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Copal

copal
copal

Copal is much like amber in that is derived from tree resin from the copal tree Protium copal (Burseraceae). Copal It is available in two types; a hard yellow one which is cheaper than amber and a milky white copal which is more expensive than regular copal.

The word copal is derived from the Nahuatl language word copalli, meaning “incense”. Copal is still used by several indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America as an incense especially during sweat lodge and sacred mushroom ceremonies.

Copal dissolves in alcohol or other organic solvents on heating. It is used in making varnishes and printing ink.

In ancient Maya and Aztec ceremonies, Copal was used as a ritual offering to the gods Tlaloc and the goddess Chalchiuhtlicue, both associated with creation and fertility. When burned on charcoal it produces a light citrus and pine scent and the white smoke was associated with helpful spirits. It is associated with the Sun, which is masculine, and the element of fire. Copal is used all-year in churches in Mexico and for the Day of the Dead celebration. Copal purifies the energy of spaces, places and objects, chasing away negative energy and creating space for positive changes to occur.

Copal is associated with the fulfilment of dreams, goals, ideals and helps to remove emotional blockages, depression and self-balancing. It also offers great protection from negative energy and outside influences.

Promotes fertility and is also great for the birthing process increases clarity, creative expression, and confidence.

Copal is thought to help detoxify the body by supporting the liver, bladder, kidneys, and stomach.. It is also thought to be beneficial for throat issues like laryngitis, throat infections

The Chakras Connected to Copal: Solar Plexus Chakra.

Astrological Signs: Leo, Aquarius. Gemini

a hardness of 2 – 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Copal can be used whole or can be burned in a safe container using a charcoal block. Light the charcoal and then once the hot enough, place the copal on top.

Chemical formula: C10H16O + (H2S)

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