13 Things your Metaphysical Shop Will not Tell You:
(Written in the spirit of Reader’s Digest Magazine’s “13 things” )
1. I am happy to let you vent about how difficult it is for you to live in the broom closet or your long and wonderful story about how you discovered your particular tradition, but please, keep certain things to yourself. I don’t need to know about the details—intimate or otherwise—of your relationships, and other personal information. I am happy to recommend remedies for a medical problem, but do you really want to share every gross symptom with someone you have just met?
2. Even if my Trad honors the Threefold Law, and I refuse to do any spell work that violates it, I will probably sell you the ingredients for one that does so that you can do it yourself (and a book to go with them if I can). Your Karma is your own responsibility.
3. If you ask me which of the psychic readers in my shop “is the best” or which I will recommend, I will most likely send you to the one with the shortest wait. This is especially true at psychic fairs and in tourist seasons when we are very crowded. I never want to openly show favoritism in front of the other readers. However, if you come on a quiet day, I will probably push the reader I like best and prefer to go to myself just a little harder than the others.
4. If I say something has been blessed or solarized (left out under the sun or moon for a length of time) then it probably has. However this is not necessarily the quality you should be looking for. It is nice that the sage we sell was gathered under the full moon but it may have also been sitting on our shelves for 6 months. If freshness is a priority for you ask about that. If you worry about whether your crystals have been died or if they are gently mined, ask about that. You can always solarize or bless them yourself later without jacking up the price.
5. The difference between a Pagan Shop and New Age shop really is a few decimal places.
6. For the price of a psychic reading, you can probably buy everything you need to learn and practice yourself.
7. We love the overenthusiastic customers who have just discovered their path. Do not feel like a dork when you come into our shop bright-eyed and full of questions. You remind us of how excited we were when we started out.
8. Our favorite customers are kids ages 3-11 from non-magickal backgrounds. They ask the best questions, and we love showing them crystals and magick wands. It makes my day to show someone that there is indeed magick in the world. Kids under 3 give me a heart attack though because I am just waiting for them to try to eat a polished stone or knock over my fragile Goddess statues.
9. Our psychic reader is not Dr. House. She can give you her best guess as to what is wrong with you medically based on the reading, but ALWAYS CONSULT A DOCTOR.
`10. This goes for herbal remedies and healing work as well. It should be done alongside the work of a professional doctor. Many herbs can interact with your medication. This does not mean that we do not believe in healing, only that your condition should be monitored by a trained professional.
11. We sell a wide variety of books to cater to all interests, but that doesn’t mean they are the best. We are all still wondering why “The Astrology of Great Gay Sex” was written by a woman.
12. Please, Please, Please ask us if you would like to lead an event or class. We would absolutely love it.
13. There are no dumb questions (though sometimes there are strange ones). Never be afraid to ask about something. We run these shops because we love the metaphysical and love sharing our paths and knowledge with others. Hang around and you may end up with an impromptu class on crystal healing, pendulum work, or anything else you are interested in. And if you are looking for a group or a temple to join, ask us. Chances are we know where most of the local ones are and can help you find one suited to you. Many shops even have an open temple attached to them.
NUMBER 6, yo.
My girlfriend and I want to open a shop someday. There isn’t one here—the nearest one is either a two hour drive in one direction or three hours in the other. This post is good info for when we start looking around for what we should be doing.
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