Black arts oil (also, incenses and powders) is used primarily for two things: Crossing and pact-making/demonic evocation. For a good synopsis of its uses, check out Brother Ash's post on it. People, I'm not gonna lie, I've had the urge to curse people since day one of being into magic. In fact, it was one of the main things that drew me into it all. I got into Wicca, where cursing is basically forbidden, and practiced that for most of the past 15 years, but I always had that urge in the back of my mind.
Despite that, I've never actually performed a full-on hexing, crossing, or other curse. However, I decided to make some Black Arts oil as a "Just In Case" measure. Here's the recipe I used. It was inspired by similar formulas by Brother Ash and Catherine Yronwode:
- 1 tsp Patchouli herb
- 1 tsp Valerian Root (aka Vandal Root)
- 1 tsp Black/Brown Mustard seeds (slightly ground)
- 1 tsp Spanish Moss
- 1 tsp Mullein
- 1 tsp Sulphur
- 9 whole black peppercorns
- 1 pinch black dog hair
- 2-3 ounces blended olive, mineral, and castor oils
Pretty much all the ingredients are associated with cursing, hexing, harming enemies, and conjuring malevolent spirits, according to Yronwode's Hoodoo Herb & Root Magic. The only one I don't quite get is Patchouli, where according to the aforementioned book, it's mostly used for love, money, and jinx-breaking.
Heh, the funny thing about the black dog hair is that I don't have a black dog handy. What to do? Well, I lied to the pet groomers! "Well, it's my niece. I promised her I'd help her get this for her science class project. It involves putting animal hair under a microscope, and her part of it specifically requires black dog hair." And amazingly, there was no fuss, no muss after that and I walked out of there with a fistful of the stuff (in a bag, of course)!
And now that I've made it, it's time to plan for the empowerment.
It just so happens that today is Saturday, and Saturn most aligned with the purposes of Black Arts products. I think, for the empowerment of this oil, that I'll call on Hekate Kthonia for assistance...
Oh, also, for the record: Black Arts oil really doesn't smell that great. Seriously. Even adding a little patchouli oil to it doesn't help, not in the slightest. Just adds a new dimension to the noxiousness.