We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all out exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning; ...
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of things shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
- T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding V, Four Quartets, 1943
Five fountains of blood from the Holy Tree between the Worlds, the oil called Dolorosa, from the Latin for "painful", is an oil of profound mystery, a still point in the intersection between the mundane and spiritual, and the unification of both.
With potential as a devotional oil for those wishing to explore the Passion and Mysteries of the Crucifixion of the Christ, the oil is also a potent pivot point, an axle in the depth of each moment that can provide profound centering and foundation. Dirt from the Hill of Golgotha- the Church of the Holy Sepulchre- the spot where Jesus was crucified, died, buried and resurrected, is central to the oil, which is itself a vivified condensation of this Sacred Site.
The oil was made on Good Friday, and a novena offered for the successful completion of the sacramental. Every ingredient was prayed over and set to the oil for some traditional association with the Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion, or the Holy Rood itself. The oil is comprised, in part, of:
Dirt from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem ✠ Oil of Golgotha ✠ Vervain ✠
Olive Wood from the Mount of Olives ✠ Dogwood ✠ Mistletoe ✠ Blackthorn ✠ Jequitiba ✠
Acacia ✠ Cedar ✠ Pine ✠ Cypress ✠ Palm ✠ Passionflower ✠ Hawthorn ✠ Thorn of Christ ✠ Frankincense ✠ Myrrh ✠ Spikenard
among several other ingredients...
Past the above, the oleum contains an amount of Wolf & Goat’s Oil of the Most Precious Blood, soaked into a piece of a linen altar cloth, which was then interred in the oil.
While calling to mind the tortures of the flesh of last day of Jesus' life, the oil is steeped in Iberian heretical tradition which seeks to capture the grace and magnitude of that moment and event for the benefit of those who See and Know. Bringing together several different traditions' herbals for what in Spanish are called yerbas de la santa sangre, or herbs of the Holy Blood; the oil is cross traditional- and can serve both Right Handed and Left Handed workings.
"With Christ I am nailed to the cross." Galatians 2:19:
"He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,
and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the Cross,
by it having put to death the enmity." -Ephesians 2:16:
The True Cross, or Vera Cruz, is a reference to the physical cross of the Crucifixion and its numerous relics, as well as to its impetus and answer in the world of Forms. This materia and hyle (in both senses) is a manifestation of a greater concept, and Dolorosa echoes this same idea- here opposites are brought together. Where there is indecision, there is certainty. Where there is a divide, there is unity. It is not meant as the replacement of one for its opposite- it is not peace in the place of war- it is the understanding and embodiment of both as one. Herein is the Power of this oleum- that we may, through elected and commemorated time and place, harness the ability to unify the disparate; acheive clarity through total comprehension; accept the reality of what is and what may be done; know ourselves and thusly our world: our Devil, our God, our Fall, our Redemption. It is the balance of Knowledge and Action in the hands of the devout and the heretic alike.
All vegetal, mineral and animal ingredients are legally obtained. Instructions and information will be provided on a cloth scroll.
Price is for one half ounce bottle of Dolorosa: Oil of the True Cross. If you are interested in greater amounts, please contact us.
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