Lignum Aloes

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It is unlikely that real Lignum Aloes will ever be available at any price. To the best of my knowledge, it was over-harvested to commercial and perhaps biological extinction, and because of the long-term nature of the crop, will never be restored by a capitalist system. Lignum Aloes was austere yet deep. It has been used in Japan for thousands of years, "the scent of Nirvana". Near as I can tell, the powder I once carried was made from the Aquilaria agallocha tree, but it was no where near Oud quality, a perfume that was once made from the exudate that oozed from Aquilaria trees of over 300 years that had fallen, then were infected by a microbe that caused the ooze.

Lignum Aloes, also called Agarwood, smells more like Sandalwood, with a slight tanginess. Really, only if you must have it, otherwise please use the Wood Aloes, below. It is unusual in that it has a Water element and is ruled by the planet Venus, rare correspondences to find in incense ingredients. Magically, Agarwood is used to enhance spirituality and spiritual devotion, and to attract love. It is associated with the ancient musical instrument, the oud, and it may be that ouds were originally made from the same tree that gives us Oud perfume and Aloeswood incense. This would explain the Venus association.

The below correspondences are vis Cunningham, Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs in plain text, C.L. Zalewski, Herbs in Magic and Alchemy in brackets, and my own interpretations in parenthesis.

Gender: Feminine (Feminine)

Element: Water (Water)

Planet: Venus (Venus)

Zodiac: (Pisces, Libra)