The Sojo News: Summer in Uptown!


Hello Sojourners!

It may not officially be summer yet, but the “summer” season in Uptown has begun! We appreciate your continued business and support throughout the next few months more than any other time of the year, and I’m sure our neighbors share the sentiment. ❤ On Wednesday nights, come browse the Umbrella Market and then head down Evans for a visit before 6pm!


We have made some large restocking orders in the past couple of weeks, including filling up our market basket display of smudge bundles and refilling our shelves with glass jar, figural, and plain color candles of all varieties. Orders that are on the way include a FULL restock of all of our bulk jar herbs by the ounce, with the exception of a few that our suppliers are currently out of. These will arrive Monday, May 22nd sometime in the morning. These will be entered into our system throughout the day for those waiting on this shipment! We have also ordered many more crystals and gemstones that we are running low on or are currently out of.


For those looking for REAL turquoise cabochons, listen up! We have full tray of the real thing, and the consignor has given us permission to put these on sale for 60% OFF! That is down to $1.00 a gram, which is ridiculous for turquoise! This is a great opportunity!


We are continuing to expand our knowledge and service/product offerings in folk magic, hoodoo, and general spellcraft! The walls are filling up with candles, herbs for spellcraft, bath soaks, poppets, bags, salts – You name it! In fact, if there is something that we do not carry that you are highly interested in, let us know – We will try to find it! For those who have been looking for High John root, we have heard you; However, there is simply none to be found in the wholesale supplier market right now. We are eagerly waiting the next harvest, and will announce when it is on it’s way. Jupiter is here throughout the week to help with any questions you may have about hoodoo, and offering readings and work on Thursdays and Saturdays every week!


Every Thursday 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Jupiter is in the shop every Thursday from 3:00-6:00 and Saturday 10:00-1:30, taking appointments and walk-ins for Astrology Natal Chart readings and consultations, Tarot Card readings and Hoodoo Folk Magick, also known as “root work.” Call the shop at 252-758-7656 to schedule your appointment.

Reading rate: $40/half hour, $75/hour
Root Work: $100 plus materials

Saturday, June 3rd 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Learn how to create your own rolled stick and cone incense from natural plant materials. Come prepared to use your hands and leave with your own handmade incense, including the instructions for continuing to make your own at home. All materials are included in the class fee.

$25 per person

Saturday, June 10th 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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.

$25 per person

Monday, July 17th – Laura Tempest Zakroff  book signing, workshop, and concert!

5:00-6:30 – The Witch’s Cauldron – Meet the Author and Book Signing (Free and open to the public, at The Sojourner)
7:00-8:30 – Stirring the Cauldron Workshop ($35 including performance) Hosted at Crave Restaurant and Bar at 409 Evans Street
9:00-10:00 – pm Mini concert: The Mechanist & The Star Goddess ($10 for performance only) At Crave Restaurant and Bar at 409 Evans Street, open to the public.

About the Author:
Laura Tempest Zakroff can be described as a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, muse, mythpunk, teacher, and witch. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island of Design) and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs. As Tempest, she has been a major pioneer of fusion bellydance for over fifteen years. Her fascination with sacred and ritual dance lead her to bellydance, and she strives to help others connect mind, body, and spirit through movement. Laura has been a practicing Modern Traditional Witch for over two decades and revels in the intersection of her various paths with witchcraft. She blogs for Patheos as A Modern Traditional Witch, Witches & Pagans as Fine Art Witchery, and contributes to The Witches’ Almanac. The Witch’s Cauldron is her first book, with a second book on sigil witchery due out in 2018. Laura resides in Seattle, Washington, with her partner Nathaniel Johnstone and at least three cats. Find out more at

About the Book:

The Witch’s Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels

Discover the fascinating history, tradition, and modern uses of the witch’s cauldron. From blessing and using your cauldron in ritual to practicing kitchen witchery with it, this book provides valuable information for witches of all ages and skill levels. Explore the history and development of the cauldron as well as the cauldron’s role in lore and mythology. Find unconventional cauldrons already in your home and perform some old world witchery. You’ll see the possibilities of this wonderful tool are endless, and it may just become your favorite.

Stirring The Cauldron: A Ritual Exploration of Movement
Movement is a key element to connecting the mind, body, and spirit. The more we can shift from static to active practice, the more embodied our magick and other metaphysical experiences become. In this ritual-meets-workshop, we’ll focus on how to incorporate dance elements into your practice regardless of age, ability, experience, or tradition, using the metaphorical cauldron as our guide

Mini Concert:
The Mechanist & The Star Goddess is a dynamic music & dance project with Tempest, Nathaniel Johnstone, and Davis Petterson. They create improvised music and dance on the spot, inspired in the moment – as well songs from the repertoire of the Nathaniel Johnstone Band. The project title/inspiration evokes the exploration of the liminal space between the confines of the precise concrete world and the limitless divine. Tempest is a world-renown bellydance performer and instructor, focusing on sacred and darkly inspired fusions that pull from the traditions of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. She is also an artist, author, blogger, and designer (see

Nathaniel Johnstone is a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso (violin, viola, guitar, banjo, mandolin) whose music pulls from myth, fantasy, and folklore with a vibrant sound crosses boundaries & borders, resulting in a blend of multicultural folk rock.

Davis Petterson is an Atlanta G.A. based drummer who has performed and recorded with groups such as The Ghosts Project, Juliana Finch, The Sweet Meat Love And Holy Cult, and The Changelings.

Project Website: Project FB Page:


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