Artwork: Belladonna, Datura, Foxglove, Mandrake, and Wolfsbane Book of Shadows Pages
Herbs: Mandrake Root, Scullcap, Snakebite
Incense: Amidst the Fog
Magickal Anointing Oil: Nurture
Personalized Oracle Reading: Bearberry Strength card from the Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle
Sacred Salt: The Great Giver
Spell Candle: Gift of Gaia
Other Items: Hand-Carved Book Stand, Gilded Hardcover Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham, Parchment Paper
The Witch of the Woods, February’s Witches Moon, is my first box since having to cancel last summer. Fate was kind to me this round because I could not have chosen a better month to return to The Witches Moon!
Five pieces of beautiful artwork are included for February: Belladonna, Datura, Foxglove, Mandrake, and Wolfsbane Book of Shadows pages. I received an extra copy of Mandrake which I will either set aside for a future giveaway or include for free in one of my custom Books of Shadow.
I’ve heard a few criticisms, and some confusion, regarding the herbs for this month, or rather the exclusion of the herbs correlating with the Book of Shadows pages. These plants are poisonous so I am thankful all were not included. Inexperienced practitioners should not receive toxic herbs or plants, in my opinion, as it is far too easy to make a mistake with handling or useage. Call me old-fashioned (or worse), but dangerous materials have no place in this type of subscription box.
My personalized oracle reading is the Bearberry Strength card. Bear keeps reaching out to me and I will pursue this message in another post.
As I stated above, I chose the right month to subscribe to The Witches Moon again. The Witch of the Woods is an extraordinary botanical collection featuring an exclusive gilded hardcover edition of Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. When I was sixteen I purchased a copy of this book and still use it today (it is quite worn by now). I cannot express how delighted I am to receive this special edition!
Accompanying the book is a carved wooden book stand that I’ve decided to use for storing my beeswax candles.
The Gift of Gaia spell candle is crafted from vibrant hunter green beeswax and is dressed with Earth Elixir magickal anointing oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery. A spell incantation – Gift of Gaia – is included in the box.
Mandrake Root, Scullcap, and Snakebite (plantain) are the featured herbs, in honor of Scott Cunningham. Please note that Mandrake is poisonous and should not be consumed.
Nurture, February’s magickal anointing oil, has been prepared with almond, cedarwood, chamomile, and green tea oils, with bits of chamomile, lavender, green tea leaves, and a Lemurian quartz. Within the Grove magickal anointing oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery has also been added. Nurture has a crisp sweet fragrance – almond is predominant, with a hint of apples and enticing herbs.
February’s sacred salt, The Great Giver, has been blended with cedarwood, sandalwood, and white tea oils, with inclusions of oak, poppy, scullcap, and willow. Grounded Goddess magickal oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery has also been included. The Great Giver sacred salt has a strong white tea aroma with undertones of floral essences and wood. I am not sure if I prefer the old jars to the new bags, but either can be reused. Make sure to open the bags from the very top by pulling the front and back apart, rather than tearing at the notch. This makes it much easier to open and easier to reuse!
The Amidst the Fog incense has a powdery and soapy aroma which I do not care for (yes, I know, I am not a fan of incense).
February’s box does not contain a crystal.
I am thoroughly delighted with the selection of items curated for Witch of the Woods. The special edition of the Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is now the jewel of my book collection – something I truly appreciate and treasure.
It is hard to imagine how The Witches Moon could outdo themselves after this but I look forward to receiving the March box!
The Witches Moon is a monthly subscription containing high-quality spiritual items crafted around the seasons. The current US price is $54 a month, including shipping.
Disclosure: I am not sponsored by The Witches Moon. All opinions are my own.