I love witches! I met Nicole through Etsy. She looks bewitching with her long, dark hair & tattoos. The name of her shoppe is The Indigo Gathering. It is chock full of really cool mystical, magickal items.
Nicole teaches classes about herbs, moon magick, and conjure in Knoxville, TN. You will also find that she has a huge heart and donates money from every single sale in her shoppe to help her favorite animal. Read on to find out all about her & her shoppe.
“I’ve been a practicing witch for about 12 years, and have studied many different paths.”
EarthMother195 Asked: How did you learn ( who taught you ) your art?
and Nicole said: As a child, I was always fascinated by magick. I guess like any little girl, it all starts out with “wish magick”, though of course we may not know that’s what it is at the time. Any time you blow out candles on a birthday cake, make a wish at 11:11, or whatever it may be, that’s magick. My ancestry is very well rounded by different cultures and beliefs already, and much of it has roots in some form of magick. Everything from Witchcraft to Hoodoo. When I got older, in high school, I had a very dear friend. Unfortunately, we grew apart, but she introduced me to magick, and the craft. I was so fascinated with it, that after studying more about it, I knew it was right for me. I haven’t seen my friend in years, but I thank her for showing me what I was missing from my life. Now, I look at everything in a different light. From the moon, and the trees, to listening for that whisper in the wind.
Now about 8 years later, I run a shop where I get to share my magick, help others in their practice, and I am part of the Shadow of the Moon Coven, working on my 1st degree with them. My coven has been a blessing to me. I’m very much looking forward to my journey with them.
EarthMother195 says: I also love HooDoo! This girl just about broke my heart in two when she said that she and her friend grew apart. I could just picture them whispering secrets and sneaking off in the middle of the night to the woods, carrying armfuls of candles and books, in their long, flowing, black dresses. Let’s find out more!
How did you come about getting your shop name?
Nicole said: In my practice, indigo is used in peace waters, oils, floor washes, and many things that bring, just like it says, peace. I very much believe in coexisting, and accepting others, as well as accepted for who I am, no matter what I believe. To me, The Indigo Gathering strongly represents something I believe in, and that is coexisting. Whether you say, “harm to none, do what ye will”, or “love thy neighbor”, we should all learn to love each other for we truly are.
What new items are you considering to add to your shop?
A: I am currently working on adding hand-carved wands from birch and willow, and designing some lovely cloaks and ritual robes, and eventually, hand-fasting cords! Many new and wonderful things are in the making for The Indigo Gathering right now.
Custom Juju Spirit Doll
How would you describe your shop?
A: I believe that the shop is very well balanced. By the time I get finished stocking my “virtual shelves”, I think no matter what path you follow in the craft, that you can find something that suits your needs there. I welcome all, whether new or old to the practice, or maybe just curious. If it were a physical shop, I would hope it would be the kind of place that whether you need urgent help and a magickal “cure”, or you just want to gush about your day, you’d drop in to see me. I just love helping people. So far, everyone that I’ve done business with, I’ve stayed in touch, even just to ask how they are. I really care about the people that come to me. I actually met one of my closest, most dear friends through our shops on Etsy. Relating and friendship is important to me.
What inspires your creativity?
A: Oh wow! I’m inspired by so many things. It could be anything from a misty moonlit night by a river, to a bumper sticker! I actually saw a button made by a man on Etsy, that said, “A fabulous night for a moon dance”, and it inspired me so much that I’m finally finishing up a fiction novel I wrote from an idea it brought to me.
What keeps you motivated?
A: Helping others, educating those who don’t understand magick, and hoping that what little I can do will one day make a difference in the concept of coexisting.
What led you to start your business?
A: It started when I made candles, oils, incense, and mojos/charms for friends, and they loved them so much, they insisted I check out Etsy, which at the time, I had no idea what it was! I gave it a shot, and though it’s been a slow start, it’s full speed ahead now.
What is currently your favorite item in your store?
A: I am very connected to the Goddess, Arianrhod, and the moon. I do a lot of lunar magick. I really love the moon water, and the Arianrhod incense. The moon water is made from rain water and has this lovely blue color to it, that is dyed naturally by cornflower and blue lotus, then lightly scented with jasmine and charged with quartz under the full moon.
What charities does or has your company contributed to?
A: 10% of each sale is donated to The Elephant Sanctuary of Hohenwald, TN. I always had a fascination with elephants, so much that my first job, was at the zoo. It was fate that my first summer there, I worked an ice cream cart right next to the elephants. I made great friends with them! Though, they could have just used me for the ice cream… Elephants LOVE ice cream! haha. Then, once I began my path with the craft, I was told by a wise woman that my spirit animal is the elephant.
The elephant is said to symbolize tenderness, commitment, and communication. They are powerful, yet nurturing and compassionate. I feel that’s a great description of the kind of person I try to be.
I hate to see these beautiful, gentle giants mistreated. I’m happy to see that the ivory trade has finally started to die out.
The Elephant Sanctuary is an elephant rescue organization. They began in 1995 and they are the nations largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered elephants. They currently operate on 2.700 acres in Hohenwald, TN, about 85 miles from Nashville. They provide a haven for old, sick, or needy elephants in this beautiful place and are even given heated barns for the cold Tennessee nights. I was proud to become a sponsor of an elephant there last year. I always look forward to my letters and updates on the elephants in the mail to see how things are going.
EarthMother said: I believe that success is about sharing, resources, leads, & tools. The more we help each other be successful, the more we will succeed, so with this in mind,
What advice do you have for other small business owners?
And Nicole answered: Don’t give up! It’s a tough world to break into, as I’m still trying to. It’s taken me a year to finally get mine going, and business is slow at first. But there’s great new tools out there for business owners that weren’t around in the past. No longer do you have to go door-to-door, just get Facebook! But ultimately, don’t give up. Success is dependent upon how hard you work for it, and how bad you want it.
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