Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sabbat Box Review: A Mystic's Winter - Yule



It's been a couple weeks since the fabulous Yule-themed Sabbat Box shipped out this month, which means it's time to do a review!  Sabbat Box is a well-compiled goodie box similar to the Loot Crate concept that mails sabbat-related items to your doorstep a couple weeks before each holiday. The box's value always exceeds the price, so you can always feel like you've hit a good bargain while still supporting pagan-owned small businesses at the same time!


While we've been prepping for the holidays, the wonderful folks over at Sabbat Box have spent more than the past few months procuring a selection of items that would make any pagan or witch feel festive for the solstice!  So let's see what's inside:


The first thing you'll run across when you open the box is the gorgeous trifold brochure which includes details about the items inside as well as information about the upcoming sabbat.  This informational pamphlet is super handy, particularly if you want to know where the items come from or if you're just starting out on celebrating the Wheel of the Year.


Pulling back the tissue paper, you get an immediate view of what's in store!


Of course, every Sabbat Box thus far has included the relevant book from Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials series.  This little guy includes lore, correspondences, recipes, spells and rituals for every sabbat.  Oh, and the book's pretty good too.  You can get your very own copy here.


Each box included this adorable cinnamon scented handmade ornament exclusive to Sabbat Box!  Besoms are perfect as symbols of protection, especially as this one's dipped in cinnamon essential oil. If you don't want to hang it on a tree, you could use it as a protective talisman around your home, office or car, or place it on an altar.  If you'd like one of your own, you can purchase them by clicking here!


Dragon Oak is located right here in Missouri, and their beautiful, hand-crafted Witches' Runes, complete with a 5x7 satin bag, are perfect for the holiday!  As the solstice precedes the standard New Year, it's a common time to see what's in store ahead.  Each rune set includes a correspondence sheet as well a suggested method of casting.  I'd like to also link Circle of Fountain's 2014 Samhain ritual as we did something special with runes that might be relevant, as well as my method for reading Elder Futhark runes.  Check it out!  And, if you'd like your own set of witches' Runes from Dragon Oak, click here!


No sabbat is complete without a little tickling of the senses, and incense goes a long way to engage your sense of smell!  Sabbat Box included two incenses for the Yule box, each with a different purpose. The first is a frankincense and myrrh resin incense offered by Eclectic Artisans. Both frankincense and myrrh have strong purification properties and are routinely referenced in a variety of cultures around the solstice. If you'e never worked with resin incense before, you burn it similarly to how you would burn loose incense - in a fireproof vessel, protected with sand in the bottom and topped with a red-hot coal. I have a detailed explanation of burning loose incense in this Sabbat Box review here should you need it. And, of course, if you'd like to grab your own frankincense and myrrh resin incense, click here!


Also included is HEM's The Moon cone incense.  Given that this solstice celebrates the longest night and happens to fall right around the full moon this year, The Moon is the perfect inclusion for all your ritual needs!  Pick up a pack here.


If you're the kind of person who needs both a physical and spiritual cleansing every now and then, this cold processed soap with frankincense and myrrh, along with a myriad of other beautiful herbs and oils, might just do the trick!  Alchemy & Ashes is a Florida-based vintage emporium that specializes in antiques, witchcraft supplies and handmade apothecary products, such as this gorgeous soap here.  If you'd like to set up candles and make a ritual out of your bath with this soap, feel free! I, however, find that a good scrubbing with the right soap is all I need to feel cleansed, and this will certainly do the trick.  While the product appears to be all-natural, I would highly suggest testing the inside of your wrist before using it all over - just in case.  However, since it's made with olive, coconut, palm and castor oil, unless you have an allergy to those specific oils, I don't see many problems arising.  This is perfect for those of us with more sensitive skins!


Plus, look at this gorgeous packaging!  Get your bar of purifying soap here!


And last, but certainly not least, these hand-dipped solid bayberry wax spell candles custom made especially for Sabbat Box by The Candle Store are simply exquisite.  The pamphlet explains the tradition of bayberry candles better than I could probably put into words, so I'll let Sabbat Box take it from here:

There is a very old tradition surrounding bayberries and the winter season that stems back to the first American settlers. When they first arrived here in America, everything revolved around survival. During the winters, the most important goods were in short supply (including candles). At this point and time, candles were usually made from tallow (animal fat), which had a terrible smell, didn't burn well and could become rancid. In order to have enough food to make it through the winter, most livestock would've been slaughtered for their meet, which caused tallow shortages. Not long after arriving, colonists discovered that the abundant bayberries they found could be boiled down to a cleaner, better smelling wax, which they made candles from. It takes 15 lbs of berries to make 1 lb of wax, which is very labor intensive, making the wax costly.  It was a sign of good luck and prosperity if one could afford such a luxury that it quickly became tradition to burn them to bring about such luck. The old saying goes, "For a bayberry candle burned to the socket, brings joy to the heart and gold to the pocket."


Information like this is what makes Sabbat Box's pamphlet so worth the investment! These candles are perfect to use as a primary ritual candle, as spell work for prosperity, happiness or luck, as an offering to the divine or to spirits and more.  You could even wait to use one of these during the full moon or on New Year's eve!

To get your own bayberry candle, click here!


And that's sums up Sabbat Box's Yule-themed box!  For some time now, sign ups for Sabbat Box have been regulated to a waiting list. If you're interested in joining the waiting list, you can click here! Sabbat Box creators are working heavily behind the scenes in hopes of being able to offer even more subscriptions. However, until that happens, you can always purchase items featured in each box at the Sabbat Box store located here - no subscription necessary!



Breakdown:
Total MSRP of items inside: $53.48
Total savings on this box: $13.53
Total shipping savings: $7.95
Total savings: $21.48
Five pagan businesses supported.

2 comments:

  1. The Yule box looks so festive! I had a chance to subscribe to Sabbat Box and didn't check my email so I totally missed it! Oh well it's worth the wait so I'll sign up again. Thanks for the thoughtful review!

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    1. Aw, sorry to hear! I know they're diligently working on trying to open Sabbat Box up to a wider audience, so stay tuned! And thank you so much!

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