Aromatherapy

My first A submission for the Pagan Blog Project 2012 is how using scents gets me into a trance for when I do my Kemetic rituals (principally the Senut).  It is also about how I use essential oils to alter my mood generally.


I worked out some time ago that frankincense and myrrh “did it” for me as far as my favourite scents went. It is a wonder, because they used frankincense in special ceremonies when I was a kid growing up in the Catholic church – and as I did a complete rejection of the former in my late teens and have never looked back  . . . well. Luckily I did not associate it with said times as it truly is a magickal flavour that “sends” me.



My little collection of essential oils and burning stones



How do I activate the smells?

I primarily use a diffuser, but also put some undiluted forms in my nostrils and on my skin.

I burn rocks on charcoal pellets for Senut.


My diffuser


Netjer and the scents

I have been exploring if various Netjeru are associated with various scents.

I am certain that Set is myrrh, and that Heru is frankincense. I am very keen to find a scent of Maat and suspect that Sage or Clary Sage is close. The Wepwawet wiki has its own ideas too, and lists “acceptable” scent offerings for various Netjeru.


Other scents that I like and use

I use rose and sometimes rosewood when I need to be feeling some love.

Pine is another entrancing scent for me, and I am increasingly getting to associate this flavour with Sokar.

I will use orange, lemon and lime (not together!) in my work space area if I need active, strong scents to pick up the mood or inspire action.

Juniper and Sandalwood are a staple in my Shrine Room – this combo seems to be the flavour of my Shrine Room and meditation space. I wonder if that will change as I start administering more magick in there?

I use chamomile when I need to clam down, and lavender when I need to relax and go to sleep.

New scents for me are ylang ylang and clary sage.



Do any of you use specific flavours when communing with the Netjeru? And to the witchies that are tuning in, what do you like to use for your magickal workings?



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