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.

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.

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.)

 

Holiday Sale ending….and free samples, yay!

Just a reminder that today is the last day that Lovers Home, Peaceful Home, Reconciliation, and Drive Away will be half off.  It’s a social media-promoted only sale, so the discounted prices won’t show up until after you put the oil in your basket via the site.

Happy Thanksgiving to Americans, happy Thursday to the rest of the world.  Coming up tomorrow: a Black Friday deal that makes me laugh, and possibly a Cyber Monday deal if I get up early enough on Monday or go to bed late enough on Sunday.

If you really really really want to try an oil but aren’t sure about two whole drams, you can always ask for a sample of something when you order an oil from us.  Give it a try.  A box of 5/8 dram bottles was recently unearthed in the oil room (so it’s not tidied very often, but it’s used an awful lot!), and they’re the perfect size for adding a sample without making your package cost more to ship.  One sample per order, please, and only on request.

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.

Exclusive Store Oils

Currently, the Quadrivium Supplies website carries our full line of 20 oils. Most of the physical stores that carry Quadrivium Oils also carry the same oils, some less than the full line. As of October, 2014, that will change.

Draconis Arcanum, in Nashville, TN will be exclusively carrying House and Home. This is an oil intended to deal with matters involving physical dwellings. Whether you’re buying, selling, renting, trying to rent, or trying to leave, House and Home will provide you with the boost you need. The owner of Draconis Arcanum was the first person to ever try House and Home, and can attest to it’s efficacy.

KC Conjure Shop, in Kansas City, MO, will be selling two exclusive oils. The first is an oil that was developed a number of years ago for a loved one who is a First Responder, one of the people who runs towards the terrible things happening, rather than running away with the rest of us. Serve and Protect has been changed and expanded, over the years, to serve as a protective oil for anyone who works to protect the public, especially in times of crisis. It has been used for deployed soldiers, police officers, EMTs, firefighters, and other workers.

The second oil that KC Conjure will be carrying is probably the most exciting. Since Quadrivium Supplies started selling oils, the number one request has always been for a psychic vision oil. Originally, there was no intention to produce one, but after enough requests (well, demands), we narrowed the formula down from nine versions to three versions to two.
The oil that KC Conjure will be offering is a vision oil that was made as the lunar eclipse ended on the night of the blood moon, when the light returned and illuminated what had been concealed.
The only issue with this oil currently is that it’s unnamed, but we’re accepting suggestions. If we use yours, you’ll get a free bottle of the oil.

At this time, the only way that these oils can be purchased is through the stores that carry them. Each of the stores does have a website where the oil/s can be ordered, if you’re not local to them. They will not be available through he Quadrivium Supplies website.

Keep an eye out. There are other oils in the works that will be offered exclusively through physical stores.

Abramelin Oil

Turns out we have enough Abramelin Oil left over to offer some to the general public. There are VERY limited quantities of this oil, which was made at the start of a full moon, in the Hour of the Sun, on the Day of the Sun, and matured for a full lunar month.

If you didn’t snag any during the pre-order and would like to pick some up, you can visit the website’s Limited Production page.

One difference you’ll notice on the page is that while we give a really boring (to anyone not an oilmaker or who’s not really interested in magical history or mistranslations) rundown on the various Abramelin recipes is that we aren’t providing suggestions for use.

Our belief: if you know enough about Abramelin Oil to want to buy some, you know what to do with it all ready.

Abramelin Oil

One of the first magical oils I ever encountered was Abramelin Oil – probably because I hung out with Thelemites. It was a sort of spicy-scented oil that was used for anointing things, and that was all I knew about it.
Eventually, of course, I learned a lot more about magical oils, and one of the choices I encountered when starting Quadrivium Supplies was whether or not to make Abramelin Oil.

My decision was no.

Mostly, the people who use Abramelin Oil make it themselves – as I explained to someone, if you’re in a situation where you need Abramelin Oil, you’ve probably got enough experience to make it yourself. Plus, traditional Abramelin Oil is made with an olive oil base, and no matter how much Vitamin E or Rosemary Oleorosin I put in olive oil, it starts to turn in about six months. It was just too different from the other oils I make, basically, so I elected not to carry that one.

A few weeks ago, a customer contacted me to ask that I make him two vials of Abramelin Oil, using the ingredients and proportions from the original manuscript of The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. If you’re not familiar with Abramelin Oil, there are several recipes for it. The one from the original manuscript, the Crowley variant, and the Mathers variant are the most popular ones. There’s also different ways of making the oil. Some people (like me) mix essential oils in an olive oil base, others macerate and steep herbs in the olive oil base, then decant the oil after a month for use.

Since I was already making a batch of Abramelin Oil, I told a few people that if they wanted some, they should let me know. The response was surprisingly positive. Positive enough that I started to worry that I was going to miss an order or two, or send someone the wrong thing (Hi, Christopher in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne! Sorry!). Mostly, Quadrivium Supplies is intended to be a wholesaler working with stores – the fact that you can order the product off the website is mostly due to my understanding that there’s places with either no stores, or stores I haven’t convinced to carry my line. Yet.
Happily, one of the stores I work with got really really really excited about the prospect of Abramelin Oil made by the obsessively detail-oriented.

I did not write their copy on the oil, by the way. They did that. You can pre-order Quadrivium Supplies Abramelin Oil via Good Luck! Conjure Shopw in Kansas City, through this link: http://kcconjure.com/shop/special-oil-of-abremelin-by-quadrivium-supplies-preorder/

The oil should ship by March 1. I will be accepting orders until February 21. After that, you’ll be out of luck.