Magic has transformed to fit our modern needs. Though the ambiance of of older tools is a great way to set the mood, that is not always possible. For those living in apartments, candles and incense may not be an option. There are still many practitioners that have to practice in secret because they live with family members that disapprove of witchcraft, or the culture disapproves and punishes outsiders.

One of the more common problems I have run into since living in apartments is the restriction of open flames and incense. I have, however, found a way around this by using a diffuser.

Diffusers have become popular in the last few years. Using essential oils to fill the air with an aromatic mist, diffusers are great for aromatherapy. I have found another use for them, too, as a replacement not just for incense, but also a great mood enhancer for meditation and rituals. A simple diffuser works, but I like the ones with soft LED lights.

Magickal Uses

Here are some diverse uses for a diffuser.

  1. You can replace incense with diffusers. They not only add scent to the air, but create a mist that if offered, would suffice for an offering. A diffuser falls under air and water.
  2. Meditation. The light scent of frankincense or ylang ylang helps calm the senses, which in turns allows for a calming environment. You can experiment to find what works best for you.
  3. Banishing and blessings may also be performed with essential oils.
  4. Ritual atmosphere. Not only can you add the corresponding oils related to your rituals, but the mist has an atmospheric effect.
  5. It can bring in certain entities and feelings, if you charge the oils. It takes intention, not just what the oil is used for.
  6. It can calm the mind and help with studying. This is important, because most of us need to read and research what we are doing. Using a diffuser can calm, and depending on the oils, open up your lungs and sinuses. This will help get oxygen to the brain and therefore help with studying.
  7. Self care. Diffusers can be used to help relax, sleep, or energize a person. This can help in your personal self care.

Essential Oil Recipes

  1. Banishing. Sage, peppermint, rosemary, thyme (optional), eucalyptus (optional). This blend is specific for getting rid of negative emotions and smaller entities. I prefer to do this while burning a black candle for banishing.
  2. Studying. Peppermint, rosemary, orange (substitute: neroli/bitter orange blossom). This blend is to energize and also help with memory. The Romans believed that rosemary helped with memory. It may be a myth, but this blend will help with memory.
  3. Angelic. Frankincense, myrrh, vanilla, yang ylang, orange (substitute: orange blossom). If you need to bring in certain angels, this includes the Archangel Lucifer and the Archangel Samael, this blend will attract Them. Most angels will come when you have this scent.
  4. Angelic II. Orange, grapefruit, frankincense, lemon, vanilla, grapefruit (optional), yang ylang (optional). I found this one calls in the “Darker” or “Fallen” angels. Interesting, because the scent itself is very energizing.
  5. Meditation. Frankincense, ylang ylang. I found this combo to be perfect for opening up the third eye and for meditation.

Experiment as needed. Do remember that some essential oils when used in a diffuser are toxic to pets. Eucalyptus/Tea tree oil is one of these oils. Check up on the oils before you use them. Also, make sure that you are getting quality oils and oil blends. Sometimes the cheaper oils are not safe to use.

Have fun experimenting and enjoy your scents!

Arachnia Stoneskull

January 5, 2018; 9:04 a.m.

Photo Credit. “Diffuser on altar (2016)” by Emily Anne Chamberlain