An incense to honor the mysteries of the Goddess Persephone and the Pomegranate
A darkly sweet, tart and fruity blend made aromatically rich and earthy with 3 types of the finest Myrrh.
Each jar is topped with bright ruby mastic drops which look just like fresh pomegranate seeds.
This blend holds a great deal of meaning for me and it was a joy to create.
Here is a poem I wrote on the sacred fruit:
Pomegranate Trees ....
That distill the essence summer heat into sweetness.
Now as Fall comes to the desert -
The sun feels loving but gives way to darkness,
The evening reveals deep red globes hidden in the branches.
So many myths, so many meanings held in each one.
Underworld virgin fruit,
That cracks open with every little veil of flesh intact
Symbolic seeds, white like milk , in a womb red like blood
“just eat a few”... Hades says to Kore’s sweet face,
“it is communion”
Become my queen. ...
The scent is bitter but the taste is delight.
A fruit to share,
A taste that takes time -
As each tiny ruby is plied carefully from its bed
And placed between the lips of the beloved.
We watched through the impossible heat of summer,
Those scarlet blossoms on frail branches.
Thinking nothing can survive this sun....
But they do -
They swell and blush and distill the light into life.
“Squeezing drops from the Sun.”
The taste of ancient Mysteries.
By Katlyn Breene
(I have just come inside after picking pomegranates from the tree in our garden. It is part of the grove that defines the circle of a small sacred space. This tree was planted the year Michael and I were married 25 years ago.)
- Myrrh, Commiphora Myrrha, Yemen - a treasured resin through the ages, healing, preserving bringing scented delight. It has always held a bittersweet sadness to me, the ageless energies of the moon and the vast Ocean Mother. Its scent surrounds funerals and as well as wedding processions.
- Kua Myrrh, Socotra - a smooth deep crimson Myrrh that we adore
- Myrrh Suhul , Somalia - This is some of the most fragrant Myrrh we have experienced in a long time... Direct from harvesters in Somalia.
- Opoponax (Sweet Myrrh) - Kenya, a fruity Myrrh
- "Pama" Pomegranate Liqueur and Pomegranate Essence - We highly recommend Pama for a toast at Halloween!
- Calamus Root (Sweet Flag) , China - a traditional visionary incense with a Pomegrantesweet woody scent
- Mastic drops -Chios Greece, Persephone's tears, Aromatically Tinted bright Red
- Black Frankincense - Oman - Our beloved sticky Black
- Dragon's Blood Resin
- Agarwood powder
Samhain ritual blessing for the Pomegranate seeds:
“We eat of these seeds in remembrance of the cycles of life and death.
We let these red jewels of the Underworld
Burst with sweetness upon our tongue
Let us give thanks for ever returning life,
For the mystery of the seed and the miracle of re-birth.”