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Articles + Helpful Post Archive

Articles + Helpful Post Archive

  • On Magical Pacifism, the Need for Sanctuary

    A bit about current events, and how politicized the world has become, and how I *personally* view magic and Sphere + Sundry’s intersection with them…

    My heart is — like *everyone’s*, I’m sure — breaking over world events.

    It’s been broken for some time now, over a lot of things very few of us as individuals have much (if any) direct control over.

    What we *can* control is the amount of toxicity we let spill over into shared spaces, and the degree to which we *personally* contribute to the pollution of shared psycho-spheres and mind-streams.

    I view and seek to maintain Sphere + Sundry as a form of sanctuary from excess toxicity.

    A place where — if you are like-minded, like-hearted, and well-intended, you are welcome.

  • Age of Air Model Shift + Revolving Incoming Shop Blackouts

    Sphere + Sundry’s original model was an emanation of Saturn in Capricorn’s Cardinal Earth energy. The focus has been on constant material output and emphasized the processing of orders as…

  • Guide to Picking THEE *PERFECT* GIFT Using Astrology and the Natal Chart (updated)

    Astrology is the perfect gift hack. I’m not talking Sun sign “Get your Aquarius something high tech because Aquarius loves technology!” or “Get your Leo a hand-held mirror selfie-stick combo because they love (drumroll)… themselves!”.

    I’m talking the practice of natal astrology, how a professional astrologer does. The act of looking into the natal chart to delineate what someone will appreciate being given — to take into their life for keeps because they value and enjoy it.

  • How Independent Makers, Small Businesses, and Consumers Can Help One Another Thrive this COVID-19 Holiday Season

    This post was inspired by two things: the incredibly thoughtful and supportive posts/ tags beginning to circulate asking people to shop small this Holiday season, crossed by my experience as an independent business navigating the typical difficulties we all face, currently being exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Lo, a Step by Step Guide to Energetic Cleansing + Ritual Bathing (using Astrology)

    Or alternatively, The (Very) Venus in Virgo Protocol for the Establishment of Energetic Sovereignty.

    In times of hardship and strife, energetic cleansing and ritual bathing is more than a source of self-care and stress relief. Done well, often enough, and thoroughly with the right tools and ingredients, it extends into the deeper realm of spiritual hygiene which helps free us from the energetic detritus that pollutes dreamtime and generates anxious and negative states in waking, reducing our vulnerability to outside influences.

    They can also serve to uncross, unbind, and lightly hex break, cease the impacts of Malochia, Open the Way, and generally detach from that and those who drain our vital energies, wanting things for or from us which we do not choose. They are profound sources of psychic, emotional, and magical liberation, and have an important place as a routine aspect of any spiritual practice.

    It is best to follow this procedure more or less to the letter the first few times you do it (before making alterations), to feel and see its effectiveness for yourself. What follows is an energetic cleansing + scraping, cord cutting, ritual bath, and anointing/ blessing in the form of one continuous process, providing thorough and effective restoration of one’s energetic Sovereignty — vital for better living through These Times.

  • On the Sun’s Fall in Libra + Taking Our Astro-Magical Vitamins

    The Sun has difficulty functioning in air signs because of their multitudinous, temperate, and back and forth nature. It finds its Detriment in Aquarius, whose classical Saturnian rulership limits its ability to beam and brighten, and its Fall in Libra, whose Venus ruled, harmonizing and conciliatory nature makes it difficult for the Self to rise above the relational Other.

  • Defining Talismans + (Authentic) Talismanic Materia

    A talisman is an item of power, classically created of metal and/ or stone at particularly fecund times for whatever forces one intends to capture. They feature inscriptions of key images, names, glyphs or sigils, and are created for the purpose of generating specific magical effects for their owner. They’re often intended to be worn and thus appear in the form of rings or pendants, but aren’t strictly limited to that per se.

  • Obligatory Mercury Retrograde Remediation Post

    The good news: Mercury retrogrades aren’t nearly as bad as the hype surrounding them most of the time, and actions can be taken to reduce their impact. This is what we in the traditional + Vedic astro biz refer to as “remediation”, which we’ll get into shortly.

  • Working with St. Expedite — Altar, Offerings, Prayers, Specific Applications

    Saint Expedite is a powerful and efficacious spirit, turned to throughout the globe for quick results and material intercession, especially in the case of emergencies. Most famed for delivering fast cash and bringing a swift end to lawsuits and bureaucratic nonsense, he can also be called upon to expedite the results of other magical work and prayed to for all manner of manifest results. Specific applications are listed at the bottom of this article.

  • On Way-Finding via Failure + Your Best Directions According to Classical Feng Shui

    Once upon a time I did a year long classical feng shui training, specializing in the form of geomancy that analyzes and delineates the energy of landforms and geographical features.

  • Longer Eclipse Cycles + Nodal Horoscopes for Cancer-Capricorn

    This piece is about working with the longer-term cycles that Eclipses kick off, and what it means when the Nodes switch signs and houses in the natal chart, meaning they begin impacting new areas of life.

  • Jupiter in Sagittarius — Altar, Prayers, and Offering Ritual

    No doubt you’ve heard all of the astrologers and astromages shouting from the internet rooftops about how Jupiter, the planetary equivalent of a wise Sage who is also Santa Claus (does it get any better?), has entered his own sign of Sagittarius. Staying true to the Greater Benefic’s generous spirit, his opening debut was November 8th 2018, which also happens to be a northern hemisphere Thursday, the day which Jupiter rules.

  • A Guide to Dead and Ancestral Worship, Altars, Offerings, and Ritual

    Why honor our ancestors?

    On a primal level, no one is more invested in our health, success, and wellbeing than family, especially the lineage of those who directly birthed or seeded us. Our mother and father, their parents, their parents, and so on. Great sacrifice goes into having a baby and rearing a child — living, breathing extensions of yourself, and vehicles for legacy, genetic and otherwise. Investment in descendants and family is but one natural manifestation of self-interest and egotism, outside of unconditional love and biological values, and those instincts are carried on in death, sometimes even moreso than in life.

  • Venus Retrograde Cazimi — The Ping Pong of Light and Dark Sisterhood

    As so many are already aware, today marked the midpoint in Venus’ retrograde cycle, as she basks in the heart of the Scorpio Sun. She is as deep in the underworld and as close to earth as she can possibly get, and now begins making her ascent to rise as the morning star, and ultimately, go direct in Libra, near the fixed star Spica.

    As Austin wrote of so beautifully in his Scorpio season piece, the stories of Inanna and Ereshkigal are very much at play in this cycle. The Light sister, Queen of Heaven, and the Dark sister, Queen of the Underworld, are often positioned at odds with one another, when in our lived realities all women have the experience of both, and are unfairly cast in the eyes of society as one or the other.

    Every woman is at times Inanna — the shiny, the desired, the powerful and triumphant.

    And every woman is at times Ereshkigal — the muddied by scandal or blighted by traumatic experience, the derided, the powerless and trompled over.

  • Your Best Face Forward — Glamour Magic, Beauty, and Skin Hacks

    Glamour is derived from the successful effort one puts in to be seen in their best light, which has a “charming” effect on those who perceive and interact with them. The person need not be “beautiful” in a classical sense or their raw form, but they must play to their strengths, both aesthetically and socially.

    This form of magic is obviously Venusian, the planet that takes rulership over beauty, desire, loveliness, and connection. The signs in which Venus holds dignity or debility can grant us more insight into the mechanics of glamour.

  • On Witchcraft as Market Force — Sephora Selling “Witch Kits” and #InstaWitches

    When I launched Sphere + Sundry, some of my serious occult friends asked, their pearls clutched dearly, how I could bring myself to market on Instagram, and why. Others asked why I’ve been so transparent with my creation process.

    The answer is — “Witch kits” being sold at Sephora.

    A lot of “us” are having feelings about this development, but market forces have been trending in this direction for quite a while now.

    The last time Neptune was in Pisces oversaw the Spiritualism movement, where every Becky, Jane, and Susan were holding parlor séances. And it’s not so different now.

    So… should mega corporations and clueless charlatans be the primary beneficiaries of the public’s mounting interest in magic and esotericism?

  • Astrological Holiday — World Regulus Day! August 23rd of 2018

    This project is a collaboration between Sphere + Sundry and iconic astrologer Michael Lutin, who immortalized the transition of Regulus into Virgo with a performance and the handing out of Regulus in Virgo chips at the United Astrology Conference in 2012, pictured atop the talismanic Regulus plaque in the image above. You can read more about Mr. Lutin’s take on Regulus in Virgo and this new #astroholiday here.

  • AstroMagical Remediation + Rituals for North Node Eclipses

    It's been 4-years since these articles came out, and I am tired of being involved in the discourse surrounding each Eclipse cycle, hence putting them behind a paywall.

    Do as thou wilt with thine own practice, and blessings upon thy Way!

  • Mindstream: True vs. False Light, Being a Weirdo, and the 12th House in Modern Times

    Regulus awes me.

    The creation of the Regulus series was the first time I’ve ever worked with that star in particular.

    Being “goth on the inside” with a 12th house fallen Sun, I never understood Solar appeal. Austin and I spent most of our adult lives working + sleeping in rooms with black blankets stapled to the windows to shield us from the Sun’s obtrusive and insistent rays. I’d openly hiss to address them when I stepped out the door as my eyes would violently adjust.

    We were the smart, scary loner kids with bad attitudes that our peers didn’t know how to relate to or what to do with — I’m sure *many* of our adult friends came from similar socially formative experiences.

  • How Associations Are Made — the Beverages, Colors, Numbers, and Metal of Venus

    Austin Coppock was contemplating writing a piece years ago about which stimulants belonged to which zodiac signs. He ascribed green tea to Libra, and it was so perfect.

    Caffeine is the go-to drug of choice for getting the engines revving, bringing the brain online, and activating the word machine — in the morning or in general, for millions of people.

    Caffeine pairs well with Libra being Cardinal, the mode of signs with an initiatory and activating go-getting quality, and an air sign, the element of intellectually oriented, communicative signs.

  • Venus Altar, Ritual, and Offering Suggestions

    Venus rituals, or even just timing your self-care and social plans in accord with Venusian tides, are wonderful ways to use astrology and ritual to enhance routine life.

    There are many fires to put out and dragons to be slayed, in the world at large and in our own spheres, and applying the fine art of #diplomancy is often the most winsome approach. Venus can help, massaging her cool harmony into hot tempers and enflamed circumstances.

    Fridays, Monday nights after sunset, and the hour of Venus are prime times, especially when Venus is well dignified or the Moon is in one of her signs, either Taurus or Libra.

    If you would like to magnify the effects of Venus, making offerings and prayers at the appropriate times is favored.

  • The Orphic Hymns + Fixed Star Hack

    In Greek mythology, Orpheus (Ὀρφεύς) was a poet, singer, and prophet who played music so beautifully that it charmed the full spectrum of existence, from the lowliest rock to the highest of Gods. His instrument was the first ever Lyre, crafted from a tortoise shell by young Mercury and gifted to Orpheus by the Sun God Apollo.

  • Q+A: How do I choose which series or offering is right for me? Do you offer consultations?

    If you’re new to astrology, remediation, or the use of magical items, it can be intimidating to choose which series or item will be best for you. There are two main ways of going about it.

    Need or Desire Based

    What do you want more of in your life, or what are you struggling with? This is by far the easiest method.

    Are you trying to start a business and promote yourself? Regulus is just the spotlight you’re looking for. Are you struggling with a health issue? Call the Divine Physician*

    Here is a list of our current offerings and some keywords to help you zone in on what’s right for you. I will update this list as new series are released —

  • Q+A: Why do you call your wares “offerings”?

    The first is that all of our wares are created by means of a ritual process. Everything we make is a literal offering to the powers that they serve — to help further their objectives in the world. This incense belongs to Mars. This water is holy to Asclepius. This candle, when lit, burns with the starfire of Regulus itself. Each and every item is an earthly missionary, spreading the charge of its patron celestial power. A battery of devotion.

    The second is more nebulous, having to do with the spirit in which we offer our wares to the public. It is an honor and a pleasure to be able to do this work, and to have it be accepted and procured by our clients is mind blowing.

    We are an intermediary channel — Priests and Priestesses tending to the powers we serve. In spiritual terms, those are the aforementioned celestial powers providing the magical charge for our wares, but in human terms, that is every single person who ever has, or ever will, place an order.

  • AstroMagical Remediation + Rituals for South Node Eclipses

    It's been 4 years since these articles came out, I am tired of being roped into the discourse surrounding each Eclipse cycle, hence putting them behind a paywall.

    Do as thou wilt with thine own practice, and blessings upon thine Way!

  • On the Relationship Between Women, the Moon, and Triplicity

    On an under-acknowledged, organic basis for the association of woman with triplicity:

    People often consider women’s relationship with the number 3 as derivative or even patriarchal — a mere function of ‘coupling’ resulting in birth (man + woman = child). The real basis is much more significant and self-realized, the former being a fractal thereof.

  • How Eclipses Work in Astrology + Magic

    It's been 4 years since these articles came out, I am tired of being roped into the discourse surrounding each Eclipse cycle, hence putting them behind a paywall.

    Do as thou wilt with thine own practice, and blessings upon thine Way!

  • Using Everyday Habits, Venus, and the Moon to Cool Mars + Excess Yang

    Remediation takes many forms, as presented in this longer article detailing some magical methods for remediating Mars.

    Mars issues result in running hot physically, emotionally, and psychologically. One way of balancing these symptoms is to introduce gently cooling elements to the system. Such measures are well and routinely applied in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.

  • Remediating + Propitiating Mars During Transits and Retrogrades, or in the Natal Chart

    When someone has hired a technician to identify a problem, what’s the first question they ask? Most likely something along the lines of “okay – but how do we fix it?” If that technician were practicing astrology, especially Hellenistic, Medieval, or Vedic, the answer would be remediation, and they would offer a prescription, most likely in the form of a talisman, mantra practice, prayer, offerings, or shifts to diet and behavior.

    In short, astrological remediation is the use of corrective measures to reduce negative manifestations. These can stem from configurations within the natal chart or from transits and time lords – often a combination of both. There are always remedial measures that can be taken to mitigate ill effects! We don’t simply have to accept them at face value and resign ourselves to suffering.

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