8 September 2010

Dear Friends,  

First, may I greet you with the blessing of the day L’Shana Tova on this Yom Teruah, the Day of  Trumpets. May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life. 

I’ve added a wonderful piece of art on my web site “Moses’ Tabernacle in the Wilderness” print by the Norbert McNulty. I’m including free shipping until September 14th. Great gift for the High Holidays that begin this week. www.shop.TheFragrantBride.com 

Copyright Selah Art

As I am preparing for my 23rd journey to Israel next week  I felt it was important to share insights from my Ketoret teaching just in time for the upcoming High Holy Day of  Yom Kippur. From September 9 to September 13, 2010 I will be a sharing the ingredients found in The Holy Incense to include historical facts, today’s modern uses of the botanicals and the symbolic meanings of the ingredients. I hope that you can join me in the daily blog of The Ancient Secrets of Ketoret.  I depart for Israel on September 14th until October 5th. Be sure to check in as I’ll be using this blog to update you on my travels throughout the Holy Land. Thank your for your prayers.

 

Here is a portion of the introduction of my Ketoret teaching that you will find on my web site. 

How does one begin to explain the journey with the Holy Spirit since the establishment of Precious Oils Up On the Hill on May 1, 1991? Surely, even I, Apothecary Cynthia Hillson, is unable to explain how I am continually led to share more about this ministry through products, writings and lectures all centered around true Biblical fragrances. I do know that The Holy Spirit doesn’t need an explanation . . .  He is  . . . Who He is . . . And He is Perfect. 

Over the last 19 years I often wanted to write everything and begin to distribute the insights from His Word and the incredible natural fragrances all at once. But as everyone who is on their own journey with Our Beloved we must remind ourselves “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”     Ecclesiastes 3:1  As I pondered this Scripture I found the Holy Spirit amazing in the timing of the unveiling of my Ketoret teaching. But first a little background of this teaching. 
 
In 2008 I published two books: Precious Oils ~ A Study of the Fragrances of the Bible and The Precious Oils of the Bible: Ancient Secrets ~ Modern Uses. I had just returned home from Israel  where I had spent a lot of time in the botanical gardens of Israel as well as the Temple Mount and The Temple Institute. Upon my return home I wrote those books as it was at this time I knew that the next few months, and years, would continue to reveal His purpose of this ministry of connecting Biblical botanicals with words and pure essential oils from Israel and around the world.   My love for Ketoret, The Holy Incense, actually began eleven years ago in September 1999 during my first journey to Israel. As I sat in The Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, the message of Ketoret was planted in my heart. Fascinated with the jars of botanicals on display I wanted to open them up and smell the ingredients of the Holy Incense. I took my notepad and jotted down the ingredients. When I got home I began to do an in-depth study of them knowing that there had to be the Ancient Secrets held within the Holy Incense and Holy Oil recipes given to Moses in Exodus 30. I also knew that one day these messages needed to be published and shared. At this time we are expounding on The Ancient Secrets of the Ketoret.

I gathered all of the ingredients for the Ketoret using pure essential oils from around the world, except for the mysterious onchya that still to this day is not identifiable.  Today, the common substitution for the claw-like botanical onchya is cloves. I blended a small bottle of the oil and let it rest for two weeks just as an Apothecary would do when blending a fine perfume.

To read further please go to my web site  http://www.thefragrantbride.com/page7.html 

Blessings, 

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson 

www.TheFragrantBride.com

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