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Cornelius AgrippaThree Books of Occult Philosophy Incense

For some years now I've been messing around with the various incense formulae outlined in Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. I wanted to his formulae without including ingredients like blood or animal parts, which in my opinion is not only be cruel but would stink. I am all for authenticity but I reject cruelty; further, I believe that magical tools that are aesthetically pleasing work better than those that aren't. Agrippa does offer an out, which most people don't notice, absorbed in the rather sensational ingredients: "Besides, to Saturne are appropriated for fumes all odoriferous roots, as Pepper-wort root, &c. and the Frankincense tree: to Jupiter odoriferous fruits, as Nutmegs, Cloves: to Mars all odoriferous wood, as Sanders, Cypress, Lignum-balsaim, and Lignum-aloes: to the Sun all Gums, Frankincense, Mastick, Benjamin, Storax, Laudanum, Amber-gryse, and Musk; to Venus Flowers, as Roses, Violets, Saffron, and such like: to Mercury all Pils of Wood and fruit, as Cinnamon, Lignum Cassia, Mace, Citron pill, and Bayberries, and whatsoever seeds are odoriferous; to the Moon the leaves of all Vegetables, as the leaf Indum, the leaves of the Myrtle, and Bay-tree" (Book One, Ch. 44). Although unusual, Agrippa's groupings make sense and show that traditional European magic was nowhere near as hide-bound (pun intended) as some folks nowadays like to insist. This is leaving aside whether the named animal bits are really meant to be animal bits at all. That question is answered in the negative by such sage sources as the Greek Magical Papyrus (PGM XII:401-44), which gives a list of animal parts that it asserts are actually plant parts. Be that as it may, here are the combinations I've created based on Agrippa's descriptions. I hope they serve you well.

Agrippa mentions that positive works should smell nice and negative works should stink, but in his case, "stink" is a relative term, since clearly frankincense, which is of Saturn, the "negative" planet, does not stink. Top

2009, 2015 Harold A. Roth; No reproduction without permission

 

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Roots of Saturn Incense  
1 oz.in tin $15.00
For various types of restriction, revenge, and chthonic workings ("black magic incense"). Bdellium, frankincense (he specfically names this as Saturnian), costus, calamus, spikenard, galangal, ginger, vetiver, and zedoary. Top


Fruits of Jupiter Incense

1 oz. in tin $15.00
For justice and mercy (protection in court). Clove, allspice, start anise, juniper berries, vanilla, peppercorn, fir cone, nutmeg, and more. Top


Woods of Mars Incense
1 oz. in tin $15.00
For protection spells and war. Cedar, sandalwood, juniper wood, cypress, rosewood, ho wood, and more. Top


Flowers of Venus Incense

1 oz. in tin $15.00
For love spells and money magic. Safflower petals, jasmine flowers, larkspur flowers, rose petals, ylang ylang, and more. Does not smell like a synthetic scented floral incense. It is composed primarily of flowers, which burn hot because of their thinness.Top


Seeds of Mercury Incense

1 oz. in tin $15.00
 For knowledge, the acquisition of magical skills, and trickery/disguise. Cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, musk seeds, anise, blood orange, bergamot, grapefruit, and more. Top


Resins of the Sun Incense
1 oz. in tin $15.00
For strength, courage, and the masculine. Oliibanum, benzoin, storax, labdanum, my faux ambergris, galbanum, elemi, and more. Top


Leaves of Moon Incense
1 oz. in tin $15.00
For divination, waxing and waning, and the feminine. Myrtle leaf, wormwood, eucalyptus, rosemary, clary sage, davana, geranium, and more. Top