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Spell Oil Trouble: Lesson Learned

Back when our coven was in its infancy, we had a ritual planned to celebrate a handfasting for two of our members, Nightshade and White Jasmine. The day was hectic from the moment we woke up and it only got worse as ritual time approached. We had been driving and hiking around for hours ahead of time collecting the requested fresh wildflowers from the local countryside. We were decorating the circle, providing floral bouquets and crowns for the celebrants, dressing the altar, trees, and our stang with our local beauty, so we kept going until the back of our cargo van filled with various colors and types of flowers with different properties.

Upon arriving home, we realized that we were running even further behind schedule than we had realized, so everything became a blur of activity. I started preparing, rolling out, and baking the dough of the cakes I had put into the fridge overnight to chill. Hot water was set to boil for our teas. Azrael got our permanent outdoor altar stone, which stayed under the trees in the front yard, freshly cleansed and dressed with bright flowers. He decorated the stang with wreaths of flowers and placed it in its place behind the altar. He started getting our extra robes set out for visitors to the celebration as well as helping to watch our young toddler, when he could, between trips outside.

While cakes were baking, I was gathering our ritual items and setting them beside the smaller front room altar for easy transport outdoors. During which, I noticed we had run out of our “pre-cut” anointing blend we used to greet coven members in through the circle once the door was opened. I opened our altar cabinet and pulled out the main case containing our special recipe blended oils and added a bit of our personal ritual anointing oil blend to the beautiful hand-thrown clay bottle a friend of ours had made for us. As I glanced back into the oils cabinet, I saw that our soft “base oil” was not where it belonged. I had no idea where it had been moved to and was going to have to hunt it down. Unfortunately, right then, the oven timer dinged to let me know that the previous batch of cakes was ready and the next batch needed to be put in.

I ran back to the kitchen and got them switched around, planning to add the cutting oil before we started, since I did not have time to find the base and cut it right then. As such, I had left the bottle sitting on the opposite side of the marble altar across from the rest of the items to be transported outdoors. Unfortunately, at that point, Crow arrived and Az returned with the blood red, sweet roses I had asked him to run and fetch from his mother’s bushes up the road. I started in immediately on getting the petals candied, while waiting for the tea to steep and the next batch of cakes to come out of the oven. Gone was any thought of cutting the oil back for topical use.

I was so easily distracted at the time by our very young toddler, being almost to due date with our twins who fought constantly and continually slapping Crow’s hand because he kept eating all the rose petals as fast as I was I was making them.

My hubby did not know to cut the oil because he was too busy running in and out for me to remember to tell him about it. Between setting the altar, dressing the stang, and preparing the area by removing twigs and rocks, which would make stumbling in circle easy after nightfall, he was a constant blur of movement that day.

During this time, the rest of the coven was arriving, and I was assigning tasks to get the circle dressed with flowers, weave crowns, gather flowers into bouquets and wrap with ribbon, preparing the refreshment area and finishing the tea blends, watching as Az was getting the bonfire set up and lighting it, etc. so, I thought about cutting the oil… not at all.

When the time came and the rites began, the oil bottle was sitting innocently to the side of the altar in its normal place. We prepared and called the circle according to ritual. The HP and I anointed each other as the rite called for before opening the doorway and inviting in the celebrants. I anointed everyone with their preferred holy symbol, as we were an eclectic group at that time and a variety of symbols were called for. After which, everyone took their places inside the circle and we began our Handfasting rite.

Just over halfway through the ceremony, I noticed that my forehead had started itching, a bit, but I thought nothing of it. It continued to get worse throughout the rest of the ceremony. Suddenly, I noticed that others were rubbing at their foreheads as well. Horror struck as I realized what had happened. As we were nearing time for the happy couple to jump the broom, I decided not to interrupt the end of the ritual, as I could feel the damage was already done and it was nearing time to close the circle anyway.

As soon as we had completed the closing of the ceremony, I advised everyone to run inside and wash their foreheads quickly and thoroughly, but, of course, it was too late. For the next few days to a week, as we worked in the shop and as we, and the others, went about town, we all laughed when we were asked about the oddly shaped rashes on our foreheads. It has become a favorite memory now that the itch and burn has gone. Fortunately, I had the most sensitive skin in the bunch, which I thought was fitting punishment for my mistake. My rash ended up lasting the longest and, by far, looking the worst of the bunch.

That was the last time I ever tried filling a bottle with any type of oil prior to having literally every, single item I was going to need in front of me from the beginning of the process. It was a very itchy and painful lesson, perhaps, but certainly a lasting one!

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Witches’ Tools: Spell Oils, Essential Oils, Anointing Oils FAQ

Spell oils are useful for many different purposes. You can find spell oils for anointing your tools and altar, focusing and enhancing your magickal intent during spells and rituals, drawing and sending, anointing your house and car for protection, and your person toward a specific intent as well as for pretty much every other purpose under the sun and moon. If you need a spell oil it probably already exists somewhere in the world. If not, you can learn to craft your own online in any number of reputable places or through the writings of reputable authors. We have posted many of our own “recipes” and will share more in the not too distant future. Until then, here is a basic set of questions and answers that may assist you regarding oils and their uses.

Do spell oils really work?

As with anything in this world (especially things that are magickal in nature), what you put into it is what you will get out of it. If you create your own spell oil blends, you must invest energy into the individual oils prior to the creation process. In addition, you must invest the spell oil with the correct energy as you blend various oils together. Otherwise, what you will have is lovely smelling oil that you may use to make your home, car, or person smell pretty… and not much else.

If you do not have or cannot find a recipe and know how to blend an oil to achieve a specific purpose, then, buy it pre-made from someone you consider reputable. Some spell oils are from well-known recipes found in books or online, which worked for their creators, therefore they shared the recipe. Others may be secret or proprietary blends created by specific groups based on recipes they created which have worked for them in the past. Sacred Hands Coven has many recipes that we are sharing that are our non-proprietary blends. Our proprietary blends will remain secret until I die and then the recipes are passed on to the next generation.

Do you just rub it on and forget about it?

No. Spell oils are meant to be used in conjunction with spells or at the very least with a specific purpose in mind. It is not a simple case of buying a bottle of oil, rubbing it on someone, something, or yourself and the oil doing all the work alone. Depending upon the specific type of oil used and the specific intent behind the spell, you may need to have a specific process to applying it for a specific use. Such as, anointing a candle to draw something to you is very different from anointing a candle to send something away. Reverse the process and you will regret it. You may want a specific spell or ritual to use the oil with, and a purpose held firmly in mind. Other times applying the oil while focusing on the purpose of the oil during the application process is sufficient. Know your oils or ask someone you can trust who knows oils!

Can I just use essential oils that I buy in a shop?

Not necessarily. Depending on the type of shop you buy it from, the purpose of the oil, the intent behind the creation, and the manner of use, you may need to prepare a specific oil, or a specific blend of oils. You may need to charge the oil (or blend) for a specific use. You may need to cut caustic essential oils and/or blends with a safe base oil. If you plan to apply an oil topically (on your skin or with your fingers) be certain the oil is safe for use on skin. The stronger the scent, often, the more base you will need to add before it is safe for use on your skin. While high-quality spell oils start with a base of one or more essential oils, topical use of these spell oils require that most be used with a cutter. As such, as the store proprietor when using an essential oil or blend topically, to be certain it was cut specifically for topical use. If they say no, or they do not know, cut it first with a base oil, for your own safety. Mix the essential with the base, not vice versa. It is much safer and easier to add more essential oil to increase the strength of an oil than to keep adding base once your skin is already irritated by a caustic oil or blend with too little base. Test a tiny bit on your arm or leg, where the skin cannot be seen, prior to using it on areas that will show. Trust me, you want to make certain ahead of time that it is safe. Otherwise, you can suffer the consequences and embarrassment for days of using improperly mixed oils. (See Example) Make certain that the oils you are using are not toxic when applied to the skin, also. If you are pregnant or nursing, check with your doctor before using any oils topically as they can be carried through the bloodstream and mother’s milk to babies.

When I am using oils on magickal tools or candles, how much should I use?

Bear in mind, the oil does not have to be overly strong to do its job. It will have all the magickal properties in a single drop of oil that you will need in order to anoint a tool or candle. If you want to use, more, that is your choice, but remember that the essence of the oil stays on the surface of your finger as you anoint, so you do not have to “drown” a tool or candle in oil, in order to get the proper magickal effect from a spell oil. Also, make certain when using oils with candles not to saturate the wick (using the voice of experience here, too) for your own safety and peace of mind.

Are all scents naturally created as essential oils?

Actually, it depends what you mean by naturally created. While most, such as rose oil, orange oil, etc. come from exactly the plants they sound like, some scents do not transfer from plant matter properly during distilling, pressing or extraction methods. These scents must be re-created by combining other natural oils in a specific blend to make a blended “fragrance” scent. For example, sweet pea scented oils are blended oils. For some reason, the sweet pea flowers do not release their scent properly into the oil to create a “natural” sweet pea scent. As such, there are recipes available to teach you which essential oils to combine and in what measurements in order to achieve the scent naturally thought of as the scent of sweet peas. While most essential oils are exactly what they say they are, some are not and as such, will have entirely different magickal properties, just as sweet pea oil does. Be careful to buy your spell oils from reputable sources, ones who actually know oils and know their magickal properties.

If there are any other basic questions about spell oils, feel free to ask. If we do not know that answer, we will do our best to find it for you.