Sojo Inventory Clearance up to 50% OFF! Modern Witchcraft Classes

Happy New Year, Sojourners!

We hope you all had a happy and restful solstice holiday season. As the calendar year winds down, we need to send these beautiful things home with you before we have to count it all during our yearly inventory. Sale begins Saturday Dec 28th and runs through New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31st!

  • 20% off all regular inventory (excluding consignment items)
  • 30% off all Seasonal Beeswax Figure Candles
  • 40% off all 2020 calendars, almanacs and day-planners
  • 50% off all Jacob’s wind chimes
  • 50% off all Sorciere Magickal anointing oils

Year End Inventory Sale

Modern Witchcraft 366: The Art, Science and Psychology of Nature-Based Spirituality

Five weekly classes begin Thursday, January 2, 2020
6:00-9:00 pm, $90.

at The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions
414 Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858

Now taking paid registrations. 10% off of class textbooks with registration.

Call 252-758-7656 for any questions in advance, also more info may be found online:
http://www.thesojo.com/modern-witchcraft-classes.html

Description:

For any adults over the age of 18 who are interested in pursuing training in Modern Witchcraft through The Sojourner Tradition of Witchcraft. Weekly classes are held on Thursday nights at 6:00, beginning January 2nd, 2020.

Registration fees are due at time of enrollment; $90 for the first 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 of the year–afterwards, it will be closed to new students for the remainder of the year.

We prefer new seekers to be present for every class, as they build upon each other.

What is a “seeker?”

Good question. A seeker is a person pursuing training in Modern Witchcraft, and trying out different traditions, styles, groups, teachers, before settling on one particular program.

Seekers to Witchcraft with our coven, can be any sex, gender identity, or sexual preference; of any race, from any heritage, creed, nation… 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 utilize the things we teach, and able to 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 appropriate for everyone. It’s demands of radical personal sovereignty, self-reliance, service 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.

Are you ready to level up in your personal empowerment?  We look forward to meeting you!

Ancestor Veneration and Container Spell Classes with Octavia DaBoss

Happy Thanksgiving, Sojourners!

We are very grateful for all our amazing customers, and for the great 10th year of business we’ve had so far! Note that the shop will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but offering specials on Black Friday Nov.  29 and Small Business Saturday Nov. 30. Read on below about our new merchandise, and classes with Octavia on Ancestor Veneration and Container spells.

Instead of shopping at big box stores this weekend, come see what all of Uptown has to offer! Shop at the the unique and locally-owned retail stores, grab some lunch at one of the amazing Uptown restaurants, grab a coffee, and walk around some more! We will be announcing sales on our Facebook event throughout the next few days, so stay tuned.

It *really does* make a difference to shop local! Expect sales from us on unique and symbolic silver jewelry, stones and crystals, herbs and teas, tarot decks, books and more! Plus, free gift wrapping this weekend only. Stay tuned!

Tapestries in the Hallway

Merchandise Expansion!

We’re making changes! We’ve expanded our retail display area into the sitting room, so that more new books may be displayed. Take a seat on the couch, and peruse all the amazing books we’re getting in comfort.

We’ve also moved the tapestries, banners, prayer flags and fabric wall-hangings into the hallway. To make room, we’ve down-sized our used book section to include only non-fiction titles pertaining to spirituality, religion and other metaphysical topics that support our merchandise. We will continue to accept donations for those types of books, but are discontinuing our consignment program. If you have books on consignment with us, we’ve pulled them aside and emailed you about pick-up and donation options.

Sun’s Eye Pure Oils Collection Expanded!

We’ve completely reorganized our existing oil displays, fully-restocked, and added 72 additional scents! We’re ready for all your olfactory needs! Deities from around the world, including the African Orishas, Zodiac signs, mystic intentions, folk magick intentions, and all manner of herbs, trees, roots, resins, fruits, flowers, musks, and many delightful perfume blends! All of these may be used in oil diffusers, or to anoint candles, mojo bags and other magickal objects. All are $11/bottle.

So much new Merchandise!

We have so much new merchandise arriving daily we can barely keep up. First in were these new sterling silver and high quality gemstone rings in sizes up to 13!  Labradorite and rainbow moonstone, raw orange and green kyanite, amazing natural SouthWest turquoise and polished Persian turquoise with pyrite, green raw diopside, raw black tourmaline, Ethiopian opal and many more rare varieties.

Ancestral Veneration Class on Black Friday

Please call and register in advance by 6:00 Wednesday Nov. 27th. 252-758-7656

November 29th, 12pm-2:15pm
Cost: $45

Octavia will hold a lecture on the history and protocols of Ancestral Veneration rites, building a relationship with your ancestors and ways of working with them.

Please register in advance by Calling the Sojourner at 252-758-7656

Container Magic Class with Octavia DaBoss

Please call and register in advance by 6:00 Wednesday Dec. 4th. 252-758-7656

Friday December 6th, 1pm-3:30pm

Cost $44.

Learn the Origins of Container Spells, the science of their construction and purpose, how they can be used for prosperity, protection, love and health. Also covering how to “bust out” of a jar spell worked against you. Together you will construct a honey jar spell together, all materials provided except for the honey.

13 Days of Halloween End, Smudge Bundles, Ancestor Veneration Class

Blessed Samhain, Sojourners!

We had a fun Halloween and Samhain (Sow-wen) season, which sadly now draws to a close. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us throw our All Hallows Bash on Nov. 1. If you still have your party flyer, don’t forget the coupon stamped on the back is valid from now through the end of the year.

We drew 13 names from our Loyalty Club cauldron, and gave out 13 Treat Bags of merchandise worth $29. Congratulations to our loyal winners, please come pick up your gifts.

13 Days of Halloween Treats

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Sojo Circle Coven is facilitating a non-perishable food drive, for donation to the food bank. You’ll find that collection area in our sitting room. We will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but offering specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. See below for an Ancestor veneration class on Black Friday.

We’ve restocked so many books that we don’t have enough shelf space to hold them all. Come have a look at the new titles!

New Smudge Bundle Varieties in Stock

Beautiful new flower wrapped smudge bundles are now in stock! Featuring rose and wildflowers. We also carry white ceremonial sage, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, cedar, juniper, blue sage, mugwort, yerba santa, palo santo, and sweetgrass braids! All are burned for clearing the energy of the home and self.

Ancestral Veneration class

November 29th, 12pm-2:15pm
Cost: $45

Octavia will hold a lecture on the history and protocols of Ancestral Veneration rites, building a relationship with your ancestors and ways of working with them.

Please register in advance by Calling the Sojourner at 252-758-7656

Container Magic Class with Octavia DaBoss

Friday December 6th, 1pm-3:30pm

Cost $44.

Learn the Origins of Container Spells, the science of their construction and purpose, how they can be used for prosperity, protection, love and health. Also covering how to “bust out” of a jar spell worked against you. Together you will construct a honey jar spell together, all materials provided except for the honey.

Happy Holidays, Sojourners! Palms, Gifts, Parades!

Happy Holidays, Sojourners!

There are many exciting events in Uptown this season, and we will remain open until 8:00 on Friday and Saturday nights until Christmas so that you can step in to visit, shop and let us wrap your gifts.

Hand-blended by Heron, a loose incense of cedar, juniper, cinnamon, clove, and frankincense, to bless and purify your homes, and fill them with the scents of the winter season. Great for Yule Logs, too!

Tarot and Palm Readings

Saturday from 12:00-8:00 Brandon is back in the shop taking walk-ins for Palm Readings for $25.
Thursdays from 12:00-5:00 Heron is available by appointment for Tarot Card Readings $40 (half hour) and Reiki Energy Healing Sessions with Crystals, for $75 (1 hour)

Public Restroom Available with Diaper Changing Table

Whenever you are in Uptown for the Parade or other street events, remember that we have a public restroom that you are welcome to use; don’t feel like you have to purchase anything. Come in for a dose of peace, delightful fragrances and interesting conversation – free of charge!

Loyalty Club Gift Drawings!

Loyalty Club Gift Drawings every day until Christmas!

Did you know that every time you use a full loyalty card during the year, we collect them in a big cauldron? When we get to December we hold a drawing with these cards (every one with a name and phone number!) every day through Christmas eve. Each day someone lucky gets a bag *full* of Sojo goodies with a retail vaue that starts at $30 and goes up from there! There’s sill time to use your cards and get them into the cauldron!

Gift Ideas! Stone Mala Bracelets with Information Card

Beautiful, authentic gemstone bracelets like these (packed with an illustrated information card, in a snazzy black box with a metallic bow band) could be ready for gifting starting at $7.49 plus $1.50 gift wrap charge.

New Merchandise!

New statuary is in now in stock, including Egyptian, Norse, and Celtic deities and SO MUCH SILVER JEWELRY!  We’ve just placed orders for more tarot and oracle cards, HooDoo spiritual supplies, restocks of intention candles and oils, pewter pendants and rings, tapestries and table cloths, many new altar tools, and two new lines of all-natural incense. A happy stocking is filled with magick from the Sojourner!

TONIGHT!  Greenville Gives at 5-points plaza; The Sojourner will be open until 8:00!

Kick off the holidays at the annual tree lighting and donation collection to benefit those in need in the Greenville area! Enjoy crafts, free treats, horse-drawn carriage rides, community performances, and a holiday market. Listen along as Mayor Connelly reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and see everyone’s favorite special guests, Mr & Mrs. Claus!

When: Friday! December 7th
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM
Where: Five Points Plaza

More information

Saturday! ANNUAL GREENVILLE HOLIDAY PARADE

Get in the holiday spirit at the 2018 Greenville Holiday Parade! Watch numerous Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, several high school bands as well as local groups merchants march through Uptown Greenville. This years theme is Elves on Evans!

Date: Saturday, December 8th
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Where: Evans Street, Uptown Greenville

More Information

Jonathan Stivers Bowling’s Pan sculpture is all dolled up as our Winter King! Please vote for us in the store front competition!

STOREFRONT DECORATING COMPETITION

The theme of this year’s contest is “Bright Lights, City Nights.”  The Sojourner is competing for this year’s prize. Have you seen our jaunty Pan, King of the Winter Solstice and our decorated arbor and windows? Please vote for the Sojourner!
May all your holidays be Merry and Bright!
~Heron, Courtney and Jupiter

Modern Witchcraft Classes begin registration Dec 5!

Wednesday, December 5th from 6:00-8:00: Join us for a *Free* Information and registration meeting for all seekers interested in studying Witchcraft with The Sojo Circle in 2019. Come ask questions, meet current students and teachers. We’ll provide lots of information!

We call this program Modern Witchcraft 366: The Art, Science and Psychology of Nature-Based Spirituality

This introductory 6 week class is open to adults over the age of 18. Classes are held on Thursday nights 6:00-9:00 pm beginning Jan 3, 2019.

Fees: $90 for 6 classes of the Imbolc session, paid with registration. includes 10% off Sojourner purchases for registered students, including textbooks.

What is Modern Witchcraft?

Modern Witchcraft, as it is taught at The Sojourner, is a path towards Personal Sovereignty based on wisdom, empowerment and responsibility. It stands proudly on the historical and religious foundations of our ancestors; yet, we look to the future and strive to create a healthy way of life in a modern world. We blend scientific knowledge with ancient mysticism to evolve beyond superstition into a spirituality that brings healing, peace, and balance to the seeker. The path of the witch is a dance to the rhythm of nature. This dance transforms and strengthens us, while giving us a framework for processing the lessons of this life with grace. To seek the path of the Witch is to seek enlightenment.

Imbolc Session teaches the foundations of NeoPaganism and Witchcraft: Paradigm, history, thealogy, principles, ethics, sacred poetry, and concepts of the afterlife. We’ll go on meditative journeys and demonstrate basic clearing and protection techniques. Introducing an eclectic form of self-initiatory Modern Witchcraft unique to The Sojourner Tradition. This 6 lesson class culminates in the holiday we call the Grand Sabbat of Imbolc (pronounced Im-molk) on Saturday, February 2. After that ceremony, the class is closed to newcomers for the rest of the year.

What topics will be covered?
The entire course is 48 classes divided by topic into 8 sessions. Each session is named for the solar holiday, or Sabbat, we’ll celebrate on the Saturday night following the session.

  • Imbolc session: The Foundations of Witchcraft. Paradigm, foundations, thealogy, principles, ethics, sacred poetry, afterlife.
  • Ostara session: The Elements of Magick is an introduction to magickal consciousness, energy work, in depth explorations of Spirit as Goddess and God and the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.
  • Beltane session: The Religion of Witchcraft, covers the praxis and outer temple techniques of this religious practice; altars, tools, circle casting, calling quarters, raising and directing energy, consecration.
  • Litha session: The Science of Witchcraft, covers the underlying metaphysical principles of the Universe, Hermetics, laws and mechanics of magick and how they overlap with modern sciences.
  • Lammas session: The Art of Witchcraft, Folk magick, spell crafting techniques; working with color, candle, stone, herb, oils, symbols, amulets, talismans, etc.
  • Mabon session: The Witch as Healer. Energy healing with dowsing, psychic scanning, light, color; medicinal herbalism, etc.
  • Samhain session: The Witch as Diviner. Tarot, Runes, Pendulum, Scrying, Tasseomancy, Natal Astrology, etc.
  • Yule session: The Witch as Shaman, or Walker between the Worlds. Shielding, astral travel, spirit communication, animal and angelic guides, past-life regression, etc.

In 2019, the program will be facilitated by our Dean of the Mystery School, Webweaver, who is a professional educator and incoming High Priestess of The Sojo Circle. Each session will be co-taught by several Coven Members.

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

Requirements to join us:

The Sojo Circle offers equal opportunity membership to any adult over eighteen years of age regardless of race, color, ethnicity, spiritual path, gender, sexual orientation, or intersexes.

  • Adults over the age of 18
  • Open Heart and Open Mind: No prior knowledge or experience are necessary.
  • Remain sober and drug-free when in class and sacred space. This includes any prescription or OTC medication that would make it inadvisable for you to drive yourself home afterwards.
  • Dress-code: In class, casual and comfortable enough to meditate and move freely. All events of The Sojo Circle are held in comfortable clothes or ritual garments unless a specific dress requirement is announced in advance.

Happy Samhain, Closing @ 2:00 Saturday

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Happy Samhain, Sojourners!

Samhain (pronounced Sow-Wen) is the pagan holiday of high-autumn, that is most closely related to Halloween or Dia de los Muertos. It is at this time that we prepare for the coming rest of winter.  We remember our beloved ancestors at a special feast, and release fears and attachments that are holding us back. This way we can keep evolving and improving ourselves. Check out this link more information.

The precise moment of Samhain, according to astrological timing, is when the sun reaches 15 degrees of Scorpio. This year, that date falls on Nov. 7th. However, modern pagans celebrate those energetic tides anywhere from Oct. 31 through the first weeks of November.

So that our staff may celebrate this holiest day of our year, the Sojourner will close at 2:00 tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.) We hope you will understand!

We have much exciting new merchandise in the shop, including new leather journals and a restock of herbs, essential oils and natural soaps this week. Come see us soon!

Samhain Blessings,

~Heron

Sigil Witchery Workshop with Laura Tempest Zakroff on Thursday!

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 4th, The Sojourner welcomes Llewellyn author of 4 books on Modern Traditional Witchcraft, Laura Tempest Zakroff!

We still have a few spaces available for the Sigil Witchery workshop, but they are filling up fast, so please call 252-758-SOJO (7656) to register for your seat, ASAP.

Tempest’s musical partner Nathaniel Johnstone will serenade us during her free book signing that begins at 4:00 pm. We will have her books, Sigil Witchery and The Witch’s Cauldron, available for sale. Her artwork will also be available for purchase.

The workshop will follow from 6:00-8:00; during which the shop doors will be closed for this private event.

The Art of Sigil Witchery: Workshop, $30

Sigils are magical symbols that are designed to influence ourselves and the world around us. Explore a fresh, innovative and intuitive approach to crafting your own designs. Tracing through history, art, and culture, we’ll look at the basic elements that make up all symbols, consider meanings, and see how to safely and respectfully incorporate them into your own personal practice. Bring a writing implement and notebook.

About the Author:

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, and designer. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island School 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. 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, Ltd.

She has two books published by Llewellyn Worldwide: The Witch’s Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels (May 2017) and Sigil Witchery: A Witch’s Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols (January 2018) with two more on the way – The Witch’s Altar (co-authored with Jason Mankey – November 2018) and Weave The Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft (January 2019). Laura resides in Seattle, Washington, with her partner Nathaniel Johnstone and at least three cats.

Find out more at www.lauratempestzakroff.com

The Sojourner’s Psychic Fair October 13th

The Sojourner’s Psychic Fair!

Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 10 am – 8 pm

October kicks off our Witching season, when the veil between worlds thins, and we are better able to peer beyond the physical world to gain spiritual insights about the past, present and future. Divination could be considered an interactive conversation with your higher self, or that part of you that is interconnected to Spirit.

Join us at The Sojourner for a day filled with mysticism, insight, and fortunes told at  our Psychic Fair! All day long we will have readers offering insights with…

  • Tarot card readings with Heron Michelle
  • Tea leaf reading parties with Courtney Varnadoe
  • Astrology readings with Jupiter Melchizedek
  • Norse Rune readings
  • Palmistry, pendulum and more!

Walk-ins welcome, or call to book your private appointment at 252-758-7656 (SOJO)

Readings will start at $5 and go up from there depending on length of time and type of reading! Half hour sessions $40, Full hour sessions $70

Astrology sessions require that you know the exact time, place and date of your birth, and take a full hour.

While in the shop, check out our divination tools and books. We have a wide variety of Tarot and Oracle decks, sets of Runes, Pendulums, and many books to support your own psychic abilities. Staff available all day to answer questions on our merchandise. We’ll have sales specials!

All funds raised through this event benefit the operations of The Sojo Circle Coven of Modern Witchcraft based in Greenville, NC.  Our seeker classes begin new registrations in December 2018. We’d be happy to answer questions that day as well.

See you there!

The Sojo News: First Friday Drum Circles, Closed Memorial Day

Happy Summer, Sojourners!

Happy Memorial Day! The shop will be closed in observance of the holiday on Monday, May 28th. We also wish Jupiter Melchizedek a very happy upcoming birthday!

Starting Friday, June 1st during the First Friday Art Walk, (6:30-until) we welcome Love Joy Drumming in partnership to host a drumming circle, free to all. When the weather is nice, find them across from the Sojourner in the grassy lot on Evans street (where the hammocks are located.) Alternate rain location is inside the Sojourner. We will be open until 9:00 during First Fridays throughout the summer.

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in liquid and bars – 6 scents

We are packed to the rafters in beautiful new merchandise to kick off the summer. Natural locally-made soaps, bug repellents, and bite soother spray is a must have around these parts. We’ve expanded our apothecary to include 6 scents of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soaps in both liquid and bar form.

Natural Bug repellents at The Sojourner

While you are enjoying the outdoors, remember that burning Ceremonial White sage is a deterrent to uninvited guests at the cook-out, namely the mosquitoes, and we have plenty!

Ceremonial White Sage bundles to repel banefulness of all sorts – especially mosquitoes!

Books and decks are fully stocked, and we have an abundance of beautiful statuary, including most of the Greek Gods of Olympus, and many Norse, Celtic, Hindu, Buddhist and Egyptian Deities.

Egyptian Statuary at The Sojourner

Prisms, dream catchers, light catchers and wind chimes are a lovely addition to the windows and patios this season.  Lanterns, bamboo wind chimes, crystal prisms and strands of bells adorn every arbor of the shop this season!

Dream, Light and Wind Catchers at The Sojourner

Shoyeido all-natural Japanese incense is now back in stock! We have restocked favorites from their daily incense line (Including Nokiba/Moss Garden, the most popular) Kyoto Moon, Zen incense, and Jewel series, along with incense ash, bamboo charcoal, and ceramic incense bowls. We also have a new boxed incense to try, Madoka, which is formulated to produce less smoke than other incenses. This brand is truly high quality and my absolute favorite, and I have been proud to watch our selection grow over the years! You have to come try it out if you haven’t!

Shoyeido Incense restocked at The Sojourner

A note: Yes, these incenses are around $5-$6 for a standard box. They contain no synthetic ingredients or smelly charcoal/saltpeter. However: They contain 35 or more sticks per box! In comparison to our $2.00 eight count boxes of nag champa, they are the higher quality *and* the better deal! 🙂 Something to consider when making your next purchase.

Shipments expected this week:

  • New stones in tumbled, raw and flats of specimens
  • 4mm and 8mm stone bracelets in many new varieties
  • Back-flow incense cones and new burners

Come see us soon!

Sojourner’s 9th Birthday Party: 30% OFF Sales!

Party Time, Sojourners!

We opened the doors of The Sojourner 9 years ago this week… and these last 6 months we’ve enjoyed great success, thanks to you! Let’s celebrate!

You are invited to Lady Sojo’s 9th birthday party to enjoy music with DJ Lipbone Redding. Bring the family, tell all your friends! We’ll have food and drink, and you are welcome to contribute anything to the spread, pot-luck style.

Jupiter will have his tarot cards to offer readings – walkin’s welcome. $40 for the 10 card spread.

Door prizes will be drawn at 9:30! Must be present to win!

To say thank you for your excellent patronage, come check out our SALES the rest of March, starting TODAY! Every few days we’ll discount more things. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, THE WHOLE store will be 30% OFF! Which is handy because we currently have so much new merchandise we don’t know where to put it all. 🙂

New Merchandise:

  • SO MUCH INCENSE! Stick, cone, rope, loose…
  • Incense holders and burners of all styles; candle holders of all kinds.
  • Stones and Crystals in tumbled, raw, specimens, spheres, wands, chakra sets…
  • Special new stone varieties just in from Brazil: Tangerine quartz, tri-color kyanite, super 7, lepidolite slices, amethyst, morganite, hiddenite, andalusite, amblygonite, alexandrite, imperial topaz, blue topaz and Aquamarine
  • Gemstone mala-style bracelets in 50 different stones, offering 4 mm and 8 mm sizes
  • Twice as much pewter, sterling silver and gemstone jewelry than we’ve ever had before: pendants, rings, dangly and stud earrings!
  • Chakra EVERYTHING. Seriously, if it can be made in rainbow colors with Chakra mandalas, we now carry it. lol
  • Dream Catchers like crazy.
  • Altar goods for ceremonies in many styles.
  • Tarot Cards, rune sets, spirit boards and pendulums for days.
  • wind chimes, strings of bells…

The Sojourner Spring Arbor 2018

Come see us!

~Heron Michelle, Courtney, Jupiter