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Lammas First Fruits

 

Lammas or Lughnasadh

 

Make your Own Incense

 

Berries and Grains

 

The Wheatsheaf Tarot Spread

 

Two Rituals for Lammas

 

A Song for Lammas

 

The Lammas Fair

 

The Lammas Bonfire

 



 

Make Your Own Incense Sticks for Lammas

Note: Please take care! These instructions involve working with highly flammable and combustible components. Until you are sure of what you’re doing you should have a fire extinguisher, water or sand nearby. It should be safe, but I’m not guaranteeing anything. Wear gloves, and don’t do anything silly like trying to light incense when your hands are covered in oil or alcohol.

The history of the use of incense gets lost in the mists of time. Probably at about the same time that man learned to use fire, he also discovered the values of burning of aromatic herbs and that the scented smoke produced from the resins in certain woods emotional and psychological effects. As the smoke rose towards the heavens, he believed that it carried messages to Gods.

You can make your own incense using blank cones and sticks. Hand made sticks and cones burn about 3 times longer than most of those you can buy. First, choose your fragrance. This can be a single essential oil or a blend of several. Here are some essential oils associated with Lammas.

Allspice for success, luck and prosperity
Apple: for wisdom, love and magick
Basil: Soothe tempers and lovers quarrels; good for love, wealth, and protection
Blackberry protects from evil and disease
Camphor for health, chastity, dreams and psychic abilities. Avoid contact with skin
Carnation: A sweet, floral scent, traditionally used for strength, good health, and protection
Chamomile for love, luck, protection and relaxation
Eucalyptus - increases psychic powers
Frankincense Sacred to Egyptians, this oil protects against negativity, and increases astral strength
Geranium: A sweet floral scent used to attract love
Goldenrod Calming and warming, this oil encourages meditation and communication
Heather Guards against rape and other violence, brings good luck. Also used to conjure ghosts
Juniper aids meditation and promotes spiritual enlightenment, and animal communication
Meadowsweet for love, peace, happiness and divination
Oak for abundance, fertility, longevity, protection and to attract wealth
Passionflower is very calming and helps to dispel disagreements and stress
Rose and rose hips: A rich, seductive scent used to promote love and affection
Rosemary for protection, purification, healing, remembrance and to cause sleep
Sandalwood: This very spiritual oil is used for healing, meditation, prayer and protection
Sunflower for fertility, wishes and truth
Thyme for health; healing; purification; courage; love; psychic ability; energy and strength
Vanilla: This scent increases both love and lust
Vervain wards off psychic attack, and is also used for love, purification and to attract wealth
Wood aloes is used for love, protection, money and spirituality
Suitable carrier oils would be corn, safflower, wheat germ or grapeseed

Once you have prepared your fragrance you must dilute it with alcohol (40% or more) - 1 part fragrance to 2 parts alcohol. You may use Denatured alcohol, Isopropyl alcohol (unscented), or Pure grain alcohol. You’ll need about an ounce of fragrance per 100 sticks ( two ounces per 100 cones).

Place your blank sticks or cones into a foil tray with one end resting on the side of the tray so that the last couple of inches doesn’t get soaked. Cones can go right in the tray. Pour your diluted fragrance over them. Roll the sticks or cones around do that they are evenly coated. Place the whole thing in a large zip lock bag and allow them to soak for 24 hours. Remove then and let dry for a day or so on a baking rack. Alcohol is flammable so make your incense away from heat sources in a well-ventilated room with no open flames. Do not burn your cones or sticks until they are completely dry. Store them in zip lock bags until you are ready to use them. So long as the bag is sealed they will last for years.

You don’t have to burn them as incense - you can use the sticks or cones to scent drawers, closets or as air fresheners in cars etc. Left over fragrance mixture can be bottled and stored for later use.

Lammas Blends
Here are some recipes for blends that can be used for incense, or in any other way you choose. Remember to dilute with alcohol for incense sticks or with a carrier oil (corn or safflower) for other uses. If you cannot get the essential oil of certain herbs, you can make a herbal oil, or dry and powder the actual herb.

Special Lammas Blend 1
4 drops Frankincense
3 drops each of Rosemary, Thyme and Vervain
2 drops each of Allspice, Eucalyptus and Rose
1 drop Sandalwood

Special Lammas Blend 2
8 drops Frankincense
4 drops each of Heather, Apple and Blackberry
2 drops oak (or oakmoss)

Special Lammas Blend 3
3 parts Wood Aloe (or Vanilla), 1 part Allspice, 1 part Frankincense, 1 part Camphor

For Success
4 parts Sandalwood, 2 parts Allspice, 1 part Frankincense

For Protection
Equal parts Carnation, Frankincense, Sandalwood, and Blackberry

For Psychic Awareness
Equal parts Frankincense, Eucalyptus and Juniper

Lammas Incense 1
Equal quantities of Allspice, Meadowsweet and Sandalwood

Lammas Incense 2
4 parts sandalwood, 3 parts rose, 1 part camphor

More Lammas Blends:

3 parts allspice, 2 parts passionflower or geranium, 1 part thyme and 1 part rose

2 tsp. wheat germ oil, 6 drops frankincense, 3 drops sunflower, 1 drop rose or rose hip oil

Equal parts of camphor, chamomile, frankincense, goldenrod, sandalwood and sunflower.

2 parts Frankincense, 1 part Rosemary

4 parts goldenrod, 3 parts chamomile, 2 parts meadowsweet, 1 part carnation, 1 part rose

4 parts camphor, 3 parts frankincense, 2 parts oak, 1 part basil

9 drops rose, 9 drops geranium, 6 drops sandalwood, and 4 drops sunflower oil

These blends were created for Lammas, but they’re nice at any time! Have fun!


By Sylvia Richards: 12/July/2010


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