If you have ever smelled camphor, you know its pungently green, intensely cooling scent is unforgettable. This waxy white crystal has found its way into magical traditions all over the world, and it is a good idea to keep some on hand whenever you need a quick, easy, effective way to cleanse a space, banish evil, or add some serious power to a spell.
What is Camphor?
Though camphor can be produced from plants, it is not, itself, a plant. It is actually an aromatic component of many different herbs, including the camphor laurel, camphor basil, rosemary, and Kapur tree. When refined, it becomes a pale, waxy, almost crystalline material with a very strong odor.
Camphor for Cleansing
Camphor is renowned for its purifying properties, making it ideal for a cleansing ritual. This ritual is designed to clear negative energy from your space, objects, or even your aura. Here is what you will need to perform this ritual:
- Pure camphor blocks or crystals
- A fireproof dish or burner
- Charcoal discs (if using camphor crystals)
- A small bowl of water (optional)
- White candles (optional)
Begin by setting a respectful and intentional atmosphere, which starts with cleaning the physical space where the ritual will be performed. Lighting white candles can add an element of warmth and light.
Then, we activate the camphor. If using camphor blocks, place one on a fireproof dish; if using crystals, light a charcoal disc, set it on the dish, and sprinkle the crystals over it. As the camphor burns and releases its potent aroma, envision the smoke carrying away negative energies, purifying the space.
Next, carry the dish around the room, letting the smoke reach all corners and doorways, focusing on areas where negative energy might linger. During this process, reciting a mantra or affirmation, such as...
I cleanse this space of all negativity and fill it with peace and light.
To conclude the ritual, allow the camphor to burn out safely. Optionally, dissolve a small piece of camphor in water and sprinkle it in room corners for extended protection (Just make sure it is not placed where children or pets might try to take a taste). Finish by expressing gratitude for the cleansing and protection provided.
Camphor for Divination
Water scrying can be fun and enlightening, but it is not always the easiest thing to do. If you find yourself having a little trouble getting the focus and clarity you need, try water scrying with camphor. Find an opaque black bowl, and fill it partway with fresh, clean water.
Follow by sprinkling in some grated camphor. You will not need to use it very much for this -- a little can go a long way. After adding the camphor, close your eyes, clear your mind, and use the surface of the water to scry.
For more general divination, combine a little camphor with some anise seed, and burn on charcoal to help boost your psychic abilities. This can aid you whether you are scrying, casting runes or bones, drawing tarot cards, or using any other divination method of your choice. Some practitioners find it particularly useful for bringing prophetic or lucid dreams.
Camphor for Power
Camphor does not mess around -- when you add it to a mixture, it makes itself known. This makes it a useful ingredient for giving mixtures a little extra kick, particularly when you might not want to add hot pepper or other "power" herbs. You can add camphor oil to any oil mixture of your choice (be sure to dilute it well if you plan to use it for anointing) or mix some grated camphor into herbal mixtures.
Much like camphor adds extra oomph to herbal mixtures, it can give you a little bit, too. Place some camphor in a red flannel bag with some orris root or personal power herbs of your choice, and carry it on you when you are in situations where you need to be extra persuasive. You can also place camphor, hyssop, and lemongrass in a red bag and keep it on you to make sure your aura stays clear of any stray negative energies.
Camphor for Unwanted Attention
Camphor is purported to reduce sexual desire. If you want to protect yourself from unsolicited romantic attention, make sure to carry camphor on you. Before you see your unwanted suitor, petition Saint Wilgefortis (also called St. Uncumber). Saint Wilgefortis is a Catholic saint who was pursued by a King she did not want to marry. In response, she took a vow of virginity and prayed to repulse him. The next day, she woke up with a full beard. Saint Wilgefortis will not make you wake up with a fresh crop of facial hair -- but reciting these words can win you her help...
Saint Uncumber, set me free. Send this person far from me!
Visualize your suitor as happy, healthy, and interested in someone else.
Camphor for Meditation and Prayer Ceremonies
Camphor's intense aroma is believed to aid in deepening spiritual focus and elevating the mind during meditation or prayer. Here is what you will need...
- Camphor oil or a small block of camphor
- A diffuser or oil burner
- A quiet and comfortable space for meditation or prayer
Using camphor in meditation or prayer ceremonies begins with setting up a quiet and comfortable space. Place a diffuser or oil burner nearby, ensuring it’s stable and safe. Add a few drops of camphor oil to your diffuser, or place a small piece of camphor in the oil burner.
As the burner or diffuser releases the camphor's aroma, it helps create an atmosphere conducive to deep meditation or focused prayer. Sit or kneel in a comfortable position and start focusing on your breathing, letting each breath become slower and deeper. Let the scent of camphor guide you into a deeper state of relaxation and focus, enhancing your spiritual intentions.
Conclude your meditation or prayer session by gently bringing your focus back to your breath and becoming aware of your surroundings. Extinguish any burning camphor and take a moment to reflect on the tranquility and heightened awareness achieved. It's important to ensure proper ventilation when burning camphor and to be mindful of its strong scent, especially for those with respiratory sensitivities.
Camphor may look like an unassuming little white block, but it is a powerful magical ingredient. Whether you want to boost your own power or the power of your herbal mixtures, improve your divination skills, cleanse your space, or just avoid the attention of a would-be suitor, camphor can help you do it.