Asafetida has been used as incense for exorcisms and protection nearly as long as sulfur. It destroys manifestation of spirit if thrown into fire during magical rites (if a spell is going wrong), and it may also be burned to make someone leave you alone. The herb may be added to self-purification rituals against negative habits. The power of any ritual (with the exception of spirit conjurings) may be increased with the addition of asafetida. Asafoetida is a countermagick herb, an herb of protection, purification, and a visionary herb. . It is used as an incense for rituals of a somber, ceremonial nature. It is also used to banish negativity, evil spirits, and demons. (It is associated with the Devil Card of the Major Arcana in Tarot) Used in meditations, it helps one discover how the mundane attractions in our lives have placed us in spiritual bondage. Use it for rituals of self-purification or cleansing to break free of negative desires. Asafoetida is an excellent herb for any student who has been accepted for training leading to initiation.
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