October 31, 2013 - 6:56amUpdated: October 31, 2013 - 12:55pm
Donna Kruger owns the Broom Closet witchcraft supply store in east Regina October 2013. Lisa Schick/CJME
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You don’t have to get a letter from Hogwarts or go to Diagon Alley to go find a witch shop. In fact, there is one in Regina.
The store is unremarkable from the outside, inconspicuous among the other businesses, and people driving by giving it the cursory once over would never know all the tools for witchcraft can be found inside.
“We have cauldrons, we have spell kits, we have witch balls, incense, jewellery, candles, candle holders, altar clothes, lots of items for your altar, wands,” listed off Donna Kruger, owner and operator of The Broom Closet witchcraft supply shop.
She even has Halloween decorations up for the season, “what’s a witch shop without bats and cobwebs and spiders,” she laughed.
The shop opened its doors about eight months ago. Kruger said she was having trouble getting the right tools for her spells and rituals online, and figured she wasn’t the only one. Surprisingly, there is a pretty large pagan community in Saskatchewan spanning various traditions. Kruger makes it clear that not all witches are Wiccan, and not all Wiccans are witches.
Herbs and incense line the walls of the shop and there are also spell kits for those just getting started who might not know what they’re doing.
“They have the chant, the time to do it, the candles, the herbs, the amulet,” explained Kruger.
There are spells for almost anything including healing, success, attracting love, getting a job, and even winning in court. There is good news for all those looking for a magical step up, but who may not have tried their hand at it before. Kruger said spells work even if you’re not a witch, just as long as your intentions are right with the spell.
Kruger is a practicing witch herself and has been for many years. She says when people find out, they tend to be all right with it.
“My family on one hand thinks I’m just their flaky older sister so it’s okay,” laughed Kruger.
Halloween is a special time for pagans. What it means depends on the tradition, but Kruger explained the Samhain tradition.
“(It’s) the night when the veil between this world and the next is thinnest, so it’s more of a spiritual aspect. It’s a night to honour our loved ones who passed before us, any of our ancestors,” she said.
In fact, Samhain is actually the precursor to modern Halloween celebrations, “the children are dressed up as spirits and they go around as the lord of mayhem basically, begging for offerings.”