Posted by: nightmistwalker | October 21, 2014

The Craft Store Visit

On the way home this evening, I stopped at one of the local craft stores. (This was a craft store, not a Craft store. We need more metaphysical shops. Most have gone out of business in the last few years.) The Halloween items were at a 60% discount and had clearly been heavily shopped. I scored the last of the taper candles (1 black, 3 gold), leaving a hole at the top of one shelf. Before I did that, however, I roamed the entire store, looking at everything, walking aisles that were laden with memories.

There was a time when I spent a great deal of time at this particular store. My girls were crafty, working with beads, calligraphy, paints, candle making, knitting, embroidery, scrap-booking, etc. My Girl Scout troops also contributed to my memories of this store.  In later years, I visit the store on behalf of the high school Drama Club. It has been a fixture in our neighborhood for many years.

I do try to visit the store ahead of the holidays. There is always something new to appreciate. Today’s “find” was a mock display of 3 books labeled “Spells”, “Brews”, and “Sorcery”. I may have to go back to get one (75% discount?).

The purpose of today’s visit, however, was to buy candles. Sadly, the store is selling fewer and fewer candles that I can use in ritual. They are selling electric candles and candles in very large jars. Electric candles just do not do it for me. I have no need to reuse the empty glass jars once I have burned the candles and so consider them to be wasteful packaging. So I contented myself with the 4 tapers. There will be four more rituals in the Temple of Gaia’s future.

Traditions help to keep us connected. All of the holiday activities connect us with those who have gone before. But we also create our own traditions. These connect us with ourselves in the past. It has been a long time since I have thought of our visits to the craft store. Yet, there they were, the shades of two little girls combing through the aisles looking for new and magical things. I will always know where to find them.

Someday, I hope they will take their own little children to a craft store. Just imagine the memories they will create there.



  1. I too love rituals and the way they connect us to the past. (Especially important for me with my jigsaw puzzle life) And the way (for me and I think for you) new rituals can be created and come to have their own importance.

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