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Burning Oil on Candles

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.pagan.magick,alt.lucky.w,alt.occult.methods
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Burning Oil on Candles (was oil recipes)
Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 00:57:48 GMT

blackman99 wrote:
> sri catyananda :

> > at the shop and said, "I *thought* those boxes was marked 'Hoodoo' 
> > on the sides. You all sell oils here? --  oils for burning on 
> > candles?"
> when someone says that, do they mean oil added to the tops of glass-
> encased candles, or dressed candles in regular or figural types?

Could be either, but he said "on" rather than "in" and i assumed he
meant oil for dressing free-standing candles. 

The increased use of glass-encased candles in hoodoo dates from the era
of cultural blending with Latin American practices, circa the 1970s.
Many old-time hoodoos still don't use the glass candles, though, because
you can only dribble the oil in, rather than rub it on the candle. 

Some people use a nail to punch holes in the top of the soft wax in the
glass-encased candles and fill the holes with oil. Or they may use a
nail to scribe their name or a wish in the top and fill it with oil.
People who use pull-outs, which are candles that slide into the glass
holders, are able to put the name on paper at the bottom and rub the
candle with oil in the old way before inserting the pull-out into the

Some folks, especially those with asthma, use the oil on incandescent
light bulbs and never burn anything, but the aroma gets around just the

> I presume nobody tries burning the oil on its own (like in an Aladin
> Special)? 

Oh, sure, people do that all the time. I've done it. It's expensive,

> adapting existing oil lamps is something I've heard of and
> seen examples, but I didn't remember anyone putting a Formula Oil as
> a base for burning. :)

It would burn just fine, as long as it has a good vegetable oil base,
such as olive oil or almond oil. You could even cut it with more almond
oil to save money. 

> blackman99
>         ps congrats on the book! :)

Thank you, darlin'!

cat yronwode

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