Website Development

For the last few years, the website hasn’t been anything other than a place for retail stores to order oils. The Quadrivium social media accounts haven’t been too active, either (except for Twitter, where I talk about politics a lot).

But!

As it turns out, the pandemic lockdown has left some graphic/website designers looking for work. The main Quadrivium Supplies website is being redesigned by one of these generous geniuses, and the Instagram and FB accounts are slooooowly turning into a place where followers can see pictures of oils. And quotes from magicians and philosophers and astrologers that are important to me.

Also.

Due to the pandemic, a few stores have closed or changed up their stock. Both Artes & Craft and Draconis Arcanum just placed large orders that have recently been shipped, and a new store called Carpe Diem Nursing will be carrying a selection of Quadrivium Oils shortly.

Eclipse Oils

Quadrivium wasn’t going to let an eclipse of the sun go by without making some oils during the event.

NASAA Eclipse Photo

The oils in question are still being checked for scent and effectiveness. When they’re ready, customers will be able to purchase the oils at whatever Quadrivium retailers decide to carry them – there will be a list.

The oils are:
“Occlude” is an oil intended to conceal, made as the moon began to move in front of the sun. There’s all kinds of things we’d prefer to conceal. Maybe you’d like to not be noticed in a certain situation. Maybe you’d like for someone ELSE to not be noticed. There might be a personality trait that’s dooming your job search or your love life and you’d like to rein it in, or at least make it less dominant. Occlude is very flexible, in that it can be used on many different things, but very specific at the same time, because it only has one purpose.

“Reveal” rips off your rose colored glasses. Or black-colored, if you’re prone to pessimism. If you’re worried that you’re not seeing a situation or a person or a conversation as it truly is, you need to Reveal what’s really going on underneath. Reveal is intended to blast through illusions, both your own and those of others. It was created during the last minutes of the eclipse, when the sun was almost fully visible.

Other new oils are in the works and will be available around the end of the calendar year. Occlude and Reveal sales information will be posted here as soon as it’s available.

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.

New Oils at KC Conjure – Serve and Protect

If you missed the announcement, new Quadrivium Oils are going to be store exclusives – they’ll be released through certain stores that carry our oils, and able to be ordered via those store’s websites.

Our first set of oils has landed, and seems to be getting a pretty good reception.   KC Conjure, in Kansas City, has two oils.  This entry is on the first of them:

  • Serve and Protect – intended for use by and for those who serve our community in times of crisis. Said to help bring luck and protection to first responders, police, figherfighters, EMTs, deployed solders, etc.

Click on the name of the oil to be taken to the KC Conjure site, where you can purchase it directly.  We’re in the process of writing up the usual page of suggested uses for the oils, along with ideas for ritual work incorporating them.  At the moment, the KC Conjure Shop has (or had, at least) a beautiful portable shrine to St. Michael that was perfect for Serve and Protect.  Look into it, especially if you have a loved one who’s a first responder or a deployed soldier.

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(image courtesy of KC Conjure)

To give a bit of background on the oils, in my spare time (ha!), I’m a volunteer with the Chicago Police Department as a sort of liaison between the department and neighborhood residents, facilitating communication.  The longer you do something like that, the more cops you get to know, and the more friends you make in the department. Serve and Protect was originally merely called Be Safe and was used on a St. Jude candle that burned whenever a certain shift or team was on duty.  You can see me anointing a St. Jude candle for this purpose with what is now Serve and Protect on the TalkGnosis YouTube show Oils and Scents in Ritual Practice, in the last ten minutes of the show.  While St. Michael is the patron saint of police and protectors everywhere, St. Jude is the specific patron saint of the Chicago Police Department.  As I’ve said before, candle and oil magic seems to work best when it’s as targeted as possible, so the name of the person (or team) was written in the wax,  a very small amount of protective herbs were added to holes in the vigil candle, and the top of the candle anointed lightly with the oil.  This St. Jude candle burns in my window 5 nights out of 7 to this day, with different names in the wax depending on if someone is ill, injured, or working a particularly stressful or dangerous job.

Serve and Protect can be used to anoint candles, but is especially effective when used to anoint items that the individual to be protected can wear or carry with them.  St. Michael medals tend to be a favorite, but even a smudge on the inside of a belt or other natural leather surface can be useful.  The oil can be used with protective mojo bags, and in any other way a magical oil can be used.

This blog has always been very clear about the importance of keeping a tight focus when using ritual oils – that the more clear and simple the intent, the more successful the oil use is likely to be.  This is the most targeted oil that Quadrivium produces – it’s intended to protect people with a particular kind of job.  As such, it’s probably among the most simple to use of any of our oils.  A candle, a mojo bag, a talisman, anything anointed with this oil serves one purpose – to protect the person wearing or carrying it, or for whom the candle is burned.

 

Holiday Sale

From now until November 27, the following oils will be half price:

Also, Drive Away will be half price, because no matter how hard you try, you can’t get along with everyone.

(Drive Away and Reconciliation are Electional oils, which means offering them half price makes them cheaper than a regular, non-Electional oil.  I don’t make this kind of offer a lot, but hey, it’s Thanksgiving, we’re all just trying to get through the season.)

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?

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.

DoTerra Chastised by FDA in Official Letter

It’s not without a certain amount of glee that I present a link to where the FDA tells DoTerra, among other things, to stop telling people that essential oils fix a variety of medical conditions.
Like eczema, asthma, migraines, diabetes, cancer, and recently, ebola.
No, really. EBOLA.
My first reaction was “OH NO THEY DID NOT” but there’s evidence and links and quotes and you can kind of hear the exasperation in the FDA’s letter. Kind of an “Seriously, we have to tell a multinational corporation to stop insisting distilled plant oils cure cancer and EBOLA?” tone.
You can read the letter on the FDA’s site.

(If you are involved in an essential oil MLM system, either DoTerra or any other, and you think that sending me hate mail or writing novel-length comments calling my expertise into question are going to convince me that these oils are special and perfect and made by sparkly fairies and/or vestel virgins, save it. I have a whole file of hate mail, and I publish only the really crazy comments.)

Narrowing down our Mercury dime product line…

As it turns out, Quadrivium Supplies is way better at making oils than jewelry. While we’ve been making simple Mercury dime necklaces, it’s not a passion of ours.

However, jewelry-making IS a passion of Melissa at Blue Beehive Studios. You can still purchase loose Mercury dimes from Quadrivium Supplies, but necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other Mercury dime jewelry will be available through Blue Beehive. You can either go visit their Etsy site, or drop them a line at their email dedicated to this endeavor, dimes@bluebeehivestudio.com.

New Store Carrying Quadrivium Oils – In Toronto!

I’m so excited! Ridiculously so, in fact. Ever since the international postage rates got hiked up to absurd amounts, I’ve been looking for a store in Canada willing to carry Quadrivium Oils. And Andrew at The Hermit’s Lamp in Toronto is now carrying the full line of oils. You can visit The Hermit’s Lamp at 425 Vaughan Rd. in Toronto, and call them at +1 647-286-8739.
In addition to Quadrivium Oils, the store carries a ton of neat products and offers readings of different kinds. Andrew McGregor, the owner of the shop, is an experienced tarot card reader, who’s also written a brief introduction to learning tarot, available on the site.