Banishing Incense || Herbal Loose Incense for Protection + Strength + Cleansing || Waning Moon
25mL vial of ground dried herbs selected for their traditional association with banishment, protection, and strength.
Burn them on a charcoal tablet or throw them in a crockpot full of water to set the energy for building the strength to let go of what no longer serves you...
Oregon Mint - Used to add strength to our words, increase personal strength, and build up the fortitude needed to overcome difficulties and restrictions.
Oregon Bear Berry Leaf- Used to clear the psychic channels and assist with divination and magical work. Thought to align a person with their own inner strength, and help connect with ancestral knowledge
Yarrow - Increases psychic power and divination. Gives courage when needed.
Clove - Use to protect, banish negative forces, and aid in divination.
Star Anise - Used for consecration, purification, happiness, curse-breaking, or increasing luck.
WHAT IS THE WANING MOON:
During the two weeks after the full moon, as the receding light of the waning moon retreats into her darker shadow self, we can also turn our energy inward to eliminate and/or re-work patterns that no longer serve us.
These patterns can show up in our thoughts, habits, routines, relationships, careers, etc.
What are you trying to kick?
Fortunately, we can use our self-care rituals to harness the cleansing power of this lunar phase to clear obstacles and release negative influences.
HOW TO BURN LOOSE INCENSE
What you need:
>>A Fire-proof container – use a cauldron, a brass burner, or any type of fire-proof container. Add 2" of ash or sand to the bottom to properly insulate it. The container will still get VERY HOT so use extreme caution and place a trivet or fire-proof coaster under the container to keep your altar or surface from being burned.
>>A tablet of charcoal – There are many different types of charcoal out there – use one with no additives that you like best. Place the charcoal on top of the sand inside your burner.
>>A small set of tongs
1. Pick up your charcoal with the tongs and place it in the direct flame of a candle for about 10-15 seconds to light a part of it. Your charcoal tablet will self-ignite the moment fire touches it and will make crackling, popping sounds, so make sure you keep the tablet a safe distance away from your face, body, or anything else nearby.
2. Place your charcoal bowl side up on top of the sand in your burner and let it sit for 1-5 minutes while it finishes catching. You'll see the sparks move across the tablet until they reach the other side. You'll see a gray patch appear on the side you lit. Let it sit until it is fully burned turns from black to gray.
3) Select your herbs or incense to burn. Place a pinch of the herbs or incense on top of the lit charcoal block. It will begin to smolder. Use very little to start with and then gradually add in more herbs or incense until you reach the desired amount. Too much at once will snuff out your charcoal
4) Use the smoke from the herbs to cleanse your space or wave items you wish to cleanse through the smoke. Just make sure not to touch your charcoal or container. This type of smoke cleansing is not meant to be portable like a smolder stick!
5) Your charcoal tablet will eventually burn up entirely and reduce itself to ash. You can simply mix it into your base of sand/ash at the bottom. Don't leave it unattended until it’s completely finished burning and allowed to cool down.
Please exercise safe burning practices. Do not leave unattended or near sources of ignition (did I say that yet?)
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