Magical Diary

Meditation Incense (Liber MMM)

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Frankincense
  • 1 part Benzoin
  • 1 part White Sandalwood
  • Red Cedar
  • Honey
  • Wine/Mead

Compounding: Use a high quality Frankincense, or the combination of Benzoin and Sandalwood will overpower it. I prefer Bezoin Sumatra, but Benzoin Siam should work as well. Grind all of the ingredients to a fine powder.  Reserve the Red Cedar.  Allow the other powdered ingredients to rest for no less than a week in an airtight container, occaisionaly mixing.  After the ingredients have blended, add a dollop of honey (not a lot, just enough to bind loosely) and mix well.  Add enough wine/mead to produce a crumbly dough. Form a flat sheet from the dough by rolling into a mass and then flattenting.  Dust the top of the dough with red cedar.  Allow to dry sufficiently that you can flip and dust the other side with more red cedar.  Allow to dry again.  Cut the dough into small chunks.  Place into an air tight container and add more red cedar.  Carefully manipulate the container so the cedar coats the incense chunks. Store for at least 24 hours before use.

My original notes refer to Liber MMM, but I find no trace of a recipie in the text, so I believe this was my own recipie originally compounded when I was studying Liber MMM.

Currently undergoing slight reformulation and tweaking.

Gentle Hermes, most kind,
friend of man and woman,
guide to Orpheus and Eurydice
and protector of Persephone;

Multi-purpose incense for invoking/honoring/offering to Hermes, Hermanubis, Thoth.

This is for my mother in law, who I love dearly even if we rarely see eye-to-eye and have a tendency to drive each other crazy.

After nearly twenty years with my partner, she asked me yesterday: do you believe in God? It was a bad place and time for the question, and I didn't handle it well (blame the shooting pains in my shoulder and arm if you will, it'd be a nice out for me if not an honest one), starting down the road of what I don't believe instead of what I do believe.  Never a good way to begin, nor to win friends.

So, here's a distillation of what I believe.

  • I do indeed believe in God; several in fact.
  • I believe in God the unknowable, the ineffable spark of all life and creation.
  • I believe in The God and The Goddess, our Divine Parents... the first division of the ineffable spark, the dynamic opposites of Male and Female, Positive and Negative that the Universe shows us are the basic building blocks of all things.
  • I believe that the Divine has many names, wears many faces; that it exists within all things, and especially within us, Their Children.
  • I find the Divine in the World and Universe around me, and also in the deep, still spaces within.
  • I believe that the Names by which I call the Divine were revealed to me for a reason: Hermes/Thoth, Isis and Osiris, Horus.

That's just a list of things... it barely touches upon what moves me. I pray, not every day, but I pray.  Most often I pray to Holy Mother Isis, because I have felt Her wings about me in times of need and genuine despair. When She moves within me, I am a better person.

In the end, the fundamentals of what I believe are not so different, really, from that espoused by the Christian faiths. We have many things in common, and hold many of the same things in esteem. We call The Divine by different names, and outwardly worship in different ways, but we're really not that much different.