Self igniting Orphic Incense is a special blend we have created with intention to use as an offering to Mercury Chthonos during Mercury Retrograde. The aim is to propitiate the God Hermes during his dark journey. Black Storax was used traditionally in the Orphic Mysteries as a fumigation offering to Hermes Chthonos and many other gods.
We have formulated this incense with the particular purpose of creating the sigil of Mercury Retrograde using the incense powder and igniting it while reading the Orhpic Hymn to Hermes Chthonos. This operation may occur during Mercury’s shadow phase or any time during the retrograde.
The many occultists and astrologers we have shared this with have expressed to us that the ritual incense offering and prayer has eased, if not alleviated completely, the challenges many face during Mercury’s retrograde phase. This blend was created during a special electoral date while Mercury was in the most recent Mercury Retrograde. For one day in the middle of Mercury’s retrograde phase, the swift planet occupies the space between the Sun and the Earth.
This alignment, called the inferior conjunction by astronomers, places the three bodies in a line, with Mercury in the center. In traditional astrology, it is referred to as a ‘Cazimi’. Cazimi, an Arabic term, translates roughly to “the heart of the Sun,” and it is said that when a planet is in the heart of the Sun, it’s power is increased dramatically. It is Hermes at the bottom of the underworld, the midpoint of the Cthonic journey which is symbollic or Hermes Chtonios epic journey through hades.
As are all Rosarium Blends products, special care is put into the astrological time and days of our production. Each incense, oil and perfume is seen as a talisman and is made with great care according to astrological correspondences. We are happy to be the first to create a Mercury Retrograde Incense blend.