Link to other Hoodoo Oils Recipes and Discussion for discussion of things such as base oils, and methods.
Use approximately 2 ounces of base oil, to 2 tablespoons of actual herb, and then let the oil mixed with herb sit in a cool, dark (and preferably consecrated,) place for 3 or 5 days. After this, check the oil for scent. If you like the strength of the scent it is done.
If the scent is too weak after 3 days, strain out the pieces with cheese cloth, and then add another 2TBSP of your base herbs, and let it sit another 3 days.
In making the oils, some people chant a spell or rhyme over them while making them, and most people hold the bottle in their hands and push their energy into it with intent. You can also enchant/charge the herbs before using them to make oils.
Some people prefer to take everything out afterwards, but others leave the herbs in the oil mixture.
If you are using essential oils instead of the herbs, I would suggest some trial and error, and nowhere near the tablespoon... perhaps 5-10 drops per ounce of base oil. You can check the scent of the oil right away, but still should put the oil to cook for 3 days, to let the mojo work.
In order to make astrological dressing oils, add normally ONE, of the following herbs or essential oils, to base oil.
An astrological oil is usually an oil that is made with one of the herbs/plants associated to the zodiacal sign you're looking for:
Aries: Pine, Cypress, Betony, Cowslip, Nettles, Wormwood, Anemone, Geranium
Taurus: Musk, Rose, Carnation, Honeysuckle, Primrose, Strawberry, Vervain, Mallow, Jasmine, Clover
Gemini: Yellow Rose, Jasmine, Bayberry, Mastic resin, Sandalwood, Caraway Seed, Marjoram, Parsley, Gladiolus, Orchid
Cancer: Aloe, Water Lily, Hyacinth, Any Nocturnal Flower, Bay leaves, Larkspur, Cedar, Myrtle, Cinnamon, Poppy, Blam, Daisy, Buckbean, Sweet Flag, Sundew, Lotus, Agrimony
Leo: Red Sandalwood, Frankincense, Camphor, Cassia, Clove, Golden Rod, Great Celandine, Eyebright, Goat's Rue, Chamomile Flowers, Sunflower
Virgo: Morning Glory, Cornflower, Aster, Petunias, Citron Peel, mace, Caraway Seed, Male fern, Horehound, Lavender, Lily, Marjoram, Snowdrop, Narcissus
Libra: Calendula, Violet, Rose, Satinwood, Burdock, Golden Rod, Mint, Periwinkle, Primrose, Vervain, Pennyroyal, Aloe, Sandalwood
Scorpio: Crysanthemum, pine, Yucca, Rosemary, Dogwood, Anemone, Little Calendine, Nettles, Wormwood, Basil, Vanilla Leaf, Cypress
Sagittarius: Daffodil, Narcissus, Aster, Nutmeg, Clove, Saffron, Pimpernel, Cinquefoil (five-finger grass,) Balsam, Goat's Beard, Sage
Capricorn: Frankincense, Khus Khus, Carnation, Comfrey, Dandelion, Iceland Moss, Flax Seed, Thistle, Sorrel
Aquarius: Violets, Daffodil, Pine, Pepperwort, Sciatica-wort, Comfrey, Iceland Moss, Flax seed, Poppy, Southernwood, Valerian, Absinth, Fennel, Buttercup
Pisces: Lilac, Lilies (including water lilies,) Clove, Nutmeg, Carnation, Cinquefoil, Balsam, Sage, Dock, Pellitory, Birthwort.
PLEASE NOTE: The above is from Ray Malbrough's "Charms, Spells, and Formulas." I've noticed that many of the herbs/flowers are in multiple signs, but the rest of the recipes in the book seem to be spot on and I've used some. This is the only recipes I have for Astrological Oils.
For herbs that *are* in multiple signs of the zodiac, this is most likely because those actual herbs have different properties depending on their use, and can be attributed to those different signs.
Glorious! Thanks so much.
I'd love to do some experimenting with some of these, to maybe find three- or five-herb combinations whose scent compliment one another to make nice and strong zodiacal oils.
What or when would these astrological oils be used?
Each of the signs have particular strengths and weaknesses. Mix astrological oils with other elements that you want to interact with those traits.
For instance, Pisces are notorious day dreamers. Mix in a little banishing oil of some kind with Pisces oil to help alleviate the tendency to day dream a lot. Or Virgos are known for their organizational quality - mix Virgo oil with Crown of Success or Five-Finger Grass to enhance your own organizational ability for success, or when dealing with the kind of work you do.