The Witches Moon February 2020 – Witch of the Woods

Artwork: Belladonna, Datura, Foxglove, Mandrake, and Wolfsbane Book of Shadows Pages
Crystal: None
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

My Thoughts
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.

The Witches Moon February 2020 – Witch of the Woods

Sacred Space Crate February 2020 – Aphrodite

Apothecary Items: Aphrodite’s Kiss Lip Gloss, Rose Water
Candles: Pink Self-Love Candle, Red Aphrodite Offering Candle
Crystal: Rose Quartz
Herb: Rosebuds
Incense: Strawberry
Tea: Love Spell
Other Items: February 2020 Moon in the Astrology Calendar, Aphrodite Artwork and Invocation, Aphrodite Statue, Rose Quartz Pendant Necklace, 3 Seashells, Teaspoon Wand

My Thoughts
February’s Aphrodite Sacred Space Crate was my first experience with this relatively new monthly subscription box. I’ve been watching YouTube reviews and really like what has been included in past boxes, especially the apothecary items. Sadly, February’s box did not live up to my expectations in regards to quality. I had planned on doing a full review of each item, but will instead give a synopsis of my experience because I’ve cancelled the subscription.

Let me start with the items I liked: the Aphrodite statue, calendar, candles, rose quartz necklace, seashells, tea, and teaspoon. Tea and candles are always appreciated, and I adore the statue, though it does have a strange odor, somewhat like spray paint (I have a freakishly sensitive sense of smell so I don’t hold that against them).

If you’ve read my other reviews you will know I dislike most incense. This month’s strawberry incense has a pleasant aroma (unlit) but it makes my eyes water. I don’t hold that against them either, as I know it is a “me” problem.

The final three items for February were disappointing: the jar of rosebuds, lip gloss, and rose water. My jar of dried rosebuds contains crushed petals and tiny bits. I was expecting to receive intact, whole rosebuds, as others had received. As for the lip gloss, it looks enticing, but has a plastic roller ball instead of metal, and it doesn’t work. I can likely replace it with one from my personal inventory, but that’s rather a hassle when you have neuropathy. The mixture is lovely though and the flow of blended elements is mesmerizing when I tilt the bottle back and forth! Finally, the rose water. I am not quite sure how to describe my dissatisfaction, but it centers mostly on the aroma, which is a bit off. Perhaps it is just an odd batch, but I don’t care for it.

While this subscription is still rather new to the market and they might be working out some kinks (perhaps I was the last box added for February), receiving items I perceive to be of lesser quality is disheartening. To be fair, I fully realize I am a harsh critic. I’ve worked in the advertising industry and I am currently a web developer, so it is literally my job to notice the small details such as colors, packaging, presentation, typography, variations, etc. – details matter!

Per the included paperwork, Sacred Space Crate will be focusing on goddesses for the remainder of 2020. While I do not worship any of the goddesses, I don’t mind receiving a box pertaining to them now and then. Simply put, I have no interest in a monthly goddess box, that is not my path, and this influenced my decision to cancel.

I will note that the box was packaged very nicely, had detailed paperwork explaining each item, and arrived quickly. Aside from my issues with the quality of a few items, Sacred Space Crate feels like a good value overall. I will keep my eye on this subscription to see how it evolves past this year.

Sacred Space Crate is a monthly subscription containing “handcrafted and Spell crafted items for all your Sacred Spaces”. The current US price is $54 a month, including shipping.

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by Sacred Space Crate. All opinions are my own.

Sacred Space Crate

The Witches Bounty July 2019 – The Open Gate

Artwork: Angel Aura Quartz Goddess Book of Shadows Page
Crystal: Angel Aura
Incense: Forest Mist
Magickal Anointing Oil: Expansion
Mini Spell Candle: Clarity and Vitality
Pendant: Angel Aura Quartz with Pink Tourmaline
Other Items: Pendant Cord

My Thoughts
July’s Witches Bounty is one of my favorite curations to date. Angel Aura Quartz Goddess is the featured Book of Shadows Page and the artwork is divine. I love the background on the page, and while I typically do not resonate with angels, the goddess is beautifully rendered.

The crisp white intention-setting spell candle, for clarity and vitality, is dressed with a light dusting of glitter. The clean and pure energy is most welcome, in contrast to the Forest Mist incense, which has an overwhelming, cologne-like aroma that I do not care for.

Expansion magickal anointing oil has been prepared with rose, rosemary, and ylang ylang oils, with inclusions of rose, rosemary, mugwort, and a Lemurian quartz. Celestial Being magickal anointing oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery has also been added. Expansion has an earthy, yet sweet, powdery aroma.

This month’s sublime centerpiece is an angel aura quartz pendant with pink tourmaline. My pendant is a mesmerizing spiderweb of swirling rainbows and reflections. I am truly awestruck at the beauty of this hefty jewel. The sterling silver setting has a pink tourmaline set into the bail and scrollwork on the back side.

A matching angel aura quartz crystal is included in The Open Gate’s offerings. My specimen is rather small, but lovely nonetheless.

Angel aura quartz is a gorgeous stone, and this pendant did not disappoint, which makes it even harder to say that the July box will be my last Witches Bounty. I have enjoyed receiving these pendants, and reviewing them, but cancer is not cheap and I have quite a few bills to pay. Thank you, The Witches Bounty, for an amazing 11 months of sacred adornments!

The Witches Bounty is a monthly subscription containing high-quality metaphysical jewelry. The current US price is $78 a month, including shipping.

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by The Witches Bounty. All opinions are my own.

The Witches Bounty

MidnightMuses July 2019 – Spirit of the Waters

Artwork: Cauldron Spirit Book of Shadows Art Print
Crystal: Blue Calcite, Blue Onyx, Opalite
Incense: Lavender
Intuitively Drawn Tarot Card: Page of Pentacles from the Mystic Dreamer Tarot
Magickal Anointing Oil: Midnight Lavender
Spell Candle: Spirit of the Waters
Vials: Lavender, Mint, Rosemary
Other Items: Cast Iron Cauldron, Lavender Blossom Tea, Sea Mist Organic Soap

My Thoughts
Spirit of the Waters, the July MidnightMuses offering, is the first box in a series that will focus on path work and shadow work: Over the next few months, MidnightMuses will focus on a series of path-workings/shadow-work that can help teach elemental work, along with techniques such as astral travel, dream work and divination. This month we focus on the Element of Water as a catalyst for transformation and healing. When we work with water, shadow begins to stir itself.

The Cauldron Spirit Book of Shadows page features a recipe, with all of the ingredients for the ritual included in the box. My tarot card for July is the Page of Pentacles – I will happily take it!

Several staple items are again included this month: a spell candle, crystals, incense, magickal anointing oil, and spell vials.

Spirit of the Waters, July’s hand-rolled beeswax spell candle, is a lovely hydrangea blue and includes a spell scroll. The blue calcite, blue onyx, and opalite match the candle perfectly to create a mystical blue landscape of stone and wax on my altar.

The lavender cone incense bundle includes a small silver metal incense holder for use in the cauldron that is featured this month. Vials of lavender, Mint, and Rosemary are also included for the Cauldron Spirit ritual.

Rounding out the staples, Midnight Lavender magickal anointing oil is blended with fennel, lavender, and rosemary essential oils. This lovely mixture has a gentle earthly lavender aroma.

The final three items included this month are a handmade soap, tea, and cast iron cauldron.

Blended with hyacinth, jasmine, and rose essential oils in a base of coconut, corn, olive, soybean, and sunflower oils, Sea Mist Organic Soap is a galaxy of shimmering scents. This beautiful soap also contains organic shea butter and water. The bag the soap is packaged in has a little seashell on one of the ribbons. I love this attention to detail!

While I am usually ecstatic to receive tea, I am not sure how I feel about the Lavender Blossom infusion. The listed ingredients are: hibiscus petals, orange peel, lemon balm, cloves, lavender, licorice root, and stevia. Two things I dislike in my tea are hibiscus and lavender, but I do enjoy orange peel and cloves so I will do a tasting at a later date. A small thing worth noting is that the label on the back of the tea pouch is for Hibiscus Zest tea. Not a big deal, I just happened to notice it.

I’ve saved the best for last – a small cast iron cauldron. What a nice surprise for a July box! There is not much I can say other than: heck ya cast iron cauldron! It is well-made and perfectly sized for a smaller altar, which is my current setup.

MidnightMuses continues to surprise me and I am happy with the variety of items I’ve received in each of the last two boxes. I raise a cup of tea to the August bundle and look forward to reviewing it next month!

MidnightMuses is a monthly subscription containing items that focus on “a romantic potpourri of magickal darkness & light”. The current US price is $29 a month, with a $6 shipping charge.

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by MidnightMuses. All opinions are my own.

MidnightMuses

The Witches Moon June 2019 – The Clearing

Artwork: Stag Moon/July Esbat & Full Moon and Cleansing Mantra Book of Shadows Pages
Crystal: Sodalite
Herbs: Elf Leaf, Ground Sage, Hyssop
Incense: Clarity
Magickal Anointing Oil: Banish
Personalized Oracle Reading: The Blessing of Meditation card from Namaste: Blessing & Divination Cards
Sacred Salt: Consecrate
Spell Candle: The Silencing
Other Items: Hand-Carved Tripod Pedestal, Rosemary Sage Bundle, Spiny Oyster Shell, The Three Rays of Witchcraft Pewter Pendant with Chain, Ritual Book of Shadows Paper

My Thoughts
The Clearing, June’s Witches Moon, provides several tools useful for any practice. Two pieces of beautiful artwork are included this month: the Stag Moon/July Esbat & Full Moon and Cleansing Mantra Book of Shadows pages.

My personalized oracle reading is The Blessing of Meditation card.

A spiny oyster shell and hand-carved tripod pedestal are the spotlight items for The Clearing. Words cannot describe how much I love the shell I received. It is crusty with the ocean’s touch and beautifully organic. The photos show an orange tinge, while in actuality the shell has a more pinkish hue. The hand-carved tripod is a most welcomed addition as well – I’ve always meant to purchase one and never got around to it. Prickly is one way to describe the rosemary sage bundle, which smells wonderful. Prickly herbs and spiny shells are a perfect match!

The Three Rays of Witchcraft pewter pendant, designed by Christopher Penczak, represents Love, Wisdom, and Power. On the back of the pendant is the sacred symbol of The Temple of Witchcraft.

The Silencing spell candle is crafted from serene white beeswax and is dressed with rosemary buds and Clearing magick spray from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery. I feel a strong, calming energy radiating from this candle. I noticed that the spell scroll for The Silencing has been wrapped around the candle in the opposite direction from how it is usually placed.

Sodalite is this month’s crystal and the slab I received is quite large (about the size of my palm) and mostly flat – it will make a charming miniature altar or crystal grid.

Elf Leaf (rosemary), hyssop, and ground sage are the featured herbs.

Banish magickal anointing oil has been prepared with rosemary, spearmint, and ylang ylang oils, with inclusions of ground sage, rosemary, spearmint, and a Lemurian quartz. Be Gone magickal anointing oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery has also been added. Banish has a robust fragrance – minty and herbal, with a faint whisper of sweetness.

June’s sacred salt, Consecrate, has been infused with cyprus, frankincense, and myrrh oils, along with Aura Cleansing magickal oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery. Eucalyptus and ground sage have been sprinkled amongst the salt crystals, adding to the earthy, herbal scent.

Surprisingly, to me, the Clarity incense has an uplifting citrus aroma and is not too strong. I placed the bundle of incense on my altar and have been enjoying the unlit essence while I write this review.

I always enjoy receiving tools I can use and I am delighted The Clearing will be a productive box for me.

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.

The Witches Moon June 2019 – The Clearing