Well, folks, the quality of vigil lights is not getting any better, and isn’t likely to improve any time soon. Making them from scratch, which would help, is a pricey business. But, of course, there is another way — another traditional way.
Behold! The conjure lamp!
The roots and things go inside, right in there with the wick and lamp oil. Some folks like to suspend the curios on a chain and string it around the outside of the lamp. I’m still making up my mind.
Now, I am most certainly not the inventor of this beautiful thing. Traditionally, fixed oil lamps have been prepared for communal use — for everybody’s petitions to be slipped under them, like my communal St. Jude and Dr. Hernandez candles.
My brainstorm is to offer miniature lamps in place of vigil lights. So you get one all to yourself.
This is the beginning of my lamp collection. I’ll be buying more of these — purple and blue ones, too. If you want one, on my altar, let me know!