In an iron vessel burn
St. Johnswort fresh,
Wild lettuce green,
Red cedar new:
While the living smoke ascends,
Let it wind about your hands
And shape it thus:
Breath and substance
Death and issue,
Fly and flower
Set it free and watch it rise:
Discover fate in this disguise.
From: A Crone’s Book of Magickal Words
Copal is popular in magical, healing and spiritual uses. It makes a great meditation incense and increases psychic insight. Inhaling its aroma is said to enhance the powers of clairvoyance. It is also used to provide systematic oracles.
A means of divination by copal fire is as follows:
- With your left hand, toss corn kernels into a fire.
- With your right hand, toss copal into the fire.
- Observe and analyze the meaning of the resulting smoke and flames.
Source: Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells