Anointing Oils, Available, Mercury in GeminiOrganic 100% jojoba oil poured over wildcrafted and organic herbs aligned with Mercury in Gemini during the height of our election, fumigated with frankincense: dill, wormwood, parsley, marjoram, bayberry root bark, mullein, skullcap, and seeds of fennel, caraway, and celery. Sour Patch Kid candies, a large copper-alloy Mercury dime, and alloys of white gold (silver + gold) and red gold (copper + gold). Eight yellow opals per mother vessel. Anointing the base of the skull at the back of the neck as a sort of anchor, and then two equal outer points, such as the top of the hands, wrists, bottom of the feet, ankles, or ears and lobes — well, this Power seems to like that! Other nice points include the crown of the head, heart center, and lower back. Revs the mind, quickens the tongue, and lightens the outlook. You may even feel a literal tingle of the tongue following application. A nice low-level daily stimulant, like an energetic cup of coffee. Easy to lose track of operating in the background, but greases the Mercurial gears that so much of modern life depends on. Adds a bit of luck and effervescence to the experience, and is likely to draw money and communications as well. Can also be used to dress candles, anoint objects and petition papers, or in any way magical Oils are oft' employed! Offered in a 1/2 oz Standard Vial (with optional dropper cap kit) for $72, 10 ml "flawless glide" Steel Roller for $55, both with keepsake opal and variegated blue leaf, or adorable 5 ml Mini for $26.$26.00 – $72.00
Available, Mercury in Gemini, Steep + SmokesOrganic and wildcrafted ingredients: mullein, skullcap, lemongrass, wormwood, lungwort, caraway seed, fennel seed, and celery seed. Smoke by itself or combined with Mother Mary Jane. Add to floor washes and spiritual baths. Offered in a 2.5 oz tin for $27 or 4 oz bulk for $48. Note: 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.$27.00 – $48.00
Available, Face + Body, Mercury in Gemini, Spell SoapsA vegetable glycerin-based soap with 10% real honey, infused with consecrated Mercury in Gemini powder, biodegradable glitter, and essential oils. Can be used regularly for those in actively Mercurial periods of life, once weekly before attunements in Mercury's hour, or prior to mundane or ritual activities where one seeks to invoke the Messenger's quicksilver grace, washing away energies that inhibit freedom of thought and movement. These Spell Soaps will last a looong time — for many, many years if only used occasionally. We recommend getting a dedicated soap holder with slats to best facilitate drying between use, and keeping the tissue paper with its series label to wrap them back up once dried, for easy future identification. These can be most conveniently stored in a dedicated ritual bathing drawer, as suggested in the Energetic Cleansing protocol. These soaps work beautifully as part of the "mundane fore-cleansing" portion of the process. Mercury is a great soap to use regardless of follow-up influences in terms of creating energetic movement and receptivity — a nod to the Divine Messenger's ability to go-between/ connect any and all powers, especially to our Human realm. Soaps were also created for each subset, each with their own scent and magical powder: Froggy and The Door-Key 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
Anointing Oils, Available, Flagship, Incense, Mercury in Gemini, Plus Membership, Powders, Spell SoapsMateria Magica to Open the Way, leveraging Mercury in Gemini's unparalleled access to anyone, anything, and anywhere it (or you!) sees fit. Abre camino leaf, quassia chips, frankincense, myrrh, witch grass, lucky hand root, palo santo, slippery elm, eucalyptus, and tulsi. Shavings from a 100+ year old skeleton key, and three key-shaped agates. 24k gold and white gold, mixed with consecrated Mercury in Gemini powder from the original election. Opal, and variegated red leaf. Some very fun, tremendously powerful Door-Key syncs oriented around the keys that were upon the working altar throughout the course of formulation, but we'll share those another time. Try it for yourself and enjoy your own ; ) Use as you would any "Road Opening" or Abre Camino-based products — to anoint yourself, take a smoke bath, or use in works of magic to gain access to your desires. Potent and exceptional unlocks await. Door-Key Anointing Oil: 1/2 oz Standard Vial for $80, 10 ml “flawless glide” Steel Roller for $63, or 5 ml Mini for $31 Door-Key Incense-Powder hybrid: 1/2 oz Vial for $30, or 2 oz bulk pot for $90 Door-Key Spell Soap: 2″ x 1″ disc for $48 (please view important tips here)$30.00 – $90.00
Available, Mercury in Gemini, Talismanic PerfumesThe triumphant post-relocation return of Elizabeth Barrial/ Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/ Twilight Alchemy Lab! How curiously Mercurial
ANGELOS ATHANATON This oil is utilized to facilitate effective communication in every medium, ensuring that you are able to bring your ideas to light coherently and concisely with no misunderstanding. It assists in disseminating ideas and bringing them to a larger audience, and is a confidence booster and a boon to speechwriters, orators, performers, educators, and anyone that wants to transmit data with additional clarity and reach. If you want to be a sparkling conversationalist, this oil’s for you. Frankincense tears and essential oil (Boswellia sacra), geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens), clove essential oil (Syzygium aromaticum), palo santo essential oil and chips (Bursera graveolens), Croatian blue chamomile essential oil and flower (Matricaria chamomilla), lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia), parsley root (Petroselinum crispum), dill seed (Anethum graveolens), dried orchid petals from the TAL garden (Orchidaceae spp), orris absolute (Iris pallida), sage essential oil (Salvia officinalis) and white sage from the TAL garden (Salvia apiana), Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), wild-harvested California palm fronds, and white vegetal musk.
TALARIA Talaria is an indispensable travel oil, used to help ensure safety, good fortune, swift and dependable passage, and overall harmony during your journeys. This oil blasts through obstacles, opens roads, and helps alleviate travel anxiety. Comfrey root and leaf (Symphytum officinale), lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia), lemongrass essential oil and leaves from the TAL garden (Cymbopogon flexuosus), camphor essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora), bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus), frankincense tears and essential oil (Boswellia sacra), gum mastic (Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia), bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia), lemon essential oil and peel (Citrus x limon), and abre camino herb (Koanophyllon villosum).
Snatch your amber apothecary 5 ml bottle is $56, or as twin sets Note that about half as many were poured for this series compared to more recent BPALs, so they will go fast AND have good Secondary Market potential!$56.00 – $112.00
Anointing Oils, Available, Flagship, Incense, Mercury in Gemini, Powders, Spell Soaps"Froggy" was supposed to be a working title, but a more highfalutin one hasn't presented itself yet! We reserve the right to change its name at a later date ; )
"From the works of Mercury, inscribe the figure of a frog on an emerald... Whoever carries this stone will be offended by none; nay, people will speak well of them, and they will say good things about all their works." — Picatrix, Pingree edition
"A frog engraved on a beryl, will have the power to reconcile enemies and produce friendship where there was discord." — Book of Wings, Rabbi RagielConsecrated herbal blend and Anointing Oil from our Mercury in Gemini election, with the addition of witch grass, myrrh, hydrangea root, motherwort, anamu, devil's shoestring, rattlesnake root, deer's tongue, witch hazel, honey powder, slippery elm, and blessed thistle. Moss agate, tree agate, labradorite, and emerald. Violet leaf, pink lotus, and angelica root. Variegated green leaf. Two mummified frogs and two frog skeletons (ethically obtained, natural causes). A subset for the wise selection of word and deed, for reputation management, reconciliation, and greasing the wheels of difficult conversations/ dynamics. The Eirene of the Mercury in Gemini series, except for slyer, and more cunning. For the casting of Mercurial glamours... the "witchiest" of its Mercurial ilk. Wear or take a smoke bath before social occasions, important discussions, or simply going about your daily business. Good for adding safety rails to the act of socializing, and for solitary endeavors involving writing, contemplation, meditation, or ritual. Use as an offering, dressing, or fumigant in works of magic toward compatible ends. Froggy Anointing Oil: 1/2 oz Standard Vial for $80, 10 ml "flawless glide" Steel Roller for $63, or 5 ml Mini for $31 Froggy Incense-Powder hybrid: 1/2 oz Vial for $30, or 2 oz bulk pot for $90 Froggy Spell Soap: 2" x 1" disc for $48 (please view important tips here)$30.00 – $90.00
Available, Honeys, Mercury in GeminiOrganic honey infused with fumigated, consecrated Mercury in Gemini herbal mix. Strained and given the gift of a high-grade keepsake opal. Use for honey pot spells, as an offering to spirits for Mercurial favors, or as a component in spell bottles or mojos. Please Note: This was not created in a commercial kitchen to GMP standards, so it is not suitable or intended for consumption. Use externally to anoint yourself or objects. Keep this (and all our wares) out of reach of children. Any internal consumption undertaken at the user’s sole risk and liability. Offered in a 2 oz glass pot for $32$32.00
Available, Bath Salts, Mercury in Gemini, SaltsConsecrated organic and wildcrafted herbal matter and Anointing Oil from our Mercury in Gemini election, mixed with Dead Sea salts, honey powder, abre camino, and a small amount of biodegradable glitter for multi-faceted pizazz. An inner-child's delight! Clarifies, elevates, and sweetens. Quickens the mind and opens the way for new ideas and possibilities. Cuts through heaviness and stagnation with a Mercurial wink of holographic glitz. Relaxing, yet lightly stimulating. Tension melts away. Youthful spirits restored. Great for routine use, or as part of the Ritual Bathing protocol. Offered in an 8 oz flip-top jar for $32, 16 oz bulk pot for $64, or unbreakable 18 oz (by weight) refill bundle for $56$32.00 – $64.00
Available, Body Butters, Face + Body, Mercury in GeminiOrganic and wildcrafted chickweed, lemongrass, bayberry root, and seeds of caraway, fennel, celery, and coriander were fumigated with frankincense during our Mercury in Gemini election, combined with a proprietary blend of safflower, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and jojoba oils. These were left to incubate for many, many moons, and then combined with organic shea butter and coconut oil before being whipped with a refreshing, stimulating blend of Mercurial essential oils. Brings speed to the thought process, bounce to the step, and lightness to being. Diurnal or social use advised! Offered in a 2 oz pot for $32 or a 6 oz bulk pot for $72.$32.00 – $72.00
Available, Candles, Mercury in GeminiSphere + Sundry's first dual-toned candles! Beeswax poured over consecrated Mercury in Gemini herbal mix, ground opal, and abre camino, the white base poured during the election and a second bright orange in a follow-up hour of Mercury. Like gigantic candy corns, crowned with variegated blue leaf. Burn during Mercury rituals and attunements; use the flame as a focal point of meditation; light sigils and petition papers ablaze with its sacred Mercurial fire; burn in the background during brainstorming sessions, conversations of financial/ transactional import, or during classes, podcast appearances, Zoom meetings, and the like. Creates an uplifting atmosphere, full of possibility. Encourages conversation, multi-tasking, and linguistic dexterity. Opens the way. Offered in a 2 oz glass jar for $88, or 9" slim vigil for $168$88.00 – $168.00
Available, Mercury in Gemini, Tinctures100% organic and/ or wildcrafted herbal ingredients: mullein, skullcap, lemongrass, wormwood, lungwort, caraway seed, fennel seed, celery seed, white gold, red gold, yellow opal, and sour patch kids. Fumigated with frankincense at the height of our Mercury in Gemini election, and covered in high-grade vodka. Though we cannot recommend Tinctures procured from us for your internal consumption (because they were not created to GMP standards), we can say that Talismanic Attuning Tinctures are designed to work in homeopathic doses. 1-3 drops at a time in a glass of liquid or under the tongue will do. That being said, anoint that which you do not want getting oily… Available in a 1/2 oz dropper for $32, or 1 oz for $64. Over time, the natural herbal components in this formulation will create a residue on the inside of the glass vial, causing it to look cloudy. This is entirely normal!Note: 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.$32.00 – $64.00
Available, Mercury in Gemini, Sprays + Hydrosols, WatersDill, wormwood, parsley, marjoram, bayberry root bark, mullein, skullcap, and seeds of fennel, caraway, and celery, along with opal and sour patch kids, distilled via copper alembic in water freshly harvested from Mt. Shasta. Finished with grain alcohol to help preserve, colloidal gold, and colloidal silver. Use as an aura or body spray for a Mercurial boost, to help clear the field of stuck energies. Can also be sprayed over altars, desks, and throughout conference booths or shopping areas to stimulate commerce and conversation. Offered in a 1/2 oz travel or sample size for $27 or full 2 oz for $64, featuring a keepsake opal.$27.00 – $64.00
Available, Bath Bombs, Mercury in GeminiDebuting for the first time with an appropriately effervescent series, Sphere + Sundry is excited to add BATH BOMBS to our ever-expanding roster of astrally-enchanted offerings! If Clients enjoy these, more can be added in the future — including for pre-existing series ; ) Chickweed, lemongrass, bayberry root, and seeds of caraway, fennel, celery, and coriander were fumigated with frankincense during the height of our Mercury in Gemini election, combined with the same Oil base used in the Body Butter. This (powdered) and a small amount of the Mercury in Gemini hydrosol were the magical foundation in this long-fizzing Bath Bomb formula, alongside biodegradable glitter and genuine abre camino leaf. Has energetic cleansing properties, as well as nourishes and softens the skin. Adds a light and bubbly sensation to the auric field, and enhances one's ability to think and move as if lent the Messenger's own Winged regalia. Reduces aches and pains, and restores a certain youthfulness to appearance and outlook. A great bath to take standalone before Mercurial special occasions, or to help overcome obstacles and general obstinance, as-needed or in the hour of Mercury. Works wonderfully as a fun spin on the full Ritual Bathing protocol. Salt (enchanted or non-) can also be added for increased energy clearing potency. Offered in a 2.5" sphere for $33$33.00
Anointing Oils, Available, Mercury in GeminiEach Anointing Oil in the Mercury in Gemini series, in an adorable lil' 5 ml Mini. Offered for $88$88.00
Available, Flagship, Mercury in Gemini, PowdersOrganic and wildcrafted herbs fumigated with frankincense during our Mercury in Gemini election, later powdered and mixed with 24k gold, white gold, yellow opal, and naturally molted Green Amazon parrot feathers (tip of the hat, Harley!). Sprinkle in shoes, your wallet or register, use to dress candles, and in any way magical powders are oft' employed. 100% pure and uncut ingredients, never any fillers. Combine with cornstarch, rice powder, or the medium of your choice to create a nearly infinite supply of sachet powder. Offered in a 1/2 oz glass vial with variegated blue leaf for $25, or 2 oz bulk pot for $75$25.00 – $75.00
Altar Boxes + Ritual Sets, Available, Mercury in Gemini, Talismans + ReliquariesOne of everything in the Mercury in Gemini series, in Small or Large form (where there is size variation; otherwise, just the 1 size). This includes both BPAL perfumes, Loaded D8 Edition Divination Dice, and Small or Ornate Talisman, as detailed in the Dropdown. Anointing Oils are added standalone, so that Clients can make their own selections (Rollers, Standards, Minis). Includes a beautiful Quicksilver-toned wooden box to store your goodies, coated in rainbow holographic mica that sparkles in the sunlight. Small + Standard Talisman: $1,988 Large + Ornate Talisman: $3,688$1,988.00 – $3,688.00
Available, Mercury in Gemini, Talismans + ReliquariesFrom the forge of the inimitable Tony Mack:
Modeled in hard carver’s wax and cast in Mithraic silver [an alloy of majority silver with a portion of gold, palladium, copper, and tin] with calcined salt of coriander, spikenard, grapevine, and clove. Mercury governs among the metals [besides quicksilver] those which are mixed and alloyed. Casting was accompanied by suffumigation of frankincense and S+ incense Exalted Mercury.
Mercury in Gemini Ornate Talismans — $2,000
The talismans take the Form of a stylized glyph of mercury. In the center of the pendant is a century old 2-franc coin, struck with the image of an enthroned Mercury holding a caduceus. The coin was lathe-polished, hammered into a dome shape and prong-set over a bed of frankincense, eleuthero root, S+ exalted mercury powder, and striped agate. The lower part of the pendant consists of two serpent motifs surrounding a crystal lens. Among the things under the rulership of mercury are glass and coins struck with image and number. On the back of the pendant is an engraving in relief a character of Mercury from book I chapter 33 of Agrippa's Three Books [as shown in the Eric Purdue translation]. The bale of the pendant is set with a 1.2 carat emerald, the gemstone associated with mercury in the Jyotish tradition, as well as book II chapter 10 of the Latin Picatrix.
Mercury in Gemini Talismans — $888
Taking the Form of a stylized glyph of mercury. In the center of the pendant is a century old 1 franc coin, struck with the image of an enthroned Mercury holding a caduceus. The coin was lathe-polished, hammered into a dome shape and prong-set. The lower part of the pendant consists of two serpent motifs surrounding a crystal lens. Among the things under the rulership of mercury are glass and coins struck with image and number. Each talisman arrives in a keepsake necklace box bearing a wax seal of the glyph of Mercury and includes a 20" silver chain.Includes a vial of Mercury in Gemini Powder blend (Talismans love resting in beds of related herbal matter).$888.00 – $2,000.00
Available, Inks + Skin Stains, Mercury in GeminiA blend of fumigated, consecrated Mercurial herbs combined with alcohol and raw honey during our Mercury in Gemini election, mixed with holographic mica to create a nearly invisible stain, aside the sparkles which form rainbows in sunlight. Use to trace sigils, glyphs, or anoint parts of the body, or brush over sigils and petition papers. The glitz naturally settles and gets pretty compact over time, to integrate, shake very well before use! Use the oceans of time to pray and contemplate your intent. Can also be expedited by using a stirring stick of some sort. (That also enables you to leave the glitter on the bottom and just employ the invisible ink standalone, without light reflecting properties). Dual applications! Contains flecks of genuine abre camino and keepsake opal. Arrives in a 1 oz bottle with brush cap and keepsake opal for $64$64.00
Available, Mercury in Gemini, Salves
Gives your feet wings!Organic and/ or wildcrafted chickweed, lemongrass, bayberry root bark, caraway seed, fennel seed, celery seed, and coriander seed in certified organic extra-virgin olive oil, following fumigation of frankincense and ritual consecration during our Mercury in Gemini election. Combined with organic beeswax and essential oils, before being poured, and finally, crowned with variegated blue leaf. Like Regulus III and Exalted Mercury, this is best applied during the day time, as its effects are lightly stimulating, rather than sedative. Works wonderfully when used before putting socks on and setting out for the day, as it greases the Mercurial wheels and makes getting from point A to point B easier, faster, and certainly more magical! Brings luck, communications, and money. Use before vending, working trade shows, or when you'll be on your feet a lot. Helps keep pain at bay. Offered in a 2.5 oz tin for $56 or 4 oz bulk pot for $96$56.00 – $96.00
Available, Collaborations, Mercury in Gemini, PowdersA collaboration arranged by the Winged Messenger himself... Sphere + Sundry welcomes for the first time Kit Cox of Tabletop Gems, who gracefully slid into our DMs inquiring about a potential collaboration right as we initiated pre-production for this series, *not knowing* there had been a full set of D&D dice on Mercury in Gemini's working altar during the operation! These beautiful D8s were cast in the hour of Mercury, with Mercury in Gemini Powder imbuing. They are loaded for divination purposes, where choices can be assigned to odd or even numbers, or a list of numerical options. They can also be carried on one's person as a curio for improving one's Mercurial odds, or otherwise kept on a Mercury Altar. The vast majority of these went to Altar Box Sets, but a few are available standalone. If people have good results, we will do more in the future! Available for $288$288.00
Available, Kolonías, Mercury in Gemini, WatersWater freshly harvested from Mt. Shasta with grain alcohol, colloidals of silver and gold, opal, and Mercurial essential oils. Consecrated during the Mercury in Gemini election. Cleansing the vessel with this Kolonía helps purify the Mercurial within your own bodily Sphere, and open the way for clear thinking, communications, commerce, eloquence, productivity, travel. Supremely energizing, clarifying, and invigorating! It also functions to sanctify the hands before Mercurial works. Best practice with any Kolonía is to seal the auric body after use. This is easily achieved by using any Anointing Oil, Salve, or even Body Butter which supports your chosen aims, to address your state in the moment, or for supporting longer-term goals… Cleanse your wallet, purse, and keys to clear out stagnant, blocking energies, to increase the rate of exchange, open the way for material gain, and expedite getting from point A to point B. This can also be used to clear the field of malfunctioning electronics, to help troubleshoot connectivity issues and expedite problem solving. It functions as a purifying and priming wash for tools, talismans, and raw materials. It can also be added to an essential oil diffuser to fill an atmosphere with energizing, talkative, and stimulating Mercurial energies.
Turkish colognes are often sprinkled upon the hands before entering households and business establishments, providing natural sanitation and also a delightful scent. ⠀ ⠀ Sphere + Sundry’s talismanic Kolonías can be used in such a way, or as Celestial Florida Waters for energetic cleansing — promoting clarity and way-finding, as life demands or before ritual. ⠀ ⠀ Doing the following makes it difficult for nasties to glom on or penetrate the auric body, and establishes a clean slate which potentiates the efficacy of other materia…⠀ ⠀ Shake well to integrate and disburse organic essential oils, colloidal metals, and botanically derived colors.⠀
⠀Quick Kolonía Clearing Protocol ⠀ ⠀ Sprinkle about a half teaspoon onto the palm of the hand and gently rub both together for 5-10 seconds, coating tops and bottoms. The hands can float 2 inches from the body or lightly skim it.⠀ ⠀ Stand and run your palms from the crown of your head down the back of it, then start from the top again, going down the sides, the front of the face and down body, all the way to the tops of your feet. Sweep multiple times. ⠀ ⠀ If you feel any areas “sticking”, continue stroking until energies disperse, and then proceed with additional downward sweeping.⠀ ⠀ Continue skimming downward, running your cologned hands across every surface area, including under the arms, groin, between the legs, and rear, concluding with the bottoms of the feet by lifting them. You can “flick” the energy off if it feels right, or it will dissipate naturally, however you prefer.⠀ ⠀ Take 10-30 seconds to close your eyes and integrate the cleansing, feeling the shift, and thank your chosen Power for the cleansing and protection it provided, sealing the auric body from negativity.⠀ ⠀ Kolonías also serve to anoint and sanctify the hands, and can be used before performing energy work, ritual work, or any activity related to each series’ arcana – on oneself, one’s clients, or loved ones. They can be used to cleanse objects, spaces, and add oomph to spiritual baths, as well as added to floor washes, essential oil diffusers, or dishes of water kept at the bedside and entries. ⠀ ⠀ Extraordinarily simple, versatile, effective, and p o t e n t . Arrives in your choice of 1.7 oz woozy bottle with orifice reducer for $32, or 5 oz bulk for $96$32.00 – $96.00
Available, Incense, Mercury in GeminiOrganic and wildcrafted herbs fumigated with frankincense during our Mercury in Gemini election, later powdered and mixed with additional frankincense, 24k gold, white gold, yellow opal, and naturally molted Green Amazon parrot feathers (tip of the hat, Harley!). Burn as an offering to Mercury. Bathe in this smoke or waft it through a room before Mercurial activities and ritual. Use as a fumigant for your own Talismans, spell bottles, and like, or use to activate sigils. Offered in a 1/2 oz glass vial with variegated blue leaf for $27, or 2 oz bulk pot for $81$27.00 – $81.00
Talismanic elections for Mercury have been scarce since Sphere + Sundry’s inception; especially from the Gemini side. Austin had initial doubts we’d be able to secure a maiden series for it in 2022, but a second*, closer inspection revealed otherwise.
I liked the idea of using a horizontally suspended door as our base of magical operations (in this case) because of all it represents:
Mercury commands places of ingress, and no single locale represents that more classically than literal doorways. That this particular door was lacking its hardware was even better, since the hinges and metal that attach a door to its structure are the distinctly Virgoan components. The stabilizing, trusty, and well aligned bits that make serving its worldly function possible.
The open Air that comprises the door-way — the binary of a door being open, or closed (and anywhere in between) are where the Gemini (and everyone!) comes in. The side with the knob that fingers dexterously squeeze, following the turning of dynamic pins within the locking mechanism. Lines of actual code which form manifest riddles that the right key holds the answer for.
Application of technology confirms one’s identity, or at least authority to gain entry, which nowadays could look less like an actual key and more like a numerical sequence, a mysterious fob, phone app, or even a fingerprint.
What that tells us about Keys as a magical concept and methods of gaining access to places, powers, and whatever one wills is ripe for rumination.
Come June 23rd 2022, the day of the operation, half of the herbs still hadn’t been delivered. Tracking showed the dread “In transit, arriving late” status, as opposed to an actual delivery date. Suspended in a state of Mercurial purgatory.
“Watch them show up right as we finish…” quothe the Mage
The Way (well, truly, and quite obviously!) Opened, this was the first of an incredible array of synchronicities that confirmed the working had indeed been successful. Needing to incorporate our new arrivals into the consecrated herbal matter was itself the second* major instance of dual processes and twin manifestations taking the place of what is typically one.
Which brings us to Mercury’s… eccentric, relationship to numerical associations.
On the one hand, we have The Twins — Gemini’s Zodiacal mascot(s).
Twins = two people or things, that are also one. That they are a matching set unifies them as compared to distinctly unrelated entities.
The Two + the One = Three; another number very commonly attributed to our planetary patron, in the form of, for instance: Hermes Trismegistus, meaning Hermes [who is] Thrice Great or Triply Wise.
The flow of creation follows: first, there was nothing [the BBV, or the Big Black Void; all-potential and yin-filled fecundity; a Moon so dark she doesn’t even exist yet], then, there was the initial spark or big bang [light, heat, sound; the yang-driven impetus; the first Star], followed by whatever other forms that coupling began to generate [rapidly and exponentially no doubt; Mercury; the once and eternal child].
The original quintessential pairing (Adam and Eve #classic) is compulsively and distinctly male and female, because historically and archetypally, the union of Man and Woman (seed + egg) is what produces literal children.
But once creation gets going, it gets WILD! It doesn’t need to stay binary any longer (and so it doesn’t!).
ALL KINDS of exceptions and permutations begin arising, which aligns Mercury with Queerness as the distinct *3rd* category. The both and/ or, the neither. Otherness made flesh.
Mercury’s astro-magical number is 8 (which is why we collaborated with Tabletop Gems to create Loaded D8 Divination Dice for this series ((after Kit slid into our DMs during pre-production, *not knowing* a set of D&D dice had been on the working altar!)).
Why 8? — there are a lot of reasons, including Agrippa’s (Eric Purdue translation, naturally). But the point about Mercury and numbers is that it includes EVEN numbers (the first is 2… the twins…) and ODD numbers.
Mercury rules children between the ages of when they can walk + talk (/start making chaos and relentlessly asking WHY?!), and when the hormones that come to bifurcate the sexes kick in. That’s another reason Mercury aligns with gender, or rather, not-gender as a first-principle.
Kids at that age should be kids first and foremost, and in an ideal world, their cares should be about childish things; the need is learning and gaining experience, which is a natural “consequence” of non-directed or gently guided play.
Children are drawn to this series, and it acts as a great counter-balance to stagnancy, obstinance, and age-related inflexibility in all dimensions. It promotes plasticity and youthfulness across the spectrum, including releasing muscle tension and old manners of thinking.
Saturn and Mercury both share this “neutered” quality, but from different ends of the lifespan. Life before hormones kick in and life after hormones… calm tf down. They are, in many ways, counter to one another.
Circling around to something that comes dangerously close to actually discussing this series… Mercury in Gemini talismans + materia serve as free passes for the inner child (and the ever-emergent-Self) to do as it will, in order to find its Way.
It’s less responsible and focused than Mercury in Virgo, because its job is to have myriad experiences for the sake of them, rather than having the end-goal of curating something orderly and functional. It’s not being judged, or judging itself. It’s trying and experiencing and seeing what sticks.
This relates to Gemini being the more primitive, less refined form of Mercury (coming earlier in Zodiacal order), which gives it a super refreshing “low stakes” vibe. In the best way possible.
That didn’t work out, omg no problem! Cool experience, my dude! Learned somethin’ super interesting. Next!
This is great for learning to take yourself, others, and life’s senseless circumstances less seriously, and results in the kind of breakthroughs and power-ups that come as a result of *not trying* for anything specific, or over-producing. The person who spends years desperate for a partner, and 2 days after “giving up”, a froggy shows up that just so happens to be Prince (or Princess!… or Princex!) Charming.
[Matthew McConaughey voice] Green light after green light! Wide open roads! Skeleton keys to doors unknown!
Being in flow… Mercury’s own Magic…
Austin did a little write-up about the election for us. He also has a new website and class downloads! Thanks in no small part to this Mercury in Gemini launch cycle, which has been great for inspiring good ol’ fashioned web work. Anyway:
Mercury is in truly excellent condition in this election. The quicksilver planet is at home in Gemini, in the 10th house in both whole-sign and quadrant styles of division. Morning-rising, in a diurnal sign, and in day chart, Mercury is also perfectly in-sect. Furthermore, Mercury is not only in the 10th and ruling it, but is also the ruler of the Virgo Ascendant, giving the fleet-footed planet tremendous authority.
Another trio of factors further support Mercury. Venus is keeping Mercury company in Gemini, offering ease and charm via benefic co-presence. Jupiter is in a sextile with Mercury, providing scope and confidence, and finally, Mercury is itself tightly conjunct Aldebaran, a royal star, granting the swift planet additional power and authority.
The Moon in this election is more waned than ideal. This lack of light is, however, compensated for by its exaltation and a strong, harmonious configuration to the Ascendant.
The Moon is in Mercury’s decan, while the ruler of the Moon, Venus, is co-present with Mercury and ruled by them, providing a strong set of linkages between the Mercurial power available and the Moon’s capacity for manifestation.
The Dragon’s Head and Uranus share Taurus with the Moon, but are in a different mansion, and well beyond a day’s motion away, preserving the silver light from corruption, and removed from Venus by sign boundary. The Moon herself is occupied with a tight sextile to the Sun, providing a stabilizing note of solilunar harmony.
The earth-sign rising, Taurus Moon, and Aldebaran conjunction all serve to ground the super-charged Mercury, helping to translate mental motion into effective action and reify thinking into solid plans and processes.
These same factors make our election most excellent for financial applications. It also resulted in an incredibly illuminating interaction with a very knowledgeable, generous, and perfectly rotund cheesemonger(!) at the store the other day.
Other syncs include Austin and I receiving twin(!) book offers from a major publisher during this cycle, which bodes well for those who are also writers in terms of productive engagement with this series. And the craziest door-key experience (the same ones that were *on* the altar!) playing out so literally I’ve gotta save it for another time when we can share more of the context.
The time-warps and magical manifestations this series brings are almost psychedelic in “reality”-piercing potency.
Forgive this write-up for being scattered but that’s MERCURY IN GEMINI, BABY! Get into it! (yuh)
This influence is a pun and sync FACT’RY. Don’t blame me when you start mixing colors you didn’t used to and randomly bursting into song. LET YOUR INNER CHILD LIIIVE!
This energy is light on its feet, effervescent, and very good natured, fantastic for all the Mercurial™ things, and yet still very capable of being a force for productivity and focus, when supportively channeled. Good for merchant-ing, facilitating transactions, and communications. Tends to show up in twin or duplicate ways, of course.
This one can register as more “wearable” or even “forgettable” once it’s going, compared to Exalted Mercury. It’s still very strong, but in a less… overbearing or nit-picky way that makes it easier to ride along with, and a more reliably good time.
It’s almost a little Quicksilver Tongue, but if Mercury was 10x stronger than all the other influences.
Venus and the Moon lend this charge a pleasant, friendly groundedness rarely held in Air-based elections — but Taurus is much more chill about stuff than Virgo is, so it’s a cozy, satisfied Earth that offers a nice counter-balance to the scattered-ness Gemini is prone to.
If anyone is choosing between the two, this is the better investment if more key planets are in Gemini, or Gemini is just a better house for you (1st, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th). Or Exalted Mercury if the opposite is the case.
They are both really nice though – it’s totally worth having ~both~ for learning more about the differences between how the signs go about things, and for the different lived-experiences they provide.
As far as stimulation goes, Gemini is like coffee — great for some day-to-day pep in your step, a little luck, and very literal AstroGlide with all the Mercurial things life entails, whereas Virgo is like a study drug. Take it with a purpose, to cram info or productivity, but daily use over time can result in more wear and tear.
At the same time, depending on how some people are wired (and what’s going on with the natal!), Mercury materia might make them calmer than usual, how stimulants do for those with ADHD.
Can’t wait until reviews come in letting us know how it hits!
One little tip, is that sometimes as we’re finding our way not everything works out. It’s not supposed to!
Try Locks you encounter — paths that don’t seem open to you — a few times, and if it’s not working, try something else. Maybe come back to the same lock later once conditions have changed, or once you find new Keys in your revolutions.
Make offerings and pray to Mercury and Mercurial Spirits, in addition to passive use of the materia. Remember that we’re always fighting against the currents of natal influences, transits, and whatnot, and that we have to be smart in playing our part and being a good dance partner with the Powers we employ.
Yet… trust the process ; )
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