Alchemical Ritual Incense Blends

These ritual incense blends use the finest herbs, woods, resins and essential oils. Each incense is blended and charged during the appropriate lunar phases and astrological correspondences to enhance the potency and heighten awareness. All of the blends are designed to metaphysically awaken to their purpose during use, to elevate and enliven the senses of the ritualist, and thus serve as a direct link to the inherent energies it embodies.

Alchemical Ritual Incense

Loose Incense Blends

Each blend comes in a re-usable glass storage jar to keep it fresh between uses.

These bottles contain more than just incense, each batch is carefully hand-blended to achieve magical results. When you open the bottle you discover a mingling of scents which is truly alchemical. It smells good enough to be used as potpouri right out of the bottle, but that is only the first glimpse of what is hidden inside these herbal mixtures. Layers of alchemical meaning has gone into each handmade batch. Add your True Will and sprinkle over lit incense charcoal to create meaningful and transformative rituals.

All of these blends are creations of a Master Herbalist, Alchemist and Ritual Artist, Catamara Rosarium.  Her experience and knowledge working with herbs is extensive, refined through much experimentation, and motivated by her desire and attraction to herbs and scents and how they impact the senses. Some have few ingredients, and some many.  There are several to choose from, including our own custom incense blend:

How to Burn Loose Incense

Brass Resin / Loose Incense Burner

Brass Censer / Burner

This incense is not self-lighting. You will need to use an incense charcoal disk in a ceramic or soapstone bowl with a base of sand.  You can also use a brass censer like this one.  You can put the lit charcoal on the screen (flipped over to form a screen bowl rather than dome) OR remove the screen and put a base of sand in the bottom. Take a charcoal disk and light until glowing (an old pair of tweezers is good to hold the charcoal while you light it) Once glowing, set the  lit charcoal on top of the sand or screen.  Take a pinch of the incense blend and sprinkle directly on the charcoal. (We recommend Three Kings charcoal – it is more reliable and easier to light than other brands)

Burning herbal or resin incense in this manner is extremely smokey. So make sure there is adequate ventilation (and you are far enough away from a smoke alarm) before burning.  Some incenses are best burned outdoors.

In addition to our alchemical ritual incense blends, be sure to check out all of our other traditional resin and herbal incenses.

If you are interested in creating your own incense blends, we carry a couple of books on the subject:

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham
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?

Incense – Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F Neal
Making your own incense with natural ingredients is a powerful way to connect with earth energies-and it’s much healthier to burn indoors than the chemical-laden commercial variety. Incense is your complete guide to making your own homemade blends.

Dance of the Moon Author Events

Free Talk: March 13 (Saturday), 4:00 – 5:30pm

Dan Furst – astrologer, author, actor, playwright, and artist – will be signing copies of his new book Dance of the Moon: Celebrating the Sacred Cycles of the Earth.   Dance of the Moon offers a guided tour of the various calendars of the world and shows how they developed in tune with humanity’s own spiritual evolution.

Dance of the MoonFrom the Egyptian feast of Thoth to the Celtic fire festivals, from the Chinese lunisolar year to the lunar-based calendar of the Muslim world, and the Mexican Day of the Dead. More than theory, this book is a virtual treasury of rituals to affirm our ties to nature.

Dance of the Moon Workshop: March 14 (Sunday), 3:00 – 6:00pm

For just $20 you can take a cross-cultural tour of traditions, pagan rituals, and practices throughout history that honor life’s cycles. Learn rituals which bring you into the true dance of time between earth, moon and your own life.

Just as the rhythms of the moon and the earth resonated long ago for our ancestors, these life-affirming cycles persist today in the rituals and festivals of the Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Taoists, Druids, Wiccans and the indigenous peoples of Africa and the Americas. Reconnect with nature and dance along with life’s sacred rhythms. Register today!

Dan Furst has been a professional astrologer for over thirty years. He has written his immensely popular Universal Festival Calendar since 1998 on his Hermes 3 website – http://www.hermes3.net — which Body and Soul called “a wonderful site, full of historical and mythological information.” He’s an internationally-respected authority on rituals and spiritual practices around the world. He has worked as a writer, actor, teacher and ceremonial artist in New York, Hawaii, Japan, India and Egypt, and lives now in Urubamba near Cusco, Peru.

Book Appointment with Dan FurstDan will be at Eye of Horus March 13 – 15 for private readings at special friends of Eye of Horus rates: $150 for Astrocartography, $125 for birth chart and transits (both 90 minutes), $50 for tarot (30 minutes). Astrology readings include an mp3 recording that can be played on any computer.
For information, and to book an astrology or Tarot reading with Dan: (612) 872-1292

Author Dan Furst

Dan Furst, Astrologer and Author

Dan Furst has a Ph. D. in Literature and Drama from Columbia University.  He has a unique perspective, having lived and worked as an actor and teacher with a worldwide perspective.

“Dan Furst is one of the best astrology writers out there,” according to Rob Brezsny at Free Will Astrology (August, 2006) Dan Furst is an actor, playwright, producer, astrologer, ceremonial artist and student of hermetic disciplines, including divination, sacred geometry, sound healing and ritual theatre.

During his years in Kyoto, Japan, he was the first foreign professional actor ever to study and perform the classical kyogen comedy for a run of five years, in which he acted more than a dozen lead roles in theatres all over Japan. He is the only foreigner ever to receive a geimei, or art name, in the kyogen world. He founded the award-winning Sirius Productions theatre company in Kyoto, and was the voice of environmental conferences convened by Mikhail Gorbachev and H. H. the Dalai Lama.

Furst has written and maintains the popular Universal Festival Calendar on his website, as well as writing about important time windows for planetary transformation. While in Hawaii Dan also coordinated the Sacred Sounds group of Oahu, which he formed with sacred musician and sound healer Kimba Arem in 1996, and was a speaker, musician and priest at many Earth festivals and environmental gatherings.

In 2003, Dan was the first actor ever to play Mevlana, the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi.

Songs for the Waning Year

Discover a collection of 22 chants for pagans, nature mystics, Goddess lovers, and those who celebrate the cycles of the year, featuring strong female vocals backed with percussion, guitar, and a choir.

We first got this CD in when T. Thorn Coyle came to the Twin Cities earlier this year.  Chant CD - Sonts for the Waning YearSince then, Songs for the Waning Year and the companion CD, Songs for the Strengthening Sun, have become a couple of our favorites to play in the store.  This is not your old-fashioned dirge-like chant collection. These are songs which invite you to encounter the mystery, celebrate the spirit, and honor deity. Some songs are devotional and contemplative, like the Hecate Chant, and some will get you up on your feet and moving your body, like Osiris Lives.  Others are great for group ritual, like Come All Who Hunger.

The songs on this CD are all written by Sharon Knight and Thorn Coyle, and delivered with a passion that beautifully conveys their love of nature’s cycles.

If you are pagan or goddess oriented and want to lend a fresh voice to your devotions or rituals, then pick up these CDs.  They are fabulous.  Click on the links below for complete track listings and mp3 samples: