Hello wraiths¬†ūüĖ§

A whole month has passed by, Samhain has come and gone, and I still feel like I’m trying to catch up on basically everything. I’m sure I don’t have to drone on about how busy this year has been.¬†It feels like all of us are racing to keep up‚ÄĒand yet, time waits for no one.

One of my ‘new year’ promises I made to myself a few weeks ago was to stop spending so frivolously. When sorting through finances, I realized that I tend to be impulsive when spending money. I decided to set a budget and while I’m not perfect, I’ve been pretty good about sticking to it. I cut back on a lot of monthly subscriptions, excessive book buying, coffee stops (that has oddly been the most difficult), and other useless purchases I make in the day. One thing, however, that I absolutely knew I needed to include in the budget was this subscription box, Hag Swag.¬†

Hag Swag from what I gather is a fairly new subscription box on the market. I sadly missed their Samhain box in October, but I knew as soon as I found out about it that I needed to jump on the next box. November’s theme was ‘Ritual,’ and I honestly think they knocked it out of the park.

For starters, what I love about this box is that I will legitimately use everything inside. A problem I tend to have with some sub boxes is that I don’t use half the items I get–which ends up being a waste of money. Also, and perhaps most importantly, all of these items are made with intent and can actually be used in your craft. Whether it be spellwork or self-care.¬†

So, to review the contents, we’ll start with the sticker inside. I’m usually hit or miss with stickers, but this glossy bat ‘decal’ is adorable and it will likely find its way into one of my planners.¬†

The monthly placement card gives information about the products, businesses that contributed to the box, and even discount codes! 

One of my favorite inclusions this month was the bay leaves. Simple, yes, but most practicing witches know how useful they can be when it comes to spellwork. They are used for divination, cleansing, protection, and can be used in rituals to set intent. Write your ‘wish’ or a goal on a bay leaf and burn it during a ritual to set your¬†plan in motion.¬†

Bay leaves aren’t just culinary staples–they’re magical and medicinal.¬†

Next up is this lovely Yerba Santa bundle. Yerba Santa is one of the most powerful spiritual healing herbs out there. Also known as ‘The Holy Herb,’ a Yerba Santa smudge can be used to invoke self-love, empowerment, healing, and release of pain from the heart chakra. It is powerfully symbolic of self-care and healing, perfect for this box theme.¬†

Also pictured is the Affirmation Anointing Oil¬†from Earthen Alchemy. According to the description, the oil is a “mix of botanicals, oils, and stones to help set your intentions.” Specific oils aren’t listed, and I could definitely be wrong about this, but it seems like I’m picking up a hint of bergamot. This would make sense considering that bergamot is another herb associated with ritual calming and healing. Either way, the oil smells wonderful. Not too strong or overpowering, but also not heavily diluted.¬†

Use these two items in tandem to strengthen your healing ritual. 

Another happy discovery was that this box included a tea. The Scorpio White Tea by Tea Hippie is a nice blend of white tea, blueberry, and cornflower petals in honor of the passionate and determined Scorpio. I’m a tea addict, so I’ll never say no to a well-rounded tea blend.¬†

Pai Mu Tan has a delicate flowery taste, which makes it a fuller flavored white tea.

Personally, a lot of my self-care spellwork extends to bath rituals. I love just being alone, surrounded by wonderful scents, and relaxing in a hot tub. Drawing a beautifully aesthetic bath that’s just for me is soothing in its own way. It’s a reminder that we deserve the time and attention that we so often give to others. The Hag Swag Dark Moon Ritual Bath is a bubble bath that will turn the water as black as your witchy soul–though I must say, smells heavenly.

The Element Botanicals Ritual Spray is perhaps my favorite item (okay, I have like three favorite items). This blend of lemongrass, ylang-ylang, and patchouli is so relaxing. It reminds me of my yoga studio, actually, and I spray it on all of my pillowcases so at the end of the day I can fall asleep with a little aromatherapy ritual. 

Use Dark Moon in the bath and then immediately spray this Ritual purifying mist onto your sheets. Climb in, turn on a true crime show (or you know, whatever normal people might watch), grab a book, or just take that well-deserved nap. 

The Witchery Petition Papers are another fun inclusion in this box. Of course, I realize now that I took the photo with the papers flipped (ha), but they are black and you can use the little wooden stick to write sigils, wishes, poems, or whatever you need to create a talisman. Carry them with you or hide them in your home and let them do their work. 

Per the card, “traditionally, petition papers were small scraps of found paper that had requests, prayers, or spells written into them.”

Is any ritual box complete without some sort of love letter to the Moon? The Moon Incense Cones by HEM and the Hag Swag pin featuring the Moon both pay a beautiful tribute to one of the most important symbols of healing. The Moon is in an ever-changing cycle of rebirth, just like us, though we sometimes forget that fact. Burn the incense or wear the pin as a reminder that we are never stagnant¬†beings. Work on being present, in the very moment, and don’t worry about the past and plan only what is necessary regarding the future.¬† We always have the opportunity to change and heal, and as the Moon illustrates, time moves forward regardless.

My practice began with Moon rituals, so any illusion to that has a special place in my heart. 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Raw Obsidian included in the Ritual box. This was one of the items that I include in the ‘favorites’ category. Obsidian is my most loved rock (yes, I have categorized rock and crystal favorites, duh) because it is so powerful. Obsidian serves as a protector against negative energy and the aptly named ‘psychic vampires, in our life. Carry it in your pocket, wear it as jewelry, or simply perform a cleansing ritual at the end of the day to shield yourself from negativity.¬†

Obsidian was used by our ancestors to make weaponry, so the rock makes me feel powerful and connected to generations of my kin. 

So thus concludes my first unboxing of Hag Swag! As you can probably tell, I am really happy with the box and will continue to subscribe. I appreciate anything that helps me keep my practice fresh. Some days, especially being a full-time student and Mother, I put myself last and forget that it is important to take care of my emotional needs as well. Witchcraft has always been a part of my self-care routine and keeps me grounded in day-to-day life. I highly recommend trying Hag Swag, whether you are a long time Witch or new to the practice.