Ginger – Ginger is fire associative. It’s good for spells which incite desire or lust.
Jasmine – Jasmine is both night and love
associative. Although Jasmine is associated with love, it is not
associated with sex or sex appeal, although it is associated with
beauty. This is where Jasmine starts to differentiate itself from Rose.
In love spells, where Rose tends to utilize the entire spectrum of
romance, Jasmine is more concerned with the mental and emotional
connections, and although Jasmine can bring forth someone who is
beautiful, this beauty is often an inner-beauty, a beauty of character,
in other words someone who you would find beautiful. This also makes
Jasmine a very good incense for spells which are meant to promote
Lavender – Lavender promotes beauty. It’s a good incense for
glamours and lures, and also a good incense for magick intended to
actually make one more attractive. It also works well for love spells,
spells meant to attract a mate, and it is a good incense to burn during
romantic situations. Water associative.
Lotus – Generally associated with mental clarity,
increased focus, and heightened intelligence. Because of these
properties Lotus is often seen as ideal for meditation. Air associative.
Musk – Musk is Earth associative. It’s a good
incense for restoring balance and order, realigning ones energies,
sealing portals, creating barriers and protections, and removing the
influences of negative magick. It’s also a good incense to burn to
Saturn. Musk is also associated with chthonic deities and the
underworld. It’s more concerned with underworld energies and accessing
the underworld than bringing forth the dead. It’s a good incense to burn
for certain underworld entities.
Myrrh – More than anything Myrrh is sun associative.
It is often also seen as having a heavenly attribute or being of the
gods. It was traditionally used as a funerary incense, but this is
derived from its use to elevate one to the heavens or to curry favor
with the gods, or to promote a renewal into ones next life as the sun
renews itself each day, not because of a chthonic association. Because
of its divine attribution, myrrh is often seen as an incense of
purification and exorcism, although this has been embellished quite a
bit by its prominence in Christian ritual. More than anything Myrrh acts
as an amplifier for whatever spell is being performed because of its
sun association. It should be noted that due to its divine association,
Myrrh is a poor choice for amplifying magic which is done against the
will of the gods. Myrrh is a good incense to burn to sun associative
gods such as Helios, Apollo, or Ra.
Nag Champa – Nag Champa is a sacred incense (it’s a
blend which consists partly of Sandalwood). Nag Champa can be burned for
many of the same reasons as Sandalwood. It can be used to sanctify or
purify an area. It’s also a good general purpose incense for spiritual
matters. This includes acts like meditation and seeking spiritual
enlightenment or evolution.
Opium – Opium is dream associative. Opium is a good
incense to burn for any spell involving dreaming or sleep in any way,
including spells meant to induce lucid dreaming or prophetic dreams.
It’s also a good incense to burn to dream and sleep associative deities
such as Morpheus.
Patchouli – The strong smell of patchouli makes it ideal for
masking the smell of pot, which is its primary usage. It’s considered
happy or joy associative, and it tends to attract fae creatures.
Rose – Rose is associative with love, sex, and desire. It’s a
good incense to burn to deities that are associated with love, like
Venus and Aphrodite. It’s also a good incense for love spells, spells
concerned with inciting desire like lures and glamours, and spells that
are meant to bring forth your desires.
Sandalwood – Sandalwood is fire and water
associative along with being seen as the divine wood. Because of this
Sandalwood is a good incense to burn for any deity, and it’s also a good
incense to use to purify or sanctify an area.
Vanilla – Vanilla is air associative, and it’s a
good general incense to burn to represent the element of air.
Specifically vanilla associates with mental thought, intelligence, and
all abilities conferred by these things. The incense is a good choice to
burn for deities that are typically looked upon as being concerned with
intelligence, like Hermes or Thoth.
Incenses and their Elemental attributions
Amber –> Air Cedarwood –> Fire Cinnamon –> Fire Frankincense –> Water Ginger –> Fire Jasmine –> Water, to a lesser extent earth. Lavender –> Water Lotus –> Air Musk –> Earth Myrrh –> Spirit (Akasha) Nag Champa –> All Five Elements* Opium –> Air Patchouli –> Fire & Earth, probably water too. Rose –> Water, To a lesser extent fire** Sandalwood –> Fire & Water*** Vanilla –> Air
*Is spirit associative, in the sense that it encompasses all of the four other elements.
**This refers to general or red rose incense. White rose differs in attribution.
***Also seen as spirit associative, in the sense that it is equally water and fire.
I’m really excited—and super nervous—to announce the project I’ve been working on for the past few months: Spice Box Candle Co.!
I’ve always been a little bit jealous of the wealth of scented Christmas candles available for purchase. Last winter, I found myself scouring the internet for candles that evoked the myriad scents of Jewish holidays, but I came up empty handed. Thus, I decided that when I finished grad school, I would take up the task myself.
My plan is to release sets of 3 new candles for each major Jewish holiday, starting with Chanukah and working my way through the Jewish calendar. I’m starting with some obvious scents, but my hope is that, as I move forward, I’ll be able to create candles that evoke Jewish holiday scents from minhags all around the world.
Information about the materials used to make the candles, kashrut, and other details can be found there.
I have a limited number of candles available, but if there’s significant interest, I’ll make more. I’ve tested a candle from each batch I’ve made, and they smell great and burn very well, but these are still early days, so just know that I’m sure there’s room to improve as I become a more seasoned candle maker.
If people could share this post, I would really appreciate it! And if you want to get your friends and family some fun Chanukah gifts (or treat yourself to something!) definitely consider a Jewish scented candle from Spice Box.