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.

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.

small mercury dime reverse of mercury dime

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.

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!

Layering Oils

Before I got distracted by other things (there’s just something about companies touting therapeutic grade oils that makes me turn purple), I was going to post about using more than one oil at a time.

I’ve already discussed using Get A Job oil in a number of ways other than candle magick(over here, if you’ve forgotten about it), and mentioned that you don’t have to use just one oil at a time. Lots of oils are complementary – not just in purpose, but in scent as well. For example, Quadrivium’s Get A Job, Crown of Success, and Money Drawing are made from different formulas and have different herbs added to them, but some of the “base notes” of the scent are the same. This post does not deal with candle magick, since that’s a fairly obvious use for the oils and you can get more than one candle going at a time without causing problems.

The key to layering oils is to use tiny amounts. As mentioned before, some people are really sensitive to smell, or allergic to particular scents. It’s not just a matter of protecting your own nose, but being considerate to the people around you.

A fair amount of thought should got into your oil selection, whether you’re using one oil or more. When using more than one oil, the best way I’ve found to work is to pick one main oil, and one or two secondary oils. That will require you to decide what you’re trying to achieve, and look at the purposes of the oils you’re considering. Finding work – ANY work? You’ll want your main oil to be Get A Job. Looking for a particular KIND of work, one that suits you and where you can develop a career? Crown of Success might be a better option for a main oil. Money Drawing is almost always a good secondary oil to use for this purpose, since the purpose of a job is to get money, usually.

That said, back to finding work. Let’s say you’re about to sit down to check Monster.com or another website for job listings. Before you boot up the computer, put a drop (no, really, a drop) of Get A Job on your hands. Rub them together. Then do a drop of Money Drawing. Rub. Anoint the four corners of your screen with Crown of Success, and boot up your computer to start looking for work.

You got an interview! A drop of Get A Job on your belt, a smidge of Crown of Success on yourself (maybe around your hairline, if you’re not sensitive to it – I like the symbolism of anointing the crown of the head with Crown of Success), maybe a little Money Drawing oil on your socks, and you’re as well-prepared with magical oils as it gets.

Remember: tiny amounts of oil, inconspicuous places, and check ahead of time to be sure that your body chemistry works well with any oil you’re putting on your skin.