Electional Oils

If you’ve ever purchased any oils from Quadrivium Supplies, you know that we have two categories of oils: regular and electional.  Electional oils are more expensive, because they’re ritually made at certain times determined by an astrologer.  That’s the definition we give on our site, but since there’s this blog here, how about a more extensive explanation?

Electional astrology is the branch of astrology which identifies the most astrologically auspicious moments, the best astral configuration, for something to be done.  It’s distinct from horary astrology, where an astrologer will try to determine the answer to a question based on when the question was asked.  Electional astrology looks to find the most favorable astrological configuration possible for an event being planned.  It’s traditionally been used to plan battles, but also to determine the best date for weddings and other important life events. For example, when I was given a choice of three dates for my youngest child to be delivered, her birthdate was selected using electional astrology – the Quadrivium Supplies astrologer looked at the astrological configurations for each day and time, and I chose the most optimal one.

The ritual part of our electional oils comes in with the use of the Picatrix, which is a 12th century Arabic manual of ritual and astrological magic.  It has been suggested that the Picatrix is a handbook of “talismanic magic.”  Jean Seznac, a historian and mythographer, said of the book “[the] Picatrix prescribes propitious times and places and the attitude and gestures of the suppliant; he also indicates what terms must be used in petitioning the stars.”  There are four books to the Picatrix, and it uses what is known as “Chaldean” astrology to determine the position of planets and stars for the creation of talismans for particular purposes.

The Quadrivium Supplies astrologer, who is trained in Renaissance astrology and has studied and used the Picatrix extensively, created charts showing a number of “Picatrix elections,” or times when the planets and stars were in a particular alignment that, according to the Picatrix, was favorable to the creation of a certain kind of talisman.  Instead of creating talismans at this time, I modified the ritual talisman creation and created oils.  For example, during an election involving the star Antares that was favorable to the creation of talismans that would separate things or pull them apart, I created our Banishing oil.  The oil contains yew bark, which is considered an Antares-related substance, and the ritual was performed at the moment ordained by the Picatrix, using the ritual appeal from the text.  During a conjunction that involved the planet Venus, our Reconciliation oil was created, using ingredients that correspond to that planet, along with oils that are traditional for use in love and peace.

Electional oils are magical in their ingredients, like all magical oils, but also in their method and time of creation.  There is a huge amount of preparation that takes place in the creation of an electional oil, and one can only be created during the predetermined alignments – some of these alignments only happen every ten years or more.

So…..why bother?  Why get up at 3am and perform a ritual from the 12th century to create an oil?

For the same reason that the non-electional Quadrivium Oils are made on certain days at certain times, using planetary days and hours from Chaldean astrology.  It results in a more powerful oil.

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.

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!

Why Oil Ingredients Matter

There’s a lot of cheap “ritual” oils being sold these days. I can go down to a new age shop and pick them up for, at most, $6 per 1/2oz. There’s no list of ingredients, no information about what the oil is other than what’s on the label. “X oil to be used for Y purpose.” People buy them, take them home, use them in candle magic or for other purposes, and generally seem pretty underwhelmed.

I know this because I did it myself. I used cheap, mass-produced “ritual oils” and I got no results whatsoever, if you don’t count an asthma attack every time I did candle magic with an oil. The reason, I concluded, was that magical oils don’t work.

Wrong.

Cheap, mass-produced oils don’t work. Why? Because the supernatural properties of magical oils are tied in to the plant ingredients – essential oils and solid herbs. When you buy a cheap oil, you’re getting chemical solvents, mineral oil, food dye, and synthetic fragrances.

The ingredients matter. The plants matter.

Magical oils should contain essential oils, a carrier oil, and possibly curios and herbs added as a focus. There shouldn’t be chemical solvents to stretch the oil further, or synthetic scents to make it “smell right.” Adding chemicals to magical oils is an excellent way to not get any results from your spellwork.

Know what you’re getting. There’s no governing body over oils, or requirements for labeling, so unless you have a list of ingredients on the bottle, you don’t know what’s in the oil.
The term “anointing oil” is meaningless – it’s oil meant for anointing, and could contain anything. “Ritual oil” and “magical oil” are similarly without any guarantee that you’re getting something other than a bottle full of chemicals. And those “essential oil blend” oils listed in catalogs? That just means that there’s an essential oil in it – the rest of it might be synthetic and solvents.

Know who you’re buying from. Buy from practitioners, if you can. It’s more expensive, because we use the real thing. Someone selling “sandalwood anointing oil” for $5.00 is selling a synthetic – sandalwood essential oil runs about $400 for 1/2 oz. Creative practitioners will find ways to keep the cost down, though, like using powdered sandalwood instead of essential oil, which is much more reasonably priced.

Natural oils do not smell like synthetics. They don’t feel like synthetics. And they certainly don’t have the shelf life of synthetics. They’re more expensive, they can be harder to use, and they have to be stored in a particular way.

Why would anyone go to all that trouble?

Because they work.