I have talked about incense before, but as I am trying out a new incense for Apollon I wanted to talk of the subject again. The incense I am trying is called Chandan. It has a distinctive smell that reminds me a little of sandalwood, but is different. As most of my readers may know I do often use sandalwood for Apollon in my private prayers. Its light clean scent is something that I have often found to be pleasing to Apollon. And this brings me to the topic of this post.
It seems that for Apollon I feel a very strong inclination to get what I deem as clean pure light scents. These are not very spicy, they are not particularly flowery (though there is sometimes some florals added to certain blends), nor excessively pungent. For this reason I don’t typically offer him heavy floral perfumes, nor do I offer him very spicy hot scents such dragon’s blood, amber etc. Despite its strong smell frankincense is an ideal of what I am speaking of because it has a sharp clean scent to it after you get past the clouds of smoke. Laurel also has this light clean perfume, as does rosemary. I would even suggest pine to work in relation. This clean scent is often more woody than anything else. Cedar and cypress should also be included. But as I said sandalwood is the incense that I first really got a feel for in my youth (among others, such as dragons blood, jasmine, rose, patchouli (which I don’t particularly care for btw), myrrh etc) and one that I instantly understood to be appropriate for him years ago. And as a fairly plentiful form of incense it has also been the most regular perfumed offering that I have given to him over the years.
Recently I have added other incenses to this list, many of them being particular Indian blends, such as the Shiva blend which really struck a chord, another kind of sandalwood, and now trying out Chandan. Though this has been mostly an instictual exercise over the years, it seems logical that a god of light would enjoy cool scents.