Stellar Talismans

In Nature and all things; which these soft fires
Not only enlighten, but with kindly heat
Of various influence foment and warm,
Temper or nourish, or in part shed down⁠
Their stellar virtue on all kinds that grow

- John Milton, Paradise Lost

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This hammering and heating, if it happens under a harmony similar to that celestial harmony which had once infused power into the material, activates this power and strengthens it as blowing strengthens a flame and makes manifest what was latent before, as the heat of a fire brings to visibility letters previously hidden which were written with the juice of an onion; and as letters written with the fat of a goat on a stone, absolutely unseen, if the stone is submerged in vinegar, emerge and stick out as if they were sculptured. Yes, and just as the touch of the broom or the wild strawberry excites a dormant madness, then perhaps hammering and heating alone brings out the power latent in the material, if it is done at the right time.
- Marsilio Ficino 
Venus in Libra Talisman Collection

Venus in Libra Talisman Collection

The Venus in Libra talismans celebrate the star of Aphrodite in her airy temple. The sanguine nature of Libra accentuates the social blessings of Venus, including her cheerful wit and charisma. Delighting in her natural abode, Venus in Libra fashions relational bonds, initiates dialogue, and facilitates pleasurable interactions with ease. Her keen eye for beauty and aesthetic harmony fosters the appreciation and creation of artful work. The Venus in Libra talismans embody the refined taste, enchanting style, and spirited cleverness of Aphrodite directly expressing herself.

While the charming grace of Venus in Libra and her affinity for harmonizing are coveted traits, to truly live a life of beauty, we must connect with our own authentic desires. This was made clear from the onset of this working when the essential qualities of these talismans - purification, renewal, and devotion  - became clear to me. I understood these qualities to be essential to fostering alignment to one’s heart and core values. While I already had a devotional practice with Venus, the presence of Aphrodite while creating these talismans was requiring me to renew it. In doing this I connected more deeply with my own desires in ways that brought forth an outpouring of creativity and joy.

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The Champion of the Dream// Exalted Mars Talismans

The Champion of the Dream// Exalted Mars Talismans

We must begin with a dream for Mars needs an objective; a vision that is clear and a map where X marks the spot of our desire, our treasure, our kingdom. The path need not be clear, there need not even be a path, for our champion has a sword that he may use as a machete to cut away the debris blocking the way, creating the path that we may follow. 

This is Mars in his exalted state, with feet planted firmly upon the earth he is able to action upon it with stratagem and determination. Nothing can beat our Champion - our Hero is ready for the Quest. Our job is to hold the dream in our minds eye. Hold the vision of the kingdom with a steely resolve, and he will carve the path, cutting away the undergrowth and the overgrowth; the mental blockages and self limiting ideologies. He goes before us and clears the way forward. 

 

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The Keys to the Labyrinth: Pisces Decan 1

The Keys to the Labyrinth: Pisces Decan 1

All the natural ways have been barred, and we may sail there no more. Not since the days of Plutarch has man lived to reach the shores. Ships wreck, but there is one path—a hidden labyrinth. If you know the true path, for each wrong turn will cost years, seven or thirty years of your life given to the maze. But we know the true path; we will guide you, say the daimons of the golden age. Take your golden thread, but first, anoint yourself with the holy water of the Kings Three. To reach Ogygia, you must assume nobility. Of all humankind, Ogygia accepts only the Heroes, the Kings, and Queens who overcome great challenges. So anoint your brow and take up your golden thread. There is a winged daimon who will guide your hand to lay the thread along the true path through the labyrinth.

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Courting the Stars

Courting the Stars

In my many years spent as a professional talismanic artist I have learnt that there is much more to talisman making than finding the right astrological election. It is not a race to the finish-line, or a crass game of catch and keep, but rather a slow and long courting ritual.

A dance of seduction.

For Millenia people have seduced the spirits with Art. Bodies writhed in dance, music made with mouths and hands, canvases caressed with wet loaded brushes, paper feverishly scratched with poetry. These are just some of the many ways for Art is multifarious.

The ways of the jewellery talisman maker are the ways of the Smith and the Sculptor.

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Dreaming with Fomalhaut

Dreaming with Fomalhaut

Exploring the mythological depths of Fomalhaut + ideas for Poesis & Praxis.

Fomalhaut is projected onto the ecliptic at 4 degrees & 10 minutes Pisces. It is one of the four Royal Stars, known as the watchers of the heavens, and is associated with the Archangel Gabriel. According to Ptolomy,  Fomalhaut is fortunate and powerful and has the potential to influence a “shift from material to a spiritual form of expression”. As the most esoteric in nature of the Royal Stars, this blue hued stellar being is more readily accessible to the dreamer who traverses labyrinthine paths into hidden and obscured depths, than to the waking world and therefore, I propose we seek to gain an understanding of the nature of Fomalhaut via symbols, myth, and the poetic. 

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Mercury painting

Psychopomp Magic: Mercury rx Cazimi in Gemini 

On the 22nd of May 2022 at 6:28am AEST Mercury in retrograde will be applying within one degree to the ascendant and forming a near exact (within 4 minutes) conjunction with the Sun. Mercury is at 0 degrees Gemini, which places him powerfully in his own bounds, triplicity, and domicile where he is crafty.

Retrograde Mercury is a psychopomp making his pilgrimage through the underworld and when he reaches the Sun, within 17 minutes (or 1 degree) orb it is called Cazimi, an Arabic word that translates as “being in the heart of the Sun.” This is a period when a planet is fortified and made strong by the Sun’s forge, born anew within his fiery rays. 

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TESTIMONIALS
The most beautiful and deeply charmed pieces I own. They are so obviously guided by the spirits they are homes for. Genie is a truely next level Artist- Priestess. - SASHA RAVICH
Every one of your talismans has had a very special and intimate effect on me. Your solar talisman completely changed my relationship to my fallen sun which was getting a square from Pluto at 28/29° cap for a million years. I remember wearing it while I was walking through the woods and thinking, this is how Aries must feel every day. I've done solar remediation before with regulus and was a little worried to have a straight-up solar talisman but now I am absolutely in love with solar materia because of your ring. It was the extra push I needed to complete the process which otherwise seemed to keep alluding me/have permanency. -BEATA BEE
I have the Selene/ Moon talisman and had an intense dream right after she arrived, where the full Moon greated me up close and personal through the window of my childhood home. The Moon talisman has become a comforting aid in balancing emotions, a gentle guide in deep inner work/relfection, and an encouraging companion for activities involoving the creative and imaginal. My relationship to my sect light has since deepened and my relationship to my own mother has made positive shifts. Not to mention the craftmanship is simply breathtaking. Genie is the real deal and one of the few talisman makers I trust and admire most. - KRIS
I am a huge fan of Genie's talismans and am fortunate to be in relation with several. Each pieces is ascetically beautiful and profundly alive - with it's own unique personality, insights and gifts. The Spica- Venus Talisman is my favourite talisman ever. This beautiful pendant has become an ally who brings ease and protection to me- especially during Mars transits. The talisman softens strong emotions, anxiety, and brings calm to situations of Marsian urgency. -DR ANALOUISE KEATING
I received the Mars Talisman yesterday evening, just in time to work with him today. I woke very tired and lethargic. I have a libra sun so this eclipse cycle is hitting me hard. The Mars magic I did this morning certainly revived me, got me dancing and has made me really start thinking about the vision I have for my life. Today, my vision was just to get through the day with my clients. I felt Mars say, no problem- BUT you really need a bigger vision. The talisman is beautiful. I love your craftsmanship. And I am very thankful that I found you. - LISA SOLARI
Genie's skill is evident to anyone who has seen her pieces but having come into relationship with one of her talismans it's clear that her skill in magic and talismanic ensoulment is equally expert. The myriad synchronicities and signs accompanying the purchase, arrival, consecration and adornment of my Deneb Adige talisman has been startling brilliant - from freak hailstorms and enchanting dreams to estatic ritual experiences and deepened relationships to swan families and spirits - I find myself drawn to wearing her talisman often, delighting in dreamy creativity, fierce composure, and shimmering magic it enhances in me. I hope to patron Genie's talent again! - ROWAN RAIN
The Deneb Adige talisman solidified crucial spirit pacts and opened the door to new wonders. - CUNNING NAY
The Antares talisman is a masterwork of art and magic, it is gorgoeous and a powerful guardian. - LIZ FRAZEE