A Holiday Shopping Guide for the Modern Mystic and Witch, Part Two (2018)

Last year I decided to write a blog spotlighting some Witch friendly, Witch owned businesses for all your Holiday, and year-round needs; it was hugely popular getting over 1k+ shares within the first couple days.

I have decided not only to update that previous blog (ie. updated sites, new products, etc.)—I also decided to write a NEW blog spotlighting even MORE Shops!

So, now you folx have *18 Shops* to choose from that can meet all your Witchy needs!

I have made sure these Shops are friendly on the wallet—I live paycheck to paycheck most months, too.

Personally, giving Witchy gifts is one of my favorite things to do; giving gifts in general is something I enjoy. Hello, Cancerian nurturing nature.

A lot of people think capitalism sucks, and to some degree it does; I know some people who think shopping, or exchanging gifts is equivalent with being a mindless consumer—I don’t see it that way.

I see it as I am not only putting a smile on a loved one’s face, but I am also supporting a small Witch owned business; two birds, one stone.

Supporting small businesses is literally supporting someone’s dream; every time you make a purchase you are saying “fuck you” to every naysayer, and doubter that Shop owner has had to deal with; as a small business owner myself, I can tell you there are naysayers galore.

Whether you are shopping for the Holidays, or you would just like a cool reference guide to some awesome Spiritualist Shops, this is the blog series for you!

Here we go.

Hood

To Purchase Raw Rose Quartz Shown Here

The first Shop on my list is The Hoodwitch run by Bri Luna, a Bruja in the spotlight and doing big things for our community. If you follow the Nephilim Rising fb page then you see me share articles from the Hoodwitch blog all the time, but what many of you may not know is that she has quite an amazing metaphysical Shop online! There are items for all tastes and price ranges (usually supporting fellow POC) which is a total win! For the bibliophile in your life (or yourself, I mean…) check out her Bruja Bookshop full of total drool worthy books.

Dead

To Purchase Turtle Bone and Purple Labradorite Pendant Shown Here

The second Shop on my list is Darling Dead AdornmentOne day last year, or even two years ago now, I was scrolling through IG and saw the most amazing rattlesnake fangs preserved in a wax sealed vial; I was not only in love, I was sold, and had to check out this Artist’s other creations. As I scrolled through the images I was blown away at Jacqueline’s dedication to the dead creatures she works with (all ethically/naturally sourced). She honors them forever with her creations. I now own 3 pieces; I should say I own 1 piece and my Spirit’s own 2. #witchlife

Persephone

To Purchse Temple of Goddess Persephone Aura Spray Shown Here

Joey Morris is the Owner of Starry Eyed Supplies, and is the third Shop on my list. Full disclosure: she is a friend and colleague of mine–we write together on The House of Twigs. Regardless of my connection to her, I fully endorse (and use) her products! I am continuously blown away by her ability to make such high quality, potent Witchy goods at amazingly affordable prices. She is based in the UK, and like many of my readers I am based in the U.S–the shipping is super quick, at around 5-7 business days. I obviously support my fellow Authors, so I bought her book, Songs of Shades as well as some realm journeying candles and some spell votive candles. The spell votives are complete spells in a candle! You will find a huge selection of goods for all your Solstice, and gift giving needs.

Snake eye

To Purchase the Moonlit Shadow Self Pin Shown Here

The fourth Shop on my list is another one I found while scrolling IG late at night. I absolutely love pins, and have them on both my jacket and purse (or book bag, depending on what I am using at the time). I actually purchased the pin pictured, and it’s so beautiful! I bought some of their stickers, as well. I have a “Magick Mirror” full of, you guessed it, Magickal Art, sigils, glyphs, etc. These stickers were a perfect addition. This is a great up and coming Shop, and Artist. Support them.

Poison

To Purchase The Hedgewitch Herbal Grimoire Shown Here 

This is actually a two for one. So, the above featured Herbal Grimoire is like at the top of all my “next purchase” lists. It is illustrated by Adrienne Rozzi of Poison Apple PrintshopAnd, it is written by Alison Garber of Native Apothecary I love the goods offered by Poison Apple Printshop because they appeal to the Witchy Artist, and macabre interior designer in all of us. The Wild Goods Native Apothecary offers are the best of what Nature has to offer! They are both amazing Shops, and the above Grimoire is truly a work of Art, and knowledge. Any Witch is lucky to own it.

Bella

To Purchase Belladonna Spirit Amulet Shown Here

The (technically) seventh Shop on my list is Posioner’s Apothecary  Owned by Coby Michael Ward  who is a writer over at Patheos Pagan, as well as a fellow writer on The House of Twigs. I love the Spirit of baneful plants, particularly nightshade. I respect Coby and his knowledge and reverence for the plants and Spirits he works with; I also really appreciate that everything is super affordable with deep meaning.

Witch

To Pre-order The Witches Talisman Shown Here

The eighth Shop on my list is Spiritus Arcanum  owned by Matthew Venus. I love this Shop because of it’s old world authentic vibe; you can feel the Magick just by looking at the pictures. Following Matthew on IG has given his clients a glimpse into the process of creating the Witchy goods that he does, and it’s lovely to watch him birth them into being. Spiritus Arcanum is potent with powerful Magick, AND affordable; this is proof that paying a ton does not give you more bang for your buck. This Shop offers a selection of goods perfect for any Witch in your life that loves the Arcane; he also offers services which is also a great gift because it doesn’t get anymore personal than a reading. Yeah, a massage is cool and all, but what about gifting a Bone Reading? Or, is it just me?

Nightshade

To Purchase Hecate Essential Oil Perfume Shown Here  

The ninth, and final, Shop on my list is Nightshade Botanicals owned by the otherworldly Creatrix Ginger Rivera. Check out her Instagram for updates, and amazing imagery. I have several oils from Ginger, and they are simply Divine, and as soon as they touch your skin you can feel their Magick going to work. Her Hecate oil smells like Hecate; her Belladonna oil smells like a steamy summer night in the underworld; her Black Moon oil smells sultry and like seduction embodied; her Neroli oil is an indescribably Magickal experience; her Protection oil WORKS like a charm; her Jasmine oil gets me stopped every time I wear it. I am extremely sensitive, and my skin doesn’t tolerate much, but I have absolutely no issues with any of Ginger’s oils, and at this point, I own just about every single one (as you can tell from my mini reviews above). If you are lucky enough to live near Ginger, and catch her at one of the Markets she sells her goods at, she makes the best wands with horns and gemstones that you ever did see!

These Shops are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER and they are all equally amazing and deserving of your patronage.

Please make sure to check out the first annual guide as well! There are so many more good Shops for you to check out.

As I said last year, 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.

 

 

WITCH OF THE WEEK: Joey Morris

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Today’s pick for Witch of the Week is a friend and colleague. She is Owner and Creatrix of Starry Eyed Supplies, as well as a fellow writer for The House of Twigs alongside myself, as well as Carolyn Elliotts’s WITCH.

Joey Morris is a UK based Celtic Witch, Creatrix, Spiritual Youtuber and blogger, daughter of The Morrigan. She works very closely with tree magick and spends much of her time communing and foraging within the spiritual ecosystem.

This connection allows her to practice voice witchery and conduit for the Otherworld.

She has just recently self-published her first book, Songs of Shades-Channeling the Dark Goddess.

“Wild. Ancient. Carefree. Who were we as witches before we learnt what the world told us to be?”
Joey Morris

As Joey says, “To become a tempered blade of The Morrigan, one must be baptized in blood and fire. These struggles within my lifetime have led me to become a voice for the voiceless, to reach out to the broken, and to poke the shadows in others so that they might begin to heal.”

“Such a path is dangerous. But so are we. This is the birth of a wild witch who sees with their ‘Other eyes’ and treads the path of edges, sharp and unusual, but filled with adventure, magick of the liminal and the in-between spaces.”
Joey Morris

She continues, “Within the spiritual landscape my soul mission is to deepen the understanding of our interconnectedness by both honoring the sacred and exploring the masks of the self through channeling relationships to the Divine through written work, poetry, videos, products and services.”

For exclusive content, check out her Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/starryeyedlillady

Business Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/StarryEyedSupplies

While I had a moment of her time, I wanted to ask Joey some questions so we can all get to know her better.

Q. You have this amazingly rare ability to transform your past, pain, trauma and insecurities into beautiful prose and poetry that inspires others. It isn’t easy to sit in the dark and dissect yourself, and why you are the way you are. I think I see it so clearly in you because it’s how I create, too. What’s some advice you could give to people struggling with those aspects of themselves? Struggling to face those aspects? Something maybe you wished you had known beforehand?

A. I honestly think the first step is forgiveness of self. The world, and we, ourselves, often blame ourselves for our experiences, and as such we are ashamed of them. The world encourages this dialogue as well, with victim-blaming and shaming being all too prevalent in our world. The first step in alchemizing difficulty for myself was the rejection of these so-called values; we instead start a path of reclaiming ourselves; firstly as the survivor, and we can take pride in the accomplishment of surviving our hardships, our pain. We can rally others in this warrior stance by beating our chests and letting our war cries sound forth; they did not beat us. We are still here. We remain.

“This is only the first step though, as we cannot define ourselves as survivors forever, eventually we must become more than that; more ourselves, celebrating ourselves for the rich, authentic and unique little weirdos that we are.

“As for wishing I knew something beforehand, I am not sure I would wish to. The journey is just that; a collection of experiences that shape us as we grow. Foreknowledge wouldn’t be beneficial in that process to me.”

Q. You have strong ties to the Celtic Pantheon and even stronger connections to the Morrigan Herself. She, like other Dark Goddesses, seems to be “popular” during these times of turmoil, change and uncertainty. What is it about the Morrigan and other Goddesses like Her do you think is resonating with people the most? What is it about Her that resonates with you the most, if not too personal to ask?

A. “For myself, the Morrigan was always there, and was the Mother archetype that I wished I had growing up. Some people hiss at calling the Morrigan a ‘mother’ because of outmoded stereotypes of what a mother should be. But for me she was unyielding, resilient, inspiring… I never felt that She did not care, but She was certainly not nurturing in the conventional sense. Instead She saw the raw truth of people, spoke to that in them, rallied them from despondency or apathy.

“I am not certain if Dark Goddesses are more popular than they have ever been or simply more visible. There has certainly been a growing dialogue publicly about the Morrigan and other Dark Goddesses, for better or worse. When I started discussing the Goddess on Morrigan it was -to my knowledge – myself and Laura Daligan who spoke on these experiences, and that has grown tenfold since.

“Before recently I wondered if it was that times were worse now than they had been; history has had some much more violent moments on grander scales than even we have currently, but sadly it feels as though we are now heading into a recycling of some of the worst parts of that history with current politics.

“Although whether these Goddesses are more prominent because we feel war is coming and so we turn to them, or they came forth as these energies arose and we notice them more, is anyone’s guess. I would suggest both are likely.”

Q. And, finally, easy question with a not so easy answer: what’s one piece of Witchy advice you would give to someone just starting out that you wish you had been told?

“Not everyone will like you, or have your best interests at heart, so go into this path with hope and enthusiasm but your eyes open too. Be yourself.”

Joey’s ability to turn pain into lessons, and bring her demons to light is a gift many people don’t have; her ability to turn Ancient knowledge and apply it to our modern day is just as rare.

It’s for these reasons, and so many more that she has been chosen as The Nephilim Rising’s Witch of the Week.

Congratulations, Joey.