Video discussing how to find the core of your practice
Recently, a student in my Dedicant witchcraft class asked how to substitute incense for magickal purposes, and I realized many of us have found ourselves in a similar situation. There may be many reasons why burning incense is not an option for you. Like the questioner, the smoke can pose a health concern, or you may be in an environment where burning is not an option. Whatever the reason, it is possible to create a workaround , and the alternative is going to depend on what you are trying to accomplish with the botanical.
Last year, I spent Mid-Summer at the Solstice festival in Greensboro surrounded by my coven, fairy costumes, and fire spinners. As night fell, we carved out space on the crowded lawn for our Sabbat rite and offerings. It was a glorious event filled with community and laughter. This year, I spent the Sabbat curled up on the couch.
The world is burning. The virus is still spreading uncontrolled in much of the United States. Many of the very institutions that should protect us are stressed and failing.
Since ancient times, those identified as Witches have used herbs, roots, and flowers for all kinds of medicinal and spiritual purposes. Imbued with meanings, each plant is reputed to carry its own vibrations and spirit. Plants can support us internally as medicine, or magickally, by drawing certain energies and vibrations. And what can be more magickal than a witch’s brew?
Our foundations have been shaken. Loved ones lost or vulnerable to the virus, our financial security and independence threatened, and the emotional and psychological toll experienced from being separated from family, friends, co-workers, and our larger community have left us feeling unrooted and off balance. There is no doubt the last two months have been life altering in ways that will not be fully understood for months or years to come. These hardships are meaningful and should not be minimized.