Vicky and Jymie with Weazie Photo by Charles Elliott
Jymie Darling and Vicky Adams have owned Panpipes Magickal Marketplace, the oldest occult shop in the country, since 2001. It started in 1961 as the home of Donald R. Blythe’s occult group “Brotherhood of the Ram” and the Weird Museum. In 1985 it became Pan Pipes Magickal Marketplace. But it’s so much more than a marketplace.
The store is Satanist-friendly, which has led to some critical dialogue within the community. And Jymie adds that they reject the title of a “Pagan” store and prefer to use “occult,” a term that is more inclusive since they do carry books on Satanism and Native American items. Jymie says that some Native Americans she has spoken to won’t call themselves Pagan, but would use the term occultist.
Jymie says it’s a practicing shop, which means they will dress a candle for you or prepare some other spell suited to your specific need. The shop also is furnished with its own cat, Weazie, a feline now 23 years old, who has a chair reserved for her use. Jymie’s mother rescued the cat after it was brutally abused.
Be sure to visit if you haven’t already. Just walking into this occult shop you get an education. If you can’t make it to the shop you can always listen to them on Occultist Radio. And be sure to keep an eye on them. They are in the midst of renovating. Sometime in the future, Jymie says, they will have the “old medieval apothecary look.”
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