What’s a Poppet? 1
• WHAT IS A POPPET? WHAT IS A VOODOO DOLL? •
"The old crone hunches over her work, raising her hand. There is a flash of golden light, a reflection of the fire on a sharp pin. She plunges the pin into the small object she holds: a cloth effigy, its arms and legs splayed out. Just as the pin enters the cloth, across town, a man grabs his stomach, his face a mask of pain and terror. The old crone cackles, her wrath meted out in horrific precision!"
There are few practices of Paganism or witchcraft more widely known--and widely misinformed--to the outside world than the concept and use of “Voodoo dolls.” While the actual items named as such are predominately a myth of twentieth-century popular culture, there are numerous accounts of folk magic and witchcraft practitioners using what is better termed a poppet.
The term “poppet" actually comes from Middle English, with roots in the Latin word for girl or doll. The word puppet, which came later, also derives from this. The use of a poppet in modern Pagan practice is actually a method of sympathetic magic--having an item represent or correspond to another thing. A poppet, usually being “person-shaped”, often represents someone to whom the magickal working or spell is directed.
And while pop culture implies anything person shaped is purely for darkness and evil,
that dreaded “voodoo doll”, the reality is poppets can represent any form of intent by its user, good or bad. Health, prosperity, protection, peace...all of these goals can correspond to the use of a poppet as well. Want to protect your loved one while they are away on travel? A poppet, filled with stones, herbs, or other materials that correspond to your goals and connect with that loved one can be a powerful form of directed will and intention. Worried about a coworker that has been causing strife or difficulties at your job? A poppet representing this person can be utilized to diminish or obstruct that person’s negative energies or intentions.
We have included a kit for making your own poppet within the 2016 Samhain Sabbat Box, and we hope we have helped to widen the understanding of this often-maligned Pagan practice. As Samhain is a time devoted for many Pagans as a devotion to those who have passed on and the wisdom of our ancestors, the poppet in the Sabbat Box can represent someone who you hold dear and wish to “hear from” in your everyday life, to remind you of the care they had for you, the wisdom they may have imparted, and the joy they brought to your life. It can also be used to draw in those spirits of the departed for protection. Whatever your intent may be, adding different methods of magick into your practice helps to broaden your knowledge of the craft and help further inspire you to work your craft in unique ways -- our main goal and objective here at Sabbat Box.
No sharp pins necessary ;-)
• MORE INFORMATION & LINKS ABOUT POPPETS AND VOODOO DOLLS •
Using a magickal poppet
Wikipedia Article On Poppets
Poppets and Voodoo Dolls - From A Root Workers Perspective
How to use Hoodoo Dolls, Effigy Dolls, Spirit Dolls and Helper Dolls
Creole Moon - Information About New Orleans Voodoo Dolls
How do Voodoo Dolls Actually Work - Original Botanica
• PURCHASE YOUR OWN GUARDIAN/PROTECTION POPPET KIT HERE •
Discover the 2016 Samhain Sabbat Box - Beyond The Veil 0
• SAMHAIN SABBAT BOX • BEYOND THE VEIL • BOX BREAKDOWN •
The Wheel of the Year once again has reached the end of the summer and autumn harvest time, and Samhain represents that time in nature when crops are out of the ground and the snow has not yet fallen, ensuring a clear path between our world and the one Beyond. This is a common time for many Pagans to commune with their ancestors and loved one who have passed on, to honor the love and wisdom that they gave while they were still with us and to not forget the lessons that they shared.
We wanted to focus this Samhain on the tools and materials that will allow you to safely navigate the space between spaces, which can provide a conduit between the seen and the unseen, the known and the Unknown. Whether it is an honoring ritual, divination, or meditation, these items give their user protection against negative forces or energies while working in the Beyond.
- As some of you may know, as of now we are currently at our maximum membership capacity at Sabbat Box. We have implemented a waiting list for those interested in joining when membership positions become available. You can join the waiting list here.
- Do you or someone you know make a product that would appeal to the Pagan community? Are you looking to launch a product or get your product in front of a large audience? If so, lets talk! Sabbat Box is always looking for new vendors and suppliers that create unique items to feature inside an upcoming Sabbat Box. Sabbat Box is a great way for people to find out about you, your product or your company. Whether you are looking to advertise inside the box or wish to feature a product within a box, we would love to hear from you. Register to become a Sabbat Box Supplier/Advertiser today.
• GUARDIAN/PROTECTION POPPET KIT •
• ITEM 1: POPPET KIT.........$21.95
• WHAT: Guardian - Protection Poppet Kit
• WHO MAKES IT IT?: Charme et Sortilege aka (Charm and Spell)
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: Charme et Sortilege or the Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: A poppet is a powerful from of sympathetic magick and has a multitude of uses.
This Samhain we wanted to include something unique for our members that would coincide with the Sabbat as well as the thinning of the veil, so we found these wonderful hand sewn poppet kits from our Canadian friends at Charme et Sortilege wiccan supplies store.
Each hand crafted poppet kit comes with everything you need to create your very own protection poppet. The poppet in this particular kit is meant to act as an effigy of protetion and can be used to summon and house protective spirits and energies (especially while the veil is thin). Poppets can also be used for other things depending on your intent. It can serve as protection for a particular person or place, a representation of love or healing, a conjure doll, a voodoo or spirit doll--all of which are made and used differently depending on your purpose and need. One of the great things about a poppet kit like this is that it is so versatile.
This particular poppet kit comes with three packets of protection-corresponding herbs for filling (star anise, raspberry leaf, and alfalfa), a gemstone (magnetic hematite) for attraction and drawing in protection, a filling stick, needle and thread, as well as basic instructions on how to use it.
Located in Montreal, Charme et Sortilege (aka Charm and Spell), creates and sells high quality, beautifully crafted spiritual supplies for those who practice the craft. They have been serving the Pagan community for over 13 years. The majority of their products are made in house and are one of a kind. Though they are located in Canada, they offer their unique products for purchase to anyone in the world. Visit their website to browse their extensive and magical product line: http://charme-et-sortilege.com/en/
• BEYOND THE VEIL - SPECIAL EDITION GEM ESSENCE HERBAL ELIXIR •
• ITEM 2: SPECIAL EDITION ELIXIR.......$12.00
• WHAT: Beyond The Veil - Gem Essence Herbal Elixir
• WHO MAKES IT?: Highest Self Elixirs
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: Highest Self Elixirs or the Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: This elixir is made to help connect to the space beyond the veil to commune with those who have passed on from this world.
When we work magick, meditate, or work a spell, we open ourselves spiritually in order to manifest our intent. That said, there are times that we may want to invite those who have gone beyond the veil into our practice--when working divination, for instance--and there are times we may want to venture beyond the veil and open ourselves up further in order to connect with the guides and petition our ancestors to provide us guidance and answers during meditation, divination, past life regression, or shamanic journeying. Since Samhain is an ideal time to work with and connect with our ancestors and those who have come before us, we wanted to add to this year’s Samhain Sabbat Box a product to help make this task a little easier, and this elixir does just that!
We wanted to include a quality elixir from a reputable source, and this is why we decided to team up with Aemen Bell, the founder and owner of Highest Self Elixirs, to curate this particular item for your Samhain Box. This elixir was specially formulated by Aemen herself in effort to assist you with working beyond the veil. Aemen came up with this special formulation which is made specifically to help open the third eye and relax your crown chakra. Ingredients include: wildcrafted flowers of mugwort, chicory, purple loosestrife, organic elderberries, organic lavender, and crystal essences of Scolecite, amethyst, black obsidian, apophyllite and quartz in a base of organic grape/cane alcohol. Beyond the Veil was made during a pisces full moon.
Highest Self Elixirs is the premier source for herbal crystal elixirs and has over 20 years of experience with herbalism and crafting quality herbal products. Highest Self Elixirs are always made with fresh wildcrafted and organic herbs. All of their elixirs are made with organic, gluten free alcohol. Each elixir is also made under relevant moon phases and with specific intent. Discover amazing chakra elixirs, gem essences, ritual sprays and spiritual products by visiting their website here: http://www.invokeyourhighestself.com.
CAUTION: If pregnant, suffering from any medical condition or taking any medication, consult your doctor before ingesting or using herbal products. Keep out of reach of children. DO not use if allergic to ingredients listed on the label.
• TRADITIONAL FOUR THIEVES VINEGAR •
• ITEM 3: EXCLUSIVE CURIO.........$7.00
• WHAT: Traditional Hand Crafted Four Thieves Vinegar
• WHO MAKES IT?: Exclusive Sabbat Box Product
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: The Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: Four Thieves Vinegar has a long history of use in protection and warding off negative attack energies, perfect for use during Samhain.
Legend of the Four Thieves:
As the black plague swept through France, four thieves looted the dead without fear of falling ill or getting infected. When they were apprehended for their crimes, they confessed the ingredients of their secret concoction in exchange for their lives. They said they covered themselves in a vinegary mixture prior to coming in contact with the dead or the infected, claiming this is what kept them safe. It is from this story that witches and magickal practitioners adopted the use of four thieves vinegar. It is most commonly used in rituals and spells that pertain to protection, banishing, and healing.
• HAND CARVED SKULL CANDLES •
• ITEM 4: HAND CARVED CANDLES.........$7.00
• WHAT: Hand carved black and white skull candles
• WHO MAKES IT?: Sourced via Eclectic Artisans
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: The Sabbat Box Store.
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: These Dual Skull Candles are a great way to honor ancestors or highlight the focus of Samhain on those who have passed on.
One of the most common themes in reference to observing Samhain is honoring our ancestors, as well as honoring family, friends, and loved ones who have passed away. An easy way to honor and remember those who have left us is to light a candle in their name. We included these hand carved black and white skull candles in this year’s Sabbat Box to light upon an ancestor altar, to burn in remembrance of someone who has passed, or to burn while working magick or performing a Samhain ritual that involves summoning the spirits of those who have crossed over.
• GRAVEYARD DUST •
• ITEM 5: RITUAL CURIO.........$6.50
• WHAT IS IT: Ritually Consecrated Graveyard Dust
• WHO MAKES IT?: Charme et Sortilege
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: Charme et Sortilege or the Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: This popular spell and ritual tool is used often for workings involving spirits and the dead.
Graveyard dust is a versatile and potent tool that can be used for a wide range of ritual and magickal workings. It is often used to aid in spells or rituals dealing with spirits and the dead, as well as various forms of spirit magick. It is commonly used to invoke or petition the spirits of the dead and seek protection. This graveyard dust is made by Charme et Sortilege, who specializes in crafting ritual tools and spell supplies, and is made from a traditional recipe that includes sulfur powder and valerian root.
• PAGAN SPELL INCENSE •
• ITEM 6: INCENSE.........$2.50
• WHAT IS IT: Pagan Spell Incense
• WHO MAKES IT?: S.A.C. (Sandesh Agarbathi Co).
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: The Sabbat Box Store or most metaphysical stores.
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: The exotic scents of this incense blend will add another dimension to spell and ritual work.
The light and spicy aroma of these Pagan Spell stick incense will go perfectly with your next ritual, spell, or meditation. S.A.C., which stands for Sandesh Agarbathi Company, is a new brand of stick incense to be featured in Sabbat Box. Each stick is hand rolled and made with anise essential oil and other protective herbs. We chose this incense because it contained Anise, which is an herb that corresponds to protection and purification and makes a festive and favorable correspondence when performing spellwork this Samhain.
• PACKING & SHIPPING •
PACKING & SHIPPING: Part of the costs of your box include the box and the packing material itself. The items listed below account for a good portion of the overall costs for the Samhain Sabbat Boxes. Each Samhain Sabbat Box is lined with paper padding and wrapping to add to the surprise of what we’ve curated for you. Shipping is also included in the total price. The average cost to ship Sabbat Boxes has gone up the past few months due to the postal price increases. The cost to ship boxes is roughly $8.50. With that being said, we here at Sabbat Box wish to be as environmentally friendly that we can be and do our best to source packing supplies and material from companies that have the same beliefs we do, in that we want to make as little of an impact as possible on the environment.
BOXES: Your boxes where made from high quality corrugated paper and are 100% recyclable. Try to find another use for your box. They are 9x9x3 on the inside. You could decorate your box to hold some magical supplies or use it again to ship something to someone or save it for another time when you may need it. If you have to get rid of it, please try to recycle it.
BROCHURE: Your brochures are printed on 100% recyclable 16pt paper, which is sourced from sustainable forests.
TISSUE PAPER & FILLING: The black tissue paper is made from 100% recycled paper and is recyclable. The black colored filler inside each box is made from scraps of recycled colored crinkle paper and is biodegradable.
STICKERS: The stickers found within your boxes where printed on vinyl with a gloss laminate.
• SABBAT BOX SAVINGS & COUPONS •
Part of our goal is to provide a number of items to our members at a value far above what individuals can purchase on their own. When you add up all of the items inside your Samhain Sabbat Box, as well as costs for shipping and packaging, you are saving over $25.00. We believe this to be another good reason to be a member. Also, each box we create helps to support Pagan run businesses and their employees. Sabbat Box looks forward to continuing to stay within our mission to work with other Pagan businesses to supply products for each box.
SAMHAIN SABBAT BOX PRICE BREAKDOWN
• Total MSRP of items inside: $56.95
• Total Savings on this box: $17.00
• Total Shipping Savings: $8.50
• Grand Total In Savings: $25.50
Our members helped to support 5 Pagan run businesses with their Sabbat Box membership! We work with other Pagans and Pagan owned businesses within the community to purchase, curate and supply the items featured within our boxes. In the end, we want to help the community grow and share our business with companies that share our same values and standards.
• SABBAT BOX FEATURED VENDOR - THE TWISTED UNICORN •
• COMPANY: THE TWISTED UNICORN
• WHAT THEY SELL: Twisted Unicorn - Metaphysical Gifts for the curious wanderer. The Twisted Unicorn is a small family run business. Just a simple family of four with two dogs, a bird, and a fish. Twisted Unicorn was conceived with the thought in mind, offering spiritual and unique items no matter what path (you the wanderer) is on. Discover unique pagan jewelry, pagan candles, handmade goods and more! Learn more about The Twisted Unicorn and shop their store here.
• WEBSITE: https://www.twisted-unicorn.com
• FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/TwistedUnicornWebstore
• TIME •
We take pride in assembling each and every Sabbat Box by hand, no matter the amount of time it takes. We don't just throw your items inside a flat rate priority mail box like some other subscription box companies out there. We want your Sabbat Box to be delivered to you as beautifully as it left us, and it takes a tremendous amount of time to complete this task.
This includes folding the boxes together, individually cutting each sheet of tissue paper by hand, weighing out the crinkle paper for each box, designing the flyers, coupons, stickers and brochures to be printed professionally by commercial printers, individually placing each item within their corresponding bags, individually assembling the boxes, individually packing the tissue paper within each box by hand putting together and creating product packing. This timeframe doesn't even include the efforts made to manage the Sabbat Box website, the back end billing system, social media management, customer service inquiries, accounting, marketing, purchasing, networking, and so on. This is a labor of love and we enjoy serving the community!
We believe in what it is we are doing and we sincerely hope that each and every one of you can see that the purest of intent and utmost care goes into curating each Sabbat Box.
• OFFICIAL 2016 SAMHAIN SABBAT BOX UNBOXING VIDEO •
• OTHER RESOURCES RELATING TO YOUR BOX •
SAMHAIN INFORMATION, LORE AND MORE!
Simple Samhain Ritual: Click Here
Ideas for celebrating Samhain: Article
Samhain celebration via Witchy Words: Blog Article
We would like to thank each and every one of our suppliers, vendors, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, our members, for making Sabbat Box possible. This wouldn't even be happening if it wasn't for our members. We hope to continue to serve the Pagan community at large and continue to provide you inspiration to celebrate The Wheel of the Year! Have a happy Samhain and may you connect deeply with your ancestors!
Llyfr & Hugh
Founders of Sabbat Box
Samhain 2016 Sabbat Box Theme Release • Beyond The Veil 4
• BEYOND THE VEIL •
"The way is shut. It was made by those who are Dead, and the Dead keep it, until the time comes. The way is shut.”
—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
The Dead speak to us all the time. We may hear a voice of a family member, a friend, a lover—of those who has since passed on. The voices remind us of who they were and what they meant to us. Their words of wisdom and friendship and kindness never leave us, even if their physical presence has long since disappeared. We can seek the words and admonishments of our ancestors and loved ones as lights on our own path.
The boundary between us and the Dead can feel as thick and as blocked as a vault door, or as thin and fragile as a spiderweb. Many Pagans refer to the boundary between the living and the dead as "the veil." The grand sabbat of Samhain affords us the ability to look beyond the veil, as it is said that the veil is at its thinnest during this time of year — it asks us to look back and into the darkness and find the counsel of past lives who have touched ours.
The theme for this Samhain’s Sabbat Box is all about moving (or at least looking) beyond that veil: to honor those who came before us and gave to us the things we need in our own lives. Spend some time in your sacred space, looking beyond the veil. Try your hand at a new form of divination and see what those voices might whisper to you, the Living. Ask questions, search your memories, and allow the wisdom of those who love you and have moved on to guide you through the darkness, and beyond the veil. The items you will find within the 2016 Samhain Sabbat Box will consist of an array of magickal supplies that one can utilize when working beyond the veil and working within the shadows as well as honoring those who came before us.