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Ritual Witchcraft Oils:
Leaves from the Spiritual Spells Book of Shadows

    Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. How to Use Herbs

  3. How to Use Oils

  4. How to Use Incense

  5. How to Use Bath
    Crystals and Washes

  6. How to Use Powders

  7. Free Spiritual Spells

  8. Index


Spiritual Oils, whether they be hand-crafted herbal oils, ritual oils, condition oils, aromatherapy oils, or just pretty-smelling essential oils, are one of the largest and most varied of the ceremonial tools used in Witchcraft and Paganism. They come in all sorts of flavors, colors, and kinds and it can often seem a daunting task to know which oil to pick and how to use it in casting a spell.

Witchcraft and Paganism is full of ceremonies, rituals and events celebrating times of change on the wheel of the year, changes in our lives, as well as specific working rituals. These rites and rituals more than often use specific items and tools such as candles, magical herbs, spiritual incense, and, of course, oils. All of these types of tools possess symbolic aspects that enhance the event or the desired results sought in the magical spell or ritual ceremony. Spiritual Oils are associated with the hidden fifth element of Spirit and help us reach out into the unseen ether and summon from it the forces we wish to communicate with or use in our rites and rituals.

Types of Oils

There are several basic kinds of oils that you might encounter in Witchcraft; theses include ritual oils, condition oils, aromatherapy oils, essential oils and handcrafted oils. Our ancestors used oils in their rituals and ceremonies hundreds, even thousands, of years ago and because many of the essential oils they used are still available to us we can continue to make our own blends and recreate traditional recipes today.

Ritual Oils is the general name for oils used to anoint candles, ritual tools, material, furniture, money, and other such items, and when use to anoint the body are often also called Anointing Oils.

Condition Oils is a term found only in Hoodoo and Conjure practice; it refers to all anointing and dressing oils that are utilized in rites, rituals, or spell-craft to address or remediate an unwanted condition or to bring about a desired condition.  Because these oils were developed by practitioners of the African American folk magic path, which is called Conjure or Hoodoo, they are also known as Conjure Oils, Hoodoo Oils, and Lucky oils.

Aromatherapy Oils are oils used in a healing art whose roots lay in antiquity. This practice traces back more than 6,000 years to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, and probably Chinese who used to burn scented flowers and herbs and enjoy aromatic bath, massage and skin care for curative and cosmetic purposes.

Essential Oils are volatile, concentrated oils, usually having the characteristic odor or flavor of the plant from which they are obtained, and are primarily used to make perfumes, flavorings, and accentuate ritual and spiritual oil blends.

Synthetic Fragrance Oils are compounds created in a laboratory that smell a lot -- or a little-- like the natural flowers or herbs after which they have been named. A lot of companies today offer Synthetic Oils rather than Essential Oils because Synthetic Oils can be obtained at a fraction of the cost of Essential Oils. But, for magickal purposes it's always best to use real Essential Oils whenever possible, as these contain the magickal properties of the plant from which they are distilled, which the synthetic oils do not.

Handcrafted Oils and Herbal Oils are blends made up for specific ritual or magickal purposes. They are not made in a factory, but are indivisually prepared with the addition of magical herbs, roots, flowers and other natural ingredients to a simple oil base and then ritually charged with intent. Ritual Oils and Condition Oils may be considered to be "handcrafted herbal oils" only if they contain actual herbal ingredients and have been made by hand and consecrated according to the tenets of Witchcraft tradition or Hoodoo practice.

Carrier Oils are various oils, both vegetable and mineral, that are used to help dilute Essential Oils that might cause severe irritation or reaction to some people if applied to the skin undiluted. Carrier Oils help dilute and thus stretch out the volume of Essential oils used in Ritual Oils and Condition Oils. A number of different oils have been, and are, used as Carrier Oils.

  • Olive Oil has an ancient history of being used as a Carrier Oil and is often seen used in oils meant to help in blessing and anointing.

  • Mineral Oil traditionally has been used for blending Hoodoo Condition Oils in which one or more ingredients are minerals, such as Lodestone Oil. If the oil is focused upon the energies of mineral curios such as sulphur, lodestone, or pyrite, then a mineral-oil carrier amplifies, rather then subdues the energies of those minerals

  • Almond Oil became a popular Carrier oil due to its lighter scent and texture over the heavier Olive Oil. Almond Oil, unlike Olive Oil, does not dominate the natural fragrance of the herbs and Essential Oils that are blended in the handcrafting process.

The Witches' Cupboard:
Ritual Wiccan and Eclectic Pagan Oils

Spiritual Oils can be used in a vast number of ways. Your oils can be one of the most important tools in your ritual space. Candles, crystals, amulets, talismans and other charms may be anointed 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 Witchcraft Oils can also be used to anoint the body. If you are using an Oil to use for this purpose, be sure that the oil is skin safe. Some essential oils, such as cinnamon and clove, can cause a severe reaction to the skin and should really be used quite sparingly. Spiritual Oils that are applied to the body bring the wearer the energies of the oil, so a Power Oil will give you give you a boost up, a Courage Oil will give you strength and bravery in the face of your fears and adversaries, and a Blessing Oil will convey the grace of the Goddess upon yourself and your ventures.

The following is a list of Ritual Oils used by Pagans and Witches, Their properties that can be used in assistance of your magickal work.

  • ABRAMELIN OIL This sacred oil comes down from an ancient Jewish formula specified by Abramelin the Mage from a medieval grimoire called “The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage”. This oil and its accompanying ritual powder are both highly esteemed by those who follow more ceremonial magickal traditions, and it is of great benefit to those who follow the course of ritual activities.

  • BLESSING OIL This magickal oil can be used to bless new babies, new ventures, new homes, and for healing. Amplified with sincere prayer, will and intent it can also be used to help purify you or your home, to relieve suffering, or bring about spiritual healing.

  • PLANETARY OILS The seven sacred planets (the five visible planets plus the Sun and Moon) relate to the days of the week and also planetary hours within days and seven sacred planets were associated with ancient Gods and Goddesses. The use then of these planets and their hours has an ancient history in Witchcraft and Paganism. These oils help invoke the powers and characteristics of the individual planetary power. You can use these oils to anoint candles, or wear them as personal scent to help convey the power of the deities represented by the Planets. They may also be combined with Zodiacal Oils when one is working an astrologically-based spell.

    • Sun Oil - Sun, Sol, Apollo; Sunday; ruler of Leo

    • Mercury Oil - Mercury, Hermes, Wotan; Wednesday; ruler of Gemini and Virgo

    • Venus Oil - Venus, Freya; Friday; ruler of Taurus and Libra

    • Terra Oil - Terra, Gaia, Earth; our mother

    • Moon Oil - Moon, Luna, Artemis; Monday; ruler of Cancer

    • Mars Oil - Mars, Twi; ruler of Aries; co-ruler of Scorpio

    • Jupiter Oil - Jupiter, Zeus, Thor; Thursday; ruler of Sagittarius; co-ruler of Pisces

    • Saturn Oil - Saturn, Kronos; Saturday; ruler of Capricorn; co-ruler of Aquarius

    • Uranus Oil - Urania; co-ruler of Aquarius

    • Neptune Oil - Neptune, Poseidon; co-ruler of Pisces

    • Pluto Oil - Pluto, Hades; co-ruler of Scorpio

  • ZODIACAL OILS relate to the various signs of the zodiac and help symbolize and invoke the kind of activities and characteristics with which the various signs of the zodiac are associated. You can use these oils to anoint candles, or wear them with Planetary Oils as a personal scent to help strengthen weak astrological characteristics or to help heighten strong astrological characteristics.

    • Aries Oil - The Ram; March 21 - April 21; ruled by Mars; Element Fire.

    • Taurus Oil - The Bull; April 21 - May 21; ruled by Venus; Element Earth.

    • Gemini Oil - The Twins; May 21 - June 21; ruled by Mercury; Element Air.

    • Cancer Oil - The Crab; June 21 - July 21; ruled by the Moon; Element Water.

    • Leo Oil - The Lion; July 21 - August 21; ruled by the Sun; Element Fire.

    • Virgo Oil - The Virgin; August 21 - September 21; ruled by Mercury; Element Earth.

    • Libra Oil - The Balance; September 21 - October 21; ruled by Venus; Element Air.

    • Scorpio Oil - The Scorpion; October 21 - November 21; ruled by Pluto and Mars; Element Water.

    • Sagittarius Oil - The Archer; November 21 - December 21; ruled by Jupiter; Element Fire.

    • Capricorn Oil - The Seagoat; December 21 - January 21; ruled by Saturn; Element Earth.

    • Aquarius Oil - The Water Bearer; January 21 - February 21; ruled by Uranus and Saturn; Element Air.

    • Pisces Oil - The Fishes; February 21 - March 21; ruled by Neptune and Jupiter; Element Water.

The Conjure Bag:
Hoodoo Condition Oils and Anointing Oils

Next we present some of the traditional herb-based blends that are used in the preparation of Hoodoo and Rootwork spells.

  • CAST OFF EVIL OIL This oil helps you rid yourself, your loved ones, and your home and spaces from the negative influences of false friends, and also helps you gain the personal strength to break free of bad personal habits, negative circumstances and harmful influences.

  • CROWN OF SUCCESS OIL To help you succeed and achieve recognition in school, career, or your magical work, there is no finer magical formula than the Crown of Success family. This traditional Oil is tried and true and helps crown you and uplift you in all endeavors that you might undertake.

  • HEALING OIL This is really a very fine oil to help aid in the relief of sickness, sorrow, and to help mend ongoing physical and emotional problems.

  • MASTER KEY OIL For ritual work intended to help grant or empower aptitude in a skill, personal discipline, will, or authority. This oil also helps one guide others and succeed with professions activities both magickal and mundane.

  • MONEY DRAWING OIL This is a very old, traditional Hoodoo Oil that has been used for ages. It is renowned amongst financiers, gamblers, shop owners, and common working folk for its ability to draw money to you through business and games of chance.

  • BLACK CAT OIL In European and European-American traditions black cats are considered unlucky. However in Hoodoo the black cat is a symbol of luck and strength helping in the sporting and gambling world. This old time, traditional Hoodoo oil is very popular with gamblers and people who play games of chance but it also is used to reverse bad luck and its vibrations work well for Witches and our general works.

  • FAST LUCK OIL This is one of the more famous Hoodoo formulas; it is used to draw luck in gambling, love, and commerce. But, above all that its great claim to fame is its speed. This is an oil to use when you need a magickal response in these areas in a hurry.

  • SPECIAL OIL NO. 20 A famous and very strong old Hoodoo formula, this is an all purpose Condition Oil used for dressing candles. It is also known as Wick Oil, Candle Oil, and Brown Oil. No seems to known the origin of the name of this oil anymore, but some of the old conjure workers say that it may have come from a Southern root-workers' recipe book, being the Doctor's 20th and most powerful formula.

  • VAN VAN OIL Perhaps the quintessential Hoodoo Oil. Conjure workers and historians tell that at one time in history a person could not walk down a street in the Algiers district of new orleans without smelling the scent of Van Van oil. Van Van is most favored of oils for dressing amulets, charms and mojo bags. It helps clear away negativity, changes bad luck to good and acts as a road opener to new opportunities and circumstances.

The Eclectic Shelf:
Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils

Finally, here are some Essential Oils and Fragrance oils that can be used "straight" by diluting in Carrier Oil, but not blending with other scents.

  • JASMINE FRAGRANCE OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to Psychicism, Astral Travel, and related Clairvoyant works.

  • LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to love and health work.

  • LOTUS FRAGRANCE OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to workings involving spirits and love; it is used to invoke the Moon and the Element of Water.

  • PATCHOULI ESSENTIAL OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to money, and protection work, but it can also be used with great effectiveness for love and passion works.

  • CALAMUS ESSENTIAL OIL This oil is best used for magickal workings relating to gaining mastery and control through natural talent and charisma.


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Index Listing

Anointing Oils

Baths, Overview

Baths, Ritual

Baths, Types of

Being A Witch

Blessing for Pets

Condition Oils

Conjure Incense

Conjure Oils

Conjure Powders

Coven Kyklos

Essential Oil

Fragrance Oil

Free House Cleaning

Free Love Spells

Free Magic Spells

Free Magick Spells

Free Money Spells

Free Spells

Herbs & Roots, Hoodoo

Herbs & Roots, Overview

Herbs & Roots, Witchcraft

Hoodoo Incense

Hoodoo Oils

Hoodoo Powders

Incense, Conjure

Incense, Hoodoo

Incense, Overview

Incense, Pagan

Incense, Witchcraft


Lucky Mojo Bag Spells

Oil, Essential

Oil, Fragrance

Oils, Anointing

Oils, Condition

Oils, Conjure

Oils, Hoodoo

Oils, Overview

Oils, Ritual

Oils, Types of

Pagan Incense

Pagan Powders

Powders, Conjure

Powders, Hoodoo

Powders, How to Use

Powders, Overview

Powders, Pagan

Powders, Witchcraft

Prosperity Spells

Protection Spells

Ritual Baths

Ritual Oils

Sachet, How to Use

Sachet, Overview

Witch, Being A

Witchcraft, Herbs & Roots

Witchcraft Incense

Witchcraft Powders



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