A Very Witchy Etsy Haul

For a long time, I’ve been exploring my spiritual beliefs and practices. Today, they’re still developing and I’m still learning. But, in the process of figuring things out, I’ve fallen pretty solidly into the category of “witch.”  Most recently, this manifested as a very witchy Etsy haul!

Crystals, by far, are the witchy supplies I’ve been collecting the longest. I can remember an elementary school trip to a local mine, where I found an amethyst-coloured stone embossed with the image of a silver cat. I still have a box filled with rocks I picked up over years of adventuring with my grandparents. My family’s favourite local amusement park has a mining museum, where I’d always run my fingers through their bin of tumbled stones.

Later, I started collecting crystals that were more purposefully metaphysical, and adding in other tools, like herbs. Back in Gettysburg, I’d turn to The Crystal Wand at their previous location. In Bath, Arcania was my go-to. But today, in middle-of-nowhere, PA, my options are limited. That’s where Etsy comes in and saves the day!

I’m a long-time browser of Etsy for witchcraft supplies and more. But this was the first time I really dived into Etsy shops with the sole intention of purchasing some magickal supplies. I’m happy to say it was immensely successful! I’ve grown my collection by leaps and bounds with new crystals, herbs, candles, jewellery, and other tools to enhance my spiritual practice.

BlueWynter

I’ve actually made a few separate purchases from BlueWynter over the past few months! Their jewellery, crystals, and other pieces are so beautiful, and their customer service is unparalleled—I’ve received a few lovely complimentary pieces in addition to my orders and each fit my intentions perfectly.

Witchy Etsy Jewellery
Wire-wrapped necklace, lapis lazuli ring, rose quartz ring (with sunstone & melting quartz, I believe!), unakite heart necklace, rose quartz & garnet bracelet, lapis lazuli pendant, fluorite pendant by BlueWynter; green aventurine and jade pendants from WitheringEye

These are just a few of the pieces I selected, but be sure to check out the full BlueWynter inventory—there’s so much to enjoy!

It’s also worth noting that BlueWynter has frequent sales, so you can stock up on all the magickal jewellery and other items on your wish list!

The Serene witch

I came across The Serene Witch while searching for magickal items that were specific to Hekate, the deity I’ve been working with the longest (at least in terms of non-Christian figures).

Witchy Supplies Etsy
Box from Withering Eye, Hekate serenity beads from The Serene Witch, bell & key from MysticalFaerieCo

I selected a pair of prayer beads for myself, but they’ve also got keychains and other lovely pieces

Mysticalfaerieco

I first came across MysticalFaerieCo while searching for an altar bell. I fell in love with this vintage bronze bell and skeleton key, particularly with the key’s associations with Hekate.

Witchcraft Supplies Etsy
Scrying bowl from MysticalFaerieCo, selenite and self-love crystals from BlueWynter, Tangerine Quartz from WitheringEye

Moonstone and LAzuli

Moonstone and Lazuli was actually one of the first shops I came across, but some technical issues delayed my order a bit. I was thrilled to pick up some lovely items once those were sorted, including a blue goldstone, selenite stick, amazonite, tiger’s eye, indigenous-owned juniper-pine-spruce-sage bundle, and some mystery items.

Healing Crystals Etsy
Various crystals, including tiger’s eye, blue goldstone, and selenite from Moonstone and Lazuli

WitheringEye

WitheringEye is another shop I’ve found myself returning to for repeat purchases. One of my goals with these Etsy orders was to find an array of new-to-me pieces, and “witch kits” or boxes were an easy way to do just that. Their traveling altars and spell kits were perfect!

Altar Supplies Etsy
Altar tray, offering bowl, herbs, and candles from WitheringEye; incense from Moonstone and Lazuli, satchet of vervain from Vampire Obsessed

Each kit is prepared in a gorgeous thrifted box. It’s clear that so much care and attention goes into each order. Even with some shipping issues (UPS somehow overlooked the various “fragile”markings and damage several items), Kendall was responsive and attentive. I know I’ll be returning to WitheringEye for more magickal boxes!

Because each set is uniquely assembled, my exact items are no longer available. But WitheringEye has a wide array of beautiful witch kits in stock! I selected a Green Witch Kit, Hekate Offering Kit, Altar Kit, Traveling Altar, Money/Prosperity Spell Jar Kit, and Dream Work Kit. I’ve added some gorgeous vintage boxes, crystals, herbs, candles, and other beautiful pieces to my collection through these kits!

Santa Muerte Rosaries

I found myself pulled to Santa Muerte only recently but that call was strong. I took to Etsy in search of some Santa Muerte-specific pieces and Santa Muerte Rosaries came through!

Santa Muerte Etsy

For my initial order, I chose a white acrylic & howlite rosary and a Santa Muerte statuette/keychain. They came with some wonderful insights into Santísima and, while we’re still getting to know each other, I think she appreciates them, too. I’m so looking forward to incorporating these in my practice!

Schmerbals Herbals

I mentioned Schmerbals Herbals in my post on where to find the best teas online, but found them in my spiritual supplies search. I’m excited to try my hand at crafting some custom tea blends in addition to using these for spellwork!

Witchy Etsy Haul
Boxes & herbs from WitheringEye, spoon from MysticalFaerieCo, citrine from BlueWynter

For my initial order, I picked up some yerba mate, lavender, blue vervain, valerian root, eucalyptus, dandelion root, elderberry, ashwagandha, hibiscus, raspberry leaf, feverfew, peppermint, white willow bark, and marshmallow root (powder and organic).

Grey Kindred Spirits

Grey Kindred Spirits

Grey Kindred Spirits isn’t technically a part of this witchy Etsy haul, but deserve a shoutout nevertheless. In addition to spells and rituals, Lask and Spencer perform a variety of pro bono and discounted spellwork, including LGBTQ+ supportprotection of abused partners and families, among others.

Consider commissioning a reading or ritual from Grey Kindred Spirits to help support their work!

Vampire obsessed shop

One more bonus addition is called for here—the Vampire Obsessed Shop by HairSheBowsDesign. While not a shop with a spiritual focus, I know I can’t be the only witch who still loves the Cullens and Salvatore brothers. You’ll find a variety of vampiric pieces, including Bella’s moonstone ring and Elena’s locket! The latter even comes with a satchet of vervain to stock your locket—and protect yourself from compulsion, of course.

I’ll undoubtedly return to these shops and discover others over time, but I’m so happy with my initial witchy Etsy haul! These crystals, herbs, and other magickal supplies have already enhanced my spiritual practice and I can hardly wait to embrace them further.

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The Best Professional & Personal Development Books on my TBR

The Best Professional and Personal Development Books on My TBR

Recently, I had some spare funds to invest in my businesses. My freelance services were my top priority, but I’m hoping to help An Ideal Life, my writing, and Nightingale & Sparrow, too. As a writer and enthusiastic reader, books were, of course, at the top of my wish list! With that in mind, I chose some of the best professional and personal development books on my TBR and ordered quite the book haul.

I’m balancing these reads with my Pencils & Pages reviews and my personal reading, so I’ve only made my way through a few of these so far. But I’m so excited to dive in further!

Some of these have been on my wish list for literal years, through recommendations in podcasts, webinars, YouTube videos, and other books. I came across others while compiling this haul, thanks to their subject matter, author, and/or glowing reviews. There are even a few here that I was previously given a chance to review on NetGalley! My health issues mean digital copies take me much longer to read. So, I decided to indulge in print copies of a few I’ve started to enjoy, both to review them in a more timely manner and to support their authors.

Curious about the other books I’m reading? I’ve got a post for that! 

Rather than presenting a lengthy “best professional and personal development books” list, I’ve separated this post into categories.  Of course, there’s plenty of overlap! First up, we’ve got books focused primarily on productivity. Then, there are some more general personal development books covering topics like creativity and well-being. Next, we have some books targeted to entrepreneurs and freelancers, looking at business, balance, courage, and best practices. Additionally, I ordered an assortment of books targeted to authors and creative writers–perhaps a topic for a future post here or on Pencils & Pages?

I fall into these target audiences and look to these subjects frequently, not just in professional and personal development books but in all mediums. Still, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that books have a special place in my heart! After all, I have a separate blog specifically for book reviews and have written quite a few of my own (with more to come!).

Best Productivity Books

Best Productivity Books

Looking for more Marie Kondo? Read all about my KonMari journey so far!

Best Personal Development Books

Best Personal Development Books (1)

Best Personal Development Books (2)

Best Books for Entrepreneurs & Freelancers

Best Books for Entrepreneurs

Best Books for Freelancers

Of course, there are more professional and personal development books on my wish list and TBR—but I’ve got plenty of reading to do before investing in another haul!

Do you have any other professional or personal development books you’d recommend? Anxiously Awaiting my thoughts on a particular title? Let me know in the comments or at @anideallifeblog!

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