A Spiritual Resource since 1918

Occult Bookstore History

In 1918 history was made as D.G. Nelson first opened the store dedicated to the mysteries of life that still actively purveys the finest in esoteric texts and supplies. Chicago’s own Occult Bookstore is the oldest spirit shop in the world and was established to serve as a mystical resource and spiritual institution. The word ‘Occult’ means hidden or beyond the realm of human comprehension, and the first storefront at 611 N. State St. was frequented by many of the personalities of the occult world.

Now, 100 years since first opening, The Occult Bookstore remains dedicated to the spiritual community with a new storefront at 2032 W Grand Avenue, between Damen and Western in Chicago. And with our online store, we are at your disposal to provide you with all of your magickal needs.

Every person on the Occult Bookstore staff is a skilled and experienced practitioner on the path of spirituality.

We are a pan-traditional team focused on preserving the wisdom of the masters and keeping the knowledge of the ancient mysteries intact, including initiatory experience in:

Angelic Magic, Astral Realms and Lucid Dreaming, Channeling, Mediumship, Fey and Fairy Magic, Sabbatic Witchcraft, Pagan Practices and Crafting Traditions, Solomonic Magick, Enochican Magick, Hermetisim, Kabbalistic Mysteries, Alchemical Magick, Germanic Occultism, Ancient Sumerian Rites and Practices, African Diaspora Traditions and Practices, Native American Tribal Spiritual Practices, Tantra, Zen Buddhism, Reiki, Pranic Healing and the Divinational Arts of Tarot, Runes, Pendulum, Astrology and Palmistry.