As the sun set and the hour of Saturn began on Tuesday November 12th 2019, the Mother Algol series was ritually created to talismanic standard during the Full Moon conjunct the fixed star Algol around 26° Taurus. This is Sphere + Sundry’s second Algol series, but differs from the first (sold out) in that it features the Full Moon instead of the New, which lends a more protective, insulating quality, not just by nature of brimming with light, but also because of the Moon’s exaltation, increasing the stability, predictability, and steadfast power of the charge.
Algol is the most notorious fixed star our sky has to offer, yet it can also bestow unparalleled protection and avenge those who have been victimized by unjust deeds or malicious magic. It was known as the “blinking eye” of the demon due to being a binary star that eclipsed itself every three days, vanishing for what seemed like no reason.
The ancients, deeply suspicious of this behavior, took to calling the star “Lilith”, after the Garden’s original She-Demon. Algol’s full/ waxing/ visible vs. dark/ waning/ invisible cycle, in addition to its natural pattern of triplicity, are further manifestations of the star’s allegiance to the mysteries of primordial womanhood, likely providing the basis for the Lilith association as the first woman history negated, pre-Eve.
Situated in the constellation of Perseus, Algol is also associated with the Gorgon Medusa, and is seen as the head or gaze that curses and turns to stone. There is much to be said about this mythos and Algol’s relationship to Perseus and Athena, but the first time I attempted to posit at greater length Algol disappeared it. Such is a prime lived example of how Algol functions, and its eclipse-like nature and impact. As is this. And this, from the first time around.
The Algol materia, of anything Sphere + Sundry is ever likely to produce, has by far the most malefic potential, and provides the most extreme protection, even to the point of bringing severe harm to one’s attacker in order to make them stop. The utmost care and respect should be shown for these creations, which pack an incredibly powerful charge that will draw the direct gaze of the primordial dark feminine, in all her potentially destructive glory, upon whoever she comes into contact.
Exposure to Algol often triggers headaches, nausea, hot flashes, and feelings of dread. Gagging or even dry heaving are also common side effects, the sound coming out of the reflexively open mouth even sounding like the star’s name, “al-ghouahh”, the chest often clutched. Electrical disturbances are another common manifestation, and the star is famous for its association with beheadings.
This force, however, can also be channeled for personal good, providing protection for the self, loved ones, and possessions from malcontents and evil doers, or as an agent of justice to avenge wrongdoing. There is often a period of “settling in” with Algol, and making peace with such an incredibly potent, weaponized force. Algol’s gaze is activated around new people and new circumstances, as She surveys Her surroundings, dutifully performing threat assessments. Side effects are likely to express themselves in the beginning of the relationship and diminish over time as rapport is built or the materia is stowed and forgotten, turned to in the case of need. Symptoms may kick up again upon re-engagement or when placed wards start sounding.
My decade of experience working directly with Algol in a talismanic capacity have taught much, and one of them is how to position oneself in a way that mitigates Algol fallout while partaking of the benefits. Some of that is formulaic, some of it is electional, and some of it is relational/ devotional. All of that expertise has been brought to bear for the client who orders from this series, available in this writeup, and the additional directions that arrive with your materia or talisman, and finally, in an ongoing basis via the Facebook client forum. Note that the listed effects still stand, as there is no application of strong malefic energy that doesn’t take some form of toll.
It is highly recommended that if you are to work with Algol, you also have some form of Dark Goddess practice or relationship, preferably in place before you begin engagement with these (or your own) creations.
This fixed star is in Taurus, a Venus ruled sign, and has long been associated with loss and destructive wrath. For one to successfully process Algol without ill effect, one must meet Her gaze with deep humility, heart in hand, and genuine respect for the destructive power inherent to Her nature. There is nothing a nigredo based life-form hates more than bloviating ego and hubris, and Algol will begin dismantling and demolishing those traits utterly and completely should they happen to catch her eye without proper mitigation. These can involve extremely negative manifestations in the life and in the body. Men especially should take care in how they approach Algol, misogynists would be better off avoiding it entirely (or not *wink).
Appropriate beings to work with include Lilith herself, Hekate, Black Tara, Chinnamasta, and Kali, among many others. Making offerings or saying mantras to these beings and praying to them as an adjunct to Algol workings is always a good idea. Goddesses of this class can help channel Algol’s power and provide a guiding, even protective lens through which to filter its influence. The concept of Algol as Dark Mother, us as her children begging for, appreciative of, and in need of Her protection, can also be addressed for such purpose. Make sure the charge is directed to the outside, physically and energetically, rather than in. Try to work out of doors.
This series uses classical Agrippan associations for Algol, including homegrown black hellebore leaf and root harvested during the hour of Saturn and dried, and diamond. The formulation includes many other herbs and ingredients to boost its protective, insulating, and counter-magical, hex-breaking qualities, in addition to belladonna flower, whole mummified rattle snake, snake’s skin, and rattlers (all ethically, legally begotten).
Now that we’ve gotten the warnings regarding potency and side effects out of the way, how can Algol help?
She provides protection, dutifully wards the self or space in which she is installed, counters the magic of others trying to harm or influence us, curse-breaking and hex reversal, sending it back to its source, extreme defense against people trying to harm us, our loved ones, and interests, disappearing, scaring the shit out of people, becoming stronger and more self-possessed in the form of the Dark Mother, standing in the power of the primordial feminine, doing what needs done, promoting honesty and brutal clarity, provoking wrath, energetically poisoning, and the like. You know, all the light, fluffy stuff 😉
Mother Algol features returning collaborations from Elizabeth Barrial of Twilight Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab in the form of two perfumes for protection and hex-breaking. Talismanic goldsmith Tony Mack offers his handiwork in the form of stunning silver Medusa pendants with diamond encrusted third eyes, and resident Sphere + Sundry astrologer Austin Coppock, who chose our election and times of working.
For the first time, we welcome renowned occult author Robert Fitzgerald, possessing decades of experience at the crossroads where witchcraft and stellar magic intersect, who received the transmission “Opening the Eye of Al-Ghoul” along with two original sigils during the night of the election. Thirteen sets were drawn by his own hand the following conjunction between Luna and Algol, and are offered as ritual sets along with the candle and incense necessary to execute the Rite. Nine of these are being offered to the public, individually numbered, allocated as fate would have it.
Thanks and praise to my fellow operators for contributing their fine works to Mother Algol.
Each order includes instructions for application, a prayer to Mother Algol, and suggested times of working. It also includes an invitation to the Sphere + Sundry client forum for ongoing support from both creator and community.
Note: Due to Algol’s malefic potential and sheer power, a divination will take place for every order placed in this series. If the results are ill-omened, we cannot ethically ship, and any Algol items in your purchase will instead be refunded. If the results are neutral or positive, they’ll fly as usual. Initial fulfillment will take longer for this launch due to the extra time this requires. Please use Algol responsibly.
Series, Mother Algol, Oils + PerfumesOrganic almond oil, ritually imbued with home grown black hellebore leaf and root harvested during the hour of Saturn, diamond, mummified rattle snake, rattler, snake's skin, belladonna, and other herbs, precious metals, and essential oils for the purpose of protection, counter-magic, cursing, curse breaking, and the like. Anoint Algol talismans or compatible wards for protection, the exterior of spaces for the same. Apply to the self with care and caution, to attune to primordial feminine and Dark Goddess energies. Appropriate for use in any way oils for counter-magic and cursing are oft applied. Each 1/2 oz glass vial is black, containing silver leaf and herbal matter for $66 Please note that due to the particularly malefic nature of Algol, divination is being done on all orders placed for this series. If the results are ill-omened, we cannot ethically fill your order, and you will be refunded in full for any Algol items in your purchase.$66.00$66.00
Mother Algol, Series, Waters + SpraysConsecrated Algol herbal base, including black hellebore root and leaf, belladonna flower, mummified rattle snake, rattler, snake's skin, diamond, and more, immersed in organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar and sulfur during the height of the Full Moon in Taurus conjunct the fixed star Algol, 2019. The color is the natural result of the ingredients imbuing, left to gestate at the edge of the woods for two Lunar cycles, making for a ridiculously potent elixir, unparalleled for extreme magical protection, acts of counter-magic, and necessary, well-considered maleficia. Sours, darkens, and promotes acrid toxicity. I do not recommend application to one's person, or even in interior spaces. Such may require a good amount of energetic purification afterward, for which Asclepius, Sol, and Regulus are all good antidotes, especially their incense, water, and candle light. This is one of the most potent and active items from the Mother Algol series. Please use with great care. Each glass bottle contains silver leaf and a hand drawn Algol label, offered in a small 1/2 oz size for $30 or 2 oz for $63 Please note that due to the particularly malefic nature of Algol, divination is being done on all orders placed for this series. If the results are ill-omened, we cannot ethically fill your order, and you will be refunded in full for any Algol items in your purchase.$30.00 – $63.00$30.00 – $63.00
Mother Algol, Series, Talismans + ReliquariesLanterns fitted with convex Gorgon Mirror Talismans inside to reflect the Algol candle's flame. When the original candle burns out, additional black candles can be used to activate the Watchtower ad infinitum. Keep outside next to entryways or face in the direction of known danger, to intercept the energies, burn some in Algol's gaze, and return the rest to sender. Available in a small size with 2 oz candle for $378, or large with 24 oz candle for $570, both with Algol mirrors.$378.00 – $537.00Please note that due to the particularly malefic nature of Algol, divination is being done on all orders placed for this series. If the results are ill-omened, we cannot ethically fill your order, and you will be refunded in full for any Algol items in your purchase.$378.00 – $537.00
Collaborations, Mother Algol, S+ Tony Mack, Series, Talismans + ReliquariesSphere + Sundry's resident goldsmith Tony Mack offers to the Mother Algol a limited set of custom designed talismans —$1,583.00
Modeled in hard carver’s wax and cast on November 12th, 2019 at 5:04 pm EST in Williamsport Pennsylvania; the moon applying to a conjunction within two degrees of the fixed star Algol, rising on the ascendant at 26 Taurus. Casting was followed by Suffumgation of wormwood, harvested on a previous Algol election.
The head of the Gorgon, sculpted in high relief and cast in electrum [gold and silver alloy] with calcined wormwood. Set into the forehead is a .8-1 carat raw diamond (unique to each piece), mounted on a gold prong setting.
Each diamond and sterling silver pendant includes a silver chain and arrives in a black leatherette pendant box, marked by a wax seal of Algol for easy identification.Includes a vial of Mother Algol Oil for charging and feeding. Six of these (literal) stunners are being offered to the public for $1,583Please note that due to the particularly malefic nature of Algol, divination is being done on all orders placed for this series. If the results are ill-omened, we cannot ethically fill your order, and you will be refunded in full for any Algol items in your purchase.$1,583.00
Mother Algol, Powders, SeriesBlack hellebore root, leaf, and stem, harvested in the hour of Saturn, diamond dust, mummified rattle snake powder, and other herbs useful for counter-magic, strong protection, and maleficia, ritually combined and suffumigated during the hour of Saturn on the day of Mars as the Full Moon conjoined the fixed star Algol at 26° Taurus after sunset. Later powdered with snake skin, vertebrae, ribs, sulfur, black charcoal, myrrh, and silver leaf. Add to mojos, dress candles, or create your own sachet powders for severe protection, counter-magic, and well-considered maleficia. Arrives in a glass 1/2 vial with hand drawn label for $27$27.00Please note that due to the particularly malefic nature of Algol, divination is being done on all orders placed for this series. If the results are ill-omened, we cannot ethically fill your order, and you will be refunded in full for any Algol items in your purchase.$27.00
Series, Mother Algol, PowdersBlack hellebore root, leaf, and stem, harvested in the hour of Saturn, diamond dust, mummified rattle snake powder, and other herbs useful for counter-magic, strong protection, and maleficia, ritually combined and suffumigated during the hour of Saturn on the day of Mars as the Full Moon conjoined the fixed star Algol at 26° Taurus after sunset. Later powdered with snake skin, vertebrae, ribs, sulfur, black charcoal, myrrh, and silver leaf. On a fire-safe surface, form into a peaked mound or shape (a snake, perhaps?) and touch with flame until ignition. Best burned out of doors, otherwise expect to banish and purify the space post-op, and thoroughly. Use during rituals for extreme protection, to send ill-magic back to its source, or casting your own well-considered maleficia. Arrives in a glass 1/2 vial with hand drawn label for $27$27.00$27.00
Mother Algol, Series, Talismans + ReliquariesThe design for these Gorgon talismans was inspired by the use of convex mirrors used to not only reflect, but refract negative energies, and provide wider survey in bagua mirrors typically placed above doors in Feng Shui. Etched at the beginning of the Full Moon conjunct Algol 2019 in the hour of Saturn and day of Mars, quickly cleaned, suffumigated, and rubbed with Algol oil during the election. Mount externally, above entryways or in the direction of harm you know is being directed toward you. The back has a sticker which can be peeled off in order to stick it to a surface. Rubbing the image with a small amount of oil conceals the Medusa image, allowing for even more covert operation. Two of these are being offered standalone for $213, the rest being offered to the public are included with box sets and Watchtowers. Please note that due to the particularly malefic nature of Algol, divination is being done on all orders placed for this series. If the results are ill-omened, we cannot ethically fill your order, and you will be refunded in full for any Algol items in your purchase. Shoutout to long-time Renaissance AstroMage Christopher Warnock of Renaissance Astrology, who himself created etched talismanic Algol mirrors many years ago. I did not know about them before designing/ executing this project, but after showing a friend my own, they mentioned having gotten something similar from Esquire Warnock in the past, so I would like to pay homage by linking to them 😊$213.00$213.00
Series, Mother Algol, Oils + Perfumes, S+ Black Phoenix Alchemy LabElizabeth Barrial, Mother Supreme of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, ritually crafted one of two limited edition perfume oils during the series election, adjusted per her location. For those seeking the counter-magical aspects of Mother Algol but wary of an unmoderated influence, these collaborations are a good choice, as they're more directed than the purely Stellar take, and therefore offer gentler engagement. Of Hex Breaker in particular, she shares —$42.00
Crafted in the throes of Algol and surrounded by the Gorgons’ serpents, this is a hex-breaking oil that shatters curses with a shriek of divine rage.
Rosemary ct Verbenone steam-distilled essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis (L.) ct verbenone), rosemary ct Cineole essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis (L.) ct cineole), and rosemary from the TAL garden (Rosemary Prostatus cv. Severen Sea and Rosmarinus officinalis), Greek sea salt, organic lemon essential oil and lemon peel from the TAL garden (Citrus limon), wild-grown Nepalese lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus Nees ex Steud) , West Indian lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon citratus, lemongrass from the TAL garden (Cymbopogon citratus), organic peppermint essential oil and peppermint from the TAL garden (Mentha piperita), blue gum eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus), and steam-distilled mugwort essential oil (Artemisia alba) and mugwort from the TAL garden (Artemisia vulgaris).$42$42.00
Candles, Mother Algol, SeriesUnmarked standard size glass mason jars were suffumigated and filled with consecrated Algol herbal base, including black hellebore, mummified rattlesnake powder, snake's skin, diamond, and more. The clear paraffin oil has turned red since incubation due to chemical reactions between it and its contents. No dye was added. The main offering image shows it frozen from having been outside during its two month long incubation period, it has since returned to its liquid state. Oil lamps are frequently employed in the Hoodoo tradition and possess the virtue of being infinitely reusable, building an even greater charge with use over time and a personal relationship with their keeper. The exterior is intentionally left unmarked so it can be decorated in accord with the user's desired purpose (optional, of course!). Direct its light to feed Algol talismans or implements of an appropriately protective, reversing, or malefic nature, as well as pictures or icons of those you wish to impact. Includes the charged Mother Algol talismanic lamp base, burner, ream of wick, and chimney for $360$360.00$360.00
Mother Algol, Oils + Perfumes, S+ Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, SeriesElizabeth Barrial, Mother Supreme of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, ritually crafted one of two limited edition perfume oils during the series election, adjusted per her location. For those seeking the protective aspects of Mother Algol but wary of an unmoderated influence, these collaborations are a good choice, as they're more directed than the purely Stellar take, and therefore offer gentler engagement. Of Drakontomalloi in particular, she shares —$42.00
And to Phorcys Ceto bore… the Gorgones who, beyond the famous stream of Okeanos, live in the utmost place toward night, by the singing Hesperide: they are Sthenno, Euryale, and Medousa, whose fate is a sad one, for she was mortal, but the other two immortal and ageless both alike.
This is an oil for the Gorgons – for veneration, prayer, and evocation. It is an oil of fierce and fearsome protection dedicated to the Gorgons and crafted under the watchful eye of Algol. This is a chorus of screams of primordial rage, this is a stony primeval bulwark that defends against curses. This is a guardian oil, snake-kissed and armored with unyielding scales of ekplektos, krúoeis, and déos.
Then he took up his man-surrounding, much-emblazoned forceful shield, a thing of beauty, around which ran ten rings of bronze, and on it twenty pale-shining disks of tin, and in the very center was one of dark enameled blue. And crowning this a bristling Gorgon face stared out with dreadful glare, and Fear and Flight about her; and the shield’s baldric was of silver, and on it a blue-dark serpent writhed, with three heads turned in all directions, growing from a single neck.
This is a protection oil that defends you by striking terror into those who would do you harm; it will hone your wrath, your anguish, and your fury into a blackened, hissing shield that deflects any malicious intent. This oil utilizes pure, unmitigated fear to protect you from your enemies.
Steam-distilled mugwort essential oil (Artemisia alba) and mugwort from the TAL garden (Artemisia vulgaris), agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Egyptian myrrh essential oil and myrrh tears (Commiphora myrrha), opoponax tears (Commiphora opoponax), guggul resin (Commiphora mukul), nettle leaf (Urtica dioica), oakmoss and oakmoss absolute (Evernia prunastri), galbanum absolute and CO2 extract of galbanum (Ferula galbaniflua), patchouli leaf and patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin), celery seed essential oil (Apium graveolens), and three snake sheds. This oil is not vegan.$42$42.00
Candles, Mother Algol, SeriesSoy wax, dyed black and ritually poured over consecrated Algol mix during the Full Moon conjunct the fixed star Algol, 2019, including black hellebore root, silvermist diamond, and other ingredients for protection, counter-magic, and maleficia. Topped with genuine silver leaf. Burn to invoke the primordial feminine and explore the gnosis and wisdom of the Dark Goddess. Pray for protection and light during times of magical need. Set fire to appropriate items, names, images, etc. with Algol's potent flame. Given the amount of sets involving candles for this series, not many standalone candles are available in either a small 2 oz for $87 or 8 oz in a slim vigil style for $168. All of the gigantic candles are reserved for the large Watchtowers. Please note that due to the particularly malefic nature of Algol, divination is being done on all orders placed for this series. If the results are ill-omened, we cannot ethically fill your order, and you will be refunded in full for any Algol items in your purchase.$87.00 – $168.00$87.00 – $168.00
Altar Boxes + Ritual Sets, Collaborations, Mother Algol, S+ Robert Fitzgerald, SeriesFor the first time, Sphere + Sundry welcomes renowned occult author Robert Fitzgerald, possessing decades of experience at the crossroads of traditional witchcraft and stellar magic, who received the transmission “Opening the Eye of Al-Ghul” along with two original sigils during the night of the election. Thirteen such sets were drawn by his hand the following conjunction between Luna and Algol, and are offered as ritual sets along with the 2 oz candle and Algol incense necessary to execute the Rite. In his own words, short and sweet —$336.00
The purpose of the Rite of Opening the Eye of Al-Ghul is to generate a link with the Star as a field of magical protection against the baleful effects of stellar maleficia.An initiation into the mysteries of Algol, for those looking for the deepest engagement Mother Algol offers with this tremendously potent primordial current. Eleven of these are being offered to the public, individually numbered, allocated as fate would have it. $336 By purchasing this, the buyer-practitioner enters into a pact not to share the words or sigils of this Rite with any other, by pain of Algol's enduring and violated gaze. Given not only the potency of the Rite, but these consequential terms, divinations are taken seriously for this item. If the results are insufficient, the order will be fully refunded. Please perform your own divinations before deciding to partake of it.$336.00
Mother Algol, Series, Talismans + ReliquariesA beloved favorite returns. Black clay filled molded into a three dimensional vesica piscis during the Full Moon in Taurus conjunct Algol, 2019. Red clay was then inlaid to create an iris, and a genuine .07 ct silvermist diamond installed as pupil. Engraved with Algol's seal and cured with Helleborus in boiling water in the light of Luna as she conjoined the fixed star. These Algol Eyes feature a hole through the center, meaning they can serve as standalone talismans or as beads. Each Eye includes one of the toothpicks used to create and maintain these holes, which carry quite a charge on their own and can be applied in any manner usually reserved for nails, thorns, or pins. Algol talismans can be used to provide powerful protection against the evil eye or to defend oneself against various malefactors, both human and discarnate. They can also be used offensively to dominate, bind, and weaken a given target, for Athena's shield served dual purpose. Algol is the most notoriously malefic fixed star and should be treated with the utmost respect. These talismans, and all other artifacts from this series, should be covered when not in use. Thirteen Algol eye talismans were crafted during this election. Six are reserved for box sets and 5 are being offered standalone. Please note that due to the particularly malefic nature of Algol, divination is being done on all orders placed for this series. If the results are ill-omened, we cannot ethically fill your order, and you will be refunded in full for any Algol items in your purchase. $279$279.00$279.00
Altar Boxes + Ritual Sets, Mother Algol, S+ Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, SeriesWooden boxes hand-painted matte black and otherwise unmarked, to serve as a quarantined storage space or portable altar. May be further decorated or inscribed by the client, as desired. Includes —$564.00 – $630.00
$564.00 – $630.00
- Your choice of talisman: Algol Eye OR Medusa Mirror
- Mother Algol Oil
- Mother of Algol Self-Igniting Incense
- Powder of Mother Algol
- Blood of the Gorgon (2 1/2 oz bottles, so they stand upright within, or one could be travelled with)
- Algol Candle (2 oz)
- Hex Breaker by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/ Twilight Alchemy Lab
- Drakontomalloi by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/ Twilight Alchemy Lab