Mars Incense – the scent of war and conquest
Mars is the Planet associated with Ares, the God of War. The name of the Roman, War God is Mars and Ares is His Greek counterpart.
Mars rules over the zodiacal Signs of Aries and Scorpio. This is the Lord of warfare, rage, destruction, and primal, sexual instinct.
Mars invokes willpower, passion, and He evokes even the most lascivious lusts. He presides over sex, death and competition in general, as in competitive sports.
Want that rare? Or really bloody?
Mars‘s interests and expertise are essentially the severing of things, whether with surgeon’s scalpel or bastard sword. The removal of a tumor is the same to Him as the act of beheading someone in battle.
He’s equally happy in the metaphorical act of cutting someone or something out of your life. He is often instrumental in breaking unhealthy habits or breaking away from a toxic person.
Be forewarned… arguments are usually inherent and power struggles often unfold.
Mars in the Qabalah
The Qabalistic number of Mars (and its sephirah, Geburah) is 5 and this blend has five ingredients.
Lord of Flame
Because of the fiery nature of Mars, incense usually has a potent aroma; it makes the eyes water.
This is because it usually includes harsh ingredients like pepper but I skip that.
Instead of using pepper, my Conjure Work formula relies on other Mars herbs and resins, like Basil and Dragon’s Blood. This gives off a far more pleasing smell, without compromising any of the important, magickal properties. Everything in this blend is strongly related to Mars and He loves it being offered to Him.
Recipe for Destruction
I chose only ingredients which are Mars-friendly AND smell good. There are actually dozens of useful, Mars-related herbs to choose from.
Instead of focussing on only one or two traditional choices, I broaden the horizons a bit. Mars is a fan of ripping up the rule book and He’s no stranger to guerrilla tactics.
The overall bouquet of this blend is brisk and manly, a scent befitting a warlord. It also possesses the sweet aroma of Dragon’s Blood, yielding a sultry, seductive tone, worthy of the Lord of Lust.
This general-purpose blend is perfect for any type of Mars invocation and for daily offerings.