Fumigatories, or suffumigations (incenses), are an integral art in the grimoire tradition, ceremonial magic, cunning witchcraft and folk magic. In this workshop, the making of incense for magic is introduced in a hands-on environment. The principles behind recipes for numerous purposes are explained: psychic power, visionary ability, love, legal success, justice and house purification. The students will be taught the particular magical powers of certain gum bases, then oils, roots, barks, leaves and petals.
There is hands-on practice all the way through, and samples of all the ingredients will be tested. Each person will mix three personal fumigatories. Instructions from old recipe books will be looked at, as time permits. The fee includes samples, supplies, refreshments and handouts. By the end of the day you will be able to make hand-blended incense at home from basic ingredients. We have deliberately timed this day in advance of Christmas, for those of you who would like to make incense as a gift for friends this year. Everyone attending the workshop is entitled to a 10 percent discount on incense ingredients on sale at Treadwell's on the day.
Paul Wood is one half of Wood-Moss Herbals, a small company specialising in the making authentic historical incenses from actual ancient recipes. He has taught at Treadwell's for several years.
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