Gum Arabic

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Dragon's blood is sharp, deep, fiery, and powerful. It has been used widely in magick and medicine for centuries. In Western magick is is used primarily as an incense ingredient for power, potency, protection, exorcism, love, money, did I forget anything? Yes, it is becoming rare and high global demand on these several species of slow-growing palm trees makes the conservation of Dragon's Blood a prime concern for the ethical practitioner.
" Gum Arabic has uses as a binder in many incense recipes since it is almost without fragrance by itself. It is also used as thickener in inks, a natural glue, and in cooking.

Gum Arabic is the sap of either of two trees in the Acacia genus, Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal. Most Gum Arabic comes from Sudan, Chad, and Nigeria. While we burn it as incense, it is used widely to thicken and emulsify all sorts of food and beverages, including most soft drinks.

Magickally, Gum Arabic is burned to purify an area of any negative influences and raise spiritual vibrations. I like to use it in incense blends because it sparkles like crushed glass. Powdered gum arabic is also used to bind the ingredients in combustible incenses, so you could use it to make your own cone or stick incenses.

The below correspondences are vis Cunningham, Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs in plain text, C.L. Zalewski, Herbs in Magic and Alchemy in brackets, and my own interpretations in parenthesis.

Gender: Masculine (Masculine)

Element: Air (Air)

Planet: Sun (Sun)

Zodiac: (Aquarius)
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