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Author Topic: The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews  (Read 4119 times) Average Rating: 5
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« Topic Start: February 15, 2010, 05:11:47 pm »

Title: The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews
Author(s): Scott Cunningham
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Publication Date: September 1, 2002
ISBN: 0875421288
ISBN-13: 978-0875421285
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One of the secrets of real magic is that it is controlled by the mind. The more things in your ritual to help your mind associate with your goal, the more powerful your ritual may be. Colored candles, scented oils, natural incenses, and more all add to the impact of the magic you wish to do.
But how do you know which incense to burn? Is it possible to add scented oils together to get a more powerful oil? And how do you make your own, appropriately-scented tools?

The answers to questions like these and hundreds more can be found in The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by world-famous author Scott Cunningham. This is a greatly expanded and rewritten version of The Magic of Incenses, Oils and Brews. It includes over 100 new formulas, proportions for each element of the recipes (the most requested feature from his previous book), how to substitute ingredients, and much more. Besides the formulas, it also includes the exact methods of making all of these scented tools, including how to extract the essences from the herbs.
Each one of the formulas is precise and easy to make. Do you need luck? Take 2 parts vetivert, 2 parts allspice, 1 part nutmeg, and 1 part calamus, grind them together as finely as possible, then sprinkle the powder in a circle around you, beginning and ending in the East and moving clockwise. Sit within this circle and absorb the powder's energies. Also included are other ways to use magical powders that will have you coming up with your own ideas for them, too.
There is a legion of recipes for incenses. There are three for the sun and two for consecrating talismans. There are incenses for each of the astrological signs and ones to help you study better and gain success. You'll also find incenses for each of the planetary influences. There are four for Saturn alone!

This compendium of magical lore is a vital tool for every magical person on any magical path, whether you are a beginner or an expert.

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Discussion and reviews of this book are welcome in this thread. If you've read the book, please tell us what you think of it and why.
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« Reply #1: June 18, 2011, 12:45:45 pm »


I'm reading this book right now.

I think it's a good book because Cunningham says in it that the way he does it isn't necessarily the way everyone should do it, and encourages people to make stuff up and see what works for different things.

Only problem is now I have to actually start making a herb collection so I can start experimenting.

I'll probably have to get his book on Herbs so I can try my hand at growing my own supplies.

The book has also inspired me to build a still so I can try making essential oils.
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« Reply #2: June 18, 2011, 07:52:33 pm »



I like this book, I can't claim to have read it from cover to cover. Smiley I use it more as one of many ref. books.  I'm a firm believer in having several reference books to compare notes with. 
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« Reply #3: June 18, 2011, 07:59:30 pm »

I like this book, I can't claim to have read it from cover to cover. Smiley I use it more as one of many ref. books.  I'm a firm believer in having several reference books to compare notes with. 

It's solid, I imagine a lot of  the information is likely available over the 'net but this is quite easy to find used and is a great reference. It's on a shelf above my work area and notebook for adjusting recipes.
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« Reply #4: June 18, 2011, 08:20:12 pm »

It's solid, I imagine a lot of  the information is likely available over the 'net but this is quite easy to find used and is a great reference. It's on a shelf above my work area and notebook for adjusting recipes.

It can be hard to trust the internet sometimes though.
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