As the sun set on the night of Saturday, September 7th 2019 Hermanubis was called to open the way and empower the generation of this, The Ancestral Series. The election itself saw a stellium of planets in Virgo, Venus having just crossed into the third decan, the face given the image of The Sarcophogous by Austin Coppock in his seminal work, 36 Faces. The Moon was conjunct Saturn in Capricorn on Saturn’s day, with Neptune and Jupiter both hugging key angles of the chart.
Inspiration for this series arose when Austin began election gazing for Hermanubis II opportunities, offerings from the original series nearly exhausted. This election was insistent, screaming DEAD, but wasn’t as oriented to just Mercury as we’d prefer for pure psychopompic action. Still, the divination results were exceptional, so I reached out to my own Ancestors, asking for guidance around what to make of this veil-thinned opportunity.
The result is different from any Sphere + Sundry has so far released, collections of materia dedicated to a singular charge in varied forms. The Ancestral Series is, instead, comprised of multiple veins called sub-sets, each with the goal of facilitating certain dynamics with one’s Dead, improving familial relations, and assisting the grieving and ancestral healing process.
There are reasons for this coming out now, aside from the fact that we’ve just entered the dark half of the year. Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node all being co-present in the sign of Capricorn mean we’re living in an atmosphere of Big Death Energy, and Eclipses on the Cancer-Capricorn axis are calling forth their shades. Our Ancestors demand our attention — so many familial bonds in desperate need of repair, the trauma of our Dead very much alive, imprinting our DNA and impacting nearly every level of our lived experience.
As ideas for what to create began bubbling to the surface, it occurred to me that we spend so much of our magical and mental energy trying to shift our relationships with the living — to sweeten our love interests or landlords, to heal and comfort our friends and family, to strengthen and empower our clients and children, and even if we do make routine offerings of water, flame, and the like, devote such little juju to similar relational goals as they intersect with our deceased.
In the article Sphere + Sundry released last year, A Guide to Dead and Ancestral Worship, Altars, Offerings, and Ritual, I touched on what powerful spirit allies the Dead can be, and some of the benefits being on good terms with them can provide. I wondered…
✠ What incredibly lovely things would our beloved Dead do for us, if we were to honey pot them?
✠ What traumas could we resolve within our own hearts and minds if we were to heal those of our grandmother, who also carried us?
✠ How much protection and help could our ancestors provide if their offering smoke was spiked with herbs and magic designed to empower and energize them, potentiating their ability to act on our behalf?
✠ How much smoother would our lives run if we were better attuned to the guidance our Dead routinely issue from the far side of the veil?
And, more importantly…
✠ How much more often would we engage our ancestors if we clarified and purged whatever moats of grief and bad blood stood between us?
Let that sink in…
So many of the conversations I’ve had with clients and friends around ancestral work — and the struggles I’ve encountered with my own — have revolved around trauma, grief, or strained family relationships. So many feel the gravity and call of this important work, but have such complicated feelings to sort through we struggle even getting ourselves to the starting line. The weight of generations is literally (unsurprisingly!) too much to bear.
Therefore, the goal of The Ancestral Series was to create specific tools for overcoming sticking points that keep us from getting started with ancestor work, and also provide materia for achieving magical aims through the class of spirits we call the Dead.
It goes a bridge farther than opening the way and facilitating communication (which can be done using Hermanubis or other psychopomps alone, if not directly), and ushers us into specific relationship, guiding what happens once the connection has been opened, and promoting productive dynamics of our choosing.
I wasn’t sure this operation would be successful. I was more prepared for it to be a wash, to be honest!
But having thoroughly beta tested, I am overjoyed to report that The Ancestral Series is as potent and effective as any other, and each offering feels incredibly distinct, in right accord with its purpose.
I pray they serve you and your loved ones well <3
Esteemed collaborators for this series include Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, and Dr. Jeremy Bechelli of Phytognosis.
I would be remiss not to mention the work of Dr. Daniel Foor of Ancestral Medicine as a resource for those looking to deepen their ancestral practices, oriented especially around the healing of intergenerational trauma. I was first introduced to the Good Doctor’s work via his appearance on the Rune Soup Podcast.
Logistics and FAQs…
These offerings are presented differently than most others on the website. There are four main foci — The Ancestors, Comfort, Empowerment, and Channel — each containing an oil, powder, and incense, with Empowerment also “possessing” a tincture. These items can be chosen standalone or as a set from dropdown on each sub-set’s page.
There is also an Ancestral Starter Set for those seeking a gentle approach to this work, or the Full Toolkit with each and every item The Ancestral Series has to offer. Items in each sub-series are hyper limited, given their micro niche, small batch and experimental nature.
Q. Can I only use this materia to work with my literal ancestors?
Nope, any Dead will do! If you feel a kinship with a deceased human, somewhere along the line we’re all family. These items will target connections with closer relatives, but can be used to influence any Dead.
Q. How do I choose if I don’t know what would be best for me?
Beginners or those with complicated family histories can safely focus on Comfort and The Ancestors sub-sets, along with the Bath Salts (all part of the Starter kit). Channel may also be appropriate, but increases psychic sensitivity and can lead to supernatural disturbance, so they may be better reserved for intermediate practitioners or higher. Empowerment and the Ancestral Honey are both powerfully experimental and are best used by the esoterically seasoned/ adventurous, or at the very least those on good terms with happy and healthy Ancestors.
Read all of the instructions and comments carefully, and energetically sample the wares through their images — follow your best judgment and let your intuition lead the way. When in doubt — always — divine on what’s right for you. I am unable to provide personal consultations, so please do not ask : )
Q. What if something goes wrong?
This is not light work, and you know your experience of family history and your dead better than anyone else. Sphere + Sundry’s end is to provide potent materia magica that does the job it says it will, but side effects are an aspect of engaging powerful powers, and this is a deeply personal, emotionally consequential, and pioneering approach.
Employ the use of divination, and do The Ancestral Work. Engage on the S+ client forum and with all the other resources you have at your disposal. There are people who can help you through, including your eldest, and most well adjusted Dead.
Please note that working with the Deceased, even those who love and wish you well, can be very draining, and their shades can also linger. One may find it necessary to banish, cut cords, and ground after doing work in this realm. In Sphere + Sundry terms, Asclepius Ritual Salt, Bath Salt, or Water are all good for this purpose, as are items from the Sol in Leo series. The herb rosemary, burning frankincense resin, and the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP) are other readily available resources.
Every order includes basic information for working with this materia, along with timing suggestions. Clients also receive an invitation to the Sphere + Sundry client forum (now off of social media) for ongoing support from both creator and community.
The AncestorsAnointing Oils, Incense, Powders, Series, The Ancestral SeriesHermanubis was called to open the way and empower the entire Ancestral Series during a prime astrological election for contacting the deceased. Herbs and resins with necromantic and familial properties such as bloodroot, hops, mugwort, star anise, parsley, myrrh, and proprietary others, were combined, prayed over, and suffumigated using Hermanubis incense for the purpose of facilitating general ancestral contact. This blend was infused in organic sunflower oil, with a portion reserved to create the incense and powder. The rest was used as the “mother" herbal blend for specialty categories within The Ancestral Series — Comfort, Empowerment, and Channel. This sub-set, simply “The Ancestors”, acts as a primer for Ancestral work and devotions. It builds a bridge between you and your Dead, calling them to the here-and-now, wherever and whenever that happens to be. Use as summons before making offerings, or you can spike them with your own magic to facilitate personal ancestral goals. To best establish close contact, use these or Hermanubis materia to issue the invitation/ bring all your Dead to the yard (so to speak!). Give offerings or follow up with items from specialized sub-sets to support your desired aims and outcomes, to help you and your ancestors resolve unfinished business, or to work toward specific magical objectives with the class of spirits we call the Dead. Your Dead, specifically. Pure and uncut herbs, resins, essential oils, metal leaf, and gemstones. No fillers or artificial ingredients whatsoever. Half ounce glass vials of The Ancestors Oil for $66, Incense or Powder for $27$27.00 – $66.00$27.00 – $66.00
Ancestor AltarSeries, Talismanic Perfumes, The Ancestral SeriesAncestor of Art, Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, ritually crafted one of three limited edition perfume oils during The Ancestral Series election. Of it, she shares —$41.00
This is a cleansing blend used to purify, anoint, and consecrate tools and spaces used in ancestor veneration. It is a highly purifying blend; a few drops can be added to bathwater, and it can be used as an anointing on oil the body to cleanse and reset prior to communing with your fam.
In my personal ancestral practice, I utilize this blend to clean the altar space and ritual tools, before anointing candles for my ancestors using Phytognosis' or Kaitlin's The Ancestors oils, and I use Hermanubis incense, oils, and elixir to open the way.
Organic steam-distilled lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogan citratus), South African hydro distilled organic palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martini), wild crafted citronella java essential oil (Cymbopogon nardus), muhuhu essential oil (Brachylaena hutchinsi), wild crafted organic vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanioides), Moroccan rue essential oil (Ruta Graveolens), Sicilian lemon essential oil (Citrus limon), blue malee eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus polybractea), frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carteri and Boswellia serrata), single-origin olive oil, and lemongrass and citronella harvested from the TAL garden.$41
Grief + Ancestral Healing Bath SaltsBath Salts, Face + Body, Salts, Series, Sold Out, The Ancestral SeriesThe Ancestors mother-blend, combined with Dead Sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, herbs, flowers, and essential oils to comfort and assist in grief processing, suffumigated with Hermanubis incense. Funereal white lily, baby’s breath, chamomile, blessed thistle, lavender, genuine silver leaf, rose quartz, saltwater pearl, white and yellow roses offered the night of the operation, blue lotus, talismanic materia under the auspices of the Divine Physician Asclepius, proprietary others. Immerse yourself in the mourning process to purify energies and emotions surrounding the death of a loved one, or throughout the course of ancestral healing. Intended to transcend the experience of the physical bather for the purpose of reaching and benefiting the aggrieved beyond the veil. Purgative and transmuting, but also gently facilitates healing, and perhaps a good cry. Gentle, but extremely effective. Enough for 2-3 deep baths, or many more via the principle of contagion. Recommended as a primer for those with complicated family histories who are working their way toward ancestral work, or before ancestral operations, especially on the New Moon. Arrives in an 8 oz glass jar for $36 Note that these salts have a high magnesium and trace mineral content.$36.00$36.00
Ancestral ComfortAnointing Oils, Incense, Powders, Series, The Ancestral SeriesThe Ancestors mother-blend, combined with calming herbs such as angelica, chamomile, arnica, and proprietary others, along with intent to soothe familial inflammations and provide a calm, easy intimacy. Rose quartz and saltwater pearl, genuine silver and copper leaf, white roses offered the night of the operation, baby’s breath. Organic cold pressed almond oil. After beta testing the Ancestral Comfort incense for the first time, Austin asked what the results were like. “Like Smoking bees”, I said, which FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON received a confused response. “You know how bee keepers, when they need to go into the hive, they smoke the bees first to calm them down? It’s basically like that, except the bees are dead people...” Use to smooth family dynamics and help everyone get along, mellow uppity ancestors, and ingratiate them to you. The safest and “best” sub-set of The Ancestral series for those looking to tread lightly into ancestral work or with a complicated family history, along with the Bath Salts. Apply to yourself or loved ones to soften relations and resolve bad feelings amongst family, living or dead. Please note, however, that this blend seems to make the dead drowsy, sedated, or even pleasantly high. Great for getting them to leave you alone if they’ve been restless or overactive, not great for if you want to chat them up or send them on a mission. I recommend using this blend after Hermanubis or The Ancestors; or in isolation; or to relieve them (and you!) after Channeling. Empowerment and Comfort seem to cancel one another out, so avoid combining those in the same session, or while your ancestors are engaged in big magical efforts on your behalf, requiring vigilance. Pure and uncut herbs, resins, essential oils, metal leaf, and gemstones. No fillers or artificial ingredients whatsoever. Half ounce glass vial of Ancestral Comfort Oil for $66, Incense or Powder for $27$27.00 – $120.00$27.00 – $120.00
Ancestral HoneyHoneys, Series, The Ancestral SeriesHerbs from The Ancestors mother-blend, suffumigated and combined with passionflower, damiana, and other herbs for promoting affection and attraction, dried yellow roses offered the night of the operation, baby’s breath, talismanic materia from previous Venus series, genuine copper leaf, rose quartz and saltwater pearl, organic Mt. Shasta honey. Submerge names, tokens, grave dirt, or ashes of any deceased you want to benefit from in the afterlife. Sweeten relations between those living and dead, yourself or other members of the family. Useful for inheritance disputes, before or after crossing over. Note that sweetening troublesome relatives may promote unhelpful meddling or cause them to become clingy. Recommended for seasoned practitioners or the esoterically adventurous. Arrives in a 2 oz glass jar for $33$33.00$33.00
Hekate ChthoniaSeries, Talismanic Perfumes, The Ancestral SeriesAncestor of Art, Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, ritually crafted one of three limited edition perfume oils during The Ancestral Series election. Of it, she shares —$41.00
Funereal Mother, celebrating among the souls of those who have passed, embracing the dark ghosts who drift through your shadows.
An oil reflecting one of the underworld aspects of Golden Crowned Hekate, sepulchral mother who reigns beneath the earth.
This oil was consecrated under the auspices of Hekate Chthonia on our permanent Hekate altar.
Myrrh essential oil, resinoid, and tears (Commiphora myrrha), kua myrrh resin (Commiphora abyssinica) from Phytognosis, styrax essential oil steam-distilled from sap wood and bark tissues (Liquidamber orientalis), cypress essential oil (Cupressus sempervirens), 10-year aged Sumatran patchouli essential oil and patchouli leaves from the TAL garden, frankincense essential oil and tears (Boswellia carteri), saffron (whole stigma, Crocus sativus), galbanum essential oil (Ferula galbaniflua), opoponax resin (Commiphora guidottii), flecks of silver, single-origin olive oil, and obsidian chips.$41
Ancestral EmpowermentAnointing Oils, Extinction Bursts, Incense, Powders, Series, The Ancestral Series, WatersThe Ancestors mother-blend, combined with empowering, fortifying herbs such as Solomon’s seal, High John the Conquerer root, holy basil, and Balm of Gilead, along with proprietary others, golden copal resin, citrine, garnet, genuine 24k gold, and the intent to call one's Ancestors to attention and arms. Organic cold pressed olive oil. Increases your ancestors' vigilance, ability to provide protection, and power to influence. Excellent for when going through big life changes or under attack, and you need the powers watching over you operating on all cylinders. Should you have magical requests to make of your ancestors, use this sub-series before or during petitions to activate, empower, and fortify their abilities. Anoint/ smoke tools or weapons your dead used in life, or implements of power you’d like to provide for their use on the other side, in your defense or to achieve requested aims. Anoint yourself or take a smoke bath to encourage your ancestors to watch your back, and walk at your side. Note that giving troublesome ancestors a bunch of extra energy and strength to work with isn't a great idea. This blend should be applied carefully (or avoided) for those with complicated and unresolved family histories, or asshole skeletons in the family crypt. One may, though, choose to use the Ancestral Empowerment sub-series in work targeted toward blocks of very old and wise ancestors a la the work of Dr. Daniel Foor in regards to ancestral lineage repair, or specific deceased individuals of the happy, healthy, and well-adjusted variety. Use after calling your Dead to the here-and-now via Hermanubis or The Ancestors, or standalone. Potentially effective before Channeling to make the dead louder, but also more willful. This and Comfort work to counter purpose/ cancel one another out, so I recommend avoiding that combination in the same session. Pure and uncut herbs, resins, essential oils, metal leaf, and gemstones. No fillers or artificial ingredients whatsoever. Half ounce glass vial of Ancestral Empowerment Oil for $66, 1/2 oz Tincture, Incense, or Powder for $27 Please Note: While the Ancestral Empowerment Tincture does not contain anything poisonous or inedible, it 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 is undertaken at the user’s sole risk and liability.$27.00 – $66.00$27.00 – $66.00
Beloved DeadSeries, Sold Out, Talismanic Perfumes, The Ancestral SeriesAncestor of Art, Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, ritually crafted one of three limited edition perfume oils during The Ancestral Series election. Of it, she shares —$41.00
Before us great Death stands Our fate held close within his quiet hands. When with proud joy we lift Life's red wine To drink deep of the mystic shining cup And ecstasy through all our being leaps— Death bows his head and weeps. - Rainer Maria Rilke
This oil has a twofold purpose: easing the transition of the dead and soothing the grief of the living. This oil can be used in ancestral work to honor the beloved dead, ease the anguish of restless spirits, help the newly dead transition, and help heal ancestral trauma. It is an oil of remembrance - of venerating the lives and accomplishments of our forebearers, of recognizing their tribulations and triumphs, and for honoring the foundation they have created for us and all that they have given us. This oil has also been crafted to help bring peace to the grieving: it is a balm for the heart that strengthens us during mourning, soothing the wracking pains of heartache and loss so that we may remember our loved ones without sorrow.
(Please note: though this is a potent ritual blend, it is no replacement for therapy!)
Three frankincense essential oils (two Boswellia carteri and one Boswellia serrata), wild crafted organic vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Tunisian rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), honey absolute (Apis mellifera), rose absolute (Rosa centifolia), steam-distilled Peruvian palo santo essential oil (Bursera graveolens), and single-origin olive oil.$41
Ancestral ChannelAnointing Oils, Incense, Powders, Series, The Ancestral SeriesWith help from Hermanubis, The Ancestors mother-blend was combined with consecrated talismanic materia from the Moon-Neptune series and other herbs as Neptune rose in Pisces. Blue lotus, mugwort, myrrh, roman chamomile, genuine silver leaf, and other ingredients for the promotion of mediumship and psychic sensitivity, devoted to necromantic and ancestral purpose. Anoint or smoke yourself to increase perception of what your Ancestors are trying to tell you. Best used after formally inviting them via The Ancestors or Hermanubis, or giving offerings, once you've entered the communication phase of the operation. Smoke or anoint items used for divination, pens and paper for automatic drawing/ writing, or implements of seance. Ask specific questions or sit quietly with your dead and see/ hear/ feel what comes. Use this blend and tell your Dead of your woes — some of them are wonderful therapists! Or tell of your triumphs, so they can share in your joy. Smoke or anoint photographs or items of specific ancestors you would like to make contact with. Mix the powder in with a portion of their grave dirt or cremains. Note that banishing or clearing, cord cutting, and grounding are recommended after engaging with Ancestral Channel. The dead, even those that mean well, can be intensely draining if left to linger. In Sphere + Sundry terms, Asclepius Ritual Salt, Bath Salt, or Water are all good for this purpose, as are items from the Sol in Leo series. The herb rosemary, burning frankincense resin, and the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP) are other readily available resources.$27.00 – $66.00$27.00 – $66.00
Ancestral Starter SetSeries, Sold Out, The Ancestral SeriesFor those that desire a soft, yet fully equipped introduction to the Ancestral sphere, either from lack of experience or due to grieving, complicated family histories, and the like. Contains — ✠ Grief + Ancestral Healing Bath Salts for clearing the way, emotionally + physically ✠ Ancestral Altar for consecrating self + tools ✠ The Ancestors Self-Igniting Incense for bridging contact ✠ Ancestral Comfort Oil + Self-Igniting Incense for soothing familial irritations + calming restless dead Includes simple suggestions for getting started and everything listed above for $170$170.00$170.00
The Ancestral Series x BPAL Perfume TrioSeries, Talismanic Perfumes, The Ancestral SeriesAll three perfume oils formulated for The Ancestral Series by Ancestor in Arte Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab. ✠ Ancestral Altar by BPAL ✠ The Beloved Dead by BPAL ✠ Hekate Chthonia by BPAL $123$123.00$123.00
Full Ancestral ToolkitSeries, Sold Out, The Ancestral SeriesThe literal mother-load. Each and every item The Ancestral Series has to offer — ✠ The Ancestors Oil, Powder, and Self-Igniting Incense ✠ Ancestral Comfort Oil, Powder, and Self-Igniting Incense ✠ Ancestral Empowerment Oil, Powder, Self-Igniting Incense, and Tincture ✠ Ancestral Channel Oil, Powder, and Self-Igniting Incense ✠ Ancestral Honey ✠ Grief + Ancestral Healing Bath Salts ✠ Ancestral Altar by BPAL ✠ The Beloved Dead by BPAL ✠ Hekate Chthonia by BPAL ✠ Seideropts Loose Incense by Phytognosis Includes a complimentary 3D printed Hermanubis statue in black for a grand total of $737$737.00$737.00