Using Magick Oils
Often magic oils are used to anoint tools for a magical working or ritual--for instance, candles, amulets, or even your own hands. But you can use magical oils in other ways. They are always a good substitute when you can't or don't want to use incense. You can consider them to be petitionary, as incense often is--its scent rises up like a prayer to the aspect of the Divine you are asking for help. Or you can likewise consider it as a kind of sacrifice to that aspect of the Divine. The idea of scent as sacrifice goes back to ancient times.
But another way to use magic oil is as a lens for focusing your energy, will, or magical intention for a specific task. Scent can work on a much deeper level than words, so by means of scent you can dig into much stronger energies than is often possible by using the words of an incantation. You can get to that part of energy which is beyond language, beyond now. Back to Magick Oils
You can do this by wearing the oil either on your skin or on a handkerchief or cotton ball you carry with you. This method can be especially effective, since as you wear it, you will forget about it being there. This should allow you to better tap into your subconscious energy, which can be very powerful. In this way it can act as a sigil does.
You can also use a magical oil as an aid to focus or guide your energy throughout the day. Again, you won't always be thinking of whatever magical task you want to accomplish, but the scent will be reminding your subconscious and spirit of the work to be done and opening up ways you can accomplish that work and pathways for energy to flow that will help bring that work about. Back to Magick Oils
You can use it as a kind of beacon or guidepost for attracting energy out in the world to you. Probably protective energy is most often appealed to this way, but you can use scent to draw any kind of energy (or for that matter, specific entities). Along the same lines, you can use the scent of magick oils to shape your own spirit, for instance, using Oil of Jupiter to nurture the protective urge in yourself.
You can use magic oils on others to accomplish a magical task, either through scenting something you give to them and they carry or keep with them or by putting it on their skin. However, do not use magick oils on children or animals, since they are much more sensitive to essential oils than adults are and can be harmed by them even in small amounts. Back to Magick Oils
The magic oils I make are already loaded with the power of the herbs themselves and with the energy put into them during the making, but you can and should charge them yourself to increase that energy and to shape it to best carry out the tasks you want to perform, much as you grow out a seed to get plants that will do best in your particular climate and soil. You can charge an oil by censing it (try censing more subtly with the rising perfume of a flower - perfect for Venus energy - or crushed aromatic leaf). Just as examples, you can charge a magick oil by holding it up to your Third Eye, by focusing energy on it through the use of a tool, such as a wand, a crystal, or your tarot deck, by burying it in the earth, or by exposing it to starlight, moonlight, or sunlight for a short time (a little goes a long way with sunlight). For instance, if you would like to use Oil of Moon for divinatory purposes, its power would be increased if you exposed it to moonlight and otherwise kept it away from daylight or electric light. Consider the light of different phases of the Moon to imbue the oil with different aspects--expose it to the "light" of the New Moon if you intend to travel astrally in the Underworld or wish to divine secrets, for instance.
I put a lot of thought and work into these oils and sincerely hope they are an aid to you in your magical tasks, whatever they might be. Back to Magick Oils
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