Friday, November 27, 2015

A short list of recommended Metaphysical Shops ~~~

Hello Everyone,

Ms. Q and I had quite a chat about purchasing things from either an on line shop, through Esty, or from a brick and mortar store. 

Ms. Q said “Sometimes it’s like trying a different baking product, for example you’ve used Duncan Hines for years to bake something and one day you go to the store and they’re all out of Duncan Hines but have instead Best Foods, now both products are good, but each one responds differently, the texture is different, the taste is different and although good, to your family it’s not quite the same.  

And yet someone who has used Best Foods for years goes to their store and they’re out of Best Foods so they use Duncan Hines.  Again both products are good but this one is different and to that family it’s not quite the same.  

My Granny use to say “To Each their own”  meaning use that which works best for you.” 

Ms. Q went further to explain this in more magickal terms “O.K. I’ve used oils and such from Ancient Ways, and it works really good, for example, I use a Banishing Oil they make and it works really good,  but one day they were out, so I traveled to Mystic Dream and got theirs and it worked too, but in a different way, the results although gratifying surprised me as to how it worked.”

“I’ve also used War Water from Conjured Cardea and it has "Pow",  but someone gave me War Water from another shop and it worked too but it took a little longer to be effective especially since it was a situation that was not as difficult, even though I prayed over both of them,  and although I would prefer Conjured Cardea, this other shop would do in a pinch, even if I have to consider re-doing the spell work later on with the preferred product from the preferred source.”

Ms. Q has discovered that even among those folks well known in the magick and Hoodoo community that there is some feuds, as to which or whom is the better, more knowledgeable practitioner,  or who stole what explanation from who, or this practitioner has “done me wrong don’t trust him/her”  and even in various reviews there are different reactions to different Metaphysical shops, some people have had great results and others only give it a one star rating for whatever reason.

Ms. Q has found that by using a product she can give a personal rating on the Shop but suggests that each individual find out for themselves.   A store keeper or anyone can be having a bad day or the practitioner is ill or having an illness or crisis in their family that is not helping them to function and cannot give quality customer service.   Ms. Q says that what people forget is that practitioners are human too.  Illness, family situations, and other crisis can affect them.  But the one thing she dis-likes is one's ego getting in the way and putting blinders on.   She has seen that first hand and it does no one any good. 

Large companies like Indio Products and Wisdom Products do not have such a problem, but the smaller independent ones will, it can’t be helped. 

This is a very short list of those proprietors of Metaphysical and Hoodoo Products that Ms. Q has purchased and used.  Other practitioners may different in their opinions which is their right, but Ms. Q is only going by her personal experience with these and other shops.

They are listed in no particular order:

Conjured Cardea

Sarah is the sole proprietor and operator of Conjured Cardea, which she created in 2008, and offers an array of hand made products, Ms. Q has been happy with her service and products and gives an excellent recommendation.  Sarah has started doing specialty items as well including candles.  

About overseas shipping Ms. Q suggests that you e-mail Sarah.

Ancient Ways  
Herb Shop
4075 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 653-3244
Hours: · 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Ancient Ways is the sponsor of ThurgiCon and PantheaCon in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It’s been in business for many, many years, and Ms. Q has always had excellent service and recommendations by the Staff and the Owner and has found them to be very friendly and helpful.   Glenn Turner, the Proprietor of Ancient Ways store, is also the PantheaCon Ringmaster, and the Sponsor of TheurgiCon and is a long time, very knowledgeable, gifted person in the local Metaphysical community.

In terms of doing overseas shipment Ms. Q is not sure they can do that and suggests that you e-mail them.

The Mystic Dream
 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone:(925) 933-2342
Hours: · 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

The Shop first opened their doors in 1989 with a simple vision: to create a space for healing and spiritual exploration.  Since 2007 the store has been under the leadership of Chas Bogan and Storm Faerywol.  A very lovely shop in Walnut Creek, they offer classes and special metaphysical events in their store.  Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, like Ancient Ways and Conjured Cardea they make their own products.   E-mail in regards to overseas shipping.

Lucky Hoodoo Products
Lucky Hoodoo Products Inc.
803 S. Lincoln Dr.
Hancock, MI 49930
(800) 482-4419

Owned and operated by Miss Alice with assistance from Frank Papa Doc. Family members of both Miss Alice and the Papa Doc were spiritual workers and regular shoppers at all the small candles shops and hoodoo stores in the area (near south side of Chicago) throughout the 30’s 40’s and 50’s. A tradition that was passed onto them and been a part of their lives ever since.  Between the two of them they have amassed over 50 years of experience.

Ms. Q has purchased some of their products by mail order and has been happy with the results.   E-mail in regards to overseas shipping

Lucky Mojo Curio Company
6632 Covey Rd. 
Forestville, California

This shop imports and distributes folkloric magical, occult, herbal, and spiritual supplies  from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East for those who work in Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic,  Protestant, Muslim, and Jewish religious and magical traditions. Ms Q understands that they sell retail and wholesale and has seen Lucky Mojo products in some metaphysical shops both brick and mortar as well as on-line.

Owned by Catherine Yronwode it appears to be an on-line presence since 1998 although she may have opened her shop in 1993.  In 2002 she published a new book, “Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic: a materia magica of African-American conjure”  Ms. Q agrees with most of what Ms. Yronwode written, in comparing it with what was told to Ms. Q by her Grandmother’s friends as well as working with her Grandmother’s group.    Ms Q says the other books written by Ms. Yronwode are also good to add to one’s personal Library.  Ms. Yronwode has done extensive research into this subject.

In terms of customer service most recently it seems to be “hit or miss” possibly due to some illness, Ms. Q recommends calling first, doing overseas shipping is unknown.

Indio Products
2750 So Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90058 -
Phone: (323) 778-2233
To order: 1-800-944-1414

Indio Products ships worldwide and many, many Botanica’s and metaphysical shops carry their candles, they also offer the Anna Riva products, the 7 Sisters of New Orleans products, and possibly some Black Hawk Products.  Ms. Q has been able to receive large candle shipments from them during the days when she was setting lights for family and friends.   

Some of Ms. Q's practitioner friends are loyal Anna Riva and 7 Sisters of New Orleans users and  have not been disappointed with the Indio Products.

 Indio does Whole sale and in buying whole sale in regards to international shipping read their page first to be aware of their terms.

Wisdom Products
5333 E. Slauson Ave
Suite B
Commerce, CA 90040
Customer Service hours
8 a.m. to 4 p.m Pacific Standard Time
Phone 323-726-2100

Wisdom Products also ships worldwide and carry many of the same products as Indio in some cases they carry some products that Indio doesn’t, they also offer a Retail Catalog, and some of Ms. Q’s friends have purchased Wisdom Products and have been happy with their service.  Again read their pages in regards to shipping.  


This is just a short list based upon Ms. Q's experience with these shops, both on line and at their brick and mortar stores.   In time this list will expand, just check the Links section.

If you are an individual practitioner doing the work for yourself and your friends this will be of some help.  If you are planning on expanding your Spiritual Services or are frequently setting lights for family and friends, then setting up a whole sale account with  Indio and Wisdom Products may be a good thing to do. 

In time you the reader will find other sources for different things, or you will on your own begin making your own oils and incense and such.  But Ms. Q always says "take baby steps, just a little at a time and learn, learn, learn, read and learn and don't be afraid to ask questions on how something works.  It's how one learns."  

I will be adding these links to the Recommended Metaphysical Shops List on the side bar of this blog and we hope by New Years Ms. Q will be able to get back to writing her blog herself.

And in Ms. Q's words "Blessings to All of You"


  1. I wonder how many people have asked if you ever plan to compile all these posts into a book. What a wonderful thing that would be.

    1. Hello Malcolm,

      I asked my Aunt, Ms. Q about that and she said that the idea had been "kicking around in her mind".

      I have been recording her thoughts and experiences on various things, that go beyond what questions are asked here, in an effort to at least preserve it.

      When Ms. Q is feeling stronger we'll see about exploring that avenue.

      Thank you for the suggestion.

      And in Ms. Q's words "Blessings to you"