Have you ever needed an extra “boost” for your magical spells? Just a little something extra to get the job done? Often times, people turn to magical oils for that extra bit of energy. While it’s perfectly acceptable, and often times a lot of fun to magical oils on your own, the time and cost of ingredients is often prohibitive. Some people may frown on buying magical tools and oils, but buying a magical oil is often more cost effective and definitely less time consuming than making your own. And let’s face it: time is money. In today’s world, money is something that is in horribly short supply. Quadrivium Supplies has the thrifty answers to all your magical needs. Stay tuned as the wonders of magical oils are revealed!
Thank you for joining me, Sparrow Brown, today as we discover the wonders of magical oils. Magical oils have been used by practitioners for thousands of years to give their spells that extra push. Today I have with me the very talented Catherine, of Quadrivium Supplies, to reveal the wonders and mysteries of this often overlooked occult tool. Thank you for being here today, Catherine!
Thanks for having me.
So Catherine, what is the difference between ritual oils, spell oils, and oils you can wear?
In ritual oils and spell oils, it’s mostly vocabulary – some people call
them one thing, some people call them another. In my experience, they’re
both magically charged oils used for a magical purpose, so they’re the same
thing. Oils you can wear are blended for scent, not magical purpose, and
(hopefully) checked for skin interaction. Spell/ritual oils are usually NOT
checked for skin-safety, which means that they may include irritants like
essential oil of red pepper, cinnamon, oregano, rose, or other caustic oils.
Due to the fact that spell/ritual oils are made from tables of
correspondences that attribute metaphysical properties to each plant, they
are (or should be) 100% natural, with no synthetic ingredients. Scent oils
are often made from synthetics, because true essential oils often just
aren’t safe for the skin.
How long have you been making oils at Quadrivium Supplies?
I’ve been making oils for about five years. I started making them
commercially when a friend who owns an occult bookstore said that they were
having a really hard time finding all-natural magical oils. I ended up
involving a renaissance astrologer to add an extra dimension to the oils,
mixed up some test batches, made a lot of really terrible-smelling things,
and then in February of 2012, started selling my oils commercially. I
incorporated under the name Quadrivium Supplies because there’s always the chance I might want to do something more than oils someday.
How long does it take to make a typical batch of oil, from start to
I’m not going to go into my Electional oils, because that will involve
telling you about consulting with an astrologer and him drawing up charts
and telling me the strength of various elections, because Electional oils
don’t make up the bulk of my inventory.
For all oils, obviously, I first decide what kind of oil I want to make -
what I want it to do. The first thing I consult is my personal table of
correspondence, which indicates the magical properties of certain plants or
scents. Different traditions have different tables of correspondence, and I
use a mixture of Pagan, hermetic, and hoodoo correspondences that I’ve found work best for me over the years. Then I decide what is going to go into a blend. Normally, there’s one or two major oils, and up to four lesser oils, but it really depends. If a particular scent isn’t going to work in an oil,
I can still get the magical attribute into the oil by including a solid
piece of plant.
For a normal oil, I make six to eight different blends of different oils in
different proportions, and write down the recipes. I let those oils sit and
mellow for a while, sniffing them occasionally, and then I toss the ones
that don’t blend well together. That usually gives me about three oils to
try, and I give them to testers, people from various magical traditions here
in Chicago and around the country who’ve agreed to test my oils. I get
feedback pretty quickly from them, and may end up changing the recipe based on the feedback, and sending it out for another round of tests. When I’ve got one recipe that gets fairly consistent good results, that’s what I stick
MAKING the oil – as in, mixing the essentials, putting in the solid matter,
and topping it off with almond oil, takes about five minutes. Developing an
oil can take me up to three months.
In a minute, Catherine will explain to us what inspires her to come up with all these wonderful spell oils. But first, let’s learn how you can get your very own spell oils from Quadrivium Supplies.
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Welcome back. Catherine, what are your sources of inspiration for your oils?
I’ve been influenced by all the different magical traditions I’ve studied -hermetic and Pagan, for the most part, with a fair amount of grimoire work and ceremonial magick as well. I’ve never formally studied Hoodoo, but I’ve read a lot about it and have a huge amount of respect for the practitioners.I get inspired by what people need. For example, I had a friend who was relocating to a new city and had to find a house in a weekend. They were flying in, looking at houses, and flying out the next day. This was a huge amount of pressure on her, and I put together a Housing Oil that involved a variety of other herbs and scents with a few drops of Red Fast Luck. They put in a bid on the first house they saw, which was perfect for them, and it was accepted. That’s what inspires me – helping someone who’s looking for an extra edge to whatever they’re doing, if it’s looking for a date, a job, a house, or anything else.
What is the “proper way” to dress a spell candle with oil?
Some traditions maintain that if you’re performing a working to draw something to you – love, money, a job, etc. – then you want to hold the candle with the tip pointed towards you and the base pointed away and anoint it from base to tip, “drawing” the oil towards you. If you’re working to get rid of something, you do the opposite. You hold the candle with the base pointed towards you and the tip pointed away, and anoint from base to tip, “pushing” the oil away. Another tradition says that you start in the middle of the candle and go to both ends at the same time. Personally? I tend to anoint candles in the “drawing to” and “pushing away” fashion.
Where do the ingredients for your oils come from?
I use a small wholesale essential oil supplier whose work I trust, herbs and
resins from a number of suppliers (Draconis Arcanum -
http://draconis-arcanum.me/ - is a store that I have a good relationship
with, and they always carry very high-quality merchandise), and herbs from a friend of mine who grows them for me on her organic farm in Ohio. I’m lucky in that I live in a major metropolitan area, and even luckier that one side of my neighborhood is Hispanic and the other side is Polish, so there’s a wealth of natural health stores that stock bulk herbs. I’ve had to learn
the names for a lot of herbs in both Spanish and Polish. The plus side of
buying them locally is that I can check the quality before I buy, which is
why I’ll only buy from vendors I really trust online.
What should people do if they have questions about your products or magical oils?
I welcome any and all questions about magical oils and how to use them. I teach classes on the topic and hey, *I* find it fascinating. As long as my time permits, I’ll happily email people advice, even if they’re not customers.
Catherine, thank you for joining us today. And thank you all for joining us as we discovered the wonders of magical oils. Make them an integral part of your magical practice, and you’ll see an increase in your spells’ productivity that will amaze you.
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