Enchantments: NYC’s occult and witchcraft store
In the middle of East Ninth Street between First & Ave. A, I walk into my favorite Manhattan shop. As I open the door, I’m greeted by the salsa music of Celia Cruz. I notice the cauldrons, jars of herbs, darkened bottles of potions, and glitter sparking on the floor. A black cat named Eros walks slowly by me. His sister, Medea, is nearby, also black. Languishing in a basket is a white American long hair named Cero. All three are rescues.
This is Enchantments, Manhattan’s only witchcraft store. If there are others, I’ve never heard of them. When you think of witch shop, you think of those big amber bottles of potions. They’ve got them. They can make any concoction you need. Experienced witches own and work in this store.
The first time I walked in many years ago, I was browsing at the spell kits and books when a woman entered, made a beeline for the back of the store, where the potions and candles are custom made, told the young woman at the counter that she was having some sort of problem and needed a solution. An appropriate elixir was blended. The woman seemed pleased and went on her way. Hmmm, I thought, this is an interesting place.
There may be other shops that sell crystals, incense and the like, but none with products as varied as Enchantments and, at the same time, as specialized in the occult as Enchantments. They opened in 1982 and are located in the East Village at 424 East 9th between 1st Avenue and Avenue A. They also stock products for other spiritual paths. The staff is excellent – very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. It’s also nice to know that they do not endorse products that may bring harm to others – no black magic here.
“We believe in the principle “harm none,” and do not endorse items that hurt others.”
A very special part of their store is the Magickal Apothecary. Therein are pre-packaged formulas and also a large variety of herbs, oils and resins that can be used to make hundreds of recipes for different purposes. It reminds me of a witch’s laboratory – and that is exactly what it is. They have over a hundred blended oils, dozens of powder incenses, over a dozen baths, 6 types of already made ouanga bags. Everything is hand-made by the staff. There are also over a hundred fragrance and essential oils and almost 200 herbs and resins.
Custom carved candles
I love the custom carved candles and they are one of Enchantments most popular products. Customers can order a candle and wait (30-60 minutes) or pick it up later. If you are not sure what type of candle you want, you tell them what you wish to bring into your life – or what you wish to get rid of. The candle will be carved with your name, astrological symbol and any other figures, symbols or runes that are appropriate to the desired effect. The candle is a large pillar, good for 7 days of straight burning, or you can snuff it out and light again. (You do not have to keep it continuously burning to get the effect.) The candle is anointed with oil, iron filings are put into the bottom and a bit of honey is added as an offering. (You also get a taste of the honey.) Glitter (in the appropriate color) is rubbed into the indentations of the carved areas and the pillar is popped back into its glass holder. See my article on Making a Spell Candle, which describes a class I took at Enchantments on how to make these candles yourself.
Besides the custom made candles, they have a large selection of votives, tapers, figure candles, and 7-day candles. They have approximately 50 different 7-day candles with printed images for whatever purpose you need in your life. Also in stock are incense, smudge sticks, green and white sage. There are many books on various occult subjects and tarot cards. They also stock jewelry, statues, cauldrons, chalices, pentacles, runes, wands, etc. – everything you need to be a good witch.
There is also an on-line store that sells custom carved candles, blended oils, powder incense, herbs, resins, books, sprays, baths, ouanga bags, and spell kits. You may even be able to find an autographed book.
If you visit their website, you’ll see that it has a section of facts that answers many questions about the store itself and also about spirituality, magic, witchcraft, spells, book recommendations, and the like. They also explain how candle magic works, by “combining an intention with an action in order to produce an effect” and complete instructions on how to burn your candle. There are instructions on how to use their packaged baths and candle spell kits that include 2 hand-carved candles, 1 dram of oil, 1 package of incense and 1 package of sea salt.
Enchantments offers on-site readings. If you would like one, call during business hours (212) 228-4394 or book it in person. They do take walk-ins, depending on how busy things are at the time. Readings are $60.
Also check the website and join their mailing list to see upcoming events – sabbats are celebrated in the backyard and classes held in the store. Sign up for their newsletter here.
Facebook: Enchantments NY
Hours: 1-9pm. Note they are closed on Tuesdays.
While in the area:
Eat at The Crooked Tree. I had lunch in this tiny cafe on St. Marks Place and ordered the black forest ham with brie, arugula, tomato and honey mustard. All of these flavors went together wonderfully. I also tried the carmelized apple crepes. I honestly told my server that the crepes were the best thing I ever ate in my life. Try them. Just about everything on the menu is $10 or less.
Check out the Physical Graffitti building. This famous landmark for rock fans is the building where the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffitti was shot and also where the Rolling Stones were “Waiting on a Friend.”
There are 2 geocaches here, associated with Physical Graffitti.
Buy some loose tea at Physical GraffiTea. I purchased Sweet Oblivion which contains valerian, lemon balm, lemongrass, green rooibos, chamomile, fennel, peppermint, verveine and lavender. I found it really helped me sleep better.