Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sabbat Box Review: Emergence - Ostara


This equinox's Sabbat Box review is bittersweet here at Witchy Words: This is the last box I'll be reviewing!  We've officially come full-circle, with eight boxes for each holiday: Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Mabon, Samhain, Yule and Imbolc and, of course, this one for Ostara.  It's been an amazing adventure to see a pagan-owned small business bloom, and I can't tell you how appreciative we here at Witchy Words have been to have been a small part of that.  As Sabbat Box continues from here, I'll be excited to hear from my readers what they've been getting!


All of that being said, this is probably the best box yet.  So enough reminiscing; let's dig in!


Of course, the first item you'll see upon opening the box is the trifold brochure.  This brochure is worth the box's weight in gold as it's chocked full of information!  It not only details the items in the box and their various uses for the holiday, but includes an immense amount of information and correspondences about the sabbat itself as well as valuable online resources!


Of course, every box thus far has included a copy of the relevant Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials, this one's being Ostara written by Kerri Connor.  These little guys are perfect for the beginner looking for an informational resource or the more advanced wanting to brush up on the holiday at hand.  If you'd like to grab your copy from the Sabbat Box store, click here!  I've spoken ad nauseam about the Llewellyn Sabbat Essential series over the past year, so let's move forward!


What better way to secure a sacred space, emphasize a spell or add a little flair to the home than burning some incense.  HEM's Prescious Patchouli incense is just the thing for Ostara.  Patchouli was used during the 1700s and 1800s to keep moths away from silk when traveling long distances from China to the Middle East. Thus we still today associate the aroma of patchouli with abundance, prosperity, wealth and success.  Of course, the spring equinox celebrates the prosperity and abundance of the earth as it beings to grow anew after the cold winters.  Thus patchouli could certainly enliven a ritual or altar for this sabbat!  Want your own box? Click here!


Or how about this beautiful white sage and lavender bundle used for smoke cleansing?  A note, of course, that smudging is an appropriation of a Native American ritual and not what you're likely doing with this beautiful bundle of herbs, but calling it by the appropriate name, smoke cleansing or recaning, makes your actions no less effective!  Not to mention, everyone here likely knows my immense obsession with lavender.  Did you know that the word lavender actually comes from the Latin word lavare, meaning "to wash?"  That's why lavender is sometimes associated with cleansing properties, and why it's perfect to include in a cleansing sage bundle.  Use this bundle to cleanse yourself, your sacred space, your altar or your home as a sort of metaphysical spring cleaning!  If you'd like to purchase this item from the Sabbat Box store, you can do so here.


The Sacred Well's Prosperty Ritual Powder has a variety of uses for this holiday!  Suggestions from the Sabbat Box site include:

  • Dressing spell candles with the powder.
  • Burning the powder on a charcoal disc as incense.
  • Adding it to a sachet or poppet.
  • Using it to sprinkle around your house (keep in mind child and pet safety with herbs!).
  • Placing it in a spirit or deity offering bowl.

If you're interested in adding a little prosperity powder to your life, click here!


The minute I opened the package, I knew something was made out of bee's wax.  And here it is!  This lovely hand-poured 10 hour beeswax egg candle from Sunbeam Candles is perfect for adding fertility to your Ostara!  Bees, of course, pollinate the flowers and vegetation we plant in the spring, and eggs are symbolic of the fertility of the animals they come from, so of course this candle is perfect for this equinox.  Add it to your altar, ritual or spell work to give it an extra-long boost of fertility with this incredible, high-quality candle.  And, if you'd like to purchase your own, you can do so by clicking here!


But I've probably saved the most impressive item for last. That's saying something after a beeswax egg-shaped hand-poured candle, wouldn't you say?  Originally, I thought the foam block was just new extra packaging until I picked it up and it was heavy.  When I opened it up, what I saw inside surprised me!


This positively gorgeous earth deity goddess statue by Eclectic Artisans is an amazing treat!  The divine feminine of Wiccan duotheistic traditions is often associated with the same fertility, life and mystery that Ostara itself corresponds with.  In addition, she's adorned in beautiful spring symbolism with flowers, vines and dragonflies.  The statue is made to hold a tealight candle, which is perfect as a representation of the sun.  Counter her with something representing the night on your altar, as the equinox is equal parts day and night, and your altar is set!

If you'd like your own goddess statue, you can buy one right here!


And there you have it: The last Sabbat Box review!  But just because the reviews won't continue on Witchy Words doesn't mean you can't continue the fun.  If you'd like to join the Sabbat Box waiting list for subscriptions, click here!  Sabbat Box creators are, of course, working out-of-this-world hours to ensure more subscriptions but, until that time comes, you can always purchase individual items in the Sabbat Box store located here - no subscription necessary.

We here at Witchy Words would like to give Sabbat Box and their creators a gigantic thank you for the opportunity to review this amazing subscription box service.  I can assure you that the items found in this boxes will be used until worn out or gone here at Terra Luna.  It's been amazing, humbling and a ton of fun!

Breakdown:
Total MSRP of items inside: $51.34
Total savings on this box: $11.39
Total shipping savings: $7.95
Total savings: $19.99
Five pagan businesses supported.

4 comments:

  1. I just stumbled upon your blog via a link on Pinterest and so glad I found you. The link started me a few dozen posts back but I decided to go to home and continue on. The Sabbat Ostara Box looks amazing and I wish I would have been able to purchase one. I did add my name to the waiting list. I hope this finds you well and with good health.

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    1. Thank you so much for your readership! Sabbat Box is pretty darn amazing. I hear that they're working hard to open it up to more people, so hopefully you'll be moved from the waiting list soon!

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  2. Commenting late, but I'm sad to read that you won't be doing reviews any more! I always liked reading your thoughts and descriptions of the products they have in the boxes.

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz! Sabbat Box offered me an amazing opportunity to review their boxes for a year and I truly appreciate it. They've certainly given me a lot of stuff to work with since Beltane last year. I'm sad to officially have closed that year of reviews, but I'm excited to see what they do next. Hopefully my readers who have subscriptions will keep me up to date!

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