It’s A Start

To a new site – after trying to sort out how to fit together the Suggested Rituals and the basic magical practice info, I decided they weren’t destined to fit together and that the info about magical practice needed to be separate from Quadrivium Supplies. The suggested rituals and the info on the history and practice of oil use will live at Ritual Oils and the intro to lots of things will live at Magical Basics.

We used to learn magic from books, and orders, and individual teachers. Basic info – how to prepare a candle for burning, how to ensure it burned correctly, how to use resin incense, how to use a table of correspondence – was taught before the more advanced ideas. There’s less of a path now, it seems. Information on magic is available from any number of sources, but it’s easy to jump into the middle without learning practical fundamentals.

The practical stuff is often skipped over because so many of us consider it instinctive – but it’s not. At some point, everybody had to learn how to prepare a candle for a first burn that wouldn’t result in tunneling. We had to figure out that the charcoal used for resin incense isn’t the charcoal used in the grill, and that it’s often available in smoke shops. We just don’t remember that we had to learn all these things. The Magical Basics site is supposed to be where you can find answers to basic questions. Fundamentals like how to prepare a candle, what’s behind the idea of sympathetic magic, why we use a table of correspondence in magic, and how to burn resin incense.

Everything on MagicalBasics is a draft, at this point. Questions and suggestions welcome.

Learning The Basics

Writing about ritual oil basics has reminded me that things I find “instinctive” about magical practice aren’t instinct at all. I had to learn it, at some point, but enough time has passed for me to forget that someone had to teach me.

On Twitter, I asked people about what very basic information they wish someone would have taught them about when they begin practicing. Thorn Mooney made a short YouTube video in response to the question, talking about the blind spots we have regarding information we’ve forgotten that we learned.

New Project

When you’re a wholesaler, you only get orders from retailers. When people are under stay at home orders, they don’t go to stores. The stores close. And their wholesale companies are also closed, because there’s no point in making a bunch of oils when there’s no one buying them.

My kids are doing “distance learning” through Chicago Public Schools and are pretty self-directed. They don’t need me hanging around looking over their shoulders and it’s not like I can help with math homework.

In the interests of not watching too much news and not mainlining Netflix and AcornTV, I decided to pull out all the lecture and research notes that I’ve collected over the last…..well. However many years. I started Quadrivium in 2013, I think, but started the background research for it in 2012.

I also pulled out the suggested rituals and uses for the oils that used to be on the original Quadrivium Supplies page, back when it was a retail website.

There’s a website where the suggested rituals live, now. And there’s essays going up (and down, and back up again) on the same site.

There’s a bunch of sites that talk about oils, and how to use them, but there’s not much on WHY. That was one of the targets of my research, so there’s an essay up right now on tables of correspondence, which are really important tools in oil work.

Ritual Oil Basics is up and running, but only the oil uses and rituals are static. At the moment, it’s running on a Quadrivium Supplies subsite (like this blog), but will eventually get it’s own URL.

Happy 2020

More like “happy pandemic, when social distancing means that I am willing to work with a Dreamhost tech support person to resurrect this blog from the ether.”
This is not at all how I’d expected to spend the spring of 2020.

But the blog has risen – possibly might have wanted to wait a week more for maximum effect – and another sub-site continuing rituals is being configured. Since retail stores are effectively shut down, I’m also effectively shut down. And now that I’ve untwisted the website from the various places it ended up, maybe I can put it all back together again.

Oils for Your Job Search

Thought Catalog

If you are looking for a new job, need new clients, or want a promotion, there are several oils that can help. Below is a list of Quadrivium ritual oils that you can use to find work and meet (or even exceed) your career goals:

Job-Specific Oils

Get a Job

As its name suggests, this is the oil for job seekers. if you are looking for work, make this your anchor oil.  It can also help you hold on to a job that you already have, extend a contractual position, or give you an edge in getting a promotion.

Steady Work

Developed with freelancers in mind, steady work helps the self-employed find new clients. It also works to ensure a steady stream of assignments.

General Oils

Crown of Success

Crown of Success is a good choice for increasing personal power, attractiveness, success, and taking control of situations. These are all major assets during a job search, particularly during networking events and interviews.

Drawbacks: While this oil may assist you in finding a job, the job you find might not be the right position for you in the long term. This oil may well make you an attractive job candidate, but the hiring manager may find you so charming that he or she overlooks factors that could make you and your job a bad fit.

Fortune and Favor

Fortune and Favor helps practitioners begin new projects while also following them through to completion. If you are looking for a job that will advance your career, Fortune and Favor can kick start your search, give you the tenacity to hang in there even when things get frustrating, and to help you find the opportunity that can get you where you want to be in your professional life.

Drawbacks:  Because Fortune and Favor was developed with your long-term interests in mind, it may actually slow your job search down until the right opportunity comes along. If you need a job because you are at risk of being evicted, or similar dire circumstances, you may be better off using Crown of Fortune.

Road Opening

If your job search has been beset by roadblocks (i.e. problems with transportation, childcare, or hiring freezes)  Try adding Road Opening to your workings. As its name suggests, road opener removes blockages that can stall or impede progress in getting hired.

Drawbacks: Road Opening doesn’t always discriminate in the types of blockages it removes.  If you use this oil, be aware that you may experience some losses (such as relationships, a current job, or your home) which could be holding you back from getting the right job.

Money Drawing

The ingredients in this oil assist in helping you obtain income from any and all possible sources. This includes employment as well as self-employment. Adding Money Drawing to your regimen boosts your job search efforts and may also bring you unexpected funds that you can use to pay your bills in the meantime.

Ways to Use These Oils

The nifty thing about ritual oils is that there are so many ways and use them to achieve what you want. Here are some options for using Quadrivium oils as you look for a job:

On your body:  Some of the oils mentioned above can be worn as perfumes, added to a ritual bath, or even combed into your hair. Both Crown of Success and Fortune and Favor smell quite good and don’t contain any known skin irritants, making them good candidates for wearing as personal scents.

Road Opening, Steady Work, Money Drawing, and Get a Job, on the other hand, contain ingredients that are known to be skin irritants. Instead of applying these oils directly on your skin, consider putting a few drops on a handkerchief or any other small piece of cloth to carry with you. To make things more convenient, place the cloth in a small muslin drawstring bag that you can wear around your neck.

Warning about wearing scents:  If you do decide to wear any of these scents, be aware of their intensity. Some people are very sensitive to scented products, and some workplaces even have policies against employees wearing perfume or cologne. If you wear one of these oils to an interview,  use just a tiny bit.

Dressing candles: All of these oils can be used to dress candles used in petitions or workings. Click their links to read Quadrivium Supplies’ suggestions for candle work. Just remember to never leave a candle burning unattended, even if you are off to an important interview! Ask a responsible adult to keep an eye on it for you until you get home.

Anoint job hunting tools: If you are searching for jobs online, try putting just a drop of oil on your fingertip and touching each of the four corners of your keyboard. If you are walking around town, applying for jobs in person, dab a drop of Road Opening oil in each of your shoes so that you’ll go where you need to be.

Have you used oils in a job search or quest for a promotion? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Removing Ritual and Essential Oil Residue

Jeremy Yap

You know the feeling. You’ve been using essential oils in healing, ritual, or a working. But now your hands (or other areas of your body) are well-scented and even soap and water can’t seem to eliminate the problem.

Ritual and Essential Oil Residue

Oil residue can be stubborn and annoying. Scent can be a powerful thing, triggering strong emotional and even physical reactions in people, which is why working with oils is often an issue if you are interacting with others soon after handling them.

It’s also important to get that residue off your hands because you don’t want to touch your eyes, other sensitive body parts, children, or pets with traces of potent oils.

Micellar Water to the Rescue

I’ve been using essential oils for a long time and struggle with the residue problem. Recently (and by accident) I discovered an efficient, inexpensive, and convenient solution.

Micellar water is a facial skin cleanser that has increased in popularity over the past couple of years. As its name suggests, it looks and feels like water, and it is quite effective at removing makeup, dirt, and oil from the skin’s surface. It’s also good at removing oil residue.

I use it in combination with soap and water: I first soak a cotton pad with micellar water, wipe my fingers carefully and wash my hands as usual. If my hands still don’t pass the sniff test, I wipe them down with a fresh cotton pad soaked with micellar water. This usually takes care of things nicely.

Finding It

You can find micellar water anywhere that sells skin care products, including drugstores, grocery stores, big box stores, and specialty cosmetic shops such as Ulta or Sephora.

My brand preference is for Simple. It’s inexpensive and its formulation leaves my skin feeling very clean.  Some brands contain additional ingredients, such as for removing waterproof mascara, but unless you plan to use the micellar water for both eye makeup and oil residue removal, you don’t need such a product.

 

The Blog Is Back

If you were clicking on the blog link wondering WTF happened…..so was I, to be totally honest. There was something that happened with another domain I own, database users were changed as a precaution, a PHP thing had to be done and I had to wait until my web hosting service understood that I could not do this change for myself without breaking the whole site.
But! The blog is back, phew.
While it was dark, I did the Intro to Oils class on Facebook Live. Which has it’s limitations, but A) free and B) unlimited viewers. I am sorry if you don’t Facebook. Further classes will be on another platform.
In case you missed it, the class was in three parts, which all live on my Facebook Video Page. If you cannot access this, I’m working on getting the videos downloaded and putting them on the site, but Facebook does not make that easy. If it’s possible, I’ll do it an let you know.

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans. We are entering the holiday season, and I’m curating a list of vendors and products to post. As a wholesaler, I can’t offer sales, but a direct giveaway of some new-beginnings kinds of oils will be coming.

Free Ritual Oil Class

potion bottles No posts for several months, now two posts in a week.  It’s almost like it suddenly occurred to me that blogging exists.

After much back and forth and dithering, Quadrivium Oils is finally testing out an online class.

Our first class is free to anyone who registers. 

No signing up for a newsletter or sharing a post or retweeting anything. It’s just free.  The registration is required only so we know how many people are interested, their level of experience with ritual oils and ritual in general, and what they want to learn.  Not everyone is going to find the class useful, since it’s likely to be aimed at people looking to learn more about oils – why they’re used, how they’re made, and some of the ways they can be used in magical work.

The free part is due to the fact that people who spend a lot of time tinkering with oils may not necessarily be an expert in the technology used to do an online class.  There may be technical errors.  There may be a technological meltdown.  Anyone attending the class is most likely going to be forced to listen to me swear at the computer at least once.

The class is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7pm Central Standard Time.  The platform we’ll be using is likely to be Google Hangouts.  Register using this form, which will ask you for a little information about yourself and your practice, as well as your email, which will only be used if something about the class changes.

Viridis Genii Symposium

There aren’t many things that make me sad I live in Chicago (the weather is kind of a given; I’m used to it), but not attending the first Viridis Genii Symposium is making me glare at the Sears Tower.

You can read about it on their website here but basically, it’s an entire weekend-long symposium on plant magick and the esoteric side of herbalism.  Swoon.  A whole weekend symposium JUST ON PLANT MAGICK.

A) why didn’t anyone do this before and B) why is it in Oregon when my kids are out of school?  It runs from July 31-August 2nd, if you need to check your calendar.

They still have room for attendees, and a terrific roster of speakers and presenters .

I’ve known from the start that I couldn’t go, but maybe some of my blog readers have the time and interest and can attend.  If so, take lots of notes and scan them in and email them to me.