Class Updates

apothecaryjars2Last week, I opened registration for a free, online class in ritual oils.  Attendees would put up with technological errors for a free class.  It seemed like a pretty good idea – everybody gets something they want.  A few people might sign up so I could learn the tech.

21 people signed up in the first 48 hours and registrations are still arriving.  Apparently I should have been doing this before now.

I’ve taught short seminars and longer workshops at events.  I’ve rattled on for over an hour on multiple podcasts, radio shows, and even YouTube shows.  Yet I’m still convinced no one really wants to attend a class I’m teaching. There’s people that are better trained! Smarter! More magical!! More scientific! Taller!

But apparently people want to see if I can wedge Emmanuel Swedenborg, Philip K. Dick, Aleister Crowley, The Book of Exodus, The Golden Bough, twelve other esoteric references I haven’t thought of yet, a fire safety lecture and a guide to oil extraction and creation into an hour.

(I can’t, obviously.)

Anyway, almost all of those signed up have been kind enough to tell me what you want to know about oils, and while there were a few “….everything?” answers, most split right down the middle between looking for practical oil-making info, and looking for help doing magical work with oils.  Everyone who signed up for the class will get an email about this (that’s why I wanted an email addresses), but it’s being posted here as well:

The oil class will be in 2 parts.

7pm-7:45pm – The Practical: how oils are made, when they’re used, not used, mixed, not mixed, the difference between distilled, heat expressed and cold pressed oil, and how to ensure you’re making a magical oil and not  just a nice basil-infused olive oil for cooking. Batches vs. bottles, time, temperature, oxidation, expiration dates.  Probably a reminder on ways not to set yourself, ritual items, or house ablaze.

7:45-8:30 – Theory and Ritual: Why we use oils, when we use them, what we do when we use oils in magical and ritual practices. The various choices when making an oil, how to make your choice. Tables of correspondence (my faaaaaavorite oil topic, believe it or not) and the art of picking the correct scent/s.

This is just a general idea of what will be discussed.  Some of it might not fit in, some of it might be discussed in depth, but there’s a limit of 45 min per section.  While I’ll cover as much as I can without talking reallyreallyfast, YOUR topic might get skipped – if you don’t remember what’s important and ask via whatever means you’ll have for real-time questions.  Even then, I’m sorry to say, it might still get missed if we run out of time or it doesn’t fit within the planned topics – swerving from topic to topic for 90 minutes based only on questions might be possible, but it wouldn’t be coherent.

Due to the fact that people will be participating, and there’s only so many questions I can answer, we will be capping the class at 30 registrants. At the moment, you can still register here, but the form will stop accepting new registrations after we get to 30.

If what I’m talking about here doesn’t grab you and you’ve already registered, I am not going to be at all offended if you let me know this isn’t what you were looking for and un-register yourself.  This is ESPECIALLY aimed at the few of you who are advanced oil users in theory and practice, because I’ll be honest, you could probably teach this every bit as well as me.  I’ll add on a chat for the “this is how I do things, how do you do it?” crowd later in the month that will be restricted to a few people with a lot of experience.

It’s really exciting to see so many people interested in learning about oils, and thank you all for sharing what it is you want to learn about.

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.

Black Friday Discounts

For Black Friday, there are four electional oils that are half price – Banishing, Cut and Clear, Drive Away, and Stop Gossip.

Until December 25, various oils will go on sale at different times.  Is there a particular oil you want?  Sometime in the next three weeks, it will be on sale – when and for how long are subject to the whim of the owner.

These sales will be announced via this blog, our Facebook, and on Twitter, so please follow us on social media to be alerted to our holiday sales!

Holiday Sale ending….and free samples, yay!

Just a reminder that today is the last day that Lovers Home, Peaceful Home, Reconciliation, and Drive Away will be half off.  It’s a social media-promoted only sale, so the discounted prices won’t show up until after you put the oil in your basket via the site.

Happy Thanksgiving to Americans, happy Thursday to the rest of the world.  Coming up tomorrow: a Black Friday deal that makes me laugh, and possibly a Cyber Monday deal if I get up early enough on Monday or go to bed late enough on Sunday.

If you really really really want to try an oil but aren’t sure about two whole drams, you can always ask for a sample of something when you order an oil from us.  Give it a try.  A box of 5/8 dram bottles was recently unearthed in the oil room (so it’s not tidied very often, but it’s used an awful lot!), and they’re the perfect size for adding a sample without making your package cost more to ship.  One sample per order, please, and only on request.

Exclusive Store Oils

Currently, the Quadrivium Supplies website carries our full line of 20 oils. Most of the physical stores that carry Quadrivium Oils also carry the same oils, some less than the full line. As of October, 2014, that will change.

Draconis Arcanum, in Nashville, TN will be exclusively carrying House and Home. This is an oil intended to deal with matters involving physical dwellings. Whether you’re buying, selling, renting, trying to rent, or trying to leave, House and Home will provide you with the boost you need. The owner of Draconis Arcanum was the first person to ever try House and Home, and can attest to it’s efficacy.

KC Conjure Shop, in Kansas City, MO, will be selling two exclusive oils. The first is an oil that was developed a number of years ago for a loved one who is a First Responder, one of the people who runs towards the terrible things happening, rather than running away with the rest of us. Serve and Protect has been changed and expanded, over the years, to serve as a protective oil for anyone who works to protect the public, especially in times of crisis. It has been used for deployed soldiers, police officers, EMTs, firefighters, and other workers.

The second oil that KC Conjure will be carrying is probably the most exciting. Since Quadrivium Supplies started selling oils, the number one request has always been for a psychic vision oil. Originally, there was no intention to produce one, but after enough requests (well, demands), we narrowed the formula down from nine versions to three versions to two.
The oil that KC Conjure will be offering is a vision oil that was made as the lunar eclipse ended on the night of the blood moon, when the light returned and illuminated what had been concealed.
The only issue with this oil currently is that it’s unnamed, but we’re accepting suggestions. If we use yours, you’ll get a free bottle of the oil.

At this time, the only way that these oils can be purchased is through the stores that carry them. Each of the stores does have a website where the oil/s can be ordered, if you’re not local to them. They will not be available through he Quadrivium Supplies website.

Keep an eye out. There are other oils in the works that will be offered exclusively through physical stores.

Abramelin Oil

Turns out we have enough Abramelin Oil left over to offer some to the general public. There are VERY limited quantities of this oil, which was made at the start of a full moon, in the Hour of the Sun, on the Day of the Sun, and matured for a full lunar month.

If you didn’t snag any during the pre-order and would like to pick some up, you can visit the website’s Limited Production page.

One difference you’ll notice on the page is that while we give a really boring (to anyone not an oilmaker or who’s not really interested in magical history or mistranslations) rundown on the various Abramelin recipes is that we aren’t providing suggestions for use.

Our belief: if you know enough about Abramelin Oil to want to buy some, you know what to do with it all ready.

Abramelin Oil

One of the first magical oils I ever encountered was Abramelin Oil – probably because I hung out with Thelemites. It was a sort of spicy-scented oil that was used for anointing things, and that was all I knew about it.
Eventually, of course, I learned a lot more about magical oils, and one of the choices I encountered when starting Quadrivium Supplies was whether or not to make Abramelin Oil.

My decision was no.

Mostly, the people who use Abramelin Oil make it themselves – as I explained to someone, if you’re in a situation where you need Abramelin Oil, you’ve probably got enough experience to make it yourself. Plus, traditional Abramelin Oil is made with an olive oil base, and no matter how much Vitamin E or Rosemary Oleorosin I put in olive oil, it starts to turn in about six months. It was just too different from the other oils I make, basically, so I elected not to carry that one.

A few weeks ago, a customer contacted me to ask that I make him two vials of Abramelin Oil, using the ingredients and proportions from the original manuscript of The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. If you’re not familiar with Abramelin Oil, there are several recipes for it. The one from the original manuscript, the Crowley variant, and the Mathers variant are the most popular ones. There’s also different ways of making the oil. Some people (like me) mix essential oils in an olive oil base, others macerate and steep herbs in the olive oil base, then decant the oil after a month for use.

Since I was already making a batch of Abramelin Oil, I told a few people that if they wanted some, they should let me know. The response was surprisingly positive. Positive enough that I started to worry that I was going to miss an order or two, or send someone the wrong thing (Hi, Christopher in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne! Sorry!). Mostly, Quadrivium Supplies is intended to be a wholesaler working with stores – the fact that you can order the product off the website is mostly due to my understanding that there’s places with either no stores, or stores I haven’t convinced to carry my line. Yet.
Happily, one of the stores I work with got really really really excited about the prospect of Abramelin Oil made by the obsessively detail-oriented.

I did not write their copy on the oil, by the way. They did that. You can pre-order Quadrivium Supplies Abramelin Oil via Good Luck! Conjure Shopw in Kansas City, through this link: http://kcconjure.com/shop/special-oil-of-abremelin-by-quadrivium-supplies-preorder/

The oil should ship by March 1. I will be accepting orders until February 21. After that, you’ll be out of luck.