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If we could overcome Civilization and establish social harmony, we’d see the Boreal Crown shoot forth a coherent laser-like 1000-hued ray of pure aroma, or stellar jizm, and simultaneously we would receive similar rays projected at us from other planets, like sunbeams but even more concentrated and fruitful.

—Hakim Bey, Moorish Weather Report

Hermetic quote Bey weather 1000

Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication

Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication by Van Cleef & Arpels is a, quite frankly, obscenely expensive watch [HT Celestial Ladies]. But, it’s also a planetarium. Strangely, I didn’t find anything about this particular watch on their website, but I did find information about it elsewhere, which may be of interest.

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication

“For the SIHH 2014, Van Cleef & Arpels once again celebrates celestial orbits by drawing inspiration from the historic tradition of planetariums with the Midnight Planétarium timepiece. This new Poetic Complication™ timepiece provides a miniature representation of the movement of six planets around the sun and their position at any given time. Painstaking attention has been given to selecting the stones, then sculpting the discs and spheres in order to give form to this animated tableau, with its combination of jewelry and watchmaking savoir-faire.” [via]

Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication detail

 

“Its piece de resistance was the Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication that one can set in accordance to the solar system. It will document the tracks of the six planets while a gold shooting star on the face of the watch communicates the hour of the day.

More specifically, the Poetic Complication gives the movements of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn around the dial of the watch according to their actual rotation around the earth (Jupiter will take 12 years to make it around the watch; Mercury 88 days; Earth 365 days, etc.) while the rotating bezel allows the wearer to select special days under which to align the earth and that special star as a sign of good luck.” — Hannah Elliot, Forbes [via]

 

“A highlight of the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), held every January in Geneva, is seeing the various brands compete against each other in the very technical and artistic ends of the market with creations that have never been seen before—often with prices that are equally out of this world. One of our favorites from this category from 2014’s SIHH is the 44mm Midnight Planétarium from Van Cleef & Arpel’s Poetic Astronomy series. In addition to telling time by way of a shooting star that rotates along the outmost area of the face, the watch more prominently features an accurate rotation and representation of the Earth and the five other planets visible from here around the sun—Mercury in 88 days, Venus in 224, Earth in a year, Mars in 687 days, Jupiter in 12 years and Saturn in 29. It’s a very complex watch and a true display of supreme watchmaking. But as complicated as the piece is—with 396 parts to the movement—it’s also beautiful.”

“On top of the already extravagant design, one of the more standout features is the ability to set any of the 365 days in the year as a “lucky star,” an additional element in this magical cosmos. When your day arrives the lucky star is located just above the Earth on the dial.” — Evan Oresten, Cool Hunting [via]

 

Also, check out a video by the makers showing the watch and its features at “3D video of the Midnight Planétarium Poetic Complication™

Fumigations of the Seven Planets

Fumigations of the Seven Planets by S Aldarnay, is a recent release from Hadean Press, which may be of interest. This is a short 16 page monograph, available directly from the publisher in print and digital formats.

S Aldarnay Fumigations of the Seven Planets from Hadean Press

“The recipes in this pamphlet have been compiled using the writing of Cornelius Agrippa, the author of the famous Three Books of Occult Philosophy. In these books, Agrippa outlines the history of and working behind much western magic including lengthy chapters dedicated to the influences of the 7 classical planets (the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn) on the world, and their applications in magical working. Owing to the inclusion of many animal parts or poisonous ingredients, many practitioners may feel perturbed at creating these recipes in their original form. In Fumigations of the Seven Planets, author S. Aldarnay offers alternatives based on the principles laid down by Agrippa himself.” [via]