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    SugarMuses – Ostara Box     An abundance of curated items come lovingly packed in this Ostara Box by SugarMuses that can all be used to celebrate the spring equinox. Enclosed information gives some content about the sabbath, and the metaphysical properties of tools and items – then steps you through a ritual, noting how each item can be incorporated and stressing the experience be guided by your knowledge and intuition. Kristi, who recently celebrated her transition into Crone-hood grew up in a pagan home and was encouraged to use her talents instead of repressing them. “I have been creating things since I was very young and I found that…

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      Under the Willows Design – Monthly Altar Kit       Ostara was the theme for the March 2021 Monthly Altar Kit from Under the Willows Design. Among its contents were a collection of herb and flower seeds to plant to honor the new growth that comes with spring. Little labeled plastic bags held lavender, sweet pea and verbena seeds.     The herbs in this kit – wormwood, chamomile, and calendula – are for offerings, Ostara rituals, or adding to your altar or apothecary for your own needs. They can also be used for a cleansing washes, using the Ostara energies for prosperity spells, or to charge and cleanse crystals…

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    Air-Dry Clay     Merry meet. If you prefer to make tools, charms, altar decorations and gifts, clay could be all you need. In this case, it was block of the air-drying variety. Purchased at a tag sale years ago, one corner of the plastic had split open, drying some of the clay. Placing the block in an airtight container and adding some water restored it. A ziplock plastic bag also works.     Air-dry clay is soft and pliable. Kneed it a few times and it’s ready to be rolled, shaped, pressed into molds and sculpted. The clay will begin to dry as soon as exposed to air, so to…

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      Spiral Rain Zodiac Box     This is the first of two boxes we are reviewing this month from Spiral Rain. Living two hours from Montreal and almost that far from Quebec City, Rani Guillemette began purchasing monthly subscription boxes to acquire tools to practice her Craft, only to realize she could make them and, in the process, grow as a person. “I love doing research, I love helping others and I love witchcraft,” she said.     Spiral Rain was born November 1, 2018; two months later it was officially online. Since then she has put together two sets of themed boxes, each with 12 categories. This review…

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      Blessed Be Box / New Moon in Aquarius   The enchanting box for the new moon in Aquarius January 24 was carefully packed with products to honor the moon cycle, empower individuals to manifest their desires, and provide support for the coming four weeks. Refreshing angelic white – representing air and the feeling of elevation – served as a sub-theme for this box. Slipping the box out of the bag, the frankincense incense, even in its package, offered a calming, uplifting scent and hinted at the magic inside.     Opening the box reveals a card showing its contents, a copy of a Temperance tarot card that can be…

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    The Magickal Earth     “Gratitude and Transformation” was the theme of The Magickal Earth’s box sent to customers for November 22 to December 21.     “The company is undergoing its own transformation,” said Janet Barto, who travels the country “in search of all things Magickal such as stones, rocks, minerals, and handcrafted items.” It just opened its first shop called the Magickal Earth Boutique in Enumclaw, Washington. In addition to work by local artists are items from around the world. “We are offering many amazing classes such as Chakra Healing with Crystals, yoga every Wednesday night, tarot readers every weekend … plus more.” Another recent change was introducing…

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    Planner Magic

    Seasonal Spinner I’m bringing you tips and ideas for turning your planner into an oracle, an interactive grimoire, and a spellbook. We’ll be using your planner, planner supplies and accessories for lots of magical fun. This month’s Planner Magic is a Seasonal Spinner. It’s a divination tool you can keep right in your planner for instant insight. It will help answer a lot of questions such as: Which time of year is best to begin a new project? What moon phase would be best for spell work? Who would be most compatible with me for a business partnership (zodiac)? What type of self-care activity should I pursue?   SPRING Air…