I used to make my own incense for magic, and while it’s nice and all, I have a job now. So I’ve been looking around for planetary-appropriate incenses. I like to find readily available, common scents, rather than pre-made blends, so that I can grow to associate particular scents with particular planets or elements. My favorite brand is Morning Star.
A lot of tables of correspondence for the elementary perfumes are — old. I’m not going to burn tobacco as a perfume of Mars, and I’ll be if I’m going to muck about with charcoal for a simple ritual. Perhaps something elaborate and impressive and once-a-year, but I do magic all the time. I don’t want to deal with the headache of charcoal every other day. I’m an American: I want stuff prepackaged and easy to find, please, so I can get on with it.
My current personal correspondences for scents and planets are these:
Moon — Gardenia
Mercury — Lavender
Venus — Rose
Sun — Cinnamon
Mars — Pine
Jupiter — Cedar
Saturn — Mimosa
These are all easy to come by and more or less evocative of their planets. I’m not entirely pleased with Mercury or Saturn (in fact, yesterday, I accidentally burned Mimosa rather than Lavender and didn’t even notice until today, when I looked at the box — maybe that explains why yesterday’s ritual took so long, although it was successful in the end). I really like myrrh for Saturn, but that’s hard to find. They used to make an opium incense which worked great for Mercury, but it’s hard to find and Morning Star, as far as I can tell, doesn’t carry it.
What are your correspondences? And where do you get your incense?