Scott Cunningham was recognized as one of the world's experts in the magical uses of herbs and their scents. While Wicca was his spiritual path, it was natural magic that revealed his deep understanding and broad knowledge of herbs and their magical powers. His books on these subjects have become the de facto sources for people who follow the paths of natural and ceremonial magic. Though these disciplines are distinct, they share many common practices including the use of incense, scented oils, scented baths, and magical teas. That makes this book applicable to most any system of magic!
In The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews, Cunningham shares formulas and techniques for incenses, oils, ointments, inks, tinctures, herbal baths, bath salts, brews, ritual soaps, sachets, herbal charms, powders, and more. There are recipes for curse-breaking incenses, as well as for divination, dreams, magical elements, exorcisms, and more. There is Egyptian incense, ceremonial magic incenses, circle incenses, Babylonian incenses, astral travel incense, and a special one for each of the astrological signs and all of the Wiccan holidays.
To list the names for all of the formulas for incenses would take pages. And that's only one part of this book! Scott shows you how to make a Fast Money Oil (7 drops patchouli, 5 drops cedarwood, 4 drops vetivert, and 2 drops ginger in a neutral base oil). Just mix and smell each scent as it is added while visualizing cash flow. He then reveals how to use various oils for a wide variety of purposes including business success, energy, purification, initiation, love, and power. You'll also find recipes for oils for all of the astrological signs, for many of the gods and goddesses such as Demeter and Pan. There are four different versions of the famous Witch's Flying Ointment. Which one will work for you? Learn the basics for making ointments as well as how to make specific ointments for healing, love, exorcism, lust, psychic powers, and more.
Scott also reveals how you can easily make substitutions in the formulas. In this way, even if you are out of a particular herb, you will still be able to make magic.This book includes numerous correspondences and the Latin names for hundreds of herbs with common names. Add to that a list of sources for the herbs and you really do have The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews.
Other books by Scott Cunningham:
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Magical Herbalism: The Secret Craft of the Wise
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen
The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
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Incense: Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents
Magical Oils by Moonlight