Halloween is almost upon us, the air is alight with Black Butterflies, the fruits of forgetfulness are ripening in Persephone’s Garden, and a whiff of pungent incense heralds the coming of autumn —
BLACK BUTTERFLY MOON 2013
Sister of the first-born light,
Type of sorrowing gentleness!
Quivering mists in silv’ry dress
Float around thy features bright;
When thy gentle foot is heard,
From the day-closed caverns then
Wake the mournful ghosts of men,
I, too, wake, and each night-bird.
O’er a field of boundless span
Looks thy gaze both far and wide.
Raise me upwards to thy side!
Grant this to a raving man!
And to heights of rapture raised,
Let the knight so crafty peep
At his maiden while asleep,
Through her lattice-window glazed.
Soon the bliss of this sweet view,
Pangs by distance caused allays;
And I gather all thy rays,
And my look I sharpen too.
Round her unveil’d limbs I see
Brighter still become the glow,
And she draws me down below,
As Endymion once drew thee.
Soft, deep, and luminous: Lady of the Night orchid, benzoin, opopponax, currant, black chypre, white gardenia, ambergris, damp, wooded mosses, and black lily.
Illustration by Tanya Bjork! The tee is available at our sister-shop, Black Phoenix Trading post!
And this month’s single note —
Representative of the Path of Shin, connecting Hod (Splendour) with Malkuth (Kingdom), and is one of the primary ingredients in Abramelin incense and oil. In some traditions, olibanum is also a perfume of Tiphareth (Beauty), and is integral in assisting in helping one connect with their higher self. Our olibanum represents purification by fire, and possesses all the generous, expansive, radiant qualities of Sol.
This month, we are also introducing an ode to pale-limbed Persephone, inspired by Algernon Swinburne with artwork by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
…’tis thine in earth’s profundities to dwell, fast by the wide and dismal gates of hell.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post will be vending at Dragon*Con 2013 at booths 1206 & 1208 in AmericasMart, building 1, floor 1.
The 2013 Dragon*Con exclusives —
+ MILLIONS OF PEACHES / BPAL DRAGON*CON 2013
Golden peach, tobacco absolute, tonka bean, and honey with a squirt of red musk.
White peach, tangerine, and champagne grapes.
Georgia peaches, madeira wine, mimosa, and Cherokee roses.
Golden peach, Egyptian amber, myrrh, ho wood, frankincense, burgundy pitch, musk seed, and oudh.
White peach, white tea, honey, and neroli.
+ MILLIONS OF PEACHES / BPTP DRAGON*CON 2013
PEACHES IN THE BPAL GARDEN ATMOSPHERE SPRAY
Ripe peaches, freshly mown grass, lemon verbena, honeysuckle, cedar sap, orange blossom, and tomato vine.
SUGARED PEACH BATH OIL
Spun sugar and golden peaches.
WHITE PEACH AND INCENSE HAIR GLOSS
White peach, champaca flower, and frankincense.
BPAL’s Peach Pit fragrances are $24 each, BPTP’s peachy atmosphere spray and bath oil are $26 each, and the White Peach and Incense Hair Gloss is $33!
Black Phoenix Trading Post’s Garden of Proserpine, a hat tip to Stoker and Shelley, the return of Carnaval Diabolique, a gritty, modern interpretation of Alice, and, of course, Halloweenies.