While traveling down US-378 going toward Conway I happened to notice the much loved Pentacle of Witches. I could hardly believe what I was seeing. This five-pointed star isn’t something you see too often in South Carolina. Without a second thought, I pulled up to find out what was going on. If you don’t know, the pentagram represents the elements and the soul. It was often used in old horror flicks as an “evil” symbol. With that in mind, I really didn’t know what to expect on the other side of the front door. All the same, I opened the door and walked right in.
The word village fits perfectly with the ambitious dream that I found inside.The number of services offered was simply staggering. I don’t know of any place where you can get a cheeseburger, get married, purchase spells, or find that new wardrobe you’ve been looking for. It was all here and I enjoyed every minute of getting to know the members of this spiritualist community. Hearing about their beliefs and reasons for moving to Conway was almost as interesting as the unique assortment of products on display.
One of the biggest draws to the village is the variety of mystical merchandise available. Gypsy Eyes is the trademark of all the interesting Pagan, Wicca, Buddhist, Hindu, products. Some of the items I looked at seemed focused on helping the novice witch get her start in the arts. Several premixed spells and potions were available for example. Crystals, candles, runes, and more were also available.
My favorite was the Pendulums of Divination that were arranged like a magic eight ball. I asked Gypsy to show me how it worked. It turns out that pendulums are some of the easiest forms of divination to learn. All you have to do is dangle a crystal on a string. You ask it a question and depending on how it swings you receive your answer. I asked Gypsy to tell me if I should practice witchcraft. The crystal quickly began to swing emphatically and Gypsy looked up with a bit of remorse. She didn’t seem pleased to inform me that I was perhaps not cut out for witchcraft.
Even though I would never ride a broom by night, I was still pleasantly surprised by what I had found. I’ve always dreamt of a place that offered palm readings and french fries. If you visit don’t forget to ask about the trademarked specialty, Gypsy Stew. Some say it makes you fly. I don’t know about all that, but I have no doubts about revisiting. This really is the spiritual center that can take care of all your needs.
Location: 33.83491, -79.14291