The Sojo News: Edward Zula, Spiritual Medium

Hello Sojourners!
We are thrilled to introduce to you Edward Zula, a spiritual medium, clairsentient and psychometrist newly relocated here from the Los Angeles area. We are proud to have working with us here at The Sojo and are now taking appointments for him.

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He will be here to introduce himself, talk about what he does, and take private client appointments over Labor Day Weekend:

FRIDAY during Uptown Artwalk and drum circle: September 2, 6:00-9:00
Saturday, September 3, 12:00-4:00
$30 per half hour

PLEASE CALL AHEAD to make your appointment as his time-slots are filling up.

Typically Edward meets with clients for 60-90 minutes.  However it’s easy for him to focus on one area of concern during a shorter reading. Edward’s goal is for clients to experience some relief, affirmation, and reassurance after meeting with him.

1865215E-5452-4951-BDFF-AAF34538718FEdward Zula has been providing private readings, clarity, and comfort to his Los Angeles clients for more than thirty years.  He uses psychometry (reading energy from objects and photos), clairsentience, and spirit communication to help clients with questions about relationships, career, important life decisions, and help resolve grief and loss. In his readings he uses cards, a pendulum, meditation, and any sentimental or meaningful objects the client wishes to share. He explains that he does not “see” spirits standing over anyone’s shoulder as a traditional medium might, but rather feels their presence, often hears them, and gets a sense of their physical appearance with his eyes closed.

Edward’s Story

Ten years ago Edward attended a psychic development workshop with his James Van Praagh, the author of “Talking to Heaven” and creator of the show, Ghost Whisperer.  It was during that time that he discovered his abilities to be of help with missing persons.  He has worked with a detective in the LAPD Missing Persons Bureau, providing leads on several cases.  Since arriving in Eastern NC, and his family roots, he has given dozens of private readings, and helped a houseful of ECU students understand and ‘neutralize’ some frightening energy in their new off-campus residence.

A few months ago, Edward closed his thriving Los Angeles healthcare practice and moved to Greenville, NC.  Although he enjoyed an outstanding reputation as a couple’s therapist, few if any of his colleagues knew of his other ‘work.’  As he explains it, he was blessed with a gift at birth which was recognized by his grandmother when he was just five years old.  Then, at the age of seventeen, he had a bad skiing accident that changed his life and his abilities profoundly. “Have you ever hit a flashlight to make the light stronger? That’s exactly what happened….only it was my head.”  About 27 years ago he sat with his grandmother on her porch swing in Robersonville, nursing Dr. Pepper.  Edward shared some of the paranormal things he had experienced after the accident.

In that visit, she brought all the pieces together. As far back as she could remember, the family had been blessed with gifts of second sight and spirit communication. Edward heard stories going back to the Civil War, stories of things family members couldn’t have possibly seen or known, but did.  Edward’s grandmother made him promise that he would find a way to use his gift to help others.

After years of sharing his gifts openly and Edward thought he had found the perfect outlet to honor his grandmother’s wish by becoming a therapist. He soon learned that he had entered a field that was strictly ‘by the book,’ focusing on diagnosis and treatment, and he had to block out the psychic ability.  Nevertheless, he felt his grandmother’s hand in his work. After a few years, and without effort, he began attracting clients who were curious about the afterlife, and psychic experiences, and other paranormal phenomena. The direction of his work with clients took a dramatic shift, as he started to help many understand the phenomena they were experiencing. They were very grateful that he wasn’t referring them to a psychiatrist, but instead normalizing what he knew to be normal.

But things started to happen he couldn’t control.  Edward would accidentally call his client by another name, only to experience their shock. “That’s the name of my twin brother who died at birth.”  There was a very timid teenage girl who was angered when he asked if she would share her poetry with him. “Who told you about that? No one knows. Did my mother tell you? Is she reading my diary?” Oops.  He realized that his gifts were not going to keep quiet.

The signs kept coming, and opportunity arose for him to make a major life change to fulfill his promise to his grandmother.  He retired as a therapist, and moved to Eastern Carolina to the birthplace of his grandmother and his family roots.   “Life is sweet here, and the tea is sweeter.”  He is looking forward to using his gifts to help as many as he can to find clarity, closure, and comfort.

The Sojo News: Henna, Witchcraft, Herbs!

 Welcome Back, Sojourners!

We are so very glad to all your shiny faces back in Greenville and browsing the shop after this long, hot summer. Come and see us this week through Friday night for 20% off all Stones and Crystals.

Come in to see what the new semester holds with a Tarot Card reading!
Friday, August 12, 6:00-9:00 pm
Reiki Energy Healing and Tarot Readings with Liz Merritt
By appointment or walk-in, $30/half hour.

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If its in a jar, it is 20% off August 20-26!

Saturday, August 20, 2016,
We switch to 20% off all our bulk herbs.

11:00-3:00 Heron will be outside offering complimentary Henna Body Art to ECU students, as part of the Greek Life Welcome Back events sponsored by the University.

3:15-5:00:  Witchcraft 102: Charge of the Goddess, Celebrating the Moon
$20 per person, register in advance.
An Introduction to the traditional Wiccan liturgy by Doreen Valiente, known as the Charge of the Goddess, it’s history, thealogy and how Witches work with the cycles of the moon to empower their magick.

We’ve begun our restocking frenzy for the Fall semester and many books, stones and crystals, tapestries and incense sticks are already on their way. Check back over the next weeks to see what new wonders we have found.

See you soon!
~Heron Michelle


Upcoming Events:

Guided Meditation with Heron
Spirit Animal Journey
Friday August 26, 6:00-7:00, $10

Witchcraft 103: The Witches Creed, Celebrating the Sun through the Wheel of the Year with Heron Michelle
August 27, 2016, 12:00-2:00
$20 per person, register in advance.
An introduction to the traditional Wiccan liturgy by Doreen Valiente known as The Witch’s Creed, the modern Wheel of the Year calendar of sabbats that celebrate the solar cycles, its mythology of the cycles of nature, the eternal Goddess as maiden, mother and crone, and her lover the Horned God as Oak King and Holly King.

First Friday of every month, 6:00-9:00, Sept 2.
Bring your drums, the kids, your friends, snacks (if you’d like) and join us for a party! Drumming, Henna Body Art by Heron Michelle, and divination services available.

Reiki Level 2 with Angellica
Saturday, September 10, 2016
11:30-6:00.
$100 Please Register in advance as space is limited.
This level two Reiki class furthers the skills of the Reiki practitioner with additional symbols, distance healing techniques and attention to emotional healing. Angelica is a Reiki Master/Teacher and Angels Oracle Card Reader who offers her services through Energy Worx: Energy Balancing and Intuitive Spiritual Mentoring. You may contact her for more information at lighttouchreiki.magickalbits@gmail.com

Sept. 17-18, Pagan Pride Festival in Raleigh. www.cncppd.org

September 23, 6:00-7:00 pm Guided Meditation with Heron, $10
Exploring our Universal interconnection through Divine Love.

Witchcraft 104: The Witch’s Rune, Elemental Magick and the Witches Tools
[Date change!] October 1, 2016 2016 12:00-2:00
$20 per person, register in advance.
An introduction to the traditional Wiccan liturgy by Doreen Valiente known as the Witch’s Rune, and working with the elemental powers of air, fire, water and earth through the tools of wand, athame, chalice and paten for personal balance and empowerment within nature.

Psychic Reading and Healing Fair
October 14-16


Hours:
Monday-Thursday 10:00-6:00
Friday 10:00-9:00
Saturday 10:00-6:00
Sunday 1:00-6:00

Full calendar of events on our webpage; follow our blog and receive newsletters by email. Follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter @thesojourner1
For updates you’ll actually see on Facebook, join our group “The Sojourner Clubhouse

The Sojo News: Reiki, Tarot, Angels!

Hello Sojourners!
Tonight is the Uptown Umbrella market in the 5 points parking lot from 5:00-8:00. We will be closing at 6:00 tonight for an event, but come in early for 20% off Starwest Essential Oils and Sun’s Eye Fine oils through Friday night.

Starting Saturday, our weekly sale switches to 20% off all Stones and Crystals.

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This weekend we have two events, Readings with Liz on Friday, and the Angels 102 class with Angelica on Saturday (See details below,) but we need you to call and register in advance. We need three confirmed attendees by Friday, or we may choose to post-pone the class. 252-758-7656 (SOJO)
See you soon!
~Heron Michelle


Reiki Energy Healing and Tarot Readings with Liz Merritt
Friday, August 12, 6:00-9:00
By appointment or walk-in, $30/half hour.

Angels 102 Workshop with Angelica
August 13, 3:00-5:00pm
$25 per person, [MUST Register by Friday night: We need three confirmed or we may have to postpone the class]
Explore your relationship with the angels through this workshop on their history and hierarchy. Then connect with your personal guardian angel through guided meditation. Angelica is a professional educator, witch, priestess, Reiki master/teacher and certified angel oracle card reader.

Witchcraft 102: Charge of the Goddess, Celebrating the Moon with Heron Michelle
August 20, 2016, 3:00-5:00 [Note the change in time]
$20 per person, register in advance.
An Introduction to the traditional Wiccan liturgy by Doreen Valiente, known as the Charge of the Goddess, it’s history, thealogy and how Witches work with the cycles of the moon to empower their magick.

Guided Meditation with Heron
Spirit Animal Journey
Friday August 26, 6:00-7:00, $10

Witchcraft 103: The Witches Creed, Celebrating the Sun through the Wheel of the Year with Heron Michelle
August 27, 2016, 12:00-2:00
$20 per person, register in advance.
An introduction to the traditional Wiccan liturgy by Doreen Valiente known as The Witch’s Creed, the modern Wheel of the Year calendar of sabbats that celebrate the solar cycles, its mythology of the cycles of nature, the eternal Goddess as maiden, mother and crone, and her lover the Horned God as Oak King and Holly King.

Witchcraft 104: The Witch’s Rune, Elemental Magick and the Witches Tools
[Date change!] October 1, 2016 2016 12:00-2:00
$20 per person, register in advance.
An introduction to the traditional Wiccan liturgy by Doreen Valiente known as the Witch’s Rune, and working with the elemental powers of air, fire, water and earth through the tools of wand, athame, chalice and paten for personal balance and empowerment within nature.


Summer Hours:
Monday-Thursday 10:00-6:00
Friday 10:00-9:00
Saturday 10:00-6:00
Sunday 1:00-6:00

Full calendar of events on our webpage; follow our blog and receive newsletters by email. Follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter @thesojourner1
For updates you’ll actually see on Facebook, join our group “The Sojourner Clubhouse

The Sojo News: Drum Circle, Anointing Oil Sale, Witchcraft 101 Class

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Hello Sojourners,

Welcome to the hopeful month of August, and the height of summer that we pagans celebrate as Lammas–the first harvest–when we arrive at 15 degrees of Leo. May all your harvests this season be bountiful!

Tonight is the last night of our 20% off sale of Smudging supplies, bundles, shells, feathers.

Starting Saturday: August 6, 20% off Starwest Essential oils and Sun’s Eye Fine Oils

Future Sales: Week of August 13, Crystals and Stones
Week of August 20, Bulk herbs and botanicals
Week of August 27, Incense sticks, cones, and loose mixed incense

TONIGHT! Uptown Art Walk, Drum Circle Party!

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August 5, 2016
First Friday of every month, 6:00-9:00
Bring your drums, the kids, your friends, snacks (if you’d like) and join us for a party! Drumming, Henna Body Art by Heron Michelle, and Tarot Card Readings available.

TOMORROW! Please call to sign up for this class!
Witchcraft 101: The Wiccan Rede, Ethics of Personal Sovereignty with Heron Michelle
August 6, 2016, 12:00-2:00 pm
$20 per person, register in advance. An Introduction to the concepts of Modern Witchcraft, with a look at the long form of the Wiccan Rede, and Heron’s four rules for ethical and responsible living in balance with nature.

Angels 102 Workshop with Angelica
August 13, 3:00-5:00pm
$25 per person, register in advance.
Explore your relationship with the angels through this workshop on their history and hierarchy. Then connect with your personal guardian angel through guided meditation. Angelica is a professional educator, witch, priestess, Reiki master/teacher and certified angel oracle card reader.

Witchcraft 102: Charge of the Goddess, Celebrating the Moon with Heron Michelle
August 20, 2016, 12:00-2:00
$20 per person, register in advance.
An Introduction to the traditional Wiccan liturgy by Doreen Valiente, known as the Charge of the Goddess, it’s history, thealogy and how Witches work with the cycles of the moon to empower their magick.

Guided Meditation with Heron
Spirit Animal Journey
Friday August 26, 6:00-7:00, $10

Witchcraft 103: The Witches Creed, Celebrating the Sun through the Wheel of the Year with Heron Michelle
August 27, 2016, 12:00-2:00
$20 per person, register in advance.
An introduction to the traditional Wiccan liturgy by Doreen Valiente known as The Witch’s Creed, the modern Wheel of the Year calendar of sabbats that celebrate the solar cycles, its mythology of the cycles of nature, the eternal Goddess as maiden, mother and crone, and her lover the Horned God as Oak King and Holly King.

 

Witchcraft 104: The Witch’s Rune, Elemental Magick and the Witches Tools
[Date change!] October 1, 2016 2016 12:00-2:00
$20 per person, register in advance.
An introduction to the traditional Wiccan liturgy by Doreen Valiente known as the Witch’s Rune, and working with the elemental powers of air, fire, water and earth through the tools of wand, athame, chalice and patten for personal balance and empowerment within nature.

 


Summer Hours:
Monday-Thursday 10:00-6:00
Friday 10:00-9:00
Saturday 10:00-6:00

Sunday 1:00-6:00

Full calendar of events on our webpage; follow our blog and receive newsletters by email. Follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter @thesojourner1
For updates you’ll actually see on Facebook, join our group “The Sojourner Clubhouse

Product Spotlight: Smoke Cleansing Supplies

This week in the shop we are offering our 20% off sale on all of our smoke cleansing supplies.  White sage, sweetgrass, lavender, rosemary, juniper, cedar and many more cleansing and purifying herbs are  rolled up and tied into bundles and then carefully burned in a variety of rituals. So why don’t I use the more accepted term smudging? Smudging refers to a very specific Native ritual that is closed to outsiders. Members of the Neo-pagan and New Age movements have borrowed this term for the act of smoke cleansing. In reality us non- Natives should stick to using smoke cleansing as our term as we don’t actually smudge anything. Using the word ‘smudge’ in an incorrect sense can slowly over time erase the actual culture basis and be harmful to the Native population as well.  In the same vein, White Ceremonial Sage has been harvested and over harvested to support the increasing demand from the New Age and Neo-pagan movements. I always suggest you support ethical harvesting in all of your plants, and remember that in Eastern NC you can grow white sage for a season and have enough to dry and use all year. This keeps the plant from becoming severely endangered and adds a personal element to your sage bundle.

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Loose White Sage- Photo from Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Smoke Cleansing for those not in the know, is a way of removing any baneful energies from your space. I always say that its like energetic sweeping. It completely clears and resets a space. This is very beneficial to do! Good energetic hygiene as it were. Customers at the shop always ask if there is a special way to cleanse using these bundles. They want to know if there’s a super secret chant they must say for it to work, or a prayer to recite. Like most of my personal feelings on witchcraft and spirituality related issues, its all a matter of personal preference, tradition and doing what feels right. There’s no right way to light a hunk of herbs on fire and waft it around your home. As long as you don’t set anything on fire, I think you are doing it right.

Rule 1. There are no rules

Rule 2. You make your own rules.

Each different herb is going to have slightly different meanings and uses, they will also have different smells. White ceremonial sage is the most popular, most well known. It also has a specific odor that can be a bit much for sensitive folk. If lighting a bunch of herbs on fire and waving their smoldering remains through your house is not to your taste, we have Palo Santo wood that has a softer sweeter smell, or copal resin. We even have cleansing sprays that are smoke-free for those asthmatic Sojourners. AS always, anyone behind the counter is ready and able to help you answer any questions and we can steer you towards the herbal bundle that best fits your needs.

-Liz

 

The Sojo News: Meditation, Soap, Herbalism Class!

Hello Sojourners,
Happy summer! We hope you are staying cool out there and enjoying yourselves.

Sale:
Through Friday night: 20% off sale includes all bath and body supplies. Come and get all your oils, butters, clays, salts, and containers!
Starting Saturday, our sale shifts to 20% off our candle selection, and will run through next Friday the 29th.

New merchandise:
Hoodoo and Root-working supplies! We have High John Root, Hoyt’s Cologne, Florida Water, Figure Candles, Lodestones and more!

New locally-made soaps!

New locally-made soaps!

 SOAP: We are now working with a lovely couple located in Raleigh, supplying our store with high-quality handmade soap. These soaps are made from almost entirely raw, organic, and natural ingredients. They only use natural essential oils in their products, and the resulting smell is amazing! We are stocking 12 of their numerous therapeutic soaps, with the potential to expand into more. Many are also made specifically vegan, and are labeled as such for those concerned or interested. Stop by to pick up a bar today and let us know what you think!

Available soaps: Derma Neem Cream Beauty/Facial Soap, From Hair 2 Toe Shampoo and Body Soap, Organic Calendula Flowers Therapeutic Soap, Rose & Australian Pink Clay Therapeutic Soap, Chlorophyll & Charcoal Therapeutic Soap, Healing Honey Bee Soap, Goat’s Milk & Emu Oil Soap, Tea Tree/Lavender/Spearmint Therapeutic Soap, 4 Thieves Essential Oil Therapeutic Soap, Patchouli Sweet Orange Soap, White & Red Sandalwood Soap, and Dragon’s Blood Soap.

Events:
This weekend at The Sojo we have a Friday night meditation with Heron to balance and clear the chakras. It will last from 6:00-7:00 for $10, and is followed by appointment times for Tarot Card Readings, $30 half hour.

Saturday from 12:00-2:00 Courtney is offering a Basic Herbalism Class for $25. Come learn the basic techniques of at-home herbalism. Learn how to make teas, extracts/tinctures, salves, and more, and leave with the knowledge to forge your own personal practice in herbalism. But you must call us or stop by to register in ADVANCE.

We’ll see you soon!
~The Sojo Staff


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Heron Michelle now has her very own blogging home called Witch on Fire at Patheos.com. Subscribe to the blog and receive them by email!

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Summer Hours:
Monday: 10:00-6:00
Tuesday: 10:00-6:00
Wednesday: 10:00-7:00 for Umbrella Market
Thursday: 10:00-6:00
Friday: 10:00-9:00
Saturday: 10:00-6:00
Sunday: 1:00-6:00

The Sojo News: Kyphi, Restocks, Tarot!

Hello Sojourners!

Thank you so much for your support of our Summer Fundraiser Tee-shirt! Our first campaign brought in $317 in sorely needed funds. Expect your shirts to arrive any day now! The second campaign is now in effect, so you can still get them, and I’ve added the option of an old favorite: Once you go witch you never switch! They are now available in both black and purple, in both men’s and women’s, long and short sleeve, and a hoodie. Size S-5X.

Tonight until 9:00 come in for 20% OFF statuary and home decor items.  Starting tomorrow, we have 20% OFF Bath and Body supplies and products, like the salts, clays, waxes, base oils and butters; empty tubes, jars and vials, and tins; soaps, flower waters and lotions.

Tonight! Liz is in the shop offering Tarot Card readings and Reiki healing sessions from 6:00-9:00 pm. $30/half hour.

Saturday: Spaces still available!
Incense Making Workshop: Kyphi Incense
With Courtney Varnadoe
July 16, 12:00-2:00 pm
$25 per person, register in advance.
Learn a bit of history and how to create a modern approximation of Ggyptian kyphi incense. Come prepared to use your hands and get messy, and leave with a good amount of your own recipe for kyphi incense pellets. All materials included in class fee.

New merchandise in the shop:

  • Nag Champa incense in cones and sticks
  • Herb and Earth incense sticks restocked in all scents
  • Shoyeido Japanese Incense restocked
  • Sun’s Eye Pure Oils  restocked
  • Tumbled stones: Pink mangano calcite, HUGE hematite, angelite and carnelian
  • Crystal Earth Collection: sterling silver and gem rings, pendants and pendulums.
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    New Tumbled stones and jewelry from Crystal Earth Collection


Guided Meditation Series

Join Heron Michelle for a guided meditation for health, balance, relaxation and spiritual exploration. Open to everyone, no experience necessary. $10 each

July 22 6:00-7:00 Chakra clearing and balancing, for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

August 26th 6:00-7:00 Spirit Animal Journey to find your totem animal guide for this lifetime, and discuss their medicine for your life.

September 30, 6:00-7:00 pm Exploring our Universal interconnection through Divine Love.

Private appointments available after meditations for Tarot Card readings ($30), and past-life retrievals ($90) with Heron.


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Heron Michelle now has her very own blogging home called Witch on Fire at Patheos.com. Subscribe to the blog and receive them by email!

Subscribe to receive The Sojo newsletter emails by “following” the blog. You can find this option on the bottom right side of this page our blog site.

Summer Hours:
Monday: 10:00-6:00
Tuesday: 10:00-6:00
Wednesday: 10:00-7:00 for Umbrella Market
Thursday: 10:00-6:00
Friday: 10:00-9:00
Saturday: 10:00-6:00
Sunday: 1:00-6:00

 

The Sojo News: Tarot Sale, Crystals, Incense!

Hello Sojourners,

This week until Friday night, all Tarot and Oracle decks are on sale 20% off!
Starting Saturday, statuary and home decor items are 20% off. That includes dream catchers, candle holders, incense holders, oil burners, lanterns and prayer flags.

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Tarot Wisdom book by Rachel Pollack

We have a new shipment of books, decks and rune stone sets from Llewellyn with beloved favorites in our book section including titles by Christopher Penczak, Joyce and River Higginbotham , and Rachel Pollack. More than a few are fabulous guides for oracle and tarot divination!

Today concludes the first campaign of our Tee Shirt fundraiser. With the purchase of 26 shirts we’ve reached a quarter of our goal!  If you got in on the first batch of printing, they will be shipped soon!  You can still order here, we’ll just start another 2 week campaign.. Thank you for your support during this slow summer season.

We are still working on developing the on-line store, but there are many more hours of work to be done and many more resources needed to make it happen. Stay tuned!


Events this weekend:
Reiki and Tarot Readings with Liz Merritt
this Friday night from 6:00-9:00. $30/half hour. Please call to make an appointment, or drop in. 252-758-7656

Crystal Magick 101 with Heron Michelle
Saturday July 9, 12:00-2:00 $20, MUST REGISTER BY FRIDAY June 8,
CLASS WILL BE CANCELED WITHOUT THREE CONFIRMED ATTENDEES

Learn the basics of incorporating stones and crystals into energy work and spells to create beneficial change in your life. This is a hands-on introduction to a variety of stones, their metaphysical properties, how to utilize their powers through the seven levels of consciousness and health via the Chakra energy system of the human body/spirit connection.


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Next Weekend:
Incense Making Workshop: Kyphi Incense
With Courtney Varnadoe
July 16, 12:00-2:00 pm
$25 per person, register in advance.
Learn a bit of history and how to create a modern approximation of Ggyptian kyphi incense. Come prepared to use your hands and get messy, and leave with a good amount of your own recipe for kyphi incense pellets. All materials included in class fee.


Guided Meditation Series

Join Heron Michelle on the fourth Friday of each month for a guided meditation for health, balance, relaxation and spiritual exploration. Open to everyone, no experience necessary. $10 each

July 22 6:00-7:00 Chakra clearing and balancing, for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

August 26th 6:00-7:00 Spirit Animal Journey to find your totem animal guide for this lifetime, and discuss their medicine for your life.

September 23, 6:00-7:00 pm Exploring our Universal interconnection through Divine Love.

Private appointments available after meditations for Tarot Card readings ($30), and past-life retrievals ($90) with Heron.


Heron Michelle now has her very own blogging home called Witch on Fire at Patheos.com. Subscribe to the blog and receive them by email!

Subscribe to receive The Sojo newsletter emails by “following” the blog. You can find this option on the bottom right side of this page our blog site.

Summer Hours:
Monday: 10:00-6:00
Tuesday: 10:00-6:00
Wednesday: 10:00-7:00 for Umbrella Market
Thursday: 10:00-6:00
Friday: 10:00-9:00
Saturday: 10:00-6:00
Sunday: 1:00-6:00

 

The Sojo News: Jewelry Sale, Holiday Closings, Papyrus!

Hello Sojourners!
This week’s Summer Sale includes 20% off all of our regular Jewelry, including all the silver and stone pieces (but excluding consignment items.) The sale runs through Friday night during our  Drum circle and party. Come hang out with Liz and Heron, make some joyful noise, get your tarot cards read, or be beautified with some henna body art from 6:00-9:00. Pot-luck snacks and drinks are welcome

Happy Independence Day! In order to slim down our overhead expenses, this weekend we will be closed for the holiday on Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th. I do hope you all have a fun and safe holiday and will stop by on Saturday to stock up!

This week, we are excited to add to our consignment inventory some beautiful Egyptian Papyrus paintings with various scenes of their Gods and mythology. Large $75, Small $10. Scroll to the bottom of this email to see more images.

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Our Summer Survival T-shirt campaign is on-going through July 8th. You can order a regular T-shirt in short and long sleeves, hoodies, women’s T’s and tanks in both forest green and black. We are hoping to sell 100! Aim high, and let the Universe surprise us, yes? The profits go to help us get our new web-shop up and running! We appreciate your support!


Crystal Magick 101 with Heron Michelle
Saturday July 9, 12:00-2:00
$20, registered in advance
Learn the basics of incorporating stones and crystals into energy work and spells to create beneficial change in your life. This is a hands-on introduction to a variety of stones, their metaphysical properties, how to utilize their powers through the seven levels of consciousness and health via the Chakra energy system of the human body/spirit connection. Please register by Thursday July 7.


Incense Making Workshop: Kyphi Incense with Courtney Varnadoe
July 16, 12:00-2:00 pm
$25 per person, register in advance.
Learn a bit of history and how to create a modern approximation of Egyptian kyphi incense. Come prepared to use your hands and get messy, and leave with a good amount of your own recipe for kyphi incense pellets. All materials included in class fee.


Papyrus!

The Sojo News: Summer Survival Fundraiser

Take the path less traveled to The Sojourner, and it will make all the difference. Original Design contributed by Mandy Clements

Take the path less traveled to The Sojourner, and it will make all the difference. Original Design contributed by Mandy Clements

Hello Sojourners,
Heron Michelle here…. On Monday we entered the sign of Cancer, and the sun reached his heights on the longest day of the year, opening the front door to the season of summer. Add to that the amazing convergence in the force that is a FULL BLUE MOON! Big mama moon was at her greatest, too! These are potent times that we need to tap to survive these slow months at the shop.

This makes the 8th summer we’ve been open here on Evans Street. Since 2009, our customer base of loyal Sojourners has grown exponentially, and we now have a thriving, knowledgeable and “well-equipped” community of like-minded kindred. We now can offer well more than just merchandise, but also trust-worthy guidance and education, energy healing, divination of many kinds, and safe haven to all the folks in need of compassion and acceptance. Our Sojourners represent every make, model, and colorful stripe of the rainbow!

According to our accountant, we even turned a tiny little profit for the second year in a row! That money was used to expand our crystal and candle selection, and replace all our technology, equipment and software so that we can expand into the world of On-Line commerce in 2016. The future looks bright; however, the present moment is a challenge.

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Hoodie in Forest Green or Black

Summers in Uptown have never been easy to survive. Once the schools let out and everyone leaves town on vacation, our business drops dramatically.  The difference in sales between a great month in the fall and the scary month of June was as much as 56% less in 2015. In short, during the summer, our income cannot hope to cover our basic monthly bills. We tighten our belts, hold our breath, stop repairing or restocking anything, and the rest is made up for with favors, magick and personal sacrifice.

This June has the dubious distinction of being the most desperately over-leveraged, maxed out in debt, and underfunded we’ve ever been. Smarter business people than I am advise me to close and just operate a website out of my house, but that is not how I want to spend this life. To be honest, the last thing this witch wants to figure out is the mundane intricacies of an Ecommerce platform and social media integration. <shrug>

Neither is being a retailer my sacred mission; selling things is only the means to the end. My END GOAL is to maintain a temple in a safe, brightly-shining, easily-found, proudly-out-of-all-closets, public location that is open to seekers every day…oh, and to eat.  Us Sojo staff and our families like eating regular meals and sleeping indoors. (I kid…not really…) My sacred mission is to serve as a priestess, offering to everyone the safe space to teach, learn, heal, and commune with each other and the Divine, and yeah…equip us with the “stuff” we all need to continue that spiritual work throughout the region, while we all thrive. This mission comes with a high price tag.

So here is the skinny:

Standard T in black or green.

Standard T in Black or Forest Green

I’ve trimmed all possible fat, cashed in every favor, and made

every personal investment I can manage; yet, we couldn’t be any further out on this limb.  As of Monday, we were still in a deficit by over $7000 and started the week with -$86 in the checking account.  I swallowed my pride, and applied for an extension to the credit line so that we can meet our needs for 2 more weeks.

To that end, we have a few fundraising efforts underway and I hope that you will be inspired to invest in this dream along with us. If all goes according to my (brilliant and daring) plans, this is the last skinny summer we’ll have to survive–and The Sojo will begin to THRIVE!

“Now is the time for all good Sojourners to come to the aid of their Metaphysical Shop!”

Sojourner T-shirt Summer Survival Fundraiser

One of our fine customers is graphic designer Mandy Clements, and she’s created this fantastic original T-shirt design for us! Follow the Sojo Sign down the “path less traveled” and it will make all the difference! Click the link to see all the options and order yours through our TeeSpring campaign that runs for 2 weeks, then they will print and ship them directly to you! I predict that all the most fabulous people will be wearing these this season.

https://teespring.com/sojourner-summer-fundraiser

There are regular T’s in short and long sleeves, women’s T’s and Tanks, and a hoodie to choose from in forest green,

Tank Midnight

Women’s tank in “Midnight” or Black

black (and “midnight” in the Tanks.) Sizes run from S-5X.

The Sojo Club Membership

Many of you have expressed over the years that while you don’t often need much “stuff” and you may live too far away to attend many events, that it is still important to you that this safe haven remains open and available.  Thus, The Sojo Club Membership was born! (Kinda like the B&N, or Sam’s Club membership.)

With membership, comes these benefits! With a yearly contribution of $35 we will extend to you 10% off of your purchases all year, as well as special offers and promotions September-April. The trick here is that we need you to contribute to that membership NOW, so that we can pay the bills May-August.

Call us or stop in the shop to join The Sojo Club! (Soon we will have it available to purchase on-line, thanks to the generous contributions of time and expertise offered by web developer Eric MacAfee, who is helping us build our webshop!)


Events this Weekend:
This weekend we have on the calendar a guided meditation and elemental balancing with me, Heron, on Friday night 6:00-7:00, $10. Followed by private sessions for Tarot Card readings. $30.

Saturday at 12:00 for $20, I’m offering a beginners Candle Magick Class. Check out the calendar for details, then make sure to call to register in advance. Right now we don’t have anyone signed up and I need 3 people confirmed to hold the class.


Thank you to everyone for reading this far, your on-going patronage, and for all that you do to brighten Greenville and our lives, simply by being your beautiful selves.  You really do make a difference.🙂
Litha Blessings,
~Heron Michelle