Myrrh is an ancient and powerful resin that has been used as far back as ancient Egypt. As a aromatic resin it comes from a species of thorny trees called Commiphora myrrha. The resin is a natural gum that bleeds when a wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood. Myrrh gum is waxy, and coagulates quickly, becoming hard and glossy. The gum is yellowish, and may be either clear or opaque. It darkens deeply as it ages, and white streaks emerge.
In ancient Egypt the dried resin would be collected and used in their most sacred of rituals, used frequently as an offering to Ra, the Egyptian god of the sun. It was also burned at the temples of Isis with other resins and herbs, as well as made into small charms that people would hang from their necks for fragrance.
Although times have changed since ancient Egypt, the uses of myrrh have not. Many practitioners today still burn the resin as incense and use it in sacred rituals. When used as an incense, it can purify the area and helps lift the vibrations of the space. It also helps to aid in contemplation, and used when you are needing to experience a deeper meditation.
It is rare to find practitioners only burning myrrh as it is often added with other herbs and resins, such as Frankincense. Many do this because the resin increases the power of any incense to which it is added, and helps give a boost to the effect they are looking for. Others add myrrh to their healing incenses and sachets to help promote the healing factors that myrrh contains. In sacred rituals the smoke is used to consecrate, purify and bless objects such as amulets, talismans, charms, and magical tools. It also is known to help one perceive the way patterns of energy move throughout the sacred circle. The mind is more able to see the overlaying patterns created by the ritual choreography and discern the nuances of the magick's texture and power. A practitioner who uses myrrh in ritual will have a heightened awareness of the energy flow within both worlds.
In our age it is very easy to acquire myrrh as an incense as it now comes in different ways, such as stick, cone, and powder. So the next time you wish to heighten your awareness or need help to achieve a deeper meditation, think about using myrrh in your rituals.