A Spiritual Resource since 1918

Occult Bookstore History

Occult Co. is a historic occult business based in and operated out of Chicago, IL. For decades, we’ve made it our mission to immerse ourselves in the study and practical applications of metaphysics and occult practices. Our specialty lies in Rare / Antique Artifacts (inc. books, tribal fetishes, relics, occult art, ancient rites, and living stones).

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 US 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.

Initially, we limited our skills and services to active and renowned spiritualists, occultists and shamans. However, it wasn’t long before the news of our high quality selection spread. As more and more collectors and a growing number of people began contacting us, we soon decided to make our treasures available to ANYONE with a driving desire to boost and encourage their spiritual growth.

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.

We have experienced growth and expansion so that our rare magicio-sacred items are now available worldwide. Regardless of where you live – whether surrounded by urban sprawl or secluded in the depths of remote locales – you now have access to the supernatural potential of our high quality magickal items, some of which until now, have been unavailable anywhere in the United States. 

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

We remain dedicated to preserving and encouraging the continuation of religious and spiritual practices of ancient civilizations, theurgic and gnostic philosophy, religion and science, ethnic and indigenous peoples, including the study and practice thereof, and investigating the magical and mystical laws of the universe and the occult and psychical powers latent in esoteric human nature. 

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.