Astral Travel incense is smooth, light, and dreamy. I use real Dittany of Crete in it. Dittany is a very hard-to-find herb, so I grow it and ritually harvest it myself. My Astral Travel formula is very similar to Scott Cunningham's recipe.Use Astral Travel to begin your Inner Temple workings, and to voyage between the Worlds. It could also be used to commune with spirits, to send messages into the Astral Realms, and in general, to advance your powers of imagination and visualization. If you have trouble accessing your visual power centers, it may be helpful to enter them through your olfactory sense. The Dittany of Crete is also used to attract and summon spirits, so you may find that you are able to more easily find Guides in the Astral Realms and Shadowlands to aid you in your lessons and journeys. The planets Mercury, Moon and Venus guide travels, so I grind Astral Travel incense on Wednesdays, Mondays and Fridays following the New Moon.
To look at other Natural Magick potions for Astral Travel voyages, check out my blog article on Astral Travel, Prophesy and Psychism.
Natural Magick incenses are composed of high quality resins, herbs, and sometimes essential oils. They are ritually hand ground on appropriate days of the week for Planetary influences and on the best day of the Moon's cycle for Lunar powers. Unlike most powder incenses, I use no "base" or filler to alter or dilute the powers of the active ingredients.
These magick incenses are made to be burned on incense charcoals. Light the charcoal with match or lighter, set it in a flameproof incense burner or on a brick, rock or bowl of sand, pebbles, or salt. Allow the charcoal to light completely and then sprinkle on a pinch the incense. Add more pinches as desired. See below for more detailed instructions.
How to burn incense & resins:
Natural Magick Shop incenses are ground in a mortar from resins, woods, herbs and spices. They have nothing in them which burns on its own, hence the need for a self-burning charcoal.
First you need something safe to burn your incense in. The charcoals used to burn resins get very hot. Use a burner made for resin incense, with a metal screen, a cast iron cauldron, or you can use a glass or ceramic bowl IF you put a layer of sand, marbles, aquarium pebbles or rocks to insulate glass or ceramic from the heat of the charcoal.
I often break the charcoals in half because they burn for nearly an hour. Light the charcoal with a lighter or match, and when it starts to spark, put it in the burner.
It is best to let the whole charcoal begin to glow before adding any incense. Then sprinkle on the incense as desired, a little bit at a time. If you add too much or cover the charcoal completely, you might put out the charcoal. Also, most natural resin incenses smell better when burned in small amounts at a time.
Keep away from kids and pets. Let the charcoal burn down completely, and make sure it's all ash before throwing out because it could set trash on fire. Advice from experience!
I don't clean the burner after every use. When there is a collection of ash in the burner, pour contents into strainer over the sink and rinse with water. Let dry, and put rocks back in burner. (If you use sand you'll just have to dump the whole mess and use fresh sand).
Store unused charcoal in a zip-lock bag or in a jar, because they won't burn well if they collect humidity from the air.