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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Anointing Oils 3: How They Are Used

Anointing oils are extremely versatile. As we already discussed,  conjure oils - called "anointing" or "condition" oils - are made in a very specific fashion, according to a recipe that incorporates a variety of ingredients - Mother Oil, essential oils and curios - all chosen with a specific "flavor" of mojo in mind.

Then, the oils are given a name that aligns with what purpose the oil is intended. See our previous post on the Types of Oils we make and sell here at Crossroads Joe's Ministrations for a sample, though these are far from the only ones out there!

At right is the short list of ways to use anointing oils, in general. Just about any oil can be used in this fashion.

Head, Hands, Heart
Anointing heads, hands and heart is an excellent way of using any oil that you would want to have an effect on you (so, not Hot Foot Oil, for instance!). Anointing the head (or "crown anointing," as its sometimes called) brings the power both to your intellect and to your higher spiritual awareness; anointing the hands brings that spiritual power into all that you do and undertake; and anointing the heart brings that spiritual power into your emotional centers and your experiences.

Mop Water
Adding condition oils to mop water is a great old-fashioned way of distributing the blessings of that oil through your home. Even if you don't use a mop bucket, you can add the oil to whatever you might use to clean the floors: add it to a spritzer bottle of cleaning solution, or a drop or two on the business side of a moist swiffer pad, for instance.

If you have carpets, you can choose to lightly spritz the carpet before you vacuum, but do be aware that essential oils can sometimes stain carpeting. If you're going to do this, check and see if it'll cause staining in a small out of the way corner first.

Alternately, you can simply make up some hot water in a bowl with a little cleaning agent and some of the oil and wipe down baseboards, walls, window sills and door frames with it.

Dressing Candles
When anointing a candle that isn't in a glass jar, start by pouring a little oil in the palm of your cupped left hand, and placing the candle down in it, starting at its middle. Then, twist it clockwise as you pull the candle across your palm, from the middle to the top. Then, return the center of the candle to the middle of your palm, and work it counterclockwise from middle to bottom. This represents the sending of your prayers into the heavens, and the blessings then descending to earth to you.

Most other things (including the tops of candles in jars) are anointed with a clockwise motion if you're looking to bring things to you, or a counterclockwise motion if you're banishing or getting rid of something. If you're laying down a protection of some kind, use the Cross or an X.

Personal Magical Scent
A good conjure oil isn't just chock-full of effective oils and curios, but it also smells wonderful!  (The exception to this is usually the sorts of oils you wouldn't want to wear anyway.) Dab it on like a perfume and just wear it as a personal scent. But do be aware that because our oils are oil-based, rather than alcohol-based like perfumes and colognes, they do wear off faster, so keep some on hand to freshen up as you need to.

Feeding and Anointing Talismans
Spiritual items that you carry or otherwise use to help you with your concerns should be anointed as well! Mojo bags must be fed weekly, for instance, and some people carry lucky objects. Anointing such an object can help "tune it" to the kind of luck you're looking for. That lucky rabbit's foot is nice, but adding a little Money Drawing Oil to it really tells it the kind of luck you're looking for.

These are some of the most common and effective ways of using anointing oils. In the future, I'm sure to revisit the topic of deploying anointing oils with other techniques.

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