Exploring Mysteries and Esoterica

A guide to NYC’s esoteric bookstores, cafes, metaphysical centers, healers and practitioners, curated by Scott Michael Harney

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Anthony Russell

By Scott Harney | November 26, 2020

Anthony Russell embodies the romantic vision of a psychic from New York city –  sophisticated, well-traveled, articulate, and a master of several mystery traditions reflecting the melting pot of his locale. A Manhattan native, Russel is well-known as a highly sought-after reader – and also as the owner of the former “Zodiac Lounge.” In the…

Bernadette Montana

By Scott Harney | November 26, 2020

Brid’s Closet Bernadette Montana has been a popular reading in the NYC area for years; she is well-known for her yearly Beltane ritual and festival held in Cornwall on Hudson.  The maypole ritual at the festival has attracted more than 800 participates, making it one of the largest maypole rituals in North America, if not…

Phil Gruber

By Scott Harney | November 26, 2020

Phil Gruber was book shopping in New Zealand one day and a book literally fell off the shelf– it was Napoleon’s “Book of Fate,” a mysterious papyrus scroll that was originally found in an Egyptian temple in 1798, by a French team of archeologists. “The oracle is truly one-of-a-kind, amazingly accurate,” Gruber says.  “It is…

Meher

By Scott Harney | November 26, 2020

Meher spent most of her childhood among spiritual gurus and yogis in India; her father being a priest in the Zoroastrian religion. As an only child, she was expected to continue the Zoroastrian priestly lineage – an important duty given that it is a powerful, sacred, and rare bloodline. “My father is from the Zoroastrian…

Skydin Zeal

By Scott Harney | November 26, 2020

Skydin Zeal’s readings are the best of “East meets West meets the Galactic Universe.” Zeal draws upon the ancient Runes, ancient Egypt – and even Atlantean energy – during the course of a reading. “Based upon the reading, every client gets their own personalized ancient Norse mantra,” Zeal says. “I also gave them an appropriate…

Psychic Louis

By Scott Harney | November 26, 2020

NYC’s Number One Flower Reader While many psychics use Tarot cards or runes, Mystic Louis uses flowers and plants to divine the future and give advice to clients. Louis – who has been a professional psychic reader for more than 40 years – says he stumbled upon flower reading by chance.  He went to a…

Welcome to the Enchanted Cafe

You are entering a temporary autonomous zone.

The time is the 1970s and 1980s and you are strolling down Ninth Street in the East Village of New York City.

You feel magic in the air.

Something is calling you.  You feel the energy of a storefront beckoning you. So you walk in and your life changes.

You get a psychic reading, you receive guidance from your higher self - and you find your destiny.

The occult scene of the 1970s and 1980s no longer exists; gentrification and high rents have driven many of witches, psychics and occultist to leave NYC.

However, if you know where to look and who to talk to, you can still connect and find people, shops, psychics, and events. That's what this blog is for – to give you a glimpse into what is happening today in Esoteric NYC.