The incenses created at One Witch’s Cottage have few types of ingredients:
- organically grown or responsibly wild–crafted dried herbs—leaf, flower, root, fungus
- responsibly harvested plantation–grown or wild–crafted plant and tree resins
- naturally occurring and responsibly mined fossil resin
Those ingredients not grown here at the Cottage are sourced through a socially responsible firm which evaluates and analyzes its source suppliers. Those are the physical ingredients…
Further ingredients are as much metaphysical as physical:
- radiant energy of the wandering stars—Sol, Luna, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
- magical energy of witchcraft—of Wiccan tradition, of alchemical practice, of intention & will
Why does this matter? Loose or powder incense today all too often contains a mere trace of essential (natural) or fragrance (synthetic) oil, a dot of powdered resin, and a very great deal of flammable filler—balsa, cedar, or fir sawdust, possibly some inexpensive herbal ingredient, and commonly dyed various vivid hues. It generally includes a healthy dose of noxious saltpeter (potassium or sodium nitrate). They burn, they sparkle, they are colored, and they often smell fine. Magical? not so much.
Charged Natural Incenses
Seven incenses comprise the entire “palette”—by focusing on the deity of each star in turn, these incenses enable purposes such as protection, romance, success, travel, justice, passages, and divination.
- Solar Success
Sun-day, Sonn-tag, generosity, growth, expansion, success…
Apollo’s sacred laurel and valuable frankincense harmonize powerfully, making Sol, or Helios shine powerfully through this blend.
- Serene Sight
Moon-day, lun-di, second sight, psi, dreams, emotions, visions, change…
Selene’s eerie light empowers artemisia and fragrant herbs, imbued with ancient copal and natural scents.
- Tyr Triumphant
Tyr’s-day, mar-di, valor, struggle, defense, challenge, victory…
Vigor & vitality exude from Ares’ sphere of influence; sharp, vivid herbs pair with resins rich and sweet.
- Heraldic Hermes
Woden’s-day, mercre-di, trade, travel, messages, diplomacy, marketing…
Memnosyne’s rosemary, blended with quicksilver sharp herbs, enriched with Hermaphroditc balance of resins.
- Jovial Justice
Thor’s-day, jeu-di, leadership, success, judgement, thunder, merriment…
Frankincense, valued as gold, underlies the Jovian richness of sharp sage, sacred spices, and fragrant woods.
- Fascinating Freya
Freya’s-day, vendre-di, courtship, charisma, allure, elegance, pleasure…
Aphrodite’s sacred rose enhances herbs and spices in this blend, underlain with the richness of amber and delicacy of orris.
- Cronos Cycle
Saturn’s-day, harvest, conclusion, renewal, achievement, cycles, justice…
Osiris’ funereal myrrh renews this solemn seasonal mixture, while intense herbs balance with subtle scents.
The entire sevenfold suite of incenses—free US shipping!
- a full sennight’s incenses (daily seven packets), $45.00 Priority Mail US post shipping free
To order incense, click here to email the Cottage and tell me what you wish to order: I will email you a PayPal invoice for the item(s) you want to purchase. That gives you the PayPal purchase guarantee, and I get a confirmed address for shipping.
Many magical practitioners know of fluid condensers. The sevenfold suite of Elixure condensers created at the Cottage follow the nightly seven stars that empower each in turn. These liquid preparations carry the properties of the precious metals, natural gemstones, prized herbs and spices incorporated into them ritually.
Fluid condensers are used for anointing objects; often a drop or two is used when consecrating tools, preparing spell components, or to empower an amulet (for protection) or talisman (for attraction). These Elixure condensers are fluid condensers in type, with a foundation of al-chemy’s gold–water, and each one imbued with gemstone & essence, herb & resin, rune & metal, heraldic mineral hue & trace scent.
- Elixure of Splendor
A “sun in glory” marks each vial—the medieval heraldic charge in its natural hue, or, in the residual Norman language of blazonry. The bright gold, whether metal or color, sings of the faces of Lugh, Llew, Helios, Apollo, Sol, Sunna—growth and power, talent and skill, music and logic, clarity and foresight…
- Elixure of Vision
Silvery blue-grey is the light of the moon, argent in the language of alchemists and heralds alike. The hue of moonlight, in the Renaissance thought to cause dreams and lunacy if one slept under the sweet rays of Selene, Hecate, Artemis, Phœbe. Diana, Arianrhod, Mani, Luna—visions and dreams, psi and second sight, emotion and flexibility…
- Elixure of Valor
Endeavors of strife and blood-letting—actual battle or symbolic struggles like legal battles, healing surgeries, or academic disputes—most naturally resemble the bright crimson of fresh blood, the gules of heraldic blazon, beloved of Ares, Tyr, Cocidus, Mars, Hèrmo∂r—struggle and battle, courage and defense, triumph and victory, wounding & surgeries and healing therefrom…
- Elixure of Tact
Medievally speaking the very office of herald is that of the winged messenger of Olympus. The rich green hue of blazon is vert, that hue symbolizing growth & plenty, trade & travel, ruled by the many-fold deities given to peaceful communications: Mercury, Hermes, Lugh, Taliesin, Thoth, Woden—travel and trade, messages and movement, diplomacy and tact, merchants and thieves, heralds and couriers, language and writing…
- Elixure of Dignity
Justice and judgement fall into the sphere of leadership, be it leader of gods or leader of humans. The ancient and priceless Tyrian purple, long reserved to the emperors and high kings who were also the “court of last resort”—came to symbolize both greatness and treasure. Purpure in the language of blazon, it is a hue long associated with sovereignty and overlordship. Those entities known as Jove, Bran, Zeus, the Dagda, Jupiter, Odin—leadership and fatherhood, judgement and justice, virility and victory, success and succor, career and counsel…
- Elixure of Grace
Sky blue has many shades—the vivid blue being the one also known as azure, and azure is the blue of blazon, the standard tincture of such watery heraldic charges (images) as a fountain, a river, or a sea—all reflections of that deep sky. Both sky and sea have meanings for the entities of the day: Aphrodite, Venus, Ishtar, Astarte, Freya, Adonis—love and lust, beauty and grace, pleasure and merriment, conception and childbirth…
- Elixure of Cycle
Seasons turn inevitably, from summer’s heat to autumn’s harvest, winter’s dark to springtide’s vibrancy—such is the spiral dance of time. Humans—being diurnal by nature—regard endings as dark, the sable of night and blazon alike. Yet every landsman knows that the best loam is black, rich with compost, the better to nourish another season’s growing. This is the paradox of time, and death, and life…some deities of which are Saturn, Cronos, Heqet, Sucellos, Osiris, Demeter—beginnings and growth, harvest and endings, death and rebirth and resurgence…
Using Elixure Condensers
Magic-workers working with Elixure condensers are recommended, before using them, to personalize each one in their preferred magical rite, adding a traditional body fluid or drop of saliva. Personalizing them in this way adds one’s individual energies to those already charged & stored within the Elixure condensers, linking their innate potency to each magic-worker’s intent & will.
Elixure condensers imbue magical tools with supportive energies. Equally, they empower the consumable items of spells and workings—candles, poppets, cords, talismans, etc. to greater success.
To purchase a sennight‘s suite of Elixure™ condensers, click here to email the Cottage and specify what you wish to order: I will email you a PayPal invoice for the item(s) you want to purchase. That gives you the PayPal purchase guarantee, and I get a confirmed address for shipping.