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.

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!

 

Your Oil, Your Practice, Your Rules

Ever since Quadrivium started selling online, we gave examples of how to use the oils that we make.  Try carving something into a candle, anoint it in this direction, burn it for three-five-seven nights, etc.  It always comes as a surprise to get emails and phone calls from customers telling us they want to use a certain oil, but they have the wrong color or kind of candle, they think they anointed the candle wrong, the taper took too long and burned out in eight days,not seven, or the petition just smoldered and never caught fire.

The underlying problem is always the same – I didn’t follow the “instructions” on the website, what do I do??

The examples of use for each oil were never intended as a manual for oil use.  The blurbs are examples, ways other people or the oil maker or someone who tested the oil found effective, suggestions in case someone wants to buy an oil but has no training in actually using an oil.  The examples of use are intended to be used as a broad guide to spark the user’s own ideas about what to do with the little amber bottle once it arrives.  It might be easier to follow the suggestions on the website, but oil use should be about what the practitioner needs, how the user feels the oil is best utilized.  There’s no wrong way to use an oil – the most effective method may depend on your personal situation, your focus, your intent.

(Unless your idea is drinking it.  That’s the wrong way to use an oil.)

Maybe you only have a reddish candle someone gave you at an office gift swap and no other candles.  Maybe you don’t have any candles, because they’re not allowed in your room/dorm/house.   The moon is waxing, not waning, but you really need to address the situation or make the petition.  You’re not able to burn a petition.  The candle can’t gutter out safely, it will have to be extinguished after the final night.  You don’t want to write a petition.  You don’t want to use the oil anywhere but on your altar.  Your belief system requires petitions be made in a certain way, contrary to what’s suggested on the web site.

These are all actual problems people have written or called about, and the answer is always the same:

Do it the way that works for YOU.

Oils are not supposed to be scary or intimidating.  They’re supposed to be reasonably easy to use, even for people new to the practice. Our suggestions for use are suggestions, not instructions.  Use the oil in the way that makes the most sense to YOU.  The suggestions on our site reflect the various traditions and training people have been through, as well as being influenced by certain belief  systems.  If something doesn’t work for you, doesn’t make sense to you, or you don’t have the necessary tools to do what we suggest, do something else.

Don’t be constrained or intimidated by the suggestions for oil use.  Experiment with oil use.  Try different things.  While we might be the experts in obsessive-compulsive oilmaking, you’re the expert on how the oil is used in your practice.  Don’t let our lack of imagination make you think that there’s limits on how these oils can be used.

(Except about the drinking thing – don’t do that.)

 

Mix and Match, Part 2

First, let me thank the people who let me know via Facebook and Twitter what subjects they’d like to see discussed on this blog – further information on the planetary system used to make the oils, and the practice of leaving solid materials in the oil, and a few other topics will be upcoming.

(If you haven’t “Liked” the FB page or don’t follow us on Twitter, you’re missing out, because we give things away.  And talk about herbs and oils, as well as bad movies, politics, magic in general, ethics, baking,  and if it’s really okay to put a bay leaf from your supply closet into your stewpot.)

Back to mixing oils!  In the last post, it was all “DON’T CROSS THE STREAMS!” and reasons why you shouldn’t confuse your petition with multiple oils.

But there are some oils that work really well together.  The trick is to think critically about what each oil is for and how it might change or affect the petition if there is already an oil being used.  The example given before was “Get a Job” with “Fortune and Favor,” which sounds like a good mix, but the finding-fulfillment aspect of Fortune and Favor might keep you unemployed, waiting for your perfect job, when what you really need to do is pick up some seasonal retail work.

However, if you were to prepare your supplies and anoint your candle (or whatever you’re using) with Get A Job oil, you can still use a secondary oil.  Money Drawing would be an excellent choice – it’s an oil designed to pull money from any available source, and a job is certainly a source of money.  Those two oils will work together.  You could do two separate candles with one petition, mix them – very sparingly –  in a spray to use on your resume or even just to smudge on your belt or other non-staining fashion item.  The inside of your shoes is a terrific place to use an oil.  Remember to stick to just a drop or two.  Quadrivium Oils are not watered down, so the scent can be penetrating.

Other “money” oils that get along:  Steady Work and Get A Job (that’s kind of an obvious one),  Steady Work and Money Drawing, any of the “money” oils are good choices when you’re just looking for work.  When you’ve got a specific job you’re targeting, though, you’ll want to go with Road Opening and Get A Job.  For the purpose of landing a specific position, that’s the best combination you can use, and a very powerful one.

Rather than having a primary oil and a secondary oil, with this combination, you are using both as primary oils.   You will use an identical petition with two separate candles – or whatever else you’re going to use, candles are the most common items used with oils – and you’ll anoint each candle with the wick end towards you, covering the candle from base to tip, as you envision pulling that job towards you.  If you want to get lunar and planetary about it, you can, but normally this is done out of necessity and most people don’t have the luxury of waiting for the new moon or the Day of Jupiter to give the oil an extra punch.

Light the candles together.  If you’re ambidextrous, very ambitious, and have two lighters, you can do them at the same time.  If not, don’t set your altar on fire, just light the candles one after another.

So why does this work so well?  Road Opening is just as broad of an oil as Fortune and Favor, so why this oil and not that one?  Because of the type of oil – Road Opening is about clearing obstacles between you and what you want, removing whatever blocks there are between Point A, where you are, and Point B, where you want to end up.  Get A Job is a very focused oil that is about employment.  In this case, you’re using Get A Job to target a specific position, and at the same time, removing obstacles between you and what you want.  So right next to the Road Opening candle, burning helpfully, is the  candle for what you want.

Now that this post has far exceeded the 500 word length, it looks like there will be a Part 3, to cover love and relationship oils that can be used together.   As always, feel free to contact Quadrivium via Facebook , Twitter, or email to ask for more info or for assistance in ordering the best oils for your particular situation.

Mix and Match, Part 1

One question that is asked a lot, with oil work, is “can I use these together?” It seems like adding Crown of Success to a Get A Job oil working might give it an additional edge – and Love Drawing with a dash if Red Fast Luck is likely to focus that luck on matters of the heart, right?

As with so many things, the answer is a firm “It depends.”

In my own practice, I have found candle magic works best for very clear intentions. You have to know what you want, get your request or wish it prayer down into a very short petition – or even one word – and then dress the candle and work with it. While you certainly could use more than one oil here, I don’t recommend it. The more oils you add, the more you’re diffusing the purpose of your candle. If, for example, you’re mixing Get A Job with Fortune and Favor, which seems like an excellent mix, think about the focus if your candle work. Fortune and Favor is a very general oil, for your long-term goals and plans, to help you stay on the path to your goals and not wander off.
Get A Job is a very specific oil. You want a job. Maybe a particular one, maybe any one that comes along, maybe something in your field in another state where your lover is living. Get A Job has a very narrow focus and only one purpose.

You’re looking for work, you’ve settled on oils and candle magic as the way to go, you prepare your apace and your mind,set out your candles and do whatever preliminaries (if any) you perform before ritual. You carve your petition into a green taper candle and anoint it with Get A Job.

Then you add a layer or a few drops of Fortune and Favor, and you’ve just turned your specific targeted spell into a double-header, where the same candle is now supposed to work with the job hunt, but also keep you on track for your long term goals. And the next job that comes up? Well, it might not be compatible with your long term goals, which leaves your candle at cross-purposes with itself……And you’re still unemployed.

My best results with candles and oils have always been very targeted, specific purposes. The oils themselves, for the most part, are very targeted and specific, even the more “General” ones like Crown of Success. You are anointing this candle and working with this oil and lighting this candle for a reason, otherwise you wouldn’t bother. Stay on target, keep your focus, and don’t allow your concentration to be fractured by one candle anointed unwittingly for cross purposes.

And now we’re back to “it depends,” where some kinds of oils work very nicely in tandem and gives you a substantial extra “punch” for using more than one. Oils will play well with others in certain circumstances, usually when they’re being used on or with something not a candle. More to come on this topic, I promise.

Anointing Small Candles

Oils are used a lot in candle magick. In fact, that’s probably the #1 way people use Quadrivium Oils (it’s not the only way you can use them, but probably the most obvious). A question that comes up a lot is “what kind of candles should I use with a ritual oil?” The instructions given on the website generally deal with taper candles, since that’s what most people have available. There’s lots of other different kinds of candles, though, and all of them can be used with our oils.
This is a tealight:

tealight


They’re tiny little candles. How are you supposed to anoint something so small with ritual oil? Actually, it’s easy. You get one of these:
q-tip


And then you do this:
q-tip in bottle of oil


And then you do this:

appying oil to the tealight


For something that you’re trying to bring to you – luck, money, love, etc. – apply the oil in a clockwise direction. If you’re trying to get rid of something – a bad habit, a neighbor, emotional baggage – then you’d apply the oil in a counter-clockwise direction.


Your tealight will end up looking about like this:

oil on tealight

The key is not to put too much oil on. Just one rotation with the oil-dipped q-tip and you should have enough applied for your purposes. You’ve now anointed your candle with ritual oil – and if you stick to tealights, a 2 dram bottle is going to last a long time.


Another form of small candle that’s available in craft stores and other places is called a “party light,” for reasons I don’t understand. They’re little glass-encased candles that are taller and skinnier than tealights, and they look like this:

party light


The anointing process for party lights is the same for tealights. Get your q-tip, dip it in the oil (after you’ve shaken the oil a few times to be sure everything is evenly mixed), and apply either clockwise or counterclockwise around the wick:
applying oil to a party light


Again, you don’t want to apply too much oil – small candles are easy to overwhelm and the flame ends up going out because the wick gets drowned in a mixture of liquid wax and oil. One slow circle with the q-tip should be enough.


There’s a lot of benefits to using small candles. They’re easier to supervise, they cost less, they take less time to burn, they’re readily available, they don’t require candle holders, and they burn down pretty fast. If you want to do your working in one shot, you’re better off using a tealight or a party light than sitting and patiently waiting for a 7″ taper to burn down and gutter out. Your oil will last a lot longer, too.


If you’ve never used anything but taper candles to do candle magick, give the smaller candles a try. You might be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to work with.

Three Versatile Oils

What are your goals, when you’re doing spellwork? This drives your choice of oil and for a lot of people, they want to buy one or two oils that’s going to give them the most “bang for the buck,” so to speak, the oils that are going to be the most useful for the work that they do.
For the purposes of this post, I’m going to assume that the reader mostly uses ritual oils for candle magick. I know lots of people use them for other purposes, but I can’t address everything in one blog post.

lit candle

If your spellwork focuses on seeking a magical boost for your activities or goals, Crown of Success is going to be the most useful oil for you. The ingredients in that oil are for promoting luck and success in financial, business, and academic matters, and contain ingredients to promote clear communication, financial gain, luck, protection and the domination and control of others. It works for success in everything you do, for your relationships and your job and your term paper, etc.

A lot of people do the majority of their spellwork around relationships. If your desire is to influence the people around you (family, friends, employers, etc.) to think kindly and affectionately of you, Love Drawing is the oil you’d find most useful. In theory, Love Drawing’s purpose is to attract a new lover of either sex into your life. The ingredients in the oil, however, lend themselves very well to a broader purpose. In addition to oils that are said to draw love and “heat up” your life, Love Drawing also contains ingredients that are believed to add to your persuasive power and promote good fortune in your personal life. These ingredients make Love Drawing more versatile than it might seem at first glance, since even if you’ve got a love life you’re perfectly happy with, you can use it to smooth out and positively influence all the relationships in your life.

Money is another topic that is the focus of a lot of spellwork. Finding money, getting money, increasing income, keeping the money you have, finding new sources of income, increasing existing sources of income, all of these can be addressed with Money Drawing oil. Some of the ingredients attract money from existing sources, other oils in mix are said to promote success in all endeavors, and the solid herbs promote good luck, good fortune, and new sources of income. While there are oils that are more specific in terms of finding work, keeping money that you have, and achieving a steady income, Money Drawing is the best all-purpose oil for anything that has to do with cash.

These are the three most versatile oils for spellwork in the Quadrivium Oils line. I’m not including Van Van in my list, though Van Van is an all-purpose jinx-breaking, luck-drawing and cleansing oil. It’s been my experience that while Van Van is incredibly useful to have in your cabinet and to use in your house, other oils are more powerful when it comes to spellwork. An upcoming post will concentrate on Van Van and its uses specifically, so don’t think I’m neglecting it or discounting it!