This baneful incense blend is inspired by the “Rauhnächte” – the longest and roughest nights of winter. They either mean the 12 nights following the winter solstice, or simply all the cold dark nights leading up to the winter solstice. During this time the ground is frozen, icy storms sweep over the land and evil spirits are believed to rise up from the underworld, as the “Wild Hunt” would wreak havoc on earth. People feared these nights, associating them with death and sickness. Sick and old people were at a higher risk to pass away, and while the living would pass, the dead were feared to return. This unruly time of winter was also connected to a reversal and sacrifice of power and life in different forms. The Roman “Saturnalia” and the Norse “midvinter blót” shall serve here as examples.
The sorcerer makes use of these baneful currents, by channeling and redirecting them. The incense blend is hence composed of baneful herbs, ritually harvested, observing the nights and hours of Saturn and Mars. It further contains ingredients gathered after a series of devastating autumn and winter storms. The ingredients are chosen based on their magical properties as well as their botanical features and form of growth. The black sacra frankincense from Oman lends the blend a bitter resinous, almost medicinal aroma.
This incense blend is the pendant to my “Dog Days” incense. It smells again spicy and bitter. Use this blend where- and whenever you aim to establish and direct baneful currents, curse an enemy or want to return a curse and send it back multi-fold to its sender. On the other hand, burning this blend, can also help to establish and strengthen a powerful magical shield around oneself and assist in working ritually with the “Isa” rune or winter related deities such as Holda and Hel.
Besides, the blend is not tied or limited to the actual “Rauhnächte”, but can be used during any time of the year. The amount however is limited and available only once a year.
Uses: attack & defense, banishing & exorcism, death spells, Mars-Saturn work, calling upon death and winter related deities such as Hel and Holda/Perchta, ritual work with the rune “Isa”
Contains: blackthorn bark + thorns, black alder cones + twigs, black elder bark + corymbs, black henbane leaf + seed, black pepper, black sacra frankincense, dark myrrh resin, blue spruce + yew needles, stinging nettle, wormwood
Scent: cold, sharp, resinous
Warning: Contains venific herbs. Do not inhale! If used indoors, make sure the room is well ventilated. Not for beginners.