Fire Claims New Age Shop in New Jersey

Sacred Circle after the fire. (Photo courtesy of NJ Pagans FB Page)

A massive fire broke out yesterday in Long Branch, New Jersey, claiming 10 businesses and 14 apartments. Luckily, no human life was lost in the fire, though some pets were killed. Among the businesses that were destroyed was Sacred Circle New Age Center, a local meeting point for area Pagans, who were deeply saddened by the news."...we'll be there for them when they re-build, once we find out more info, if they need anything we can start a fundraiser or donations...This is so sad today … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Atlantis Bookshop, Pendle Witches, and Laura Wildman-Hanlon

The Atlantis Bookshop

Just a few quick news notes to start off your Friday.The Day the Lights Stayed on at Atlantis: London's oldest occult bookseller, The Atlantis Bookshop, was apparently the only business unaffected when an explosion caused a blackout on their street. Could it be magic?Geraldine Beskin, whose family has run the shop for the past 50 years, said: “The lights flickered, and in the streets I could see everyone else’s go out. But we were left intact. It must have been magic!” Staff at the st … [Read more...]

Prelude to AAR: A Visit to Fields Book Store

Just beyond the Jade Skin Spa

Greetings from San Francisco! I've arrived safe and sound in the Bay Area, and have received warm hospitality from my lovely hosts. While you're reading this I'll be immersed in the proceedings of the American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting, but yesterday I had some unstructured time, so I thought I'd spend it by visiting the legendary Fields Book Store, a vital outlet for metaphysical and esoteric material since 1932. Braving the BART and buses, and with the help of some kind elderly … [Read more...]

Quick Note: Llewellyn Talks Finances in a Post-Borders World

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke with author John Michael Greer

Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune does a profile of local business Llewellyn Worldwide, the largest publisher of Pagan and metaphysical books. In the article owner Carl Weschcke addresses the recent collapse of Borders, which cost the company half a million dollars, saying they've managed to stay profitable.The company has weathered the Great Recession despite losing $500,000 in the Borders bankruptcy, Weschcke said. He credited stringent controls put in place by his wife, and company … [Read more...]


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