Discover the 2018 Samhain Sabbat Box • Witches' Sight 3
• 2018 SAMHAIN SABBAT BOX • WITCHES' SIGHT • BOX BREAKDOWN •
Hail and Welcome, Sabbat Box Members and Friends!
Upon this night of Samhain, as the dead return to the land to be among the living, we honor them and their memory through offerings of food and good drink, reverence, stories of who they once were, and tales of where they have been since their passing. We also embark on efforts of engagement with them through direct conversation and other means of contact. Communicating with the dead improves during this time because of the veil being thin. Therefore acts of divination such as scrying into a mirror or the light of a candle, or via ceromancy (interpreting the candle drippings dripped onto water) can be employed to seek answers from the beyond. As our own ancestors come forth, we welcome their return to offer their insights and blessings as we gaze between the worlds as only witches can.
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• BOX SYNOPSIS •
All of the items that we curated for you inside this box correspond with -or- may help assist you with the following forms of magick:
- Scrying Work
- Parting the Veil
- Candle Magick
- Divination Work
- Assistance with Protection
- Astral Travel/Lucid Dreaming
As darkness begins to cast itself upon the land and the leaves fade to brown, we wait in anticipation for Samhain. The third and final harvest festival of the cycle which began in August with Lughnasadh. Samhain marks the end of summer and the time to begin preparation for the start of the dark half of the year. We recover our coats, jackets, and heavier clothes from the hidden parts of our closets and dressers. We begin to crave pumpkin spice lattes, apple pies, eggnog, and other warm filling foods. As the digression of daily warmth and light -that peaked months before during Litha- succumbs to the creeping presence of frigid darkness, winter’s glare looks on from the distant horizon.
• SCRYING MIRROR SET •
ITEM 1: HANDMADE SCRYING MIRROR SET.................$25.95
• WHAT: Custom Frameless Scrying Mirror Set with Info Card and Bag
• WHO MAKES IT?: Blue Moon Broom, Brush, and Besom.
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: Available at The Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: A scrying mirror is a powerful divination tool to peer beyond the veil to divine answers from past, the present, and future.
This Samhain as the veil between the world thins, dim the lights, set your candles a blaze and gaze into the realms beyond with this custom made black scrying mirror from Blue Moon Broom Brush and Besom! Like the witches of old, embrace the ancient art of scrying in the modern day with your very own hand painted on 5x7” frameless glass with built in stand. Each set comes with a gorgeous 8x10” black velvet bag for safe keeping and a handy info guide about scrying that includes instructions. Pretty much any witch who was ever witch knew how to scry. Excelling at this refined and ancient art will open up a new level to your practice as the skills gained through the ability of scrying are one of the core aspects to the art of divination itself. By developing the witches’ sight to see beyond the veil, you will be able to converse with your ancestors, commune with spirit, and dive into your inner psyche!
ABOUT THE VENDOR:
Located on the West Central coast of Florida, you can find Robert and his shop, Blue Moon Broom Brush and Besom vending at various art shows, fairs and local Pagan events. This is where we first became acquainted with him and his work. It was our trip to a local art fair which allowed us to discover his talent and the stunning craftsmanship of his besoms. This lead us to commission him to create the custom altar besoms featured inside the 2017 Mabon Box, and since he is a jack of all trades, we commissioned him to create these divine scrying mirrors. Interested in a custom besom for your hand fasting, coven, ritual or as a gift? Get in touch with Robert via the Blue Moon Broom Brush and Besom Facebook Page, and tell him Sabbat Box sent ya.
Learn more about this vendor in the featured vendors section below...
• BLACK SCRYING CANDLES •
ITEM 2: BEESWAX RITUAL CANDLES..........$15.95
• WHAT: Hand Poured Pure Black Beeswax Ritual Spell Candles
• WHO MAKES IT?: Be(e)some Candles
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: Available at BeeSom Candles the Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: These black natural beeswax candles are great for ritual, spell, and divination work, while adding an element of protection to all your rites!
EXCLUSIVE VENDOR COUPON CODE: "SB15OFF"
Use the code above at Beesom Candles and receive 15% OFF your next purchase!
This pair of gorgeous hand poured black beeswax scrying candles are just what your ancestors ordered! Housed in custom made and manufactured black gloss boxes that have been adorned with custom printed product labels exclusively designed by Sabbat Box. Allow their light to show you the way as you scry into the dark realms beyond! Or use them for divination by allowing them to drip into a bowl of water and interpreting the shapes they create. Plus by releasing negative ions as they burn, Beeswax candles effectively reduce the symptoms of asthma, allergies, and hay fever by drawing pollutants out of the air.
• FLYING OINTMENT •
ITEM 3: FLYING OINTMENT.........$9.00
• WHAT: Unguentum Sabatti: Hand Crafted Flying Ointment w/info card and bag
• WHO MAKES IT?: Alchemy and Ashes
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: Available at Alchemy and Ashes or the Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: Flying ointments and similar concoctions have been used for centuries to alter consciousness and create ideal conditions for astral work and divination.
EXCLUSIVE VENDOR COUPON CODE: "SABBAT13BOX"
Use the code above at Alchemy and Ashes online shop -OR- in person at their metaphysical store in Lutz, FL and receive 13% OFF your next purchase!
The use of flying ointments by witches is a centuries old practice that forms a deeply spiritual and potent relationship between the witch, the cosmos, and the realms be- tween. Used to create an untethered sense of self, flying ointments aid one in achieving a proper trance state that is ideal for acts of magick and forms of divination like scrying as well as aiding one in meditation, astral travel, and dream work. A little goes a long way, so be sure to only apply a dime size amount to one of the following areas: your temples, third eye, back of neck, wrists, or soles of your feet 30 minutes before undertaking any spiritual work. This handcrafted flying ointment from Alchemy and Ashes is made with mugwort, wormwood and vervain (and includes essential oils of anise, frankincense and lavender) as well as ashes from a ritual fire consisting of 9 herbs and woods. It comes in a base of coconut oil and beeswax and charged during a full moon. This item also comes with an info card and a black satin bag. Though this item doesn’t contain toxic ingredients, we recommend not using on sensitive areas!
ABOUT THE VENDOR:
Located in Lutz, Florida, Alchemy and Ashes is a peculiar occult shop filled with an eclectic mix of spiritual tools, occult styled antiques, as well as a magickal selection of proprietary ritual supplies made in house by the owner, Shawnee.
Learn more about this vendor in the featured vendors section below...
• HEDGE PARTING SPRAY •
ITEM 4: HEDGE PARTING SPRAY.........$11.95
• WHAT: Anjou’s Hedge Parting Spray for Scrying Mirrors and Sacred Space
• WHO MAKES IT?: Light of Anjou
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: Available at Light of Anjou or The Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: A great way to clean scrying mirrors or the space around your ritual or spell work in order to pierce the Veil.
Hail your spirits, part the veil, and cross the hedge with this exclusive Sabbat Box item from Light of Anjou! This ritual spray comes in a glass spray bottle and contains wormwood and mugwort infused witch hazel + vodka + vinegar, (along with nutmeg, sandalwood, and sweet orange essential oils) and a piece of petrified wood. Spray in your home or sacred space prior to ritual or spell work that involves parting the hedge, ancestor work or divination. Can also be used on the front surface of the included scrying mirror from the 2018 Samhain Sabbat Box to both physically and spiritually cleanse the mirror.
ABOUT THE VENDOR:
Located in Monroe, Maine, Light of Anjou is a witchery shop specializing in herbal potions, ritual and therapeutic oils, mystical art, divination, and magickal tools. Anjou draws upon the power of the moon phase and the flux of elements to craft powerful tools to help you in your witching journey.
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• BLACK TOURMALINE CRYSTAL SET •
ITEM 5: BLACK TOURMALINE SET.........$12.95
• WHAT: Black Tourmaline Crystal Set with Info Card and Organza Bag
• WHO MAKES IT?: By Sabbat Box
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: Available the Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: A beautiful stone of strength and power, black tourmaline is a great protector and source of positive energies for spell or ritual work.
Raw non-tumbled black tourmaline is unmatched in its mysterious beauty and usefulness in magick. A natural protective talisman, black tourmaline is great for shielding one from psychic attacks and its ability to disperse negative energy or entities. It’s also a great companion stone for working at the crossroads when the veil is thin or when you have to work in a stressful, challenging, or troubled environment. Carry it on your person. Hold it as you scry in your black mirror. Or while seated within candle light, scry into the stone itself by immersing yourself into its natural depths.
• PENTAGRAM CANDLE HOLDER •
ITEM 6: PENTAGRAM TAPER CANDLE HOLDER..........$4.95
• WHAT: Black Tin Star/Pentagram Taper Candle Holder
• WHO MAKES IT?: Sourced via Azure Green
• WHERE CAN I GET IT?: Available at the Sabbat Box Store
• WHY WOULD I WANT IT?: This simple black candle holder is a great way to display and use taper candles as a highlight to circle or altar space.
What would handcrafted black candles be without the perfect holder? Stylish black holders for gorgeous black candles, we always say! Plus, being stabilized with pentagrams insures that these candle holders will keep the proverbial darkness at bay as you scry your heart away on Samhain night. Directly from Azure Green these 2.5” wide black star candle holders are made of steel and finished with a black fireproof coating and will fit any standard ¾ in taper candle even after the awesome black candles from Be(e)som Candles have done their job.
• 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 for Sabbat Boxes. The average cost to ship boxes is roughly $9.50. Also, 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, while also keeping the content of your boxes safe as they make their journey to you.
BOXES: Your boxes where made from high quality corrugated paper and are 100% recyclable. Please try to find another use for your box. They are 9x9x3 on the inside. You could decorate your box to hold some magickal 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.
BROCHURES: Your brochures are printed on recyclable 16pt paper, which is sourced from sustainable forests.
TISSUE PAPER & FILLING: The tissue paper inside is made from 100% recycled paper and is recyclable. The colored filler inside each box is made from scraps of recycled colored crinkle paper and is biodegradable. The filler comes from an eco friendly, woman owned company.
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 $43.00. 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: $80.75
• Total Savings on this box: $34.80
• Total Shipping Savings: $9.00
• Grand Total In Savings: $43.80
Our members helped to support 7 small/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 - ALCHEMY AND ASHES •
COMPANY: ALCHEMY AND ASHES
ABOUT THEM AND WHAT THEY SELL: Alchemy & Ashes is inspired by the old magick found beyond the veil, the deep forest, the dark valley, and the other side of the hedge. Our handcrafted products are intuitively designed and created by practitioners of the Old Craft to encourage the seeker to look beyond the mundane to find their own innate power, and to enhance their mystical journey through the use of herb, bone, root, and stone.
Their brick-and-mortar Parlour of Magical Curiosities is located in Lutz, Florida at:
24836 State Road 54, Lutz, Florida • Phone Number: 813-530-6957
- WEBSITE/SHOP: http://www.alchemyandashes.com
- INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/alchemy_and_ashes/
- TWITTER: https://twitter.com/alchemyandashes?lang=en
- PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/alchemyandashes/
SABBAT BOX EXCLUSIVE VENDOR COUPON CODE: "SABBAT13BOX"
Use the code above at ALCHEMY AND ASHES and receive 13% OFF your next purchase!
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• BEESOM CANDLES •
COMPANY: BE(E)SOM CANDLES
ABOUT THEM AND WHAT THEY SELL: Everyone does Candle Magick. Everyone, every year...You close your eyes, make a wish and blow out a candle on a birthday cake. That's candle magick (but if you want a better shot at your wish, you should pinch out your candle, not blow)
You don't have to be a Wiccan to enjoy the beauty of beeswax candles. The warm sweet honey smell and the long burn time make them wonderful to use and they make very thoughtful gifts. Plus, my candles are charged with a kind intention and are all handmade.
I'm a strong believer in protecting Mother Earth and supporting local economies. I use 100% Pure Beeswax from the North Georgia mountains. I'm happy to support local beekeepers and believe we must do all we can to protect the endangered bee population. Using and buying their beeswax and honey is a way we can all do our part. Come discover a wide array of unique spell candles, altar candles, and handmade beeswax candles that will surely lend a soft inviting ambiance to your home or sacred space.
- WEBSITE: https://www.beesomcandles.com
- INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/beesomcandles
- TWITTER: https://twitter.com/beesomcandles
- FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/beesomcandles
SABBAT BOX EXCLUSIVE VENDOR COUPON CODE: "SB15OFF"
Use the code above at BE(E)SOM CANDLES and receive 15% OFF your next purchase!
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• SABBAT BOX FEATURED VENDOR - LIGHT OF ANJOU •
COMPANY: LIGHT OF ANJOU
ABOUT THEM AND WHAT THEY SELL: Light of Anjou is an online witchery shop that specializes in creating handcrafted ritual oils, spell candles, herbal potions, apothecary items, occult art and more!
Located in Maine, Light of Anjou was started by Anjou. Anjou is a hedge witch toiling in herbal potions, ritual and therapeutic oils, mystical art, divination, spirit work, and magickal tools. Currently crafting out of an 1800’s farmhouse deep in the forested mountains of New England.
Anjou draws upon the power of the moon phases, the flux of elements, and the spiritual realm to craft powerful tools to help you in your witching journey. From psychic dream pillows to healing herbal potions and topicals, to ritual oils and divination tools, Light of Anjou is in and of itself a cabinet of curiosities, meant to tangle you in its web of Victorian Gothic romance, the mystery of the occult, and the magic in the deep, dark forest where the will-o-whisps dwell.
- WEBSITE/SHOP: https://www.lightofanjou.com/home/
- INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/lightofanjou/
- FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/lightofanjou/?ref=br_rs
- ETSY SHOP: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lightofanjou
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👻The Haunting of Misty Hollow Cauldron Candles will be available this evening at 8pm EST👻Scented with a natural blend of oils in 100% soy wax, these spooky cauldrons are perfect for calling upon the spirits. A soft & dusty blend of violet, jasmine, oakmoss, and clove reminds me of a beautiful, fragrant cemetery I used to frequent in the west end of Portland by my old apartment. The cemetery scene in the wax consists of moss, twigs, lavender branches, abandoned rose petals, and a tiny glass bottle containing the tiniest sample of my divination herb blend. A spooky spirit can be seen escaping from the bottle. I will have 4 of these available, however only 2 have perfectly formed ghosts (the other two were my initial tests and have just blobby spirits👻 - they will be slightly discounted).🖤Happy Hauntings.
• SABBAT BOX FEATURED VENDOR - BLUE MOON BROOM BRUSH & BESOM •
COMPANY: BLUE MOON BROOM BRUSH AND BESOM
ABOUT THEM AND WHAT THEY SELL: Located on the West Central coast of Florida, you can find Robert and his shop, Blue Moon Broom Brush and Besom vending at various art shows, fairs and local Pagan events. This is where we first became acquainted with him and his work. It was our trip to a local art fair which allowed us to discover his talent and the stunning craftsmanship of his besoms. This lead us to commission him to create the custom altar besoms featured inside the Mabon 2017 Sabbat Boxes. After learning that Robert is a jack of all trades and is able to craft all types of magickal supplies, we commissioned him to create your custom scrying mirrors. Interested in a custom besom for your hand fasting, coven, ritual or as a gift? Get in touch with Robert via the Blue Moon Broom Brush and Besom Facebook Page, and tell him Sabbat Box sent ya.
Robert Skinner, (the founder of Blue Moon Broom, Brush and Besom), has been a fiber artist for over 9 years. He specializes in crafting traditional style brooms and besoms, handfasting besoms, ritual brooms and besoms. When it comes to crafting a broom, Robert will craft everything by hand, from start to finish in order to maintain an exceptional level of quality and durability. From cutting, soaking and drying the natural broomcorn, to weaving and tying, everything is done by hand. With each weave of a handle, Robert sews in his intent, connecting with each fiber and strand of broomcorn, lending life into each of his creations.
- WEBSITE: Get in touch with vendor via their Facebook Page Below
- FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/bluemoonbroombrushandbesom/
• TIME •
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 and also 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.
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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 Blessed Samhain!
Llyfr & Hugh
Founders of Sabbat Box
Samhain 2018 Sabbat Box Theme Release • Witches' Sight 0
• 2018 SAMHAIN - HALLOWEEN SABBAT BOX THEME • WITCHES' SIGHT •
Boxes ship: 10/22 ~ As darkness begins to cast itself upon the land and the leaves fade to brown, we wait in anticipation for Samhain. The third and final harvest festival of the cycle which began in August with Lughnasadh. Samhain marks the end of summer and the time to begin preparation for the start of the dark half of the year. We recover our coats, jackets, and heavier clothes from the hidden parts of our closets and dressers. We begin to crave pumpkin spice lattes, apple pies, eggnog, and other warm filling foods. As the digression of daily warmth and light -that peaked months before during Litha- succumbs to the creeping presence of frigid darkness, winter’s glare looks on from the distant horizon...
As pagans and witches, we know what changes, advantages, and adventures await! This year, Samhain occurs on Wednesday, October 31st which is the planetary day of Mercury. The moon (in Leo) will be waning and nearing its last quarter phase before becoming New on November 7th where it enters Scorpio. Happening on a Wednesday during a waning moon, Samhain establishes the perfect magickal environment to ensure that personal reflection and introspection become the ideal focus for any witches’ gathering on this particular night. As Mercury is directly related to communication, the ability to send and receive of messages will be heightened. With the added waning moon -being related to introspection and self-knowledge- make soul searching and discovering those much needed answers to life dwelling in the realms beyond an even more accessible reality.
Despite popular culture, we witches know that the name Samhain is pronounced ‘SOW-inn’ or ‘SOW-win’ and is a Gaelic word and festival that historically occurred from sunset on October 31st to the sunset of November 1st also making it known as November Eve in some circles. The name Samhain itself is popularly understood to mean summer’s end, as according to some individuals this understanding is derived from the spelling Samfuin, which can be broken down into sam ('summer') and fuin ('end'). It should be no surprise to anyone who is even slightly familiar with it, that Samhain is the ancient festival to which we owe for the modern existence of Halloween. As the commonly held beliefs and cultural practices associated with Halloween have been derived from Samhain’s own history and lore. It is, after all, a testament to Samhain’s enduring legacy and presence in the world.
Ancient Irish Mythology reveals Samhain as being one of the four primary seasonal festivals where feasting, celebration, and games were common. It was also thought that during this time the veil -which existed between the worlds of the living and the dead- became thin and thus permitting spiritual crossover to happen between them. A concern that sparked the tradition of carving turnips -and later pumpkins- into jack-o-lanterns as well as mumming and guising to be utilized by the living to serve as protective measures while the dead and otherworldly beings roamed the haunted landscape to terrorize and visit the living.
A centuries old holiday, Samhain was historically observed throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man with variations of this celebration being recognized in certain areas of what is now referred to as the United Kingdom. Similar festivities could also be found in other parts of Europe during the time. For example, the people of Salerno, Italy held a similar festival honoring the dead until the practice itself was banned by the church in the fifteenth century. Yet, despite the sentimentalities and policies of the church, the festival and the idea of honoring the dead during the waning months of the years continue to influence and be adapted by various cultures and regions of the world centuries later. Halloween, All Saints Day, and the variations of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) found throughout Mexico as well as in Central and South America are additional testaments to the significance of this time old tradition and its varied practices.
As modern witches we understand Samhain as functioning as one of the Greater Sabbats, being the contemporary collective name for the four primary seasonal festivals observed in Ancient Ireland. During this time of the year, the final harvest symbolizes the final death. The giving of life in anticipation of the cold and harsh winter months ahead. It is also, as the name indicates, a time of endings where we reap what we have sown and reflect upon those events that have brought us to this moment, and those efforts which will carry us through the coming months beyond the distant winter.
So, upon this night of Samhain, as the dead return to the land to be among the living, we honor them and their memory through offerings of food and good drink, reverence, stories of who they once were, and tales of where they have been since their passing. We also embark on efforts of engagement with them through direct conversation and other means of contact. Communicating with the dead improves during this time because of the veil being thin. Therefore acts of divination such as scrying into a mirror or the light of a candle, or via ceromancy (interpreting the candle drippings dripped onto water) can be employed to seek answers from the beyond. As our own ancestors come forth, we welcome their return to offer their insights and blessings as we gaze between the worlds as only witches can. Happy Samhain and Blessed Be!