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Review of The Closet Pagan Etsy Shop & Interview with Owner Anna Pierce

April, 2019

The Closet Pagan

Bright Blessings!

I was tickled pink when I got this lovely bundle in the mail to review!

I am so happy to share what The Closet Pagan has available, and I am confident you will find something you’d love to have!

Owner, and craftsperson Anna Pierce is a gifted jewelry maker, and she knows her stuff about what stones have which magical attributes, and she makes spell kits as well.

She shipped me, as pictured, two different necklaces. One with crystal ball smoky quartz, and the other with the mysteriously beautiful bloodstone. She also sent single amazonite and fancy jasper stones, and had them all put together in a gorgeous black silky drawstring bag complete with a lovely ankh charm.

On review of her etsy page, I found lots to love. From silver charm necklaces, to crystal grid boards, and protection kits, this gal is stocked up with things every Witch and Pagan is sure to love. Even better, the prices are quite reasonable!

I was lucky enough to be able to have a short interview with Anna as well!

The Interview

Saoirse– Bright Blessings, Anna! What beautiful products you have! I got the smoky quartz crystal ball necklace, and bloodstone necklace, and the fancy jasper and amazonite crystals. Such beautiful, thoughtful offerings! Thank you! Tell me the meaning behind all the stones from your own interpretations, and the magical and or healing properties you ascribe to them.

Anna- The meaning behind the stones: Well, the smoky quartz, and bloodstone are some of my favorites. To me, they represent great emotional healing properties such as calming ones mind, and relieving stress. Of course, all of this I believe, is from the power of suggestion, but it’s something that can make you feel great while rocking a cute piece of jewelry. 

Saoirse– Tell me how you got into making jewelry and spell kits? What made you decide to do an online shop? Do you have a brick and mortar shop customers may visit, or is it all online?

Anna- My shop is online on Etsy only. I’d love to one day have a brick and mortar shop, but unless I win the lotto, I don’t see it happening any time soon unfortunately. How I got into jewelry making and spell kits: Well, I really love the idea of unusual items and products to make you feel better. Spell kits/ornaments stuff I make I like to use as my own home decor and wanted to share my interests with anyone who would appreciate them. The jewelry making, I picked it up as a hobby then decided to just take a leap and go for it. ?

Saoirse– What is your personal spiritual and or magical path, and how does your merchandise support you in that?

Anna- I consider myself a Pagan Eclectic Witch. I am not a Wiccan, and do not follow any kind of “Witch’s code.” My merchandise supports in the fact that I have a bunch of different styles and try to keep it simple. 

Saoirse– What power is there in personal adornment with magical materials like oils, and jewelry, in your opinion?

AnnaI believe it’s all the power of suggestion, and the energy you send out onto the Universe. 

Saoirse– What are your personal favorite things to make, and what are your personal favorite materials to use, and why?

Anna My personal favorites to make are the ornaments and spell sets, because I can offer a variety of different items in one grouping. 

Saoirse– Tell me about something extra special you have made, and how, and why it is meaningful to you?

AnnaSomething extra special? I suppose that’ll have to be the Winter Solstice ornaments I made, because it allowed me to fill the bulbs with beautiful flowers to decorate your home or holiday tree. When making them I send out good energy into the Universe. 

Anna also had this to say:

I have a passion for creating new things. I love filling my little mid-century house with candles, crystals, salts, and the funky unique things I find. And, I love crystal and gemstone jewelry. I started my shop to sell some of the things I love most: crystals, salts, herbal blends, Wiccan and Pagan decor, and items honoring positive emotional and spiritual bonds with nature. Some of the things I sell will be unique, one-of-a-kind items, handmade from upcycled materials. Other items, like salts or herbal potpourri, will be handmade in small batches. I love making simple, timeless jewelry designs with raw and polished gemstones, gemstone beads, and various gemstone crystals. I hope people feel a positive healing connection to the items in my shop. It is my wish to make other people’s lives a bit better, a bit happier, a bit more grounded to the earth and nature, with the items I create and the customer service I offer.”

Anna is a real person, and is not just looking to earn money. She encourages people to reach out to her through her Instagram, and she loves people to tell her about themselves. She is very relatable, and tries to inspire whenever she can.

Here is the link to her Etsy shop:

www.theclosetpagan.etsy.com

You can follow her on Instagram @TheClosetPagan

Happy shopping, and Blessed Be!

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About the Author:

Saoirse is a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11, but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse, pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be reached through my Facebook page Tarot with Saoirse. You can, also, join me on my Youtube Channel.

Seeing the Signs

October, 2015

Using a Crystal Ball

As the Wheel of the Year approaches Samhain and the days grow dark and the nights long, it becomes the time for scrying. This is not something that can be done in the brightness of a hot summer day. This is for the mystery of night and the dark. Even summer nights can be too alive with light for a good scrying session. But the cloudy darkness of October and November nights – the early fall of evening and the reluctant rise of the autumnal sun – makes for the best time to practice those arts that require the dark. Scrying, whether with a bowl of water or a crystal ball, is one of those arts.

I must confess I have never scryed with a bowl of water or plate for the simple reason that I have never had the proper means to make one. I have dozens of bowls, many of them cherished antiques from my grandmother, but they are all pastel in color and totally unsuitable. My personal china is white with an apple design so that would not work either. And of course, I reasoned that someday the perfect bowl may present itself to me as I browse through some tiny shop not even looking for it. Because that’s exactly how it happens!

But I do have a small crystal ball. I have been waiting for the summer months to end so I can use it. Being the kind of person who goes to bed early and gets up early, recently I have been able to have some very informative sessions with it. I wish I could tell you that I see visions in it like Auntie Em calling for Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”. It’s not like that. Is anything ever like it is in the movies?

The crystal ball reflects light. It is very receptive that way. So don’t let it be around unnatural sources of light; turn off the electric light and light a candle before bringing it out of its wrapper. And according to Emily Gems at The of Crystal Ball Gazing, while you should charge your crystal ball in the light of a full moon, “Do NOT place your ball in direct sunlight. This will weaken your ball’s magnetism and may render it unable to draw images.” (http://crystal-cure.com/article-gazing.html)

The light of the candle or candles, depending on your ritual, will help you see the images. Often the images will change as you sit and meditate or chant or sing. I usually see three or four. They have ranged from the ocean breaking on a beach to a crown of stars to a grinning jack-o’-lantern. They don’t come right away. Generally I have to sit for a while. Like anything, the waiting is the hardest part.

You can buy crystal balls online; just Google “crystal ball” and there’ll be eight or more selections to choose before you even start looking! Mine was a gift and I love it more every time I use it. As the days get shorter and darker, I know I will be using it more and more. Blessings to all!

Works Cited

Gem, Emily. “The Of Crystal Ball Gazing.” http://crystal-cure.com/article-gazing.html. 2011

Seeing the Signs

June, 2015

Diving by Crystal Ball, Part 1

Our esteemed editor, Jennifer Wright, sent me a crystal ball to examine and review for Pagan Pages. It arrived within days of my birthday, which was just fabulous! It came in a royal blue box entitled “Titania’s Crystal Ball” and along the side of the box was written: “NOW YOU CAN ‘SEE’ YOUR FUTURE”.

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Inside the box was the crystal ball in a plastic cup to keep it from rolling around inside the box; a ring to place the ball upon when in use; a booklet to teach you how to use the crystal ball; a card entitled “The Image Key” with the most basic scenes you might see within the ball while in use; and a fold-up paper “table cloth” to set everything on. Everything in a lovely shade of royal blue which almost looks purple in some lights.

If you don’t know anything about crystal balls and I am certainly one of those people, you would think that a crystal ball is large, like the one in “The Wizard of Oz” that the Wicked Witch of the West uses so effectively. I am sure large crystal balls like that can be found in occult stores and on the internet. But this one is much smaller. It fits quite snugly in the palm of my hand. It is maybe the size of a billiard ball, perhaps a bit larger. It is marvelously cool and smooth. The morning light shines through it onto the skin of my fingers. It promises secrets. It promises poetry.

Titania Hardie, whom the bottom of the box says is a “third generation White Witch and best-selling author” recommends washing the crystal ball in a “mild solution of triple-milled rose soap and warm water.” (Hardie, 26) Of course, I didn’t have rose soap, triple-milled or any other kind but since she says that “you may prefer to follow the tradition of using vinegar and water” (Hardie, 27), this is what I did, since I always have a variety of vinegars on hand. I washed it carefully in a solution of white vinegar and water, asking it to be my friend and help me learn what I wanted to learn. Then I gently wiped it clean with a soft cloth.

However, just this morning, I read in Tasha Fenton’s The Fortune-Teller’s Workbook an interview with a clairvoyant named Barbara Ellen who says the “first thing you must do is immerse it for 12 hours in salt water. Some Readers use a solution of vinegar and water. Wash the crystal under running water, ideally from some natural source, such as a waterfall or stream.” (Fenton, 58) If you don’t have a stream nearby, she says to collect rainwater.

So with that in mind, I have some prep work before I can start to use my new crystal ball. And I plan to read more about divination using crystal balls; there are numerous websites dedicated to the subject. So stayed tuned; I’ll be back with my report of what I am able to see in this lovely round crystal!

Works Cited

Fenton, Sasha. The Fortune-Teller’s Workbook: A Practical Introduction to the World of divination. Wellingborough: The Aquarian Press, 1988.

Hardie, Titania. Titania’s Crystal Ball. New York: Shelter Harbor Press, 2013