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Asphaltum chunkAsphaltum (Carabe, Bitumen of Judea)
This incense ingredient is the dried form of a tar that bubbles up through the ground and hardens.  It is an excellent addition to Earth incense but is also used for censing destructive talismans or making negative magick.  It is painted on the back of scrying mirrors--it can be made into a paint by combining it with linseed oil and carefully warming (it's quite flammable, so don't leave it alone when heating). You can add an herb or essential oil of your choice to this paint to tweak the mirror. When burned, it does not smell like roofing tar but instead has a metallic, slightly tarry smell with a touch of sulfur that actually smells good when mixed with other resins, giving them a cooler quality.  It is associated with the Element of Earth (obviously, with a bit of Fire in there), and in destructive magick, with the 21st Mansion of the Moon. An element in Plutarch's version of kyphi, it also played a significant role in Egyptian mummification. Likewise, phony mummies ground up for the medicine "mummy," which was popular in Europe from the Renaissance until the 19th century, were made by coating the inside of a human cadaver with asphaltum, bandaging it up, and drying it in the sun. Asphaltum was itself sometimes sold as mummy.  In Ayurvedic medicine it is a panacea, but this is not pharmaceutical quality asphaltum, so don't use it that way. I have it in the form of very fine granules, which is easier to deal with than the powder I had before.

Asphaltum
1 oz. $4.00



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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Elemental Magic (Earth)
Baneful Magic
Scrying
Kyphi Ingredient
Protection Spells
Lunar Mansions

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