Throughout the records we have of the ancient world, the use of incense was a fully integrated part of society and habitual behaviour; a part of daily living and as necessary as food or shelter.
When we burn incense nowadays, we are continuing a human tradition that is thousands, even tens of thousands of years old. The reasons that we in modern society burn incense and use scent are virtually indistinguishable from the needs of our ancient ancestors.Human need always centres around the same purposes- happiness, health, love, success, protection, prosperity and luck (to name a few).
Protection magic has historically been done for many reasons; those reasons hold as true today as they did for our ancestors. While science has made great leaps in expanding human knowledge and understanding of how the world works, we are far from knowing everything there is to know about our own planet or even our own bodies, let alone the vastness of the cosmos. The mystery and magic of the unknown, the potential danger of the unpredictable and uncontrollable forces of the universe and the energy of unseen spiritual realms is as present with us as it has been for thousands of years.