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Magickal Herbalism 101

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Resins - Week I

Resins or gums are sticky substances, insoluble in organic solvents, often produced in response to wounding of the plant.  Resins commonly used in magickal practice include:

Acacia Gum
Benzoin
Camphor
Copal Resin
Dragon's Blood
Frankincense
Gum Mastic
Myrrh

Acacia Gum

Botanical Name:       Acacia Vera (Senegal); Gum Arabic; Egyptian Thorn; Cape Gum

Gender:                      Masculine

Planet:                        Sun

Element:                     Air

Deities:                       Osiris, Astarte, Ishtar, Diana, Ra

Origin:                         From Africa to India

Powers:                      Meditation, altar offering, aids psychic powers, protection, used in money and love spells (platonic)

Substitutions:             Benzoin

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Benzoin

Botanical Name:       Styrax benzoin; Lindera benzoin

Gender:                      Feminine

Planet:                        Venus

Element:                     Air

Deities:                      

Origin:                        mixed tropical forest, near rivers : SE Asia

Powers:                      Purification, attract business, cleansing, prosperity, incense base,                                                  exorcism, harmony, memory, peace, spell breaking, wisdom

Substitutions:            Acacia                                   

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Camphor

Botanical Name:       Dryobalanops camphora (Borneo) [less toxic than] Cinnamonum Camphora

Gender:                      Feminine

Planet:                        Moon

Element:                     Water

Deities:                       Isis, Inanna

Origin:                         Crystallized extract and leaf.  Most camphor is artificially produced by a combination of hydrogen chloride gas and oil of turpentine (highly toxic).  DO NOT SWALLOW.

Powers:                      Add to house cleaning water, burn in new home prior to moving in, cleansing entire home of old energies.  Purify the air, dispel disease, chastity, health, divination, break off an affair, endings, psychic development and growth, release and decrease sexual desire

Substitutions: 

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Copal Resin

Botanical Name:      Bursera odorata

Gender:                      Masculine

Planet:                        Sun/Jupiter

Element:                     Fire

Deities: 

Origin:            

Powers:                      Love, purification, sacred and protective, a piece represents heart in poppets, medicinal Mayan incense, exorcism, contact other planes, meditation

Substitutions:             Frankincense or cedar

 

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Dragon's Blood

Botanical Name:       Daemonorops draco; dracaena; calamus draco; zanzibar drop

Gender:                      Masculine

Planet:                        Mars

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                       Shiva

Origin:                         Resin of the palm tree

Powers:                      Love, protection, exorcism, fidelity, strength, potency, virility, animals, consecration, money, documents, oaths, vows (dragon's blood ink used to seal & protect rituals), shape-shifting

Stone:                         Ruby

Substitutions: 

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Frankincense

Botanical Name:       Boswellia carteri thurifera

Gender:                      Masculine

Planet:                        Sun

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                       Apollo, Ra, Baal, Sekmet, Loki, Pan, Osiris, Horus

Origin:                         Originally from southern Arabia.  An antidote to hemlock poisoning.

Powers:                      Exorcism, purification, protection, acceleration of spiritual growth, consecration, success, wisdom, good luck

Substitutions:             Rosemary

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Gum Mastic

Botanical Name:       Pistacia lentiscus

Gender:                      Masculine

Planet:                        Sun

Element:                     Air

Deities: 

Origin: 

Powers:                      Consecrate tools, purification from negative energy, psychic powers, manifestations, lust, protection, adds potency and power to incense, manifestation of a spirit

Substitutions:

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Myrrh

Botanical Name:       Cyrilla racemiflora; commiphora myrrha

Gender:                      Feminine

Planet:                        Moon

Element:                     Water

Deities:                       Isis, Adonis, Ra, Marian

Origin:                         Word for embalming; Middle Eastern desert tree

Powers:                      Used for embalming.  Disinfect/seal wounds, peace, healing, consecration, blessing, endings, good luck, wealth, protection, meditation, wards negativity, purification, exorcism, spirituality, bless tools or amulets

Substitutions:             Substitute for acacia, frankincense or copal

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