resin comes from Chios, the birthplace of Homer, where Mediterranean evergreens grow on the southern and more fertile tip of the island. Although some sources identify this as Sun, it is more like Mercury--clarifying, quickening, brightening, and good for concentration. Smoldered 2-1 with rosemary, it is considered an aid to study,
and is a good base for various types of incense
for ceremonial magick. Christopher Colombus thought mastic was a good treatment for cholera, and it is in fact anti-microbial and has been used to get rid of Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes ulcers
(which has resulted in its skyrocketing price as massive pharmaceutical
firms buy up everything available). It is also used as in Arab cooking and in many cosmetics. The original chewing gum, mastic gives us the root to the verb "masticate."
Unfortunately, the continuing fall of the dollar has meant the continuing
rise in the price of mastic.
Ceremonial Magic Incense
3 parts frankincense
1 part gum mastic
1 part sandalwood
is typical of grimoire-type recipes and can be used in general magickal workings
to raise power and to purify the area. Other recipes include such ingredients
as mace, brandy, and vervain.
to the essential oil
Uses in Witchcraft
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