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Tools and Materials Used in Spell-Casting
Practical Tips and Techniques for Spell-Casting
Recipes for Potions and Oils Used in Spell-Casting
"The Ancient Book of Formulas," a public domain magical formulary
============================================ From: "Helen E. Hansen" (Hehansen at nospam Newsgroups: alt.occult.methods Subject: Some Obvious Errata to the Herman Slater Formulary Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 22:45:41 -0500

From the first edition of The Herman Slater Formulary - March 1981

The fact that a specific item is not mentioned does not indicate that I give my wholehearted approval to it. It only indicates that I have not included any remarks concerning it in this brief paper. JMH

Page Four: Paragraph concerning OILS

... It is held in common by Magickians that the larger number of oils used, the stronger the effect of the ritual.
This is not necessarily so. Oils used in any ritual should correspond to the result desired from the ritual. This also depends on the type of magical operation you are using, Ceremonial magic and conjure or religious magic having different requirements in this regard. The blanket statement that Herman Slater makes here is not correct. It must be modified to suit the conditions of the work being done.


Ju Ju is a generic term in most West African nations referring to the practice of magic or the casting of spells. There is no specific 'Ju Ju' powder, just as there is no specific European Ceremonial Magical powder.

Aleister Crowley liked to use Galangal as a condiment on his food. It adds a nice flavor to the taste of plain white rice. Its use in crossing spells is debatable, as is its use in psychic development.


This phrase means 'Religiously pure for offering to deities Sandalwood incense.' Chandan means sandalwood, thus the formula Slater gives, of Lavendar (Lavender), Bay, and Hyssop is not at all what the incense actually is.

Page Twenty-One: CAT'S EYE

This is a seashell used to avert Malochia [the evil eye.] It is never an incense or any other product but the shell itself. The Shell may be carried in a mojo bag or worn as jewelry.

[Note: See also this page on Cat's Eye Shells for further history and authentic usage.]

Page Twenty-Two: CHYPRE OIL

This is a wood oil used as a money drawing oil. It was a favorite after shave of J. P. Morgan, and made up for him by a New York City Chemist.


This formula is so far off as to be silly. It shows a complete lack of understanding of the materials of magic. Four Thieves Vinegar is vinegar in which Garlic cloves are steeped. Red Wine vinegar is supposedly preferred, but apple cider vinegar is satisfactory.

[Note: See also this page on Four Thieves Vinegar for further history and authentic recipes.]

Page Fifty-Seven: JU JU OIL and JUA JUA POWDER

Both variants of Ju Ju, which see above. This simply illustrates Herman's lack of an occult education. A friend of mine made excuses for him saying that he was 'just a business man.'

Page One-Hundred-Two: WAR POWDER

War powder is rust, preferably scraped from a tool.

War Water is Water in which iron has rusted, leaving a color to the water and some rust powder in it.

Iron Oxide can be used as the powder, and Iron oxide (Ocher) in water can be used as war water. It is used in magical confrontations.

Page One-Hundred-and-Three: WISHBONE POWDER

Wishbone powder is used to feed the magic wishbone. This powder is usually powdered and crumbled mullein leaf. It should be obtained from the person who made the wishbone.

I think that these are enough examples to warn the prospective user of this book of the difficulty with these formulas. Herman used a lot of lavender, as he believed that it was favorable to gay men. It may have been favorable to him, but I have no idea if it was, as I did not know him that well.

At Herman's request, I once put my card up in his store, as I also did at Weiser's Book Store at their request. I was told by someone else that Herman took the card down as soon as I left the store. All of this was more than twenty years ago, and had no real reference to those things which happen today. Soon Herman and Ed B. will be forgotten as the mists of time close over their activities.

Best Wishes,

John M. Hansen

© 2004 John M. Hansen


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