Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Waxing Crescent Moon goes void of course this evening

"I'm one with the Goddess
and open to Her Wisdom."

5th Day of the 7th Lunar Cycle
Ruled by Artemis
Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Duir/Oak
5th Day of the Celtic Tree Month ~ Duir/Oak
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon rises: 10:32AM EDST
Moon sets: 11:54PM EDST
Moon in Leo v/c 11:23PM EDST
Blodeuwedd's Cycle of the Moon
Lunar Meditation:  Abundance in
your life.
Sun in Gemini
Sunrise: 5:49AM EDST
Sunset: 8:51PM EDST
Solar Question for the Day: "What
makes you most angry? Why?"
Beltaine (Calan Mai) Quarter of the Year
June 16th, 2010

Woden's Day - the day of Communication and Connection.  All's quiet on the magickal energy realm.

Joss sticks, Spaghetti Sticks and Cylinders

   These terms are fairly new to me.  Actually it was a conversation about someones teacher not liking joss sticks as use for incense and urged her students to find other type of incense to use that got me started on this subject. 
    Cylinders are essentially round rods of incense material. They can range in thickness from the size of a pencil down to the thickness of a toothpick. Cylinders generally offer the best burning properties and maximize your chances of successful incense making. The thinner the cylinder, the better its burning properties.  This form of incense is also called a 'joss stick'.  Carl Neal calls cylinders the thickness of spaghetti or thinner 'spaghetti sticks.' You will see this term frequently throughout his book "Incense: Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents".  Spaghetti sticks are the very best form of incense for most purposes. They will burn better than any other shape. In fact, you might find that some of your recipes won't burn in any other form. They are easy to
light and can be made in any length. The only
real drawback to the spaghetti stick is that they are more fragile than another forms. Spaghetti sticks can be rolled to size by hand or extruded.  (which means push the incense 'dough' through a clay gun. They can be found usually in a hobby shop in the clay areas. )  You can also make square 'cylindrs'. You might even see occasionally commercial sticks that square. These are easy to make by rolling the incense dough flat and cutting the sticks rather than rolling them individually.

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