Inside Van Van Oil

Inside Van Van Oil

The New Orleans All-Purpose Conjure Oil

Van Van oil is one of the classic purpose-blended oils alternately known as Hoodoo, Conjure, Mojo, Dressing, Anointing, Conditioning or Magical oils. These oils have purported properties to bless your intention, most of them are extremely specific, such as Court Case Oil, But Van Van is different. It’s the multi-tool of oils, good for a variety of uses. Even the name of Van Van has a unique history, and no, there is neither Vanilla nor Chevy in Van Van…

Van Van Oil by Lucky Mojo

Authentic Van Van Oil

The herb we call Vervain (Ver-VANE), is pronounced something like (vurh-VaHN) in French Creole, which then became Americanized to Van Van. Vervain is also known as Lemon Verbena. Although Vervain Essential Oil is sometimes listed as an ingredient, it is hard to come by and expensive, and Van Van is more often a blend of other oils, with Lemongrass listed as the main ingredient, and Vervain as a substitute or additional ingredient.

The signature scent of Van Van is clean and crisp, and comes from the variety of oriental grasses which make up the formula. Lemongrass is the central ingredient, a plant which brings great magical flexibility to the table. The other oriental grasses used to round out the Van Van formula have qualities similar to lemongrass, but broaden the scope in different directions, create depth to keep the formula grounded, and give the scent a deft touch. The result is a blend that is powerful without being overpowering, both energetically and to your senses, which is a tribute to how the formula was created.

Van Van oil originally appeared in New Orleans Louisiana, specifically in the West Bank district of Algiers, across the river from the French Quarter.  It was so widely used in the last century, that it was said you couldn’t turn a corner in Algiers without smelling the scent of Van Van.  A number of other oil recipes, such as the red Fast Luck oil come from Algiers, and for good reason.

Algiers – a Cultural Blend

Algiers is considered sacred by many Hoodoo rootworkers and New Orleans Voodoo practitioners. Thus, the recipes for oils and powders from the district are famous. Algiers is the second oldest area of New Orleans and became a place where various cultures and traditions mixed. [Read more…]

New Moon 21° Capricorn: Jan 11

New Moon 21° Capricorn: Jan 11

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 2:44 P.M. Central

New Moon in Capricorn

New Moon in Capricorn

Friday’s new moon will be in Capricorn, but it won’t be alone in that most practical of signs. The Sun and Moon come together at 21 degrees Capricorn, which in turn meet up with Pluto, Mercury and Venus; all in Capricorn. But this gathering of energy doesn’t end there.  Capricorn’s ruling planet is Saturn, the Lord of Karma and planet of fate. Saturn also rules Aquarious, and Mars will be in Aquarius. What does this mean? A mega-dose of Saturn energy.

Saturn’s Energy

Saturn Glyph NASA Image and Asrology Keywords

Saturn Astrology

Saturn loves tradition and experience. The energy of this planet is about duty and discipline, and it is a great teacher, if you can learn to work within structure.

Take your time and be patient for the outcome. This is not the time to run off willy nilly. Be practical and use Saturn’s energy to shore up your self-discipline to not only dream, but to actually take your ideas, feelings and energy and manifest what you want in the world. Because, although daydreaming is fun, It’s not enough to have a dream, and now it’s time to have a plan, and oh, what a great time to plan this is.

Manifest your Destiny

Every new moon is a new beginning because it marks the time from darkness to increasing light, which makes any new moon the perfect time to set things in motion and plant seeds for future growth. But this time, with the new moon in Capricorn–the more you can plan, visualize and take concrete PRACTICAL steps, the better.

Dreams Reiki Charged Votive Candle

Dreams Candle

If you are working with others to manifest a dream, so much the better. You can use the power of Mercury in Capricorn to your advantage.  Mercury is all about communications so think about written goals, press releases, or writing ‘the future story of our lives’ to describe how things will manifest. Brainstorm and work together.  Mercury is especially useful for formalizing and communicating plans, and making them practical, with achievable steps and goals.

Time to follow your Heart

Speaking of plans, what is your heart’s desire? Not just for now, but that thing which you get reminded of every few years or so? Maybe it hasn’t seemed realistic before now, but with Venus in Capricorn, and Saturn, the Master of Time working for you, it just might be the perfect moment to figure out how practical it would really be for you to follow your bliss. What is your first step?

Attraction Anointing Oil Bottle - Lucky Mojo

Attraction Anointing Oil

Whatever you do, take your time to set both the big goals and the practical ones. Make a plan. Saturn will block you if you just start running out on an adventure, without your pocket handkerchief, but this lover of organization rewards patience and responsibility. So if you have a clear vision, and take steps towards that vision, you can expect to find doors opening and just what you need at your fingertips. The smallest act of will sets up just the right resonance to call out to the universe, that now is the time. But you need to be ready for this law of attraction to work, and you need an action plan so when the resources appear, you can utilize them.

If you need ideas, here’s a hint. With Mars in Aquarius, you have a lot of energy to put toward Aquarian values like creation, change, building relationships, living within your means and making a difference in people’s lives.

So don’t be afraid to dream, but put together a plan, line up all the resources, and give it a nudge to put something new in motion.

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