The Goat’s Phalanges
The long-standing GOAT of esoteric indie perfumery, Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, created and charged a set of 4 talismanic perfumes for Saturn in Capricorn during Sphere + Sundry’s election, inspired by various aspects of goat anatomy —
First of all the deathless gods who dwell on Olympus made a Golden Race of mortal men who lived in the time of Kronos when he was reigning in heaven. And they lived like gods without sorrow of heart, remote and free from toil and grief: miserable age rested not on them; but with legs and arms never failing they made merry with feasting beyond the reach of all evils. When they died, it was as though they were overcome with sleep, and they had all good things; for the fruitful earth unforced bare them fruit abundantly and without stint. They dwelt in ease and peace upon their lands with many good things, rich in flocks and loved by the blessed gods.
When one thinks of Saturn, joy is usually not the first word that comes to mind, but there is joy there: it is the joy of an untroubled heart and a mind in balance, the joy found in the serenity that existed in the Time Before Time.
The Goat’s Phalanges reaches back into the age of Titans. It is an oil of bringing ideas into form and an oil of grounding and guidance both from the earth itself and from primal forces beyond our comprehension. It is an oil that invokes a very specific nature of inner peace: the peace that came from a time before conflict existed. This oil honors Kronos of Elysium, King of the Golden Age.
Myrrh essential oil and tears (Commiphora myrrha and Commiphora kua), skullcap from the TAL garden (Scutellaria lateriflora), juniper berries, leaf, and essential oil (Juniperus communis), 3-year aged patchouli essential oil and patchouli root from the TAL garden (Pogostemon cablin), caraway essential oil and seed (Carum carvi), cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens), spikenard essential oil and root from the TAL garden (Aralia racemosa), poplar bud (Populus nigra), clove bud and essential oil (Syzygium aromaticum), home-brewed fruit extract of dark, earthy berries, and ethically sourced goat bone. This oil is not vegan. No goats were harmed in the creation of this oil.
Arrives in that iconic BPAL 5 ml amber apothecary bottle for $45
|Dimensions||.80 × .80 × 2 in|
No — Contains ethically, legally harvested animal components
HIGH STAIN POTENTIAL — Always perform patch tests before application to any medium
Sunday, November 22, 2020, hour of Saturn. Chart in image gallery.
This is a high few things can compare to. It’s joy free of time and space and current reality. The joy of existing beyond concern. It’s a favorite ancestral offering, as well as a go-to when I am overwhelmed by the weight of here and now and everything.
I turn to this BPAL when my thoughts are racing and I need peace. Not necessarily comforting peace, but the peace that comes when things slow down and it’s quiet.
There is something so grounding, calming and comforting about this BPAL, kind of like a weighted blanket. It’s the one I turn to when I need some quiet and solitude. I love wearing it during ancestral veneration, especially when I am working with my patrilineal ancestors.
I really love the fragrance of those one—strong and dignified, and a little bit goes a long way. It lasts the longest of the BPALs I’ve tried so far. Overall, I think this might be one of my favorites!
I was born with both the sun and moon in Capricorn, on Saturn’s Day, and in Saturn’s hour. I have a 5-planet stellium in 9H Cap, as well. I am heavily Saturn influenced, and Saturn has always felt like protector + teacher to me. Being so Saturn heavy comes with its trials and tribulations, however. Saturn wants to bring the gift of Mastery to anyone who works hard enough, but I feel like I’ve been climbing a great mountain, and there’s nothing at all at the top. I’ve been in a whirlwind of change, and have been so lost.
I have used Goat’s Phalanges ONCE months ago, and it made me CRY upon smelling it on my skin. (It almost smells like medicine in the bottle, but the scent changes when dabbed on my skin.) It was so protective and safe- I felt secure and at peace. My life has changed since then. I started thinking about longevity, and my future. I am now in school for alternative medicine- a great passion of mine. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am living out my destiny, and I am no longer afraid and lost.
This is a genuinely outstanding fragrance, and i love it personally, although it’s too heady a feeling for me most of the time. My ancestors, however - those affected by one of the great indecencies of humanity and those affected by witnessing the fate of their children, alike - love this scent. It is joy free of the perils and pitfalls of man who is not divine, of the times before and beyond time, of lives before and beyond hardship. While this is not what I offer when I need them to get up and go on my behalf, it may be my favorite way to offer loving gratitude and expand their capacity to hold me in joy as I traverse paths still lined with the obstacles placed to trip them up.
I have a fallen Saturn and this BPAL has been very profound for me. Wasn't necessarily gentle at first, but my Saturn is fallen, I'd even say I'm still acclimating to it. It's given me a lot of wisdom and insight so far though. The smell is also very nice, it has grown on me quite a bit and the more I use the more I grow to like it.
This perfume has been such a lovely support for me during times of emotional turmoil. Every time I use it, I am able to feel grounded into myself and receive my own inner wisdom with clarity and strength. Pairs wonderfully with my Immortal Heart salve.
I used this oil yesterday along with illuminer because I felt scattered and I was having a work zoom that I needed to get through grounded and with no tricky blockages in response to my ideas. I have just realised that after months of brainstorming re my personal side project which has nothing to do with the work zoom, I have had a sudden and spontaneous burst of proactively moving towards bringing things into form. Actual forms - the sculpting and casting of things and I think its use along with the illuminer may have been what prompted not one but two people offering to help me make my vision real. Within 24 hours of casually mentioning I needed equipment to get something done, there is a machine on its way to me. It's not why I used the oil but I'm ok with the pleasing side effects.
The scent is haunting and beautiful, and a little goes a long way. It connects me with a stable, grounded, serious part of myself and helps me do what needs to be done with zero drama or drag- it was helpful during a recent round of packing/schlepping (how goat-like!) It has been good to feel this Saturnian energy within myself. I notice a side effect of brief nausea from the earthier S+S offerings (Hermanubis & Saturn) so I take it slowly at first while the body acclimates.
The description above captures the experience of Goat's Phalanges perfectly. Especially this line: "the joy of an untroubled heart and a mind in balance, the joy found in the serenity that existed in the Time Before Time." I can't even articulate the kind of transcendence this scent transports you to -- it really does feel like a realm outside of space-time as we know it. So far I haven't used GP for any functional purposes / goal pursuit; I just take it out now and then when I want to taste that particular kind of transcendence for a moment. I feel like GP has this ineffable way of shifting my perspective and my relationship to temporality that feels really fortifying. LOVE it. Thank you!