nolite te bastardes carborundorum: Limited Edition Fragrance Ritual Oil

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Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down

nolite te bastardes carborundorum:
March’s Limited Edition Ritual Oil

Exceptionally Limited. Only available until Friday, April 3rd.

Real talk: When I had slated this scent, I figured I’d be in the belly of the beast of tax season. The phones ringing off the hook with cranky clients demanding to know if their tax returns are done, the door bell constantly going off and me rushing back to my desk from the copy room where I’d be hidden away working on spinning endless piles of returns into gold/finished products.

This phrase comes from The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s not “real” Latin which is why I like it so much. It roughly translates into: Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down. During tax season, I always figure if June had time for sedition in Gilead, I could keep myself together during tax season.

Of course, nothing normal is happening for any of us right now. Whether we’re essential workers like Jow is as a nurse or at home like me, trying not to spread the virus as best we can, nothing looks the way that it did even a month ago.

It’s hard not to get unraveled with so much change and uncertainty. It’s hard not to let the bastards get us down. But we can try by creating art in all its forms, being kind to each other, reading, dreaming and peering out of our windows.

I know money is tight for many of us right now, so I’m going to offer the full sized bottle at my old show pricing – ten dollars plus shipping.

Pictured on the label is a medieval manuscript’s phoenix rising from the ashes. nolite te bastardes carborundorum is meant to be gently invigorating while also soothing one’s spirit.

Scent Notes: Warm earl grey tea, a feisty blend of sparkling citrus notes, spicy ginger and a touch of black pepper.

Use to gather up strength and calm and center yourself.

Suitable for survivors of all genders and orientations.

nolite te bastardes carborundorum has been created in my enchanted workshop, Spare Oom. While nolite te bastardes carborundorum can simply be worn on pulse points as a perfume, and enjoy it that way, it can also be used with your magical work. Wear with your intention over the corresponding chakra, anoint your jewelry with it, pouring a little on a candle to set your intention that way, pouring a little into a bath to use for a ritual bath, you can also anoint crystals or other ritual tools with it or, simply wear as a fragrance you enjoy.

Each oil comes in a 5ML glass amber bottle with a Euro dropper lid. For a visual reference, the bottles are the same size as the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab bottles.

nolite te bastardes carborundorum


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Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


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