Butter Ocean was the code name for Sphere + Sundry’s second Jupiter in Pisces series (the other being Jupiter’s Empyreal Vantage), which waited in the angel-wings over a year and a half before its gloriously disastrous, chaotic (yet timely!) debut.
When we began bottling and beta testing this cycle, I had posted on socials a brief timeline and snapshot of events leading to its creation. It was a *monumentally* busy time, and a curious sync now… that with how it panned out, its *launch* was too. But more on that in due course.
I had planned on a different write-up, but for now this will have to suffice. Sharing the following because there are a lot of lessons in how all this went (as there so often are), and it’s still not finished (like whatever this is, is? Jove’s got jokes!), aannd I kind of want to save what happened as a glorious monument to the biggest shit show of a Sphere + Sundry launch of all time. One hopes!
Here are Austin’s notes on the election:
Jupiter is direct, in Pisces, conjunct Fomalhaut and the MC, and in a perfect trine to the Ascendant during the Day and Hour of Jupiter. The election is further sweetened by Venus in Cancer in the 1st house. The Ascendant is ruled by the Moon, which is waxing with good light, in a whole sign aspect with Jupiter and a perfect, within-a-degree sextile with cuddly Venus in Cancer.
and what follows is what the Plus Members were, uh… treated to, last night at the pre-launch. Admittedly zhuzhed up a bit. Do enjoy!
Remember how we all got to go on a blind date with our Aerial Queen?
Well… Butter Ocean is shaping up to be a bit like that, except it’s more of a… text-blind… taste… test?
Words aren’t wording and there have been a lot of technical snafus, but elections wait for no one! We’re rolling with it like melted butter off a piping hot SOMETHING THAT’S NOT A FRESHLY BAKED
ROLL avoid a double pun at all costs, KAITLIN.
I will replace this with something more appropriate when my brain isn’t mashed potatoes, butter laden and delicious they may be! [don’t tell Hannibal]
But Butter Ocean’s wisdom is… allowing this to actually be okay. Perhaps perfectly so.
Not to white knuckle it.
To stay calm, and let the sugars caramelize.
A real-time showcase of how the simplest, most meaningful, most nourishing things in life don’t actually require presentational perfection. But love and care, and a side of technique. The Talismans + Materia are what matter, and they are *chef’s kiss*. The rest is little aside from simple, digital window dressing.
And it will coalesce as fresh churning cream always does — gently, and over time.
Lessons these excruciatingly potent series keep lashing me with time after time and time and time again.
Pre-Launch and Launch-Launch are both moving forward at the scheduled times regardless of text status. If anyone wants to read a long involved write-up first, there’s no pressure to order before one becomes available. Or ever, at all.
Jupiter in Pisces is offering up a hard lesson in leaning back — into the slow, meaningful depth of it all. And you and hundreds of others get a front row seat!
Belly breathing. Letting things be. Letting the process lead the way.
And focusing on what Matters.
Not how it looks on the web-plate; but how nutritive, delicious, and memorable the meal ends up Being. And I do hope you well know by now, we always stick that element of the landing ; )
Looking forward to getting this medicine to those who need it.
Not going to let some giant chaotic mess in the kitchen delay serving one bit! Guests are at the door, so dinner, dessert, and the finest magical bubbly is officially on the table. Dig in should you so wish!
The preview thread from the Client Community will have to suffice for now.
Screenshots because the page kept not saving since apparently the website hates cool fonts. But I likes them! #jenesaisbeurre
There was more about the chaos at this point but I think you get it. And we all survived! And Plus Member packages are already flowing as I type, an hour and 15 minutes ’til launch. Thinking there won’t even be time to add photos.
The Info Sheet that arrives with each order has actual usable information about Butter Ocean and what it’s good for, and an original hymn I just penned — Of Sea and Of Orchards, which — to honor our Patron’s Good Name and Great Works, shall be shared openly here, for the benefit of all:
See how the talismanic sausage is made?! And how every series hijacks its own process and presentation? So much fun.
Anyway, the BPALs are delayed for this (as they were with Exalted Mercury). Those too will arise from the chaos of worldly creation in their own time! But Tony’s Talismans… those should be arriving today and begin shipping immediately, and they are *glorious*.
And despite how all this makes it seem, the Materia itself is a stunning triumph of delicious simplicity — casual yet noble, potent, well-humored, and opulently rich, and it shall serve Jupiter’s Own generously well. Lessons relating to faith now enter the fold.
With that, and in the words of Patron Saint of butter and goin’ with the flow, the Immortal Julia Child — Bon Appétit!
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Butter Ocean Anointing OilAnointing Oils, Butter Ocean (Jupiter), SeriesFor Jupiter told Man: Anoint in Good, Holy, and Ease-Giving Faith, and all Shall Be as on the 6th Day of Creation — Well Again. Offered in a 1/2 oz standard vial (with optional add-on Dropper Cap Kit) for $80, 10 ml flawless glide steel roller for $60, very few gold plated roller for $108, or sweet 5 ml Minis ($25).$25.00 – $108.00
Butter Ocean SalveButter Ocean (Jupiter), Salves, Series, Sold OutJupiterian herbs for the promotion of relaxation and release, flow and abundance, fumigated during our Butter Ocean election and immersed in a combination of ghee and organic extra virgin olive oil. Left to incubate for over a year and a half, before being strained, and gifted the addition of organic beeswax and essential oils (arnica, amber, frankincense). You know what else Butter Ocean is teaching me? That every single individual offering description probably doesn't require a rehashing of the series description + ground-up masterclass in how to use the stuff! Put it on... rub it good... and feel like you too are made of butter! Crowned with white gold and lemon gold, offered in a 2.5 oz tin for $56, or if the Client prefers, a 4 oz bulk pot ($96). Infused (organic): comfrey root and leaf, borage, olive leaf, blue poppy seed, slippery elm bark, valerian root, catnip, blessed thistle, burdock root, echinacea, fenugreek, honeysuckle, hops, hyssop, linden flower, marshmallow, meadowsweet, milk thistle seed, mullein leaf, plantain leaf, wild yam root, yarrow flower.$56.00 – $96.00
Butter Ocean CandlesButter Ocean (Jupiter), Candles, Series, Sold OutPalm wax candles poured over consecrated, powdered Butter Ocean herbal matter within the consecration window, in a royal, amethystine tone. Burn during weekly ritual observations to Jupiter, or employ in candle magic aligned with the series and planetary arcana: enrichment, gain, nourishment, wisdom, and the like. Offered as the classic slim vigil ($168) crowned with lemon gold and yellow jade, or as etchable, dressable pillars in your choice of magnum ($244), tall ($168), or cute lil' shortie ($108).$108.00 – $244.00
Butter Ocean PowderButter Ocean (Jupiter), Powders, SeriesPut it on stuff and in stuff! Offered in a 1/2 oz cork top vial for $28, or 2 oz bulk pot for $84.$28.00 – $84.00
Butter Ocean KoloníaButter Ocean (Jupiter), Kolonías, Series, Sold Out, WatersCleanse all aside Jupiter's sweet, restorative, nourishing Grace. Arrives in the Client's selection of 1.7 oz woozy ($32) or 5 oz bulk for $96, each with keepsake consecrated amethyst and yellow jade.$32.00 – $96.00
Butter Ocean IncenseButter Ocean (Jupiter), Incense, SeriesBurn it! Offered in a 1/2 oz cork top vial for $28, or 2 oz bulk pot for $84.$28.00 – $84.00
Butter Ocean Bath SaltsBath Salts, Butter Ocean (Jupiter), Salts, SeriesBathe in Jupiter's Good Graces. Literally! 8 oz bale top for $36, 16 oz bulk pot for $64, or unbreakable 18 oz (by weight) bundle for $60$36.00 – $64.00
Butter Ocean Altar Box SetsAltar Boxes + Ritual Sets, Butter Ocean (Jupiter), SeriesEach Altar Box Set made available through the website directly for Butter Ocean *INCLUDES* its matching series Talisman and a Slim Vigil candle. Anointing Oils are add ons based on the Client's preference. Aside from that, one of everything associated with the series in small or large Form where there are size variations, and a beautiful stick o' butter-lookin' box to stow it. Fun additional bit of chaos is that when the Plus Member preview text was initially put up, I had chosen to include a recent photo Austin printed out of the Butter Ocean election because of the cute lil notes. Only to discover a few minutes before pre-launch that it had been our alternate election(!) and not the real one! GOOD TIMES! Pic in gallery for posterity.$1,500.00 – $2,388.00
Butter Ocean HydrosolButter Ocean (Jupiter), Hydrosol Sprays, Series, WatersShasta water distilled with Jupiterian herbs and spices, tucked into cozy waves of consecrated Jupiter in Pisces II materia for an entire ocean of time. Grain alcohol for preservation, and essential oils of grapefruit, frankincense, and labdanum. Wash away stress and anxious states. Uplifting and buffering, comforting and soothing. Create your own cozy auric and atmospheric haze. Offered in a 1/2 oz glass spray bottle for travel or sampling ($28), or full 2 oz for $64.$28.00 – $64.00
Butter Ocean Attuning TinctureButter Ocean (Jupiter), Series, Tinctures100% ingredients (organic): fenugreek seed, burdock root, coconut milk powder, echinacea, maple syrup granules, marshmallow root, olive leaf, blue poppyseed, catnip, blessed thistle, chamomile, honeysuckle, hops, hyssop, linden flower, meadowsweet, mullein, plantain, slippery elm bark, valerian root, wild yam root, and yarrow flower. Combined in the Butter Ocean election window with high quality vodka, following fumigation of frankincense during Sphere + Sundry's second Jupiter in Pisces operation — in the wings since June of 2021. Offered in a 1/2 oz dropper bottle for $28, or 1 oz for $56$28.00 – $56.00
Butter Ocean Ritual HoneyButter Ocean (Jupiter), HoneysMake sweet. Arrives in a 2 oz glass pot for $32. 100% ingredients (organic): honey, fenugreek seed, burdock root, coconut milk powder, echinacea, maple syrup granules, marshmallow root, olive leaf, blue poppyseed, catnip, blessed thistle, chamomile, honeysuckle, hops, hyssop, linden flower, meadowsweet, mullein, plantain, slippery elm bark, valerian root, wild yam root, and yarrow flower. Yellow gold.$32.00
Butter Ocean Ink + Skin StainButter Ocean (Jupiter), Inks + Skin Stains, SeriesColor stuff purple! 1 oz brush cap for $64.$64.00
Butter Ocean Steep + SmokeButter Ocean (Jupiter), Series, Steep + SmokesYou'll never guess! 100% ingredients (organic): fenugreek seed, burdock root, coconut milk powder, echinacea, maple syrup granules, marshmallow root, olive leaf, blue poppyseed, catnip, blessed thistle, chamomile, honeysuckle, hops, hyssop, linden flower, meadowsweet, mullein, plantain, slippery elm bark, valerian root, wild yam root, and yarrow flower. Offered in a 2.5 oz tin for $28, 4 oz bulk pot for $48Note: While this contains nothing inedible or poisonous, it was not created in a commercial kitchen to GMP standards, so it is not suitable or intended for consumption. Keep this (and all our wares) out of reach of children. Do not use while pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Any internal consumption undertaken at the user’s sole risk and liability.$28.00 – $48.00
GHEE of the SEA! Body ButterBody Butters, Butter Ocean (Jupiter), Face + Body, SeriesAn infusion of 2♃ medicinal herbs of Jupiterian provenance designed to promote relaxation, release, calm, and general beneficence, ritually combined following fumigation of frankincense on Sphere + Sundry's Butter Ocean election — a Jupiter in Pisces series from June of 2021, which incubated over a year and a half before its debut. This is the first of the BodButs to include additional oils of organic grass-fed ghee, avocado, olive oil, and grapeseed, in addition to the classic shea butter and coconut. The texture has small crystals that dissolve when rubbed into the skin, and the results are remarkably refreshing to body, mind, and spirit. Both grounding and elevating, soothing and fortifying. And melts away stress like (drumroll...) its series' namesake. Comfrey, slippery elm, poppy seed, olive leaf, borage, valerian, catnip, yarrow, mullein, meadowsweet, hyssop, hops, and honeysuckle, Echinacea, blessed thistle, burdock, and more, with essential oils of labdanum, amber, frankincense, and tangerine. Excellent before bed or anytime to promote luck, ease, and abundance. A true thick and luxurious butter that can be mixed into lotion for a lighter application, but excellent to smooth winter dryness. In addition to insulating the skin, it creates a layer of protective, buttery insulation to the auric and astral. Offered in your selection of 2 oz for $32, or 6 oz bulk pot for $96.$32.00 – $96.00
Butter Ocean TalismansButter Ocean (Jupiter), SeriesJupiter in Pisces Pendants by Tony Mack:
Modeled in high relief with hard carver’s wax, and Cast in an 90/10 alloy of silver and gold [with calcined salts of frankincense, orange rind, and amber]. Casting was accompanied by suffumigation of frankincense, camphor, and saffron.
An image for Jupiter in Pisces of an ancient ammonoidea (the fossils of which we call ammonite) who's chabered shell spirals outward in a Fibonacci sequence. The 'golden ratio' composition of the shell shares a pleasant symmetry with the significations of Jupiter in Pisces; namely in balanced and equilibrated growth, and as a supportive and buoyant structure which provides protection and orientation. The back of the pendant is marked with the character of Jupiter as written in Arabic manuscripts of the Ghayat Al-Hakim [aka Picatrix in latin translations].Each talisman arrives in a keepsake jewelry box bearing a wax seal of the glyph of Jupiter, and an accompanying Butter Ocean Powder for $888$888.00
Butter Ocean Bath BombsBath Bombs, Butter Ocean (Jupiter), SeriesWe are beginning to roll out bath bombs for existing series! Sign up for the Waitlist to be notified when they become available. Offered in a 2.5" sphere for $33$33.00
Butter Ocean Spell SoapButter Ocean (Jupiter), Face + Body, Series, Spell SoapsWe are beginning to roll out soaps for existing series! Sign up for the Waitlist to be notified when they become available. Offered in a 3" x 1" disc for $48 Please note that the loaded herbal components can make these slightly "scratchy" on the skin, which can serve to exfoliate, or, use your hands to work up a lather and transfer it to whatever areas you wish to wash!$48.00