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About zankoku_zen

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    The Odysseus of BPAL
  • Birthday 12/20/1979


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    Washington, DC
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    United States

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  • Favorite Scents
    favorite scents: dorian, PALLAS ATHENE, VOODOO QUEEN, star promenade, RED MYSORE SANDALWOOD, sugar phoenix, pip, hellhound on my trail, the magician's tools, IRENE ADLER

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    bpal, reading, anime, making friends, coffee, tea, music, never surrendering, tripping on the light fantastic, the nightside, lewis caroll, philosophy, surrealism, impressionism, takeshi kaneshiro, kung fu, mi5 (also known as spooks), bulgari, cinema, RENT, tarot, the crow, U2, frou frou, the postal service, peru, webcomics, mash-ups, nintedo DS, final fantasy, borderlands 2
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    TAL Hoarding


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  1. zankoku_zen

    The Lord of the Sacred Eye

    To me, this is in some ways like the equivalent to the Heirophant reversed. This is like being able to take on a foreign metal armor and know that you can power it through your own energy source a la Tony Stark. It's not infinite, but its also not small. It has heft and breadth, and shines with an otherwordly light. This will also will enforce boundaries - internal and external.
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    The Eye

    My experience for the Eye is definitely colored by my particular Jupiter-Mars placement (I have Jupiter and Mars conjunct), so Jupiter activations can often result in a more fiery Mars experience for me. With that caveat, the Eye is much more of a firestarter than Turbulent Flow or Outflow Boundary. Clearly influencing my Jupiter influences my Mars, which means it ends up very action oriented. To quote Tina Turner "What's love gotta do with it? Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?". Less emotional, much more cutting. Sovereignty expressed.
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    It is an oil of patronage that supports the arts and artists: use it to bring in clients and benefactors to support your endeavors. It is an oil of inspiration: rather than simply inspiring you, this oil helps you create art that inspires others. It is an oil that attracts like-minded people to your sphere: use this oil to attract talented, creative, witty, and eloquent partners, friends, and allies. This oil was inspired in part by Eleanor of Aquitaine’s court at Poitiers. Steam-distilled catnip essential oil and leaf from the TAL garden (Nepeta cataria), rosemary essential oil and leaf from the TAL garden (Rosmarinus officinalis), mugwort essential oil and herb from the TAL garden (Artemisia vulgaris), organic neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium), white willow bark (Salix alba), Bulgarian rose absolute (Rosa damascene), Madagascar cinnamon bark essential oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and sweet cinnamon chips (Cinnamomum verum), ho wood essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora), ethically harvested sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), raspberry leaf from the TAL garden (Rubus idaeus) and organic raspberry seed oil (Rubus idaeus), coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum), cedar, ambrette seed, and honey.
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    The Bard Queen

    This is an oil that emphasizes the political and persuasive power of the arts and the power of artistic inspiration and artistic craft to galvanize a movement. Lemon peel and essential oil (Citrus x limon), fennel essential oil and seed (Foeniculum vulgare), parsley seed essential oil and parsley seed and leaf from the TAL garden (Petroselinum sativum), rosemary essential oil and leaf from the TAL garden (Rosmarinus officinalis), mugwort essential oil and herb from the TAL garden (Artemisia vulgaris), organic neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium), Moroccan mastic essential oil and mastic gum resin (Pistacia lentiscus), white lotus absolute (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.), vanilla absolute (Vanilla planifolia Jacks. ex Andrews), tonka bean absolute (Dipteryx odorata), lavender bud and essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia), thyme leaf and essential oil (Thymus vulgaris), blue vervain (Verbena hastate), honey myrtle essential oil (Melaleuca thymifolia), sage leaf and essential oil (Salvia officinalis), red sage root (Salvia miltiorrhiza), honey absolute (Apis mellifera), rosehips (Rosa rubiginosa), and reishi (Ganoderma lucidum). This oil is not vegan.
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    Honey + Quicksilver

    An oil of persuasiveness and lightning-quick wit. Honey + Quicksilver is a gift to storytellers, poets, politicians, speech writers, and rhetoricians, and all those who must use their voice and their wiles to influence and inspire others to their point of view. Hungarian blue yarrow essential oil (Achillea millefolium), organic neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium), jasmine absolute and jasmine buds (Jasminum grandiflorum), organic rose otto 5% dilution (Rosa x damascena), rose de mai absolute (Rosa x centifolia), rosemary essential oil and leaf from the TAL garden (Rosmarinus officinalis), mugwort essential oil and herb from the TAL garden (Artemisia vulgaris), safflower (Carthamus tinctorius), honey absolute (Apis mellifera), sweet marjoram essential oil and herb from the TAL garden (Origanum majorana), cassia chips and essential oil (Cinnamomum burmanni), anise seed (Pimpinella anisum), mimosa absolute (Acacia dealbata), ylang ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata), violet leaf absolute (Viola odorata), lilac petals from the TAL garden (Syringa vulgaris), Virginia cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana), and lemongrass from the TAL garden (Cymbopogon flexuosus). This oil is not vegan.
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    Outflow Boundary

    I experienced this like a thought tornado. Envision the scene in Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy's house is just swept up, and she watches everything from the window. Imagine however, if Dorothy had summoned that tornado, and knew perfectly well that she was safe, but was just riding all of that energy into Oz. For me this has a very, take in, forward up and out energy.
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    'Tis Strange

    Dark incense, stone, gleaming leather covered in blood. This smells like straight out of Castlevania. I imagine this is what a Belmont male would smell like. Good throw and wear length.
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    The Last Syllable

    Acid cucumber, leather, and spooky plaster. There's almost a touch of motor oil in this. This reminds me to a Day Burned White, but sans ghost cocaine dust, and more like dark inky attic where something creepy is going to slither out from the shadows and take you. Spooky. Medium throw and wear length.
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    Hashigo-Nori Hair Gloss

    Soft roses with a touch of woody vanilla.
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    French Tickler Hair Gloss

    Sweet, tart, watermelon with a hint of pom. To be honest, this smells like watermelon to me.
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    Pinning Up the Shimada Hair Gloss

    Pink rose, plumeria, and lilac. This smells fresh, sweet, and very floral.
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    For the Love of God, Poetricia

    Juicy, red berries (cherry, strawberry, raspberry all blended together), with a touch of sherry. It's a very sort of sangria blend to me.
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    Hotaru No Yu Hair Gloss

    Lilac, jasmine, and twilight. This smells darkly purple floral, and as if you were essentially in sitting on a porch on a summer's night on a Southern plantation (never been, but this is what I imagine it smells like).
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    Gloom Meeting

    Mossy sandalwood, very fresh and green. Perfect for autumn, and if you're a swamp creature, this would be for you.
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    Howling in Vain

    Nutty toasty rice (reminds me to rice pudding), and amber. This smells delicious and comfy, and its amazingly good. Love it.