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Tecnhniques: Anointing and Dressing Oils

To: alt.lucky.w,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.occult.methods
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Tecnhniques: Anointing and Dressing Oils
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 18:20:00 GMT

In an e-list, this question came up:

> when a spell calls for the anointing of either
> yourself or another with oils or potions is there a
> technique? Or proper procedure for this (i.e.starting
> point, placement on the body, motion, etc.)? All
> advice, comments and tidbits are invited and greatly
> welcomed.

In the hoodoo root work tradition, methods of anointing and dressing the
body with oils vary from one practitioner to another, and certain forms
are only used with certain named types of oil. Here are just a few of
the methods i know -- but please understand that none of these  are hard
and fast rules; rather they merely reflect instructions given to me over
the years by various root workers with whom i have conversed:

When using an anointing oil for uncrossing, jinx-breaking, or cleansing,
rub the body downward from head to feet. Expel bad tricks put on the
person by rubbing them down the legs and out the feet and toes. The same
is done when bathing someone for uncrossing. 

When using King Solomon Wisdom or Crown of Success oils, anoint the head
only: place oil on thumb, index, and middle fingers of dominant hand.
Starting at the bridge of the nose, brush outward, above and parallel to
the eyebrows, with thumb and middle finger, then brush upward from the
bridge of the nose along midline of scalp with index finger. This form
of anointing is accompanied by appropriate spells. 

Anoint the mould of the head (under-side of the back of the head, where
the skull joins the spinal column) for healing, blessing,
power-enhancing, and other life-changing spells; use your palm and make
a massage-like squeezing-rubbing motion, end with an upward brush of the

When dressing the genitals with oil such as Come to Me, Follow Me Boy,
Love Me, Stay With Me, or other named formula intended to draw, keep, or
enforce faithfulness in a lover, anoint the penis from tip to root, or
anoint the vulva from perenium to clitoris; this draws the person

When dressing the genitals with oil such as Break-Up, Get Away, or any
other named formula intended to break up with a lover, anoint the penis
from root to tip, or anoint the vulva from clitoris to perenium; this
sends the person away. 

When anointing to draw in love, luck, or money, rub the entire body
upward from soles of feet to armpits, then from palms of hands to
armpits, then up over the head to the mould of the head. This may be
administered to the self but is more often a treatment given by a root

Anoint the palms of both hands right before you go to play, when using
money-drawing or gambling oils such as Lady Luck, Fast Luck, Money
Drawing, Three Jacks and a King, or Special Dice Oil. 

Well, as you can see, there are many different ways to anoint the body
with oils, but i think this will give you a working start. I have
written a general article on the subject of dressing oils and placed it
online at 

Good luck!

cat yronwode 

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