A note about subscription boxes: Subscribing to magickal subscription boxes does not make anyone a witch. If this is all you do, that’s perfectly fine, but you are not a witch, you are someone who likes to burn candles and incense and have witchy-looking items. If you want to be a true practitioner, you need to be a student, you need to learn continuously, and you have to be dedicated. There is a lifetime of work and enjoyment that needs to be put toward the craft that you will never, ever get from burning a candle and some incense once a month that someone else has picked out for you. Using the boxes is a fabulous way to get started, and they are certainly helpful for those of us that are extremely busy with our lives and don’t necessarily have the time to put something like this together for the Solstice, or for whatever celebration you’d like to take part. You should always strive to be more.
I didn’t plan on continuing to review the Moon Box from Cratejoy (I also hadn’t planned on continuing to receive it), but I decided that there’s no reason for me to stop. I received October’s box, skipped November, and came back in December. I don’t even want to know what I missed in November, as I’m sure I’ll be unhappy that I didn’t get one if I find out what was inside.
The first thing I want to say about this subscription box is that with the three boxes I’ve had, they are prompt. There’s no wondering when your box will ship, or how long it will take to arrive. The box has shipped within the first couple days of the month from Phoenix, AZ, and is delivered in 2-3 days through priority mail. I hate waiting for things, so this makes me happy. I’ve heard horror stories of other subscription boxes being repeatedly late, sometimes oven a month or two late, but that’s not been my experience with this box.
Once I opened the outer box, the logo box was tucked discreetly inside. The first thing visible when I opened the lid was a note letting subscribers know that they are changing their name to “The Witches Moon.” I’m sad to hear of the name change, but I think it’s for the best, as there is another Moon Box company out there and I have gotten the two confused on more than one occasion. The moon logo looks like it’ll be the same, just with new lettering. After the note was my monthly oracle card (Sacred River Yangtze), a paper with a hand-drawn “Sun Protection Hex Sign”, a gorgeous Yule book of shadows art piece, and the information sheets on the box theme and the items inside.
The theme for December is Illumination. “As the year comes to a close, we welcome and celebrate the light to come … In December, we continue on our journey of truth, seeking our path of illumination.” This theme sounds perfect, as the Winter Solstice of December 21 will have the longest night of the year, followed by increasing daylight. I’m assuming that this is why the tissue paper wrapping and the shredding padding inside is white.
Once again, I’m so impressed by what’s inside the box for the price that I paid, and I love digging around in the shredded paper to find all the things inside. The alter item is always fabulous, and December is no exception, with a triple moon copper alter bell inside a white satin bag, something I’ve meant to get for quite a while. I usually just get caught up in candles and herbs to replenish my empty stock and pass on the larger items. The bell is gorgeous with its engraving and the crescent at the top of the handle. I barely tested the sound – the gentleman with the thistle-down hair is always on my mind. 😉 There is a small box with a pewter rune for “torch,” also keeping with the monthly theme. The monthly stone is a Faden quartz crystal, a crystal that has been broken and naturally healed, symbolizing physical and emotional healing, something we may all need at the end of the year. The herbs are a bundle of juniper sage (at just at the right time because I burned several during the super moon), St. John’s wort, and birch bark. The bath salts (Hecate sacred salt) have an amazing pine scent, as does the Yuletide ritual spray, and the stick incense. Full disclosure: when I first opened the box I smelled something odd, like a cleaning product, that ended up being the stick incense. It may smell wonderful when lit, but I removed it from the box and put it somewhere else for now. The ritual oil is “Veritas,” meaning truth. It smells fantastic. The spell candle of the month is for illumination and is a natural beeswax color.
Overall, once again this is a fabulous box, and I hope for much more to come! To order your own, check out their page on cratejoy (they have yet to change the name of the box, but I’m sure it’ll be happening soon):