By Amber C. Snider
David Scoroposki, a venerated astrologer in New York City, has been practicing his craft for over 20 years. Here, he offers a unique “shop your star sign” guide for Enchantments –– just in time for the holiday season.
Known as one of New York City’s best astrologers, David Scoroposki began his career at American Vogue, overseeing the astrology column by Athena Starwoman for nearly a decade. As a child, he frequented the Hayden Planetarium and discovered a “vast and compelling universe…governed by precise mathematical laws" –– experiences which later evolved into a lifelong interest in the dance of the cosmos and its effect on our daily lives. And he hasn’t turned his gaze from the stars ever since.
Each birth chart can be read like a map, exploring the avenues of possibility within each planetary house. By using a mix of classical, modern, and medieval techniques, Scoroposki approaches his work with a genuine reverence and respect for the craft. Still, he warns against charlatans out there waiting to prey on the emotional vulnerability of others: “Avoid any ‘psychic’ reader who leads with fear or guilt, elicits money to remove a (phony) curse, or tries to sell you rocks for hundreds or even thousands of dollars,” says Scoroposki. “Unfortunately, some of my work consists of undoing this type of psychic damage. People who need help are vulnerable; however, once someone realizes they’ve been duped, it doesn’t take long to get back on track,” he adds.
Astrology should be fun; It's an exploration of possibility that ignites wonder and humility in the vast expanse of our experiences. So in the spirit of the season, Scoroposki offers a festive guide to “shopping your horoscope,” filled with a mix of affordable gifts from Enchantments to suit that travel-loving Sagittarius or artistic Libra in your life.
As the first astrological sign in the zodiac and ruled by the planet Mars, Aries are known for their courage, leadership, and action. Since the winter months can bring about a general since lethargy, if Aries wants to amp up their natural strengths and characteristics, Scoroposki recommendations Motivation incense or a Mars talisman. Enchantments' Motivation Incense is made from a wood base, so it doesn't require charcoal, and will help Aries get energized for winter projects and goals.
Motivation Incense ($10 for hand-blended incense); Mars talisman ($35).
Ruled by the planet Venus and the Earth element, Taurus will love a House Blessing custom candle. “Taurus needs to feel comfy in their home, so a House Blessing or Venusian House Blessing for the winter will invoke those hygge vibes," says Scoroposki. Hygge, a Danish concept, is all about creating a sense of comfort, feel-good vibes, warmth, and contentment in the home.
House Blessing Custom Candle ($45). Specify if you'd like a Venusian House Blessing in the order details.
Ruled by Mercury (the planet of communication) and the element of Air, Geminis will love any gift having to do with the mind, games or agility. Scoroposki recommends gifting an oracle deck for the Gemini in your life: “An oracle is a divination technique that's about finding out things out. This Mercury-ruled sign would benefit from an oracle deck because it involves cards, which falls under the gaming element of a Gemini. I think of the Magician card when I think of Gemini. Plus, after they find their oracle, the Gemini will also love telling their friends what they found since communication is so important to them.”
Oracle and Tarot Decks (prices vary according to the deck). Available online or in-shop.
A Cardinal sign associated with the element of Water, Cancers would benefit from a Lunar Calendar for the New Year. “Cancer is ruled by the Moon and it's important for Cancers to pay attention to the phases of the moon in order to better understand their emotional fluctuations and when to invoke their intuition,” says Scoroposki.
"Cancers are very sensitive, caretaking, and intuitive. The Moon is the ruler of all things hidden (and all things of the night) and Cancers are ruled by this force. Channeled in the right way, it can bring inspiration at best,” adds Scoroposki. "Without understanding these energies on an in-depth level, a Cancer can run the risk of feeling scattered and emotionally overwhelmed."
Lunar Calendars available in-shop only. Call for availability.
"Leos are ruled by the Sun and the color gold, so I would recommend a Luck and Happiness Ouanga to attract the energies of the Sun, which includes abundance, prosperity, success, glory, and fame," says Scoroposki. "The solar herbs within the that bag are chosen specifically to induce an affect of happiness and sunshine. Ouanga bags can be carried on your person, in your purse or pocket, in your car, or some people put them under their mattress." You can consecrate your bag in the rays of the sun and state your prayer, wish, spell, or intention.
Luck and Happiness Ouanga ($9.95). Online or in-store purchase available.
"Virgo feels most secure and content when things are organized and planned. It's very important to the Virgo to have something concrete to rely upon. Practicality is also very important," says Scoroposki.
"Because they are ruled by Mercury, a Witches’ Planner will help them organize and feel in control of their schedules. Virgo is also the Earth Goddess, so the guides like Llewellyn’s can show you how to work better with earth magic. Also since it’s almost the New Year, they're great for calendars and date books," says Scoroposki.
Various Astrological Pocket Planners, Witches' Almanacs, and Planners available online and in-shop. We recommend the two shown below.
Libra, an Air sign ruled by the planet Venus, will love something that symbolizes beauty this season. "Peace, marriage, art, music, romance, and beauty are all important to Libras," says Scoroposki. "A statue of Venus, perhaps in bronze, would make a great gift. It's quite beautiful and something to venerate your ruler and bring all the charms of Venus into the home." Also, consider setting up a home altar to propitiate the Goddess of Love and include an array of seashells, sea salt, and the colors pink and green.
Statues available for in-store purchase only.
Ruled by Pluto and Mars, Scorpios are passionate Water signs that have no trouble conjuring up sexual energy. But just in case they want to turn things up a notch for the holiday season, Scoroposki recommends the Sexual Attraction Kit. "Not that they’ll have any problem with sexual attraction, but with the kit they’re sure to have lots of fun with whomever they choose to sting," he muses. Kits come with two 120 hand-carved candles, a dram of hand-blended oil, incense, and a sea salt packet. For singles, the kit can help draw in potential lovers, but it can also work as an aphrodisiac for couples.
Sexual Attraction Kit ($17.50). Available online or in-store.
Ruled by Jupiter and the Fire element, Sagittarius is all about adventure and foreign travel. "An ounce of Swallow’s Blood Oil for safe travels is a great gift for the optimistic Sagittarius. Now that we know the proper and safe way to travel, it’s time for the Sagittarius to explore. Plus, the oil has a nice red color, which connects to the Fire element," says Scoroposki. Swallow's Blood Oil (nor any other Enchantment oils/incense) does not actually contain any animal products, just in case you were wondering.
Swallow's Blood Oil ($27). Available online or in-store.
For the success-driven Capricorn in your life, Scoroposki recommends a Don Dinero Picture Candle. "Don Dinero is about success, getting to the place you want, ambition, resilience, and great financial and business prowess. It's bayberry scented, so it's nice for the holidays. Ruled by the planet Saturn and associated with the Earth element, the hardworking Capricorn deserves to reap the rewards of their toils on their climb to the top," says Scoroposki.
Don Dinero/Mr. Money Candle ($11). Available online or in-store.
"Ruled by Saturn, Aquarians are independent air signs that do their own thing," says Scoroposki. He recommends an astrology book for the eccentric, free-thinking Aquarius in your life. "They have a technical mind and the science of astrology would be a great fit. Also Saturn is associated with the occult and hidden knowledge, so they would have an affinity towards this stuff," he adds.
The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need, by Joanna Martine Woolfolk ($19.95). Available online or in-store.
"Pisces is a Water sign represented by fish. They’re very receptive, so it’s important for Pisces to be around high vibrational people, places, and things," says Scoroposki. "A salt bath mimicking the ocean can alleviate their Pisces attributes and cleanse them of any negative energies they may have picked up over the week. It’s also good idea for Pisces to take a weekly ritual bath in regards to spiritual hygiene and maintenance."
The Yemaya Mermaid Bath can help channel the spirit of the ocean, Yemaya, La Siren, and other Deities and spirits that benefit a water sign," he adds.
Yemaya Mermaid Bath ($4.95). Available online or in-store. Other sea salt bath blends include Uncrossing, Rebirth, Sun, Love Uncrossing, Psyche's Balm, High Conquering, Divine Muse, and more.
Learn more about David Scoroposki's work, including his tarot, divination, and psychic consultations, at his website here.