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Fly over to the "New England Magic" shop in Salem, Massachusetts
A magical place where you are treated like royalty ~
The sun shone on our adventure!
On Saturday, November 3rd, I spent a sunny day in Salem, MA with a group of nine girlfriends. We stopped into the National Park Service visitor center and took a trolley tour around town. We ate at the Atrium Cafe in the Peabody Essex Museum. We took the town by broomstick as we browsed the magical shops located in the most famous "witch city" in the country.
The shop that made our day ~
One shop stood out throughout our entire day. That was New England Magic on Essex Street. Upon approaching the shop, one of the first things that struck my eye was the outline of medieval gothic style windows on the front panes, just below the lettering that heralded the shop's name. The window design and items featured in the display drew us all right in.
Tools for the craft ~
When we walked in, shelves of candles and books, cases of wands and athames, tugged at our sleeves for attention. One of the owners greeted us warmly as we walked around, then meandered into the back room annex of the store. In that space we saw shelves of mortar and pestles, cauldrons, crystals, smudge sticks, and more books. Their collections of books represented a wide variety of different types of spirituality. The owners took time to notice the books that attracted our attention and recommended further reading.
In addition to all of the other delightful treats that we looked at and held, the section of the shop that caught our imaginations most was the collection of brooms on the back wall. They were woven beautifully and sported earthy tree branches for handles. The other shop owner talked about the significance of the different wooden broom handles, legends related to the material used, and which were the most effective for different ritual purposes. Usually, brooms are used to sweep out negative energy before a ritual, so that the positive results have the most power.
Find Enchantment in Salem at New England Magic ~
Happy thoughts gave them flight ~
Two of the women in our group have been practicing the craft for years and wanted one of the brooms to take home, and they each did! Once their prized possessions were chosen and purchased, and we gathered outside the shop for pictures, they were quite an attraction with their woolen cloaks and new brooms. As several women in our group took pictures to archive in a scrapbook of our day, so did others who were walking down the sidewalk at the time. They happily posed for all those who wanted a tangible memory of their time in Salem that also reflected the rich history of the town.
Share the knowledge of 17th century medicine women:
Herb magic and medicine is all about learning from the gifts given to us from the natural world. This knowledge is an important key to our finding alternatives to the drugs that mask symptoms of disease but do not truly cure us.
The magic lives on ~
My friends and I feel a pull to return to Salem again soon. Our day there was truly magical. There's a homey affinity we have in relationship to the places we visited there last Saturday, especially New England Magic . The owners of the store were very personable and offered additional information about things that we were interested in, whether they be books or brooms, and we will continue to make them our source of magical things each time we return.
November 3, 2014 ~ A Return Trip
Some of the same girlfriends who were with me a couple of years ago returned to Salem yesterday. Others were new. We returned to New England Magic, where one member bought herself an athame. Others bought magical incense or candles. Each time we visit, there are new things available to capture our imaginations. I know that we will return again soon.
While we were in Witch City this time, we also visited the Salem Witch Museum, which offers historic presentations around the infamous 18th century trials.
A Dramatic illustration of the Salem Witch Trials ~
Read this first, then watch the modern film with Daniel Day Lewis. The story about the Salem witch trials is tragic, but it must be told far and wide so that such tragedies are never repeated.
"New England Magic" and other Salem shops are a short walk apart ~
A magical shop in "witch city'" MA, where you will be treated like royalty.
Small shop that sells a comprehensive collection of ritual herbs and tools, and hosts classes on spirituality and craft.
Delicious gourmet ice creams and refreshing drinks served here. At the back there is a shop for seasonal gifts and souvenir purchases.
A lovely cafe that serves delicious NE clam chowdah and gourmet sandwiches, as well as elegant desserts.
A friendly little shop that sells crystals, oils, books, tarot cards, and other items related to spirituality.
An extension of "Angelica of the Angels," which also offers aura photography and readings.
National Park Service visitor center that hosts life-sized dioramas, gift shop, and clean rest rooms. Sells trolley tour tickets.
A national historic site. The place where my husband and I had our wedding reception 11 years ago.
More fun pictures of my girlfriends and I taking Salem by broomstick ~
A modern young woman discovers her roots in a history full of turmoil ~
A story about a young woman living in Marblehead, MA the 1990's who discovers her connection to Salem during the era of the witch trials.
© 2012 Karen Szklany Gault