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Grove and Grotto Fall 2020 update

Posted by Michelle Gruben on

Grove and Grotto Fall 2020 update

Autumnal greetings from the Grove! It's your friendly shop fairy Michelle, working in place for now at our Dallas HQ. As you may know, I post a semi-annual update to share shop news with our circle of friends, customers, and supporters (and maybe a handful of secret haters, who knows). Our year, like just about every other business owner's, has been defined by the 2020 global pandemic. We've stumbled and stressed, angst-ed and adapted, but are coming out stronger thus far. This picture shows me after pulling an all-nighter to get a surge of online orders out the door. I'd...

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The Shaman Box (Deck Review)

Posted by Andhe Standiford on

The Shaman Box (Deck Review)

Thanks to Andhe Standiford for providing this guest review of The Shaman Box! This exciting new title is now available in the shop. The Shaman Box measures 8 inches tall by 6 inches wide, by 1 inch deep. It has a weight and the feel of a small hardcover book. Inside you will find a deck of 36 animal oracle cards on the left side, and a softcover 96-page book titled "The Shaman Box" on the right side. The Shaman Box Animal Oracle Cards contain 36 beautiful black and white illustrations of totem animals done in a style reminiscent of...

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Grove and Grotto Spring 2020 update

Posted by Michelle Gruben on

Grove and Grotto Spring 2020 update

Welcome to another edition of our Spring shop update! It’s a couple months late, but there has been a whirlwind of activity here at the Grove. As I write this, we’re in the midst of recovering from the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. All of our April and May 2020 events were cancelled, of course. We were heartbroken to not be able to see Pagan friends and family at Beltane! (Summer trade shows are also a no-go.) We have been battling shipping delays, stock shortages, and restrictions on pickup and delivery of packages. On the plus side, we’re a...

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The Craft of the Old Ones: Six excellent witchcraft books from the 80s and 90s

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The Craft of the Old Ones: Six excellent witchcraft books from the 80s and 90s

The decade is new and uncertain, the planet is melting, there are way more witchcraft books coming out every day than I can keep up with…dammit! Time to crouch down by a dusty bookshelf and get nostalgic for the books that shaped us when we were baby Witches. Google is great for looking up a moon phase or herbal recipe—but for the dedicated Witch, there’s nothing like the printed word to guide your studies. We’ve combed through our library for classic beginner’s books that have stood the test of time. Each one of these titles has passed the quarter-century mark...

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Honoring Pagan elders: Five simple ways to show your love

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Honoring Pagan elders: Five simple ways to show your love

It’s no secret that we live in a youth-oriented society. There’s the Maiden, and the Mother, and…who’s that old biddy over there? As Pagans, we tend talk a lot about respecting the elder folks among us. But our actions often fall short. For the health of our communities, and out of kindness to those who have served before us, we all should work toward understanding and appreciating our Pagan elders. What is an elder? In some groups, it is a formal title earned after some years of doing clergy work or rising within a degree system. Occasionally it is used...

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