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.
Sphere + Sundry’s original model was an emanation of Saturn in Capricorn’s Cardinal Earth energy. The focus has been on…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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