Scent and Fragrance in Magic

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

-William Shakespeare


Scent is a powerful trigger for memory and is often used within magic and ritual to build an atmosphere.

Beautiful and intoxicating  scents are worn to seduce and to ensnare lovers, and many flowers are known for their alluring fragrances which attract, bees, birds and butterflies.

Scents and fragrances are therefore a key ingredient in love and lust spells. Some of my favourites to use include vanilla, cinnamon, jasmine and the rose.

Scents can also be used in order to repel, and are potent in spells where you wish to rid someone of their affection for you, or to banish in general, these scents include, sulphur, rotting eggs, rotting meat, and the scent of corpse flowers.

It is said that when a beloved, who has crossed over is near, the scent of their perfume or cologne will be smelled in the house. Likewise, a rotten smell with no logical or physical explanation within the house is said to indicate the presence of poltergeists and evil spirits.

Incense has been used for offerings for the gods for millennia, and many fragrances are known to be especially sacred to the gods including Frankincense, myrrh, rose and Amber.

Herbs can be burned in bundles to smudge and cleanse a home of unwanted energies, and common smudges include Sage, Lavender, Imphepho and Rosemary.

To bring a fresh scent into your home, the rind of citrus and cinnamon sticks can be simmered on the stove.

Essential oils and aromatherapy are also wonderful ways to use scent within magic, and can be used in massage oil or used as anointing oils for candles and tools.

*Posted as part of the 44 Days of Witchery Day 21- A favourite Scent

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