Sunday 9 September 2018
A Magical Afternoon with the Witches at Wicca Moon
Yesterday I had a wonderful afternoon over at Wicca Moon in Eltham.
Shirlee Moon, who runs the shop, had invited me over to read from my new book Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls. I was very excited because I'd never actually been there before.
I know, it seems rather unbelievable that I'd never visited such a magical shop in south-east London considering that I live in south-east London, I've been friends on Facebook with Shirlee and other members of Wicca Moon's staff for quite some time, and I'm a pretty keen witch.
I'm really glad I've now made up for that and I will most certainly be popping in again regularly because the shop is lovely. It is a real Aladdin's cave of treasures from candles to herbs to handcrafted oils to statues to books to tarot decks.
Wicca Moon also has a feeling of being a hub of the community. While I was there, people were popping in and out to buy things, but also just to say hello and chat. This is just what a witchcraft shop should be like.
The people who came along to listen to me reading the first two chapters from my book where all shop regulars. It was lovely to meet them and everyone was so welcoming to me. We sat around the table in the cosy little room at the back of the shop and, after I'd done my official stuff, we all stayed and chatted for quite some time. It was a delightful afternoon. In the photo to the left you can see copies of my books on the table, along with a lit candle and one of Wicca Moon's own magical dolls.
I've been using this series of Wheel of the Year Ritual kits since the start of the year and loving them. You can see a review of one of the earlier ones here and I'll be blogging about the Mabon kit before the Autumn Equinox. If you want to find out more in the meantime, here is the link to it on the shop's website.
I also bought a copy of the Wicca Moon Tarot deck. Although I'm a big collector of tarot cards, I had actually recently decided I wasn't going to buy any more for a while as I am a bit skint at the moment. However, I was so enamoured of this set - which is exclusive to Wicca Moon and designed by Shirlee and a local artist - that I just had to get it. Again, I will be reviewing it on A Bad Witch's Blog, but you can see it on the shops website.
Shirlee also gave me a gift to take home for my cats, Tommy and Tuppence. This was a handmade catnip toy, which Tommy and Tuppence absolutely love. It does smell very strongly of catnip - much more potent than anything you will buy at a regular pet shop!
If you want to buy a copy of my Pagan Portals books on candle magic or poppets and magical dolls, Wicca Moon now has copies in stock. You can see them in the picture at the bottom of this page, on a shelf in between A Beginner's Guide to Wicca and A Book of Women's Altars.
Wicca Moon is at 50 Well Hall Road, London SE9 6SH. The nearest station is Eltham. It is open from Monday to Friday, but you can also shop at its online store. For further details contact Shirlee@wiccamoon.org.uk, call 0208 850 7803, visit www.facebook.com/WiccaMoonEltham/or www.wiccamoon.co.uk
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