STAFF PHOTOS BY JOE SARNO
"I am going back to basics like it was when we first started the business," he said.
Practical Magick II offers a wide array of items, gifts, classes, and psychic readings. Vecchio himself teaches the Wicca class. Wicca is an Earth-based religion that centers on nature and karma. In his class, Vecchio teaches students about the Wiccan belief system, the different Gods and Goddesses, the elements surrounding Wicca as well as how to perform a ritual and so much more.
"Many people can take it as a way of life and still be Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, or whatever they want to be," he said. "Or they take it as a religion."
Vecchio explained that witches usually get a bad rap in the media and are constantly portrayed as evil people who cast spells against innocent people for no reason other than to cause harm.
"Our Wiccan "Family" is not like that," Vecchio continued. "We are normal people who have normal jobs. We only do things for good. But if someone sends us negativity, we will send it right back to them. We have every given right to protect us."
Other classes taught at Practical Magick II include astrology, numerology, tarot, feng shui, yoga, couples yoga, past life regression, reiki, dowsing, and meditations.
Practical Magick II offers a variety of readings with a multitude of people. One of the store's more popular attractions are the psychic readings with Ellie, a pet psychic, who is available for readings Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. On Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. readings are available with Fernando, who specializes in Espiritismo." Janice is available on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. She is an intuitive counselor and a 2nd degree Wiccan Priestess. Jodie, a psychic, offers readings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m.; and Rev. Teresa is available on Tuesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. as well. All readings are by appointment only and are available during regular store hours. Vecchio himself is available for mediumship readings on Wednesdays. For more information about each reader, visit PracticalMagick2.com/readers.html and read their complete bios.
The shop sells many different items including scented candles, incense, oils, window decals, statues, tarot cards, books, coffee mugs, sage, handmade authentic Native American items, wolf items, fairy items, dragon items, playing cards, Witch's hats, and much more. There are always new items as shipments are delivered weekly. Vecchio also sells a variety of hand-made jewelry that is locally supplied as well as Anderson's custom pottery. Since it is October and Halloween is imminent, many holiday items are currently for sale, many of which are handmade.
"We are heading into Halloween, which is a great time to burn a candle for your deceased loved ones," Vecchio said. "It is also a great time to speak to them and feel them around you."
There is something for everyone at this store, and as Vecchio puts it, "We specialize in helping people."
Practical Magick II is located at 322B Wanaque Ave. in the heart of downtown Pompton Lakes. The shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit online at Practicalmagick2.com.