The working tools of a ceremonial magician can be very broad from things like the Elemental Weapons through the furnishings, perfumes and even the twilight of the temple and the Magick Circle itself. Most of these implements wouldn’t be considered as weapons of High Magick in the regular sense but as the truly assiduous magician consecrates everything that he employs in his magickal operations they are technically considered to be a part of his working armory.
Of all of these weapons of ceremonial magick perhaps the least well understood and yet the most vital to the creation of the complete set is the Holy Oil. As the true magickal power of the Holy Oil is to consecrate it is necessarily employed in the preparation of all of the Magick Weapons that the magician creates. For the novice at magick this can present a particular difficulty as it will be required to make his first implements as he comes to dedicate them to his great work and yet it will require those same magick weapons to make the Holy Oil itself. It is possible to purchase Holy Oil but, of course, it is preferable to acquire a quantity from one’s master at magick (if you have one) or at least from someone who is well enough versed in the occult arts to be able to make it.
There are several different varieties of Holy Oil, also called Anointing Oil as it is used to consecrate Neophytes to their Great Work at their initiation ceremonies. The mixture that is described in the Pentateuch, which is also known as the Oil of Moses, is very commonly used by ceremonial magicians for this purpose but in my own work I have always elected to employ the Holy Oil of Abramelin the Mage which is made to a very similar recipe to that of Moses but which incorporates more ritual in its production.
Abramelin gives very clear instructions: “You shall prepare the Scared Oil in this manner: Take of myrrh in tears, one part; of fine cinnamon, two parts; of galangal half a part; and the half of the total weight of these drugs of the best olive oil. The aromatics you shall mix together according unto the Art of the Apothecary, and make thereof of a Balsam, these you shall keep in a glass vial which you shall put within the cupboard of the Altar”. This mixture is to be kept away from the direct sunlight and must be made on the first day of the New Moon and then turned once a day for the next Lunar Month.
Fortunately the modern magician need not go to these primitive extremes to distil the ingredients for the Holy Oil as the refined base ingredients are now commonly available. Abramelin directs the student to refine the myrrh, cinnamon and galangal into their essential oils. Taking this into account, a modern recipe may be formulated: for every 100ml of Olive Oil, add 10ml of myrrh oil, 20ml of cinnamon oil and 5ml of galangal oil. If an old stock of Oil of Abramelin is available, a drop of it may be added to the new for the sake of continuity.
The perfection of this combination is beyond development, and other oils offer only a partial echo of its power. The elements correspond: Olive Oil to יםוד (Yesod), the Foundation and sacred to the Lunar Goddesses representing the essential order of the Universe. Myrrh corresponds to Water as it is sacred to בינה (Binah), Understanding whilst cinnamon represents תפארת (Tiphareth) and its glory. The galangal is at once כתר (Kether), and thereby Fire, but also םלכות (Malkuth) and so Earth, thus the Five Elements are harmoniously represented and the entire Tree of Life, Father, Mother, Son and Daughter of Tetragrammaton, are expressed in its use. This is the key of its universal application as the vehicle of Consecration.