Early on as a child I was already fascinated by the world of plants. When I wasn't at school I was collecting berries and leaves and making them into magical poultices and drinks. In my work as a biology teacher I can partly use this passion. It feels only natural for me that my occult specialization takes place within the plant Kingdom. I would describe myself as a magical botanist and it is in this role that I make incense, oils, tinctures and powders for magical and ritual use. The ritual use of herbs is something that can be taken back for decades. You can still find remains of this ancient knowledge in all sorts of folklore, myths, stories and tales and even on temple inscriptions.
Incense have my special attention, I have been making them for over 10 years now. Incense has the ability to change the energy of an entire space. Fragrances have a deep impact on our subconscious mind and can transport us to all kinds of different layers of consciousness and emotions. As an example: recently someone ordered some of my incenses because the smell reminded her of her parents’ house in the woods and by using it she felt less homesick.
I really like to work with old recipes for example, I recently produced a set of 7 planetary incense based upon the recipes from the books by Henry Cornelius Agrippa. I also make incense upon request, people describe a type of ritual, feeling or setting to me and I develop a customized incense. I find it wonderful when an incense you use in an ritual leads you to a specific place, time or emotion. The fragrance then blends in well with the decor, music and text used in a ritual. It is as if each independent part of the ritual is a tool but together they form the most beautiful music orchestra can produce.
In 2009 I joined the Temple but before that time came I was already walking the path in the world of spirituality and occultism for quite some time. I would say that my roots are in witchcraft where I felt especially at home in my rebellious teens and adolescence. In that time I have been fortunate enough to bump into right teachers and with my perseverance and the will to train every single day, I gained 10 years of experience in this period. However, in my 26th year I came upon the boundaries of the path that I had been following. I wanted more and I wanted to go deep and at that time I did not see how and where I could find that. It was then that my attention was drawn towards the Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight. It offered an education that sufficed me in all my needs, it brought me a stable training programme, the guidance of well-trained supervisors, an theoretical backbone that is well founded in the western mystery tradition, brothers and sisters along whose side I can experience and learn and practical training within the confounds of a safe group. Now I am a driven and enthusiastic member of the Hermetic Order of the Temple of Starlight and I’m planning to remain so for many more years to come.
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