What Are The 6 Magical Properties Of Cedarwood?

6 Magical properties of cedarwood

By Mark Piatt

Updated on October 12, 2022

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The magical properties of cedarwood are highly valued in magickal circles because of its purification and protection properties, amongst many other magical properties.

All matter contains and retains power.  This is why certain herbs and plants have what we perceive as magical powers.

To use cedarwood in magic, you could use cedarwood by itself, as part of a ritual or potion, or use cedarwood in conjunction with uttering a magical word or as part of a prayer or an invocation spoken in Latin.

Also, remember that the results you seek may not occur immediately.  Just like casting spells, the effects of using the magical properties of herbs can take time.

The approaches we offer are mere suggestions of how to access the magical properties of cedarwood.   They are far from the only approaches.

Your imagination is a very powerful tool when conjuring up magic.  What works for one person may not work for another person.  Take these suggestions we give you as a base, and make them your own.  Magic comes from your head and your heart, not from props.

As a general rule, cedarwood has magical and spiritual powers that include 6 main properties:

  • Purification
  • Banish negative energy
  • Reverse or halt a spell or hex
  • Used for protection
  • Rebirth and regeneration
  • Attracts power and money

If you are interested in learning more about how you can use herbs in your magic rituals, check out the following book by Ally Sands “Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch: An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect, and Manifest“.


The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.  Occult properties of herbs and essential oils are provided for historical interest only.  For possible treatments of physical or mental diseases, please seek a trained and licensed health professional.  Enchanted Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse side effects resulting from the use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from the following historical uses of herbs and essential oils.

What is cedar

Of the many species, only four are considered “true” cedars: Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica), Cyprian Cedar (Cedrus brevifolia), Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus Libani), Deodar Cedar Tree (Cedrus Deodara).

True cedar trees are only native to the Mediterranean and Himalayan regions.  Cedars that grow elsewhere, like the red cedar that grows here in the southwest where I live are not “true” cedar by are usually cypress or juniper.

For this article when we refer to cedars, we are referring to both true cedar and cypress variants.

These other cedars can also be used in magic rituals since they are made up of mostly the same compounds found in true cedar. 

For example, cedar is extremely sacred to Native Americans here in the southwest.  But these cedar species come from the Cypress family, commonly known as arborvitaes, including red and white cedars found in North America.

Brief History Of The Magical Properties Of Cedarwood

The cedar tree has been revered for its spiritual significance for thousands of years.

The earliest mention of cedarwood comes from ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablets.  In these ancient tablets, it is said that a battle occurred between the demigods and the humans over the beautiful and divine forest of Cedar trees near southern Mesopotamia.  

This forest, once protected by the Sumerian god Enlil, was completely bared of its trees when humans entered its grounds 4700 years ago, after winning the battle against the guardians of the forest, the demigods.

Ancient Egyptians used cedarwood to anoint the bodies of the dead so the dead would experience rebirth and regrowth.

Chests made of cedar dating back thousands of years have been found at the Temple of Apollo at Utica housing perfectly preserved scrolls made of vellum and papyrus.

The wood from cedar has long been used for the doors of sacred temples.

Throughout the world, people have long burned cedar as part of their purification and cleansing rituals.

Below you will find additional information on how cedarwood can help you in your spiritual and magical journey.

Cedarwood Correspondence 

  • Cedarwood is considered Masculine.
  • The vibration of cedarwood is considered part of the fire element.
  • Cedarwood is associated with Uranus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.
  • Astrological signs of cedarwood: Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini, and Cancer.
  • Cedarwood is associated with the Deities Pan, Ra, Aphrodite, Cernunnos, Artemis, Isis, Jupiter, and Osiris and is sacred to the Goddess Brigit.
  • Cedarwood is used to invoke the archangel, Michael.
  • Cedarwood is used in magickal spells and formulas related to solar matters which include healing, illumination, physical energy, protection, and success.
  • Cedar is one of the nine kinds of wood traditionally placed in the traditional Celtic Druid balefire.

6 Magical Properties Of Cedarwood

Can cedarwood be used for purifying a space or as part of a purification ritual?

Using cedarwood as part of a magical or spiritual purification ritual can purify a space or create a sacred space and restore the positive vibrations of your aura.

It is important to cleanse a space before performing other types of rituals.  There are a variety of ways to cleanse a space.

To cleanse or purify a space using cedar, you could burn cedar wood or incense made of cedar.  If you have never burned cedar, it is a wonderful smell.  It has a strong sweet woody scent reminiscent of the holidays.  It is one of the best-smelling firewood you can get.

If you would like to get some incense sticks made of cedar, I really like these All Natural Wood Incense Bricks from Amazon.  These little bricks have no synthetic compounds. The smell brings about a sense of calm and positivity.  

You can also purify your space by smudging using cedar smudge sticks such as this 6-pack Cedar Smudge Sticks.  Typically, you will move in a clockwise direction while smudging, letting the smoke fill the space and carry the negative energy out with the smoke.

Can cedarwood banish negative energy?

Cedar can be used to help banish negative energy and entities from a space.  Keep in mind that using cedarwood to banish negative energy is usually just one part of cleaning the space of negative energy.  The entire process can take from a few minutes to many months.

7 Top Spiritual Properties Of Cedarwood

Many people believe that evil entities get their power from negative energy. 

By using cedar to remove the negative energy from the space controlling your negative thoughts, and even praying or citing mantras, you may be able to remove the negative energy and hostile spirits yourself.

To remove minor negative energy, you can get away with burning cedar incense or smudging with cedar or sage.  Be sure you leave a window open to allow the negative energy to leave the space.

You can even use cedar essential oil in a diffuser.

But for something more serious, you may want to seriously look into hiring a professional, priest, or spiritual healer.  But if you go this route, please be careful with scammers.

Can cedarwood reverse or halt a spell or hex?

Cedarwood can be used to remove a spell or hex that is causing things to go wrong in your life.  There are some simple techniques you can use to break some spells.

Are you cursed or are you just having bad luck?  If you are just having bad luck, then trying to remove a hex is not going to work.

Usually, when someone casts a hex or curse on you, it will fall into one of these categories:

  • Bad luck hex
  • Revenge spell
  • Love hex
  • Anger boils curse
  • Sleep problems
  • Bad dreams

A ritual bath can be used to help remove a curse.  Some common herbs and essential oils you can include in your ritual bath include hyssop, basil, mugwort, cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver, and wormwood, along with a pinch of salt.

Sprinkle some or all of these herbs in your hot bath.  Get in your bath, relax, and allow the soothing properties of these herbs to do their magic and break the hex that has a hold on you.

If using essential oils, add a few drops of each to your bath.

While taking your long relaxing bath, light candles around you and try to think of only positive thoughts. This bath can sometimes cleanse away the bad spell someone has placed on you.

Another way to remove a hex is by burning the above-mentioned herbs in a small caldron or pan.  Burning these herbs will have what is referred to as an “uncrossing effect”, which means they can uncross the hex or curse, breaking it free.

If you need a cauldron to burn your herbs in, this small cauldron that can fit in your hand would be perfect.

Cast Iron Cauldron with Lid and Carry Handle for Spells, Smudging, Incense, Ritual & Blessings) 

Can cedarwood be used for protection?

Cedarwood can be used alone or in conjunction with other processes to protect you from spiritual, magical, or psychic attacks.

Many people who don’t practice magic may not realize they are under magickal attack.  No one is impervious to attacks and we may all need additional protection at some point in our lives.

For protection, cedarwood incense is usually just one part of a greater protection ritual.  Cedarwood can be used to draw away negative energy or as an offering when seeking protection.

Cedarwood is usually used in conjunction with meditation, banishing, and as an offering.

  • A simple protection ritual would be to start burning your cedarwood incense in your caldron or incense burner (or use an essential oil diffuser).
  • Close your eyes and concentrate that your space is free of negative energy.  
  • Slowly breathe in, breathing in the positive energy of your cedarwood smoke.  
  • As you exhale, create a shield around you or your space that will keep that negative energy out.
  • Imagine that shield like an eggshell, extending out around you and your space.
  • Spend about 5 minutes breathing in and out, creating your protective shield.

If you are interested, we have an entire article about the magickal protective properties of essential oils called “16 Essential Oils For Protection“.

If you would like to get in-depth knowledge on how to protect yourself against spiritual, magickal, or psychic attacks, I highly recommend the following book “Protection & Reversal Magick: A Witch’s Defense Manual (Beyond 101)

Can cedarwood promote rebirth and regeneration?

Cedarwood can help ease the pain of death, and promote rebirth and regeneration.  Cedarwood can also be used in any situation that has a beginning, an end, and a rebirth.

All living things go through a transformation of life, death, and rebirth.  The ending can be painful and agonizing.  

But cedarwood does not work on just living things.  You can use cedarwood in everyday life moments that have a beginning, an end, and a rebirth, such as breaking up with a loved one, getting fired from a job, or finding comfort when you move to a new city.

Utilizing the aroma of cedarwood can help transform these powerful life events into something more peaceful, and can assist you in your healing process.

Use the powerful aroma of cedarwood to cleanse yourself and your space while saying a prayer of comfort or repeating a resonating mantra. 

Taking a purifying bath while burning cedarwood incense can help transform you into a new person.  Playing some calm, soothing music can also help.

This combination can give you a rebirth of sorts.  A few herbs or essential oils you can add to your bath include lavender, rose, peppermint, lemon, and rosemary.  Also, add a couple of pinches of salt for its purifying qualities.

Can Cedarwood attract power and money?

Cedarwood can attract money, wealth, and power by altering your mindset from one of scarcity to one full of prosperity and power.

You will be surprised how having a positive mindset can affect your day-to-day life.  The laws of manifestation state that you must think positively to attract more of what you want.  People have known this secret for thousands of years.

For these examples, I am going to be using cedarwood essential oil.  Whenever you want to manifest wealth or power, you want to use cedarwood essential oil whenever you are involved with handling money or when what you are doing involves power.  

You could either apply your cedarwood essential oil on a piece of property, on your checkbook, or anything that involves financing.  You can also diffuse cedarwood essential oil whenever you are involved with your finances.

Apply a small amount of essential oil on anything that involves money or power.

Ancient Eastern merchants would do this to increase their sales.  They would impregnate their goods with aromas of plants to attract the perfect buyer for their product. 

Other magical Properties Of Cedarwood

Other magical properties of cedarwood include healing properties, the ability to calm and focus the mind can help build confidence and self-assurance, release stress, can consecrate amulets, and cleanse magical tools such as crystals.

Cedarwood can help promote healthy skin repair and when breathed in, can relax and soothe the bronchial tubes.

There are many magical properties that essential oils (including cedarwood essential oil) have.  If you are interested in learning about some of these magical properties, check out our article

15 Magical Properties Of Essential Oils“.

What Does Cedarwood Smell Like?

Cedarwood has a warm woody aroma with sweet, balsamic undertones and a bit of a camphoraceous odor.  There can also be a touch of spiciness.  Some people can detect a bit of a citrus and floral aroma mixed in.

Because of these qualities, the aroma is used extensively throughout the perfume industry, and candle industry.

The aroma of cedarwood is a good compliment to floral and citrus aromas such as bergamot, orange, grapefruit, ginger, and ylang ylang.


Besides its many magical qualities, cedarwood smells absolutely amazing.  Use cedarwood incense or cedarwood essential oils to delight your senses.

The way you use cedarwood in your magical and spiritual practices is only limited by your imagination.  

If you know of other magical properties of cedarwood or different ways in which you use cedarwood on your spiritual journey, we would love to hear from you.

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