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.
(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.