On the cusp of August 23rd and 24th 2019, the Moon conjunct the Royal fixed star Aldebaran opposite Jupiter, this series was ritually created during the Greater Benefic’s hour. Offerings of rich strawberry topped cheesecake, roasted meats, freshly baked breads and cheeses were offered alongside four goblets of blood red wine, smoke, light and flame, and an incredible array of tremendously potent materia magica results, paid forward here and now as an offering to you — dear reader, blessed human spirit! I pray they serve you and your interests well.
Aldebaran marks the red eye of the bull in the constellation of Taurus, though due to the natural course of precession it now resides at around 9° of tropical Gemini. We’ll be looking at this potent star’s associations through the lens of Vedic astrology and Western esotericism before talking cautionary aspects, and finally, its nature and pay load of benefits…
In Vedic terms, this star is synonymous with the *most* auspicious nakshatra – beautiful, charismatic Rohini. The Moon (Chandra) is regarded as male, and his daily passing through each Lunar Mansion throughout the course of his monthly revolution was seen as a conjugal visit with one of his 27 (or 28!) star-wives, the fertile patch of Rohini being his most favored. Such is a representation of the Moon’s exaltation in Taurus, where it enjoys stability, creature comforts, and ample resource.
Rohini and Aldebaran are also related to Lord Brahma, the self-born God responsible for the advent of not only speech, but all of creation.
In Western cosmology, Aldebaran is seen as the watcher of the East, the horizon-gate through which the Sun rises each morning, ushering the day itself into being. The star is commonly associated with the Archangel Michael, although it bears mention that other sources point to another of the four royal stars, Regulus. Considering this election hosted the Moon on Aldebaran as Sol conjoined the Lion’s Heart simultaneously, this seemed like a fortuitous opportunity to create oils in devotion to the dragon-slaying Saint, which our lovely collaborator Elizabeth so generously contributed.
This red star is one of the brightest the sky has to offer, and has a tremendously benefic impact on the individual who puts it to work for their own benefit, but Aldebaran is also famed for its “bullish” nature and inclined to temper tantrums. Often the anger expressed here is righteous, related to feelings of under appreciation and valuation by those around them, or simply not getting what one feels entitled to.
The Bull’s constellation is possessive and, for better or worse, wants what it wants. Somewhat similarly to Venus in Taurus, Aldebaran gives us permission to lay claim to our desires, the difference being that it also provides the back bone and steel will to get us there, as the star possesses a nature related to not only the Fairer Benefic, but also Mars. That won’t always provide an altogether pleasant experience for those around us who may be bullied into submission or cast to the wayside by the execution of our will, so keep an eye on that. The possession of power is always best coupled with a sincere attempt to not be an asshole.
As being a card carrying member of the exclusive Royal fixed star club — which is comprised of exactly 4 in a sky that hosts 9,092 others — would indicate, Aldebaran is strongly related to Sovereignty and Kingship; and, as whoever they are say, “heavy is the head”. It takes an incredibly strong ego-vessel — to say nothing of tremendous audacity! — to envision and then create a world of one’s own. Then one has the job of holding an entire realm together, as those who want what is ours cast envious eyes and plot against the Crown’s interests. O, the drama!
This dynamic is reflected in the Vedic lore surrounding Rohini, who, as the Moon’s preferred wife would, angered the others with the privilege of her favor and supremacy. They wanted more of Chandra’s time and sincerest devotion, and the rich benefits those came with, as their own, and so they turned to another great power with their complaints. The Moon was cursed with waning as a result, but was later partially released from that terrible fate by Lord Shiva.
Point being, having more than others inspires envy, and Aldebaran definitely wants more. This star is all about command of resources, productive mines and pastures, and indulging in all the earthly delights and bounties the material world has to offer.
In the narrator’s experience performing the operation and beta testing the materia since, Aldebaran doesn’t seem to care about luxury for the sake of luxury, but what it represents. It cares more for quantity than quality, but quality follows as a natural consequence of our culture valuing certain things more highly than others, and it wants those too. Aldebaran is but a simple star with simple needs: the coffers, the grain stores, and the goblets must be overflowing, and the issue with finery is that it possesses little mass compared to baser goods.
Matters not, Aldebaran takes all.
The star brings riches, resources, and the luck and favor of the Gods — a powerhouse, pure and simple. It helps one hone in on what they want to create and supports in the execution of their vision, providing strength and drive. It then aids in the engineering of systems for maintenance of one’s Kingdom. The intense energy that can flare up through Aldebaran is best channeled through creative and world-building endeavors. It’s not a power to use wantonly or undirected, but with bull’s eye precision backed by good old fashioned effort.
Use items from this series when you need to steel yourself against conflict and increase your ability to haul burdens over the finish line, but know that its influence will make you unlikely to back down, so be sure to plot your course ahead of time, and bring balance to bear as best you can. This isn’t one for spamming, but targeted, deliberate application, perhaps modified by other magical influences…
In terms of coupling with other series, Jupiter’s Bounty can help guide one’s course with wisdom and goodness. Wholesome Jupiter and harmonizing Venus help mellow the intensity of Aldebaran, like slipping a velvet glove over a blunt hoof. Sol helps ensure we’re acting from a place of authenticity rather than insecurity and illuminating the outer world with our inner light, in addition to seeing things more clearly, which aids in the process of creation. St. Expedite can be applied to help speed up slow material processes and overcome the obstinance Aldebaran sometimes gets mired down in. Asclepius to help clarify and cut bulk, energetically and otherwise. Deneb Algedi and Algol can be employed for evil eye diversion and the management of competition.
This star brings charm and gravitas, pairing feminine and masculine aspects without neutering or de-gendering either. It’s oozes appeal, luxuriates in its self and belongings and inspires jealousy in ways we’d typically associate with glamorous women of old Hollywood, but it’s also capable and commanding and hard working and handsome in ways we’d find in an unsophisticated, grade-A cowboy. Think the Bull Fighter, red rose in hand.
Scent profiles and ingredients for this series feature an organic and earthy combination of classical associations, such as milk thistle and ruby, alongside proprietary herbal components to support materialization, fortitude, charisma, and personal force — dragon’s blood, frankincense and myrrh, gold (if they’re good enough for Jesus!), silver, and copper, pure rose absolute and rich buttery notes. As is the Sphere + Sundry way, all was bottled during days and hours allied to Jupiter with hand drawn gold and red labels in glass, never plastic.
Fitting for a series centered on Rohini, we welcome back favored and long-term collaborators Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, who formulated three talismanic perfume blends, two being for Archangel Michael, and goldsmith Tony Mack, who created exceedingly handsome talismans in standard and ornate form. We also thank Rohini-Moon native Austin Coppock for selecting our election and times of working.
Each order comes with basic instructions for use and a prayer, in addition to an invitation to join the private Sphere + Sundry client forum for support from both creator and an incredibly supportive, vibrant, intelligent, fun community <3
Aldebaran I, Available, Bath BombsWe 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
Aldebaran I, Available, Face + Body, 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
Aldebaran I, Anointing Oils, AvailableOrganic almond oil, ritually imbued with milk thistle, ruby, and bull horn during an Aldebaran election heavily supported by Jupiter in Sagittarius. Other ingredients include proprietary herbal components to support materialization, money drawing, fortitude, strength, magnetism, and personal force, including frankincense, myrrh, genuine gold and silver leaf, rose absolute, and dragon's blood. Anoint yourself to reinforce strength, will, and drive. Promotes some degree of entitlement along with charisma and ownership over what one desires, which renders the world more likely to provide it. Commanding of respect, won’t shy from conflict. Helpful for combatting door-mat tendencies and helping to discover and execute what one envisions. Provides focus, consistency, and determination. Aldebaran energies are best directed into creative and world-building pursuits. Use for money magic and to help make manifest your will in the world. Encourages embodiment, entitlement, intensity, and personal force, tools all necessary for supporting the ego-vessel in acquisition and achievement. For the sake of the innocents, please use responsibly. The possession of power is always best coupled with a sincere attempt to not be an asshole. Each 1/2 oz glass vial includes a piece of carbuncle and three milk thistle seeds, offered for $72, or a hyper limited edition 10ml roller with custom cast 24k gold plate rollerball for $108.$72.00 – $108.00
Aldebaran I, Available, Sprays + Hydrosols, WatersWater freshly collected from the headwaters of Mt. Shasta, pasture grass, bull horn, milk thistle, ruby, rare coinage, and other herbs allied to the principles of strength, income generation, material command, and personal Sovereignty, distilled throughout the evening of the election and left to bask upon the Aldebaran altar. Mixed with a small amount of grain alcohol to preserve, along with colloidal gold and silver. Use as a body and aura spray to steel and more deeply embody yourself, lending a temporary +5 bonus to your will save. Helpful for getting in touch with your honest worldly desires, and providing the drive and gravitas to make them manifest. Best applied when working on creative and world-building pursuits. May cause contention, especially where one feels under appreciated or under valued by those around them; promotes the confidence necessary to address conflict head-on. Encourages putting yourself and your own needs — especially in a material, financial, and magical terms — first. Heightens focus and determination. Use before engaging in wealth magic and mist over wealth altars, sigils, and vision boards. Each glass bottle contains one piece of carbuncle and a hand drawn label, offered in a convenient travel size of 1/2 oz for $30 or 2 oz for $63$30.00 – $63.00
Aldebaran I, Available, Sold Out, Talismans + ReliquariesResident Sphere + Sundry goldsmith and 5-star AstroMage Tony Mack offers to the Aldebaran series custom designed and cast talismans —
Modeled in hard carver’s wax and cast in molten electrum on August 24, 2019 at 12:10am EST in Williamsport Pa; the Moon applying to conjunction with the fixed star Aldebaran [on the ascendant] within three degrees; suffumigation of milk thistle and frankincense.
Standard, 9 cast: A thick pendant cast of molten silver and a small portion of gold, bearing the image of a celestial bull. The reverse holds an electrum disk (80/20 alloy of gold and silver) engraved with the symbol of the fixed star, set over an interior made to house sympathetic materia: crushed ruby, frankincense, and the [thorns, silk, and seed] of milky thistle harvested on a previous Aldebaran election.
Ornate, 6 cast: The head of the celestial bull, fleshed out in three dimensions, and cast in molten electrum on a previous Aldebaran election (May 6, 2019 at 2:43pm EST, Williamsport Pa - Moon conjunct Aldebaran within 2 degrees on the Midheaven); Haloed by an 80/20 electrum disk bearing the symbol of the Royal Star (cast on the August 24th election). A space was left behind the head of the bull to house sympathetic materia: crushed ruby, frankincense, and the [thorns, silk, and seed] of milky thistle; enclosed behind a hammer-set gold star behind the head, and a 1.3 carat Ruby set between the bull’s eye.Each Talisman comes with a 20” silver chain, and arrives in a black leatherette pendant box, marked by a wax seal of the glyph of Aldebaran for easy identification. Includes a vial of Aldebaran Oil for charging and feeding. Standard for $800, ornate with ruby for $1800$800.00 – $1,800.00
Aldebaran I, Available, Bath Salts, Face + Body, Salts, Sold OutConsecrated organic Aldebaran herbal base, mixed with pure essential oils and coarsely ground Dead Sea salt, red rose petals from the altar, gold, silver, and copper leaf, precious ruby. Suffumigated with Aldebaran incense during Jupiter’s day and hour for added oomph. Essential oils of frankincense, myrrh, and pure rose absolute. Bathe to reinforce personal power, ground in your own vision, assist in the execution of your will within the world, and draw material resources to your command. Use to purge self-doubt and promote drive, strength, and grit. Employ before rituals related to Aldebaranian principles to prime the human vessel, or before negotiations or fights where determination, personal power, luck, and favor will help win the day. Enough for 2-3 deep baths, or add smaller amounts to many homeopathy style. Offered in an 8 oz glass container with hand drawn label for $36$36.00
Aldebaran I, Available, Sold Out, Talismanic PerfumesSphere + Sundry's favored wife of a collaborator, Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, ritually crafted one of three limited edition perfume oils during the Aldebaran series election, adjusted per her location. Of it, she shares —
Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen
This is an oil of battle and protection.
The Sword of St. Michael is particularly effective in protecting the vulnerable, the marginalized, and the meek, and it grants strength, courage, and determination to those whose spirits are flagging. It can be utilized for both offense and defense, and is effective not only as a personal guardian, but also in workings that protect communities that are imperiled from those in power who wish to exploit, harm, or victimize them.
It is an oil of justice and the fortitude of faith, and it will cut a swath through your enemies.
The Sword of St. Michael has been dedicated to and consecrated under the auspices of Archangel Michael, and was further empowered during a novena leading up to Michaelmas.
Orange blossom absolute (Citrus aurantium var. amara), steam-distilled Madagascar clove bud essential oil and organic clove bud (Eugenia caryophyllata), frankincense serrata CO2 extract (Boswellia serrata), angelica, frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carteri), hops essential oil (Humulus lupulus), western red cedar essential oil and berries (Thuja plicata), Atlas cedar essential oil (Cedrus atlantica), Tunisian neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara), wild-crafted Moroccan bay laurel essential oil and bay leaves from the TAL garden (Laurus nobilis), myrrh essential oil and tears (Commiphora myrrha), organic blood orange essential oil (C. aurantium var dulce), dragon’s blood resin (Daemonorops draco), single-origin organic olive oil, sunflower oil, red vegetal musk, tiger’s eye chips, and carnelian chips.This collaboration is about half the size of what we've been doing lately, so it will go quickly. $44
Aldebaran I, Available, Powders, Sold OutMilk thistle seeds and plant matter, ruby, bull horn, genuine gold, silver, and copper leaf, alongside other herbs allied to the principles of strength, income generation, material command, and personal Sovereignty, frankincense and myrrh resin, dragon’s blood, essential oils. Ritually combined during an Aldebaran election heavily supported by Jupiter in Sagittarius in the Greater Benefic’s hour, and later ground after a lunar cycle of incubation, also on Jupiter’s day and hour. Employ as magical powders often are — add as a component in spell works, the making of talismans and mojos for wealth, personal power, material command, drive, and themes related to Aldebaran, as well as dress candles. Organic pure and uncut herbs, essential oils, resins, precious gems and metals. Mix with talcum powder or corn starch to create your own sachet powder. Offered in a glass 1/2 vial with hand drawn label for $30$30.00 – $90.00
Aldebaran I, Available, Incense, Sold OutPowder of Aldebaran, made self-igniting and with additional essential oils. Milk thistle seeds and plant matter, ruby, bull horn, genuine gold, silver, and copper leaf, alongside other herbs allied to the principles of strength, income generation, material command, and personal Sovereignty, frankincense, myrrh, and dragon’s blood. Ritually combined during an Aldebaran election heavily supported by Jupiter in Sagittarius in the Greater Benefic’s hour, and later ground after a lunar cycle of incubation, also on Jupiter’s day and hour. Burn in offering to spirits aiding in the execution of your creative vision and related to material and financial gain. Smoke to activate sigils for the same purpose, or others related to Aldebaran. Contracts, letters, talismans, and cash can also be suffumigated to bring favor, luck, gravitas, and the achievement of one’s aims, material, magical, and personal. Take a smoke bath to reinforce your will power and during times of strife, to promote inner steel and all that it takes to sustain and win serious conflict or pull a heavy burden. Promotes embodiment, entitlement, intensity, magnetism, and personal force, tools all necessary for supporting the ego-vessel in acquisition and world-building. For the sake of the innocents, please use responsibly. Offered in a glass 1/2 vial with hand drawn label for $30$30.00 – $90.00
Aldebaran I, Available, Sold Out, Talismanic PerfumesSphere + Sundry's favored wife of a collaborator, Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, ritually crafted one of three limited edition perfume oils during the Aldebaran series election, adjusted per her locatioin. Of it, she shares —
Princeps gloriosissime caelestis militiae, sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio et colluctatione, quae nobis adversus principes et potestates, adversus mundi rectores tenebrarum harum, contra spiritualia nequitiae, in caelestibus.
Veni in auxilium hominum, quos Deus creavit inexterminabiles, et ad imaginem similitudinis suae fecit, et a tyrannide diaboli emit pretio magno.
Proeliare hodie cum beatorum Angelorum exercitu proelia Domini, sicut pugnasti contra ducem superbiae Luciferum, et angelos eius apostaticos: et non valuerunt, neque locus inventus est eorum amplius in coelo. Sed proiectus est draco ille magnus, serpens antiquus, qui vocatur diabolus et satanas, qui seducit universum orbem; et proiectus est in terram, et angeli eius cum illo missi sunt.
En antiquus inimicus et homicida vehementer erectus est. Transfiguratus in angelum lucis, cum tota malignorum spirituum caterva late circuit et invadit terram, ut in ea deleat nomen Dei et Christi eius, animasque ad aeternae gloriae coronam destinatas furetur, mactet ac perdat in sempiternum interitum.
Virus nequitiae suae, tamquam flumen immundissimum, draco maleficus transfundit in homines depravatos mente et corruptos corde; spiritum mendacii, impietatis et blasphemiae; halitumque mortiferum luxuriae, vitiorum omnium et iniquitatum.
Ecclesiam, Agni immaculati sponsam, faverrimi hostes repleverunt amaritudinibus, inebriarunt absinthio; ad omnia desiderabilia eius impias miserunt manus.
Ubi sedes beatissimi Petri et Cathedra veritatis ad lucem gentium constituta est, ibi thronum posuerunt abominationis et impietatis suae; ut percusso Pastore, et gregem disperdere valeant.
Adesto itaque, Dux invictissime, populo Dei contra irrumpentes spirituales nequitias, et fac victoriam.
Te custodem et patronum sancta veneratur Ecclesia; te gloriatur defensore adversus terrestrium et infernorum nefarias potestates; tibi tradidit Dominus animas redemptorum in superna felicitate locandas.
Deprecare Deum pacis, ut conterat satanam sub pedibus nostris, ne ultra valeat captivos tenere homines, et Ecclesiae nocere.
Offer nostras preces in conspectu Altissimi, ut cito anticipent nos misericordiae Domini, et apprehendas draconem, serpentem antiquum, qui est diabolus et satanas, ac ligatum mittas in abyssum, ut non seducat amplius gentes.
This is an all-purpose anointing oil that has been dedicated to and consecrated under the auspices of Archangel Michael, and was further empowered during a novena leading up to Michaelmas. It is highly purifying, sanctifying, and protective, and is particularly useful in cleansing a person, object, or space of baneful, malevolent influences. Its protective power is hot and fiery - triumphant, potent, and fearsome.
Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carteri), Atlas cedar essential oil (Cedrus atlantica), angelica essential oil and root (Angelica archangelica), calamus root and essential oil (Acorus calamus), benzoin resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis), cinnamon essential oil and bark (Cinnamomum verum), Roman chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile), and single-origin organic olive oil.This collaboration is about half the size of what we've been doing lately, so it will go quickly. $44
Aldebaran I, Available, Candles, Sold OutRed soy wax poured over consecrated organic Aldebaran herbal base including milk thistle, bull born, and more, in the prime moments of a fine Aldebaran election heavily supported by Jupiter in Sagittarius. Each candle contains a piece of rare coinage that can be kept upon a wealth altar or in one’s wallet after burning. Topped with ruby and genuine gold and copper leaf. Burn on altars or during workings related to Aldebaranian principles. Never leave candles unattended. Due to running out of small candle jars, this is a very limited run. Only twelve 2 oz jars were poured for $90, and seven hyper-large 24 oz for $272. Some of these are also reserved for box sets.$90.00 – $272.00
Aldebaran I, Available, Sold Out, Talismanic PerfumesAll ̶t̶h̶r̶e̶e̶ perfume oils formulated for the Aldebaran Series by Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab. 11/30/19 update: The Red Eye of the Bull is completely spoken for. This duo now contains both of the Archangel Michael oils... Regulus. Considering this election hosted the Moon on Aldebaran as Sol conjoined the Lion’s Heart simultaneously, this seemed like a fortuitous opportunity to create oils in devotion to the dragon-slaying Saint. $88$88.00
2020 Holiday Grab Bag, Aldebaran I, Available, Sold Out, Talismanic PerfumesSphere + Sundry's favored wife of a collaborator, Elizabeth Barrial of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Twilight Alchemy Lab, ritually crafted one of three limited edition perfume oils during the Aldebaran series election, adjusted per her locatioin. Of it, she shares —
This is an oil of tenacity, strength, determination, and the power and success that comes from hard work well-rewarded. It is an oil of ambitions achieved through perseverance, and it is a catalyst for prosperity, increased status, and material gain. The Red Eye of the Bull doesn’t take anyone’s shit, doesn’t shrink from hard work, and has the drive, courage, and authority to make its earthly dreams manifest.
Frankincense oil, tears, and CO2 extract (Boswellia serrata), dragon’s blood resin (Daemonorops draco), organic milk thistle (Silybum marianum), clove essential oil, CO2 extract and bud (Syzygium aromaticum), organic Atlas cedarwood essential oil (Cedrus atlantica), organic Western red cedar essential oil (Thuja plicata), bay laurel essential oil and leaves from the TAL garden (Laurus nobilis), Calabrian bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia), angelica root and essential oil (Angelica archangelica) and angelica CO2 extract (Angelica sinensis), and garnet chips washed in red wine and bourbon.This collaboration is about half the size of what we've been doing lately, so it will sell out quickly. $44
Aldebaran I, Available, TincturesConsecrated organic Aldebaran herbal base in top shelf whisky, shaken throughout gestation on Jupiter’s days and hours. Use to anoint magical and mundane tools for material command, wealth generation, personal force, increased charisma, gravitas, elicit the favor of the Gods, luck, and the like. Offered in a 1/2 oz dropper bottle with four pieces of carbuncle and genuine gold and silver leaf for $30 Please 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. 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.$30.00
Aldebaran I, Altar Boxes + Ritual Sets, Available, Sold OutAntiqued boxes in baby bull, mama bull, and papa bull size, two of each. Talismans for this series are offered standalone. The largest box contains the largest 24 oz candle, 2 oz water, and everything else the series has to offer, including the BPAL blends for $680. The medium box contains a 2 oz candle, 2 oz water, and everything else the series has to offer, including the BPAL blends for $484 The small box contains a 2 oz candle and 2 1/2 oz waters so that they fit upright inside for $460.$460.00 – $680.00