Last 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.