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Scent and Fire: Creative Options For Potent Rituals


By Shauna Aura Knight
Copyright 2013 by Shauna Aura Knight
Smashwords edition published by Jupiter Gardens Press at Smashwords

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Incense, smoke, and flame can be some of the most powerful tools in rituals or any spiritual practice. Used well, they can engage deep trance states. Used poorly, they can cause asthma attacks, set off fire alarms, or get you kicked out of a venue. Perhaps you have health reasons why you can’t use scent. Perhaps your venue doesn’t allow incense or fire, or perhaps you are accommodating participants with allergies.

Learning how to use scent and fire--and how not to use them--are important skills to have in your tool bag. In this article, I offer several examples of good, bad, and creative use of scent and fire, as well as totally scent and fire-free ritual including utilizing trance work to evoke scent, accomplish purifications, and invoke fire without any flame.

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