Sale : Sacred Scents of the Season-part two

December 7, 2017 by Micah  
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In part one of this article, here, we talked about the role evergreens and their terpenes play in the winter holiday season, and about a few of the Spagyrics we have on sale for work with the Solstice’s winter energy. In this part, we continue with a few more resins which are on sale right now- click here to go right to our sale page, or read on for more information.

Agarwood trees grow throughout the tropical regions of southeast Asia, where they are revered for their spectacularly fragrant resin. As with other plants in this sale, Agarwood produces resin to defend itself from attack, as it lives in a very mold-promoting ecosystem.

The resin that Agarwood trees produce is dense and heavy, leading to its Japanese name jin-koh, meaning “sinking incense”. In a besieged tree, the resin eventually replaces the wood of the tree as it rots away, creating beautiful sculptural forms that are revered and priced as treasures. This resin is then called Oud, and is the form of the tree used as an incense and oil in meditation and prayer.

Wherever Agarwood trees grow, and Oud is produced by them, they are considered the most sacred aromatic plant, their scent bringing users to a high devotional state of contemplation and peace. Each type has its own energy and gifts, and we currently offer three to choose from.

Our Sumatran Agarwood Initiatic is quieting and clarifying, and I consider it a Shen tonic on par with Waterfall Calamus or Sacred Lotus. Sumatran also opens the respiration, and facilitates the flow of breathwork, spoken prayer, and chanting.

The Initiatic we created from Laotian Agarwood is even more calming, even sedative in nature, quieting and emptying the mind to create a profound stillness. Try it with Zen-type meditation, or for drifting off to a peaceful, open sleep state.

Our Malaysian Agarwood Initiatic is all about the middle, centering the mind and thoughts, and bringing energy and awareness to the Middle Pillar of the spine, connecting the base and crown chakras as a column. It is more enlivening to the mind than the other two, and supports devotional movement such as dance or Yoga.

In keeping with our winter holiday theme, our next aromatic tree, Sandalwood, is related to the European mistletoe, and grows in a similar semi-parasitic way. Sandalwood taps into the roots of nearby trees, on which it is dependent for water and nutrients as it grows. Once the Sandalwood tree has matured, it is harvested, roots and all, for oil extraction, with older trees giving the most high-quality oil.

Both the wood and its oil are used in spiritual practice throughout the Eastern world, and the scent of Sandalwood incense in temples is said to calm the chattering of the “monkey mind” and promote peaceful contemplation. Our Sandalwood Initiatic and Magistery both carry this quieting energy, expressing a bit differently in each.

Our Sandalwood Magistery is calming in a clarifying way, settling racing thoughts and leaving the mind less muddled and more focused, with classic Mercurial tonic effects. The Sandalwood Initiatic takes this to a much stronger level, emptying the mind to a nearly blank state, useful as a mental “reset” for new perspectives or insights.

Our final group of resins are old favourites of ours- very, very old!

One of the important principles of Spagyric work is that all natural things, whether plant, animal, or mineral, are made up of the same inner subtle levels of being, and all levels play the same role within that being. This allows us to target our processing work so that our Essences affect the Body, our Spiritualized Essences work on the Spirit, and our Magisteries balance the Soul. It also means that, just as plants have essential oils we can extract for healing, so do minerals.

Amber is a very interesting substance, as it is between the plant and mineral realms. Chemically, it is the fossilized resin of any of several now-extinct prehistoric trees from various parts of the world. Energetically, it has the deep intelligence of a mineral, having spent many thousands of planetary cycles on the earth, but at the same time, it has some of the faster, more responsive intelligence of a plant.

Medicinally, Amber is used in many traditional healing systems. Chinese medicine reveres it as solidified tiger blood, and considers it a tonic to Shen, the peaceful well of strength that rests in the heart. This is in keeping with our experience of Amber, although each of the types we work with varies in its expression of Shen toning properties.

Our Baltic Amber is the first one we worked with, the most ancient at 44 million years old, and the most versatile for healing. It creates a protective sphere of peace and strength around you, so that even as you interact with people, you don’t pick up their energies, moods, or imbalances. This Amber is also very supportive to healing work, both for healer and patient.

Somewhat younger is our Borneo Amber, which is “only” 24 million years old! Borneo is uplifting to the heart and overall energy, and is the perfect tonic if stress and Shen imbalances tend to leave you depressed and down.

Chiapas Amber, used ritually by the Maya, is a beautiful stone which flashes green under some light. This Amber shows the strongest electrical energy of all the Ambers we work with, activating the flow of Kundalini and Prana/Qi. This is a good choice for use on acupuncture or acupressure points to open the meridians to the flow of treatment.

Finally, the baby of the group, our Kenyan Amber is just one million years old, and is more closely tied to the plant side of its plant-mineral duality. Kenyan is earthy and sweet tasting, and protects the Shen from the center, creating a core energy that is solid and cannot be drawn off of by people or situations around you.

All of these Amber Spagyrics, along with their kin Spagyrics of other trees and resins, are wonderful supports to meditation, ritual and spiritual work, and for celebrating the special energies of the Solstice season. We will be working with many of them in our holiday traditions, and we hope you will incorporate some of them into the wheel of your year, as well!

Blessed Yule to you all!

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