Registration Closed

Registration for the class is closed – a few people snuck in under the wire, so we’re at 34 people
I will be contacting those who registered closer to the date of the class to give some info and ask some more questions. If, at that point, someone tells me they’re no longer interested or can’t attend because of an impending apocalypse or something, registration will open up again and it’ll be announced here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Now all I have to do is figure out how not to break my – or anyone else’s – computer while running the class. Easy, right?

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.

Giveaway Idea

On Twitter, I asked if people had any requests or ideas for the next FB/Twitter/blog follower giveaway.  Silver Shadow (from the podcast Pagan Rappaport) had an interesting idea.  Instead – or maybe in addition to – the usual oils, have the “give away” be a 20 minute one-on-one Skype session with me.  You’d get to ask questions about oil creation, oil use, best oils for a situation, or pretty much anything else you can think of to ask.

I’m on board with it, if anyone would be interested.  I need some feedback as to the interest level of the FB/Twitter/blog followers and other Quadrivium fans, though.  Are there people who’d be interested in this kind of giveaway?

Administrivia

Home from vacation and ready to ship! Use “AmWitch” in your PayPal note until 07/20/12 and get a 10% refund on your order.
Feedback coming in from the testers of the new Road Opener oil and so far, it seems positive. Though it does seem to be more of a “blast your obstacles with DYNAMITE FROM SPACE” sort of an oil with very little subtlety. Maybe it depends on how you use it. At any rate, it will be available for purchase to the general public on 8/1/12 at the usual price, $10 for 2 drams. Order it before then (via email to orders@quadrivium-supplies.com) and you’ll get it for $8 per 2 drams, plus shipping. Super-secret kind-of-sale for blog readers!

Finally, if you’re in the Chicago area, please consider coming by the Music in the Street Festival in Berwyn, IL on Sunday July 22nd. Quadrivium Oils will be sold in the Draconis Arcanum booth, and I’ll be there all day helping out in the booth, from noon until 7pm. The booth should be located at the crossroads of Grove & Stanley.