Anna Riva's Key Ingredient in Dressing Candles and Performing Rituals
In Anna Riva's words:
The use of oily, fragrant materials to anoint the body is a custom going back to remote antiquity, evidenced in the Old Testament and other early books. The ceremonial and sacred use of oils was of early origin among the Hebrews and continues in Christian rites of baptism and extreme unction.
It has long been believed that odors have a curious effect upon mankind, both natural and supernatural. Magicians of ancient times anointed their bodies with oils that drugged their senses and induced visions.
The use of divine oils is a primary way of getting in touch with the supernatural, and the use of odors as psychological stimulants is well established.
Certain perfumes can act as aphrodisiacs.
Each person may be sensitive to different fragrances to obtain desired effects. There are many ways to employ oils for magical objectives.
GUIDANCE ON USE ON OBJECTS
Concentrate on the purpose of the ritual and magnetize the candle with your belief and your faith as you anoint it with the appropriate oil.
A candle is dressed by rubbing the oil over its surface. beginning in the middle and applying toward each end, not in one stroke from top to bottom or bottom to top. From the middle upward, then from the middle downward until the entire outer surface is covered with the oil.
GUIDANCE ON USE ON BODY
No effort has been made to distinguish between oils, essences, and perfumes. In the occult use, there is no difference in the uses of these three products.
Generally, the difference in terms is one of strength many oils sold are pure, undiluted fragrances, while essences are concentrated but have an aldehyde added to dilute the oil.
Perfumes are basically the same as oils, but with more aldehyde or alcohol included than essences.
Colognes are also similar, but weaker in content, and generally are not as long lasting. Colognes are not popular for occult use.