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Elemental Incense

Use these recipes to craft your own non-combustible incense for magic or ritual use.
To smoulder, light a charcoal cube in your censor or incense burner. Spoon the incense over the lit coal one small scoop at a time. 

Fire Incense

Combine in mortar until finely ground:

  • 3 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Dragonsblood resin
  • 1 part Red Sandalwood
  • 1 pinch Saffron (1 part dried orange peel if you can’t get Saffron)
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon

When well combined, add a few drops of Musk essential oil. stir until moistened.

Smolder this incense to summon the powers and beings of Fire, to bring success, strength, protection, health, or passion.

Water Incense

Combine in mortar or grinder until finely ground:

  • 2 parts Benzoin
  • 1 part Myrrh
  • 1 part Sandalwood
  • 1 part Jasmine
  • 1 part Rose

When well combined, add two to three drops each: white musk oil, ylang-ylang oil to scent. Mix until all herbs are moistened.

Smolder this incense to summon the powers and beings of Water, for intuitive and psychic powers, beauty, love, or peace. 

Earth Incense

Combine in a mortar or grinder until finely ground:

  • 2 parts pine resin or needles
  • 1 part patchouli
  • 1 pinch salt

When well combined, add two drops each Vetivert and Cypress oil. Mix until well distributed.

Smolder this incense to summon the powers and beings of Earth, and to draw material wealth, stability, patience and discipline. 

Air Incense

Combine in a mortar or grinder until finely ground:

  • 4 parts Benzoin
  • 2 parts Gum Arabic
  • 1 part Lavender
  • 1 part Lemongrass
  • 1 pinch Peppermint

Smolder this uplifting incense to summon the powers and beings of Air, to increase intellect, communication, study and concentration, or to obtain travel.

In Russian tales, Baba Yaga is portrayed as a hag who flies through the air in a mortar, using the pestle as a rudder and sweeping away the tracks behind her with a broom made out of silver birch. Baba Yaga usually uses the chimney to fly in and out on her mortar.

It has long been rumored that she likes to eat children, however she would not strain at a grown up stranger in her forest .Seeking out her aid is usually portrayed as a dangerous act. An emphasis is placed on the need for proper preparation and purity of spirit, as well as basic politeness. It is said she ages one year every time she is asked a question, which probably explains her reluctance to help. This effect, however, can be reversed with a special blend of tea made with blue roses.

First Lieutenant Michael Pagani, a forward observer with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, draws a sketch of the terrain for a fire support operation during Large Scale Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Fire support drills are conducted by a fire team that calls for attacks on distant targets through the use of air support, mortars and artillery.