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

 

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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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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.
  • Stones Jewelry

    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