Day 136: Summer Solstice, Incense and Oil

I’ve got to admit it:  I’ve not been a fan of these incenses.  I understand that not all magical incenses will smell great, and if I was preparing an incense for a particular spell, I’d probably be okay with the smell of burning leaves.  But Sabbats are more celebrations than spells to me, and I ultimately want something I can enjoy.  So I am officially not making this incense.  I will make the oil, though…but I will modify it.

Summer Incense

Burn this any time you want to bring about the energies and insights of the summer solstice.

  • 1/2 handful of pine (wood), either powdered or chips
  • 1/2 handful of powdered sandalwood
  • 2 teaspoons white copal
  • 1 teaspoon dried bay laurel
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seed (optional)
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • 5 drops cedar essential oil
  • 5 drops carnation essential oil
  • 3 drops cinnamon oil

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.  Stir in about 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin, adding it one tablespoon at a time and mixing it in thoroughly with a metal whisk or fork.  You simply want to create a soft, fluffy compound.  Do not add the second tablespoon if it feels like it would cause the incense to be too wet.  Now add the essential oils and whisk.  Wait for at least a day for the compound to settle before you sprinkle it on hot coals.

Summer Oil

Use this oil any time you ant to awaken the insights and mysteries of Summer Solstice. this oil activates the magical energies of joy, freedom, power, and strength.

  • Vegetable glycerin (or a carrier oil such as grape seed oil)
  • 5 drops cedar essential oil
  • 3 drops carnation essential oil
  • 3 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • Pinch of chamomile flowers, hemp seed, white copal, or all three dried herbs

Find a one-ounce bottle.  Fill the bottle halfway with vegetable glycerin.  Add plain water until the bottle is 3/4 full.  Add your essential oils.  Add the dry ingredients, close the lid, and shake the bottle.  You can use this magical oil immediately.

Litha Oil: note the suspended poppy seeds.

I did make this up in a one-ounce bottle, but I filled the bottle nearly full with sweet almond oil.  I added the 5 drops of cedar and 3 drops of cinnamon oils, but substituted geranium for carnation.  Geranium doesn’t have a solar connection, but it does promote happiness in aromatherapy, and that happiness is part of Litha.  Also, I thought it’s sweeter floral notes would harmonize the masculinity of the cinnamon and cedar.  Finally, I added a pinch of poppy seed.  Poppies are such a strongly solar flower to me:  they pop out when summer really starts rolling in, and they stick around for a good long while.  I probably could have taken a very quick walk to Sundance and picked up some chamomile and hempseed, but the poppies seemed like a better fit to me.  I enjoy the fragrance and the energy of my finished product.

I’m a little perplexed as to why Roderick called for carnation oil in a book so geared to a Wicca 101 audience.  It’s not an oil you will find anywhere essential oils are sold, and almost everything you find online called “carnation oil” is a synthetic.  Not even many oil companies will carry it.  It’s primarily used in the perfume industry, so I had to go to a perfume-focused oil site to find it, and even then I had to use the search function as it wasn’t listed among the essential oils.  Frankly, I’m not really sure the carnation products are oils.  I think one might be a wax and the other an alcohol.

That being said, I really recommend Liberty Natural for its exhaustive selection of oils, reasonable prices (though you must spend $50 at a time or pay a $15 fee), and their transparency about where they obtain their oils.  For many, they have several nations of origin from which you can choose.  They’ve also got several Oregon-sourced oils, which–as a new Oregonian–I really appreciate.

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