We've long had a fascination with the occult. From the Latin occultus, meaning "clandestine, hidden, secret", nowadays the word is used to refer to "knowledge of the paranormal." And with the autumn equinox just passed, we're really in the mood for magic.
Tuning into seasonal energies can help you deepen your spiritual consciousness and connection the universe. To do this, you first need to understand the deeper meanings of the autumn equinox — an astronomical event, during which day and night are equal in length. For many, it's purely a physical phenomenon, reflective of the naturally occurring seasonal cycle. But for modern mystics (and many ancient cultures), the cycles of the sun are symbolic of the universal process of spiritual change — light and darkness, birth and death. If you're located in the Northern Hemisphere, the autumn equinox signifies the transition from summer to fall. This is a period of introspection, a time to reflect on our own inner darkness.
NYC is a playground of the occult, metaphysical, and spiritual. From tarot cards and healing crystals to specialty herbs and books on alchemy, these stores are more than just hocus-pocus. We're mapping out NYC's most mystical shops. It’s time to get witchy with it.