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The Big Book of Magical Incense
Sara L. Mastros
ISBN: 9781578637409
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel Weiser, Weiser Books
7 x 9
288 pages
30 line drawings, a few charts
December 1, 2021

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The Big Book of Magical Incense is a masterwork of botanical lore. It combines personal anecdotes with translations of the Greek Magical Papyri and the rich histories of over fifty plants—all combined in ways that stir the soul, while facing issues like overharvested plants, colonization and ethical practices on stolen land. Beautifully arranged to lead the curious and encourage the adept, Sara Mastros has brought scholarly research as well as a clear voice to the intersection of plant spirits and magic. A must own.”
Amy Blackthorn, author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic and owner of Blackthorn’s Botanicals

"Sara Mastros is a modern master. I first encountered her on a jaunt to Pittsburgh and she continues to impress me with her knowledge and skill. Her new book, The Big Book of Magical Incense, is written with Mastros' signature attention to detail. She is an excellent teacher and has created a smart book that is also easy to follow. A wise addition to any bookshelf. Well done, Sara." —H. Byron Ballard, witch, author Seasons of a Magical Life


“A masterwork of botanical lore. --Amy Blackthorn, author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic


The Big Book of Magical Incense is an invaluable hands-on guide to the vast world of magical incense. It provides tried-and-true recipes, advice on how to create your own formulas, and instructions on how to use incense in all sorts of magical practice.

While the book requires no prerequisite knowledge, it is also appropriate for experienced magicians and learned pagans. The chapters are scaffolded, teaching about basic ingredients and skills, both practical and magical, in early chapters, and gently leading the reader to develop their own recipes, spells, and ritual practices as they move through the book.

Presented in a paradigm-agnostic way, the book should appeal to people on numerous paths.

  • Ceremonial magicians and sorcerers will appreciate the planetary incense recipes and translations from the Greek magical papyri and other classical magic texts.

  • Folk magicians will appreciate the many magical incense formulas, such as Go Away! and Money Magnet.

  • Animists will love the focus on ingredients native to the United States, and the instructions for working with the dead and the spirits of the land.

  • Devotional pagans will find recipes for a variety of gods, particularly those of the Eastern Mediterranean traditions, some of whose chapters include original translations of the Orphic hymns and other devotional poetry.

  • Chaos magicians will be excited about the flexibility to mix and match practices and recipes throughout the book.

Sara L. Mastros holds a master’s degree in theoretical mathematics and has been a high school and college teacher for nearly a decade. She is the co-owner of Mastros & Zealot, where she offers courses on practical magic and divination, and has been making and selling magical incense online and at pagan and occult festivals all over the East Coast for several years. She has been a contributor to Witches & Pagans, Cartomancer, and other magazines.
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