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It still fascinates me that no matter where you go in the United States, if you are in a city that is about the same size as Des Moines, IA you can usually find an occult bookstore. Most of the independent bookstores have closed, and the big box ones are struggling to survive. Yet, Occult Bookstores seem to plug along.

I used to shop at this one occult bookstore that stocked authors/subjects that I really enjoyed. The owner kept a good supply of Robert Anton Wilson, Church of The Sub-Genius, and books on various conspiracy theories that went from far left to far right. I suspect the owner had other things going on (he was English and both of his parents were occultists–perhaps British Intelligence?) and was incredibly well versed on a host of topics. Eventually, he ended up giving up the store to his assistant–whose wife was into tarot reading and alternative medicine. Oh, yeah they were polyamorous.

In every occult bookstore I have ever visited, there are a couple of things you can’t help but notice. First, the stores don’t really feel like a business–more like a drop-in center. Second, there is always incense burning constantly in these places. Third, these stores allow various neo-pagan organizations to have public rituals or discussions. Frankly, the customer base does not seem to be swimming in money and I have no idea how they stay afloat.

When Polyamory was just getting started in the early 00s, to find information on Polyamory you’d go to an Occult Bookstore. You could find copies of The Green Egg which was the magazine of The Church of All Worlds. You could also find things on a community board about Polyamory Discussion Groups. Depending on the store, there were usually contingents of Thelemites (Aleister Crowley’s religion) who made their presence known and would have speakers. Weird thing with Thelema, there were several scandals involving men who were involved in NAMBLA that were in the organization.
Please share any experiences you have had with Occult Bookstores.
 

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Originally Posted on The Daily Stormer

It still fascinates me that no matter where you go in the United States, if you are in a city that is about the same size as Des Moines, IA you can usually find an occult bookstore. Most of the independent bookstores have closed, and the big box ones are struggling to survive. Yet, Occult Bookstores seem to plug along.

I used to shop at this one occult bookstore that stocked authors/subjects that I really enjoyed. The owner kept a good supply of Robert Anton Wilson, Church of The Sub-Genius, and books on various conspiracy theories that went from far left to far right. I suspect the owner had other things going on (he was English and both of his parents were occultists–perhaps British Intelligence?) and was incredibly well versed on a host of topics. Eventually, he ended up giving up the store to his assistant–whose wife was into tarot reading and alternative medicine. Oh, yeah they were polyamorous.

In every occult bookstore I have ever visited, there are a couple of things you can’t help but notice. First, the stores don’t really feel like a business–more like a drop-in center. Second, there is always incense burning constantly in these places. Third, these stores allow various neo-pagan organizations to have public rituals or discussions. Frankly, the customer base does not seem to be swimming in money and I have no idea how they stay afloat.

When Polyamory was just getting started in the early 00s, to find information on Polyamory you’d go to an Occult Bookstore. You could find copies of The Green Egg which was the magazine of The Church of All Worlds. You could also find things on a community board about Polyamory Discussion Groups. Depending on the store, there were usually contingents of Thelemites (Aleister Crowley’s religion) who made their presence known and would have speakers. Weird thing with Thelema, there were several scandals involving men who were involved in NAMBLA that were in the organization.
Please share any experiences you have had with Occult Bookstores.
Yeah those places were something.

I was a weird dude and I enjoyed those stores if nothing more than for the atmosphere. Incense, weird paintings and stuff. It's like a videogame turned to life. Plus all the cool widgets like singing bowls, aromas, figs, etc.


Plus, lots of weird personalities with interesting stuff.

The thing is, while there were different personalities, some even right wing on rare occasions, most somewhat apolitical, it definitely became a haven for leftist wiccans and stuff. I also don't know how they stayed afloat, although to be fair many in my city eventually closed out of lack of money.

Weird places. I don't have a strong opinion on them, other than the fact that they were kind of cool in atmosphere and had curious people and artifacts. But I wouldn't be surprised if shady people are involved. But to be fair, shady people are involved in everything, from college leftist groups, to wiccans, to anything.

Those connections would be interesting to uncover, but I have no solid clues. For the most part I know only that they have a peculiar atmosphere but not clue what happens in the background. I think most can only speculate.
 

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At ten years old, circa 1980, I began to delve into researching religions, the occult, magic, divination, yoga, martial arts, demonology and the New Age. From that age and into my late teens there were two occult bookstores in my area that I would frequent to scan over their books. Both owners got to know me well and they would basically allow me to sit in a reading area and read as much as I liked. Both stores smelled like incense which left that odor on their books which was detectable even months after having brought a title home. Both of the stores were owned by wealthy individuals, but now no longer exist and now there are over a dozen such stores available around that same area. I could probably write a tome about all my studies and experiences in this regard. But most of these places are commercialized entry level occult type businesses catering mostly to females. Occult-lite.

Real serious books costs into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars and are usually high quality leatherbound, embossed and limited edition releases. Often these types of serious books are set upon an altar and imbued with some type of ritual prior to their being publicly released to buyers and one must take that into consideration when purchasing magical books. You don't find this kind of stuff typically on the bookstores we are talking about, unless they are kept in a backroom and made known to those people the owner knows is into serious rituals.

As far as Crowley and Thelema, the following links through the lense of the Ordo Templi Orientis is perhaps the best out there to outline its history and what it is about...

https://www.parareligion.ch/2006/ac/ac.htm
https://www.parareligion.ch/sunrise/xi.htm

Another occultist just as revered and prominent in occult circles as Crowley was Austin Osman Spare...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Osman_Spare

At present there a few popular neo-magickal authors and groups of Satanists or Luciferians offering up their works which seem to be eclectic freestyle forms of magick, as is Chaos magick, and seem to be dominating the marketplace of ideas and customers.
I could go on about this subject but it would take a lot of time. I feel I have gotten a good handle on what it is all about, which is why I don't practice the stuff and recommend people learn about it, but avoid doing it.
 
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As far as Crowley and Thelema, the following links through the lense of the Ordo Templi Orientis is perhaps the best out there to outline its history and what it is about...

https://www.parareligion.ch/2006/ac/ac.htm
https://www.parareligion.ch/sunrise/xi.htm

Another occultist just as revered and prominent in occult circles as Crowley was Austin Osman Spare...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Osman_Spare
90% of occult groups just rip of the Jewish Kabalah and most groups are just LARPs for homosexual drug parties.

"My dear level XVII initiate, now in order to receive the true powers of Pontagruel and the 7th Sacred Seed of Alabaster goddess you must consume the vital essence from my phallus. Use the power of pleasure to extracted the sacred juice and feel the powers of Enlightment"

That's what 95+% of "occult organizations" are. The other 5% are just money laundering scams like Scientology.

A quote from an Ex-Mason in Russia :

"I've been to a lot of secret level 33 meetings, where the meeting started with pouring vodka and watching football"
 

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90% of occult groups just rip of the Jewish Kabalah and most groups are just LARPs for homosexual drug parties.

"My dear level XVII initiate, now in order to receive the true powers of Pontagruel and the 7th Sacred Seed of Alabaster goddess you must consume the vital essence from my phallus. Use the power of pleasure to extracted the sacred juice and feel the powers of Enlightment"

That's what 95+% of "occult organizations" are. The other 5% are just money laundering scams like Scientology.

A quote from an Ex-Mason in Russia :

"I've been to a lot of secret level 33 meetings, where the meeting started with pouring vodka and watching football"
Yes, but if you go to the two OTO links I provided it really does get seriously complicated and devout for those at the top. But it is all demonic and draws in and exacerbates degeneracy usually into self-destructive patterns.
 

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BTW, regarding "Crowleyism". I think people should just check out this picture to figure them out.

crowley.PNG

Also this line

crowley2.PNG

Should tell you everything.

And yes, I do feel dirty just reading this shit. Satanism is legit scary when you talk about the people at the top of the chain. The true believers.

It's disgusting. I feel demonic energy just reading that shit. Makes me want to puke. Scary stuff.
 

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Watch these pictures to purify yourself from that crap.




 

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90% of occult groups just rip of the Jewish Kabalah and most groups are just LARPs for homosexual drug parties.

"My dear level XVII initiate, now in order to receive the true powers of Pontagruel and the 7th Sacred Seed of Alabaster goddess you must consume the vital essence from my phallus. Use the power of pleasure to extracted the sacred juice and feel the powers of Enlightment"

That's what 95+% of "occult organizations" are. The other 5% are just money laundering scams like Scientology.

A quote from an Ex-Mason in Russia :

"I've been to a lot of secret level 33 meetings, where the meeting started with pouring vodka and watching football"
"You must consume the vital essance"😅
 

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Both stores smelled like incense which left that odor on their books which was detectable even months after having brought a title home.
This right here! That incense just lingers not for months, but for years. I still have a Sub-genius Book that still has a slight smell to it, and I've had that since 1994.
 

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There was one in Sydney in the late seventies called The Adyar Bookshop which I spent a lot of time in, these days its promoting weight loss pills.
 
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