mystery box

Worth the Witch

March, 2018

The Witch’in Way

 

 

The Witch’in Way is a shop that offers magickal boxes based on and released for the Sabbat months. Occasionally, The Witch’in Way will release a theme box, as well. The boxes contain a variety of charming handmade and natural goodies to help you celebrate the appropriate Sabbat.

Based in Halifax, Canada, The Witch’in Way has no problem shipping their wonderful items to the U.S.A. for actual shipping, no price gouging here!

Knowing that a lot of the items in the The Witch’in Way Box are handmade we were curious to see what the items we would receive would be and the quality of them. When the box arrived, we were very excited.

 

The Packaging

 

 

The The Witch’in Way Box arrived wrapped in plain,brown paper with their label in the corner. Their label is not large or overpowering in any way, so really no unwanted attention is drawn to it. Even though it says the name of the company, I think those in the broom closet can get away with receiving this package. It looks inconspicuous enough.

 

We were so excited by the package, we jumped right in…

 

Open Package

 

 

As soon as you open the packaging, and tear wide that box, the beautiful wrapper and sticker are exposed.

 

Informational Pages

 

 

The first item you get in the box is the Informational Pages. Love these. So important for every box to have. Their sheets come with tons of facts.

The theme of our Witch’in Way Box is Yule. Their Informational Pages give the background of the Yule Sabbat and the facts and information for materials included in the box. They even make sure to include poison warnings for herbs.

The paper it is printed on is a lovely parchment.

I did notice, after going through the entirety of the box, a few minor items were not mentioned. If you do not know what certain things are used for it may be an issue, but if you are a seasoned witch, it will not make a difference.

 

Mistletoe

 

 

The freshness of the herb supplied took me by surprise. I have yet to have received such a quality yet. The smell was incredibly aromatic and the color was intensely vibrant.

The Informational Page The Witch’in Way supplies suggests several spells Mistletoe can be used for. They supply you with a generous amount that you can use them in a variety of those spells.

They even make sure to warn you of the fact that ingesting Mistletoe is Poisonous. The Witch’in Way is on top of things!

 

Star Anise

 

 

You can smell the fresh aroma of black licorice, as it penetrates through the bag of Star Anise. The pieces are whole and beautiful, not broken bits just lying in a bag. You are given a good amount, at least half a bag’s worth of the fresh herb.

The Informational Page suggests what it is useful for and a way to make use of it.

 

Two Charcoal Discs

 

 

They can be used to burn resins, incense, powdered herbal blends or dried herbs. Two Charcoal Discs are included with the Box, but their use is not explained to you. Most experienced witches know their purpose, but those new to using loose herbs and such may not know. I assume they are for burning the loose herbs that come with the box.

 

Two Tealight Candles

 

 

These two tealights are not mentioned on the Informational Pages, but we all know what candles are. These smell as though the green one is a pine and the red may be cranberry. The scents are very strong and agreeable.

These could be used as any candle could be used; for spells, rituals, black-outs. The colors and fragrances are appropriate for the Boxes theme.

 

Citrine

 

 

 

This large hunk of Citrine arrives in a lovely gossamer bag. This smooth, shiny, polished gemstone is a large size. The coloring is, simply put, beautiful. Because of the shape of the stone I received, holding it is incredibly soothing. It fits in the palm of my hand and is nicely cradled within. I can easily meditate with this stone comfortably. The Witch’in Way has included the correspondences for Citrine on their Informational Pages.

 

Yule Oil

 


 

The Witch’in Way includes a generous sized bottle of their own Yule Oil Blend. The aroma is impressive! Strong, not a weak scented oil. You can tell it is properly made and blended.

The Informational Pages explain to you what the oil is made up of. It states, what is contained within from it’s base oil, to all the essential oils mixed in. Not only that, it explains why they used each oil and what it represents. Each component is appropriate for a Yule working and they mix together marvelously.

 

Mini Yule Log and Candles

 

 

When we came upon this in the box we squealed with excitement! Our own Yule Log! It can fit in any home. How cute. What an incredibly imaginative, creative, great idea! I have never seen anything like this before. It is solid and very festive. Very well made, from a real log.

Now for the best part… The Witch’in Way includes candles. They are birthday candles. They have cut the holes into the log and the candles fit right in perfectly. So you may purchase more candles on your own and your Yule Log is re-usable! You have a permanent Yule Log you can use year after year. Easy to store because of it’s size.

 

 

The Informational Pages tell you what a Yule Log is, what you can use yours for and suggests a great way to get your whole family involved in a ritual involving the Yule Log.

 

Witch Ball

 

 

Just when I thought the beauty of the Yule Log had me, I unwrap a gorgeous Witch Ball. Handmade by The Witch’in Way and simply put, beautiful. It is to Bless & Protect your home.

The Informational Pages tell you all that it holds within. It contains: jasmine flowers, cinnamon, cedar, and has hanging amethyst and citrine stones. There is, also, a rune/symbol in the witch ball that is not mentioned on the sheet. I am not sure what it’s meaning is, but so far knowing the rest of the contents of the box, I feel certain it’s appropriate.

 

Yule Cards

 

 

I loved this idea. How many of us are searching for cards around the holiday that have a simple message that is not christian? We have to settle for a plain “Happy Holidays”. Or, how many of us have to make our own! Well, The Witch’in Way has included a set of 6 warm and unique cards for us to send out for the Yule holiday! Not only are they thoughtful but they are beautiful. I do love the fae and winter faeries are perfect for the season.

 

My Overall Impression…

 

 

The Witch’in Way definitely has a different type of box. Made up of mostly homemade items, their own blends, and definitely their own unique ideas. I must say I LOVE it!

All handcrafted. That brings a special aspect to it. Knowing that someone actually cared enough to build you this box piece by piece. Impart magick bit by bit, in every feature as the box grew.

The creative thinking The Witch’in Way put into this box impresses me. A Yule Log that can be used in all size spaces and saved year round. How to incorporate your entire family into your celebrations. Creating something to Bless & Protect your home that looks so lovely. The thoughtfulness of including Holiday Cards to send your friends and family.

The Witch’in Way was very generous with their size of products. They definitely did not hold back with their generous supply of oil and herbs. I guess the only thing I could say is that the Informational Pages should have included those things like the charcoal, tealights, and the rune information. But that is so insignificant compared to all they offer!

 

Let’s meet The Witch’in Way…

 

Willow Moonhawk is the wonderful woman behind The Witch’in Way. She has taken some time from her busy schedule to answer a few questions with us at PaganPages.org

 

PaganPagesOrg: What brought the idea of the Mystery Box to you?

Willow Moonhawk: I will no longer be offering a Mystery Box/Surprise Box.  When The Witch’in Way began there were 3 of us, then 2 and now only myself, Willow Moonhawk.  I have been doing the boxes myself for approximately 6 months and felt I couldn’t keep up on my own while also working full-time night shifts as a nurse.

I will be only offering Boxes for the Sabbat Months, and on occasion may offer other Themed Boxes as well.

 

PaganPagesOrg: I am sorry to hear that you will no longer have your Mystery Boxes, but so happy that you will still have your Sabbat Boxes. Your Boxes are amazing and it would be sad for the community to lose them. I look forward to seeing some of your Theme Boxes. How did you begin the Sabbat Boxes?

Willow Moonhawk: I always wanted to start a pagan related business, and the subscription box service has become increasingly popular.  The idea was presented through the original partnership.

 

PaganPagesOrg: How do you choose what you place in your Boxes?

Willow Moonhawk: Items are chosen to coincide with the Pagan holidays and are meant to be tools and items that can be used in ritual and day-to-day practice.  The herbs and stones are chosen for the Sabbat as well.

 

PaganPagesOrg: Is yours a recurring monthly Box?

Willow Moonhawk: The Boxes originally were offered on a monthly basis, but as of March 1st, 2018 they will only be offered in a limited number via The Witch’in Way Etsy shop.  The goal is to be able to offer 5 -10 Boxes for each Sabbat.

 

PaganPagesOrg: Are you, yourself Pagan?

Willow Moonhawk: I am a practicing Pagan, and have been since 1999.  I am eclectic, but am drawn to Norse and Egyptian pantheons.  I am also a natural medium.

 

Thank you so much Willow Moonhawk from The Witch’in Way for chatting with us and Sharing!

 

If you are interested in a Sabbat Box or Theme Box from The Witch’in Way, or any of their other products, you can visit them on Etsy at:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheWitchinWay

 

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About the Author:

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is a Witch of many paths. She runs PaganPagesOrg eMagazine.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. You can email her at jenniferwright at paganpages dot org.  When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worth the Witch

October, 2017

Review of Spiritual Wake’s Mystery Witch Box

 

 

(logo for Spiritual Wake)

 

 

Spiritual Wake is an Etsy shop that offers a Mystery Witch Box for $15.00 plus Etsy calculates exact shipping to your zip code. This box is not a reoccurring, monthly subscription, but rather a one time purchase. You pay a one time fee for 1 box. Each Mystery Witch Box contains different items, such as, spells, books, jewelry, herbs, and more. You will receive 4 or more items depending on the value of each item in every box.  Each box is unique and different. 

 

PaganPagesOrg has received a Mystery Witch Box to review this month.

 

How it Arrives…

 

(Package the Mystery Witch Box arrived in.)

 

The box is a plain, nondescript brown box.  You get complete anonymity in the mail from the simple box. There are no pagan markings or symbols on the box. This is great for those who need the obscurity.

 

As Soon as you Open the Box…

 

(Box when first opened.)

 

A wonderful smell almost assaults you. You could not smell this wonderful aroma when the box was closed. It’s like, a surprise for your nose!  All you see is a folded piece of paper with glittering strands behind it.

 

What you See First…

 

(Glitter, contents, & instructions.)

 

As soon as you open the box you find the instructions on the top and they explain everything you will find in the box. Every item is listed, with directions on how to use them. They, also give ingredients to the bathbombs, which is helpful for those with allergies.

 

Right below the instructions, as you can see in the picture, the box is filled with strands of glitter. With this Mystery Witch Box, searching through the glitter for the hidden items is part of the fun!! Rummaging around with your hands trying to find what surprise is next. So what did we pull out first?

 

Red Candle…

 

(Red Candle)

 

The Red Candle is a wonderfully, full, thick votive. It is vibrant, deep red. The smell that comes from it is wonderful. Making the whole package aromatic. It is not a small cheap candle. It feels solid, dense.

 

Mala Bracelet…

 

(Mala Bracelet)

The Mala Bracelet is very cute. Made from plastic beads on elastic cord and stretches to fit all sizes.

 

Spell Bottle & Carnelian Stone…

 

(Spell Bottle & Carnelian Stone)

 

The spell bottle is an adorable size and the carnelian stone is very pretty. The directions included are very clear on what you can do with the spell kit. It says, specifically, what this spell kit is for. The instructions give you a few suggestions on spells you can do with the kit or leaves it open for workings of your own on the topic the kit was created & charged for.

 

The Rough Apatite & Labradorite…

 

(Rough Apatite & Labradorite)

 

The Rough Apatite & Labradorite are each a very good size. I would call them both “Chunks”. They are nice as altar decorations or home decorations. Good additions to anyone’s stone collections. I think the instructions, or maybe another sheet, should have given the meanings for them.

 

Bathbombs…

 

(Bathbombs)

 

These are a free gift. Who doesn’t like free gifts. Bathbombs are a nice, relaxing treat and they were unexpected. They came in cute shapes, especially love the stars, and cool colors.

 

(Bathbomb packaging)

 
However, I did feel the appearance of the bathbombs packaging may have taken away from the overall appearance of the box. Maybe placing them in an organza bag or similar would represent them better. I do understand that this would, however, add cost to the amount of the box.

 

(Full contents)

Since most of this box was not handmade, I scrutinized the cost of every item inside and added up what I thought was fair for the labor for the items that were handmade. After all my calculations, I feel this box is worth the price it is listed for. She did under-price herself on shipping on this one box and I hope that is an error.

 
The contents have a very nice overall appearance. My one issue was the packaging of the free gift, but that was insignificant. The glitter is cute and makes it like a party in a box.

 

The price is not expensive.  We would get another to see what goodies we would get next time!!  This box is Worth the Witch and PaganPagesOrg can stand behind this company.

 

So who is behind Spiritual Wake? and, where does she get her ideas?

 
Her name is Veronika Frederick and she spent a little time with us at PaganPagesOrg…

 

PaganPagesOrg: Tell us a little about yourself.
Veronika Frederick: I am Veronika Frederick an Egyptian based Pagan obsessed with cats. I began my journey as a kid inspired from things like Charmed and Practical Magic. I eventually fled an abusive relationship and began my shop as a way to regain control in my life and to help others. I sell a variety of jewelry, self care, and Pagan items. I live happily in Michigan and love the lake. I really hope that my shop can inspire courage, and good vibes. 
PPO: Where are you from?
VF: I was born in Utah and lived there through elementary school, then spent my teens in Illinois and majority of my twenties have been here in Michigan. I am in love with Lake Huron.
PPO: What type of Witch are you, yourself?
VF: That’s tough, Eclectic Kemetic is likely the closest term. I personally believe and incorporate Ancient Egyptian Deities. However I do not mimic their way of religion. I’m very earth based. Overall though I tend to think I am just a crazy cat lady witch.
PPO: What are some of your interests?
VF: Anyone who knows me would all say my thing is CATS. I’m an intense cat mom, protective, and loving. My familiar is one of my cats her name is Ingrid and she works closely with me for anything that is shop related. She is the happiest, purr machine out there. I show her as one of my helpers on my etsy page, have her in photo shoots. (So I would recommend anyone really allergic to cats avoid my shop.) I’m eternally grateful that I ended up with Ingrid.
PPO: What do you feel the Pagan community is missing?
VF: Animal rights. Might sound a little odd, but there have been so many abusive and terrible things done to animals it makes my stomach churn. So I try to really show how to be a strong pet parent. Whenever I have spare $ I donate food to the animal shelters, and I sign petitions. I feel very strongly that animals need to be protected from the cruelty of people, and deeply wish more people, not just Pagans, would sort of pick up that fight also. I have also rescued a lot of cats and dogs, since I was kid up until now. Ingrid is a rescue.
PPO: What brought the idea of a Mystery Box to you?
VF: I wish I could say something original, but actually I had ordered a witch box from another shop found myself disappointed and just ended up deciding I would do something better. I actually didn’t introduce this item until late spring if I remember right.
PPO: How did you begin?
VF: Well the boxes began with using old witch bottle jewelry I had made for a fair, then adding in some crystals, from there it’s … left a mystery. The shop though did begin as a way to regain control in my life, and to feel stronger. Something I try to incorporate in all aspects of my shop is self-empowerment and courage. My journey to Paganism started as a kid, but the shop was born from struggle. I left an abusive relationship, and it was messy, long process. I felt like any moment the entire world could crumble in, so I did what I have done all my life I turned to something creative that kept my hands busy.
PPO: How do you chose what to include?
VF: I work off of inventory, creativeness, and what supplies I have stored up. This ranges from homemade spells, sigils I make, to jewelry, and crystals. Each box has several items, usually whatever I feel inspired towards for that order. Depending on value the number of items can vary, anywhere from 4 or more items.

PPO: What other types of things do you sell in Spiritual Wake?
VF: I sell bracelets, necklaces, earrings, small pdf books, mystery witch box, and bath bombs/shower melts (I actually have been meaning to add more to the shop just haven’t had the time yet).
I’d like to thank Veronika Frederick for taking time from her busy schedule to talk with us at PaganPagesOrg.

 

To learn more about Spiritual Wake Etsy Shop or Mystery Witch Box’s visit them at:
Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpiritualWake
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spiritualwakeofficial
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritualWake

 

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About the Author:

 

 

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is an Eclectic Witch who runs PaganPagesOrg eMagazine.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way.