Artemisia Botanicals

Artemisia Botanicals

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Salem's widest variety of herbs can be found at Artemisia Botanicals. Watch this video to find all the info on the store's history, tarot readings, reviews and more.

History of Artemisia Botanicals

Established as a local herbs retailer in 1997, this store strives to provide Salem's community with a massive selection of healing solutions. Unlike some other Salem new age and witch supply shops, Artemisia promotes natural and organic products. So if you're at all interested in energetic integrity, this is a great place to supply your altar.

In addition to the absolutely incredible herb selection, they also offer amazing herbal blends, both for ingestion and magickal use.

 

What's Inside?

All told, the store offers over 400 varieties of herbs and 100 teas. In addition to their herbal supplies, Artemisia Botanicals sells other olfactory delights like handmade goat's milk soap. You'll also find the usual set of witch supplies like containers, oils and candles, wands, drums and spell books.

Also unlike some other Salem shops, Artemisia Botanicals offers a particularly robust online store, so you can access all of their wares at any time.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Artemisia is the atmosphere itself. This is no dark, stuffy witch shop. Instead, the store is bright, clean, and airy. It's a very nice addition to the Salem landscape for this reason.

The staff is also incredibly friendly. I've leaned on their expertise nearly every time I've been in the store and I've never been disappointed.

 

Tarot Readings at Artemisia Botanicals

The divination you'll experience at Artemisia is unlike any other in Salem. Not only can you get a tarot reading, but there are two other types of readings that are unique to this store and Salem itself.

In addition to the tarot reading, you may also choose to receive a tea leaf or lace reading at Artemisia Botanicals. The tea leaf readings are very well reviewed. so be sure to give this on a look next time you're in Salem.

 

My Review of Artemisia Botanicals

Artemisia Botanicals is among the particularly well-reviewed Salem witch supply shops. While I've never personally had a reading there, plenty of people who have tout the greatness of them - especially the tea leaf reading.

What I can say for sure is that Artemisia is one of the stores in Salem that I order products from year-round. Even when I'm not in Salem, I'm constantly tweaking the herbs and teas in my cart. These orders always arrive promptly and in fantastic condition.

Also, the friendliness and knowledge of the staff cannot be understated. All of the elements listed here (and others) make Artemisia Botanicals one of the very few Salem stores that transcends the realm of tourist destination. Locals and visitors enjoy this place alike all year long.

If it wasn't obvious already, I highly recommend giving this place a go, no matter who you are. If you're in Salem, chances are, you'll love it. And if you're looking for ethically-sourced, organic supplies for your spiritual endeavors, you can't go wrong here either.

 

Hours of Operation

You can stop by every day, from 10 AM to 6 PM.


Crow Haven Corner

Crow Haven Corner

 

Everything you need to know about Crow Haven Corner in a minute-long video! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at Crow Haven Corner.

 

 

 

 

History of Crow Haven Corner

Laurie Cabot started Salem’s modern witchcraft movement. Following a divorce, she combined resources with a friend and left Boston. In 1970, Cabot opened the first witch shop in the Witch City. Without the need to be more specific (yet), she named the store “The Witch Shoppe”. One year after, Cabot moved the shop to Essex Street and renamed it Crow Haven Corner.

The store is still open in the same location, but it’s no longer owned by any member of the Cabot family. Currently, Lorelei Stathopoulos owns the shop.

 

 

What’s Inside Crow Haven Corner?

When in Salem, you definitely have to make this place a stop. Even if the store isn’t huge, you’ll notice that everywhere you look there’s something fascinating to see. There are herbs, crystals, candles, t-shirts, occult books and so on. If you’re new to magick and witchcraft, you can even find spell kits and potions (for only $19.99). They also have an online shop, on their website.

 

 

Tarot Readings and Divination at Crow Haven Corner

Lorelei is known as Salem’s Famous “Love Clairvoyant.” Not only is she a well-known love reader, she’s also renowned for advise on health and well-being. Lorelei offers phone and in person readings. Every reading should be booked and you may choose from below (prices from December, 2019):

 

  • Thirty minutes consultation ($90);
  • One hour consultation ($150);
  • Phone reading – thirty minutes consultation ($90);
  • Phone reading – one hour consultation ($150);
  • One hour couple’s consultation ($150).

At the end, you will receive a magic mojo bag made by the owner herself.

 

 

Hours of Operation

The store is open daily from 11 AM to 8 PM.

 

 

Location

Address: 125 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

 


Pyramid Books Salem

Pyramid Books Salem

Pyramid Books in Salem Massachusetts is a bit of an odd duck as New Age shops go. But, beneath its somewhat random flow, there might just be something worth checking out. Let's dive into my thoughts on Pyramid Books Salem.

 

Why You Hatin'?

Ok, my intro there may have been a little harsh. But one can't deny that the whole vibe of Pyramid Books Salem is a little odd. Compare it to other Salem shops and the dissonance becomes especially pronounced. That's because there are other witch shops in Salem that do such a fine job of relating to their branding.

 

 

Let's have a look at Hex and its sister store Omen, for example. When you see the sign for Hex from Essex St. you know exactly what you're in for. It's dark, it's spooky, it knows what it is. Likewise, Omen is a little less obvious from the shop's name, but once you enter, you're bathed in a see of white, healing light and everything becomes clear.

Now I have major issues with both of these shops, but one thing they do have going for them is they know who they are. And they organize their layouts, branding, and merchandise to reflect that. I can't really say the same for Pyramid Books Salem. Is it Egyptian-themed? Not especially. How about conspiratorial, Illuminati, OTO or something in that vein? Nope. It's not really much of anything clearly Pyramid-esque and in a town like Salem, that's a bit of an issue.

 

 

But Wait, There's Books!

For my money, the thing Pyramid Books Salem definitely has going for it is the sheer volume of its book collection. I'm not sure anyone else in Salem comes close to the number of titles on offer. Because the floor space is so massive, you're likely to find something relating to pretty much any topic of New Age thinking at Pyramid - at least moreso than other Salem shops.

 

 

The volume and variety extend off the bookshelves as well. They've got stones, tarot and oracle cards, incense, crystals, statues, idols, and so much more. Again, there's no rhyme or reason to it, but man is it varied.

 

Psychic and Tarot Readings at Pyramid Books Salem

In the spirit of 100% transparency, I've never had a reading at Pyramid Books Salem. The reason for this is pretty simple: it just doesn't look that appealing to me. Readings are conducted in little cubby-sized rooms that line the back wall. There's no flare to these spaces at all. It basically feels like you're getting a reading at the Psychic Faire. And, for me, environment is everything when it comes to things like this, so I've always opted for spaces that are decidedly more witchy.  

That said, we live in the age of the internet. And the reviews are definitely in for Pyramid Books. If you have a gander at their Facebook or tripadvisor pages, you'll find a lot of glowing reviews. Most of these are related to the shop, but the ones that do speak to psychic or tarot readings are generally stellar:

  • It was 30$/15min which is 5-10$less expensive than the others and they weren't pushing it on the tourists at all. I had a fifteen minute reading with Doug and I honestly will say it was the highlight of my trip. 
  • I've had a couple readings here before - both really accurate and one was okay. It just depends on the person and your 'chemistry' with them.
  • Absolutely love Pyramid Books! Beverly Anderson is beyond talented...highly recommend getting a reading with her! 

With the exception of a few, these are the kinds of reviews Pyramid has in the way of readings.

 

 

Final Thoughts

So, should you check out Pyramid Books Salem? My answer is a resounding YES! Really, my only criticism is the randomness of the merchandise and not-so-great divination spaces. And these are both super minor when you compare them to issues with other Salem witch shops. The randomness you could even say is a draw if the overt theming of other stores gets under your skin (which I 100% empathize with). All in all, Pyramid Books is Salem's rare gem and one that's often erroneously overlooked in the Salem New Age Shop discussion.

Pyramid Books
214 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
Hours: 11am - 7pm Mon-Sat.; 11am-6pm Sun; Halloween or Autumn times may vary
info@pyramidbks.com
(978) 745 - 7171

 


Omen Salem Psychic Parlor & Witchcraft Emporium

Omen Salem MA Psychic Parlor & Witchcraft Emporium

 

If you’re looking for a Salem tarot card reading, you might want to give Omen Salem Psychic Parlor & Witchcraft Emporium a look. You could also take this little quiz to find out the perfect spot for you.

 

 

 

 

Shopping

Like many witch shops in Salem, Omen offers a wide variety of new age items. Inside you’ll find candles, incense, stones, tarot cards, and a nice selection of books.

 

 

 

The staff expanded the book selection in 2018 and it now rivals the volume of pretty much any other in Salem – except for Pyramid Books’.

 

 

Tarot and Psychic Readings

Omen features a shifting variety of divinatory experiences. I’ve personally had both a Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth deck tarot reading there. And out of those, David Newman’s Thoth reading was one of the more interesting and rewarding I’ve had in the Witch City. Depending on the staff and time of the year you visit, you might also be able to get palm readings, séances runes, and more.

 

 

Review of Omen

A little background information is unfortunately necessary to understand my feelings on this store. Omen is the sister store of Hex, also in Salem. Hex was founded by a guy named Christian Day, along with a few friends. Like Hex, style is most definitely prioritized over substance here. If you are new to the world of witchcraft or new age thought, Omen is a great spot for you to see what it’s all about. If you’re more seasoned, you’ll likely find the overall branding and tone to be a tad on the nose.

 

 

 

I still stop in frequently myself and appreciate the definitive branding at Omen. But I can’t help but wonder where they source their materials. How much of their visible beliefs are authentic? And to what degree is the entire experience is a blatant money-grab? Then again, I find myself having that inner dialogue a lot in Salem, so why should Omen be any different?

 

 

Omen Information:

184 Essex St. Salem, Massachusetts 01970

(978) 666-0763

Website

Hours: 11AM – 7PM everyday, but hours are likely changed around Halloween.