There are certain essential oils and aromatic combinations that resonate with each season of the year. Autumn scents tend to be warm, balsamic and woodsy and spicy while Winter oils are even deeper, mystical and resinous. Spring perfumes are sensual and floral and Summer scents boast more towards bright, sunny citrus notes. Not only are we more attracted to these scents during their complimentary seasons, but these oils are very powerful, activated and charged when paired with intention.
We’ve created a selection of Kate’s Magik Bastet Perfumes, Sacred Perfumes and Body Perfume Oils, that are perfect for the Autumnal Season and its corresponding festivals of the Autumn Equinox, Samhain and All Souls or Dia de Los Muertos. Use these perfumes in your rituals and ceremonies that honor the season and symbolism.
Photo by Ken Becker (Kate's Dad)
In the Northern Hemisphere we are entering the final weeks of the Harvest Season and so begins our descent into darkness, transformation and introspection. At two points in the year, the Sun illuminates the Northern and Southern Hemispheres equally. These are known as the Equinoxes - when day and night are equal in length. This year the Autumnal Equinox, aka Mabon, is on Monday, Sept 23rd and marks a day of celebration of harvest, gratitude and balance. From then on, the nights become longer, the days become shorter and colder and Earth prepares for a time of hibernation and ultimate renewal. Here we enter the time of magik making - purification, transformation and deep healing. On the Fall Equinox we give thanks by celebrating our accomplishments, making altars and sharing harvest foods with friends as we begin our preparation for the darker seasons to come
On the eve of Oct 31st, many of us celebrate the age old Gaelic festival known as Samhain, which marks the halfway point between the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice. On this magical holiday, while children are scurrying through dark streets in spooky and mystical costumes collecting treats and inhaling the exhilaration of the night, others are making altars and fires to celebrate the spiritual new year. As we enter the darkest quarter of the year, we find ourselves in the most liminal time of our seasonal cycle. Here the veil between the worlds is thin, which is why we also mourn, remember, and celebrate loved ones passed on All Souls Day and Dia De Los Muertos.
This is a time to honor, mourn and remember those who have passed. We have a procession where we dress up like the dead and commemorate loved ones no longer here with ceremonies and rituals where we light candles and incense on shrines. It is a healthy tradition rooted in Latin American culture that allows us to face and demystify the great western taboo of death.
Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god, is a protector of the dead and an overseer of embalming and funerals. He has been called “Lord of the Sacred Land,'' as well as “God of Deserts and Darkness.” He embodies a protective shaman or priest who guides mortals from one realm to another. Anubis also watches over and guides the souls of the dead on their journey from the physical realm to the afterlife. Kate created Anubis Perfume to help support us in understanding the temporary nature of our current life and to connect with those who have passed over. This magik potion will also help us travel beyond linear time. Ancient Myrrh and holy Frankincense will help instill trust in what comes after life as we know it. Together with divine Rose we will be guided to the deeper realms beyond this world.
October's All Souls Bastet Perfume is a potent anointing oil that is formulated to transport you to other realms. All Souls honors "Dia de Los Muertos," a sacred holiday in Mexican culture, and serves as a means to connect with loved ones passed as well as celebrate the gift of life. This sacred tincture is crafted around the essential oil of the Marigold flower which is an important symbol of the Day of the Dead and placed on the ofrenda (altar) to guide the spirits of those departed. Sacred and purifying bottom notes of Myrrh and Cedarwood - used in death rites and ritual for millennia - provide a comforting cradle, while the mystical quality of the Elderflower seals this magic potion.
The Tantric Hindu Goddess Kali is cloaked in mystery. She is known as the fierce cosmic mother who transcends all forms. She helps liberate us from mental turmoil, cut karmic ties and transcend all ego. Kali provides the courage needed to go beyond our limitations, free ourselves from Earthly attachments and cast away illusions. As we find ourselves in a time of revolution, disease and regeneration, Kali provides the crucial force necessary for change and awakening. Though her forceful and untamed nature can be formidable, her raw powers are there for potent healing and to uncover our full divine potential. Kali is typically depicted as blue-black as midnight and luminous as the moon. Patchouli and Violet Leaf provide a powerful foundation for this dramatic, wild, transgressive goddess. Jasmine centers her in the divine feminine, while a touch of Allspice gives her audacious fierceness.
Pan is the therianthropic Greek goat God of all nature. His deep connection to the natural world is profoundly needed in our current time. Since the ancient past, his mirthful yet wise ways have intrigued the hearts of many mystics. Pan links us to our own animal nature and awakens our connection to the wild and untamed. He lives in dells and grottoes, woods and water, and represents the uncivilized divine masculine - primal and often lustful. The focus of Pan Bastet Perfume is for the archetype of Pan to ignite a healthy instinct to connect to the wildness within us and fine-tune our relationship to our mother planet; where we can find the deep healing we all long for. Pan Perfume was created to evoke the alluring musky scent of flora and fauna. Forestry noted are folded in with balsamic Amber - Rose and Oud create a majestic balance.
The mythological muses are inspirational goddesses of music, art, poetry, dance and science that can emerge in the form of a vision, an image, a dream or a shadow. My muse is an alluring shapeshifter, a trickster and a seductress. She can appear unexpectedly like a monsoon rain – raw, bold and electrifying – or nudge me softly like a purring feline swaying its tail around my limbs. Once I awaken to her presence, a burning desire consumes my whole being, and I chase and dance with her until a new creation - such as a song or an inspiration for a perfume - has been captured. Hypnotic Muse Bastet Perfume helps manifest creations while fostering inspiration, passion, and desire. The centerpiece for Muse is the alluring Tuberose, known as “The Mistress of the Night." This precious, mystical flower is rich, seductive and elevates the senses to new heights of sophistication. Soulful Buddhawood cradles this perfume in the sacred realm, while Pink Pepper ignites a creative fire.
Use Wood Nymph Body Perfume Oil for love and trust. The Wood Nymph is an earth-loving butterfly that dips through the sagebrush, juniper-pinyon woodland, dry chaparral and open pine forests. Wood Nymph Body Perfume Oil helps you feel grounded and compassionate while revealing your inner beauty. It stimulates internal knowledge, brings peace, trust and awareness. With both feet on the ground you can sway like a tree, be rooted, yet flexible and free. Lavish yourself and apply from head to toe to perfume your whole body in the fashion of the Ancient Egyptians. It is a great way to start the day after a bath or shower and can also be mixed with your favorite unscented lotion. Wood Nymph Body Perfume Oil is a blend of earthy, sweet Cedarwood with protective, woodsy Juniper which envelops regal Rose and sensual Jasmine. A touch of spice makes this balanced blend an intoxicating and grounding experience.
Archangel Michael Sacred Perfume instills courage and provides protection.Archangel Michael is the great protector and guide of light and love. Notes of sacred Frankincense and courageous Ginger help shield you from the unwanted and instill the trust needed to follow your path.
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