In this comprehensive introduction to the art and metaphysics of perfumery, authors Richard and Iona Miller explain the subtler dimensions of scent and its relationship to our deepest human impulses. Because of their power to elicit specific responses in the body and the psyche, perfumes have, through the ages, occupied an important place in ritual. THE MAGICAL AND RITUAL USE OF PERFUMES shows how scents can become the very "essence of magic," providing direct access to the emotional centers of the brain and memory. It explores the spiritual and therapeutic properties of fragrances, including their capacity to balance the personality and unlock doors to higher states of consciousness. The authors also provide exercises and meditations to be used in conjunction with perfumes, giving special attention to the relationship between scents and the Hermetic arts of alchemy, qabala, and astrology.