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Occult Curious? Visit These Bewitching NYC Spots

From tarot to crystals to candles, explore New York City’s supernatural subculture.

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Whether or not you believe in aura cleansing, chakra balancing, smudging, and intention manifesting, the panoply of metaphysical practices sure is fun to browse. Fortunately, New York City is teeming with occult outlets—shops, bookstores, healing centers—where you can try your hand at spells and charms and herbal concoctions…or just ooh and aah at all the pretty crystals.

Want to Feel Like You’re a Wizard on Diagon Alley? Head to Flower Power Herbs & Roots

Here you’ll find rows upon rows of jars and vials filled with herbs, oils, and salves that appeal to the medicinal person and the occult sympathizer alike. While its popular herbal tea blends are in line with more “mainstream” well-being, Flower Power also hosts metaphysical workshops on a regular basis: New offerings include Full Moon Circle, Spiritual Judo, and Herbs and Crystals for Success and Joy. It doesn’t hurt that the space—complete with patched wooden floors, herb bunches dangling from the ceiling, and a wall stocked to the brim with jars—gives off a distinctive Hogwarts vibe. 406 East 9th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A), East Village

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What Color Is Your Aura? Find Out at Magic Jewelry

Curious about the hue of your aura and what it means? At Magic Jewelry, all you have to do is place your hands on metal pads, and a connected camera will yield an instant photo showing your “true colors.” An employee will promptly interpret it for you—and maybe direct you to some merch that best complements your emanation. 238 Canal Street (between Centre and Baxter Streets), Chinatown

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Need the Unexplainable Explained? The Theosophical Society and Quest Bookshop Will Give It a Try

Founded in 1875, the Theosophical Society rests on three principles: the foundation of the universal brotherhood of humanity, the study of comparative religions, and the acknowledgment of unexplained laws that govern nature. The New York chapter is currently meeting to study the Stanzas of Dzyan, an ancient text that formed the basis of The Secret Doctrine, one of theosophy’s own foundational texts. If this seems too advanced, the society also manages Quest, a bookstore that has been open for more than 40 years. Its areas of expertise include theosophy, Chinese astrology, mind science, occultism and magic, and Western esotericism. The bookstore hosts activities ranging from vinyasa yoga to the “French Gnostic Church,” which meets on Sunday on a semiregular basis. 240 East 53rd Street (between Second and Third Avenues), Midtown East

Feeling Off? Balance Your Chakras and Cleanse Your Aura at Stick, Stone & Bone

The name spells it out: This West Village store has a clear focus on healing objects rather than books and other materials. Whether you’re looking for tumbled stones, points and pyramids, or raw minerals, Stick, Stone & Bone most likely has it. It can recommend the best crystals for chakra healing and the right smudging sticks to cleanse a new space or your “auric field,” and help you decide between opal and quartz points to enhance your energy. Even cooler, the shop works with Native American and Aboriginal artisans to offer its clientele animal-shaped, hand-carved totem pendants and one-of-a-kind dream catchers. Make sure you check the store’s Facebook page, where short descriptions detail the properties of the stones and crystals it carries. 113 Christopher Street (between Hudson and Bleecker Streets), West Village

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Does Your Kid Want to Be a Magical Fairy? Bring Him to Maha Rose

This Greenpoint-based healing center offers sessions in breath work, craniosacral therapy, sound healing, and better-known disciplines such as acupuncture and Reiki. It’s through the classes and gatherings, though, that Maha Rose became a pillar of the community. Community Reiki Happy Hour and Fairy School, where children learn to harness their creativity and their “connection to realms beyond the physical” through creative activities like a sound bath and a rose healing ceremony, as well as age-appropriate studies in ecological awareness, are great “gateway” activities for any metaphysician in training. 97 Green Street, Greenpoint

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Tired of Reading the News? Join a Spiritual Book Club at Namaste Bookshop

While this 14th Street store sells all the by-the-book goods that one can find in a metaphysical shop, including crystals and tarot decks, it is primarily known for its book collection, with a selection representing both Western and Eastern traditions. Jane Dowd Oostertom hosts a spiritual book club, whose dates can be found here. Each month the club reads a book that aims to help you discover your “authentic self” and bring spirituality into your life. 2 West 14th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Chelsea

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In Need of Some Bedroom Magic? Take a Class at Catland

Catland is just five years old but is already a mainstay in the occult and metaphysical community. “Nondenominational” by choice, it offers a wide and diverse variety of candles, reading materials, tarot decks, and responsibly sourced crystals. The classes are another main attraction, with practical offerings like Introduction to Herbal Medicine, as well as deep dives into mythological figures such as the golem and archetypes including the maiden/mother/crone triad. But who are we kidding? We’re signing up for the Sex Magic 101 class! It includes “altar making, candle work, crystals, and spells” to improve your solo or partnered sex life. 987 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick

Have an Intention? Manifest It at Enchantments

A fully stocked “magickal” apothecary since 1982, Enchantments boasts its own series of recipes and custom-made formulas. Take Asclepius, a healing oil, or its well-known Filthy Sheets formula, which conjures pure sexual attraction. Enchantments is also known for its custom-carved candles, tailored to one’s specific needs. All you need to provide is your name and astrological sign, and the proprietors will then proceed to carve your candle with magical symbols, anoint it with oil—and sprinkle it with glitter, of course. “The candles are a complete spell that you use as a tool to help manifest your intention,” the store’s proprietors suggest. 424 East 9th Street (between First Avenue and Avenue A), East Village 

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