Business Spotlight – Talking Stick Emporium

As a part of my exploration of Pagan businesses I want to share Talking Stick Emporium with you.  They curate products from businesses and bring them to you all in one place.  They have some unique and beautiful products.

Orgone Merkabas with Chakra Gemstones

 

Orgone Merkabas with Chakra Gemstones

“Merkaba, is the divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms. “Mer” means Light. “Ka” means Spirit. “Ba” means Body. It is the same shape as the Star of David.”

 

Pyramid Energy Generator - 7 Points

Pyramid Energy Generators with 7 points

4″ diameter
Pyramid energy generators can be placed around your space to clear, activate, transmute energy, for clearing and protecting.

Used for healing. Great for Chakra energy work. Place them over the Chakras or areas of the body where energy needs to be transmuted.
You can create energy grids with them or place around plants. Anywhere where there is a pyramid, energy won’t become stagnant.

River Keeper

River Keeper

A small hole in the bottom of River Keeper holds a cloth for collecting drops of sacred water. A beautiful way to carry the water essence from any sacred site or ceremony. Leave the cloth in place. As the water wicks into her body she holds the living vibration and magnetism of each place and experience. 3″ tall, comes with small messages including the words below, along with a blessing from Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and instructions for collecting sacred water. Partial proceeds from the sale of this sculpture are donated to Grandmother Aggie.

All Bell Pine Art Farm sculptures are individually handmade with sacred intension. Designs vary on each piece.

Enclosed Card:”The water can hear you, bring your voice! Pour your heart into the river. Say “Thank you, I love you, I promise to care for you…
With purest intention, may all water be BLESSED, restoring it to life-sustaining balance. You are the river!”

Talking Stick Emporium is putting on the Harvest Moon Symposium, a journey to wellness and enlightenment in the Pacific Northwest in Elma, Washington, September 9-10, 2017.

 

Deals In The D!

 "We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes" - Detroit City Moto
“We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes” – Detroit City Motto

Against all odds, The Renaissance City is truly living up to it’s name(most parts, but that’s a different post)These days!

From the University District at McNichols and Livernois to Riverside Park, Old Redford District to  the edge of Grosse Pointe, there is renewal and the Breath Of   Life flowing across my great city. As more and more people turn from Suburbanites to City Slickers, a Witch has to wonder: Where can I find great deals and support my new neighbors and City, while still getting quality service?

Well my friends, just in time for the Holidays, I have complied a list of Detroit’s Premier places to shop for all your Holistic, Metaphysical,Unique and Witchy needs! 

Now, what makes this list any different from the same old recommendations floating around, internet retailers, or your usual tried and trues? Well, EVERYONE on this list is a Detroiter and their businesses are based in DETROIT.Detroit Proper.

Detroit Proper, The land within the Highlights!
Detroit Proper, The land within the Highlights!

 

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  1. The MotownWitch – “Creative Magic” 

Now, what would Detroit be without its resident Witch? Everything offered is hand-crafted by The Motown Witch (aka High Priestess Yvette-Louise) using the highest quality ingredients.The Motown Witch is dedicated to supplying customers with the finest quality spiritual products and services. She is excellent at and offers oils, herbs, hand-crafted soaps, body butters, incense, jewelry, spiritual baths, waters, ritual powders and salts, ritual and spell work.

If you’re looking for an Authentic ATR worker that has dedicated herself to serving her community, Contact The Motown Witch at:  www.motownwitch.com  / https://www.etsy.com/shop/MotownWitch  Phone: 313-757-0689

 

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2. Sacred Stone Collections“Where Wellness and Transformation Can Ascend “

We Magickal People tend to have a rock addiction, as in stones and Crystals! This wonderful Proprietress, Fullmoon Ptah(Alisha Fullmoon Brown) is an expert in several healing modalities, one of which is Crystal healing. Sacred Stone Collections is your one stop shop. they have a vast variety of crystals in different forms. Her store consists of products that assist spiritually, mentally, physically as well as various supplies.

  • They have rough and polished crystals/gemstones in various selections such as: Yoni eggs, pendulums, stones, geometry sets, wands, merkabahs and more.
  • Spiritual products such as: White California Sage, Satya, Hem and other incense, resins, rocks, Palo Santo Wood Sticks and Florida Water.
  • Rejuvenate your body with raw Shea butter and black soap, Nubian Heritage’s Organic Soaps, Body Washes and Lotions, then anoint yourself other fine oils.
  • We also carry cast iron cauldrons, abalone shells, soapstone and wooden boxes, various velvet and silk bag for wands, crystals, Sacred Crystal eggs and pouches.
  • Other services Fullmoon provides are:
    • Crystal grid and body layouts
    • Back herbal nerve application
    • Magnetic Hematite spine realignment
    • personal and group crystal workshops
    • personal and family holistic coaching
    • Sacred Crystal Eggs Consultant and Affiliate Program(Make Money while you shop!!!)
    • gemstone consultant
    • Loctician
  • Fullmoon Ptah is also a distributor for Young Living High Therapeutic Essential Oils and Pure Herbs Herbal Extracts!

You can contact Fullmoon Ptah directly at 313-303-7765 and  www.ssccrystals.rocks

 

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3Blooming Lotus Wellness – “Because YOU ARE worth it!”

Eventually we all get to a point where we realize a need to reunite with the Divine Feminine for our healing and restoration. Blooming Lotus Wellness is a place where Women and Men can find peace, tranquility, healing and Love. Love of self and a whole being; Mind, body, soul and womb. Danyelle Claxton is skilled and trained to assist both  men and women along their wellness journey using the holistic tools of food, herbs, prayer, meditation, and exercise, to bring your mind, body and spirit back into alignment and into a state of balance and dis-eased free. The Blooming Lotus Offers:

  • Womb and Health Consultations
  • Yoni Womb Steam Consultations
  • Yoga Sessions
  • Belly Dance Session
  • Pre Natal Doula and Birth Services
  • Vegetarian, Vegan and Raw Food Prep Services
  • Weight Loss Services
  • Pure Herbs Liquid Tenturs
  • Queen Afua Wellness Products

You can TEXT “BLWELLNESS” TO 28228, Call (313) 516-1789 or go to http://www.mybloominglotuswellness.com/

 

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4. Porter Bottle Company

So after you’ve gotten your Herbs, oils and rocks, you will most likely need something to package them in! Something no herbalist, Cunning person or Witch ever has enough of is bottles and jars. While you could go to a big box store, why not stay local and unique and checkout this detroit gem! While the website might not be fancy, I promise the quality and service can’t be beat. You can check them out at:

1941 West Fort Street

Detroit, Michigan 48216

Hours:8:00 am – 4:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday – Friday.

Phone: (866) 341-5172

Email: porter@porterbottle.com

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5. Mecca Aroma“Radiate Beauty From the Inside Out” 

Mecca Aroma® is part of a family business that has existed for the past 30 years. Mecca Aroma is importer and distributor of the finest grade “A” top quality oils. They have a huge selection of over 1,000 fragrances in stock and continuously growing each and everyday. 100% free from alcohol, we also carry burning oils, essential oils, punk sticks and natural beauty products. If you’re looking for a bulk supplier of incense and perfume supplies, or looking to get into retail yourself, all vendors are welcome. No customer is too small. They ship nationally and worldwide. Orders are usually  processed within 24 hours.  You can check them out at:

15370 Grand River Ave
Detroit,MI  48227
Email: MeccaAroma@yahoo.com
Tel: (313) 835-2295

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6. Crown’s Royalties – “Authentic To The Bone”

If you are looking for handmade, African jewelry with authentic free-trade beads and stones, check out this woman’s Facebook page! She has irresistible African Trade Bead jewelry with timeless beauty with affordable prices.CROWN’S ROYALTIES is not just a jewelry company. They also have handmade and organic body and skin products as well! You can also contact her via: http://www.crownsroyalties.weebly.com/

Phone: (313) 451 0297
email: crown7176@gmail.com

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7. Twisted Willow Soap Company – “Get Twisted”

YES, they ARE made in DETROIT. trust me, I’ve seen where the Magick happens!

This wonderful company is guided by 3 Powerhouse Women and are a favorite across all demographics. Not necessarily a Magickal company per se, however the deeply moisturizing soaps, lotions and balms work wonders on My family’s dry skin.

My Izzy gives her approval! Pictured with with LeAnn, one of the lovely Proprietors.
My Izzy gives her approval! Pictured with with LeAnn, one of the lovely Proprietors.

They have an array of wonderful scents (or, none!) and products that are great for those with special needs (Eczema, cancer, arthritis, etc) . Twisted Willow is an organic bath and body company that believes in creating a quality, luxury product that is good for the body, mind, soul, and planet. ALL of their products are hand-made in small batches, and fair trade. With the exception of a few scent oils, our products are also 100% organic. They even take some special orders!

You can find this wonderful company at:

Gibraltar Trade Center

http://www.twistedwillowsoap.com/

or Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Twistedwillowsoap/

 

Okay people, this list is by no means exhaustive, so if you know of another little known Detroit Proper Gem of a Detroiter’s , caring is sharing so drop it in the comments!

Go Forth, Share, and SHOP SMALL!

 

 

 

Sustainable Meetings

 

Sustainable Meetings

Good for business — and our planet. Make the next event you plan a meeting that’s thoughtful to the environment, your budget and your attendees’ experience. We do this by making sustainability the standard.

Less is more with paperless planning.

Go digital and stay on task. Sales proposals, menu selection, room-list creation and reservation crosscheck are all available through our digital sales tools to help you conserve the resources used for your meeting. Reduce paper creation, shipment and unnecessary waste — and save time.

Eco-friendly meetings, every time. make sustainability the standard in every aspect of your meeting with practices including:

  • Post-consumer recycled paper for printed materials and flip charts, as well as double-sided printing
  • Environmentally friendly nonpaper supplies
  • Smart resources, including LED signage and whiteboards
  • Potted plants, organically grown flowers or sustainably sourced botanicals
  • Access to sustainable transportation services
  • Recycling bins in all meeting spaces

Food for thought.

With Sustainable Food and Beverage practices, every little bit counts. You can choose:

  • Sustainable menu items
  • Meeting tables that don’t require coverings — or, if you prefer, tables with reusable coverings
  • China service or, if you prefer disposable food packaging, environmentally friendly serving options
  • Condiments in bulk dispensers
  • Eco-friendly alternatives to conventional bottled water
  • To donate unused, leftover food from your meeting

 

You can promote team-building and giving back to the local community with activities that contribute to your organization’s corporate responsibility goals. Share your tried and true tips for green events.

If you have any questions, comments or ideas don’t hesitate to contact me at 330-274-7353 or bryan.peters@aexp.com.

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Portland Embassy Suites as some great information available on there page at  http://www.portlandembassysuites.com/groups-meetings

Capturing time with Moma Sarah, in the beginning

Come with me as I enter the world of Moma Sarah. Her world of wonders and magicks is a queendom she has created called Conjured Cardea.  She is priestess, teacher, vlogger, rootworker, and more.

David Dennis Altar Candles
David Dennis
Altar Candles

For those of our readers who don’t know you yet, begin at the beginning. What makes Moma Sarah the get up in the morning and be the fabulous worker she is every day? What stokes your fire to be a one woman empire?

It’s a combination of several things.  One, a calling from about the age of 7 or 8. Two, passion and energy; I live for this work and it saturates every area of my life. I live to honor nature and the spirits around me. My family. I want to show my children that you can simultaneously do what you love, help and educate, promote passion and justice all while building a successful career and legacy to pass down.

You are a certified member of the American Rootworker Association. What does this mean?

This means that I am recognized as a professional and reputable rootworker by a group of peers and colleagues. Their careers range from anthropologists, authors, rootworkers, readers, teachers and
religious and theology experts.

Why is it important?

Reputable certifications are important when in this line of work.  It’s difficult to trust anything or anyone on the internet. By providing certifications, public profile, photographs of my work, interviews, my YouTube channel and blog, people have an actual access to me.

A window into my life and practice, I’m not some stranger practicing on the other side of the world. Accessibility is one of the main focuses of my professionalism. When you message me or email me, it is actually me you’ll be corresponding with.

What differentiates this from magickal herbalism in general?

While hoodoo could be classified as a type of herbalism, and most of certainly utilize herbalism as part of a healing/healthy lifestyle, the rich history of hoodoo is what makes it unique. The colorful tapestry of the south and the multi-cultural influences are what created hoodoo.

The correspondences and energies are vastly similar in many ways to many North American eclectic herbal magick practices. But what would you like people to understand about the issues of mixing Wicca, Granny Magick, and Hoodoo in their workings?

Hoodoo is Christian/Catholic based. While this was not an original part of the African people and traditions that brought hoodoo here, it was ingrained out of necessity for these practices to go undiscovered in order to survive. That added to and changed the original African traditions and we have to recognize that as a valid part of the history of this practice.

By David Stanley from Nanaimo, Canada - Female Dancers, CC
By David Stanley from Nanaimo, Canada – Female Dancers, CC

 

Religions and spiritual practices must evolve to survive and grow. One has to respect, understand and educate themselves about the cultural influences and African traditions that originally began this practice.

In your studies and practice, what have you found to be a common thread among your requests?

I’m assuming you’re inquiring about requests from clients. Love. Love
is all anyone really wants. To be cared for, respected, to share
life’s experiences and beauty with someone. I have a lot of requests
for prosperity as well, because that’s the real world and everyone is
just trying to survive.

Why do people come to a worker for help?

Often it’s when they feel they have exhausted all other options. I also get a lot of clients who feel too emotionally invested or drained by the situation, or lack the confidence to attack the problem themselves.

What is the difference between root work and conjure?

For me, rootwork can, but does not always, involve working with or petitioning spirits. Conjure does. It’s really a pretty fine line in my practice as I believe all roots possess an energy or spirit. Even though I may not be evoking or invoking a particular spirit or guide to help, the spirit of the roots are always there.

You work with various energies and spirits, what level of time and detail when it comes to keeping the altars and work spaces?

I perform about 6-10 rootwork appointments a week, depending on the duration of the workings. Each workings has separate altar set ups of vigils, herbs, offerings, roots, candles, grids, incense, etc. I imagine I spend about 7 hours a week on my altars. This does not include thorough cleansings and deconstructions each month.

How much of your practice is client education?

I spend a lot of my time working on my site, blog and YouTube channel to make certain people have access to information. If they have a question, they can probably find an answer on one of these venues. I
also take a lot of time with each client to make sure they understand what rootwork is, the time frame, possible outcome and how to get the most out of it. I want to be clear to them that this is spiritual
therapy, a legitimate way to heal, not a magic pill or miracle.

Mojo Ingredients - Jeff Moser
Mojo Ingredients –
Jeff Moser

Do you see your work as a calling?

Absolutely. At 7 or 8 years old I was making gris gris for my neighbor friends who also grew up in an abusive and tumultuous household.

When did you first know this was your path? What made you first lift that herb up and say, “I know what this can do?”

Around 7 or 8 years of age. People are born with propensities for certain skills and careers. Natural talents-this is mine.

What is your preferred medium for most mundane working? If you had to choose among candle work, mojo, etc?

Offerings. I give offerings daily but not to obtain a goal. They are out of love and respect for the spirits who dwell here. I believe this is the largest part in building a rapport, so when I do have a request
on behalf of a client, they are likely to help.

Make sure to return to PBN News Network for the second part of this fascinating look into the world of Moma Sarah.  Please enjoy the video below.  It is first in her series on Beginnings and Professionalism in Rootwork.

 

 

Riding the winds with Diane Lonsway of Michigan Pagan Fest

Diane Lonsway is the firebrand behind the Michigan Pagan Fest that has become an international phenomenon.  Beautiful in mind and soul, forthright, and down to earth, she embodies the drive and vision that can be found among the best of us.  She is also, as typical of many people who do the work involved to make things really happen, a name you may not know.  She took a moment to allow a brief interview on who she is and what she does for this powerful event.

Diane Lonsway with Permission
Diane Lonsway
with Permission

Take a moment and pull up a chair while we get to know heart of Michigan Pagan Fest.

How would you describe yourself if you were talking about you?

Laid back, humble, smart, can be funny, people-pleaser.

What would you say describes you specifically as an event organizer?

I’m organized, experienced, and friendly, hate drama, listens to my attendees and staff.

How does this affect the way you see the world?

It’s my world and I only see it that way lol.

 How did you get started, where did you begin your journey?

Started at the Florida Pagan Gathering in 1998 helping with sound than moved onto video, photography and the website. I still do the photography and website and eat with the headliners.

Who would you say was the most influential on your style.of management and organization?

Roger Coleman who founded FPG and the current board president of FPG, Ann Marie.

What makes Florida and Michigan different? In what ways are they sort of alike?

MPF is smaller and location is easier to handle. We run on a dozen or so minions and volunteers. FPG requires so much more staff. FPG is a non-profit, MPF is not. We host many of the same headliners and musicians.

How are the communities in respect to their attendance and preference of programming?

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I have seen FPG close to 700 people and as low as 350 with other festivals popping up in Florida. Programming is similar.

What do you look for when you are headhunting headliners?

My personal friendships and knowledge of many them helps. We ask who people would like to see and go after them.

When you decided to take on the Land of the Fresh Water Seas, what was your biggest challenge?

It was an accident! We didn’t actually decide to do a festival at first. I am friends with Spiral Dance from Australia and one of their tour stops in the U.S. canceled on them. They got a hold of me to see if there was someplace that would host them in Michigan. I had the perfect partner to help start this. She knew all the local people to assist and I knew all the headliners and had the experience of working FPG for many years.

In talking we decided to call some of the headliners whose numbers I had in my phone. Called Edain McCoy and she said absolutely, emailed Raven and Stephanie Grimassi and they were in. Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone also had a cancelation on their U.S. tour and when they heard we were having one they called me. So our first festival (although expensive and in the hole) was filled with amazing headliners and musicians.The first two years it was owned by a non-profit. I have personally owned it for the last five. The biggest challenge has been staying in the black. When you see and hear the attendee’s excitement, enjoyment and finally blissful exhaustion after it’s over you put all the aches and pains of doing this aside and realize why you do it.

What has been your greatest victory?

Breaking even to live another year.

 Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone – image by Sianna74
You call your volunteers Vikings? Why?This is new this year for our site/vikings people. Regular staff is called minions. Then we have our guardians. Vikings are setup and tear-down and emergency weather assistance for tents and canopies and have to stay the entire weekend. We just tossed out names when coming up with this department and it stuck. Volunteers are on-site only, they do not attend meetings.And what would you say is the biggest motivation behind your volunteer morale?People like being part of something bigger than themselves. For some it is the only way they can attend due to finances. We like to be drama free and treat our volunteers with respect.

Is this a labor of love?

You have no idea.

RD has been a big personality. Can you describe this larger than life entertainment dynamo?

He helped start the Atlanta underground drag shows. He has 2 doctorates. Enjoys the entertainment world and sings like you wouldn’t believe!

What can we expect this year at the festival?

We have 75 workshops, 24 vendors, Opening, Main, & Closing Rits, Peruvian Fire Ceremony, Bardic Circle, Variety Show, Midsummer Masquerade with Tommy Toons and of course camping and hotels.

It expanded too, right?

Yes, currently we are a four day festival.

What should folks pack who are camping out?

Depends. We have the option of the slumber party which is bring everything but the tent and claim your spot in the huge building.  If tenting it. Extra stakes (from experience) for your tents. If you have forgotten anything, Walmart and Meijer’s are right around the corner.

Any special tips for festival etiquette?

Always ask before taking someone’s picture. Do not throw anything into the sacred fire for the entire festival. No means no. Enjoy yourself! 

Now, if you had a theme song for this year. …what would it be

“Wind of Change” – Scorpions. Most words apply

This year, Diane has once again brought renowned people to the festival that just keeps getting better.  This year lasts from Jun 23 – 26, 2016.  Headliners include Judika Illes, MR Sellars, Orion Foxwood, and Lady Bona Dea.  Music, workshops, fire, drums, and magick.  Sounds like a heady mix to put the wind in anyone’s sails.  Thank you, Diane, for being who you are and doing what you do.