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.

New Project

When you’re a wholesaler, you only get orders from retailers. When people are under stay at home orders, they don’t go to stores. The stores close. And their wholesale companies are also closed, because there’s no point in making a bunch of oils when there’s no one buying them.

My kids are doing “distance learning” through Chicago Public Schools and are pretty self-directed. They don’t need me hanging around looking over their shoulders and it’s not like I can help with math homework.

In the interests of not watching too much news and not mainlining Netflix and AcornTV, I decided to pull out all the lecture and research notes that I’ve collected over the last…..well. However many years. I started Quadrivium in 2013, I think, but started the background research for it in 2012.

I also pulled out the suggested rituals and uses for the oils that used to be on the original Quadrivium Supplies page, back when it was a retail website.

There’s a website where the suggested rituals live, now. And there’s essays going up (and down, and back up again) on the same site.

There’s a bunch of sites that talk about oils, and how to use them, but there’s not much on WHY. That was one of the targets of my research, so there’s an essay up right now on tables of correspondence, which are really important tools in oil work.

Ritual Oil Basics is up and running, but only the oil uses and rituals are static. At the moment, it’s running on a Quadrivium Supplies subsite (like this blog), but will eventually get it’s own URL.

The Blog Is Back

If you were clicking on the blog link wondering WTF happened…..so was I, to be totally honest. There was something that happened with another domain I own, database users were changed as a precaution, a PHP thing had to be done and I had to wait until my web hosting service understood that I could not do this change for myself without breaking the whole site.
But! The blog is back, phew.
While it was dark, I did the Intro to Oils class on Facebook Live. Which has it’s limitations, but A) free and B) unlimited viewers. I am sorry if you don’t Facebook. Further classes will be on another platform.
In case you missed it, the class was in three parts, which all live on my Facebook Video Page. If you cannot access this, I’m working on getting the videos downloaded and putting them on the site, but Facebook does not make that easy. If it’s possible, I’ll do it an let you know.

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans. We are entering the holiday season, and I’m curating a list of vendors and products to post. As a wholesaler, I can’t offer sales, but a direct giveaway of some new-beginnings kinds of oils will be coming.

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.

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.

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.)

 

Mixing and Matching – Love Oils

I promised a post about combining love oils, and here it is!  At last – sort of a month before Valentine’s Day, might come in handy, you never know.

Multiple oils in love workings can be tricky.  I’ve found that it’s not that great of an idea to mix love oils with love oils.  Let the love oil stand on it’s own, as the focus of the work you’re doing.  If you want to add something to it, you’ll want to be very selective.

One excellent mix is Red Fast Luck and Kiss Me Quick. Kiss Me Quick is a “find me someone fast” oil and Red Fast Luck provides that pop of good luck that boosts it up to  “Even faster!” Out for a good time?  That’s a great mix.  I’d use one red candle, anoint it with Kiss Me Quick, and add just a few drops of Red Fast Luck.  Another use is to dab your leather watchband or belt with both of the oils – but again, Kiss Me Quick is the main focus, with just a bit of Red Fast Luck to provide some extra punch.
Let’s say you’re looking for love – real love, not just a fun night – and you pick Love Drawing as part of your strategy.  Red Fast Luck would be exactly the wrong thing to add to Love Drawing, as finding love can be a long process.  A boost of luck for a short time isn’t going to help.  If you’re looking for an additional oil to use with Love Drawing, I’d suggest Crown of Success- and if your plan is finding a permanent mate, Fortune and Favor would be the secondary oil of choice.

Road Opening seems like it would be a good choice to mix with love oils.  It’s not.  Road Opening is about clearing the blockages from your life, getting you from where you are to where you want to be by removing obstacles.  It’s a very broadly focused oil.  Love oils are very specific – you want X person, or you want a person in general, you want love in your life, etc.  You may not know what’s standing between you and what you’re striving for, but adding Road Opening suddenly flings the door open to a whole lot of possibilities and unintended consequences.

The love oil is the focus of whatever work you’re doing – the secondary oil is just there to give it an extra punch, or boost.  The secondary oil has to be in tune with the purpose of the love oil for it to do anything – Red Fast Luck and Come To Me, sure.  Fortune and Favor and Come To Me…..probably not.

I did have someone ask me if Money Drawing and Love Drawing could be used together, and I’d say probably not.  As with most forms of oil work – Road Opening aside – you want to narrow down your focus as far as possible.  You aren’t going to achieve much if your work is split between looking for love and looking for money, unless a billionaire who’s perfect for you is walking by.  Which….is unlikely to happen.  Stick to one oil with possibly a carefully chosen secondary oil.

If you’ve got questions, or things you’ve like to see on the blog, please feel free to contact Quadrivium.  Even if your question doesn’t turn into a blog post, we’ll do our best to answer it (within reason).

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.