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.

Happy 2020

More like “happy pandemic, when social distancing means that I am willing to work with a Dreamhost tech support person to resurrect this blog from the ether.”
This is not at all how I’d expected to spend the spring of 2020.

But the blog has risen – possibly might have wanted to wait a week more for maximum effect – and another sub-site continuing rituals is being configured. Since retail stores are effectively shut down, I’m also effectively shut down. And now that I’ve untwisted the website from the various places it ended up, maybe I can put it all back together again.

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!

 

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.

Removing Ritual and Essential Oil Residue

Jeremy Yap

You know the feeling. You’ve been using essential oils in healing, ritual, or a working. But now your hands (or other areas of your body) are well-scented and even soap and water can’t seem to eliminate the problem.

Ritual and Essential Oil Residue

Oil residue can be stubborn and annoying. Scent can be a powerful thing, triggering strong emotional and even physical reactions in people, which is why working with oils is often an issue if you are interacting with others soon after handling them.

It’s also important to get that residue off your hands because you don’t want to touch your eyes, other sensitive body parts, children, or pets with traces of potent oils.

Micellar Water to the Rescue

I’ve been using essential oils for a long time and struggle with the residue problem. Recently (and by accident) I discovered an efficient, inexpensive, and convenient solution.

Micellar water is a facial skin cleanser that has increased in popularity over the past couple of years. As its name suggests, it looks and feels like water, and it is quite effective at removing makeup, dirt, and oil from the skin’s surface. It’s also good at removing oil residue.

I use it in combination with soap and water: I first soak a cotton pad with micellar water, wipe my fingers carefully and wash my hands as usual. If my hands still don’t pass the sniff test, I wipe them down with a fresh cotton pad soaked with micellar water. This usually takes care of things nicely.

Finding It

You can find micellar water anywhere that sells skin care products, including drugstores, grocery stores, big box stores, and specialty cosmetic shops such as Ulta or Sephora.

My brand preference is for Simple. It’s inexpensive and its formulation leaves my skin feeling very clean.  Some brands contain additional ingredients, such as for removing waterproof mascara, but unless you plan to use the micellar water for both eye makeup and oil residue removal, you don’t need such a product.

 

Recommended Essential Oil Brands

(One of the most infuriating things about having the blog down was that I’d just finished this huge post and couldn’t publish it. Here it is, at last.)

Google Analytics tells me what search terms bring people to my website. Far and away, the biggest term that leads people here is “essential oil scam.” Apparently, that blog entry I wrote on MLM scams involving essential oils is popular. Hint: the two companies I was talking about still exist, and are still roping people in with outlandish claims and even more outlandish prices.

But where to get essential oils if you don’t get them through the MLM market? As I’ve mentioned before, essential oils aren’t graded or tested, so if you lack your very own gas spectrometer, it can be hard to figure out what brands are of generally good quality.

First, the widely available oil companies. These are the companies that sell at the major natural food chain stores, at vitamin and natural health stores, new age shops, apothecaries, and the like. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just the companies I see a lot here in Chicago, whose oils I’ve used and found perfectly adequate for my (magical) needs. I do not participate in any affiliate marketing programs, nor have any of these companies ever sent me products for review or as a promotion.

Locally Available – most of these will contain an orifice reducer, which you’ll need to pop out if you’re using an eyedropper or pipette for oil measurement.

  • Aura Cacia – easy to find at Walgreens and Target, at least in the Midwest. Itsy bitsy 15ml bottles, but if you’re just starting out, very handy. Kind of pricey for 15ml, but you’re paying for the convenience of buying an essential oil at Target. As far as I can tell, perfectly acceptable oils.
  • Everyone Essential Oils – the basic oils (lavender, peppermint, etc.) in a .45oz bottle. 100% essential oils. Again, you’re going to pay for convenience, but not all that much. They sell blends of oils, but stick to the single-oil type for better control over your mixtures.
  • Nature’s Alchemy – I’ve only seen this one at the Vitamin Shoppe, but I’ve bought a few and found them to be decent quality. Not my first choice, but widely available.
  • Nature’s Truth – New to Walgreens, also available at Target. I don’t have much experience with this one. As far as I can tell, 100% pure essentials, not synthetic. Can’t speak to the quality, but easy to find. They sell blends like “Energy” and “Calming,” as well as roll-on bottles with a mix of sunflower seed oil and essential oil. Avoid those.
  • NOW Essential Oils – 1oz bottles, available pretty much everywhere, mostly in health food stores. Good quality, medium price point, easy to find. HOWEVER, their Jasmine oil is cut with fragrance oil. They say so in the ingredients, but not the brand to use for Jasmine.

Online Vendors – smaller bottles will have orifice reducers, which you’ll want to remove.

  • Camden-Grey – if you need more than 1oz and you prefer a very slick, professional experience, these are your people. Good product, but an extra step if you’re ordering more than 6oz or so. Camden-Grey ships in plastic bottles, because it’s cheaper. You’ll need to decant the oils after you get them, into glass containers. About 30% of my oils are from here, and all my carrier oils.
  • Edens Garden – easy to navigate page, reasonable prices, I’ve always found their oils to be good quality. They sell up to 100ml (just under 3.5oz) in some oils, 250ml (just under 8.5oz) in others.
  • Essential7 – they do use the “pure therapeutic grade” marketing twaddle, but they’re not an MLM and they deliver products of good quality at an excellent price, and they’re very pleasant to work with. Probably about 50% of my oils are from this company.
  • Mountain Rose Herbs – small company, relationships with their distillers, great quality. If I’m looking for a particularly delicate scent, this is where I go. Price reflects the care they take with the oils. If you’re buying in smaller amounts, a good choice. They also sell herbs.
  • Plant Therapy – available on Amazon, often with Prime Shipping. Very nice selection, solid quality assurance, and they’ve worked with essential oil guru Dr. Robert Tisserand to create a line of oils that are safe for use with kids (not that you’re slathering your offspring – or anyone else’s – with magical oils, but for diffusing and topical use of you buy into that). Good quality, decent value for the money, this is a good choice if you’re starting out and you have Amazon Prime and no local health food stores.

Of Note For Magicians
There will be oils that you’ll need that won’t be widely available, and best purchased from a magical oilmaker. When I need Galangal, for example, I can’t get that from bigger companies. I buy those oils from Harold Roth at Alchemy Works. He has a book coming out called “The Witching Herbs,” which I’ve already pre-ordered on Amazon. These oils are not cheap, but they’re worth it. He also sells herbs, seeds, resins and incense. Even the website is worth a thorough perusal, there’s lots of good information about oils and oil use there.

Suggestions? Comments? I’m happy to add to the list. Anyone touting the benefits of Young Living or DoTerra will be laughed right into the spam filter.

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.