Remediating + Propitiating Mars During Transits and Retrogrades, or in the Natal Chart
When someone has hired a technician to identify a problem, what’s the first question they ask? Most likely something along the lines of “okay – but how do we fix it?” If that technician were practicing astrology, especially Hellenistic, Medieval, or Vedic, the answer would be remediation, and they would offer a prescription, most likely in the form of a talisman, mantra practice, prayer, offerings, or shifts to diet and behavior.
In short, astrological remediation is the use of corrective measures to reduce negative manifestations. These can stem from configurations within the natal chart or from transits and time lords – often a combination of both. There are always remedial measures that can be taken to mitigate ill effects! We don’t simply have to accept them at face value and resign ourselves to suffering.
Remediation gives us a say in the way these forces unfurl, in our bodies, personalities, and lives as a whole. It is medicine that resonates on every level of being, and a must-have tool for anyone concerned with astrology and improvement of the self and circumstance. Unfortunately the art of remediation has been lost in modern Western astrology, but globalization and the traditional revival have brought us many wonderful things, this being key among them.
Enter the Red Planet
The primary concern of this article is Mars, everyone’s favorite lesser malefic. The reason for this is twofold:
- The items in the Mars in Scorpio + Mars Exaltation Degree series have terrific potential for remediation
- Mars is in Aries from Tuesday, January 1st 2019 until February 13th
That’s a 6-week long period where all god’s creatures could likely benefit from a little attention paid to the Martial sphere. Normally we would be looking to remediate a challenged Mars, whereas Mars is very powerful in Aries, the fire sign which he rules. The goal of working with Mars during THIS period is to get the most goodness and mitigate potential fallout. It’s more along the lines of planetary propitiation, but essentially all of the same techniques apply.
Normal factors that contribute to whether you would benefit from Mars remediation practices, whether natal or transiting, include whether:
- Mars is in his fall (Cancer)
- Mars is in his detriment (Taurus or Libra)
- Mars is retrograde (as previously mentioned)
- You are a day chart (Mars is of the night sect)
- Mars is in a particularly detrimental place in the chart (house or angle)
- Mars is the ruler of OR placed in a profected house or active time lord period
- Mars is facing challenging aspects to planets which do not benefit him, or who stifle his proper expression
- Mars is significantly placed in the chart, having a lot of responsibilities or rulership over the life, but especially if Mars is not ‘well endowed’
All of that might be over someone’s head if they’re not an astrologer versed in traditional techniques, but luckily (or unluckily!) enough, because astrology actually works, if the Mars hose is kinked, it will manifest in the body and the life. This makes it possible for us to diagnose based on less technical criteria. Signs that you could benefit from remediating Mars can include:
- Issues with anger – under or over expressed
- Issues with lack of motivation or laziness
- Issues with blood flow, metabolism, muscle strength, overall vitality, immune function, lack of physical activity
- Avoiding confrontation to a detrimental degree, being afraid of conflict. On the flip side, making conflict where there shouldn’t be
- Not being able to stand up for yourself or others (being a ‘doormat’), not knowing when a fight is worth having, not being willing to have those that are. Also, the extreme opposite
- Fear of competition, or having a tendency to make non-competitive scenarios competitive
- Excessive defensiveness or aggression
If any of the above is presenting for you or someone you know, read on so we can learn to apply some remedial measures, or best propitiate the red planet.
Note that what follows is not exhaustive – there are infinite methods and practices that can be used to remediate, as touched on in Austin Coppock’s The Proper Care and Feeding of a Birth Chart course, but these are some simple predefined approaches.
Methods of Remediation
Timing: Planetary Days and Hours
One of the most fundamental things to understand about remediation (and propitiation) is the concept of planetary days and hours. Ideally, we want to align the planet we’re trying to work on with the day and/ or hour that it rules, because the practice will have more resonance with the sphere, and therefore be more effective.
Tuesday is the day of Mars, and Friday is the night of Mars. For checking planetary hours, use an app or online calculator.
Note that planetary ‘hours’ are not usually 60-minutes long and change according to location and time of year. The first and eighth planetary hour of the day or night always corresponds to the planet that rules it. So a good time to do your Martial remediation would be following sunrise on Tuesdays or nightfall on Fridays – capiche? Excellent!
The Use of Materials
Materials that correspond to the planet you’re addressing can be used in two ways:
- As sympathetic anchors that connect your energy with that of the sphere and create resonance
- As offerings or propitiations to the planet, and/or the gods and spirits related to it
This is where our Mars in Scorpio + Mars Exaltation Degree series offerings come into play. If your Mars (or transiting Mars) is in rough shape, adding any standard Mars charge to the mix won’t be as helpful as adding high quality, effective Mars.
Our goal here is to make ourselves and our lives do Mars better, and for that we look to where the planet is exalted. And even then, there is a single degree of peak performance called the Degree of Exaltation (DoE), which is when this series was constructed.
A planet when in its exaltation degree is running the ‘cleanest’ it possibly can. It gives a flawless performance of its duties with almost no unintended side effects – the equivalent to playing DnD and rolling a 20.
The distinct advantage this series also possesses in terms of the upcoming retrograde, is that it was constructed in the degree before the shadow period of the 2018 retrograde began, or as I like to think of it – Before the Fall. The ‘shadow’ is how astrologers refer to the span of degrees the retrograde will occupy. These are essentially ‘haunted’ by what is to occur there, where the ripples and rumbles leading up to an eruption can be detected, before the lava starts flowing and the ash falls over them.
Retrogrades, especially of the inner planets, are aberrations of their routine course and cause the planet to go haywire. Sticking with the DnD metaphor, chances of rolling a 1 skyrocket, but that is also the case when Mars suffers other debilitations, earlier mentioned.
Application of Material Measures
Every Tuesday and/ or Friday night, during the hour of Mars, do any of the following:
- Anoint yourself with Exalted Mars oil, burn the incense, or light the candle before saying the Orphic Hymn or performing mantras (presented later)
- Use the Mars spray or smell the powder as a sensory attunement before meditating on the Martial sphere, and the areas of your life it has dominion over
- Use any of the materials as a form of offering to appease Martial forces, but do be conscientious that feeding energies that aren’t running very smoothly can sometimes cause an uptick in undesirable results. Start slow and pay attention – if you’re not getting good results from an offering practice, then cease doing it.
These items can also be used in our day to day life to help provide a Martial boost. For instance, whenever there are times where we’re feeling unmotivated and need to get ourselves to work. Using the Exalted Mars spray is an excellent way to prime ourselves for the grindstone and create an organic urgency to be productive. The other items in the series can also be used for that purpose – burn the candle while you’re hard at work, or apply the oil to that which needs worked on.
These can also be used anytime to instill courage and boldness. Spray or anoint before going in to ask your boss for a raise, or before going into court, or before entering competitions, playing games, or going to work out. Ask the Martial forces to muster on your behalf and be with you while under stress or during times of confrontation. Anoint your weapons to further empower them, whether real or talismanic. The applications are endless.
Prayers and Mantras
One mantra for Mangal, the Vedic term for Mars, is Om Saravanabhavaya Namaha. There are many others that can be easily Googled or looked up on YouTube. Such videos or recordings are excellent to chant along with (at first) for the purposes of right pronunciation and number of repetitions. Even playing them while you meditate or give offerings, without saying them along, creates a resonance and is better than nothing.
The Orphic Hymns are prayers to certain gods and planetary powers. The Hymn to Ares follows, which essentially asks for Mars’ mercy. This is good for quelling negative or overactive Mars and will be especially helpful during the retrograde or to calm down overly Marsy scenarios. It is not particularly useful as a war cry.
Magnanimous, unconquer’d, boistrous Mars, in darts rejoicing, and in bloody wars
Fierce and untam’d, whose mighty pow’r can make the strongest walls from their foundations shake:
Mortal destroying king, defil’d with gore, pleas’d with war’s dreadful and tumultuous roar:
Thee, human blood, and swords, and spears delight, and the dire ruin of mad savage fight.
Stay, furious contests, and avenging strife, whose works with woe, embitter human life;
To lovely Venus, and to Bacchus yield, to Ceres give the weapons of the field;
Encourage peace, to gentle works inclin’d, and give abundance, with benignant mind.
You can also write your own prayers and develop your own practices for Martial remediation, once you understand enough about the principles and powers at play.
Note that Mars energies should be applied sparingly and only under targeted circumstances – it is a malefic, after all.
Working with powerful Martial objects may result in temporary dehydration, running ‘hot’ physically and emotionally, headaches, and reactions of the skin in the form of breakouts or rashes, depending on one’s nature and sensitivity.
If you found this information useful and wish to help better equip your fellow man, consider sharing it! As thanks, may the spirits of the Martial sphere do you no harm, and may the intelligence of his exaltation guide you in both word and deed. May the blessings of Mars be upon you, and he be ever your ally!
Mars in Scorpio
Series, Mars in Scorpio, Oils + Perfumes, Sold OutA blend of organic herbs, resins, and gems of martial nature and correspondence, including bloodstone, red jasper, red ginseng, scorpion pepper, stinging nettle, basil, pink and black peppercorn, ritually suffumigated with Mars' Degree of Exaltation incense during the pre-dawn hour of Mars on New Year’s day 2020. This as Mars rose in Scorpio (electional chart within the image gallery), in addition to other herbs and sundries typically employed in Hoodoo and Conjure for promoting fortitude, strength, potency, and victory, such as High John the Conquerer Root. Blood enhancing additions for virility and masculine potency are also present, in the form of horny goat weed, tongkat ali, yohimbe, and others, in a base of organic olive oil. This was formulated with the explicit intention of creating a user-friendly, non-toxic, and temperate Mars oil. While it is very powerful, it is also cooler in tone and manifestation than Mars often is, oriented to be as productive as possible. It promotes focus, grit, inner steel, and teaches Martial wisdom through the perspective of its fixed water sign. Expect gains in self-sufficiency, a boost to your strategic, grounded and tactical thinking, and to better remain calm and centered, committed to The Mission at hand. For more on its expression, applications, and side effects, see the series writeup. Apply to the self before going to work or engaging in physical activities, to override lazy and whiney impulses. Use before entering into situations where your ability to keep calm in the face of offensive or defensive maneuvers will win the day. Anoint weapons and Martial implements to empower them. Should you have need for a more weaponized form of Mars in Scorpio, consider its more lethally endowed Other, Oil of Scorpion. Arrives in your choice of standard 1/2 oz glass vial for $65 (with an optional Dropper Cap Kit), or 10 ml roll-on w/ red jasper rollerball for $58 (no more remaining).$58.00 – $65.00$58.00 – $65.00
Series, Mars in Scorpio, Waters + SpraysIn the pre-dawn hour of Mars as the red planet rose in Scorpio on day 1 of 2020, iron rich well water was drawn from the depths of the earth to fill the interior still pot for this Mars in Scorpio hydrosol. Herbs and gems of a classical Martial nature, including red ginseng, scorpion pepper, black and pink peppercorns, bloodstone, and red jasper were combined with sundry ingredients used in Hoodoo and Conjure for victory, strength, and potency, such as High John the Conqueror Root, Devil's Shoestring, and Devil's pod. A small piece of the cast iron grilled offering steak also thrown in. Distillation via copper alembic was initiated at the start of the ritual operation and left to generate throughout the course of the day, each bottle being placed upon the working altar after completion, and aged for a full lunar cycle before being bottled and made available to the public. The result is a potent and user-friendly mist that can be applied as an aura and body spray before physical activities and work sessions to amp productivity, create laser like focus, gain self-sufficiency, and promote strategic intelligence, rational thinking, and remain calm in the face of offensive and defensive maneuvering. Use to win negotiations and arguments. A great workout and weight loss aid, helpful for those trying to hold themselves accountable on paths of yang oriented self-improvement. Increases visual interest and makes other's pay more attention to what you say and do. Boosts your intimidate check. Stamps out lazy and whiney impulses. Increases pain tolerance. Full disclosure: this hydrosol doesn't smell delicious. If you want something pretty, turn elsewhere, for like dignified Mars himself, this one's a bit musky. It'll get the job done, but note that doesn't necessarily mean you'll love doing the work, just that Mars is content with being joyless and suffering for the sake of achievement. Application over time will help you develop the grit, resolve, and inner steel necessary to execute any mission, or to win any war. Side effects include a tendency toward myopia and getting sucked into the depths of a thing, increased sweating and body odor. Other series can be used in conjunction to guide and moderate the influence, including Venus for sexual purpose, and others. Arrives in a convenient 1/2 oz travel size glass spray bottle with keepsake consecrated bloodstone for $25, or full 2 oz for $55$25.00 – $55.00$25.00 – $55.00
2020 Holiday Grab Bag, Candles, Mars in Scorpio, Series, Sold OutRed soy wax, poured over consecrated Mars in Scorpio herbal mix during the hour of Mars as he rose in Scorpio on day 1 of 2020. Burn during ritual Mars observations, or use in spell work for victory and Martial achievement. Light as a background influence to promote focus, tactical thinking, commitment to getting the job done, or physical activities. Use as a meditation aid to partake of the Martial sphere's wisdom. Arrives in an 8 oz slim vigil style for $155, or large 24 oz for $255$155.00 – $255.00$155.00 – $255.00
Mars in Scorpio, Powders, SeriesOrganic herbs and gems of a classical Martial nature, including red ginseng, scorpion pepper, black and pink peppercorns, bloodstone, and red jasper were combined with sundry ingredients famed in Hoodoo and Conjure for victory, strength, and potency, such as High John the Conqueror Root, Devil’s Shoestring, and others, in addition to yang potency enhancers such as horny goat weed, yohimbe, and tongkat ali. These were combined and ritually suffumigated with Mars' Exaltation Degree incense during the hour of Mars, as the zodiac's soldier rose over the eastern horizon in Scorpio following a lengthy entreaty for his empowerment. Election chart in the image gallery. Pure and uncut, ground with the addition of ammoniacum gum during the day and hour of Mars. Use as any magical powder is typically employed — dress candles, build mojos, or cut with corn starch or talcum powder to create your own Mars in Scorpio sachet powder. Use for overcoming and tactically outsmarting those who would work against you. Arrives in a 1/2 oz glass vial with cork top for $25, or 2 oz bulk pot for $75$25.00 – $75.00$25.00 – $75.00
Series, Mars in Scorpio, Oils + PerfumesScorpion had been intentionally omitted as an ingredient in the original Mars in Scorpio formula to reduce potential for malefic fallout, be less toxic, and more user-friendly — good for regular application by a wider variety of people for practical and remedial purpose. Throughout its lunar cycle of gestation, dream and omen pointed to the fact that Scorpion should in fact feature, so a round of divinations were performed to see which form that should take. I had anticipated it would be the powder or incense since those are things that appeal most exclusively to fellow mages in their own spellwork, but the tarot revealed otherwise. The reading indicated the Mars in Scorpio oil was already ideally mixed, as the goal had been to "temper" its malefic nature and the card pulled was literally Temperance upright, but also that adding Scorpion to a sub-batch would produce the kind of result you never turn down — The Emperor upright. Thus, 10 venomous scorpions were ground to a fine powder on Saturn's day and Mars' hour, and a small amount was dispersed throughout each vial of Emperor Edition Mars in Scorpio oil, which also features 24k gold and a different essential oil blend befitting its darker, more lethal nature. Use in extreme cases of conflict and danger, to invoke the spirit and allegiance of Emperor and Scorpion energy. Not intended for regular application for most people, but for those who need to bring a bigger weapon to the gunfight than a temperate Mars provides, perhaps by those working in high competition sectors, or find themselves vulnerable to particularly nasty enemies. Arrives in your choice of standard 1/2 oz glass vial for $75 (with an optional Dropper Cap Kit), or 10 ml roll-on w/ red jasper rollerball for $60$60.00 – $75.00$60.00 – $75.00
Series, Mars in Scorpio, IncenseOrganic herbs and gems of a classical Martial nature, including red ginseng, scorpion pepper, black and pink peppercorns, bloodstone, and red jasper were combined with sundry ingredients famed in Hoodoo and Conjure for victory, strength, and potency, such as High John the Conqueror Root, Devil’s Shoestring, and others, in addition to yang potency enhancers such as horny goat weed, yohimbe, and tongkat ali. These were combined and ritually suffumigated with Mars' Exaltation Degree incense during the hour of Mars, as the zodiac's soldier rose over the eastern horizon in Scorpio following a lengthy entreaty for his empowerment. Election chart in the image gallery. Pure and uncut, ground with the addition of ammoniacum gum and made self-igniting during the day and hour of Mars. Burn in offering to Mars during weekly ritual observations, or to spirits aiding in the execution of your will and mission objectives. Smoke to activate sigils for overcoming competition, self-defense, or others related to Mars. Contracts, letters, talismans, and weaponry can also be suffumigated to empower. Arrives in a 1/2 oz glass vial with cork top for $25, or 2 oz bulk pot for $75$25.00 – $75.00$25.00 – $75.00
Series, Mars in Scorpio, Attuning TincturesHorny goat weed, maca root, yohimbe bark, fo-ti, longjack, tongkat ali, and tribulus fruit were ritually suffumigated and tinctured in top shelf bourbon under the auspices of the Mars in Scorpio series election. Designed to enhance yang potency and drive, whether it be in the bedroom or the battlefield. Energetically and magically speaking, this attuning tincture is just as efficacious for women and non-binary individuals as it is men. For more on that, and how this election is specifically productive for enhancing desire and sexual performance, see the full series writeup. Easily guiden by chosen activity and supplementation from other series. Warming. Offered in a 1/2 oz dropper bottle for $30, or 1 oz for $55 Important: 100% of the ingredients in this formula were named in the first sentence of the description. Many of these occur in "male enhancement" herbal supplements and may cause hormonal changes, especially in favor of increasing masculinizing hormones which impact blood flow, in alignment with Mars as karaka for masculine presentation and bleeding. It could very well impact the efficacy of birth control and promote abnormal spotting or increased menstruation. Mars materia + talismans should always be avoided by anyone who is, could be, or is trying to get pregnant. Also 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 (nowhere sensitive) or objects. 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.$30.00 – $55.00$30.00 – $55.00
Mars in Scorpio, Oils + Perfumes, Series, Sold Out $135.00$135.00
Mars in Capricorn
S+ Ashley Ayres, S+ Austin Coppock, Series, Sundry, Waters + SpraysThis is the result of a standalone project one and a half years in the making, formulated by long-time Martial arts practitioner and student of TCM Ashley Ayres, in collaboration with fellow martial artist, electional astrologer, and ritualist Austin Coppock. It was created during a supremely fine Mars in Capricorn election, the red planet rising in its hour, fortified by Jupiter in Scorpio on the midheaven, and anchored by a stalwart, exalted Taurus Moon. As always, the chart can be found in the image gallery. The Forgemaster's Iron Palm liniment is a specialized form of jow, intended to warm, strengthen, and fortify, in addition to providing the expedited healing properties of other more generalized dit da jows. It can be used in the formal context of iron palm (or shin, or foot, etc.) training, but it also provides energetic and magical properties encapsulated by the Mars election itself. It serves as a form of exterior armor and attunes one's vessel to the Martial sphere in a way that is both productive and invigorating. Apply and rub well into the skin before and/ or after workouts or combat, whether of a metaphoric or physical nature. For a deeper dive into the workings of this supremely fine, well aged formula, Austin writes —$21.00 – $55.00
The furnace blazes, the iron glows. Blood burns in the hammer-arm of the blacksmith. Stubborn metal becomes malleable, open to convincing arguments from the hammer and the strong hand that wields it.
Fire, iron, and blood. This is the holy trinity of Mars, as crucial for creation as it is for destruction. While many know Mars as the Warrior, the red planet is equally the Smith. In the Smith we see the constructive side of Mars, the blood, sweat, and tears necessary to shape and re-shape our lives, our bodies, ourselves.
The Smith’s alchemical action is an especially apt metaphor for the transformation of the body. The layers of effort required to re-forge the body are quintessentialy martial, and there is no exercise regimen as close to the forge as Iron Palm.
Iron Palm refers to a family of limb-training methods which strengthen the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones for both defensive and offensive purposes. Many styles also emphasize the internal side, cultivating increased qi emission capacity for both striking and healing purposes.
Though there are many variations, the training almost always consists of a daily routine of hitting progressively more resilient materials. A canvas bag of bean, then stones, then metal. Though the results are dramatic, the training process is incremental, with as much attention paid to healing and perfect recovery as to anything else.
Over the years, a great number of liniments have been created for this purpose. Generally referred to as dit da jow, they are widely available and widely used for general athletic purposes well outside of the specific practice of an Iron Palm regimen.
The Forgemaster’s Dit Da Jow is one of these Iron Palm formulae, but with a Sphere + Sundry twist. This Jow was created in a fully ritual manner and at a precisely elected astrological time.
Prayers to Mars the Forgemaster were intoned to bless and empower this tincture at the outset of the operation. The operators were consecrated to the red work, and the medicine vessels adorned with magic square, seal, and sigil.
The elected time seemed a spectacularly appropriate and rare moment for this work. It was the Day and Hour of Mars, with the red planet exalted in Capricorn and on the Ascendant. This powerful, earthy Mars was further supported by a trine from an exalted Moon in Taurus, and meanwhile, Jupiter in Mars-ruled Scorpio crowned the zenith (MC). Not only was Mars strong, but Mars, the Rising, Moon, and Sun were all in Earth signs in order to ensure that the planet’s iron blessings were sufficiently rooted in the very bodily goal of this creation.
After the evocations were said, the herbal and animal ingredients were sealed in their alchemical bath for 18 months.
The result, the Forgemaster’s Dit Da Jow, is not only rich with the spirit and energy of this powerful Mars election, it also possesses the excellent properties bestowed by the materia of the formulation itself.
The basis for this recipe is the Iron Palm formula of Yu Cheung (1894- 1952), one of the famed Five Tigers of Canton. His iron palm feats were famously documented in the early 1900's by photographers, and though his stone-shattering exploits are too numerous to cover here, there are entire books dedicated to his training methods. Crucially, he was known not just his power of his hands, but also their sensitivity.
This formula was designed by him to cultivate both strength and softness. Protection for the hand, energy gates, and organ systems while also maximizing sensitivity and the capacity to express qi for both healing and striking purposes. Yu Cheung’s formula is the basis for this liniment, though it has been modified in small ways for reasons of both ethics and efficacy.
This liniment is designed to unblock the qi flow, activate blood movement, relax tendons and ligaments and increase bone strength. The two types of qi this formula stimulates are wei qi or “defensive/guardian energy” and regular organ qi. This formula activates both in harmony, and is one of the many reasons it is superior to a store-bought dit da jow.
Forgemaster’s Dit Da Jow is formulated to facilitate the healing of bruises , tendons, sinews, and bones, and to reduce pain, strengthen blood vessels, reduce swelling, and mitigate blood stagnation. It also protects the meridians and mobilizes both protective and organ qi for health and vitality.
The Forgemaster’s Dit Da Jow is, of course, perfect for an Iron Limb regimen, but has a number of other uses. Both physically and energetically, it is an ideal pre- and post- workout liniment for any martial striking practice, such as boxing and kickboxing. More broadly, it can be used to ready and fortify the muscles, tendons, and joints in preparation for any athletic activity, and to facilitate the swift healing of bruises. Magically, it is appropriate for works of fortification and the cultivation of personal power.Bottled and a portion made available to the public on the first Tuesday after Mars returned to Capricorn in 2020, a year and a half after creation. Arrives in a glass bottle with spray top for easy application, in either a travel/ sample size of 1/2 oz for $25, or full 2 oz for $55 Note: Should not be used in areas with mucous membranes, skin rashes, open cuts, or sores. Apply a small amount, wait an hour, if no allergic reaction occurs, continue with use. External application only.$21.00 – $55.00
Series, Oils + Perfumes, Sold Out, Mars' Degree of ExaltationPowder from the same Mars Exaltation Degree series in organic sunflower oil, with nails and bloodstone. Combined and sealed at the height of the operation in a glass bottle marked with the appropriate symbolism, agitated during proper days and hours during an incubation period of a full lunar cycle, covered and left to cure with the other offerings. This oil has taken on a natural deep red tone from the Martial materials imbuing, and is earthy and warming, befitting Mars in Capricorn. May stain and cause skin irritation on sensitive individuals, remaining true to Mars' nature. Poured from the mother bottle during sympathetic days, hours, and transits. Includes a natural preservative to stave off oxidation. Keep the bottle covered and away from light when not in use. Available in a 1 oz clear glass vial, especially sealed to prevent leakage during transport. Includes basic instructions for use. Click here for information about the use of these items for remediation of natal configurations or during Mars' retrograde. $65$65.00$65.00
Series, Incense, Sold Out, Mars' Degree of ExaltationIncense cones handcrafted while Mars was in the 28th degree of Capricorn, his degree of optimal performance. The dried, powdered wood of the Machilus thunbergii tree was used as a natural binding and burning agent, mixed with five hand-ground herbs and resins sacred to Mars. These include hot red pepper, genuine dragon's blood resin, and yohimbe bark, among other proprietary sympathetic ingredients, and bits of iron and rust — not enough to make the smoke toxic, but enough for magical resonance. The scent is warming and invigorating, earthy and rich, befitting Mars at his best, in the Earth sign of Capricorn. All woods are said to be under the purview of Mars, making even the base agent a worthy addition. The decision to create this incense in the cone form was also intentional — the upward triangle is resonant with the natural shape of flame and, partially because of this, is also the form associated with the element of Fire in the Western magical tradition. Note that this incense is intended to be used in specialized ceremonial or Martial contexts, and is not for every day use. To light cone incense, hold it sideways so that the tip is in contact with flame until it catches and is well lit. Place the base of the cone on a heat proof surface, such as ceramic, metal, or a layer of sand. Let the flame extinguish itself naturally, leaving an ember that will create smoke as it burns its way down the base. If it goes out, re-light well. Any that is left over can be saved and burned on a piece of charcoal. Only 108 incense cones were created for this election. Packed with a silica pouch to retain maximum burn potential. Available in packs of 5, the number sacred to Mars. Each one is individually wrapped in tissue paper marked with a special seal, sigil, or kamea of Mars. For the purposes of magical work and spellcasting, these can be upcycled with the addition of your own compatible sigils, etc. Click here for information about the use of these items for remediation of natal configurations or during Mars' retrograde. $25$25.00$25.00
Series, Candles, Sold Out, Mars' Degree of ExaltationFlaming red candles hand-poured while Mars was in the 28th degree of Capricorn, his point of peak performance. Each candle features a dose of Mars powder, made the same evening, comprised of five hand-ground herbs and resins sacred to Mars. These include hot red pepper, genuine dragon's blood resin, and yohimbe bark, among other proprietary sympathetic ingredients, and small bits of iron and rust. A keepsake in the form of a bloodstone arrowhead is revealed when the candle has fully burned, to be kept indefinitely by the owner as a talismanic generator of Martial potency. Each candle is in a large 12 oz jar that, depending on burning habits, can provide 45+ hours of burn time. They feature a glass cap with Mars' glyph, Agrippa's seal of character, and the kamea or magic square, all inscribed during the operation. As their burning will often be accompanied by that of incense, they are unscented. The first time you burn a large candle, try to let the pool of wax get as far out as possible because it will leave a 'memory' in the wax and create a tunneling effect for future burns, which will greatly reduce the life of a candle. Magical candles are sometimes lit for short periods of time during prayers or petitions, so sometimes this is unavoidable. If you have issues with tunneling, there are ways of fixing it. Ten candles were poured, 7 were offered by Sphere + Sundry. They are now sold out. Click here for information about the use of these items for remediation of natal configurations or during Mars' retrograde. $95$95.00$95.00
Series, Powders, Sold Out, Mars' Degree of ExaltationFive hand-ground herbs and resins sacred to Mars, mixed with an iron spatula, suffumigated and petitioned over while Mars was in his degree of exaltation in Capricorn. Covered and left to charge with all of the other Mars offerings in the Exaltation Degree series. Includes hot red pepper, genuine dragon's blood resin, and yohimbe bark, among other proprietary sympathetic ingredients, and bits of iron and rust — not enough to make the powder toxic, but enough for magical resonance, along with crushed bloodstone. Available in 3.7 ml glass vials. No fillers - 100% uncut herbs, peppers, and resin. Click here for information about the use of these items for remediation of natal configurations or during Mars' retrograde. $25$25.00$25.00
Series, Waters + Sprays, Sold Out, Mars' Degree of ExaltationFive pure essential oils of Martial nature, including black pepper, cassia, and ginger, mixed with distilled water and tequila, along with other natural preservatives and emulsifiers. Mixed and sealed while Mars was in his exaltation degree, and left to incubate with the rest of the series. It was moved into individual spray bottles on the day and hour of Mars and includes a small chip from the bloodstone arrowheads used in the candles. Note that this not intended to be used as an everyday spray, or for the primary purpose of scenting a room, linens, etc. It is a highly potentiated and specific formula for intentional or ritual application. It can be sprayed around oneself to establish a productive, motivated, and empowered state, or in a space to set the tone for a working or interaction. It can also be used as an anointing wash to empower Martial objects. A small amount should last for quite some time and provide many applications under circumstances such as these. Keep covered and in a dark place when not in use, shake well before application. Click here for information about the use of these items for remediation of natal configurations or during Mars' retrograde. $20 for 1/2 oz spray bottle, or $30 for 1 oz$20.00 – $30.00$20.00 – $30.00