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Worth the Witch

September, 2018

Alchemy & Ashes

 

 

Parlour of Magical Curiosities

Inspired By History, Myth, and Magic

 

 


Alchemy & Ashes provide a variety of excellently handcrafted, by them, elixirs, incense, perfumes, soaps, conjure powders, and more. They supply an assortment of kits and boxes ranging from their $30 Sanctus Box, which includes a Protection Oil & Florida Water for Ritual, Purification & Aura spray for purification energy clearing, to; a PART the VEIL Conjure Kit- Witch Box that helps with intuition, divination & so much more starting at only $20. I’m only naming two, to see more of their kits & boxes, you can visit them at Alchemy & Ashes. You will not be disappointed. Their boxes are not recurring monthly subscriptions. They are one time purchases, as you go kits & boxes. So there is no need to worry about having to cancel your monthly subscriptions.

As I close the envelope addressed to me a waft of the sweetest herbal smells fills my nostrils bringing the promise of witchiness to come and my excitement surges. I received a mysterious box from Alchemy & Ashes all in black and smelling like a Witch’s Heavenly Cupboard. It immediately piqued my curiosity.

 

 

I had to tear right in I could not hold back. When I opened the box everything was beautifully wrapped like Gothic Presents. I was in a Gothic Dream come true!!!! Now let’s see what’s inside these little packages…. Rip, rip, rip…..

 

 

Pamphlet

 

Very nicely made. One page, folded. The art of their Logo and everything goes very well with a gothicy/witch theme. The Pamphlet lists all Alchemy & Ashes contact information and it mentions that they have a free app. I checked out the app and it is very helpful.

The pamphlet teaches you a few ways to use Conjure Powders. Reading this is how I learned the theme of the box. Everything is wrapped up so elegantly you could not tell what was in the box. Just smell beauty. The pamphlet goes on to tell you about 6 herbal blends of Conjure Powders, their titles, and info on them. At this point I was not sure what it all meant, but it looked promising. So I decided to get into more!

 

Conjure Powders

 

What I mistakenly thought would be a very large candle due to it’s sheer size and shape (most witch boxes give you candles what can I say!) when I opened the box turned out to be quite a surprise…6 tins of Conjure Powders. As you can see in the picture the tins are full. I kept spilling them in fact when I opened each of them. Then I would have to do a blessing, invite a spirit, or banish something. LOL. It was quite funny to watch. My familiar went nuts. I was expecting a smaller sample size of the conjure powders for a box. I was extremely pleased. The 6 Conjure Powders are as follows:

  • Elicio (Conjure) – a mixture to conjure spirits & energies beneficial to your workings.
  • Exilium (Banish) – a concoction to banish spirits & energies that are detrimental to your workings.
  • Praescientia (Intuition) – a blend to aid with intuitive abilities & divinatory gifts.
  • Amor (Love) – a mix to attract love.
  • Praesidium (Protection) – a combination to create a boundary of protection from unwanted spirits or energies.
  • Fortuna (Prosperity) – A mixture to attract spirits & energies of prosperity and abundance to you.

Almost all of the Conjure Powders from Alchemy & Ashes in the box are made from a blend of at least 7 herbs. Most of them were made from 13! The smells are vibrant. The pamphlet lists the ingredients in each powder as well as what it is used for & a definition for it’s meaning. Plus, as I mentioned before, they teach you a variety of ways to use Conjure Powders. None are difficult.

So excited by these 6 great sized tins that I almost forgot the box contains more! On we go….

 

A Modern Witch’s Flying Ointment

 

Unguentum Sabatti is the hand that parts the Veil.” That is how Alchemy & Ashes begin to explain what Witch’s flying ointment is. Flying ointment is a mixture of herbs & essential oils mixed in coconut oil and beeswax that help relax, soothe, and help bring you to another level of consciousness & help aid in meditations , divination, lucid dreaming, rituals, astral traveling, etc… When applied to certain areas of the EXTERNAL BODY before beginning.

You get a full 1oz supply in a nice tin. Solid, not too greasy and slimy like others I have tested in the past where you put your finger in the ointment and it just goes right to the bottom. This is substantial and will last a long time. The smell is amazing and you can actually pick out some of the herbs from simply taking a sniff. The back of the tin does, however, list the ingredients.

 

Sanctus Aqueum


This is Alchemy & Ashes own version of Florida Water. Florida Water is used for blessings, consecrating, cleansing, & purification when you can not smudge.

They create each batch on the New Moon & let it charge until the Full Moon. It is, also, infused with a Quartz Crystal to amplify it’s energy. It comes in a glass spray bottle.

When you spritz the air, you automatically smell more than just water in the air. I have used these sprays before, sometimes called ‘smudge sprays’ or ‘aura sprays’. I like them. They are quick ways to cleanse the area and yourself & they do work and calm you. You can feel them lessen tension in the air quickly. This one, however, has the most brilliant smell so far! The bottle may seem small but you don’t need to use much. Alchemy & Ashes recipe is strong. I am finding all I need is 1 maaaaybe 2 pumps. So shake, pump once, Deeeep breath, hold 1, 2, 3, Release, Ahhhhhh! I’m in a garden….a field….I’m goneeeeee….

 

Sanctus Oleum


In this 10 ml glass roller bottle is a witch’s protection oil. It can be used to consecrate items, make protective sigils on doorways & windows, as well as used to anoint yourself during ritual work.

Alchemy & Ashes creates each batch on the New Moon and leaves it to charge until the full moon. It is, also, infused with a piece of black tourmaline for it’s protective energy.

I have never heard of something like this before. It is definitely welcomed new knowledge and a welcomed new tool for my personal witch box. The smell to this oil is heavier than the smudge spray. Thicker somehow, if smells can be thicker. If feels thicker, too. I guess you would want protection to be heavier, your own fortress or armor.

 

Soaps (Free Samples)

Yes, I know you want to eat the picture, bu you can’t, they ARE delicious don’t get me wrong, but they are soaps! The deep brown, marbled soap on the bottom is named ‘Aquitaine’. A mix of lavender, patchouli, & bergamot it reminds me of a cleaner purer version of Bath & Body Works all “natural” line. I may have to change where I purchase my soap from now! The lighter brown, marbled soap on top is named ‘Sweet Alchemy’. It is a blend of almond, cocoa, honey, & oats and I think I may taste this one, it really does smell that good! The third, solid brown bar is named ‘Nimue’ and smells like clean sheets outside drying on a clothesline on a spring day to me. It’s made of lavender, lemon, & Clary sage.

They feel wonderful on the skin. So clean and fresh. They leave you skin soft and smelling as beautiful as the bars.

 

My Overall Opinion…


I have to admit the Witch in me loves the all black theme. Now they did send me a box of many different types of samples to review. I do not think they sell this exact box. But have boxes that sell these items. I can honestly say, though, that Alchemy & Ashes do not hold back and give small sample sizes in their boxes, because they gave me what they put in their boxes. They give you your monies worth. You can smell the quality. Feel it. The Conjure Powders tins are full to bursting, pungent, smell fresh. They explain all in their pamphlet, I love that. They don’t leave you in the dark wondering what to do. The Florida water WORKS. I have yet to try the flying ointment, but the quality is there, and I am waiting to use the Sanctus Oleum for Samhain on my front door. Their sample soaps quality is so amazing you will need more. I can, without a doubt, say this box is WORTH THE WITCH!!!

 

We were blessed to be able to have a little chat with the wonderful Owner & Madame of Alchemy & Ashes Shawnee Kircher!

 

Jennifer Wright: What brought the idea of the mystery box to you?

Shawnee Kircher: We loved the idea of other subscription boxes, and we also liked the idea of getting our products out there to people who may have never used them, or can’t decide which products to start with, so it was a win-win for them and us!

 

JW: How did you begin them?

SK: We realized there was a market for handcrafted ritual products, and felt that our products are a bit different from what we had been seeing. We were tired of seeing the commercially, mass marketed items in a lot of the boxes that lack the spiritual energy that a handcrafted product carries with it. That’s hard to recreate in a factory.

 

JW: How do you choose what you put inside them?

SK: We try to consider the season or sabbat coming up as to what people may be needing at the moment, but also like to have some staple products in there that anyone can use regardless of path or preference.

 

JW: Is yours a recurring monthly box?

SK: We’re aiming for seasonal at the moment. If interest grows, perhaps we will shift to monthly.

 

JW: Are you pagan?

SK: Yes. I use the term Pagan in the sense of a) outside the confines of the Abrahamic religions and b) nature based spiritual path follower. I also use the term Witch, as I am a practitioner of the Craft. I think those two terms can be used separately from each other, as not all Witches are Pagan, and not all Pagans are Witches, but in my practice they go hand in hand. I don’t ascribe to any religious doctrine, though I did find my way to Paganism through Wicca, as it was the most accessible at the time for me, about 20 years ago, and while I’m not an initiate of Wicca nor do I follow any of it’s “rules” (like The Rede), I do think it influenced some of my practice.

 

JW: What types of interests do you have?

SK: I love the dichotomy of beautiful and creepy when they present themselves as one – like in the “modern” vampire stories: Louis in Interview with a Vampire, or the suave and debonair Bela Lugosi – this beautiful creature that is deadly, so that you’re attracted and repulsed at the same time. That touch of “otherness” is very interesting to me in art and life.

 

JW: Did you feel the pagan world was missing something to make you create your Box?

SK: I think Pagans are pretty crafty folks, so I didn’t reinvent the wheel, but I did put my spin and perspective on my ritual products that are included in the boxes. Sanctus Aqueum (“Holy Water”) was based off of a 19th century recipe for Florida Water. I tweaked the traditional ingredients and added my own touch, and its been a great selling product. Sanctus Oleum (“Holy Oil”) is similar in use to Holy Chrism used in the Church, but with herbs associated with protection in various folk magic traditions. Unguentum Sabatti (“Sabbat Ointment”) was formulated with herbs associated with astral projection, necromancy, and visions to enhance your own intuitive abilities in a more gentle manner than many of the traditional flying ointments.

 

JW: Do you have a site and sell other types of products?

SK: You can find many of our handmade items to purchase on Etsy (etsy.com/shop/alchemyashes). Besides our ritual items mentioned above, we also make handcrafted cold process soaps, perfumes (both oil based and alcohol based), lip balms, herbal powdered incense, and amulets.

We don’t currently do direct sales through our website (alchemyandashes.com)

However, you can always email us your order at [email protected] and we can invoice you and you can pay online.

We’d like to thank Shawnee Kircher for taking the time from her busy schedule to speak with us at PaganPagesOrg and everyone at Alchemy & Ashes for everything! We hope our readers get to meet everyone at Alchemy & Ashes soon!

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About the Author:

Jennifer Wright is a witch on a path of change that is always winding. She founded PaganPagesOrg in the hopes of giving those a platform to share and learn without judgment. There are too many important things to her and not enough room to mention them. You are one of them.

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.