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Incense Meanings

Burning incense has a symbolic meaning that helps pagans focus their attention on the purpose of a ritual or magickal working. Here is a list of some of the meanings for various incense.

 

ALOE VERA:
Burned to attract good fortune, love, spiritual vibrations, and strength.

AMBER: 
Burned for love, comfort, happiness and healing

APPLE:
Enhances knowledge and wisdom. Used for love, healing, immortality and garden magik rituals.

BALSAM:
Enhances breath work or breathing in life. Used for respiratory work and for grounding.

BAYBERRY:
Burned mainly to attract money and also burned for protection, happiness and control

BENZOIN:
Burned for purification, astral projection, clears negative energy, emotional balance, eases sadness, depression, weariness, grief, anger, anxiety and to attract prosperity.

BERGAMOT:
Burn for money, prosperity, uplifting of spirits, joy, protection, concentration, alertness, confidence, balance, strength, courage, motivation and assertiveness

CARDAMOM:
Burn for mental clarity, concentration, confidence, courage, enthusiasm and motivation

CEDAR:
Burned for purification, to stimulate or strengthen the psychic powers, attract love, prevent nightmares, and heal various ailments, including head colds.

CHAMOMILE:
Burn for harmony, peace, calm, spiritual and inner peace

CHERRY:
Enhances divination and attraction. It has long been used to stimulate or attract intimate love.

CINNAMON:
Burned for protection and to attract money, wealth, prosperity, business success, stimulate or strengthen the psychic powers, and aid in healing.  Also burned for stimulation, strength and lust

CITRONELLA:
Burn for cleansing, warding off, healing and exorcism.

CHAMPA:
Used for clearing and protection. Used for meditation and for creating your sacred space. It is known to bring an individuals energies into harmonious balance.

CLOVE:
Burned to dispel negativity, purify sacred and magickal spaces, attract money, and stop or prevent the spread of gossip. Also burn for pain relief, intellectual stimulation, business success, wealth, prosperity, divination, exorcism, protection, eases fears, improves memory and focus

COCONUT:
Burned for protection.

COPAL:
Burned for purification, uplifting spirits, protection, exorcism, spirituality and to attract love.

COPAL, BLACK:
Enhances energies of the heart. Used for healing the heart, either physical or emotional illnesses. It has long been used as an incense during “Day of the Dead” Celebrations.

COPAL, WHITE:
Enhances energies of the heart. Used primarily for emotional matters of the heart, for love and purification. It is the cleanest and purest of the Copals. Is has long been considered to be a sacred “Food of the Gods”.

DRAGONS BLOOD:
Burned to dispel negativity, exorcise evil supernatural entities, courage, purification, attract love, and restore male potency. Many Witches also burn dragon’s blood for protection when spell casting and invoking. When added to other incenses, dragon’s blood makes their magickal powers all the stronger.

EUCALYPTUS:
Burn for healing, purification and protection

FRANKINCENSE:
Burned to dispel negativity, spirituality, purify magickal spaces, consecration, protect against evil, exorcism, aid meditation, astral strength, induce psychic visions, courage, protection, attract good luck, and honor Pagan deities.

GARDENIA:
Burn for peace, love and healing. Enhances Moon energies, it is a must for Esbat rituals. Often used for love spells and to attract good, peaceful spirits during rituals.

GINGER:
Burn for wealth, lust, love and magical power

GUM ARABIC
Used for psychic purification and protection. It’s a sweet, light vanilla scent which has often been used for making scents and adhesive.

HONEYSUCKLE:
Burn to attract money, happiness, friendship and healing

JASMINE:
Burned to attract love and money, and also to induce dreams of a prophectic nature, purification, wisdom and astral projection

JUNIPER:
Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and also to break curses, exorcism and hexes cast by evil sorcerers. It is also burned for calming, protection and healing.

LAVENDER:
Burned to induce rest and sleep, and to attract love-especially of a man. Also burned for cleansing, healing, happiness and relaxation

LEMON:
Burn for healing, love and purification

LEMONGRASS:
Burn for mental clarity

LILAC:
Burned to stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and to attract harmony into ones life.

LOTUS:
Burn to elevate mood, protection, spirituality, healing and meditation

MAGNOLIA :
Enhances relationship commitment. Used for fidelity and love. Magnolia trees have long been planted around a house in the south to promote love of the family and home.

MINT:
Burned to increase sexual desire, exorcise evil supernatural entities, conjure beneficial spirits, and attract money. Mint incense also possesses strong healing vibrations and protective powers.

MUSK:
Burn for aphrodisiac, prosperity, courage

MYRRH:
Burned (often with frankincense) for purification, consecration, healing, exorcism, and banishing evil. Myrrh is also aids meditation rituals, and was commonly burned on alters in ancient Egypt as an offering to deities Isis and Ra.

NUTMEG:
Burned to aid meditation, stimulate or increase the psychic powers, and to attract prosperity.

ORANGE:
Burned for divination, love, luck and money.

ORANGE BLOSSOM:
Enhances attraction and sexual magnetism. Used to attract love and romance.

PATCHOULI:
Burned to attract money, love, growth, mastery, sensuality and also to promote fertility.

PINE:
Burned for purification, and to banish negative energies, exorcise evil supernatural entities, and attract money, as well as to break hexes and return them to their senders. Also burned for grounding, strength, cleansing and healing

ROSE:
Burned to increase courage, induce prophetic dreams, house blessing, fertility, healing and attract love. Rose incense is used in all forms of love enchantment and possesses the strongest love vibration of any magickal incense.

ROSEMARY:
Burned to purify, aid in healing, prevent nightmares, preserve youthfulness, dispel depression, attract fairy folk, and promote restful sleep and pleasant dreams.

SAGE:
Burned for protection against all forms of evil. It is also burned to purify sacred spaces and ritual tools. Plus it is great for promoting wisdom, clarity, attract money, and aid in the healing the body, mind, and soul.

SANDALWOOD:
Burned to exorcise demons and evil ghosts, conjure beneficial spirits, and promote spiritual awareness. Sandalwood incense is also used by many Witches for protection, astral projection, healing rituals and in wish-magick.

STRAWBERRY:
Burned to attract love and for luck.

VANILLA:
Burned to attract love, increase sexual desire, and improve the powers of the mind.

VIOLET:
Burn for wisdom, luck, love, protection and healing