The Garden Boutique

I went solo this past Saturday and sat up a yardsale which I dubbed, The Garden Boutique. I’ve done this several times with a good friend, setting up tables filled with metaphysical supplies to delight the stoutest pagan: pendulums, magickal oils and potions, spell candles, kits and bags filled with supplies to bless a home or to cast a spell, as well as enchanted jewelry, arts & crafts, and other unique creations that defy description. This time I had only my girls to help watch tables and merchandise while I gave tarot readings and balanced chakras. It was a bit of a juggle sometimes, but we managed.

We live in a rather ‘out-of-the-way’ location, and I’m never sure how our turnout will be at these events, since we’re a bit difficult for some people to find. But contrary to my expectations, we had a great day which included an afternoon rush and a few return visitors. And the girls and I noticed that this time we were not hounded by Christians trying to convince us that we were headed down an evil path. Our customers were politely curious, inquisitive, and some even eager to learn, asking questions and getting up close and personal with the poppets and pendulums.

I was up at 5am, just as I had planned, and was out in the garage digging out tables, shelves, and chairs. However, when I actually started getting things arranged I realized– wait a minute, it’s too dark. And it sure was, pitch dark. Even with the garage lights on, it was too dark to stock the shelves. With daylight came some soft showers with cool refreshing temperatures. Since there was no wind at this time, I dodged the rain by placing all the tables and merchandise beneath the overhang on our house.

This is a family endeavor and everyone likes to create something to add to the inventory. My eleven-year-old daughter spent the day before the sale making bags with fabric paint, glue, and glitter. Several days ago, she had spent just as much time painting large clear stones to create pretty magnets. It was fun watching her during the creative process, head bent low over her work, quiet and intent.

My 24-year-old daughter is the ‘Isabella’ in “Creations by Isabella”. She’s a graphic artist, tattoo artist, and talented jewelry maker. She added some of her creations to our Garden Boutique. I’m very excited for her and her atistic career– She will be selling her designs for stamps and scrapbooking paper to a national company. As soon as I’m allowed to post more information, I will.

I stocked the table and shelves with a variety of items from my website, The Witch’s Corner. Setting up these boutique yardsales is actually a lot of fun, no matter how many trips in and out, up and down the stairs it takes. (Tearing it all down is another matter!)

I usually try to have a few copies of my book on hand, along with plenty of business cards, and it’s always fun to watch people explore this table. It’s a satisfying feeling to send someone on their way with a copy of my book in their hand.

Tarot: A Witch’s Journey

We have a covered back porch with a partial west wall, an east wall of bamboo blinds, and our south yard is blocked by the trees, so this is a pretty private area, and this is where I sat up my massage table and a powerful crystal grid to do Chakra Balancing. It was perfect. I had a water fountain running back here. It was peaceful, protected, and inviting.

The opposite end of the back porch was reserved for tarot readings…I just had to shoo sleeping kitties away!

I always have a small table set up for my CD player and some favorite new-age music. And I always have a small notepad and pen available. Customers are invited to add a prayer request or wish to the bowl. We have a little tradition at the end of our boutique yardsales– after everything is put away, I’ll bring out my big black cauldron, and we’ll burn these requests in a sacred flame.

This is the perfect way to end the day.

Blessed Be,
Amythyst Raine

Mini Element Altars & Witchy Woman Candles

Whether you’re out of the broom closet and open about your Pagan practice, or you practice your path in secret, we’re always pressed for space.  There never seems to be enough room to set up an altar, for whatever intention, ritual, or holiday.   

What I’m offering here are mini-altars.  These are small and practical, filled with magick and intentions, full of the vibrant color and symbolism found in the Craft.   Yet they are unobtrusive and easily packed away when not in use.

I’ll be offering several designs for all occasions in the near future.

The first altar going up here can be used for endless intentions:

 

Mini-Element Altar

 

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 (The tray size is 13.5 X 4.5 inches)

Earth, Air, Fire, & Water

 Included with this purchase is:

the tray
stones
four votive candle holders
four tea candles

*Note:  I recommend that you burn only tea candles in
these candle holders, as votive candles have a tendency to crack them.

 Mini Element Altar

$25.00

To purchase a Mini-Element Altar,
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 It’s true…

“There’s a little witch in every woman.” 

And here’s a candle to prove it:

 

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“There’s a Little Witch…”

$25.00
 
To purchase this item,
 

click  Here
 

 


 
 
Mini Spell Candles
 
 These small taper candles are packed with the magick and mojo you’ll need for a variety of situations.  You will want to remove the lable from these candles before burning, write on the back anything you want to add to the intentions for your spell, then burn it in the flame of the candle and allow the candle to burn down– perhaps burning it every evening over the course of several days.

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 (height 4.5 inches)

 

The price on this merchandise includes
shipping and postage.

 

Candle #1

Burn this candle to reveal a liar.

$10.00

Candle #2

Burn this candle for healing energy.

$10.00

Candle #3

 Burn this candle to bind an enemy.

$10.00

Candle #4

Burn this candle to find a resolution.

$10.00


To purchase these mini-spell candles,
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Here

Tea Time with the Witch: Magick in the Air

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I have been so busy lately that I meet myself coming and going, no kidding.  🙂 

There’s been a sharp rise in letters and emails coming in from total strangers asking for advice, spells, tarot readings, mentoring, and a million other things.  If I haven’t answered your message, it is nothing personal– really!— I just have more coming in than what I can keep up with.  Letters/emails from family, close friends, tarot clients, or customers take top priority; I’ll get to any other letters the best I can and still, I probably won’t be able to answer every piece of correspondence coming in.

But know that your interest and your enthusiasm are both welcome!  Just because I can’t answer everything that comes to me, it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy hearing from you.

I’ve also been straddling a writing project that I feel compelled to pour my efforts into rather than correspondence, since I’ve given myself a deadline that I’ve missed once so far, this snatches away some of my time and creativity for personal letter writing.  I’m attemtping to put my nose to the grindstone harder right now with our home schooling, as I have witchlings transitioning from junior high this year– and math is a major, major priority.  I also have to get my house ready for company at the end of this month– my coven is coming to celebrate Beltaine.  Remember, on my myspace page I said that I was a ‘hit and miss housekeeper’, well this has really come back to bite me in the rear.  I have so much to do in this respect, trying to get things whipped into shape around here, that just knowing where to start sends me into a tizzy.

Despite all this there are some new things up at The Witch’s Corner, and some updates for tarot readings, and what not…

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Bright Idea
Bottles

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These are elemental bottles, geared to the magick of the element of "Air" and contain the herbs used for Air magicks…These bottles deal with communication, ideas, creativity, the breath of life, poetry, music, the muses, the spark of thought, fairie magic, and the sylphs.

Bright Idea Bottles
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New Item!

Oriental Pendents

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The four pendents shown above are unique hand-crafted one-of-a-kind items being offered.  The four you see
here are all that is available.

Red Tara Spell

To these beautiful pendents that hold the flavor of the east, I’ve added a Red Tara Spell…

Red Tara is a Tibetan goddess of love and wealth.  She is also known as "The Mother of Perfected Wisdom", and she takes delight in and is drawn to an open mind and a receptive heart.  Tara represents the virtues of success and achievement. She is a tantric deity who will help you develop certain inner qualities and understand deeply ‘compassion’. 

One reason for Tara’s popularity is the fact that she became known as a Buddhist deity who could be invoked directly by the common people.

And to these beautiful pendents I’ve added the Red Tara Spell, invoking this ancient goddess and summoning her power.  From this spell, you will draw upon ancient wisdom and gather insight you never dreamed possible.

Click  Here

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Tarot Readings

I’m now offering telephone readings.  After purchasing a reading at paypal, you may call the number listed to set up an appointment for your reading.

I’ve had several requests for this type of option at my tarot site for some time, we’ll see how it works for everyone. 

The tarot readings at my site come in a wide range of prices to accomodate everyone, from online readings ranging in prices below $20.00 and up to $80.00, as well as video readings for $50.00.  The telephone readings are my most expensive option at $120.00– this was to insure two things for me…1) that I wouldn’t be swamped with so many reading requests I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the demand and 2) to insure that the clients contacting me were serious about receiving a tarot reading and not someone who just wanted a chance to chat with me on the phone.

I’ve enjoyed reading tarot for the public, have made some wonderful friends from it, gained some incredible opportunities because of it, and have hopefully helped people through difficult circumstances or added new insight and food for thought to their daily lives.  Your positive responses and feedback have been greatly appreciated.

For more information, or to purchase a reading
click  Here

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