In a rather surprising move for an online community that prides itself on being offbeat, wacky, and underground, Etsy has banned the sale of spells and other ‘metaphysical items’. Previously, selling spells was fine as long a) the seller warned you that they might not work, and b) some tangible item was provided. Under the new rules, however “Any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will affect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or other outcome (e.g., love, revenge) is not allowed, even if it delivers a tangible item.”
This is bad news for several of our favorite stores- especially since according to an article on Bust, sellers are suddenly finding individual items or even entire stores removed without warning. One group of witches has started an online petition protesting the new rules. Whether or not you believe in the efficacy of spells and potions, they certainly qualify as lovingly handcrafted items, and we would hate to see them disappear from the Etsy universe.
In the meantime, we suggest directing any spell emergencies to thewitchery.ca, which remains open for business.