Arachnae's Metaphysics


Incense is a topic that act ually transcends most of the other topics here. Eastern and western religions alike use incense in their religious ceremonies. People light a stick of incense to help them meditate. Purifying your home environment in feng shui uses incense, among other things. Incense is made from herbs and essential oils. Shamans burn sage, cedar, sweetgrass or copal to purify themselves and their tools. Wiccans and other pagans purify their ritual tools with incense, and use it to represent the fire element on their altars.

So rather than scatter incense articles willy-nilly throughout the site, I've made this section for articles on this wonderful substance.

Most people are familiar with incense in some form or other. The most popular form of incense is the stick; this is a splinter of bamboo that has been dipped in a compound made of herbs and other sweet smelling ingredients, which when burned creates a pleasant aroma. This aroma has long be thought to be 'pleasing to the gods'.

Incense also comes in self-igniting cones, which are lit and stood on a heat-proof surface and allowed to smolder.

Less common than either sticks or cones, but familiar to those familiar with 'high church' services are the powdered and resin incenses. These don't burn on their own, and are smoldered on a block of burning charcoal, either carried in a swinging censer, or placed in a standing censer. The charcoal-burned incenses are good for producing large quantities of sweet smelling smoke, which may be just the ticket for a particular spiritual application.

Stick, cone, powder, resin or single herb on charcoal, incense is a wonderful addition to your spiritual and home life.

Incense: The Sacred Woods - Sandalwood, Cypress, Juniper and Cedar - NEW
Incense has been in use for at least the last five thousand years. As long as there has been offerings to the gods, incense has been one of the most pleasing.Wood was probably the very first incense. It didn't take a genius to recognize that when certain woods are burned, they emit a pleasant odor. These woods, usually rarer than the less aromatic ones, were soon
used as burnt offerings, to please or propitiate a diety, to sanctify an area or purify objects, occasions and beings. (more)

FEATURE:  Nag Champa - the Most Popular Incense in the World.

Nag Champa is the best selling incense in my store, so I wasn't surprised to learn that it is the most popular incense in the world. Most people, even those who have never heard the name, will recognize the scent – it is a sweet floral odor, much in favor in the psychedelic sixties and in ashrams and meditation centers today. (more)