Blessing Oil

Blessing Oil

This is apparently one of those oils that has lots of different recipes, I’ve seen several and very few of them had more than one or two ingredients in common. The one commonality is that they seem like they’d all be very sweet-smelling.

In the end I wound up pulling elements from a few different recipes, so this is more or less a custom blend. It’s ylang ylang, lavender, orange, patchouli, and sandalwood oils in a base of sweet almond oil, with pinches of angelica root and agrimony.

Blessing Oil is an all-purpose oil for petitioning saints (some saints have their own personal oils, but in a pinch you can use this one for any saint); it can also be used in candle spells, in floor washes or baths, and as a personal scent.

The bottle is another $1.99 bottle from World Market.

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Money Lamp

money bottle lamp

This is something I made out of a Topo Chico bottle (a Mexican brand of sparkling water) when I noticed what a lovely shade of green it was. To a lesser extent, yellow is also associated with money in Hoodoo–yellow for gold–but green is the most traditional color. Also, I like green better than yellow.

They don’t have twist-off caps, but if you very gently pry off the cap in several spots, it will remain unbent enough to enable you to pop it back onto the bottle neck. I made a hole in the cap with an awl and fed my wick through it. I’ve given up using vegetable oil and natural wicks–they were always going out and required constant fussing with, and I just got tired of it. I bought some woven wicks and some paraffin oil on Amazon and I’m much happier with the results. (Also, paraffin oil does not go rancid.) Spring for the the ultra pure-burning stuff, it doesn’t smoke or smell at all. And make sure the bottle says it’s for oil candles, not just oil lamps–technically these are oil candles and not lamps.

Inside is a bunch of money-drawing goodies: a cinnamon stick, some dried allspice berries, a High John root, pyrite chunks, and lodestone gravel dressed with gold magnetic sand. They were anointed with Special Oil No. 20 (I haven’t made any money-specific oils yet) and smudged in patchouli incense before being placed inside the lamp. (I had to get over my patchouli prejudice for that. It’s lovely as a base in a complex oil, but by itself it smells like dirt and hippies.)

I had a really cool idea for a paperless name paper that involved carving my initials onto an array of coins that added up to my age–which means I’d have had to to add another penny on November 23rd–but alas, the neck was too narrow for coins, even dimes. So instead I wrapped some paper money around one of my business cards, and put it under the lamp.

Mason Jar Vigil Lamp

vigil light

Lamps have been used in magico-religious systems much longer than candles, although candles are a lot more common now. Lamps are good for long-term spells, and once you have the materials they’re actually more economical than candles. Plus they can be “loaded” with appropriate items.

This is a lamp for protection of the family, so I used a blue mason jar. The fuel is canola oil (olive oil would also be appropriate here), and the wick is a length of rolled cotton bandaging. Inside is a whole angelica root, a chunk of dragon’s blood resin, and a cat’s eye shell–all strong protective items. They were all dressed with Peaceful Home Oil (and I added a few drops of it to the fuel oil) and smudged with sandalwood incense before being placed in the jar. Under the lamp is a petition paper; a family photo would also work.

You can use these lamps for virtually any purpose, just fill them with items appropriate to the purpose and make sure you use the right color. Apparently some people leave theirs perpetually lit, but I am way too paranoid for that. I light it when the sun goes down and pinch it out when I go to bed. (NEVER blow out a lamp, or a candle unless the spell is over–and usually you’re supposed to let them burn out. Blowing a flame out signifies the spell is over.)