I will forever love Yule; there is just a certain, special kind of Magick in the air that is undeniable and irresistible this time of year. As I grow older the Holiday Season seems to have drastically changed its meaning; it’s no longer about presents (I have outgrown the days of needing presents to feel fulfilled).
Now, it’s about days filled with comfort food, family, friends, laughter, and giving back; it’s a season of celebration and gratitude.
There are many in the Spiritual world who think this season is nothing but a time for mindless consumers to, well, consume.
For me, this is a time of year where I can show my loved ones a little extra love by gifting them something special; I choose to support small, usually Witch/Pagan owned businesses.
I know that not everyone does the whole gift giving thing, I know that not everyone incorporates a Yule festival into their lives, that’s fine; I happen to know a lot of Witches and Mystics who do, hopefully this guide can help them.
So, here we go.
The first Shop on my List is Oracle Perfumes. Not only is the name simply Divine but so are the products! I was introduced to Avoline and her oils about 2 years ago; her scents have quite literally changed my life. She knows her Craft and has been in the perfume industry for over a decade; her knowledge of oil allies is vast, and she is my go to person when life and cosmic energy have thrown me for a loop. She has made me a Custom Anti-Anxiety blend that has Amber, Black Rose and Cardamom; I also wear her Protection blend whenever I leave my house; compliments of my scent have become a norm for me because of this. All her oils come with roll-on applicators, so I like to draw Runes and/or Sigils on my pulse points depending on mood and need. Avoline has found a way to turn oils into pure Magick.
The second Shop on my list is Aidan Wachter and his otherworldly Talisman creations. I don’t think there are many in the Occult world who don’t know Aidan; not only is he an amazing Craftsman, he is the sweetest man (with the coolest animals) ever! All of Aidan’s products are created by hand, and during Ritual—his entire Shop is essentially one big Ritual room (Talismans even get a Ritual Bath during creation! How cool is that?!) It was about 5 months ago that I acquired my first piece by him; Descent (Conception of Aradia–shown above) was one of many Talismans that caught my eye and I knew it had to belong to me. From the moment this Talisman arrived on my door step I could feel the raw, ancient Magick that was embedded in the Silver itself. Opening the package was an experience I will never forget. Aidan’s Shop is currently closed until the end of year (meaning he will not start processing new orders until January but he is STILL ACCEPTING NEW ORDERS!). The lead time for his pieces is generally 12-18 weeks, as he is a one man show. I can attest that the wait is most certainly worth it.
The third Shop on my list is Paletree Arcana. I first came to know Bianca and her work because of her large presence on Instagram. I fell madly in love with her jewelry! She incorporates gemstones and mixed molten metals with her signature Tiffany technique to create stunning pieces that are ethereal. She, like myself, is drawn to the night and the creatures who dwell in the darkness and many of her pieces reflect this love affair. All her products are of the highest quality, and she shows her gratitude by including small gifts with each purchase. There are pieces for all price points, and every single one is powerful. If you are interested in Custom Orders, she is open to those, too! I have had one Custom piece made and I was surely not disappointed; it was a Skeleton Key with a piece of Rainbow Moonstone, and a Silver Crescent Moon in honor of Hekate. I am unashamed to admit that I own five of her pieces. Bianca incorporates her respect, love and knowledge of the Craft into everything she does.
The fourth Shop on my list is Sarah Anne Lawless and her Fern and Fungi Botanicals. I first came to know about Sarah a few years ago through her Shop previously named, Black Arts Foundry; of course she is also highly recognized for her amazing writing, and education that she provides on sustainable living and teaching about plant allies. Besides loving her products, I love the fact that she teaches sustainability and promotes bioregional herbalism. Initially I started out buying her flying ointments, and have now collected Henbane, Belladonna, Mandrake and Datura; originally they were for Ritual purposes but now that I have come to learn and understand these plant Spirits, I have begun to use them in healing (Headaches, muscle aches, and insomnia for examples). I cannot rave enough about the quality of product and information Sarah and her partner Alex provide.
The fifth Shop on my list is Wearable Magick by The Nephilim Rising. Yes, this is my own Shop and no, I have no issues with promoting it myself; I work very hard to create beautiful, unique pieces of Wearable Magick while also providing trinkets, tools and talismans that are high quality and affordable. The reviews of my Shop speak for themselves. Items are cleansed and blessed before being sent off to their new homes; they are made during ritual as well, and are charged using Sacred Geometry and Herbal Smoke Baths. Every order comes with a free gift; my way of living an attitude of gratitude.
The sixth Shop on my list is Keven Craft Rituals based in Eugene, OR. This is an actual brick and mortar store that also has a bad-ass online Shop for all your Witchy needs and desires! Whether you are looking for ritual tools, home products or handmade bath products (and more!) this is the Shop for you; certain to find the perfect gift for that special someone, or for yourself! All products are created, produced and brought to life by The House of Twigs Owner and Creatrix (whom happens to be my new boss). Artisanal small batch lifestyle ritual products based on Old World Alchemic & Apothecary Traditions.
The seventh Shop on my list is Shakti Studios owned and operated by Nuit Moore. With more than 20 years experience in the Craft, Sacred Sex, Menstruation Activism, and radical Self-Love, Nuit has found the perfect balance between Femininity and raw power. She offers a wide array of products from Sacred jewelry, Yoni Eggs, to eco-friendly menstruation alternatives and, of course, her famous Yoni Steam Blends. It was, in fact, Nuit who helped me to heal my own Yoni, and step on the path of owning my Shop, and teaching Sacred Sex through my own experiences. With her knowledge, wisdom and love for other’s she has created an amazing Shop for anybody who wishes to tap into their inner Shakti.
Some other Shops that deserve recognition are:
Jessyka Winston’s The Haus of Hoodoo is hands down one of my favorites. She is a Rootworker, Conjure Doctor and Vodoun Priestess who makes the best damn fixed candles you ever did see, and work with! She usually sells out within 24 hours of re-stocking which is further proof of how well her candles work.
Nyx Turna is one of my favorite Etsy Shops; she creates some of the best enamel pins and I always get compliments on them! I also happen to love the idea that Nyx supports the LGBTQ Witch community in a *big* way. All about inclusivity, it’s easy to see why I support this Shop and you should, too!
It doesn’t matter what you call this Holiday Season, or if you celebrate at all; let this guide be a reference for your Shopping needs all year round, if nothing else.
Blessed Are The Witches.