For A Limited Time – Mercury Dimes For Sale

Some exciting news from Quadrivium Supplies – for a limited time, we are offering Mercury dimes for sale!

The Mercury dime is a ten-cent coin struck by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1945. Designed by Adolph Weinman and sometimes referred to as the Winged Liberty dime, it gained the term “Mercury dime” because the depiction of Liberty, in her winged cap, was often confused with the Roman god Mercury. The reverse of the coin shows a a bundle of wooden sticks with an axe blade emerging from the center, called a fasces, symbolizing unity and strength, and an olive branch, signifying peace.

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In hoodoo and some other forms of American folk magic, a Mercury dime is considered an extremely lucky talisman. Traditionally, it is pierced, anointed with oils, and worn on a cotton string around the ankle. It is said to turn black if the wearer is being attacked with negative magic. Other practitioners wear a Mercury dime as a pendant around the neck for the same reason, but also as a charm for luck. The Mercury dime is also a common item found in “mojo bags” or “mojo hands” created for various purposes, usually related to luck or money. Due to the god Mercury’s position as patron of games of chance and sleight of hand, the Mercury dime is considered a powerful talisman for gambling purposes.

We recently discovered a local coin dealer who had something of a stash of circulated Mercury dimes. This means the coins are somewhat worn and tarnished, as they were actually used. A coin dealer would find that this makes the coin worth less to them, but for magical purposes, a circulated coin may well be more effective than an uncirculated one – the theory is that the coin has been in contact with other money and has been “in the flow” of circulation, and will work more effectively for attracting wealth. Leap year Mercury dimes (1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944) are considered especially lucky.

Certain Mercury dimes are worth a lot of money to coin dealers, due to imperfections or errors in stamping. Dealers buy lots of 100 or more coins at a time in order to get the rare one or two in the batch. The rest of them are sold off in various ways. Our local dealer was happy to find someone who’d take his “extra” Mercury dimes off his hands at a fair price. They’re more expensive than they used to be, as the price of silver has gone up and Mercury dimes are 90% silver, but not unreasonably priced if you can buy them in batches.

Quadrivium Supplies is now carrying Mercury dimes, probably for a limited time. We will be listing the dimes by year as they come in, and allowing customers to select which particular dime they’d like to purchase. Customers are welcome to ask for photographs of the particular coin they’re interested in before committing to purchase, and we are willing to clean the tarnish off purchased coins if requested. In case the customer is interested in wearing the dime as jewelry, we’ve obtained some bezels (basically, a metal circle that snaps around the dime and has a screw-on top with a jump ring in it so that it can be worn as a pendant) and silver chains so that we can offer Mercury dime necklaces to our customers. As a loose coin or a pendant, a Mercury dime is considered to be a powerful luck and money talisman – one uniquely suited for use with ritual oils.

If you’re interested in buying one of our Mercury dimes, the Quadrivium Supplies Mercury Dime site lists the coins currently available. It is updated as we buy lots of new coins, and as other coins are sold. The dimes are available by special order only at this time – if it turns out that we are able to obtain a steady, reliable supply of the dimes, they will be added to our list of products.

That Hoodoo I Don’t Do

I’ve had a number of people look at some of the names of my oils (Crown of Success, Kiss Me Quick, Money Drawing, etc.) and immediately assume that I practice hoodoo. For an excellent explanation of hoodoo, please visit Cat Yronwode’s Hoodoo In Theory and Practice – she’s the doyenne of hoodoo, at least online, and has published an extremely useful book on hoodoo plant correspondences. Which I have. And use, regularly. Still, Quadrivium Supplies does not produce hoodoo oils. I’m not trained in hoodoo practices and I’ve never formally studied it. That alone, I think, would disqualify the oils from being hoodoo oils.

That said, I’ve found hoodoo plant correspondences to be immensely useful, since they’re the only correspondences I’ve found that deal strictly with North American plants. I do put herbs and curios in my oil, because I’ve discovered that it adds a magical focus that a “plain” oil lacks. It’s also a way to include useful ingredients when an essential oil isn’t available, or would make the oil completely unaffordable.

I have used hoodoo oils in my magical work, and found them very effective. When I started making my own oils, I did my best to reproduce – in my own way – some of the oils I liked best. I could have called an oil Jinx Breaking, or Cleansing, but any practitioner who’s ever worked with hoodoo oils would take one sniff and say “hey, Van Van!” because of the distinctive scent. So Quadrivium Oils has Van Van, despite the fact that we aren’t technically hoodoo oil makers, because the owner likes the scent and uses it almost every day. Most of the other oil names – Money Drawing, Love Drawing, Drive Away, etc. – are named after what they do.

I’ve chosen to use these names because they’re pretty much instantly recognizable to anyone who’s investigated the use of oils in candle magic. They’re familiar, and they give a pretty good idea of what the oil is intended to do, just from the name alone. For a while, I named oils after what election they were created during, which seemed logical at the time. Let me tell you, Antares Banishing and Achalaich Reconciliation didn’t sell one bottle. No one knew what they were intended to do, or how to use them. When the names were changed to reflect what the oil did, rather than how/when it was made, people felt more comfortable using them.

Quadrivium Oils are made according to the lunar calendar, planetary days of the week, planetary hours of the day, and our Electional Oils are made according to Picatrix elections. The Picatrix is a…well, actually, just go over to the Wikipedia entry and read about it, because otherwise this blog post is going to be 5,000 words. Believe it or not, Quadrivium has a consulting astrologer who casts charts to determine the correct times to make these oils. The Electional oils are made when nine planets, the Sun, and the Moon are in certain pre-determined positions, and the time and date of the election depends upon the latitude and longitude of the practitioner. Those oils are ritually made at that time.

You can’t call the above anything but hermetic. Really. Oils made after consulting 12th century Arabic grimoires and using Chaldean astrology can’t be called anything else, as far as I’m concerned. Regardless of what’s in the oils themselves.

The recipes of Quadrivium Oils owe a great deal to hoodoo plant correspondences, but also to hermetic and Pagan tables of correspondence. A lot of experimentation went into the creation of these oils. Combine the various correspondences with the significant astrological component and you have ritual oils for magical practitioners, not hoodoo oils.