The Sojo News: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday!

Hello, Sojourners!

It is beginning to feel a lot like the holidays around the shop, as we deck our halls and arbor with gold, red, and classy, traditional cheer that hearkens back to the romantic times of the past.

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Keep in mind that we will be CLOSED Thursday, November 24th, so that we may be home with our families. We wish everyone safe travels, and smooth sailing amongst your kin. As Sojourners, we come in all flavors: Gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, lesbian, black, white, native, asian, latino, pagan, christian, muslim, atheist, buddhist, and all varieties of every type of cultural, racial, gender, and religious rainbow. As a result, our families may not always be that of our birth, which can make these holidays hard; But whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you are, or whatever you choose to believe, know that you have a family of bright, shiny, fabulous, diverse and understanding people within and around you in your community,  and with us, every day. We are grateful that you exist, and thankful for the diversity of our nation and the world around us.

It also only a few days away from the “traditional” start of the holiday shopping season: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! We will be having sales, a drawing for our GIANT crystal ball, and gift wrapping all weekend. Check out the specifics below!

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BLACK FRIDAY: November 25th

Want the “Black Friday” consumer experience, but without the threat to your livelihood?

  • Grab a coffee from down the street and line up with friendly folks in front of our (beautifully decorated) door on Friday morning. Be one of the FIRST THIRTEEN PEOPLE in the store when we open at 10:00am, and receive a special coupon for 40% off ANY one item with a purchase over $20!
  • 20% off all other merchandise in the store, all day long!
  • Enjoy $1.00 gift wrapping with your purchase!

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We will also be drawing the ticket for our gigantic crystal ball raffle at the close of business that day! Raffle tickets are still five dollars, but if you win that’s roughly 99.4% OFF the $800 retail price tag, which is quite possibly the greatest Black Friday deal of them all.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: November 26th

SHOP SMALL! Diatribe aside, we would really appreciate if you would consider shopping from small, locally owned businesses this year. Uptown in particular has put a lot of effort into revitalizing this area, and new neighbors are moving in regularly!

  • All day long, bring us a receipt from any purchase made that day at our Uptown retail or restaurant neighbors for 30% off any item over $10!
  • 20% off all other merchandise in the store, all day long!
  • Enjoy $1.00 gift wrapping with your purchase!

    We’ll also have some super-special sales on specific items both days that we won’t announce until the day of; You will HAVE to show up to see! A free kitten with every purchase? Will we make it rain incense sticks on the half-hour?! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

As usual, these sales exclude consignment items, as they aren’t ours to discount!

 

We hope to see you this weekend! – ❤ C.

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The Sojo News: Events at the Sojo this Holiday Season

Hello Sojourners!
We have some new silver and stone jewelry in stock now, including a few new men’s rings. A new order has been placed for herbs and spices, and should be here soon, so consider shopping with us for your Thanksgiving feast needs.  We will be closed Thanksgiving day, but open Black Friday and all weekend to kick off your shopping with sales!

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We have some exciting classes coming up this weekend. Please remember that all of our events are held and scheduled based on your calls to register in advance. We can schedule your session with our intuitive readers and healers, and for classes we need to know that as least three people are coming to hold the class. However, in some cases we max out the seating capacity, and only those who’ve registered in advance are guaranteed a seat. We really hate to turn people away, so please call 252-758-7656 (SOJO) to let us know you can be there, by at least Wednesday before our weekend classes.

Also, save the date! Saturday, Dec. 10th, 5-10 pm. Our annual Yule “Tacky Sweater” Party will be more of an “open-house” where we welcome you to stop in for some warm, mulled cider and refreshments, and sharing in the Holiday cheer at The Sojo while you are down here for the parade.

Held in conjunction with the Greenville Jaycees Christmas parade.
December 10th, 2 pm – 8 pm at the Five Points Plaza.
Annual Parade begins at 5 pm, Food, Music, Crafts, and Fun for Kids and Adults!


carolheadshotReiki 1 Class and Attunement with Angelica
Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 11:30-6:00. $75
Please Register in advance as space is limited.

What is Reiki? It is a Japanese term, “Rei” meaning spirit and “Ki” meaning energy, which translates into “Spirit Energy,” or the Universal life force.
This Level One Reiki class gives a history of Reiki, describes what Reiki is and how it differs from other healing modalities, the ethics, hand positions and an attunment to the first degree. Level one focuses on physical healing and self-healing. Students at this level are in training to become highly aware of their intuition, instincts and guidance from Spirit.
We will break half-way through the class, so please bring a snack and a drink.

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


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Natal Astrology Workshop with Jupiter Melchizedek
Sunday, Nov. 20, 1:30-5:30, $30, open to the public.

Zodiac signs? planets? houses? What does all this astrology lingo mean, and how can you put it to good use? Learn to interpret your own birth chart with the science of western astrology, as a road map to your life, personality, strengths, challenges, and purpose. Charts will be provided. Please register in advance and provide your name, birth date, time and location.  Seating is limited, so register as soon as possible.

From Jupiter: Hi all! I am a self taught astrologer specializing mainly in Hellenistic and Medieval astrology. At this event I will be teaching the basics of chart interpretation, such as how to interpret planets, signs, houses and aspects. I will also be teaching the basics of understanding planetary transits and electional astrology (the art of timing).


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Modern Witchcraft Training Program – Seekers Meeting – Free
December Wednesday, December 7

6 PM – 8 PM

This seeker meeting is for any adults over the age of 18 who are interested in pursuing training in Modern Witchcraft through The Sojourner Tradition of Witchcraft. We invite you to this free and open event to meet us, learn about the program, and receive all the registration materials for the first Session that will meet on 5 Thursday nights from December 29th-Jan. 26th. Registration fees are due at time of enrollment; $90 for the 5 weeks of classes and is non-refundable. Seating is limited and is a first-come-first-serve basis, so please enroll in advance.
Please note that this first session is the ONLY open enrollment time–afterwards, it will be closed to new students for the remainder of the year. After the first 5 classes of the session, there is an individual interview to determine if continued training is in the best interest of the student. Those supported to continue, will be invited to our Imbolc Sabbat celebration on Thursday, February 2 at 6:00, off-site, for the ritual of dedication to that year’s studies and involvement with the coven.
We expect 4 main guidelines of behavior and interaction to be respected while enrolled with us. They will be explained in detail at the meeting:
1) Do not burn the Witch.
2) Do not be the Asshole.
3.) Do not be the Weak Link.
4.) Must be present to win.
We prefer new seekers to be present for both the seeker meeting and every class, as they build upon each other, and we take rule 4 very seriously in considering who we invite to join us for dedication.

What is a “seeker?”

Good question. A seeker is a person pursuing training in Modern Witchcraft, and trying out different traditions, styles, groups, and teachers, before settling on one particular program within which you would “dedicate” to a full year’s training. After dedicating to train within our coven at Imbolc, you are then considered a “dedicant.”

Seekers can be any sex, gender identity, or sexual preference; of any race, from any heritage, creed, nation, anything… However, we will ask that our students be at least 18 years of age (for legal reasons) and physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially stable enough to beneficially use the information and skills that we teach, and able to participate and contribute in a fair and equitable way to the over-all success of our group.

In short, paganism is for everyone. A Witch can look like, be, and come from anywhere, but Modern Witchcraft as a praxis and job-description is a demanding path not suitable for everyone. It’s demands of radical personal sovereignty, self-reliance, sacrifice and responsibility will best serve a relatively small subset of pagans, and that is absolutely OK. You’ll never know if this path is correct for you until you give it a try, and we are here to help you discover the answers to these questions.

So, are you a legal adult with the resources you need to survive, thrive and contribute fairly? Can you manage your life and current responsibilities reasonably well? Do you have the extra time, mobility and energy to commit to this program, including showing up for class, reading the required texts, and working independently on your spiritual practice? Are you ready to level up in your personal empowerment? After that, all you really need is an open and curious mind, and an open heart.

Thank you! See you soon!

~Heron Michelle
High Priestess, The Sojo Circle Coven

 

For more information in advance, visit: http://www.thesojo.com/modern-witchcraft-classes.html

The Sojo News: Upcoming Classes

Hello Sojourners!
We’ve had a very blessed Samhain weekend, and hope you have as well.

Last time I wrote you with a plea for financial help so that we could pay our rent on time and boy, oh boy, did you answer that call! Thank you to all of you beautiful angels who’ve come to shop since then and bought gift certificates, made donations and investments in future events and services here. You are amazing! Miracles happened and the Universe answered the plea through the generous actions of so many of you.

The rent and back utility bills have been paid, as has the payroll, and I’ve just given Courtney the long-awaited green light to place a restocking order for herbs, spices and teas in time for Thanksgiving. Should you have a special request for that special holiday recipe or medicinal preparation, email her at courtney@thesojo.com as soon as possible.

I know that the recent election may have brought distress to some, including me, you can read my blog post here.) It may appear that the outside world is in upheaval right now, which is to be expected during any Whitehouse transition, but inside the Sojourner we still have the same safe haven of acceptance, progressive ideals, and loving support of all our beautiful diversity. As long as we Sojourners stick together, and keep “being the change we wish to see in the world,” all our dreams remain possible. Take heart, dear ones. We are here for you, so make sure to call on us should the need ever arise.
~Heron Michelle

Upcoming Classes and Events

LizMerritHeadshotLiz Merritt, Reiki Master, Witch and Diviner is offering her services at the shop on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Gain clarity and insights during this transitional time.

$40 half-hour Tarot Card Readings and $75 Hour-long Reiki Energy healing sessions, by appointment: 252-758-7656


1865215E-5452-4951-BDFF-AAF34538718FSpiritual Mediumship Group Demonstration and Reading
Sunday, Nov. 13th, 4:00-5:30 [ONE SEAT AVAILABLE]

Join Edward Zula, spiritual medium and psychometrist, for an exploration of spirit communication; questions and answers; participants getting validation of their own experiences; demonstration of mediumship. Bring a photo or an item belonging to a deceased loved one. Everyone will get a brief reading. A 90 minute group demonstration, must have 6 participants, so bring a friend! $15 per person.


carolheadshotReiki 1 Class and Attunement with Angelica
Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 11:30-6:00. $75
Please Register in advance as space is limited.

What is Reiki? It is a Japanese term, “Rei” meaning spirit and “Ki” meaning energy, which translates into “Spirit Energy,” or the Universal life force.
This Level One Reiki class gives a history of Reiki, describes what Reiki is and how it differs from other healing modalities, the ethics, hand positions and an attunment to the first degree. Level one focuses on physical healing and self-healing. Students at this level are in training to become highly aware of their intuition, instincts and guidance from Spirit.
We will break half-way through the class, so please bring a snack and a drink.

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


astrologyworkshop

Natal Astrology Workshop with Jupiter Melchizedek
Sunday, Nov. 20, 1:30-5:30, $30, open to the public.

Zodiac signs? planets? houses? What does all this astrology lingo mean, and how can you put it to good use? Learn to interpret your own birth chart with the science of western astrology, as a road map to your life, personality, strengths, challenges, and purpose. Charts will be provided. Please register in advance and provide your name, birth date, time and location.  Seating is limited, so register as soon as possible.

From Jupiter: Hi all! I am a self taught astrologer specializing mainly in Hellenistic and Medieval astrology. At this event I will be teaching the basics of chart interpretation, such as how to interpret planets, signs, houses and aspects. I will also be teaching the basics of understanding planetary transits and electional astrology (the art of timing).


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Modern Witchcraft Training Program – Seekers Meeting – Free
December Wednesday, December 7

6 PM – 8 PM

All adults over the age of 18 who are interested in pursing training in Modern Witchcraft through The Sojourner Tradition of Witchcraft taught by Heron Michelle and the ministers of The Sojo Circle Coven are invited to the free and open event to meet us, learn about the program, receive all the registration materials for the Imbolc Session that will meet on 6 Thursday nights from December 29th-February 2.

For more information in advance, visit: http://www.thesojo.com/modern-witchcraft-classes.html

The Sojo News: Crystal Ball Raffle to be Drawn on Black Friday

Merry Meet, Sojourners!
Have you yet seen this amazing Crystal Ball we have on raffle at the shop? We borrowed it for a divination class a few weeks ago, and took this picture of it in glorious action. It helped to create a powerful experience for our students, and it could be yours! Each chance to win costs only $5.

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This Leaded Crystal Scrying Sphere is a whopping 278mm diameter, and weighs in at 55 pounds!  It comes with a wooden, rotating stand. This baby once lit a tablecloth on fire with a sunbeam, so be careful where you display it!  We have never seen its like, and we’ve done a lot of looking…

The purpose of this raffle is to help out a Sojourner friend who has fallen on hard times and was looking for a buyer for this Spectacular Oracular device for which he originally paid $1500. Sadly, there aren’t many folks we know who could fairly compensate him at that price outright. BUT TOGETHER, through the generosity of many, we hope to raise enough funds to  make a difference in his life.  Every penny raised will go to our friend…

TO THAT END, I’ve moved the drawing date back to Black Friday, November 25th. Just in time for holiday gift giving.

Again, for every $5 donation, we’ll enter another chance for you to win. You DO NOT have to be present on Black Friday to win. If you can’t get to the shop, call us at 252-758-7656, and we’ll process payment over the phone, and fill out your raffle tickets for you.

During this time of Thanksgiving, we thank you for your generosity and wish you the best of luck in the raffle!

Thanksgiving blessings,
Heron Michelle