Incense is used to represent the element of air, to help cleanse,
and bring the power and energy of the incense to your magickal
workings. Incenses, like herbs and oils, are very versatile. The
easiest way of attracting all the good things you want not only
for yourself but also for those you love and for those in need, is
to burn oils and to release the chosen fragrances and let them
work in their own way. You can choose Incense (like oil and
herb's) for health, happiness, love, success, prosperity,
confidence and protection, to name but a few.
The symbolic values of incense indicate the measure of its
importance to the religious life and the Mysteries of ancient man.
It is representative of adoration, confession, deity offering,
homage, libation, propitiation, protection, purification, act of
prayer, prophecy, and fire worship. Incense, used properly, can
give forth a mysterious essence which can penetrate and influence
the deeper emotions of the subconscious. Ancient civilizations
understood this well, for the smoke of incense was an important
part of life, religion. and the celebration of the Mysteries.
Perfume has been used in the form of incense for at least 5000
years. The word Perfume in Latin means "through smoke" .
Fumigations not only served to sweeten the air but were believed
to give protection from evil and disease. Most importantly they
were an offering to the Gods. Since the Gods were of spirit they
could not receive the material body of a sacrifice, therefore the
essence was sent to them on the wings of sacred smoke. It was also
believed that prayers were carried to the spirit realm through the
burning of incense. Incense also was thought to support the soul
in its ascent to heaven. Ancient altars sent forth billows of
aromatic smoke filling the temples with intoxicating fragrance
lifting the hearts of the worshippers and carrying their prayers
to the sky.
Incense has formed a central part of religious and magical
ceremonies for thousands of years in lands as far apart as India
and North America.
Since the 1960s, incense sticks, cones and burners have increased
in popularity for home use, to create an atmosphere of calm, to
induce love and cleanse negativity. Many people use them for
meditation as well as for rituals. Today incense can be used to
purify homes, offices and clothing, to protect homes and
businesses and to help cure illness. Incense can be a very
powerful tool to any magickal workings.