New York has cast a spell on them.
The Big Apple has been named the best city for witches, according to to a new Lawn Love study.
âThe city that never sleeps is also the city of spells and witchcraft,â the report authors said, with more covens and stores of spiritual supplies than any other.
The study looked at a variety of criteria, including the number of candle shops, reiki healers, tarot card readers, astrologers, and even witch-focused Facebook groups (NYC has 42).
Los Angeles; Pasadena, California; Jersey City and San Francisco, the New Age capital, complete the top five most enchanted towns out of 200 cities surveyed.
In addition to hosting WitchsFest USA, an annual convention for pagans, Gotham is also home to over 120 cemeteries.
Michelle Gruben, a young practicing witch from Dallas, Texas, says cemeteries have “spiritual, natural, and metaphysical traits that are important and useful in magical work, especially collecting dirt for casting spells.”
Dakota St. Claire, 32, co-owner of Bushwick’s Catland Books, a hub for witches, wiccans and wizards, says he’s not surprised by the findings from Lawn Love, a national gardening and gardening supplier. external services.
âNow is our busiest time of year,â he told The Post as customers lined up for Halloween.
Since Catland reopened on October 1, business has been booming: the store has doubled in size to meet growing demand for its otherworldly books, charms, herbs, divination tools and “coffin nails” , supposed to add power to spells.
One thing the St. Claire store doesn’t sell, however, is Hollywood-style witch costumes.
âWitches are among us, but most will likely be incognito,â said Nikki Novo, a self-proclaimed spiritual mentor who runs Soul Academy, a school of âspiritualityâ in North Carolina. Nova has many New York clients and knows a witch of an aspirant with the drop of a crystal.
âThe witches are the mother next door, the business owner, the graphic designer,â Nova said of the New York witches. âThere is no limit to how we can present ourselves. “
The number of Americans who identify as wiccans or earth-worshiping pagans and practicing witchcraft has skyrocketed, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center report that put the number at 1 to 1.5 million Americans.
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