The Sojo News: Stones, Tarot, Reiki, Astrology, Mediumship

Hello Sojourners!

Happy early spring! Our windows and arbors are redressed for the season, and so much new merchandise is now restocked! Many new raw and tumbled stones, including large specimens, books (new and used), silver jewelry, and incense!

We also have new hematite rings, mixed stone bands, and midnight lace obsidian bands. There is more arriving every day, and many upcoming classes and meditations to check out. Our readers and healers are available for private appointments, too. Call us for an appointment at 252-758-7656. Come see us!
~Heron Michelle

Spring Arbor 2017

Spring Arbor 2017

Upcoming Events:

Friday 6:00 Meditation with Heron to explore the Realms of Water and Earth, $10


Tarot 101 Series: Learning to Read the Cards with Liz Merritt

This series in beginner friendly, and also covers some intermediate topics, so not matter the skill level, all will be welcome! Handouts are included, participants may wish to bring note-taking materials and favorite tarot decks. We will go through each card starting with the ace and ending with the Court cards. This class will also include an introduction to the Court cards, both as a concept and how they differ from the rest of the suit. We will discuss Hermetics, astrology and symbolism as they pertain to card interpretation.

Class will be $30 per person, Seating is limited, please register in advance by phone (252-758-7656), or in person.

February 11 – The Fools Journey and the Grand Trumps.

February 25 – Cups and the Element of Water

March 11 – Wands and the element of Fire

March 25 – Disks and the Element of Earth

April 8th – Swords and the Element of Air

April 22 – Spreads and Interpretations: This class will bring together the concepts learned in the previous classes for practical use in reading and interpreting spreads for yourself and others. We will go over the traditional Celtic Cross Spread as well as simpler, more versatile spreads. This class will also touch on tips on how to become better acquainted with your deck and the ethics involved when reading for other people.

Liz Merritt has been studying and practicing Tarot Cartomancy for more than 6 years. She’s an initiate of The Sojo Circle Coven, a Reiki Master/Teacher, and a Hedgewitch wandering the wilds of Eastern NC. Often you can find her behind the counter of The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions.

Crystal Grid on a Flower of Life mat - celestite, blue calcite, peacock ore and quartz

Crystal Grid on a Flower of Life mat – celestite, blue calcite, peacock ore and quartz


Reiki 2 Class and Attunement with Angelica

March 4 11:00-6:00

Reiki is an energy healing modality that is helpful for energy clearing and aligning the chakras. It helps to broaden and strengthen intuition. It is given through attunement by a Teacher and Master. The prerequisite for Reiki Level 2 is Reiki Level 1, and students who have been instructed by other teachers are required to present proof that Level 1 was attained in order to participate and be attuned.

At Level 2, the Reiki connection is strengthened to Spirit, and emotional healing transpires. The practitioner expands the ability to heal the self and others through techniques utilizing the adding of 3 Reiki symbols, distance healing techniques for the self and others and reveals that which has been hidden.


Natal Astrology Classes with Jupiter Melchizedek
March 5th from 1:30Pm – 4:30Pm. The first class will focus on planets and aspects, the second class will focus on signs and houses, and the third and final class will focus on transits & electional astrology.”

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. Please register in advance and provide your name, birth date, time and location. $30, open to the public. Seating is limited, please register in advance by phone (252-758-7656), or in person.


Knock, Knock – Spirit Communication Workshop with Edward Zula

March 12, 2:00-4:00 pm

In this two hour presentation/workshop, Edward Zula talks with participants about the different ways spirits of our loved ones communicate with us from the other side. “Sometimes they knock, play with lights, surprise us with familiar scent, come to us in dreams, and even hide or move objects,” says Edward Zula. “But no matter what it is, we are let wondering if it is spirit and ‘what did it mean ?'” Our desire to understand these messages and find meaning in them is what inspired Edwards to offer this healing workshop. “We want to know if our loved one is just saying hello when they knock a picture off the wall, or if there’s some other meaning. It can leave us frustrated, confused, and worried, which is not very helpful if we are still processing from our grief.”

Edward has many examples to share, and all participants will learn more about the nature of spirit communication which will be helpful to themselves, their family, and their friends. This is the perfect opportunity to explore your own experiences, hear the stories of others, and take away some peace and understanding.

Edward recently retired from his busy psychotherapy practice to focus on a different type of healing. He is clairsentient, clairvoyant, and uses psychometry and spirit communication in his private readings. More information can be found at www.edwardzula.com

Entry is 10$ per person. Please call 252-758-7656 to reserve your spot today. Must pay in advance. Limit 20 participants

The Sojo News: Upcoming Events and Winter Closings

Hello Sojourners,

Happy New Year! Thank you all so much for an abundant holiday sales season. We are grateful for your patronage, and now set our sights to creating an even more prosperous new year for us all.

We are open until 9:00 Friday (tonight) – its First Friday Artwalk, and as long as the weather holds, we are hosting a drum circle, and Tarot card readings are available with Heron 5:00-9:00.

SNOW IS COMING!
Ok, ok…no need to freak out. However, we do hope that you all stay safe and warm during this winter weather. Note that we will close the shop this weekend if winter weather makes the roads unsafe. Check our FaceBook page for updates for daily closing information. Tarot Readings with Heron on Saturday are canceled, but Jan 14th is another chance to make an appointment.

WE ARE CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY to complete our year-end inventory. Hopefully we’ll be back to normal by Wednesday next week. Cheers! ~Heron

We now have an Instagram where Courtney shares pics from the shop. Follow us!

Our Modern Witchcraft series of classes is still open on Thursday nights for new seekers to join us for an introduction to Neo-paganism and the thealogy, principles, world-view and celebrations of this earth-centered spirituality.

GOOD NEWS! If Thursdays aren’t good for you, we have a second opportunity opening up on Saturday afternoons to attend these workshops. Dates and times are still flexible, so if you’d like a no-obligation, safe way to dip your toes into our magickal world and see what the fuss is all about, call us. 252-758-7656 Three workshops, 4 hours each, $30 each. We must have 3 students to proceed…

Upcoming Events:
All appointments and registrations must be taken in advance, by phone or stopping by. 252-758-7656

New Year’s Forecast Readings
Saturday Jan 14th, 2017 12:00-5:00, $40
Come see Heron Michelle for a Tarot Card reading to clarify a situation or seek guidance for the upcoming year.
Heron offers several special readings ideal for this New Year’s transition:
The 5 card Pyramid of Power spread that seeks guidance for the next Great Work of personal evolution you should explore–ideal for magicakal practitioners and witches, especially. (Takes about 30 minutes, $40)
The 12 card Zodiac wheel of the Year spread for a forecast of the lessons that may be presented throughout the next year. (Takes about an hour, $75)
The traditional, 10 card spread for guidance on your current situation is always available. (Takes about 30 minutes, $40)
With each reading, the affirmations and spiritual guidance for ways to put this information to work for you will be provided.


1865215E-5452-4951-BDFF-AAF34538718FSpiritual Mediumship Group Sessions
Sunday, Jan 22, TWO OPPORTUNITIES! 1:00-2:30 and 3:30-5:00

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.


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Tarot 101: The Fools Journey with Liz Merritt

This is the first in a six part series taught by Liz Merritt, focusing on The Rider Waite Tarot deck. We will explore the history of the Tarot, as well as general Tarot trivia and concepts. We will then jump into the Fools Journey; the story in the 22 cards of the Major Arcana. This series will be beginner friendly and include intermediate level information, participants of all skill levels will learn something new. We will discuss symbolism, Hermetics, and astrology as they pertain to each of the 78 cards. Handouts will be provided, but participants will want to bring note-taking materials and favorite tarot decks.

Class will be $30 per person, registration taken in advance

Liz Merritt has been studying and practicing Tarot Cartomancy for more than 6 years. She’s an initiate of The Sojo Circle Coven, a Reiki Master/Teacher, and a Hedgewitch wandering the wilds of Eastern NC. Often you can find her behind the counter of The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions.


Our calendar of events can be found online on our website: www.thesojo.com.

Hours of operation:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00-6:00
Friday: 10:00-9:00 Psychic Readings available 5:00-9:00
Saturday: 10-6:00 Psychic Readings and Classes often available.
Sunday: 1:00-6:00
Inclement Weather closing policy often follows the Pitt County Schools closings. Check our Facebook Page for daily updates.

The Sojo News: THIS WEEKEND Psychic Reading and Healing Fair

Hello Sojourners!
We dearly hope that you have all come safely through the storms of Hurricane Matthew, and are safe from the on-going flooding. If you work magick and can join me in an on-going spell of protection, click over to my Witch on Fire blog for instructions: Gods Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise: A Spell Against Flood Damage.

The shop in Greenville is safe and dry, and we are proceeding with the Psychic Reading and Healing fair this weekend, but sadly, due to all the uncertainty of the storm, we have very few appointments made so far. <<sad face>>

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, if you are able to safely attend one of our special events this weekend, grab a few friends and come enjoy! We need to HEAR FROM YOU if you plan to attend the Pendulum class or Tea-leaf reading party, or would like a private reading or healing session with one of our talented providers. We may trim down the schedule based on response, so call 252-758-7656 ASAP.

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All weekend the shop will host a variety of Psychics, Diviners, Healers and Spiritual Advisers in the shop ready to see clients.
Friday night 5:00-9:00
Saturday 11:00-9:00
Sunday 1:30-5:30.
$40/half hour and $75/hour. Schedule a private appointment!


 Or here is the DEAL:
Buy a “Sampler Ticket” for $60. This redeems for two sessions:
  • a 30 minute session with the Reiki Energy healer of your choice
  • and 30 minute session with the Psychic of your choice
  • OR you Redeem one of your may attend an hour long Pendulum Reading class, or a Tea-leaf reading party.
Appointments will be scheduled throughout the weekend, and we’ll fill in walk-ins as we are able. Book your appointment early!
Schedule:
Friday 5:00-9:00
Heron Michelle – Tarot Card Readings
Real World Reiki – Energy Healing Services
Edward Zula – Spiritual Mediumship and Psychometry

Saturday
11:00 am-12:00 pm: Pendulum Divination Class and Readings: $30, Seats 10, Learn how to do simple divination to receive answers with a pendulum and receive private interpretations with Webweaver.
11:00-2:00 Echelon Spiritual Services – Reiki/Crystal Healing, and Psychic Readings 2:30-5:30 Liz Merritt – Tarot Card Reading and Reiki Energy Healing
1:00-5:00 Jupiter Melchizedek – Natal Astrology

6:00-9:00 Energy Worx – Angel Oracle Card Readings and Reiki Energy Healing
Edward Zula – Spiritual Mediumship and Psychometry
6:00-7:00 pm, and 8:00-9:00 pm: Tea-Leaf Reading Parties
Enjoy a cup of tea in spooky Victorian fashion, learn about tasseomancy, and receive private interpretations by Courtney Varnadoe. �

Sunday 1:30-5:30
Edward Zula – Spiritual Mediumship and Psychometry
Aileen Peterson – Kundalini Reiki, Sound healing, Crystal Healing

Professional Bios and Descriptions:
Aileen Peterson – Kundalini Reiki, Sound healing, Crystal Healing –
“Aileen ‘Wren’ Peterson, LMBT and Head Priestess Midwyf-Healer of Brighid’s Hearth Church: Temple of Spiritual Healing & Shamanic Birthwork is offering Kundalini Reiki and Intuitive Healing sessions. Kundalini Reiki can be used to heal karmic bonds between people and places, situational or quality traits (like ‘anger’), emotional blockages and traumas (including birth), DNA, blockages from past lives, wellness/healing, and chakra balancing. Intuitive Healing Sessions combine shamanic healing techniques with energy work like Reiki, crystals, healing touch, and sound therapy and is done intuitively for each individual client.”
 
Angelica – Angel Oracle Card Readings and Reiki Energy Healing
“Angelica is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Witch, Water Priestess within The Sojo Circle, Shaman, and certified Angel Oracle Card Reader who offers her services through Energy Worx: Energy Balancing and Intuitive Spiritual Mentoring.”
Contact: lighttouchreiki.magickalbits@gmail.com”
Heron Michelle – Tarot Card Readings –
“Heron” Michelle Jenkins is the current High Priestess of The Sojo Circle coven, modern witch and owner of The Sojourner. Heron writes a blog on her practice caclled ‘Witch on Fire’ at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/WitchonFire. She will be offering 10 card Tarot Readings using the Thoth Deck. Sessions last 30 minutes.”
Contact: michelle@thesojo.com
 

Liz Merritt – Tarot Card Reading and Reiki Energy Healing –
Liz is a trained witch working, wandering and inhabiting Eastern NC. By day she makes pottery, works at the illustrious metaphysical bookshop: The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions, and teaches locals the mysteries of clay. She’s studied her brand of Tarot Card reading for 5+ years and has been practicing witchcraft officially for 3 years. This past December (2015) she became a Reiki Master-Teacher and has enjoyed using these talents  for the betterment of her community. ”
Contact: Liz@thesojo.com

Edward Zula – Spiritual Mediumship and Psychometry
“Edward 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.” Contact: 252-542-8865
Jupiter Melchizedek – Astrology Natal Chart readings –
“Jupiter is a trained witch and neophyte within the Sojo Circle, with a decade of experience in preparing natal charts and the study of Astrology and other esoteric disciplines.” In order to do your reading, please make an appointment in advance, and provide your birth date, time and location.
Courtney Varnadoe – Tea Leaf Reading Party
“Courtney is the Apothecary Manager of the Sojourner, Herbalist and Class Instructor specializing in uses and preparations of herbs and teas for medicinal and spiritual purposes, as well as bath and body care products, home cleaning products, etc. Courtney is a gifted diviner with a talent for oracular trance, scrying and tasseomancy.”
Contact: Courtney@thesojo.com
Webweaver – Pendulum Divination Class and Readings
“Webweaver is a professional educator, Witch and current Minister of Air within The Sojo Circle Coven. She is offering a short class on the use of a pendulum for divination, to answer questions. She will also provide short private interpretations to attendees. This event is 1 hour, $30.”
Jessica Gammell-Bennett – Real World Reiki Healing – Energy Healing sessions
Reiki, Archangelic Light, Alchemy Energetics, Crystal Therapy, Aromatherapy.
“Jess is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Archangelic Light Master/Teacher, Alchemy Energetics practitioner with a background as a professional educator and a victim/witness specialist with the US Attorney’s Office, with experience in the treatment of those with PTSD.”
Contact: 252-916-8925, jess@realworldreiki.com
Preston Craddock – Echelon Spiritual Services – Reiki Energy, Crystal Healing, and Psychic Readings

“Preston is a Witch, current High Priest of The Sojo Circle Coven, fourth level graduate within The Temple of Witchcraft and a Reiki Master. He offers an integrative approach to energy healing, utilizing Reiki and crystals for chakra balancing and clearing. He also offers a unique system of symbol divination for insights into questions and concerns.”

The Sojo News: First Friday Hurricane Drum Circle

Halloween 2016 Arbor decorations for the Witches' Carnival

Halloween 2016 Arbor decorations for the Witches’ Carnival

Happy Halloween, Sojourners!
Tomorrow is the First Friday of the month, so come to Uptown to see our new decorations, enjoy the art shows, a dinner out, and then come party with us.  Bring your drums, a snack or drink to share if you’d like, the kids, your friends, and lets hang out and thumb our noses at Hurricane Matthew as he turns back out to sea and leaves the coastline alone. Tarot Card readings available. $40/half hour.

We are waiting to see what Saturday brings, but will most likely remain open, as we are busily preparing for next week’s Psychic Reading and Healing fair, and the Witches’ Carnival Party on October 29th. Come buy a sampler ticket, and schedule your appointments with our very gifted healers and diviners.

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All weekend the shop will host a variety of Psychics, Diviners, Healers and Spiritual Advisers in the shop ready to see clients.
Friday night 5:00-9:00
Saturday 11:00-9:00
Sunday 1:30-5:30.
$30/half hour has been the average rate for services at the Sojo for almost 8 years now, but its time for a cost of living increase. Starting in October, our standard service rate will be $40/half hour and $75/hour.
However, during our Fair we encourage you to explore new experiences and modalities, so we are offering a “Sampler Ticket” for $60. This redeems for two sessions:
  • a 30 minute session with the Reiki Energy healer of your choice
  • and 30 minute session with the Psychic of your choice
  • OR you Redeem one of your may attend an hour long Pendulum Reading class, or a Tea-leaf reading party.
Appointments will be scheduled throughout the weekend, and we’ll fill in walk-ins as we are able. Book your appointment early!
The following professionals will be available:
Aileen Peterson – Kundalini Reiki, Sound healing, Crystal Healing –
“Aileen ‘Wren’ Peterson, LMBT and Head Priestess Midwyf-Healer of Brighid’s Hearth Church: Temple of Spiritual Healing & Shamanic Birthwork is offering Kundalini Reiki and Intuitive Healing sessions. Kundalini Reiki can be used to heal karmic bonds between people and places, situational or quality traits (like ‘anger’), emotional blockages and traumas (including birth), DNA, blockages from past lives, wellness/healing, and chakra balancing. Intuitive Healing Sessions combine shamanic healing techniques with energy work like Reiki, crystals, healing touch, and sound therapy and is done intuitively for each individual client.”
 
Angelica – Angel Oracle Card Readings and Reiki Energy Healing
“Angelica is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Witch, Water Priestess within The Sojo Circle, Shaman, and certified Angel Oracle Card Reader who offers her services through Energy Worx: Energy Balancing and Intuitive Spiritual Mentoring.”
Contact: lighttouchreiki.magickalbits@gmail.com”
Heron Michelle – Tarot Card Readings –
“Heron” Michelle Jenkins is the current High Priestess of The Sojo Circle coven, modern witch and owner of The Sojourner. Heron writes a blog on her practice caclled ‘Witch on Fire’ at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/WitchonFire. She will be offering 10 card Tarot Readings using the Thoth Deck. Sessions last 30 minutes.”
Contact: michelle@thesojo.com
 

Liz Merritt – Tarot Card Reading and Reiki Energy Healing –

Liz is a trained witch working, wandering and inhabiting Eastern NC. By day she makes pottery, works at the illustrious metaphysical bookshop: The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions, and teaches locals the mysteries of clay. She’s studied her brand of Tarot Card reading for 5+ years and has been practicing witchcraft officially for 3 years. This past December (2015) she became a Reiki Master-Teacher and has enjoyed using these talents  for the betterment of her community. ”

Contact: Liz@thesojo.com

Edward Zula – Spiritual Mediumship and Psychometry
“Edward 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.” Contact: 252-542-8865
Jupiter Melchizedek – Astrology Natal Chart readings –
“Jupiter is a trained witch and neophyte within the Sojo Circle, with a decade of experience in preparing natal charts and the study of Astrology and other esoteric disciplines.” In order to do your reading, please make an appointment in advance, and provide your birth date, time and location.
Courtney Varnadoe – Tea Leaf Reading Party
“Courtney is the Apothecary Manager of the Sojourner, Herbalist and Class Instructor specializing in uses and preparations of herbs and teas for medicinal and spiritual purposes, as well as bath and body care products, home cleaning products, etc. Courtney is a gifted diviner with a talent for oracular trance, scrying and tasseomancy.”
Contact: Courtney@thesojo.com
Webweaver – Pendulum Divination Class and Readings
“Webweaver is a professional educator, Witch and current Minister of Air within The Sojo Circle Coven. She is offering a short class on the use of a pendulum for divination, to answer questions. She will also provide short private interpretations to attendees. This event is 1 hour, $30.”
Jessica Gammell-Bennett – Real World Reiki Healing – Energy Healing sessions
Reiki, Archangelic Light, Alchemy Energetics, Crystal Therapy, Aromatherapy.
“Jess is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Archangelic Light Master/Teacher, Alchemy Energetics practitioner with a background as a professional educator and a victim/witness specialist with the US Attorney’s Office, with experience in the treatment of those with PTSD.”
Contact: 252-916-8925, jess@realworldreiki.com
Preston Craddock – Echelon Spiritual Services – Reiki Energy, Crystal Healing, and Psychic Readings

“Preston is a Witch, current High Priest of The Sojo Circle Coven, fourth level graduate within The Temple of Witchcraft and a Reiki Master. He offers an integrative approach to energy healing, utilizing Reiki and crystals for chakra balancing and clearing. He also offers a unique system of symbol divination for insights into questions and concerns.”


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Psychic Reading and Healing Fair October 14-16

psychic-fair-2016All weekend the shop will host a variety of Psychics, Diviners, and Healers ready to see clients by appointment or walk-in.

Friday night 5:00-9:00
Saturday 11:00-9:00
Sunday 1:30-5:30.

New Service Rates Starting October 1, 2016

For eight years now, the base rate for services at The Sojourner has been $30/half hour  or a base rate of $1/minute.  However, this fell way below the standard local rate for services of this kind.  It’s past time for a cost of living increase!

Starting October 1, our standard service cost will become $40/half hour and $75/hour.

However, during our Psychic Reading and Healing Fair we encourage you to explore new experiences and modalities, so we are offering a “Sampler Ticket” at the old rate.

  • Sample Tickets for $60 redeem for two sessions:
  • a 30 minute session with the Reiki Energy healer of your choice.
  • and 30 minute private session with the Psychic of your choice
  • OR you may attend an hour long Pendulum Reading class, or a Tea-leaf reading party.

We are also booking for individual sessions at $40 and $75, with many options for style of psychic reading and a variety of healing modalities. Remember that the loger the session, the more thorough and effective the experience can be.

Appointments will be scheduled throughout the weekend, and we’ll take walk-ins as we are able. Book your appointment early!

So far, we have scheduled the following professionals:

Angelica – Energy Worx and The Sojo Circle- Angel Oracle Card Readings and Reiki Energy Healing

Aileen Peterson – Kundalini Reiki, Sound healing, Crystal Healing

Courtney Varnadoe – The Sojourner – Tea Leaf Reading Parties and interpretations

Edward Zula – Spiritual Mediumship and Psychometry

Heron MichelleThe Sojo Circle – Tarot Card Readings

Jessica Gammell-Bennett – Real World Reiki Healing – Reiki Energy Healings

Jupiter Melchizedek – The Sojo Circle – Astrology Natal Chart readings

Liz MerrittThe Sojo Circle -Tarot Card Reading and Reiki Energy Healing

Preston Craddock – Echelon Spiritual Services and The Sojo Circle- Reiki Energy, Crystal Healing, and Psychic Readings

Webweaver – The Sojo Circle – Pendulum Divination Class and interpretations.

With this event, we hope to spread awareness of some of our outside practitioners, and the the many services we offer at the Sojo to support your healing journeys.

The members of the Sojo Circle are also contributing their fees as a fundraiser for their coven’s Education Fund, which aids in the responsible training of our communities witches and clergy. To further that goal, crystal waters, refreshing herbal lemonade drinks and witchy baked goods will be available by donation, offered by the witches of The Sojo Circle.

Call 252-758-7656 to book your appointments!

 

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
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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.


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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

 

Book Sale!: Top Three Summer Picks

We’ve hit one of my favorite weeks of the summer sale: Books! Glorious, crisp, brand-spanking-new books, discounted without the mega-corporate stench of big retailers. The Sojourner will be giving 20% off all books and calendars through Friday night, making this a great opportunity to stock up for summer reading and crafting (Of all sorts!)

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We have a large and varied selection of specialty books, on topics such as paganism, wicca, druidism, asatru, herbalism, shamanism, tarot, runes, meditation, crystals, and many more! Definitely the largest selection of occult books in Greenville, NC!

Summer, to me, screams “Plant! Create! Prepare!” The Earth is overflowing with an abundance of plant life in our backyards, parks, forest paths, and wild places, providing so that we may thrive now and prepare for the barrenness of the winter months to come. There is no better time to brush up on herb craft while you are harvesting, drying, and daydreaming of fully stocked apothecary shelves! I also like to think ahead to the coming late-summer and autumnal sabbats and festivals, giving myself time to create and prepare meaningful celebrations and activities for friends and family.

So, prepare yourselves: Here are my top three user-friendly summer reading picks! (If I had the time it’d be top thirty!)

#1: Llewellyn’s 2016 Herbal Almanac: Herbs for Growing & Gathering, Cooking & Crafts, Health & Beauty, History, Myth & Lore

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Llewellyn has a wide and varied array of yearly almanacs, for topics ranging from astrology to magic to sabbats, and my favorite: Herbs! This almanac is full-t0-the-brim with crafts, activities, information, and articles perfectly relevant to this abundant time of year. It is organized into thirty short, interesting articles that are great for readers who prefer occasional reading. The instructions for the crafts are clear and concise, and often written by notable, published authors in the pagan community. It is priced at $11.99, and is a must for anyone looking to fit herbalism into their summer schedule!

#2: The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, & Brews by Scott Cunningham

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Scott Cunningham is widely regarded as one of the most accessible authors in the pagan community. This book is a classic for those looking to create their own incenses, anointing oils, bath salts, inks, sachets, ointments, and more, all with a spiritual purpose and meaning. This book is a compendium of recipes, making it a great expansion for those who may already own the Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs or Magical Aromatherapy by Cunningham as well. Be prepared to put those plants to use when you crack this one open! Cunningham’s books are also well-known for being well-priced, and when you apply our sale to the cover price of $16.95, it’s hard to pass up!

#3: Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials Series: Lughnasadh: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Lammas

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Llewellyn has recently created a line of adorable, pocket-sized reference books for each sabbat, and I find them invaluable for quick information when needed! Lughnasadh, or Lammas, is the next sabbat approaching us, and this little book is packed with history, references, ideas, and suggestions to flesh out your celebration! For those who like to procrastinate, it also contains a couple of pre-written ritual celebrations for those practicing alone or with a group, including written invocations and prayers. For those going the less formal route, recipes, crafts, and activities are also detailed to make the day special without a bunch of fuss! I really cannot recommend this little series enough, especially for pagan parents seeking to explain and celebrate the sabbats with children who need a basic introduction. At $11.99, it’s worth a look!

The summer is our slowest time of year, so please consider stopping by and checking out what we have to offer. Comfy chairs and good smells free of charge. 😉

Happy reading!

Courtney

How to: Tarot Card Divination Part 3

Hello lovely readers, I apologize for the absence of this post last week.

Lets talk about reading for others, reading for clients and the ins and outs of having access to other peoples personal information.

Little Rituals

Many readers have specific and special steps they follow when reading the cards. Some have fancy fabric they lay down, a candle they’ve marked especially for insight, words they chant, smells they burn, or gestures they make. These small rituals open themselves up to the infinite possibility, help guide them to clearly see, and reminds them of what they are about to do.  As always, these actions are personal, and have meaning only to the ones performing them. You are not required to follow any direction when setting out your cards. Maybe there is something in your tradition thats speaks to you, maybe theres something thats composed entirely of yourself that you want to use. Thats fine. Its all you and theres no wrong way.

 

Well there is one wrong way. This is a thing I see so commonly, not only with tarot card readers, but also with other psychics, mediums, new age hippies, and all manner of flotsam and jetsam. This thing really makes me frustrated and angry and I dont stand for it.

Lets Talk Ethics

When you have access to someones personal information, if you have a line onto what strangers do with their life, who they are, what things and forces will affect them, how their personal relationships will evolve and change them or any other little detail…KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF.

I cannot tell you how many times some stranger has come into the shop and started describing things about my energy, my future, my relationships, etc… This is rude and also how dare you. Consent is important sweeties, in all things. And if I agree to a reading by someone I expect them to keep their mouth shut about what they have discerned. I dont gossip about my clients and its a courtesy that is generally assumed in the community.

Remember Spiderman; with great power comes great responsibility.

Now go out an enjoy your enriching journey with tarot in an ethical and decent way.

 

The Sojo News: Vigil for Peace, Incense, Tarot, Henna!

Hello Sojourners,
This week our people experienced tragedy when the GLBTQ community was targeted in an Orlando nightclub. Regardless of where these hate-crimes happen, its hard not to take a massacre personally. Once you are awakened to the interconnection of Spirit, everyone becomes your neighbor, your family, yourself.  We are all “just down the street” from each other.

For the queer community, a nightclub is a haven, a meeting place on common ground that provides safety and asylum. It is a temple, of sorts. A metaphysical shop like The Sojourner serves in a similar way. Since our inception, we’ve sought to be a safe haven to all the beautiful people of our town who refuse to be defined by repressive or hateful ideals prevalent in the conservative society in which we find ourselves here in North Carolina.

Sojourners take the path less-traveled, and 580211_10151603578899044_1871488614_nwhen we band together we have safety and strength in numbers; a lonely journey becomes a fun parade! Our parade is spectacular and is led by a rainbow flag flown proudly. Our rainbows do not discriminate; we welcome folks of every stripe, color, flavor, and variety–including allies. Us colorful birds of like feather stick together, so if you need a place of peace to mourn, relax, or just be you in safety, come see us and enjoy the free WI-FI and air conditioning. The Sojo aroma is complimentary, too!
~Heron Michelle

I’ve set up a place of vigil at work for victims of violence, the collection of such people that seems to grow every day. Peace is possible in our world, possible in every human being, if we can only take a moment to choose it. Compassion over ignorance and selfishness. Acceptance over hate. Coexistence over rejection. The one thing in life that truly matters more than all else is our ability to show love to others, no matter who they are, how they live, what they believe, or where they come from. I really hope that one day we can live in a world where everyone understands the importance of that.” ~Courtney Varnadoe

 

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“We hold vigil for the victims of needless violence in the world. We stand with the women shown injustice, harm and violation by men who would deny them sovereignty. We stand with the innocent, taken from their lives for another’s selfishness. We stand with those who refuse to hide who you are, as is your right, and we remember those who suffered or died exercising and defending that right. You are whole. You are loved. You are the healers of this world and any worlds that come after. Please feel free to light a stick of incense, contemplate, offer writing or pray here. Peace is possible if we choose it.”


Friday night: Tarot Card Readings with Liz from 6:00-9:00

Saturday: June 18, 2016, 12:00-2:00 pm 
Incense Making Workshop: Rolled Sticks and Cones with Courtney Varnadoe
$25 per person, register in advance. WE STILL HAVE SPACES AVAILABLE!
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. We must have three registrations in advance to hold this class.

Saturday from 12:00-3:30, Heron Henna Tattoos. Make an appointment, or come by for some temporary, all-natural body art by Heron Michelle


Summer Weekly Sales that run from Saturday morning through Friday Night:

Beginning June 11, and ending Friday night at 9:00: Tapestries, bags and clothing
Saturday, June 18, Books and Calendars
June 25, Jewelry
July 2, Tarot and oracle decks
July 9, Statuary and home decor
July 16, Bath and body product supplies
July 23, Candles
July 30, Smudging supplies, bundles, shells, feathers.
August 6, Essential oils and Pure oils
August 13, Crystals and Stones
August 20, Bulk herbs and botanicals
August 27, Incense sticks, cones, and loose mixed incense