FAQ

How much will domestic US shipping cost me?

Our domestic shipping system is set up per weight and dimension. We ship everything by USPS Priority Mail service. Once you have an order in your shopping cart ready for check-out it will automatically produce a shipping cost for your items. This will be an accurate USPS cost for shipping your items. This is the same as if you went to the post office yourself.

I live in Mexico City. Can you ship to me?

Yes we can! In fact we're set up to ship worldwide! If you are in the following (subject to change) list below, we ship to you. Once you have an order in your shopping cart ready for check-out it will automatically give you options for service and produce a shipping cost for your items.

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (the Republic of), Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (British), Wallis and Futuna Islands, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

How fast will I get my order?

We will create and have your order ready to ship within 3 to 5 days. We make all of our own product line custom just for you so sometimes it might take a little longer. If it will be more than 5 days we will contact you to let you know.

Can I return an oil if I don’t like it? I didn’t realize it had Coriander oil in it.

Please read our website product pages carefully as we list all ingredients for all of our product. As most of our Mother Maggie’s product is made up custom for each order—and we cannot ethically resell this product made for you, then returned, to others—we cannot accept returns on our own product for this reason.

Should there be a defect in the product or shipping damage, please keep all shipping material, then email us with details. We will definitely make right any wrong. We do seriously want you to be happy with your experience with us and our product. Please email us here with any comments, questions, or problems.

Who did the paintings on the website?

The paintings for each section and each condition were painted by Ian Philips. You can also purchase a copy of his amazingly-clever hand-painted 4-color hard-cover Rapture-primer book The Rapture for Big Sinners here!

Who made the recipes for the oils? Are they authentic?

Mother Maggie’s recipes were created by Greg Wharton. The recipes are a balance of traditional and interpreted oil usage and the want to make each recipe a unique fragrance that could be worn as you would any perfume. He also created the Body Conjure perfume line. Yum.

Your tagline says “earth & body magic for spiritual magpies & other misfit toys.” What do you mean by magic?

Well, if you are basing your concept of magic on what you’ve seen in movies or on TV, get ready to be disappointed or conned out of everything you have. That’s all special effects. Witches honor.

We, Daddy Greg and Papa Candee, aka the ones writing the answers for this FAQ, believe there are as many definitions of magic as those who practice it. But a good working definition usually includes magic being a means to influence the universe with your will. Some do it with prayers. Others use vision boards and affirmations. Others an elaborate incantation with all manner of herbs and oils and symbols and sigils (mystical tags to summon the mystical tagger behind them).

Now, if you believe as we do that this is a free-will universe, then your will should bump up against others. So to control or command or coerce another against their will is not only impolite, it’s a lot of work. A lot of work that will create a lot of reaction—force meets opposing force and all that jazz—that some call the Law of 3 or the Law of Threefold Return or good ol’ karma or “jails, institutions, and death.”

The tricky thing is answering where does the control begin in an act that is all about writing your name large in the aetherial and the magical world. For some, just the thought of doing a spell or a prayer invoking “my will” is too much. Even a very simple prayer to Saint Freddie Mercury to find you someone to love for those who pride themselves on the whiteness of their light. For others, too much is the point. Chaos magicians in the house say, “What?”

Trickier still is we believe that decision is yours. We’re spiritual magpies. We really grok out to the concept of choice and the freedom to walk you own path and make your own way…and mistakes. To quote an old teacher of Papa Candee’s, “We’re not here to carry you piggy-back into Heaven.” But we’ll be happy to load you up with supplies to boost your prayer and spellwork.

Okay, what’s a spiritual magpie and what do they have to do with misfit toys?

That’s a great question that deserves a page of its very own. As for Mother Maggie and misfit toys, well, anyone in this day and age who thinks that spiritual and magical fundamentals, with a lot of tweaking and twisting, make awesome fashion accessories and not infallible rules to live and kill for, is quite the misfit toy. And while King Moonracer may be their big daddy mac, Mother Maggie is a lovely stand-in for their cosmic big mama.

I’ve seen you call Mother Maggie’s a spiritual supply store. What does that really mean?

Wise old Anonymous once said, “Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel.” Well, a spiritual supply store is where you can go to get to get items that either inspire you to shovel or boost your spirits while you shovel.

Your labels include prayer as an ingredient. What do you mean by that? No offense, but can I get my order without you praying over it? Without a label even?

Very simply, we pray as we work on your order and we pray over the finished product. They are simple heartfelt prayers that utilize the powers that be from our own magpie worldviews. Daddy Greg is a lusty Taurus who likes his prayerwork to be practical and earthy. But he also loves Buddhas and Taras and dragons, oh my! Papa Candelaria worships Goddesses and fire and loves to work with angels. His astrology chart is full of water, despite being an Aries with a Sag rising. So that means feelings, whoa oh feelings! Both pull from those places and much more.

That said, it is fine to ask for us to not pray over the product we make. There is a yes/no button at checkout.

You can also specify if you want your Mother Maggie's product to come without a label. No one but you will know what condition it is for (Heal, Lust, Job, Success, etc.) unless they get a hold of your order slip. Just say no when we ask you at checkout.

Can you to do some rootwork and candles for me?

We are building our Magpie chapel right now. As soon as it is built we will be offering custom candle services through our website. In the meantime, Mother Maggie’s has our Conjure & Consultation pages here for those workers we approve and suggest you contact for custom work including candle services.

I don’t find any Hot Foot powder on your website. Can you curse my cheating ex-boyfriend for me?

No to both questions. It’s not that Daddy Greg and Papa Candelaria only believe in the light—no matter how much we talk about helping lightworkers be a lighthouse in their lives and their communities. In fact, we both hold to the belief that you have to hex in order to be able to heal. So we don’t have a problem doing cursework. We just have a problem doing it for others.

We used to do it in our former occult shop and private consultation worklives. But that was where we learned we didn’t want to do cursing for others once we had a store of our own. One because we don’t want a workshop that reeks of sulfur and asafetida. Two, because it’s all in the intention. It is so much easier to hold the intention to curse than the intention to bless. Who hates their ex more than you do? Who can hold that intention better? And if you are one of those frequent cursers who thinks hiring a conjureworker to curse for you gets you off the hook for any rebound—well, ain’t that shady of you. And it doesn’t work. But have no fear, there are many out there ready to help you. Some are even as honorable as they are effective.

In other words, among the practitioners of old-time conjurework and hoodoo, a body of folk magic created by Africans, African-Americans, Native Americans, and a host of immigrants who brought their plants and prayers to the mix, a treasure-trove of magic we have stolen happily from, we’d be called “lady-hearted.” Works for us.

As for blessing and obstacle removing and work of that nature, it is a lot harder to do. Especially alone. How long can your look in the mirror and send yourself love and healing? So that’s why we at Mother Maggie’s are here to help you hold that intention a little stronger, a little longer.

What kind of promises do you make about your product?

While we have great belief in magic in all of its possible ways to create change, and our belief that earth magic products can help you create that change, we make no direct promises with the sale of any of our products.

Regardless of how amazing they smell, and how high we aim with our quality ingredients and production, Mother Maggie’s products (and everything sold through our website) are sold as curio only. No claims or promises are made. For external use only. Do not eat or drink.

I see your address is in Forestville, California. Do you have a brick-and-mortar shop there?

Someday. We truly do want to have a brick-and-mortar shop somewhere in Sonoma County. But not today. Or tomorrow. Or anytime soon.

If you popped in for a visit at the address listed on our Contact page, you'd meet the lovely folk at The Service Station. They have gifts for kids of all ages, even treats for your four-legged family members. And they can ship your wine (you are in Sonoma County after all) home to you. For now, we keep the 411 on the actual address of our workshop top secret. Hey, it works for the old fat elf.

Hey, didn’t you guys used to publish books?

Yup, that’s us. Once upon a time Ian Philips and Greg Wharton were the queerest little independent book publishers in San Francisco, Suspect Thoughts Press. We published outstanding books by the bestest group of authors and poets for 10-ish years!

OMG your oils and colognes are amazing! Can I carry them in my store?

Why thank you! We’re very proud of our product! Tell your friends!

Yes, we’re happy to offer wholesale discounts for all of our products to retail stores—both online and/or brick & mortar stores. To qualifying businesses with a minimum $200 order, we offer a 40% discount on our own product and 25% discount on all other product. Please email us for more details.