Thursday, February 17, 2011


Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven, and gazing on the earth,
Wandering companionless

Among the stars that have a different birth,--

And ever-changing, like a joyless eye

That finds no object worth its constancy?

"To The Moon" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Full with the expectation of the Spring the Moon shines her light brightly upon the new edition of Gracing the Dawn. Long before our calendar was invented humans paid close attention to the cycles of the season and thus gave each full moon a name specific to what was transpiring at the time. The current lunar lantern was referred to as the Snow Moon by the native people and the Worm Moon according to the Farmers Almanac.

In reading about the February Moon I've discovered that Violets are one of the symbols for this month. Out from drifts of snow these little purple blossoms poke their heads out to remind us all of the shift that soon will take place.

Although not technically a violet perfume by note, Gracing the Dawn does contain violet leaf, orris root and a tincture of violets. Her fragrance is very much in tune with the color purple. Read about her construction and impressions at this link here at the journal.

Finally ready, after recreating all her chords and patiently waiting for the alchemy to take place Gracing the Dawn is ready. Like her sister, GreenWitch, she shares the same chords and is very complex to construct. The new edition has shifted slightly as I felt she needed a bit more grounding and permanence without suffocating the rich floral heart.

Here in the wooded hills of the Santa Monica Mountains we don't get a profound seasonal shift or snow. However, the trees are now all blooming including the native oaks and the fruit trees. Soon the honey bees will be feasting as the pollen levels rise after this new rainfall.

Thus under the luminessence of this lunar spectacle the apparition of the three winged graces has returned for a limited time.

1. Heart of Snow by Edward Robert Hughes
2. Queen of the Night by Henri Fantin-Latour
3. Violets by Henry Meynell Rheam
Gracing the Dawn Natural Perfume

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