Finally I got around to doing a post, every time I start to write it I get questions so this one has been long over due.
But I have to say a "challenge" was given to me by one of my readers, about why are Bible passages used in Folk Magic. I felt I would be opening a "can of worms" if I responded, but now I don't think so. But it will take me a little time to put my article or post together.
In the meantime one of my readers asked me this question:
Dear Ms. Q,
“I am desperately looking for a job, a permanent full time job, but it seems that everywhere I look I seem blocked in, a friend of mine told me I should use Road Opener, I’m not sure if that is an oil or a candle, what is it and would it work?”
Two of the most used candles and oils to help unblock situations from getting a job to just being recognized for your hard work is “Block Buster” and “Road Opener”. Both are very popular, so let’s start with “Road Opener”
Road Opener both the oil and candle helps you open new doors and create new opportunities. It is highly effective for just about any situation you may find yourself in, especially when you are feeling unsure of what to do, challenged, blocked or stuck.
The idea behind Road Opener is to help clear obstacles away and to transform bad luck into good luck. This can be for almost any situation whether you are searching for a new job, new love, or just want a fresh start, Road Opener Oil as well as the candle helps to create the ideal environment for you to get there.
The oil can be used in in several different ways. You can put some in your bath, put a dab on your body (be sure to test for sensitivity), or use a bit to anoint your altar or ritual working space.
It can be used or added to a wash on floors and doors.
Some folks will get a piece of red flannel (you can buy small squares at craft shops) and apply some of the oil and then place the flannel in your purse or pocket.
Some folks will do a light mixture of this oil along with furniture polish and wipe down one’s bed with it, particularly if you are seeking love.
Put some oil on loan or job applications and bank statements.
Place a couple of drops inside your shoes (just remember to test your skin for sensitivity)
Some of the major road opening oils or herbs contained in this oil include five finger grass, lemon balm, sandalwood and abre camino, but it has to be an odd number of ingredients suspended in either olive oil or sweet almond oil, and some of the solid herbs should be in the bottle especially a sliver of Abre Camino herb.
There are many different Road Opener Oil recipes. However, the ones that are legitimate always contain abre camino. This herb also goes by the name of thoroughwort. It is an herb from South America that has religious/magical as well as medicinal properties.
Using the oil and the candle sometimes is not enough to make the pathway or the road open, one has to also take steps to make sure any negativity that might have clung to you from when you were let go from your last job or difficult situation has been cleared.
Even negative thought by yourself or magical actions by others can cause blockages.Thinking negatively instead of in a positive manner is one thing, feeling depressed from not finding work is another, upset on losing out on a job or promotion is a very negative feeling, more bills coming in and not enough money to cover them is of course the most difficult, fear of not getting the loan is the worst.
But another thing that “Road Opener” works on is also legal matters to get them to move forward so if you feel that you are blocked, that you can't move forward, or are stuck, then you may need to do a road opener spell.
So what do you need a Road Opener for? Well for example you can use it to clear away blockages involving People, places as well as things. Virtually, any kind of obstacle can be eliminated, whether it is internal or external.
It can include:
Negative outlook on life (make sure you or your loved one are not suffering from clinical depression)
Naysayers and sabotages or saboteurs
Conflicts with other people
Lack of opportunities
Bad weather (unless the Divine Presence says it will rain on the bride’s wedding day, trust me it does not stop hurricanes or wildfires, it might delay them but not stop them)
Confusion and inability to think clearly (but be sure that it’s not because of a stroke or over medication)
Evil Eye (Mal de Ojo)
Illness and disease (but only as an aid while seeking medical treatment, do not rely on magic alone, and remember sometimes a person must endure the illness as a life lesson, especially when it is taken out of human hands and needs to be left in the hands of God)
There are many ways to unblock one's path forward. There are other factors that may determine the type of Road Opener work chosen. The one that most people use depends on both the availability and cost of the materials required, and the time necessary for doing the work.
Now one that the ladies in Granny’s group have used seems to work for them, it does take a little time but it’s well worth it.
There are two times of the month to do this ritual but it depends on what you want to have done, if done during a waxing moon that is the time when you want to draw in or bring in opportunities. During a waning moon is the best time to get rid of obstacles.
What you will need is:
1 bottle of Florida water or Holy Water
Road Opener Oil
1 Red Candle or Road Opener Candle
Frankincense either in stick or cone form or you can burn the resin on self-igniting charcoal in a heat resistant container but burning it in Stick or cone is cheaper and easier to obtain.
Brown paper torn from a brown paper bag
Copy of Psalm 23 and Psalm 70 to read
What to do:
Wash off the egg with Florida water or Holy water.
Let the egg dry.
Hold the egg in your hands and tell the egg what you want it to remove and absorb.
Start rubbing yourself with the egg from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.
Do not rub the egg in a back & forward motion on your body (only downward).
Pray that what you want removed is being absorbed now by the egg.
Repeat this process a least 3 times.
Take some road opener oil and make the sign of the cross on your feet, knees, hands, center of chest, forehead, and top of the head. Remember, you should put on the oil in the order above ONLY, just as you cleans yourself with the egg from the top of your head down to the bottom of your feet, you make the sign of the cross from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head, thereby sealing your cleansed self from the removed negativity.
Crack the egg in the toilet and flush it! You can incense out your bathroom to clear any negative energy that may be lingering in there from this ritual.
The egg cleansing part should be done for at least 3 days but 9 days have proven to be the most effective.
Then after you’ve cleansed, anointed, sealed yourself and burned the Frankincense to clear the negative energy from the bathroom and any other areas where you are doing the work, at your work table, write on the brown paper in pencil what it is you want finding a job, forward movement on a legal action, finding an apartment, whatever that you feel stuck or blocked about. Fold the paper into quarters, then on a freestanding red candle write with a pin what you want.
If you are using a glass enclosed Road Opener candle write on the wax on the top of the candle.
Then on the candle anoint it with the Road Opener oil if it’s the red freestanding candle (mounted in a candle holder) then stroke the oil from the bottom to the top, not back and forth, but only from the base of the candle to the top where the wick is.
With a glass enclosed candle anointed it with the oil in a clockwise motion 3 times.
Then put your petition under the candle (either freestanding or glass enclosed) and light the candle.
After you have lit the candle recite Psalm 23 and meditate on what you want.
Recite Psalm 23 followed by Psalm 70 and meditate every night until the candle burns out then burn your petition and cast the ashes to the 4 directions.
Now some people have found that using an orange candle works very well instead of a red one, but back in Granny’s day finding orange colored candles was not easy unless they were shaped like pumpkins for Halloween and sometimes they used them as well.
Sometimes one or the other ladies will do a ritual bath and they will do it for 9 nights in a row.
What they would do is make a sort of tea using these herbs:
Solomon's Seal Root
Five Fingers Grass
High John Root
When Mrs. Rodriquez joined the group she suggested adding Abre Camino and Lemon Grass that way you’d still be sticking with the traditional odd number of ingredients, we found out that the words Abre Camino meant Road Open or Road Opener. Abre Camino is an herb that grows in the Caribbean and tropical parts of the US.
Prepare it as a tea boil 3 cups of water, soak the herbs for 30 minutes, strain the herbs out so you have just the tea, then pray over the tea reciting Psalm 16, then add some of it to your bath. Pour it over your head an odd number of times 7 or 9 times, reciting Psalm 70 then air dry and anoint your feet and palms with a Road Opener oil, do that for 9 consecutive days.
To make the oil take your solid herbs that I’ve listed above (with High John you may have to shave some of it off as well as another other herb that is not easy to grind up) along with pine needles, bay leaves, salt ( either sea salt or black salt), Rue --- it should be an odd number of ingredients, even if you don’t have everything listed it still should be an odd number but Abre Camino is a must have.
Then mash and grind them together, I’ve used both an electric as well as an old fashion coffee or pepper grinder, put some of these ingredients into your Master Bottle (a larger bottle) and add to it dirt from a crossroads, a small old key and/or a St. Peter’s medal to the inside of the bottle (a small canning jar works well) and top it off with either Olive Oil, or Sweet Almond oil, shake well, let it sit for a week to “marinate” then you can use it.
Pray over it using all three Psalms 23, 16 and 70 to charge it with your energy.
There are other alternate ingredients that one can use in place of the ones I’ve listed, they should be solid ingredients and ground up but dirt from a crossroads, and an old key are necessary, and if you can get it Abre Camino as well.
The ingredients that I’ve seen varies from practitioner to practitioner depending upon availability and location, so I’ve included all that I know about, you do not have to use all of them just remember an odd number of herbs plus the key and the crossroads dirt. In some areas or countries it’s impossible to get Rue if that is the case then substitute Basil in its place.
List of herbs and ingredients:
Lemon balm – clears away negativity and evil influences
Lemongrass – clears away negativity and evil influences
Abre camino (Eupatorium villosum or Koanophyllon villosum)– Literally means “road opener” and is used in Latin American folk magic
Ammonia – the great clarifier.
Camphor – removes negative spiritual forces
Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)– In Latin American folk magick, chases away disturbances caused by the dead (this is not Ice Berg lettuce that we usually see in most salads but more like romaine or butter lettuce)
Salt – removes negativity and blesses space
Citronella - clears away negativity and evil influences
Sage – purifies and makes sacred
Cedar – removed negative energy
Vetivert- clears away negativity and evil influences for strengthening formulas of all kinds (optional)
Crossroads dirt – opens roads for opportunities and choices (do not use the cross roads dirt from a cemetery---and it needs to be a 4 way crossroads not 3 way)
Keys – open doors, the older the better, St Peter medal is optional
Basil – clears away obsessive and lingering spirits
Pine – cleansing and purifying
Saltpeter – uncrossing and removing obstacles
Rue – destroys the evil eye, obliterates envy, removes effects of black magic
Sulfur – removes negativity (dangerous to use I would avoid using it)
And there are many Road Opener rituals or spells one can use, I've given just a few of them, as I go through my paperwork if I come across any more I will post it.
Remember our main objective in life is to be happy, not so much happy, happy, joy, joy bouncing all over the place, but a measure of contentment and peace in our lives, and if life has been throwing you obstacles and road blocks this is the one to use.