May 29, 2020
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cencerThe magical weapons attribution for this 28th path of the qabalistic Tree of Life is the censer or aspegillus. Censers are any type of vessels made for burning incense. These vessels vary greatly in size, form, and material of construction. They may consist of simple earthenware bowls or fire pots to intricately carved silver or gold vessels, small table top objects a few centimetres tall to as many as several metres high. The reason for this attribution, Crowley tells us, has to do, once again, with a sky metaphor, because “the censer carries the perfumes as the clouds carry the distillation of the water of the earth.”[129] In many cultures, burning incense has spiritual and religious connotations, and this influences the design and decoration of the censer.In the Eastern Catholic Churches and the Eastern Orthodox Church, censers (Greek: thymiateria) are similar in design to the Western thurible.[130] This fourth chain passes through a hole the hasp and slides in order to easily raise the lid. In addition to the chain ceser described above, a “hand censer” (Greek: katzion) is used on certain occasions. This device has no chains and consists of a bowl attached to a handle, often with bells attached. In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church and some other groups, the censer is often called a thurible, and used during important offices (benedictions, processions, important Masses). A common design for a thurible is a metal container, about the size and shape of a coffee-pot, suspended on chains. The bowl contains hot coals, and the incense is placed on top of these. The thurible is then swung back and forth on its chains, spreading the fragrant smoke



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