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Skeleton Jester Fixed Vigil Candle - Memento Mori
Skeleton Jester Fixed Vigil Candle - Memento Mori
Skeleton Jester Fixed Vigil Candle - Memento Mori
Skeleton Jester Fixed Vigil Candle - Memento Mori
Skeleton Jester Fixed Vigil Candle - Memento Mori
Skeleton Jester Fixed Vigil Candle - Memento Mori
Skeleton Jester Fixed Vigil Candle - Memento Mori
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Skeleton Jester Fixed Vigil Candle - Memento Mori

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Made from a wood engraving designed by English artist Charles Henry Bennett (1829-1867), this image of a skeleton dressed up as a jester was designed for the 1861 edition of Quarles' Emblems.

In that edition, it accompanies this verse from Luke 6:25: "Woe unto you that laugh now, for ye shall mourn and weep." But I think it also neatly crystallizes the spirit of memento mori in a way that's succinctly visual, timeless, and aesthetically satisfying.  Whether you believe in making the most out of life while you have it, or your spiritual practice involves the contemplation of death, or you're into Victorian-era art, or you're just gearing up for celebrating Day of the Dead, Bennett's jester-skeleton woodcut print lets you do it with flair.

When you check out, leave a note giving me your petition or intention. Something like "ancestor altar" or "the Ghuede" would be fine, as would something more formal. I will fix, dress, and bless an appropriately-colored skeleton jester candle for you with suitable herbs, oils, curios, and powders for your intention.

Customization within reason is usually no big deal. I could make and dress a name/petition paper for you and affix it to the candle glass if you give me sufficient info and want me to. Or you might want something painted onto or affixed to the glass (like a name or prayer, not like a realistic repro of the Mona Lisa). Feel free to write and ask if you aren't sure what "within reason" covers. 

(If you want a plain, undecorated vigil light instead, those are available in a separate listing.)


These candles weigh about 1.5 pounds each. In the continental United States, I can use a third-party service to ship these in a roughly shoebox-sized box for a flat $10. You'll need to select the Cubic Shoebox option at checkout. This box will hold up to two of these candles. It will also hold a few additional small things, maybe a couple of bottles of oil, but nothing much larger and not very many of them. See Shipping Rates for details.

HANDLING TIMES: Please note published handling times, which start at 5-10 business days; will be longer for large, customized, and international orders; and are estimates only. I do custom work, not mass production, and personal attention takes time. I want you to love what you get from our shop, and I think you will if you value quality and authenticity. But if quick shipping is a higher priority for you, we'll probably both be happier if you shop elsewhere. 

I make all my formulas in tiny batches with personal attention at every step, and I stock only what I know I can use within a certain shelf life. That means I can have unexpected runs on ingredients that I need to reorder or that I have to go to the back two acres and dig up more of a root I need to make your item. Hardly anything is sitting on a shelf waiting to be popped into an envelope. The payoff for your patience is that you get fresh blends and fresh products, made by hand the old fashioned way, by a traditional rootworker with 35 years of experience.

Also, I live in the middle of nowhere and I have to expect time-sucking delays as par for the course, like the internet going down 'cause a cow broke the line, stuff like that. So if you must have an item by a certain date, you need to write me first to see whether I can meet your expectations rather than assuming (or demanding). See the Shipping/Handling page for details.

USAGE: Oils are for prayer and ritual use; they are not cosmetics or perfumes. While some customers do use some dressing oils as anointing oils (which is not the same thing as wearing a perfume or cologne), they are careful to do a skin test first, since they know that all-natural does not equal hypoallergenic. If you need suggestions on how to use condition and anointing oils in the conjure tradition, see the Education link up top.

LEGALESE:  As required by law, all items are sold as curios to preserve and teach the traditions of folklore and popular religion. I don't sell anything I don't use myself, though, and quite a few customers over the years have sworn by my traditional formulas since I started selling them in 2002.

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  • handling times start at five business days minimum for all items  (excludes weekends and holidays)
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  • any refunds must be initiated by us; chargebacks are considered theft
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