Please note that these recipes are not for the products sold under our brand name “Modern Conjure” but are suggestions for making your own blends. There is no absolute recipe for any of these products, but each Conjure worker creates their own, often adhering to traditional guidelines, and relying on their own relationship with the various ingredients.

Colognes and Waters

 

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Ammonia is easy to come by and has a variety of uses in Conjure. It can be substituted from urine–sometimes referred to as chamber lye. Use of ammonia can be found in everything from protection spells to those for prosperity. It is also used for cleaning, which is also what it is most often used for commercially.

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A popular sidewalk wash consists of 1 part sugar, 1 part cinnamon, and 1 part ammonia (or urine). Dilute this mixture in a bucket of water and use it to wash outside your place of business, sweeping towards the door to your establishment. This is said to bring business, and is best done on a Friday.

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A capful can be added to a soaking bath for cleaning work, but only a capful, as too much ammonia irritates the skin.

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The spicy-flowery notes of Florida Water are complemented by sweet orange, lavender, and clove. Always promoted as a unisex scent, Florida Water can be used as a body splash, aftershave, skin toner, linen sprinkle, and so much more. Not as obtrusive or long-lasting as perfume or cologne, Florida Water is a light, refreshing tonic suitable for daily use. The cooling, soothing, refreshing properties of Florida Water are valuable in many applications. Perhaps the tonic nature of this cleansing scent promoted its use in various spiritual practices. It has a long tradition in various folk applications, from cooling aching feet and rubbing down aching muscles, to adding to bathing water, and to sprinkling about the home for a refreshing, “just-cleaned,” spiritually-elevated feeling. Some use Florida Water to refresh their heads, to cleanse their environment, and to cool the “atmosphere” in their homes.

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Suggested by Grey Townsend
From Fennerer’s Complete Formulary published in 1888:

4347. Florida Water.—
Oil of Lavender Flowers, English, 6 fl.drachms,
Oil of Bergamot 2 fl.drachms,
Oil of Lemon 1 1/2 fl.drachm,
Oil of Cloves 20 minims,
Oil of Cassia 10 minims,
Oil of Orange 30 minims,
Essence Rose 60 minims,
Essence Neroli 10 minims,
Cologne Spirit 15 fl.ounces.
Mix them.

for those trying to figure out the measurements, the drachm (old British for dram) is a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce. It took some digging, but the minim is the smallest unit of liquid measure, 1/60 of a fluid dram, roughly equivalent to one drop. So, Oil of Clove = 20 drops and so on.

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The following recipe is from A Course In Modern Conjure graduate Chris Rossi
2 cups Vodka ( highest proof you can get…the higher the better)
3 tbsp Rose Water
1 tbsp Lemon essential oil
16 drops Bergamot essential oil
12 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Rosemary essential oil
3 drops clove
3 drops rose
2 drops Jasmine essential oil
2 drops neroli essential oil

Mix all together and then added 2 cups purified water to finish it. Yields 4 cups (32 oz) Florida Water. Stored in a glass bottle.

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Here is one that sounds quite lovely, if pricey to make. Given how much alcohol is called for I wouldn’t skimp and use cheap vodka.

Alcohol 8 pints
Bergamot Oil: 2 fluid ounces
Cinnamon Oil 2 teasspons
Cloves Oil 3/4 teaspoon
Jasmine Oil 4 fluid ounces
Lavender Oil: 2 fluid ounces
Lemon Oil 2 fluid ounces
Neroli Oil 1/2 teaspoon
Rose Oil 1 fluid ounce
Ylang Ylang Oil 2 fluid ounces

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Because Four Thieves Vinegar has a reputation and tradition of its own, separate from that of other forms of vinegar, we have given it it’s own entry here. To quote from our Four Thieves Vinegar product page at The Mystic Dream:

Folklore tells us of four thieves who concocted a special vinegar that kept them healthy even as they robbed graves during the Black Plague. Folk tradition utilizes this vinegar for the purpose of cleansing and protection, often adding it to a wash. There are a multiple recipes out there for Four Thieves Vinegar; for our Modern Conjure Brand we have settled on the popular four ingredient version, an herb for each thief. Our bottles are filled with a sprig of rosemary, chunks of garlic, whole sage leaf and sprinkles of lavender. Looks lovely; smells delicious; protects against evil forces, what more could you ask for?

As we will see, there are many recipes out there for this vinegar. Typically those that are intended for consumption utilize a good tasting vinegar, such as apple cider or basaltic, while distilled white vinegar is more often used for washing formulas.

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Add to a bottle of Red Wine Vinegar the following items:

Camphor Leaves
Cinnamon Sticks
Cloves
Garlic
Ginger
Lavender
Mint
Nutmeg
Rosemary

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To a bottle of cider vinegar add equal parts of:

Garlic
Lavender
Mint
Rosemary
Rue
Sage
Wormwood

Do this on a Sunday, and let steep for a full week. Best used as a wash.

Note: Wormwood contains thujone, a psychoactive chemical that can cause epileptic-like convulsions and kidney failure when ingested in large amounts.

The product details for our own Modern Conjure Brand Lusty Goona Goona water sums it up in saying:

Goona Goona products first appeared on the curio market in the 1930’s, when ‘Goona Goona’ was popular slang for sex. Later, after the slang phrase fell out of favor, Goona Goona products were described as promoting peace and understanding; however the spicey ingredients are more often used for sexual allure.

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1/4 juiced Ginger
3 parts Neroli Hydrosol
1 part Rose Hydrosol
1 part Tonka Absolute

Mix with 3 parts distilled water

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While some say that May water should be collected on the first of May, a day celebrated as Beltane by Pagans, it does not typically rain on that day in many parts of the world. Others say that dew ay be collected rather than rain, but just how much dew are you going to have to collect for that. One solution I heard of involved hanging white sheets out and then wringing the dew from the on May Day, but that also implies that one lives in a damp region. A better solution is to collect water from the first rain in May, whenever that may be. May water can be used for spiritual cleansing, fertility, and youthfulness. You may bottle it up to use throughout the year; a bit added to a bath or splashed on your face should make you feel youthful and energized.

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Named after the famed cathedral of Notra Dame, early use of Notra Dame water served as an elixir. The formulary Handbuch der Pharmaceutischen Praxis form the 1870’s gives its main ingredient as tincture of arnica flower. Over time the traditional use of this product lessened, whereas because of its name it became associated with spiritual work, used for cleansing or to bring peace to one’s home. Most contemporary recipes call for floral scents, chiefly rose or citrus.

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2 parts Rose Hydrosol
1 part Neroli Hydrosol

Read Psalm 62 over the mixture

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Incense

 

Use this when petitioning Black Hawk.
Ideal on its own for protection.

White Sage 1/2 cup

Black Copal 1/3 cup

Juniper 1/2 cup

Burn on a charcoal.

When a situation has you so stressed out that you can think about nothing else, this formula brings you back into your body, into the present moment.

Thyme 1/4 cup powdered

Patchouli 12 drops essential oil

Pine Needles 1/4 cup powdered

Burn on charcoal.

Great for gambling, or any situation for which your luck need to change.

Alkanet 1/4 cup

Cinnamon 1/4 cup powdered

Cinquefoil 1/3 cup powdered

Vanilla 1/4 teaspoon extract

Wintergreen 1/2 cup powdered

Burn on a charcoal; or powder together adding 1/2 teaspoon of saltpeter.

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Oils

 

Black Cat oil is most often used for gambling luck and to break hexes.

Many recipes for Black Cat oil involve adding the hair of such a cat, often with steel wool.

Bay Laurel Essential Oil
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Crushed Black Copal Resin

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Place the following ingredients in a jar and cover with a carrier oil such as Almond or Jojoba.

Three black cat whiskers
Three cinnamon sticks
1 cup dried Catnip
1 cup ground Myrrh Resin
1 cup crushed, fresh Geranium Leaves

Leave standing in a bright window for the cycle of the moon.

What is the nature of the blessing you seek? Is it to bless a newborn, a deck of Tarot cards, a business endeavor? Based on its application, a blessing formula may contain ingredients—essential oils, scents, herbs, curios—specific to a single goal; therefore an oil to bless a newborn may be fresh olive oil over which Psalm 127 has been read aloud; a Tarot deck blessing may include botanicals used to induce psychic power, such as star anise, bay leaf, heliotrope, wormwood, and so forth. Below you will find recipes for general blessing, formulas that may be used for any situation. If you wish to emphasize a purpose, such as for your business venture, then one of the following blessing formulas may be blending with another mixture such as Money Come To Me or Crown Of Success. When we look at what ingredients go into a good blessing oil we are looking for items that promote positive conditions, such as fertility, growth, and things associated with the divine from whatever spiritual source inspires you. This later category can be broad, especially if you were to work with curios, such as the medal of your patron saint or a screw you found before it could puncture your tire. Since we are dealing here with oil recipes, we are engaged mainly with essential and fragrance oils, as well as carrier oils. Many blessing oils in the Conjure tradition will use olive oil as a carrier, owing to its prominent Biblical use, to which other oils or herbs are added. A carrier oil serves to dilute a formula, which is suggested for oils that might otherwise cause damage to whatever it is applied to, such as skin or items being blessed. You may add any of the following mixtures to a carrier oil should you choose, and the choice is your whether to use olive oil, or a less scented carrier such as grapeseed or almond. How you use this oil, whether to dress a candle or anoint your feet for a difficult journey, is up to you.

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Rosemary 1 part
Frankincense 2 parts
Bergamot 3 parts

Presentation is a key ingredient in magic, so those of you who wish to add beauty to your oil may wish to include rosemary needles (crushed in a mortar and pestle, as stabbing needles are antithetic to blessings), or rosemary blossoms, frankincense tears, and slivers of orange peel.

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Blend equal parts of the following oils:

Frankincense
Benzoin
Rose

You may choose to include frankincense tears and bits of benzoin, as well as rose petals. Rose essential oil is cost prohibitive for some, who may instead use a fragrant oil, in which case the addition of rose petals serves as an authentic way of utilizing the power of rose.

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Many blessing recipes include elements that are also used for cleansing, the idea being that the removal of negativity is essential in order for positive power to replace it. For this reason we often find astringent ingredients being used, such as eucalyptus, rosemary, sage, and so forth. The following is an example of such.

2 drams of Camphor oil
2 drams of Eucalyptus
4 drams of Vetiver
6 drams of Frankincense
6 drams of Sandalwood

This blend works especially well for fumigating a room when added to an aromatherapy burner.

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Three Kings Blessing Oil

Owing its origins to the gifts bestowed by the magi, Frankincense and Myrrh are often used for blessing work. Since both are resinous, their thickness is best lessoned by mixing them into a carrier. For this recipe we will mix a quarter fluid ounce of each into a full ounce of jojoba oil. This may be stored in a gold colored jar, or you may mix in flecks of gold foil or glitter.

 

Powders

 

Hot Foot powder is used to physically chase a person away. It’s ingredients mostly consist of items that would literally cause irritation, heat and unrest.

HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL
by Robert Johnson

You sprinkled hot foot powder, mmm
mmm, around my door
All around my door
You sprinkled hot foot powder
All around your daddy’s door, hmm hmm hmm
It keep me with ramblin’ mind, rider
Every old place I go
Every old place I go

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Cayenne Pepper Ground
Stinging Nettle Ground
Dirt from the center of a crossroads

This you would sprinkle in the path of your target while quietly repeating his name. The curse takes action against him once he treads on it, making his feet hot, making him squirm, until eventually he must hit the road.

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Sulphur
Black Mustard Seed
Black Pepper

Grind these three together.

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This formulary is composed of recipies developed by the teachers of A Course In Modern Conjure, their students, or from other shared sources. In keeping with tradition we state that all formulas are for use as curios only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or metaphysical condition.