i started out writing this talking about how i ended up here in my magick practice, but that became a whole other post on where i started and where i’ve ended. you can read my (re-)awakening story here.
knowing that bit of background on me, let me just start out by saying most of us experiment with many different modes of magick and our craft before we settle on a few we use most of the time, a few we use sometimes, and a few we use rarely – like special occasions only.
scent magick quickly became one of my primary forms of practice, because it is so so simple for me. i have been making perfumed oils for some time. what started out as a hobby eventually became something i realized had some real value to me in my craft.
this is what i call the practice of magick with the use of scents or smells as powerful visualization tools to either directly bring about your intended outcome, or to amplify your energy and intention during your spell or ritual.
scents can come from probably an unlimited number of sources:
- body oils/perfumes
- burning herbs/plants/etc
- real plants/flowers
- and so on
but what i specifically do is create a spell oil that contains the elements necessary to create an entire setting in which i want my work to function.
let me explain.
if you’ve ever watched a movie or read a book and thought to yourself that the director or author really made the experience real for you, the setting really felt like you were there, you could virtually smell the scents, feel the textures, and so on, you’ve had a potent sensory experience.
and within that sensory experience, there is a bit of magick. much like Disneyland is universally adept at creating sensory experiences for the guests at their park to forget they are in an amusement park and feel as if they are literally in another world, we too can use sensory elements to create something that functions like a very specific setting in which we feel our magick is most potent.
when you think about a bit of magick you want to perform, where do you picture it happening? or where does the outcome manifest? or what things are present during or after?
let’s say i want to perform a spell that requires working with a spirit. when i think for some time and picture the setting i envision, a strong image of a graveyard comes to mind. we often associate graveyards with the spirit world or afterlife, so, naturally this makes sense for me (what you envision may be totally different, and that’s totally fine).
to me, a graveyard smells of earth, leaves, grass, decaying funeral flowers, maybe some smoky elements, as i associate those with spirits myself, and perhaps moss or other outdoor scents.
i would craft this spell oil over the course of a week or two, depending on how strongly i want the scent to sit. it may take me several mixtures to get the balance just right, but what i’m looking for in the finished product is this:
- instant transportation in my mind to the setting
- i can close my eyes and ‘feel’ that graveyard
- i can picture the every detail very distinctly because of the image being conjured
- i am somewhere else entirely
once i have achieved this, the spell oil is ready. i don’t have to be in that graveyard in order to perform my spell. i can be in my office, my basement, my backyard. it doesn’t matter, because i’m going to be taken there once i begin.
a well-crafted spell oil will take you there.
when it is ready, that spell oil will be so potent that not only do i feel as if i am there, it will call to the spirit i am working with (or the person i want to attract, or the money i want to receive, and so forth).
other scents used in ritual can potentially do this, but i personally have yet to experience the feeling of actually being transported elsewhere when just smelling incense or a candle burning. many scents are simply symbolic in nature, which is totally fine, and can still be used with intention to get what you want.
but, for my purposes, i want that be as real as possible, so that my intent cannot possibly be mistaken.
Make your own
if you’re into making your own scents for this type of practice, a really good habit to get into when you think about a setting is to note not just how it smells to you, but what it looks like. is it an old library? are you in a dark basement crypt? are you in a bathtub of rose petals with your intended lover?
what else is around you? is it dark? light? day? night? indoor? outdoor? sounds? animals present? think of every single element. these are all important details initially.
write it all down, sketch it out, whatever you need to do to create the entire picture, then start adding scents together.
these can be purely essential oils, but it is difficult to create more complex scents without using at least some fragrance oils (think about leather, tobacco, and smoke – these are all blends of other scents but can be difficult to make on your own if you are new to this).
when your spell oil is ready, it meets those criteria above, most importantly, it takes you there. dab a drop on your wrist and let it settle into your skin for a moment. then close your eyes and when you are still, inhale the scent from your wrist.
where do you go? does it conjure the right setting? are there inconsistencies like things that don’t belong? make sure its exactly what you want before you use it in a spell.
Can you use a spell oil as just a perfumed body oil?
why not? i’ve made a few that make me feel particularly empowered or sexy or otherwise just take me somewhere else when i need to escape reality for a moment. and there’s nothing wrong with that.
but again, a well-crafted spell oil will take you somewhere else. if you don’t need to be particularly present at work or hyperfocused on other things, then yeah, go for it. there’s no harm in that in my opinion.
i do find that my ‘lust spell’ oil makes for a potent aphrodisiac if i wear it out with my partner on a date night or if we’re just chilling around the house, (i guess that means it works?), so in that regard, it can be used as both an intention setting element for your magick in addition to a simple sensory element (if my goal is to create a lustful evening, i may only use this potent spell oil and not need additional ritual or spells, tbh).
i recently had a handful of people reach out to purchase some of the spell oils i have made, so i am working on crafting those into products others can purchase. here are the ones i will initially have available:
- Love Spell (when you need Cupid’s arrow to strike hard)
- Lust Spell (when you just need some heat, steam, and passion – love is optional)
- Wood (for him, which is kind of also for you, right?)
- Fuck me in the Forest (self-explanatory, really)
- Grave Situation (for darker spells or work with spirits/daemons)
- Thin Veil (for general work with spirits)
- Rich Bwitch (for money or financial spells)
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