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Guys! It’s the last day of the challenge!
I’m not sure what I’ll do next– maybe find another month-long challenge to help me sharpen my Tarot skills. Maybe make my own. We’ll see!
Anyhow, today’s assignment was to anoint myself with an oil. This is another thing I do a lot, so instead of talking about exactly what I’m going to do today, I’m going to discuss the practice of anointing and an oil recipe I’ve been working on.
Anointing, as I’ve learned it, has several effects. For one, the scent of the oils helps trigger that “ritual” frame of mind that’s so conducive to focusing on the work at hand. It also pairs your energies with the energies of the plants, stones, planets, etc. involved in the creation of the oil. Some oils can serve as tiny “spells in a bottle.” Going to have a long commute on public transit? It might be a good idea to anoint yourself with some protection oil before you go, to help keep the creepers at bay.
Some traditions have a very specific way that anointing should take place, including particular places on the body and the order in which they should be anointed. I generally don’t follow these models exactly– for one, I generally skip anointing the womb/genital area, because I don’t necessarily have that emphasis on reproductive sex in my work. Instead, I typically massage oil into my forehead, heart area, and palms of my hands. If I am using the oil for a particular purpose (for example, to relieve menstrual cramps) I might massage it into the area that needs it the most.
For the past couple of months, I’ve been working on a very special ritual oil. I don’t want to give up the details at this stage in the creative process, but it has been endlessly fascinating to me. For the most part, I’ve been given the ingredients through dream magick– I’ll specifically request to know what the next ingredient should be, fall asleep, and either have a pleasant, peaceful dream about what I need, or wake up with the words on my lips. The really amazing part is that these have thus far been herbs I had no real working knowledge of. Then, when I go online to research them after I wake up, their properties and associations are always exactly what I needed. Neat!
I have also, to a much lesser extent, used this same practice for perfumery and skincare. I wouldn’t advise it for more important medicinal preparations for obvious reasons, but it still fascinates me.
Do you regularly anoint yourself with oils? What do you use, and when?