Monday, June 30, 2008

Use of Incense and Smudge


Use of Incense and Smudge

Inscense of one kind or another are used in many religious and spiritual pathways. Here is a list of some pathways that use some kind of incense: Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Neopaganism and Shamanism.

For the Buddhisht, Taoist and Shinto, incense is a method of purifying.

For some of the Christians, the smoke of burning incense is viewed by many Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox faith as a prayer of the faithful.

Hinduism was probably the first religion in which incense was used and sacrificed to show loyalty to God.

For Islam, some muslim burn incense for meditation, especially the Sufi sect of Islam.

In Judaism they have the Ketoret which is the incense described in the Bible for use in the Temple.

Neopaganism, incense is also often used in Neopagan rituals because it represents all of the elements. Incense smoke walfs through the air, is created through the use of fire, the incense materials are grown from the earth, and combustable incense is formed using water. Most Neopagans and Wiccans use incense for two basic purposes in modern rituals. First incense is believed to create a magical atmosphere that is apporpriate for the invocation or inviting of deities and spirits often present around the Pagan altar. Second, burning the incense is believed to release the large amount of energy stored within natural incense so that it can be used for magical purposes.

Here are some magical association of incense used by some people.

Frankincense- burned for purification, spirituality and is associated with the Sun. Frankincense is associated with masculine powers.

Myrrh- has simular properties to frankincense, though it is also used for healing and attraction as well. Myrrh is associated with feminine powers.

Copal- most often burned for purification both spiritual cleansing as well as for cleansing physical items. Copal is actually a generic term referring to many different types of resins. Varieties include white, black, and golden.

Dragon's blood- burned for love, strength, and courage and can be used to add potency to any spellwork.

Pine and Cedar- help cleanse space of negative energy.

Sandalwood- Used by Mongolian Shaman before and during ceremonies, before praying and to bless the altar. Normally use three sticks at a time and wave them nine times at the altar.

I use a lot of incense and it runs up quite a bill when you can only purchase a few at a time. That is why we sell bulk amounts for the ones that use it a lot like us.
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7 comments:

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I am planning on undergoing this "journey" tomorrow mid-day, alone in nature. Will it be safe is I do this alone as intended, or should I share this experience with another individual? Please give me any tips or pointers that will be useful for my journey? Thank you so much from One Divine Being to the Next...

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