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.

This Should NOT Have To Be Posted

This should go without saying, but apparently it has to be spelled out:
ALL the material on the Quadrivium Supplies website, from the item descriptions to the sample oil use rituals to the blog content, is under copyright. You may not reproduce our on your blog or your website. Period.
Stores that carry our items online are permitted to use material from our website, and that permission is a part of our contract with these stores. If you are NOT one of these stores, you may NOT use material from this website on yours, and you certainly do NOT have permission to pick out the suggested oil use rituals and publish them.

This is called “plagiarism.” Look it up. It doesn’t matter if material is printed or online – the person who wrote it, or the company for whom it was written, holds the copyright to it.

We regularly run our suggested oil rituals through an online plagiarism checker. If you think one of our rituals is cool and you’d like to put it on your noncommercial site or blog, please contact us (questions@quadrivium-supplies.com) to ask for permission. 99% of the time, we’ll give it, as long as you attribute it to us. But if you’re just swiping our content to fill your own blog or website, that’s stealing and it’s not okay. Not only that, but it’s the sort of thing that goes on often enough that the owner of the copyright can appeal directly to the ISP of the plagiarizer and have the content removed, if not the entire site taken down.
Which we will do. This website is a business; the suggested oil rituals are specific to our oils and were written for our website. They are not free for use elsewhere.
Please don’t steal our content. It’s not just impolite. It’s illegal.

The Good Luck Lady

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a colleague who thought Quadrivium Supplies would be a good fit for someone who was putting together a “team” of people offering metaphysical products and services. I got in touch with Flora, who has gone by the name “The Good Luck Lady” professionally for years, and heard about her plans to put together a group of people who were dedicated practitioners of their crafts.  What Flora was interested in doing wasn’t just putting together a listing of people who provided spiritual services and metaphysical products – in her own words, she was looking for people

to join a co-operative of genuine sacred arts practitioners that have real skill and mastery of their vocation.

Needless to say, I was honored to be invited to join this group.  It’s not an affiliate system, it changes nothing about the way Quadrivium does business, it’s just another way for people to find Quadrivium Oils.  And because Flora, “The Good Luck Lady,” prefers individuals and their faces and stories to companies and their logos, you can click over to my page on her site to read a little more about me, how I got into oils, and why I like the precision of oilmaking using lunar and astrological timing.

Check out The Good Luck Lady website, and the practitioners and professionals listed.  Everyone is there because we’re dedicated to providing the best service to clients that we can.

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.

Holiday Sale

From now until November 27, the following oils will be half price:

Also, Drive Away will be half price, because no matter how hard you try, you can’t get along with everyone.

(Drive Away and Reconciliation are Electional oils, which means offering them half price makes them cheaper than a regular, non-Electional oil.  I don’t make this kind of offer a lot, but hey, it’s Thanksgiving, we’re all just trying to get through the season.)

Giveaway Idea

On Twitter, I asked if people had any requests or ideas for the next FB/Twitter/blog follower giveaway.  Silver Shadow (from the podcast Pagan Rappaport) had an interesting idea.  Instead – or maybe in addition to – the usual oils, have the “give away” be a 20 minute one-on-one Skype session with me.  You’d get to ask questions about oil creation, oil use, best oils for a situation, or pretty much anything else you can think of to ask.

I’m on board with it, if anyone would be interested.  I need some feedback as to the interest level of the FB/Twitter/blog followers and other Quadrivium fans, though.  Are there people who’d be interested in this kind of giveaway?

Happy New Year!

Quadrivium Supplies has now been in business for a WHOLE YEAR! We started out with five oil mixes sold in a Chicago occult store and a Notepad-coded website. Now we’ve got 20 oils, a gorgeous website from Xarc Design, the coolest Q-logo ever and nifty custom bottle labels from Amy at Not Dead Yet Studios, and we sell at a number of online and retail establishments.

My apologies for going “dark” for the last month – hip surgery and the holiday season make a potent combination. I have a number of blog posts that should get finished over the next few weeks, about exciting topics like solid material in magical oils and even MORE information on the lack of any kind of governing body over essential oils and their purity. My “MLM Essential Oil Scam” post is still, by far, the most popular post on this blog, and recently received an absolutely EPIC comment from a Young Living distributor who pretty much made the case for Young Living being a scam by her defense of it.

(If you’re someone considering Young Living, using Young Living, selling Young Living, or concerned about a friend or family member being involved in Young Living, here’s the Quackwatch report on Gary Young – which, surprise, comes to the conclusion that he and his company make outrageous, unsubstantiated claims about their oils. There’s a good short rundown of the major issues with Gary Young and his business from an aromatherapy perspective at aromaticsage.com, and a link in the earlier blog post to a report by Cropwatch about the lack of regulation in essential oil production and how the vast majority of Young Living’s claims about certification, grading, and purity are at best misleading and at worst, actively dishonest. I hope it helps. These MLM schemes sink their hooks into people very, very deeply.)

There’s some new books on magical oils that have come out in the last few months, including Llewellyn’s Complete Formulary of Magical Oils. Give that one a miss – it’s a messy mish-mash of recipes from various traditions with no coherent underlying table of correspondence and some seriously baffling suggestions like making graveyard dirt from herbs. In contrast, Manfred Junius’s Spagyrics: The Alchemical Preparation of Medicinal Essences, Tinctures, and Elixirs was excellent and really worth the time and effort to get through, as it’s not an easy book.

Happy 2013!