Abramelin Oil: the early beginnings.

My research into Abramelin started in 2009. Firstly I researched different occult and magickal sites and from them I was able to compile a table showing variations between different versions of the book and comparing them to the Holy Anointing Oil of the Bible.

BIBLE German French Mathers Crowley Dehn Guth
1981 1725 1750 1893 1912 2001 2006
myrrh 1 1 2 1 2 1 1
cassia 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
cinnamon 0.5 0.5 4 2 4 0.5 0.5
galangal 0 0 0 0.5 1 0 1
calamus 0.5 0.5 1 0 0 1 0
olive oil ? ? 3.5 1.75 3.5 0.875 0.875
Rejoicing arrival of 'Plant Resins'.

Rejoicing arrival of ‘lant Resins’.

At this early stage of research I felt that the main difficulty will regard understanding how the ingredients combine together ‘according to the art of apotheracy’. The other thing that occupied my attention was identifying the plants correctly. I decided to begin by reading about plants and resins and their uses.

To research such subject requires time and money. Many books that go into detail often were not digitised and expensive to buy so I had to pay a visit to my local library and order some in. I immersed myself in literature varying in subject from science to folklore and other plant related fields.

I soon felt a compulsion to buy the plants and begin using them as incense to familiarise myself with their scents. Before this I had only smelled frankincense and myrrh and until then I never realised what I was missing out on!

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Different gums and resins.

Discovering Abramelin Oil and Incense

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Macerated Abramelin Oil

I got my first copy of The book of Abramelin as soon as it was translated into English in 2006. I had already read the older translation by Macgregor Matters and became intrigued by the recipies for oil and incense. The idea of being able to recreate the scent inspired me. Reading about someone elses life and work can be illuminating intellectually but having a sensual experience seemed like taking it to a different level.

I feel that through recreating the oil and incense we can better understand the aim of the Abramelin Operation itself. The scent of the plants used will have a chemical effect on our body and mind. This contains multitudes of information we can not easily convey through verbal communication. We can only feel it for ourselves.

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Calamus in a salad bowl.

The first time I decided to make some oil of my own I  learned about the differences between the recipes listed in different manuscripts of the book. Many practitioners have also noticed weird proportions of dry ingredients to olive oil. This intrigued me enough to begin my own research.

I began by studying the Holy Anointing Oil of the Bible and by looking at plant names and their taxonomy throughout history. I also began identifying candidates for Abramelin Oil ingredients and macerating oils using them. I wanted to try both fresh and dried ingredients were possible. I bought some fresh galangal root and even went to the trouble of growing acorus calamus in a salad bowl in my flat. I discovered that immersing myself in this process lead me to deep involvement with the world of plants and their spirits.

It has been 5 years since I macerated my first batch of the oil. My practical and theoretical research led me on a journey of discovery, experimentation, silliness and wisdom. ¬†I feel it’s time to share my insights with the world.

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Fresh galangal root.