The MOON ~ #2 Perfume Pharmer series ~ TAROT inspired natural fragrances by Esscentual Alchemy ~ review Monica Skye Miller

The Moon Gaian TarotPerfumer Amanda Feeley’s words:

The Moon to me means, a cycle of descent and return, constant and faithful changes, navigation by feelings, instincts, and intuition, feminine archetypes, psychic awakening, the language of dreams, and symbols and myths.

How did you choose the ingredients for The Moon?

The way the ingredients for The Moon, 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.  So for the Moon, she is an “B” tone.  I took all the “B” 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 big thrill 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 Moon perfume be beneficial to the wearer?

I think The Moon would be beneficial for anyone who feels like they might need to get in touch with their feminine side, learn how to interpret the language of dreams via intuition/feelings, or be comfortable with the ever changing nature of life.

Perfume Notes: Clove, Carnation, Cinnamon, Wormwood, Mint, Peppermint

Esscentual Alchemy’s Moon Gaian Tarot Botanical Perfume is icy blue sensations bursting forth on your skin. A night walk in zero degree weather. The Moon’s light bathes the path in a pale light. Breathe out and be cleansed. The moon embodies the female energies. She is constantly changing, and steady in those changes, without fail.

Monica: Amanda’s fragrance very well captures the cool, reflective energy of the MOON archetype. An interesting combination of essences The MOON shines with the reflected light of the SUN. I feel Amanda has emboldened her cinnamon note to reflect this. The kind perception that allows Amanda’s imagining to embrace TAROT Archetypes  is inspired indeed. Any student of the TAROT would be wise to consider Amanda’s fragrances to enhance meditative …reflection

The MOON…. gaze upon your own…reflection. what does it tell you? ~ Monica.

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

Disclosure: Samples were kindly provided to Perfume Pharmer by Esscentual Alchemy. This, and all of Esscentual Alchemy’s perfumes, are all natural.


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Justine 09/10/2011 at 8:29 am

I love the way Amanda uses her musical knowledge and her interest in Tarot and Astrology to create these very unique fragrances. She has a special talent :)

Amanda aka Absinthe Dragonfly 09/11/2011 at 9:38 am

Thank you Monica :)

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