Perfumer Amanda Feeley’s words:
The World to me means, Unity with the planet, and all who live here. Knowing the wholeness of our cooperative humanity. Integrating wellness for yourself, and all, into your life. An affirmation for The World archetype is: All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. (Affirmation by Joanna Powell Colbert)
How did you choose the ingredients for The World?
The way the ingredients for The World, 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 World is an “A” tone. I took all the “A” 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 World perfume be beneficial to the wearer?
I think The World would be beneficial for anyone who feels like they might need to work with wholeness and integration of themselves and the larger family of beings that also live on Gaia. Because if you feel connected to all who live here, then you feel responsible for their well-being too.
Which other Tarot Archetypes can you tell us about…fragrantly?
The World was the first 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 making magic in the bottle, and will be ready in a few weeks
Notes: Tonka Bean, Hay, Tolu Balsam, Peru Balsam, Storax, Lavender
Monica: The WORLD tarot perfume by Esscentual Alchemy has a fullness that makes complete sense within the symbolism. A sweet pliable roundness reminiscent of earth, resins and grass meadows. An altogether wholesome fragrance the WORLD would benefit a meditation on nurturance and completeness. Gratitude is a word that comes to mind.
Disclosure: The WORLD, 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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