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.