Welcome to my treasure trove of One-of-a-Kind, Handmade, Found and Repurposed and Vintage Magical Items! May Three Witches Designs offer magical adornments and goods that give you a sense of intention, power, and connection.
The name Three Witches is in honor of my three daughters. The name also honors the architectural strength of a triad; the numerology of the number three; the triple goddess manifested in her life stages as maiden, mother, and crone; and the waxing, full, and waning phases of the moon.
Thank you for visiting. Blessed be!
My journey into witchcraft began when I was fourteen years old, growing up in San Francisco in the 1990s. One could say my physical crafting of things--like dream pillows to aid in sleeping, herbal teas as remedies, and elaborate altars--practicing of intentional magic, and devotion to a higher power, have been part of most of my life. I wanted to be an herbalist, and in part this may have been because my single mother was a marijuana grower, an urban farmer. She had a warehouse in San Francisco in which she and a partner grew hundreds of plants. I loved plants too, and as a teenager I kept a collection of mason jars full of herbs, resins, dried roots. I was a solitary practitioner with only one good friend who was an outspoken witch, so much of my venturing into the pagan community had to do with the pagan occult stores within a bus-ride of home.
My favorite occult stores in San Francisco included Uma’s up off of Haight Street, the Sword & the Rose in Hayes Valley, and Candles and Curios on Divisadero. In Oakland, I went to Ancient Ways on Telegraph Avenue. I loved the smell of the herbs and incense, the gorgeous colors of the gemstones in the cabinets or set in small bowls. Every store had shelves of books with fabulous titles. Every store had tinctures of some sort, bottles and jars filled with things. It seemed almost every store had lots of plants, and a fat, lazy cat. Some interesting looking person worked behind the counter, and often was in mid-conversation with the one other person who was in the store, always someone older and more at ease with life than me. Despite my social awkwardness, or maybe because of it, every occult store was a refuge. I was a weird, loner of a teenager, and no matter how frenetic the city was, or what my home life was like, I could pause time and step into a magical, quiet, redolent world whenever I opened the door to one of those shops.
There was a time in my early twenties when I lived on the road, riding freight trains up and down the West coast and all the way to New Jersey. The ethic of the day was DIY, do it yourself. I made jewelry and goddess figurines out of Fimo clay, sold necklaces, and spent much of my day hanging out, talking with strangers, sewing my own clothes, and making bric-a-brac.
I went to college for a very long time, off and on, and when I graduated I wanted to work with teenagers, specifically with issues. My own mother had gone to prison for growing marijuana during part of my tenth grade year. As a woman in my mid-twenties, I started a career spent as a special education teacher in the public schools. I met some of the most amazing people in my life, and learned I was capable of so much love for so many people. This job was all consuming, and I loved it, until I had my children. I started thinking about how I could stay closer to home and still make money, work with a more intimate and adult group of people, and deal with much less bureaucracy on a daily basis.
Three Witches Designs began in the summer of 2018, when I set up a booth at the Thirst for Light festival in Washington. I had stopped teaching public school for good. My eldest daughter came with me to that festival, and helped me sell handmade jewelry, turkey-wing stylebrooms, hand-sewn tarot bags, and secondhand books. In the middle of a field in midsummer, I realized I was living the dream of having my own occult store, and following my bliss for sure.
Right now it’s 2020, the time of sheltering in place--which looks like it’s going to be happening for the remainder of the year. I will continue to make things at home, as ever, and update the shop. I’m also prepping for working at an adult school this fall, teaching creative writing and mythology. When the shelter-in-place is lifted, I’ll return to facilitating workshops at local brick and mortar stores, like Raven’s Wing Magical Co. in Oakland, and the Ecology Center in Berkeley.
May you feel grounded in the place you call home, take care of your body and mind, and reach out to friends and family, and even strangers, to make deep and meaningful connections. We have the chance to reboot the world, so to speak. We can grow more plants, learn to DIY things, or to shop from small producers, and ultimately re-jigger our collective minds to bring Earth’s sustainability to the forefront, and definitely live more magically.