This is a work in progress and just thought I would throw the idea out there for others to experiment as well.

When we dive down into the roots of hoodoo, we will find that many things were conjured with oil lamps and not candles.

So in taking from the old tradition and applying it.  I have come up with this.

Recycled baby food jar, with some olive oil. A hole in the cap and a strip of cotton sock as a wick (thinking we could really work some personal concerns for a wick as long as it's 100% cotton *wink, wink*).

If ones would conjure in a lamp, the associated herbs would go into the lamp then the oil poured over and thus of course you have your *condition oil*.  

Personal concerns could go in.  Petitions pin to the wick or even burnt petition ashes can go in as well.  Can even color the oil or jar to a suitable color.  Add or draw pics on the jar. Even choice of oil can be a factor as well.

I like the idea of the oil lamp.  To me things

really seem to be *cooking* in there. ;)

May not look all fancy and pretty but that doesn't matter as long as the intent is there. 


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Comment by Flammeous {De Empress} on July 28, 2011 at 9:59

Thanks Daniel for all your input and I say to anyone who is reading this and would like to experiment to take heed to your advice that you have given here.   

Also thanks Seren for the mention of maybe placing it in a bowl.

Safety first, always! ;D

Comment by Daniel O'Neill (Cat wrangler) on July 27, 2011 at 20:27

Ok I see the holes now, they look kinda like you added some sparkly do-dads to it. As long as you are using a low temp oil and NEVER NEVER(this is for any one trying this for the first time) use any type of out door torch oil (i.e tikki oil) or Coleman lantern fuel. What you will have if one uses these types of oils or fuel is bomb so never use anything other then low temp lamp oil made to use in your home.

Your heat will come from the size of your wick and how close it is to the lid of your lamp.As well also if it(the wick) is to large it will get to hot for your lamp. One other thing you can add is a wick stone. What might that be you ask. well it a stone with a hole in the middle that the wick fits in nice a snug and it keep your wick from falling in your lamp.

Comment by Seren Haf on July 27, 2011 at 18:57

Love this idea, so long as you stand it in a bowl, you shouldn't have a problem of oil going everywhere


Comment by Flammeous {De Empress} on July 27, 2011 at 8:28
@ Oak, sure can!  And thanks!
Comment by Flammeous {De Empress} on July 27, 2011 at 8:25
I forgot to mention that I punctured 4 holes around the top, wondering if that helps with heat as Daniel said?
Comment by Daniel O'Neill (Cat wrangler) on July 27, 2011 at 7:56

yes the baby food jars will work fine . There are made of a glass that will hold up to the heat from the wick and the lid of the baby food jars will displace the heat.

 What one has to watch out for is the lid getting to hot and causing the jar to crack. This can happen when with low grade glass that not made to handle heat, being it is hotter at the top of the jar(glass) when the lamp is lite. The next thing that can also happen with this type of glass is when your flame goes out that can cause rapped cooling. both of these will result in the jar(glass) cracking and leaking your oil over over the bloody place and it happen to be burning at the time things might tended to get a bit dodgy( i.e. set ones house on fire).

 Theses jar lamp are really cool and can be used in so many ways. Cheers Sistren for showing us this you are just so "Crafty"mate you rock.

Comment by Oakthorne on July 26, 2011 at 8:34

Hey there! Mind if I add this to the Content directory for the Hoodoo group? :) This is marvelous. I haven't done any work with lamps personally, though as you note they're part of the Philosophy of Fire in the same way candles are. Lamps are generally intended for longer-burning Work, and are often used for houses the way you would use a candle for an individual.


My grandmother used to keep a green money lamp burning, with coins and gold and silver beads as well as mint and patchouli down in the green oil.

Comment by Flammeous {De Empress} on July 24, 2011 at 10:13

Envious of Grayson's Ghee lamp....

Comment by Flammeous {De Empress} on July 24, 2011 at 10:03
Your absolutely right Daniel about using mason jars.  I just didn't have any right off hand, only lots of baby jars.  Which, after burning it for a whole day it went pretty well.  I didn't experience hardly any problems (once I got the 'wick' thing situated) other than the flame going low after some time and needing to pull out some more wick for it to burn longer.  I understand about your storm jars as we had a storm pass through last night and this little guy here actually came in handy.  Very interesting work there Daniel, thanks for sharing!  I'll keep this in mind.
Comment by Grayson on July 24, 2011 at 3:14

I like this Flammeous!

I played around with Ghee lamps a while ago

And I like the idea of cooking the hoodoo in a lamp. Nice!



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