|New to Toronto *and* need to find some like minded people
||[Jul. 20th, 2009|02:57 pm]
Toronto's Occult Community
I just moved up here from New Orleans, and I'm dying to find some people in the area I can meet with who share some of my "darker" interests...
I don't suppose I'm *as* "occult" as a lot of people in this group. I do study occult and esoteric concepts like crazy, and I'm a big-time Tarot enthusiast (mystere2e on Aeclectic). I mix the occult and esoteric with beliefs I have found in Catholicism and Judaism. Yep, I'm a big melting pot of theological interests, haha.
Aside from my interest in Tarot I'm majorly devoted to scrying.
I'm wondering if anyone else here is into Tarot, scrying, comparative study of world religions, or Egyptian magick (former member of Golden Dawn here). If so, I would love to talk to you.
P.S. Can anyone refer me to a good occult shop Downtown? A place that would have Tarot decks, books, crystals, crystal spheres/balls, etc.
I'm also new to TO. I'm a terrible skryer, but I do a lot of evocation and ceremonial work, so actually I've been looking for someone who's good at... looking.
I'll PM ya with my work and qualifications... if you'll return the add so I can. :P
Edited at 2009-07-20 08:13 pm (UTC)
The Occult Shop, near St. Clair West Station is the one and only major occult shop. Although, we do have three Hoodoo shops: International Herbs & Co. in Kensington Market, Dolly's Gifts on Bloor near Ossington Station, and Formula 1 Religious Supply (weird name, weirder store) waaay out in Scarborough.
There are several Pagan Pub Moots in the city, which you can likely find through older posts in this group. There are a couple of Golden Dawn groups, a couple of OTO and Thelemic groups, the Wiccan Church of Canada, several Wiccan covens (findable on Witchvox.com), and some Santeria if you look hard enough. Also, Hare Krishnas, Sufis, etc.
Welcome to Toronto, best city in the world, but sadly not the most active or structured occult/magick/pagan scene.
I made a post about a year ago, you can find it here
, it lists three stores that can relate to your needs. Specifically the Herbalist, if you're doing GD style magick and need the right incenses.
There is also the Wicca Shop, which you can google. Mixed feelings about it abound, but I'll leave it at that for you.
As for places to get Tarot decks, the World's Biggest Bookstore, actually has a large selection, and a binder with preview cards from most of the decks, so you can peek in first. Also has not a bad magickal section. Crystals and what not are more Wicca Shop and Eternal Moments.
I guess I'm considered a student of comparative religion (and not just because if I don't get into University for what I want, that's my fallback, heh), for while I tend to be the bastard child of Sanatana-Dharma, Vajrayana, Ceremonial magick (pre and post GD), and Chaos magick, I do pretty much devour occult, and religious texts.
Thanks for the tip about the World's Biggest Bookstore - I hadn't thought of that! I'm just getting into studying the Tarot, and was frustrated to think I could only order decks and books online. To be able to preview cards from various decks before buying would be awesome!
I just found this list of Toronto shops on a psychic's website:
615A Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON M4S 3C5
Phone: (416) 485-5589
The Eternal Moment Bookstore
497 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2
Phone: 416 924 3780
The Occult Shop
109 Vaughan Rd.
The Omega Centre
29 Yorkville Ave.
Toronto, ON M4W1L1
544 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON M4Y1Y8
79A Harbord St.
Toronto, ON M5S1G4
Psychic Centre & Book Shop
2906 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON M4C1M1