To empower an incense it is best to focus on your goal throughout the process of creating the mixture. Chanting is nice, it helps you focus. The ideal situation is to grow, harvest and dry your own herbs, then grind and blend your own incense. This is seldom possible for most of us. Therefore, the next step – empowerment – is the most important and should always be done whether you buy or make your own incense.
Methods vary. This is the one I use and it works well for me: I build my energy, and focusing on my goal, I hold my hands over/around the incense. Depending on the purpose of the incense, I may call upon the aid of guides, power animals, deities or any being of white light. I let the energy flow from me and through me and into the herbs until they glow. I usually state aloud or chant the purpose of the incense. When I feel the herbs have absorbed enough energy, I end my rite with “harming none, for the good of all, so mote it be” (this is kind of an insurance policy so I don’t inadvertantly harm anyone.) I then thank those who helped me in this rite. Done.
Empowerment is a very important part in the use of any magickal *helper*. Without it, the energies of all involved are somewhat scattered. For magick to be successful, all involved energies must be focused on the goal. Be sure to empower your incenses; you’ll feel the difference.
In any operation, magickal or mundane, intuition plays a very important roll. If you are making an incense for, say, protection and you see that Patchouli is used for this; don’t just automatically add it. Think about it for a little. You may find that for you, Patchouli is better suited as a prosperity herb and not for protection. Find another that works better for you.
We are all different. Even though an herb has worked well for many over the centuries and has built up strong energy due to the beliefs of many, doesn’t mean it will *fit* you or your purpose at this time. When you make a magickal herbal mixture, it must fit you to work well. This goes for any of the attributes, such as gender, planet, element, origin. If you feel a certain herb should be added to your incense, add it. You’re probably right.
Don’t be afraid to substitute if you don’t have the right ingredients for your recipe. When you empower your mixture, you will be aligning the various energies to your will. A very old and wise herbalist once said “if you don’t have the proper herb, any herb will do. “It is your intent that makes your magick work, much more so than the ingredients used.
Charging your incense
Once you have chosen an incense recipe or chosen the herbs that you have selected to burn. You then charge the incense with power and the intent. I would personally charge and consecrate all items. I would cleanse everything with visualization or the ringing of a bell. I would make the incense inside a circle, some witches will make the incense then charge it later, this is personal choice. I prefer to state my intent or chant whilst mixing the ingredients together. Stirring widdershins or deosil depending on the intent.
Charging or enchanting your ingredients is a simple form of spellcasting. To enchant a herb, resin or oil for use in an incense empowers that ingredient with a specific purpose. The power is already in the herb all you have to do is bring it out. Adding lunar energy and astrological and planetary energy will give added energy to the blend. Remember to visualize as you you enchant. Make the purpose or intent as clear as you can to avoid confusing the direction and focus of your spell.
This final stage I will complete as a ritual.
I am making an incense to use in an esbat ritual. I have collected all my tools and ingredients together. I have cleansed myself and the ritual area, both physically and mentally. On my altar I have place a silver candle. In front of the candle on my pentacle board I have placed a mortar and pestle besides I have placed a wooden spoon I use for mixing. I have my athame and bolline. I have the ingredients below. I have charged then by the light of the full moon.
- 3 parts Gardenia petals
- 2 Parts Frankincense
- 1 Part Rose petals
- 1/2 part Orris
- few drops Sandalwood oil
I cast a circle around myself and the table I am working on, with visualization and a simple circle call.
I cast a circle of light and love,
Cast thrice times around,
Cast for the Lady and the Lord,
And for magick to abound.
So Mote it be!
I light the candle and begin to mix the ingredients together..
First I pick up the Gardenia petals as I add them to the mortar I say:
For the Goddess, Charged Be!
Then I pick up the Frankincense and add it to the mortar. I say:
For the Goddess, Charged Be!
I do the same with the Rose petals and the Orris. I chant as I grind the herbs together. Visualizing as I do so the Full moon and the Goddess energy. I add the oil then picking up the spoon stir the mixture clockwise whilst continuing to chant and visualize.
Lady of the Moon Chant
Lady of the Moon,
Lady of the Moon,
Come to us,
Be with us,
Lady of the Moon.
When I have finished blending the ingredients and charging it with energy I ask:
Beloved Mother, Bless this incense that it be fit for my rites and as a worthy offering for you.
I package and label the incense for use in the next Esbat.
I thank the Lord and Lady for their love and guidance.
I then open the circle with:
This circle is now open,
But forever unbroken,
With harm to none, this rite is done.
I will carefully store this incense so that I keep the energy I have raised for the next esbat.