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Censor

The censer, sometimes called a thurible, is a heat-proof vessel that is used in witchcraft, Wicca, and many other neo-pagan paths, to hold burning incense. The type of incense varies according to the purpose of the working, the preference of the practitioner, or the tradition of the rite. [1] A censer can be made from several kinds of materials, including clay, ceramic, any metal, or shell. It may be a bowl that sits on the altar, a stand with holes to hold stick incense, a closed and vented container that is swung from a chain, or a large open-faced shell such as abalone or scallop. It symbolizes the element of air. Censing is done as part of the opening segment of most rituals, as a form of both consecration and purification. [2] The censer is commonly referred to as an incense burner. [3]

References Edit

  1. Rabinovich, Shelley and Lewis, James (Eds), Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism, New York: Kensington/Citadel, 2002 [ISBN 0-8056-2506-5 HB]
  2. Rabinovich, Shelley and Lewis, James (Eds), Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism, New York: Kensington/Citadel, 2002 [ISBN 0-8056-2506-5 HB]
  3. Cunningham, Scott, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Saint Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1988. [ISBN 0-87542-118-0 (PB)]

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