New Oils at KC Conjure – Vision Oil

The second oil that’s exclusive to KC Conjure is Vision Oil (click on the name of the oil to be taken to the KC Conjure site, where you can purchase it directly).  The listing for this oil states that it’s formulated to assist with all forms of divination, created at the end of the lunar eclipse of a Blood Moon/Hunter’s Moon, at the moment the darkness dropped and the full light illuminated the landscape.

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 (image courtesy of KC Conjure)

The Vision oil was a tricky one.  Divination is not my strong point – I can technically read tarot cards, and I use a pendulum when making decisions about herbs and oils for various mixes, but that’s it.  However, I know a lot of  very talented diviners (Polyphanes at the Digital Ambler, for example) who are oil users besides, all of whom were eager for me to produce something for either use during/before divination, or as an anointing oil for divination tools.
After tossing a coin (well, after making two totally different versions and having them tested and deciding only one was going to be made for market), I elected to produce the Vision oil for use by the diviners themselves.  The oils and herbs that went into it were chosen for clairvoyance, far-seeing, true dreaming, clarity of sight, focus, and concentration.  There were about six versions of the original oil, because one of the challenges of a Vision oil is to create one that’s effective, but without a distracting scent.  After a few months of tinkering and experimenting (thanks to my testers, without whom this would be a far less effective oil), I came up with a mixture that didn’t distract the user and seemed to assist in divination, remote vision, and trance work.
It could have ended there – since the job of the oil was to increase sight, I could have made it during a waxing moon on a day and hour that were associated with Sight, then shipped it out.
Right.  That didn’t happen.  Instead, I waited for some really spectacular lunar or planetary alignment to come along – the Vision oil was two years in the making, it could wait a little longer.

In October of 2014, a lunar event occurred that provided the perfect opportunity to create the Vision oil – the full eclipse of a Hunter’s Moon that was also a Blood Moon.
The full moon after the autumnal equinox (usually September 22 or 23rd) is called the Harvest Moon, for obvious reasons.  The full moon after that is called the Hunter’s Moon.  Both full moons are unique because the time difference between moonrises on successive evenings is much shorter than average – there’s no long gap of darkness between sunset and moonrise for several days after both the Harvest Moon and the Hunter’s Moon.  Both moons are known for illuminating in a singularly long, bright way, which seemed like a good aspect to incorporate into the Vision oil.
In October, there was a full eclipse of the Hunter’s Moon,  where the Earth would pass directly between the sun and full moon.  This event was also considered a Blood Moon, due to the color of Earth’s shadow as it passes over the moon giving it a red cast (the sun’s rays are scattered, which strip out the other colors in the spectrum and leave red behind).  The Vision oil was created at the moment the lunar eclipse ended, under the Hunter’s Moon, when the darkness passed and the light returned, moonlight that has been traditionally used to find that which is hidden.

Polyphanes of the Digital Ambler was nice enough to give some very complimentary feedback on the Vision oil:

“A lovely and potent oil!  The fragrance itself is calming and focusing, good for putting yourself in the right headspace for divination, remote vision, or trance sessions, especially when communication is a strong need.  Most vision oils I’ve worked with elsewhere tend to have too harsh a smell or make one’s third eye too excitable to see clearly, but this is a rarity in that it avoids these and other issues.  I use the oil on myself before any sacred divination, and keep a charm anointed with it on me just in case I need to break out my dice and bones.”

Again, this is one of the two oils that are exclusively available at KC Conjure and through their website.  Visit this site for a look at both Serve and Protect and Vision oil.

New Oils at KC Conjure – Serve and Protect

If you missed the announcement, new Quadrivium Oils are going to be store exclusives – they’ll be released through certain stores that carry our oils, and able to be ordered via those store’s websites.

Our first set of oils has landed, and seems to be getting a pretty good reception.   KC Conjure, in Kansas City, has two oils.  This entry is on the first of them:

  • Serve and Protect – intended for use by and for those who serve our community in times of crisis. Said to help bring luck and protection to first responders, police, figherfighters, EMTs, deployed solders, etc.

Click on the name of the oil to be taken to the KC Conjure site, where you can purchase it directly.  We’re in the process of writing up the usual page of suggested uses for the oils, along with ideas for ritual work incorporating them.  At the moment, the KC Conjure Shop has (or had, at least) a beautiful portable shrine to St. Michael that was perfect for Serve and Protect.  Look into it, especially if you have a loved one who’s a first responder or a deployed soldier.

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(image courtesy of KC Conjure)

To give a bit of background on the oils, in my spare time (ha!), I’m a volunteer with the Chicago Police Department as a sort of liaison between the department and neighborhood residents, facilitating communication.  The longer you do something like that, the more cops you get to know, and the more friends you make in the department. Serve and Protect was originally merely called Be Safe and was used on a St. Jude candle that burned whenever a certain shift or team was on duty.  You can see me anointing a St. Jude candle for this purpose with what is now Serve and Protect on the TalkGnosis YouTube show Oils and Scents in Ritual Practice, in the last ten minutes of the show.  While St. Michael is the patron saint of police and protectors everywhere, St. Jude is the specific patron saint of the Chicago Police Department.  As I’ve said before, candle and oil magic seems to work best when it’s as targeted as possible, so the name of the person (or team) was written in the wax,  a very small amount of protective herbs were added to holes in the vigil candle, and the top of the candle anointed lightly with the oil.  This St. Jude candle burns in my window 5 nights out of 7 to this day, with different names in the wax depending on if someone is ill, injured, or working a particularly stressful or dangerous job.

Serve and Protect can be used to anoint candles, but is especially effective when used to anoint items that the individual to be protected can wear or carry with them.  St. Michael medals tend to be a favorite, but even a smudge on the inside of a belt or other natural leather surface can be useful.  The oil can be used with protective mojo bags, and in any other way a magical oil can be used.

This blog has always been very clear about the importance of keeping a tight focus when using ritual oils – that the more clear and simple the intent, the more successful the oil use is likely to be.  This is the most targeted oil that Quadrivium produces – it’s intended to protect people with a particular kind of job.  As such, it’s probably among the most simple to use of any of our oils.  A candle, a mojo bag, a talisman, anything anointed with this oil serves one purpose – to protect the person wearing or carrying it, or for whom the candle is burned.

 

Mixing and Matching – Love Oils

I promised a post about combining love oils, and here it is!  At last – sort of a month before Valentine’s Day, might come in handy, you never know.

Multiple oils in love workings can be tricky.  I’ve found that it’s not that great of an idea to mix love oils with love oils.  Let the love oil stand on it’s own, as the focus of the work you’re doing.  If you want to add something to it, you’ll want to be very selective.

One excellent mix is Red Fast Luck and Kiss Me Quick. Kiss Me Quick is a “find me someone fast” oil and Red Fast Luck provides that pop of good luck that boosts it up to  “Even faster!” Out for a good time?  That’s a great mix.  I’d use one red candle, anoint it with Kiss Me Quick, and add just a few drops of Red Fast Luck.  Another use is to dab your leather watchband or belt with both of the oils – but again, Kiss Me Quick is the main focus, with just a bit of Red Fast Luck to provide some extra punch.
Let’s say you’re looking for love – real love, not just a fun night – and you pick Love Drawing as part of your strategy.  Red Fast Luck would be exactly the wrong thing to add to Love Drawing, as finding love can be a long process.  A boost of luck for a short time isn’t going to help.  If you’re looking for an additional oil to use with Love Drawing, I’d suggest Crown of Success- and if your plan is finding a permanent mate, Fortune and Favor would be the secondary oil of choice.

Road Opening seems like it would be a good choice to mix with love oils.  It’s not.  Road Opening is about clearing the blockages from your life, getting you from where you are to where you want to be by removing obstacles.  It’s a very broadly focused oil.  Love oils are very specific – you want X person, or you want a person in general, you want love in your life, etc.  You may not know what’s standing between you and what you’re striving for, but adding Road Opening suddenly flings the door open to a whole lot of possibilities and unintended consequences.

The love oil is the focus of whatever work you’re doing – the secondary oil is just there to give it an extra punch, or boost.  The secondary oil has to be in tune with the purpose of the love oil for it to do anything – Red Fast Luck and Come To Me, sure.  Fortune and Favor and Come To Me…..probably not.

I did have someone ask me if Money Drawing and Love Drawing could be used together, and I’d say probably not.  As with most forms of oil work – Road Opening aside – you want to narrow down your focus as far as possible.  You aren’t going to achieve much if your work is split between looking for love and looking for money, unless a billionaire who’s perfect for you is walking by.  Which….is unlikely to happen.  Stick to one oil with possibly a carefully chosen secondary oil.

If you’ve got questions, or things you’ve like to see on the blog, please feel free to contact Quadrivium.  Even if your question doesn’t turn into a blog post, we’ll do our best to answer it (within reason).

Shipping Delay

The holidays are over, so it’s back to the regular grind -unless you are in Chicago.  After a weirdly mild fall and early winter, we got walloped with a wall of air so cold that it was dangerous.  Schools were closed, businesses shut down, people were told to stay indoors and keep pets inside as well.  Chicagoans are used to tough winters (the puffy down coats aren’t worn for the sake of  style), and generally regard cold as a fact of life, but wind chills of -30*F are noteworthy.

Anyway, since the oils are shipped from Chicago to the recipient, it’s guaranteed that they will sit around in a space that’s not climate controlled for much of the journey.  Normally,  not a problem.  At these temperatures, however, not only can the oil be affected, but the glass bottles we use are more prone to crack or break.

Obsessive ritual oil perfectionists are not going to take the chance of customers receiving a broken bottle of possibly substandard frostbitten product.

Assuming the weather improves, Quadrivium will begin shipping again on Monday, January 12.  All affected customers will receive a free upgrade to Priority Mail.

More informative and entertaining post to come – it’s just too ccold for anything but this announcement and an apology for the shipping delay.   Brrrrrr.

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Announcements

The 2014 Holiday Special is a Prosperity Bundle, priced at $35 (plus shipping).  This contains Crown of Success, Fortune and Favor, Red Fast Luck, Road Opener, and your choice of another non-electional oil (we recommend Steady Work or Get A Job).  Purchased individually, these oils would run $55, so it’s a great deal.

In addition, Facebook is really cutting down on the amount of business page updates that people will see in their feeds.  This means a lot of people totally missing out on our posts, which is frustrating for everyone involved.

We’ve started a discussion group on Facebook that does not require you to “like” our page, or read our updates – you just join the group, and then come to the group to read or post.  It’s a good place to ask questions, have discussions, possibly meet other people who also use Quadrivium Oils.

This will probably be the final post of 2014, so Happy Holidays to all celebrating, and best wishes for a prosperous and happy New Year.

Feeling Lucky?

All luck oils are 50% off until…..I change the prices.  Good time to buy electionals!

Remember to request a 5/8 dram sample oil when you order.

Black Friday Discounts

For Black Friday, there are four electional oils that are half price – Banishing, Cut and Clear, Drive Away, and Stop Gossip.

Until December 25, various oils will go on sale at different times.  Is there a particular oil you want?  Sometime in the next three weeks, it will be on sale – when and for how long are subject to the whim of the owner.

These sales will be announced via this blog, our Facebook, and on Twitter, so please follow us on social media to be alerted to our holiday sales!

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?