I'm Leslie McAllister, owner of Juju. I named the shop after my cat, Juju. She is my familiar and her energy radiates throughout the store in various ways.
The shop is best described as a ritual lifestyle store and tarot studio. A place for intentional people living ceremonial lives. A safe place for all people. I opened the shop in March 2016 with the mission to become part of a collective consciousness; a community of seekers. If you are searching for crystals, smoke cleansing bundles, magic making, tarot & oracle decks, candles, ritual potions and altar tools then this shop is here for you. If you are searching for classes, teachers, healers and fellow seekers then search no more. WE are here for you.
I am a self-taught tarot reader - it runs in my family. My great-grandmother was an astrologer and reader. I found my first deck at 12 and her tarot journal at 15; thus, my journey began. My background is in fashion and music but my heart is in spiritual therapy and magic.
Now, I would like to honor the word 'juju' as it is rooted in West African culture. The word is used to describe energy, a talisman or good luck charm.
Juju or ju-ju (French: joujou, lit. 'plaything') is a spiritual belief system incorporating objects, such as amulets, and spells used in religious practice, as part of witchcraft in West Africa especially the people of Nigeria. The term has been applied to traditional African religions.
As a White person using this term, it is important for me to share how I am showing up for Black and POC folx in Pittsburgh and throughout. I offer free half hour readings to Black and POC people. I make it a monthly practice to donate a percentage of sales to local and national organizations fighting for racial and social justice, or non profits working to help and heal. I am filling the shop with products and offerings by Black and POC artists, makers and healers. I pay my Black and POC healers and share their healing practices in classes and online.
It is my duty to continue to unlearn and relearn so I may be a strong and educated ally to this community and communities across this globe. As a witch, I continue to tend to spells that abolish this inequality and restore justice to this globe. I love this community fiercely and will protect and provide however I can. I want this community to know that Juju is and will ALWAYS be a safe space with an open heart and mind.
Black lives matter here.