over the sides of the holder. I take that to mean that there was an abundance of energy and success!

Also, at the end, I made sure to release the circle and thank the elementals for their help. Oh, and I also channeled the Raven totem a bit!

Okay, first thing’s first! You need to identify whether or not you know for sure you’ve been cursed, whether you have evidence that you’ve been cursed, or whether there’s another explanation. Think carefully about whether or not you really need to use any hex- or curse-breaking spells. 

Note that some magic users make a distinction between hexes and curses. A hex is a spell that was cast knowingly and is intended to bring misfortune to another person, while a curse can be an accidental result of a nasty thought, or something like that. Don’t jump the gun with how you respond!

Next, there are some basic curse-breaking spells. Sprinkling red pepper around the home is a good way to remove a curse, as is burning bay leaves – one at dawn, and one at sunset. These should be sufficient for removing most negative magic that may have been cast on you.

If these don’t work, however, you can try a reflection spell, which is what I used this past week to break a curse I believed to be placed on me. Anointing a black or white candle in oil (I used patchouli, but even simple cooking oil works here), roll it around in a mixture of black pepper and oregano so it’s thoroughly coated, then set it on top of a small mirror and burn it while reciting this incantation:

“Return to your maker,

and leave me in peace.

Should the way be barred,

Your power will cease.”

This incantation ensures that, even if the one who hexed you has put up defenses against reflection, then the spell will still be lifted from you. Dispose of the remains of the candle outside, then cleanse yourself and your home immediately upon casting. I recommend patchouli incense for cleansing your home, if you have it!

Other methods of breaking a curse include submerging yourself in a natural body of water, purifying your aura with selenite, taking a bath with epsom salt and hex breaking herbs (bay leaves, fennel, jasmine, and nettles are all common choices), and cleaning your house with water infused with hex breaking herbs. Mop the floors, clean the walls, wash the doors and windows, and when you’re finished, throw the mop water out the back door.

Remember, above all else, to never cast a spell to bring harm to someone else. Magic should come from love and a desire to improve the world. To quote the Buddha: “If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.” Curses will find their way back to their caster someday, and karma won’t let them off the hook. If you walk the path of destruction in magic, then your ultimate destination will only be destroying yourself.

Cultivated for thousands of years, it is still possible to find roses in the wild, although most which get used commercially are grown by hand. Due to the popularity of this five-petal, oval-leaf, often-thorny flower, adulterations of its essential oils are prevalent. Be sure that if you’re using it for aromatherapy, you get the genuine article!

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Energy: Feminine

When grown in the garden, roses prefer full sun and don’t like to be crowded. Water them every day that it doesn’t rain for the first two weeks after you plant them, then water them twice a week thereafter. They should be pruned in early Spring before the buds appear, down to about one-third. Neem oil spray can help with pests and fungus, and you should compost around the base of the plant in the Autumn!

Tribes all across the United States have historically used the rose in various different remedies, and with good reason! Parts of the rose have antiviral, antidepressant, antispasmodic, and various other ‘anti-’ properties that make it a powerful aid in detoxifying the body. It also serves as a digestive stimulant, increases bile production, does wonders for the blood and kidneys, and it even aids with menstrual regulation! The dried hips of the wild rose are also very high in vitamin C, and the Japanese rose has seen extensive use as a diuretic and laxative in Eastern medicine. This is to say nothing of its benefits in aromatherapy, soothing the heart and mind with its scent.

The rose is no slouch when it comes to magical applications, either! Roses are associated with Aphrodite, Adonis and Eros. Rosewater can be worn on clothes as a protective agent, and rose petals can be added to charms against the evil eye. White roses worn at weddings will bring happiness and security to the couple; roses are used traditionally in love spells, and are great in incense and potpourri! Thorns of the rose can be used to mark wax figures for sympathetic magic. Rose hips can be carried for general good luck or strung like beads for luck in love, and can also be used as offerings to encourage friendly spirits to take up residence in a place.

Though the meanings of different kinds and colors of rose can vary, in flower language, they all generally communicate strong feelings of love and passion. The white rose is also a symbol of purity and chastity!

The beauty of gratitude!

Note: this is a method I have not yet tried, but fully plan to when I can afford all of the ingredients. I thus am not entirely sure if this a process that can be done at home, but I believe it’s worth a try!

In order to make the traditional Indian stick incense, you need a mortar and pestle, the dried scent ingredient (such as aromatic tree bark), water, and a punk stick preferably made from bamboo. 

You grind the scent ingredient up in the mortar and pestle, then mix it with water to form a paste. This mixture is then mixed with saltpeter in order to help with burning. Afterwards, you dip the punk stick into this mixture, let it dry, and then burn your incense to enjoy it!

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