Consecration of the Oil

Prepared for the use of E.G.C. clergy

by T. Apiryon

Version 11/5/94 e.v.
Copyright 1997 Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. All rights reserved.

The Holy Oil is used in the ceremonies of Confirmation and Ordination, and may be used for consecrating the various implements and furniture of the Temple. It is the Oil of Abramelin, which is composed of the following ingredients:

  • Oil of Cinnamon, 8 parts
  • Oil of Myrrh, 4 parts
  • Oil of Galangal, 2 parts
  • Olive Oil, 7 parts

    The best ceremony for the consecration of the Oil is that of the Equinox. It may also be consecrated with a ceremony such as the following:

    Place the vial of oil on the Altar between the symbols of the four elements.
    Banish.
    Purify the oil with water and salt.
    Sanctify the oil with fire and air.
    Circumambulate deosil thrice, reciting:
    "O Lion and O Serpent, etc."

    At altar, invoke with the first section of the Anthem.
    Raise the vial of oil to the Stele in the East and say:
    Thou that art One, our Lord in the Universe the Sun, our Lord in ourselves whose name is Mystery of Mystery, uttermost being whose radiance enlightening the worlds is also the breath that maketh every God even and Death to tremble before thee -- by the Sign of Light appear thou glorious upon the throne of the Sun.
    Make open the path of creation and of intelligence between us and our minds. Enlighten our understanding.
    Encourage our hearts. Let thy light crystallize itself in this oil, for the accomplishment of Thy Will, which is mine.
    A ka dua
    Tuf ur biu
    Bi a'a chefu
    Dudu nur af an nuteru!

    Pause in silence. Replace the vial on the altar. Banish.

    When used to consecrate an implement, the oil may be applied in the form of an equal-armed cross according to one of the following formulae:

    Position
    in Cross
    I.II.III.
    CenterIn NomineIn the Name of
    TopHo PaterPatri et MatriNuit
    CenterEstinEtand of
    BottomHo HuiosFilio et FiliaeHadit
    CenterDiaEtand of
    Leftto PneumaSpiritui SanctoRa
    CenterExterno etHoor
    RightHagionSpiritui SanctoKhuit
    CenterInterno