I had a fabulous idea to create a subscription box of magickal supplies catered to each specific month of the year. Thankfully, before getting to work, I googled to see if anyone else had the idea. Of course, they had! And not only one person, but many. Instead of being disappointed, I was excited because I love trying new things. If you have a subscription box, or other product you’d like me to try, send me a note via the contact form link on the top right or send me a message through Facebook.
The Moon Box Shop Review – September 2017
This was my very first magickal subscription box, and I have to say that if I were going to make one myself, I’d like it to turn out just like The Moon Box. The creators spent a serious amount of time and effort into putting this all together, and it shows.
First of all, the box art is DIVINE. I’m keeping it to store other things when I’ve used up all the items inside. Once I opened the box and pulled the tissue paper aside, I was able to take out the box inventory sheets, an oracle card, and a beautiful print for Mabon (the Fall Equinox on 22nd of September) that was right on top. The theme for the month is “Equinox purge and prepare.” The idea is that we need to purge things from our lives that we no longer need so we can free ourselves from emotional/spiritual burdens as we head toward the darker months of the year. Many people get depressed during this time, so I think this is a fabulous idea.
Nestled among the Burgundy-colored crinkled paper shreds (that matched the outside tissue paper wrapping), were all the things one would need to honor September. Included in the box was a jar of Aether bath salts with orange calcite to clear out old energy, often the first part of any magickal ritual. For anointing of candles, or for wearing on the skin, was Flidais magickal oil to call on the Goddess during Equinox. Inside of the velvet pouch contained acorns hand-painted with runes, and in the satin bag was a large piece of raw amber. There were two beeswax candles – one is a Concordia spell candle with an incantation tied around it with twine, and the other is a candle made for Mabon. Included for the air element, a bundle of apple cinnamon stick incense that smells amazing. Herbs included were: corn silk, nettle, yarrow and white sage blend, as well as a large dried sunflower. The alter item was a heavy painted plaque of Green Man.
I was pleased to note that the inventory sheets were extremely detailed on what each piece was and how they could be used. All in all, it’s a fabulous box, from the matching color scheme – which is perfect for the first month of fall – down to the items that all tie together with the central theme. This box is money very well spent.
December 2017 Review
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):