Thank you for visiting The Barefoot Witchery Shoppe. I would like to share a little about myself, my shop, and my processes.
The Barefoot Witchery Shoppe was born on January 26, 2013 on Etsy. I began with a passion and a lot of time on my hands while my husband was working overseas, and my parents passed away. I began by selling handmade jewelry, and I still have a love of glass beads, although this path has taken me elsewhere.
I don't have a long fancy pedigree, so to speak, as you may see on some other practitioners' websites or shops. I have never been a student of any of the organizations who teach Hoodoo and Rootwork for students to become "certified". Although, I do respect those teachers and students, I do not feel it is for me. I do not have a Wiccan High Priestess certificate on my wall that can be purchased on the internet, either. I am not descended (as far as I know) from any famous witches from Salem, Europe, Haiti, or New Orleans. So, I don't pretend that I learned my craft from my ancestors, though I do honor them with my ancestral altar. My great grandmother, however, did read cards. I never had the privilege of meeting her, but I have inherited her cards by good fortune. I've heard many stories from my Mom about how she would read the cards (ordinary looking playing cards, kept in a Prince Albert tobacco tin). Apparently she was right quite often in her divination, although it scared the bejeebies out of the family, even long after she passed and I would hear the stories told. So, as far as I am aware, she is the only one who practiced in my family.
I began studying the metaphysical properties of gemstones, herbs, and roots when my Mom was in the hospital right before she passed. I never came out of the broom closet until after my parents were gone, because I was raised in a Christian home, and I was afraid of disapproval or being a disappointment to them.
I began by studying how to help with healing severe conditions and helping with memory loss such as Alzheimer's and Dementia. I also began trying to find things that can help caregivers cope. One thing led to another, and my thirst for knowledge is still not quenched. I still learn every chance I get. If we stop learning, we stop growing. And I hit the ground running and have not stopped.
My jewelry business did very well, and I began branching out into other products so that I could share my knowledge and pass along blessings to others.
In May of 2015, Etsy decided that they no longer wanted to be a platform for metaphysical services or certain metaphysical goods. This event completely pulled the rug out from under me, but I got up and shook the dust off, and with the help of new enterprising entrepeneurs and a new platform for folks like me, I found hope. I also put a lot of intensive focus on this shop, and my own domain. I was not willing to let my dream, and business that I worked so hard for to die just because of the incident with my first home on the internet. I know this sounds like I am being dramatic, but it was a big deal to me. The Barefoot Witchery Shoppe is my child, and I am proud of my accomplishments as a business woman, and now I think that my parents would be proud of me as well. Some time passed, and the witch-hunt apparently died down and some practitioners were invited back to Etsy. I declined to re-open my shop, which I shut down voluntarily after they deactivated some of my listings, and after many long emails with a representative.
So, who am I? I am Sherry Scott, and I am a Hoodoo Practitioner, also sometimes known as a Rootworker. I am a witch, I'm not a "spellcaster, or caster". I practice real magick that is rooted in Hoodoo and New Orleans Voodoo. I'm not Wiccan, though I do honor that path, and all paths are welcome at the Barefoot Witchery Shoppe.
I live in the Osage Hills in Oklahoma, with my husband and my fur-babies. I am part Cherokee, part German, French, English, and most likely a mixture of others. I grew up in Oklahoma, lived in LaPlace Louisiana for a while in high school, and have also lived in Arkansas for a while, but my job led me back to Oklahoma where I met my soul mate and have been happily married to him for almost 15 years. I have never had any children of my own, but I have one step-son who I helped raise as my own, and now he and his wife have given me two beautiful granddaughters that I love spoil rotton.
My husband has been good enough to remodel the detached garage at our new house, specifically for my purposes. My business was growing so quickly, I was quickly outgrowing the home office room I had before. So, while I may not have a brick and mortar storefront, I do have a spacious shop full of shelves, drawers, work tables, plenty of storage space, and lots of room for many altars. It is quite a magickal space, and I'm blessed to be married to a carpenter. The energy in my shop is amazing, and I would rather be there with my candles and oils and altars, working with the Spirits than anywhere else. Especially when I have more than one type of service going at once, such as client altar services for Yemaya, Oya, Papa Legba, or Maman Brigitte, for example. The energy just seems to flow all around and create such vibrance. I continually strive to create a welcome and beautiful space for the Spirits, and I honor and respect them in every possible way and always seek to learn and look for ways to serve them better.
So, where have I been before The Barefoot Witchery Shoppe? I have worked in retail since after high school, progressing to a career in retail management with a well-known greeting card and gifts corporation, which I did for several years before a career change to banking. I worked my way up to a consumer banker / loan officer position. However, because consumer banking (in my opinion) seemed to be just a step up from shady used car sales, I once again changed careers in search of someting better suited. Thereafter, for 5 years I was a workers compensation insurance adjuster for one of the largest employers in America. Although it was stressful, it suited me because I have a very good ability to get to the bottom of things and for documentation and sorting out the facts. Then after my husband's work took him overseas, we got tired of being apart after a year, and so we decided I would travel with him when the opportunity became available due to his promotion to General Foreman. So, I lived in China for over a year, both in Beijing and Guangzhou. I've also traveled to Islamabad Pakistan for a couple of months, as well as Monterrey Mexico. It's been a wonderful opportunity to explore other cultures, and I have learned so many wonderful things, especially in China. But there's noplace like home, as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said. Oklahoma is our home, and we have no plans of wandering very far again.
So, thank you for taking the time to allow me to share and for getting to know me. I would be happy to work with you and develop a working relationship to help in any way I can be of service. So, I appreciate you giving me a chance to offer my services to you.
I will tell you that although I do work 5 or 6 days per week, sometimes there is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I plan to do, but I assure you that my clients are very important to me, and I care about each of them. If I did not, I would not be in this profession. It is not just a job to me, and it is not just about money for me. I take the time to assess my clients' needs based on the information they give me, and I provide the best solutions possible. I do not charge for email consultations, and I may ask additional questions about a situation so that I can better understand the full picture before I make suggestions. My suggestions or recommendations are not for the purpose of telling a client that they need to buy this or that. But to offer recommendations on how best to achieve the changes they wish to see.
If you have read my shop policies or FAQ's, you may already know that Magick is not a quick fix or a one-time fix. Just like a doctor cannot give you a "magic" pill to fix all of your ailments at once. Hoodoo and Rootwork is based on a lifestyle of maintenance (such as maintaining your health rather than waiting until you are in bed sick and then trying to live healthier). Prayers, offerings, and traditional methods and habits are very important for working with the Spirits (Loas, Orishas, Saints), to petition them for what you need, gain their favor and showing honor and respect, and channeling the energy flow to achieve the changes you want to see and achieve your goals. And if I can be a part of improving your life in any way, I am honored.