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The Witchy Wonders of The Sphinx and the Priestess

Alexis Krauss

Based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Hayley Elisabeth Kaufman works as a writer by day and an occultist by night. After studying with renowned reader and teacher Ellen Goldberg for several years, Hayley is an intuitive and trained Tarot practitioner and Palmist. Recently, Hayley decided to take her love of all things witchy to the next level and launch The Sphinx and the Priestess with her friend Whitney Huhmann. The Sphinx and the Priestess is a one-of-a-kind luxury occult lifestyle brand featuring handcrafted ritual Tarot candles, accouterments for spiritual reverence and worship, as well as curated vintage and ephemera. I was eager to learn more about Hayley's new company and their enchanting ritual Tarot candles. Each candle is handcrafted in Brooklyn using premium soy wax and natural, evocative scent blends. More than just a typical ritual flame, Hayley's candles align with the phases of the moon, each with a charged quartz crystal and personal handwritten mantra to aid in manifestation. Sounds magical, right? Check out our interview with Hayley below and peep our Instagram to learn more about our exclusive The Sphinx and the Priestess Ritual Kit giveway. Xoxo Alexis

1. Tell us a bit more about the scent blends for each candle and what the process of developing them was like.

So, because each Ritual candle is inspired by an iconic card or symbol of the Tarot’s Major and Minor Arcana, we took scent inspiration from what is called the Table of Correspondence. It’s a link between the cards of the Tarot and things like the Astrological sign, color, musical note, and scent profile it corresponds to. This makes the burning of the candle a really divine experience—whether it’s used for ornamentation and ambiance in your home or for manifestation rituals or meditation. Each scent blend is tailored to the specific Tarot archetype and the essence of the card. For example, The Lovers candle is a lush floral blend with bitter citrus and dark wood and it helps to manifest all facets of love and attraction. All of the scented oils we use are holistic grade and all organic. Crafting all-natural candles was super important to us. We also use natural soy wax and non-toxic wicks!

2. How have your personal discoveries in non-toxic and natural beauty influenced the creation of your ritual tarot candles and other The Sphinx and Priestess products?

I personally first got inspired to completely dump ALL of my toxic beauty products after being introduced to the Beauty Lies #TruthBeauty Bag! Talk about a total game-changer! It was such a revelation to really think about what we as women put on and in our body without really questioning the ingredients. Both my partner Whitney and myself are always on the search for ways to make our candles and products all natural as well as leaving a very small environmental footprint—even our packaging and our mailing materials are recyclable and reusable. 

3. What's next for The Sphinx and Priestess?

Gosh, a lot! The Sphinx and the Priestess headquarters is moving into a new studio space where we’ll be working on a whole new exciting candle concept in addition to some really exciting design collaborations with brands we absolutely love. Until then, you can find me at Jill Lindsey Store in Fort Greene, Brooklyn doing Tarot and Palmistry readings and really exciting events like moon rituals, manifestation events, and an awesome event on Tarot archetypes and female magic! 


Hayley currently does Tarot and Palmistry readings on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 - 5:30 at Jill Lindsey in Brooklyn - 370 Myrtle Av, (347) 987-4538 (@jilllindseystore) and by appointment.