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Moment of Truth: Mercury conjunct Venus and Pluto Service (Dec 29-Dec 30)

Moment of Truth: Mercury conjunct Venus and Pluto Service (Dec 29-Dec 30)

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Lights will be set beginning on December 29, but the effects of this transit will be felt for some time yet, so there's definitely wiggle room with booking late. 

Normally, Mercury conjunct Venus is great - we can be smooth talkers, communicate clearly with business associates and loved ones, confess our love for someone, even "pop the question."

But Venus is doing a long sojourn conjunct Pluto this season (for most of December, and the cycle won't be over until March), and Dec 29-30 are something of a trigger point for an acute phase of this transit. And Pluto? Pluto wants to peel back our layers just about down to the bone so we can face the really deep shit that makes us tick. Taken all together and shaken not stirred, the simplest way to describe this sort of energy is probably "Scorpionic." On steroids.

You want to rip off the bandage, rifle through the disavowed junk drawers of your psyche, figure out why you are attracted to a certain type of person, why you repeat a certain type of pattern, even why you like a certain type of thing in bed? Want to sit down and grill your significant other about deep and foundational elements of your history and dynamic together, no matter how uncomfortable? And for that matter find out "how they got this way," preferably replaying all the major psychic plot developments in their life since childhood? Super! This transit is perfect for you and wow, are you ever gonna learn a lot.

Not quite ready to wrench the door off the closet and greet the psychic skeletons all at once? Is digging for the "truth" at any and all cost not your cup of tea, and maybe you're more of a one-trauma-at-a-time versus let's-dump-the-whole-suitcase-out-right-now type? Are you feeling a little more John than Sherlock where it comes to emotions and dynamics [BBC versions]? Then pay attention and tread carefully.

This is dark stuff in the realm of Venus - what folks sometimes call "shadow work," and all about what makes us tick in terms of our subjective experiences, likes and dislikes, what we find pleasure in, what is at the root of various feelings we have. Of course it doesn't have to be catastrophic - much depends on us and our development and our own natal chart stuff. And this can be an opportunity to finally really grok some things and get at what we really want (and Pluto would generally like to inform us that if we think we already know this, we are wrong, and he has some revelations for us... and Pluto's revelations are rarely kind and gentle). Pluto's transformative power is immense, and Pluto aims to transform our minds and our hearts so that there are no secrets between them.

But the light side to all this shadow is that we can come out of this with profound new self-knowledge that enables us to transform our relationships - with ourselves, with money, with others - and it's the kind of knowledge that can enable us to truly and efficiently "cut and clear" so that we aren't wasting our energy and time with things that no longer fit or serve well. And then, of course, we can turn that energy and time towards what will in 2022.

I'm gonna be real here for a minute - Venus conjunct Pluto is kicking my butt, so my name and petition are gonna be on this altar alongside yours. There's really no dodging the kind of reckoning that Pluto brings here, but I'm aiming to deal with all of this with kindness and compassion for everyone in my orbit, *myself included,* and to drag all this stuff out of the psychic storage bin and face it with as much emotional balance as possible.


If you're finding yourself at a similar place right now with some really big reckonings and capital-Q-questions, and you could use some clarity, equilibrium, hope, compassion, commiseration, or even just a reminder that once we've done this work, we will be poised to take advantage of new realizations and opportunities down the road in 2022, then  please join me.


Service Overview


This service involves a light set for two days (a 50-hour vigil light) on a custom-built altar for this purpose. Lights will be set beginning on December 29, but the effects of this unusually long Venus-Pluto dance will be felt for some time yet, so there's no harm done and nothing wasted if you book late.

    How It Works

    After you book, you'll fill out the intake form to give your name, birth info, and statement of petition or intent.  

    Once I've got everything set up, I'll send out a notification email that will contain an invitation to the client Discord server if you'd like to join. That's where in-progress photos and discussion can happen. (I don't discuss workings in progress or send updates on an individual basis to participants in community altar work, but I will join a conversation or answer questions that are posed on the client Discord server.)

    If you want to book on behalf of a friend or loved one, that's fine for this type of work, even if they don't know about it. Just put your name and info in the name/email boxes - you are my client still, not them since I have never spoken to them and am not in contact with them. So the info still needs to match you in my system.


    I reserve the right to cancel and refund any booking of this or any service at my sole discretion, per site Terms of Service. To see what my reasons might be for such a thing, see the Commonly Requested Altar Work page.

    Your booking of this service indicates your understanding of the Client Agreement and acceptance of the Terms of Service, to include the following brief highlights:

    By contracting spiritual services, you are affirming that you are an adult 18 or over, that services are provided for educational, devotional, and/or entertainment purposes only, and that you understand and accept the terms outlined in the Client Agreement

    The service fee covers the materials and dedicated time and altar space needed to prepare and perform the contracted services. Once preparations for the work have begun, no adjustments or refunds can be processed.

    No spiritual consultation, divination, or spiritual work is intended to replace the advice or services of medical, financial, legal, or mental health professionals. Any advice offered falls under spiritual/metaphysical guidance and should not be interpreted as medical, financial, legal, or mental health advice.

    HANDLING TIMES: Please note published handling times, which start at 5 business days minimum and will be longer for custom-finished items, large orders, and some specialty/extra strength formulas. You can expect a 10-day handling time for an order with one custom item, and longer than that if the order contains multiple custom items. Why? Two reasons:
    One, I make all my formulas in tiny batches, decanting and praying over every oil order as it comes in, for instance. It's not a matter of just grabbing a bottle off a shelf and popping it into an envelope. And I stock only what I know I can use within a certain shelf life. That means I can have unexpected runs on formulas that use up my stock of an ingredient and it takes a few days for more to arrive, or I need to go to back of our acreage and dig up a certain root to go in your custom spell kit. The payoff for your patience is that you get fresh blends and fresh products, made by hand the old fashioned way, by a traditional rootworker with 35 years of experience.
    Two, I live in the middle of nowhere and I have to expect time-sucking delays as par for the course, like the internet going down 'cause a cow broke the line, stuff like that.
    USAGE: Oils are for prayer and ritual use; they are not cosmetics or perfumes. While some customers do use some dressing oils as anointing oils (which is not the same thing as wearing a perfume or cologne), they are careful to do a skin test first, since they know that all-natural does not equal hypoallergenic. If you need suggestions on how to use condition and anointing oils in the conjure tradition, see the Education link up top.
    LEGALESE:  As required by law, all items are sold as curios to preserve and teach the traditions of folklore and popular religion. I don't sell anything I don't use myself, though, and quite a few customers over the years have sworn by my traditional formulas since I started selling them in 2002.
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    TL;DR TOS Highlights:
    • handling times start at five business days minimum (excludes weekends and holidays); customization generally requires 10 business days minimum
    • posted handling times are estimates, not guarantees, and will vary depending on order size and amount of customization involved
    • all sales are final; we do not accept returns
    • we will send a notification email when we purchase your shipping label for your packaged order, so when it's ready to ship, you know as soon as we know
    • we are not able to provide updates during order processing beyond this notification - the answer is always going to be "your order will ship when it is ready"
    • any unusual issues affecting handling times will be announced on our website and social media channels and in the shop announcements section
    • we don't send instructions for anything that doesn't say it comes with instructions

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