My last post talked about candles and I want to follow that up by discussing the use of oils. We carry three different types of oils at Talisman – annointing or ritual oils, essential oils, and fragrance oils. Ritual oils are used to anoint candles, ritual tools, items as well as ones’ self. Essential Oils are volatile, concentrated oils extracted directly from a plant by either pressing or steaming – most of these can cause severe irritation if applied to the skin undiluted.
Essentials are primarily used in aromatherapy or blended with a carrier oil to make perfumes or to accentuate ritual oil blends. Synthetic fragrance oils are compounds created in a laboratory which hopefully smell like the natural flowers or herbs after which they have been named. Synthetics are an affordable replacement for expensive oils like rose of attar, lotus, violet, etc.
Talisman’s handcrafted oils (listed below) are made up for specific ritual or magickal purposes. We blend each oil with herbs, essential oils, and other items then charge to address a specific need. These oils can be used to annoint candles, stones, ritual items, charge a room (leave the jar open, place a few drops in a small dish, or place on clear quartz crystals), added to bath water, worn on the body or a cotton ball placed in the bodice. Candles, crystals, amulets, talismans and other charms may be anointed (“dressed”) with Spiritual Oils and this is really a great way to turn simple mundane items into items of magickal power and energy as well as charge already magickally empowered ritual tools. Ritual oils may (depending on the ingredients) also be used to anoint the body to bring the wearer the energies of the oil, so a Power Oil like High John will give you give you a boost up, a Courage Oil such as Maximon will give you strength and bravery in the face of your fears and adversaries, and a Blessing Oil will convey the grace of the Divine, etc.
Abra Melin – Used in ritual magick to conjure and pacify spirits.
Black Cat – Spell breaking, protection
Blessing Oil – Consecration
Confusion – A favorite for legal/courtcase workings.
Fiery Wall of Protection – Aggressive Protection (not worn directly on skin).
High John the Conqueror – Provides luck & success in all aspects of life.
Maximon – Protection to children & against the evil eye; road opener; vanquishing bad habits
Protection – A good all-around choice, skin-safe.
Queen of Sheba – When you wish to seduce … or be seduced!
San Cipriano – Promotes psychic power; aids in legal matters and
St. Martha the Dominator – Used by women for a happy home, domination and
There are three ways to annoint or “dress” a candle. One way is to mentally divide the candle in two parts – from the center up to the wick and the center to its base - and starting in the middle rub oil on the candle upward first; then from the middle down. Another is to hold the candle with the wick pointing toward you to attract situations into your life – or reverse, with the wick away from you to send away or banish (negative people, weight if you are dieting, etc). Rub oil onto your palms, then onto the candle in the appropriate direction – NEVER rub back and forth! For jar candles you work with the surface of the candle. Use a pointed object (like a nail) to make holes in the wax between the glass sides – I usually make seven – and dribble a little oil onto the surface lettng it sink into the holes. Not too much oil or the candle won’t burn! Then, dip your finger in the oil and rub the top of the jar clockwise three times around to draw energy in – counter clockwise to send it away. I like to add some glitter, maybe a pinch of herbs or personal items, tie a charm around the jar or burn with an intention paper underneath. To do this, write your intentions on parchment or brown paper with pencil and set it under the candle as it’s burning. Annoint the four corners of that paper with dots of oil as well.