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Trench Coat Magic
I love my leather. Always have and I love trench coats. Its so unfortunate that some jerks did bad stuff who happened to own a trench coat. I used to and still love my Motorcycle Jackets. Leather is just nice. Now if you talk to some people, really, the leather jacket becomes something like a second skin. A modern day leather armor against the world. From the rebellious, to the straight out practical ( Trench coats buffer the wind and Motorcycle jackets do act as a protector against road damage). These type of jackets are already Iconic.
Did I mention, I love trench coats. How does this relate to magic? Indulge me a little. Now, such an Iconic piece of clothing ( either a motorcycle jacket or trench coat), has so much speculation, so much mystery, or such a bad boy image associated with it that it is already special. It has special meaning and I suspect that to the people who love those sorts of jackets, the Jacket is much more like a second skin a I mentioned. It is a ripe and wonderful tool to increase the specialness of the Jacket.
First, Let's take the Jacket as a literal second skin, a type of armor. A easy way to build in more magical properties is to attach a intention to the jacket for protection. Here is an idea that I use when I get a new jacket. Grab some Van Van Oil. Center, Ground, relax. Breathe deeply as possible. Take a rag, and meticulously oil the Coat with Van Van Oil. As you do this, use your five senses to see, feel, hear, and smell the coat coming alive. If you are sensitive to energy, push energy into the coat. Its not enough to "push energy", love the coat. Really, spend time with the coat, breathing deeply, and feeling the coat and you becoming one. At that point, you believe the coat is alive, keep going. Breathe deeply and run with it. Ask the coat to protect you. Keep oiling the coat with love. If you are really deep into a trance state, you might even get a name for the coat or a sigil. Inscribe this on the inside of the coat, near where your shoulders and neck would meet. I will usually sew the name or sigil into the fabric inside the coat.
There is a few whole chapters on how to make a servitor with immense detail on various aspects of this in Hands On Chaos Magic, my first book. Also is a ton of exercise to build up and push energy around. Yes I know I should have another done. The key to all the techniques, it to progressively relax and really just keep expressing that love, directing it into the coat until it matches you. Really, once you get to the place in trance, focus, and relaxation where you just know the coat is alive is the point to ask the coat to protect you. The oil will generally sink into leather very very well.
Why Van Van Oil as a start? Well first, its physically inoffensive. This is very important if you want to have anyone around you, or you ride the train, go through a airport, etc. If you are light on palmarosa oil, it has a lemony fresh smell. The Second, it has alot of positive attributes. From repelling evil, bringing good luck, changing bad luck to good luck, even opening roads. These are all very positive things to have around you.
Want to make your own Van Van Oil
- 16 parts lemongrass oil
- 8 parts citronella oil
- 1 part vetivert oil
- 1 part palmarosa oil
- 1 part gingergrass oil
Therefore: In each 1/2 oz. bottle of VAN VAN OIL to be made up, place a pinch of dried lemongrass leaves a pinch of crushed pyrite crystals one full standard dropper-full of the above stock blend.
I have seen other recipes that look like
- 5-10 parts lemongrass oil
- 3-5 parts citronella oil
- 2-3 parts vetiver root or oil
- 1 part palmarosa
- 1 part ginger grass
Palmarosa and gingergrass oil are generally harder to find. Vertiver is actually more commonly known as Khus-knus. Generally the idea is to add "lucky" things to the mixture. Some people will substitute Lemon Verbana in New Orleans. Generally, I love Ken's Van Van from http://alchemy-arts.com, just call him (773) 769-4970.
The thing is that, this kind of oiling and blessing can be done in other ways. I will often sew a red wrapped High John Root into the lining near the bottom. I love the High John. Technically, this would be a "pocket piece". High John generally is a great protection against being Hoodooed, and other spell work. It is almost a herb of power through cleverness ( not so much brute force). I love it. Usually, I would again pray over and push energy into the High John untill it really felts just alive. I will oil this with Van Van Oil as well, and feed the High John at least once a week with some Van Van ( by re-oiling it and praying over it). My prayer is usually a gratitude prayer for HOW Awesome the High John is, but straight energy work will work as long is it is regularly fed. A tangental second benefit is that High John Helps with Money magic. Opening doors while wearing your coat, does it get any better?
Later, I will sew or paint seals on the inner side of the Jacket. Its pretty easy to keep the seals hidden, by unsewing the inside of a jacket using the material lining of the jacket ( once re-sewed) to do cover it up. BE WARNED and be careful with the paint. Test that out on a similar piece of leather, lest you have a screwed up jacket. That would be WORSE then Coffee abuse ( aka spilling it), or Liqueur abuse ( aka spilling it). Destroying a nice leather coat has to be a sin in some religion. Although, I have to be honest, I have seen other magicians go as far to paint Goetic seals on the outside of their jackets. Really, I'd paint seals on the outside too (not Goetic ones though), but I actually have business meetings I have to go to. Back in the day, I would paint up the outside of my motorcycle jackets with seals. Fun days. Really, if you go hit up Hands-On Chaos Magic: Reality Manipulation through the Ovayki Current, theres a ton more bits of information to work the jacket to make it even more talismanic.
Now, of course, I have a significant other, but there is no reason that enterprising magician could not use some of these ideas to project that bad girl or bad boy image using slightly different pleasant smelling oils. What, you think only MEN wear trench coats. Its sexy on all sexes and combinations there in. Of course, I could see people using the same kind of technique on a purse they love, a wallet, almost anything ( although Sewing a High John to a wallet would be... weird ).
Have fun with it. Post some other ideas in the comments.