The Mysteries of Abramelin Oil: Its History, Symbolism, and How to Use it in Magic

Abramelin oil, a concoction steeped in history and mysticism, has been woven into the narrative of occult practices for centuries. Its use in magick can be traced back to the teachings of Abraham of Worms, a presumed 14th-century Jewish scholar from Germany. It is widely believed that he lived from approximately 1362 to 1458. The oil found renewed popularity in the 19th and 20th centuries, largely thanks to Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. The recipe for Abramelin oil is said to have been adapted from the Jewish Holy Oil of the Tanakh, which is described in the Book of Exodus

An Ancient Legacy Revisited

The tale of Abramelin oil begins with “The Book of Abramelin,” authored by Abraham Worms. This book narrates the story of an Egyptian Mage named Abramelin, who supposedly taught Abraham Worms a unique system of magic. Despite being centuries old, this magic system was revitalized in the 19th and 20th centuries when Mathers, a British occultist and Freemason, translated the book. The title morphed into “The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage,” and its teachings became integrated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, dedicated to studying and practicing the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activities, played a crucial role in the resurgence of Abramelin oil. The order’s study of astrology, geomancy, Tarot divination, and scrying formed the bedrock for modern magical practices such as Wicca and Thelema.

Unveiling the Recipe for Magic

The original recipe for Abramelin oil, as described in the original text, was identical to the holy oil depicted in the Bible given to Moses by God. It was a blend of myrrh, cassia, cinnamon, calamus, and olive oil. However, Mathers altered this original recipe by substituting calamus with galangal root. This change has sparked debate among scholars, attributing it to a translation error, while others argue that Mathers intentionally altered the recipe to distinguish it from the biblical mixture.

In Jewish tradition, each ingredient in the oil carries significant symbolism. The olive represents domestic happiness and security; myrrh is considered sacred; calamus symbolizes fertility and love owing to its sweetness; and cinnamon is favored for its warming properties.

A Transition from Jewish Tradition to Hoodoo Practices

Interestingly, the symbolism of these ingredients undergoes a slight transformation within Hoodoo, an African-American folk magic tradition. While myrrh and olive maintain their symbolic interpretations, cinnamon becomes associated with money and luck, and calamus subtly controls others. Including the galangal root, also referred to as ‘Chewing John’ or ‘Little John to Chew,’ adds another layer of significance. In Hoodoo, galangal root is employed for protection and court case work. An age-old Hoodoo trick to win a court case involves chewing some galangal and spitting the juice on the courtroom floor upon entry. It has been a long-standing tradition for Hoodoo practitioners to suggest adding a few pieces inside your shoes before making a court appearance.

A Sacred Oil Transcending Boundaries

bottle of holy abramelin oilAbramelin oil encapsulates a rich history and diverse symbolism, reflecting its journey from the teachings of an alleged 14th-century scholar to its incorporation into modern magical practices. Whether perceived as a sacred anointing oil steeped in biblical tradition or a potent tool in Hoodoo magic, the mystery of Abramelin oil continues to captivate and inspire. 

In Crowley’s mystical system, the oil came to symbolize the aspiration to what he called the Great Work—”The oil consecrates everything that is touched with it; it represents the Aspiration of the Magician especially as regards to the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of his Holy Guardian Angel.” This further underscores the profound symbolism and influence of Abramelin oil within diverse magical traditions.

From its roots in ancient Jewish tradition to its current use in various magical practices, Abramelin oil serves as a testament to the enduring power and allure of the occult. Its unique blend of ingredients, each bearing its own symbolic meaning, creates a potent mixture that continues to be used to this day in spell casting.

Ritual of Spiritual Awakening Using Abramelin Oil

This ritual is designed to aid spiritual awakening and connect the practitioner with higher powers. It uses Abramelin oil, a potent blend known for its deep roots in occult practices. Please remember that this ritual should be performed with respect and seriousness, as you are dealing with powerful forces.

Materials Needed:


  1. Setting the Space: Place the white candle in the center of your space. This candle represents purity and spiritual enlightenment.

  2. Anointing the Candle: Take the Abramelin oil in your hands and rub them together to warm the oil. Carefully anoint the white candle with Abramelin oil, starting from the middle and moving towards the ends. As you do this, focus on your intention for this ritual.

  3. Invocation: Light the candle and sit comfortably in front of it. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, grounding yourself in the present moment. Invoke the higher powers you wish to connect with. This could be a deity, your higher self, or the universe itself. Speak clearly and respectfully, stating your intentions and requests.

  4. Meditation: Once you’ve completed your invocation, sit silently and meditate. Feel the presence of the higher powers you’ve invoked and allow their energy to fill the space around you.

  5. Closing the Ritual: After you’ve spent some time in meditation, thank the higher powers for their presence and guidance. Extinguish the candle and clear away your ritual items.

This ritual can be performed as often as you feel necessary. It’s a powerful way to connect with higher powers, seek guidance, and awaken your spiritual senses. Always remember to approach this ritual with respect and sincerity.