Magickal uses of red sandalwood include removing negativity, increasing opportunities and bringing success. Red sandalwood is a popular incense wood, often burned during spells for protection, healing & exorcism. Used for purification and spirituality.
In its powdered form, Sandalwood provides all of the same desired effects but perhaps with a greater ease of use. Powdered, it is often much easier to use in creating a mixed into a paste to mark icons and the body during rituals of religious devotion, a practice that is common to those of Hindu faith. Others, particularly among Buddhists, also use it to burn on charcoal as incense that aids in transforming desires and finding an inner peace while maintaining alertness in meditation. In neo-pagan traditions, Sandalwood powder has also been applied as a component added can be added to ritual washes and baths, or burned as incense during rituals and spells of purification and healing. Red Sandalwood has been valued for centuries for the qualities it possessing for carving, medical, and spiritual purposes. Indeed, a wide variety of cultures use Red Sandalwood for their religious purposes. Hindu Priests make a paste used to decorate icons and religious tools and then distribute it to devotees, who use it to mark their foreheads, neck and chest. Buddhists sometimes consider it akin to the lotus, and use it to transform desire and maintain alertness during meditation. They also use it as a popular offering to the Buddha. Within the Zoroastrian faith, sandalwood is offered to the three grades of fire, and use in this way as a most sacred offering. Priests within Zoroastrian temples often sell red sandalwood as one of their chief forms of income for this purpose. In modern spiritual practices, this has perhaps evolved to leave red sandalwood used often in rituals and spells of healing and purification. It is still often used in meditation, and is generally considered to enhance magical work in general.
Please Note: Red Sandalwood cannot be exported to Canada. Though commonly used as an incense base wood for its color and magickal properties, Red Sandalwood has very little fragrance of its own (traditional sandalwood scent comes from a different species, santalum album, also called white or yellow Sandalwood).