Perfume Pharmer Tarot Series #4 The Builder *Emperor* by Essentual Alchemy Natural Perfumes, review Monica Skye Miller

Perfumer Amanda Feeley’s words:

The Builder is the Emperor archetype.  This archetype to me is about structure, boundaries, and foundations.  Very similar in my mind to the Saturn/Capricorn/Father archetypes.  Creator of societal standards, civilization, networks and systems that enable us as human beings to develop communities.  This Builder does not destroy for his own power or benefit, unlike many historic emperors.  He works in sustainable harmony with Mother Nature and all who live here.

How did you choose the ingredients for The Builder?

The way the ingredients for The Builder, and all of my tarot perfumes have been chosen, was really quite inspired.  I knew from reading, Mandy Aftel’s book, “Essence and Alchemy”, that in the early 19th century, the Englishman George William Septimus Piesse discovered a way to classify scents. Similar to music he used “top notes”, “middle notes” and “base notes”. He called this an “odophone”.

Then one day while corresponding with the Gaian Tarot Circle, and doing some astrological/tarot research, I stumbled upon a chart for the original Golden Dawn tone correspondences for the major arcana, which Wang indicates were taken directly from the notebook of Alan Bennett, teacher of both Dion Fortune (Violet Firth) and Crowley.

I thought, I wonder what would happen if you combined the two concepts?  Could you give each major arcana card, a musical tone, and take the notes from the odophone, and make a perfume?  If you did, would it “smell” like the corresponding card?  I got extremely excited!  I gathered the info, and then wrote all the notes down with each card.  The Builder is an “C” tone.  I took all the “C” botanicals, and wrote them down together.  Then I decided how much of each one to put in, and then waited.  In the meantime, I got in touch with Joanna Powell Colbert, the creator of The Gaian Tarot deck, and told her my idea, and asked her if she would be open to me using her artwork with the perfumes?  She said that she was honored that I would consider asking, which was a dream come true for me!  I offered to send her the perfumes when each one was complete, so that she could try them out, and see if they “smell like their card.”  Once the first ones were done, which were The World, The Builder (who is The Emperor), and The Hermit, in that order, I sent them off to Joanna.  I waited, very nervously, and when they arrived she emailed me to let me know.  I gave her a couple of days, and then emailed back to ask if she had had an opportunity to try them, and how did they smell?  She emailed me back, and said “I’m keeping them in my tarot bag with my cards.  They smell just like the card!  It’s amazing!”  That was wonderful validation :)

How might the Builder perfume be beneficial to the wearer?

I think The Builder would be good for anyone who wants to discover what might need some structure in their life.  If they want to work on ensuring they have strong and solid boundaries.  What kind of leader they are, and what their leadership style is.  If they are comfortable sharing power with others.  Contemplate what their own father taught them, and how they might be similar or not.

Which other Tarot Archetypes can you tell us about…fragrantly?

The Builder/Emperor was the second perfume from the Muses.  Joanna told me, that The Moon is her favorite out of all of the perfumes thus far.  As to what will come next, I never really know which ones are going to need to be created.  I finally figured out how to do the sharped notes!  After a year and a half, and much contemplation.  The Star is creating alchemy in the bottle, and will be ready very soon!

Notes: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Geranium, Rose, Camphor, Jasmine, Pineapple Tincture /Hydrosol

Monica:A well constructed scent the Builder hammers down all four corners with sturdy green geranium, sustainable sandalwood, rose and patchouli. What could build a stronger fortress? Fortifying and strong the Builder offers the opportunity for spiritual growth from inside a well grounded olfactory experience.

To experience the TAROT scents please visit Esscentual Alchemy‘s Website. Samples are available for purchase.

Disclosure: The BUILDER, and every other fragrance by Esscentual Alchemy is all natural. Free samples of the Tarot Fragrances were kindly given to Perfume Pharmer for review.

The World Gaian Tarot Image is used with the Generous and Kind Permission of Joanna Powell Colbert.

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Amanda aka AbsintheDragonfly 09/27/2011 at 9:12 am

Thank you Monica :) It’s a very grounding experience.

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