Questions You’ve Asked: Sovereign Queen vs. Queen Esther

A customer asks for guidance on choosing between Sovereign Queen and Queen Esther oils.

For a general “women’s empowerment/success” formula, I’d probably go with Sovereign Queen and reserve Queen Esther for particular situations/settings. Queen Esther oil is great for when you need to go into a situation with poise and intelligence, definitely, and though the ingredients are different, with it not being a hoodoo oil, it almost has a similar “vibe” to Look Me Over, Check Me Out oil, in that it draws eyes toward you and helps ensure that gaze is an admiring one.

Queen Esther does all that, but there are lots of elements of your empowerment and success more generally as a woman where that might not be the most important or appropriate thing. I can think of times, in fact, where you don’t want to draw everybody’s gaze during the course of business as a woman. And Sovereign Queen heavily emphasizes the sovereignty, the autonomy, independent strength and ability to succeed. Sovereign Queen is really almost more a mastery and success blend for women, focused largely on the woman herself as the target rather than on the eyes of beholders as the targets, if that makes sense.

So they are certainly complementary, or can be, but Sovereign Queen is more a day-to-day formula for a woman with important things to do who needs a certain commanding element – not compelling, but commanding, which in hoodoo formula parlance is about having people do your bidding because they want to, because they admire you and trust your ability to lead or ideas or whatever. so you don’t have to dominate them – they follow you willingly and respect you.

Now if I were working in a business setting and had an important meeting coming up at which I needed to pitch a new idea to a roomful of people, some of whom I maybe didn’t already know, that’s when I might use Queen Esther, as part of my preparations for the presentation or pitch or whatever and on the day of and during any business dealings related to it. Sovereign Queen can amp up your “attractiveness level” to others, but it does so in a complex, not superficial way – it’s not a lust oil or a love oil or anything. Queen Esther doesn’t have to be – it will get in step with your intention and the “level” you’re using it on – but it is definitely designed to attract attention when, in some way or another, this is “your show”, if that makes sense.

Excerpts from the product descriptions:

Sovereign Queen

Sovereign Queen Oil contains appropriate essential oils and herbs including Queen Elizabeth Root. It is for women who want respect and admiration, to make a good impression on new people and gain favor from important people. It’s a strong “female power” formula.

Queen Esther

You can read the story of Queen Esther on multiple levels, more or less allegorically, and this oil is designed to reflect that same potential and complexity while remaining perfectly explicable and useful no matter what level you read it on.

The Book of Esther explains that Esther underwent a lengthy process of preparation and beautification before she was taken to see the king; her book describes perfumes and oils of myrrh and sweet flowers. This formula contains many essences valued since biblical times for beautification, to increase attraction and glamour, and to incite passion. So if you read the story literally in its focus on increasing beauty and allure, you may certainly use the oil in your workings towards that purpose.

Those who read the Book of Esther allegorically use this sort of formula as a blessing oil for any special occasion in a woman’s life, such as engagement, marriage, or the start of any new important undertaking when all eyes will be on her and she can benefit from some of Esther’s poise and intelligence.

In esoteric practice, some read Esther as emblematic of the soul and the king as a symbol for G-d. In that reading, the months-long beauty preparations that Esther underwent reflect the necessary preparations the soul must undergo before approaching the Divine. Thus this formula can be used for ritual, prayer, and devotion, either for a specific working or more generally towards purity and beauty of heart and soul and completely apart from any earthly gender or sex considerations.

While this oil is made with biblical/esoteric correspondences rather than traditional conjure ones, it won’t clash or conflict with them and it can certainly be used alongside hoodoo formulas if you want to do that.

Coffee at Midnight available again; shipping info

Several of you have asked about Coffee at Midnight, and I have made a batch. I had to tweak the recipe slightly because some of the ingredients have *quadrupled* in price (or worse) since I last made this in 2015, and I just plain cannot afford to use one of the absolutes I used to include in this formula. But I have tried to make up for it elsewhere in the formula so that’s nothing lost either in the overall scent or in the formula’s spiritual attributions. Y’all will have to let me know what you think.

Here’s the formula description from the Seraphin Station storefront:

This listing is for a half-ounce bottle of Coffee at Midnight, a specialty condition oil containing rare, precious, and fragrant essential oils, essential oil absolutes, and herbs, including coffee bean, vanilla, cocoa, and cardamom, among others.

I modeled this specialty love/lust/sex appeal oil on a really excellent chocolate-infused specialty tea that I loved and used to “prescribe” to clients who were going the “tea and bath” route (the “inside and outside” treatment, which is really good for spiritual cleansing, protection, and attraction work especially). It’s got love/affection elements, but definitely a strong lust element.

Redolent with vanilla and coffee absolutes (and thus rich and expensive), it does all the good attracting work of a “foodie” sort of oil (the whole “vanilla and cookies” thing) but with more depth, spice, and earth than those sticky-sweet blends, and it’s not soporific or sickly. It is, after all, caffeinated šŸ™‚

This blend is a richer, earthier alternative to oils like Kaliprix that do the passion, attraction, glamour, and sex appeal thing, but without the strong floral notes that some folks (including me) are not looking for in an oil.

Don’t get me wrong – this is sweet – but it’s “expensive coffee” sweet and not “two pumps of cheap hazelnut syrup that kind of tastes like perfume” sweet.

Can be used by anyone of any gender or orientation. Herbal/oil correspondences are in line with conjure tradition even though no old-school conjure formulas that I ever encountered smelled anything like this.

I’ve had dozens and dozens of customers tell me this oil really does smell good enough to eat. It is not, however, intended for consumption or internal use.Ā Do not eat or drink this oil!

Generally I make my oils as fresh as possible, but this one actually gets better as it sits in the bottle. So I am going to make it in tiny batches like I do all my oils, so it will last as long as possible when you get it, but it will only improve with age. One of the ingredients is patchouli, and the very best patchouli is older, aged patchouli. It gets deeper and more interesting with time.

This formula also contains benzoin, which smells wonderful but also has the side effect of acting as a preservative, so this oil could well have a longer shelf life than your typical hoodoo oil formula.

 

And I’ve updated the Shipping info page with a few little tidbits that might help you save a few dollars. The pertinent section of that page now reads as follows:

 

Shipping Costs

The cart is set to charge shipping based on item weight, zone, and selected service. USPS First Class is the default, and they’re the most cost-effective option for 85% of orders.

First Class is only available for packages under a pound, though.

Once you have four or five bottles of oil, the USPS options are going to shrink to Priority Mail because the package weighs more than a pound. I can’t get the system to offer a Flat Rate Priority option, so I’ve gone in an added it manually as one of my rates.

If you only have a few bottles of oil or a few bath crystals or glass vials and you are only seeing USPS Priority options for $8 and up, click the radio button for USPS Small Flat Rate Priority Mail box. It should show $7.65 for priority shipping.

Don’t pay more than $7.65 if your items will fit in a Small Flat Rate Priority Mail box. Small Flat Rate boxes are approximately 8x5x1. They will hold about 8 or 10 bottles of oil or combinations of oil bottles, small bath crystal packets, small packets of powder, and/or glass vials and still have room for packing material.

If you choose Small Flat Rate but everything in your order will NOT fit in a small flat rate box, we will send you an invoice for the difference. We may not be able to start prepping your order until we receive any balances due, so please do ask questions before checking out if you’re not sure what will fit in that flat rate box.

If it will all fit in a shoebox, roughly, and it weighs less than 20 pounds, I can use a third-party service to ship it anywhere in the Continental US for $10.00. This is in a 10x8x4 box. Just about anything except a couple of very large candles, or full-size glass altar pakets will fit in the 10x8x4 box.

Outside of Continental US, it will depend on a few factors. USPS First Class Mail International is available for packages up to four pounds and is the most economical option. But if you don’t like what you’re seeing with that option in the cart, please message me and I’ll be happy to find the best possible shipping rate for you. Just please message me before checking out and paying.