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How many Incense Sticks to burn for Good Luck?

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

You can learn how to attract positive energy by burning incense sticks. Certain incense scents are thought to be more conducive to attracting good luck and fortune than others. However, you also need to consider the scent of your incense when choosing your incense sticks. How many incense sticks should we light? or How many incense sticks to burn at once? is more of a subjective question, light three or five incenses in one bunch, depending on the number of wishes you want to fulfil at once. If you light three, then these will represent past present and future respectively.

3 Incense sticks burning in a miniature zen garden

In many countries across the globe, burning incense is a common practice. People burn incense sticks not only on religious ceremonies, and auspicious occasions but also on a day-to-day basis to ward off bad luck, and evil spirits and attract good luck as well as a spiritual energy, having said that it’s equally important that you choose the right scent for your wish list.

Burning Incense as per the Chinese culture to bring in Good Luck!

According to Chinese culture, there are some scents thought to be more conducive to attracting positive energy than others. For example, certain scents are thought to be more favourable than others when wishing on the stars or getting married. The most popular scents in China include sandalwood, jasmine and rose petals.

An asian women burning incense and praying with it

For wishes involving money, people generally use fruit-scented incense sticks because they believe that these will bring good luck and prosperity to them in their business ventures. Also known as "feng shui" (also spelt "feng shui"), this ancient Chinese philosophy is used by many people today to improve their lives through astrology,

Feng Shui practitioners can make recommendations about where to live based on how land slopes and how rooms connect with each other at home or work sites by using an array of tools such as mirrors; colours; water; natural elements like wood or plants; mountains; pentagrams (five-point star shapes); animals; colours blue/green/red etc.; wind direction etc., which are then placed in specific locations around the house so that the energies of those objects find their way into buildings.

Incense stick burning in an feng shui altar

This can help repel negative chi from entering houses or businesses thereby creating a harmonious atmosphere for business success, after you light incense stick(s) place one on top of another until you have five sticks stacked together forming a triangle shape which represents past present future followed by completion leading up to infinity since once you light all 5 sticks together it's still only one stick lighting all 5 meaning everything was completed before beginning again...

Burning Incense in Odd Numbers

In the morning, people often light incense sticks on Fortune, the Land god’s altars. They wish their families fortune and safety. People usually change smoke direction by rotating clockwise or anti-clockwise to avoid negative energy from bad directions like Southeast and Northwest.

According to reasons of feng shui rules, odd numbers 1, 3, 5 ... have many lucky meanings because odd numbers are positive numbers that bring good luck and even numbers are negative numbers with bad luck. Number 1 is a positive number – represents the person who devotedly prays from their hearts, asking gods to bless safety and luck.

burning incense stick along side jasmine flowers

There are two kinds of years in a Chinese lunar calendar: 12 years belong to Yang Fire and 8 years belong to Yin Water. The year which belongs to Yang Fire has a rich harvest but it's a risky year; While the year belonging to Yin Water will have a poor harvest but it's considered to be a peaceful year.

Variety of Incense blends used for Good Luck & Positivity

A sacred blend is an incense that combines two or more different scents. Sometimes these scents are combined with other ingredients, for example, a sacred blend of frankincense and myrrh is sometimes called white myrrh as it has the powerful effect of cleansing, purifying, and sanctifying space. Often there are many types of incense blended together in order to match certain needs for example,

  • If someone wants to make their home feel safe they might burn sage incense.

  • A nag champa incense is a combination of plumeria and sandalwood. Nag champa purifies and sanctifies spaces, and it's used in temples to honour the gods.

  • Rosemary Incense is used for creating new beginnings and to flush away stagnant energy.

  • Palo Santo incense is used for good luck and positive energy

  • Palo Santo Lavender creates a harmonious and peaceful environment along with cleansing and maintaining ambient air quality standards.

Various types of Incense displayed on a wooden surface


1. Why do people burn sage?

Sage is a herb that is often burned as incense because it is believed to have many positive effects. These include promoting relaxation, happiness, and spiritual well-being. Some people also use sage as a natural way to ward off negative energy.

2. How many incenses to burn for getting money?

There is no definite answer to this question as it depends on your individual belief system and what you believe will bring you good fortune. However, many people believe that burning a handful of incense sticks (usually around 20) is a good way to ward off bad luck and bring in some positive vibes and money.

Yellow colored note bundles kept next to lavender colored incense sticks

Others may feel that burning an entire stick or more is necessary in order to really make a difference. Ultimately, it's up to the individual to decide how many incense sticks they think will work best for them.

3. What type of incense is used for the departed soul?

Cone-shaped incense sticks are generally used for ceremonial purposes such as honouring deities or praying to ancestors. Burning a cone-shaped incense stick will help improve concentration, promote clarity of thought and uplift your spirit. Typically, one stick is burned per ceremony.

The type of incense used is determined by the tradition of the individual family and also varies across different cultures around the globe. In general, there are three types: 1) an offering to God, 2) a memorial to the ancestors and 3) a purifying agent.

Closeup shot of a woman holding 3 incense sticks with a faded backdrop of a tomb

Sandalwood(Chandan) is a very common incense used mostly during these times in Hindu and Buddhist cultures. The offering to God is usually made when someone in the family dies or on days such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot in Jewish tradition. Those who wish may then put this offering in their homes.

The memorials are generally placed outside their home but not necessarily so close as to be visible from passing cars. It does not matter if other people see it; only those with whom one shares ritual life will know about it.

A purification agent such as sage incense should be placed at all entrances into or near the home where there was an unclean spirit that was responsible for negative influences in one's life (such as envy).

Wrapping Up!

While looking to add good luck to your daily life don't just go for any incense, try to explore high-quality premium masala agarbathi/incense sticks that deliver excellent aroma while emitting a low-smoke burn. GLOWSTICC™ Premium Masala range incense collection is a good choice to start with. They ensure that all of their products are non-toxic and only contain plant-based materials including natural herbs and oils which do not lead to any kind of chemical exposure through synthetic fragrances or accelerants, thus enabling those individuals who are allergic to smoke to enjoy the fragrance without any worries.

A women from India hand-rolling incense sticks for a living

They also help in enabling a sustainable livelihood for rural women in India. Since long ago India is known for its premium high-quality hand-rolled Incense sticks which are a labour-intensive process and are manually made by women residing in the various villages of India. The Indian Incense industry being a cottage industry primarily employs 90% of women and thus this helps them earn a living and run their household.

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