Nymphs and satyrs come away …
Yep, before you all correct me, I know that’s wrong, but I honestly had those words running through my head, but then that maybe goes a long way to explaining a lot about me … So without further ado, I’ll correct myself …
Nymphs and shepherds, come away,
In this grove let’s sport and play;
For this is Flora’s holiday,
Sacred to ease and happy love,
To music, to dancing and to poetry.
Your flocks may now securely rest
While you express your jollity!
Nymphs and shepherds, come away.
There, so now we can all stop tutting, and I’ll pop in a credit to Henry Purcell there, I’ll get down to the nitty gritty of this post, which is to give you a recipe for satyr oil. And yes, I know again that its use as a tool of seduction by males may be a little contentious, but then hey ladies, we’ve been using perfume sometimes for similar effect since time immemorial, so I think it’s allowable to give the men a little bit of olfactory magick too.
Besides, alongside using this oil as a tool to incite Lust, it can also be put to use to entice powers of music and dance, as they were both things that were of the utmost importance to any satyr worth his salt … well, bundled up with drinking and mayhem in general. It was not unknown for satyrs to go on the rampage and lay waste to villages in their merriment, but then their frolics were often undertaken as rituals to encourage crops to grow, or to appease the Gods, so I think sometimes we have to cut them a bit of slack.
On the historical front, satyrs first appeared in literature around the 8th century BC, being mentioned in the works of Ovid, Aesop and Virgil. There is one complete satyr play, “Cyclops” by Euripides still in existence today, and fragments of satyr plays by Ovid and Aesop have also been found.
Anyway, on to the recipe. You will need:
- Carrier oil
- 2 drops of patchouli oil
- 1 drop of ambergris oil
- 2 drops of vanilla oil
- 1 drop of lavender oil
- Cinnamon – either oil, ground or a whole quill
- 2 drops of carnation oil
- Acorns – either whole or crushed
This oil was also said to be a favorite of Aleister Crowley, and he referred to it as “The perfume of Immortality”, and his contained the additional ingredients of musk, ambergris and civet, so if you wish to blend it up to his formula, feel free to add those in there too. Such was his fondness for the power of the satyr that he wrote:
” I am thy mate, I am thy man,
Goat of thy flock, I am gold, I am god,
Flesh to thy bone, flower to thy rod”.
~Aleister Crowley “Hymn to Pan”
Being of a somewhat sensitive nature, I would charge this along the same lines as I would normally charge an oil, but if you wish to go down the Crowleyan route, you can charge it “during auspicious times in rites of passion for an added energetic vigor” … Ahem …
However you choose to blend, charge and use it, just bear in mind that it might be best to initially proceed with caution … Just to make sure you know what you’re potentially unleashing!
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