Alchemy Arts Bookstore

Alchemy Arts Bookstore Chicago's most complete occult bookstore! Independent, old-school occult and metaphysical book and supply store on Chicago's north side, Edgewater/Andersonville neighborhood.

Always happy to answer questions. Home of Lucy, Daughter of the Devil - visit her on Instagram!

Alchemy Arts would like to wish all of our friends and customers the very best of everything in 2022. Stay safe out ther...
12/31/2021

Alchemy Arts would like to wish all of our friends and customers the very best of everything in 2022. Stay safe out there, and have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Alchemy Arts would like to wish all of our friends and customers the very best of everything in 2022. Stay safe out there, and have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

NOTICE: Lucy, the store cat, is missing. We haven't seen her today - Thursday, October 28 - and we're very worried. She ...
10/29/2021

NOTICE: Lucy, the store cat, is missing. We haven't seen her today - Thursday, October 28 - and we're very worried. She normally does not go outside, and does not like being picked up. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Alchemy Arts at 773-769-4970 as soon as possible. Thanks!

NOTICE: Lucy, the store cat, is missing. We haven't seen her today - Thursday, October 28 - and we're very worried. She normally does not go outside, and does not like being picked up. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Alchemy Arts at 773-769-4970 as soon as possible. Thanks!

Happy Birthday, Aleister Crowley! We raise a glass of something unspeakable in your honor.
10/12/2021

Happy Birthday, Aleister Crowley! We raise a glass of something unspeakable in your honor.

Happy Birthday, Aleister Crowley! We raise a glass of something unspeakable in your honor.

08/31/2021

UPDATE - (from Gail) - Tarot Study Group, New Curriculum, Patreon, and next Meetups!

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a few of months since we’ve had TAROT STUDY GROUP, and everyone is hoping to get back to normal (not least of all me).

HOWEVER, I do live with two unvaccinated human beings who will be spending every weekday with several other unvaccinated human beings (that’s right – I’m talking about school-aged children). I’m not excited about carrying in variants to my community with the in-person Study Group. That on top of an indoor mask mandate (and my difficulty in understanding ANYONE with a mask on) leads me to believe that we’re not ready for a Meetup back at Alchemy Arts yet.

That’s the key word – YET. We aren’t done with in-person Meetups. They’re just too much fun. I miss seeing and talking with you guys face-to-face. So never fear, they will return. I am hoping that we will get the chance to try in October if local legislation and vaccination options improve.

In the meantime – let’s talk about Online Meetups! When can we meet online again? Will there be a hybrid option? What will the format be like?

The short story is – I’m not sure.

I know, I know. “You had four months Gail! What have you been doing?!”

Well, I’m glad you asked – I’ve been writing a book! No publishing date, as yet, but I’m excited to announce that the upcoming curriculum will be based on the book. It is called “The Art and Science of Tarot” and revolves around activating the left-brain logic with the right-brain intuition to read Tarot and find your path in life. I’m SUPER excited to be sharing the lessons with you all.

What I have not finished doing yet is building the online/hybrid Meetup platform. Like many of you, I lost most of my colleagues at work during the “The Great Resignations” of April and July (where more people left their jobs than they have in almost a century) and have struggled to keep things afloat. Tarot is my passion, but unfortunately it is not my job – and Mama’s gotta put food on the table.

But fear not – everything is in the works. You will soon be seeing options to be one of my Patreons! That’s right, soon you can join the group, even getting discounts on the monthly Meetups when you sign up for an annual membership, as well as the option to get exclusive access to new content and content you may have missed. This option will also allow you the to pay in advance for the in-person Meetups, with Patreons getting extra goodies along the way.

I am SO STOKED to be rolling this out, and super disappointed that it is not ready for September, Mabon, and autumn. BUT - I do plan on having this posted well in time for Halloweeny fun, so please be on the lookout!

During that time, I wish you all a safe and healthy August and September, and hope that all is well with you and your loved ones.

Keep your eyes peeled, and blessings always.

Gail

Coming up-- check it out!https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tarotista/572379
08/30/2021
Book my ticket! for Tarot Basics with T. Susan Chang at Alchemy Arts on on Zoom. In person, at Alchemy Arts., Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Coming up-- check it out!
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tarotista/572379

Tarot Basics with T. Susan Chang at Alchemy Arts on on Zoom. In person, at Alchemy Arts., Fri Sep 10, 2021 - Join T. Susan Chang (author of Tarot Correspondences, Tarot Deciphered, and 36 Secrets) and learn tarot today! One jam-packed hour of everything you need to get started reading the mysteries....

The pole in front of our shop has a sweater now! We're thrilled with its festive and stylish new look. Thanks so much, m...
07/14/2021

The pole in front of our shop has a sweater now! We're thrilled with its festive and stylish new look. Thanks so much, mysterious yarn artist, we love it!

Alchemy Arts hopes you've all been having a fabulous Pride Month!  We're super proud of all our amazing customers. We ti...
06/22/2021

Alchemy Arts hopes you've all been having a fabulous Pride Month! We're super proud of all our amazing customers. We tip all our hats to you!

Alchemy Arts hopes you've all been having a fabulous Pride Month! We're super proud of all our amazing customers. We tip all our hats to you!

Alchemy Arts wishes everyone a happy, peaceful and blessed Summer Solstice. Get out there and do something to welcome su...
06/20/2021

Alchemy Arts wishes everyone a happy, peaceful and blessed Summer Solstice. Get out there and do something to welcome summer!

Alchemy Arts wishes everyone a happy, peaceful and blessed Summer Solstice. Get out there and do something to welcome summer!

We've just learned that Robin Wood, who created the beautiful Robin Wood Tarot Deck, has passed away after a long strugg...
04/19/2021

We've just learned that Robin Wood, who created the beautiful Robin Wood Tarot Deck, has passed away after a long struggle with cancer. Our deepest condolences go out to her family. While we are saddened by her loss, we can smile knowing that she's free now. Her art and other work will keep her joyous spirit alive.

We've just learned that Robin Wood, who created the beautiful Robin Wood Tarot Deck, has passed away after a long struggle with cancer. Our deepest condolences go out to her family. While we are saddened by her loss, we can smile knowing that she's free now. Her art and other work will keep her joyous spirit alive.

Coming up! Don't miss it!Using Tarot Psychology and Occult Science to Overcome Today’s Uncertainty: Online Interactive W...
04/13/2021

Coming up! Don't miss it!

Using Tarot Psychology and Occult Science to Overcome Today’s Uncertainty: Online Interactive Workshop - Saturday, April 17 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Occultists have an edge over the rest of society, but most across space and time never know about or use it. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, learn the Sciences behind Occult and Tarot to see, cultivate and pass this edge on to your loved ones in this intense and deceptively simple workshop with the only psychological and systems expert in the world who teaches it.

Tap into the hidden powers behind: Psychology – Physics – Art – Biomimicry – Linguistics – Systems Theory – Tarot – Biology – Metaphysics – Communication – PSYOP – Music Theory – Fear – Deception – Nature

Transform yourself to help overcome: Fear/Panic – Decreased interaction – Decreased business – Uncertainty – Negative Mentality – Increased addiction – Unemployment – Powerlessness – Increased lethargy

This is an interactive online workshop with Q&A afterwards; cost is $40. Check out the details on our event calendar!

Dr. HermanSJr. (AA, BA, BMsc, MA, MMsc, MpsyD) is a Global Change Agent and Doctor of Metaphysical Psychology teaching Holistic Vision and revamping thinking foundations across countries, industries and languages. He is a Harvard University-published writer, two-time author, multi-university instructor and expert featured in media platforms across countries, industries and languages. He is a Consultant to multi-million dollar companies, entrepreneurs, universities, doctors, holistic health practitioners, police, psychologists, engineers, salespeople, logistics, underprivileged groups, families, and others.

Coming up! Don't miss it!

Using Tarot Psychology and Occult Science to Overcome Today’s Uncertainty: Online Interactive Workshop - Saturday, April 17 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Occultists have an edge over the rest of society, but most across space and time never know about or use it. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, learn the Sciences behind Occult and Tarot to see, cultivate and pass this edge on to your loved ones in this intense and deceptively simple workshop with the only psychological and systems expert in the world who teaches it.

Tap into the hidden powers behind: Psychology – Physics – Art – Biomimicry – Linguistics – Systems Theory – Tarot – Biology – Metaphysics – Communication – PSYOP – Music Theory – Fear – Deception – Nature

Transform yourself to help overcome: Fear/Panic – Decreased interaction – Decreased business – Uncertainty – Negative Mentality – Increased addiction – Unemployment – Powerlessness – Increased lethargy

This is an interactive online workshop with Q&A afterwards; cost is $40. Check out the details on our event calendar!

Dr. HermanSJr. (AA, BA, BMsc, MA, MMsc, MpsyD) is a Global Change Agent and Doctor of Metaphysical Psychology teaching Holistic Vision and revamping thinking foundations across countries, industries and languages. He is a Harvard University-published writer, two-time author, multi-university instructor and expert featured in media platforms across countries, industries and languages. He is a Consultant to multi-million dollar companies, entrepreneurs, universities, doctors, holistic health practitioners, police, psychologists, engineers, salespeople, logistics, underprivileged groups, families, and others.

Alchemy Arts will be closed tomorrow to celebrate the new year. Here's wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous ...
01/01/2021

Alchemy Arts will be closed tomorrow to celebrate the new year. Here's wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!

Alchemy Arts will be closed tomorrow to celebrate the new year. Here's wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!

Happy Thanksgiving! Alchemy Arts is closed today to celebrate. We hope you all have a safe, peaceful and happy holiday.
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! Alchemy Arts is closed today to celebrate. We hope you all have a safe, peaceful and happy holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving! Alchemy Arts is closed today to celebrate. We hope you all have a safe, peaceful and happy holiday.

Samhain Blessings and Halloween Greetings, friends! Sadly, Covid-19 has made it impossible for us to have a party this y...
10/27/2020

Samhain Blessings and Halloween Greetings, friends! Sadly, Covid-19 has made it impossible for us to have a party this year, and we are as disappointed as you surely must be. However, not to worry! We have assembled a collection of elements and ideas which will help you to have a similar experience at home. It will be as if we are all having a virtual party, together. So, put on a costume, break out your favorite snacks, and read on!

To accompany those snacks, you might want a drink. Grab your beverage of choice, or try one of these:

The Black Widow! https://www.evermine.com/blog/spooky-sips-black-widow-cocktail/
Aspidystra can attest that this is also delicious when made with Torani Blackberry Syrup and Kraken Black Spiced Rum.

The Poisoned Apple! https://www.evermine.com/blog/spooky-sips-poisoned-apple-cocktail/

And then, of course, you need music. If you don’t already have a Halloween playlist, might we recommend one of these?

Halloween Monster Jams
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX6SpcerLn1dx?si=xyjbWhucSnSvvDdIhYIIGg

Ultimate Halloween
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DXarlH9zHuV0v?si=ffDxLtiyToKugl4LWDa4rQ

Or perhaps you prefer spooky ambient sounds to music? YouTube has all kinds of suggestions for you:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=halloween+ambient

On the other hand, you might want to listen to someone reading classic spooky fiction or poetry. There are many to choose from. Here are just two:

Edgar Allan Poe -The Raven - Read by James Earl Jones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcqPQXqQXzI

The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe - Basil Rathbone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRNoFteP3HU

Don’t like either of those? Choose another!

Plenty more Poe! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=poe+short+stories

Lots of Lovecraft! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lovecraft+stories

So many choices! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=halloween+short+stories

And don’t forget, you can still drop by the shop (observing safety rules, of course) and say hello, and look over our merchandise… perhaps something will entice you, and you can call it a Halloween treat!

Yes, it is unfortunate that we have to give up the big party this year, but we will look forward with hope to bringing it back next year and celebrating the season with you all again. Until then, we will refill our candy bowl, raise our glasses, and wish you all a Blessed Samhain, and a safe and happy Halloween!

Samhain Blessings and Halloween Greetings, friends! Sadly, Covid-19 has made it impossible for us to have a party this year, and we are as disappointed as you surely must be. However, not to worry! We have assembled a collection of elements and ideas which will help you to have a similar experience at home. It will be as if we are all having a virtual party, together. So, put on a costume, break out your favorite snacks, and read on!

To accompany those snacks, you might want a drink. Grab your beverage of choice, or try one of these:

The Black Widow! https://www.evermine.com/blog/spooky-sips-black-widow-cocktail/
Aspidystra can attest that this is also delicious when made with Torani Blackberry Syrup and Kraken Black Spiced Rum.

The Poisoned Apple! https://www.evermine.com/blog/spooky-sips-poisoned-apple-cocktail/

And then, of course, you need music. If you don’t already have a Halloween playlist, might we recommend one of these?

Halloween Monster Jams
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX6SpcerLn1dx?si=xyjbWhucSnSvvDdIhYIIGg

Ultimate Halloween
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DXarlH9zHuV0v?si=ffDxLtiyToKugl4LWDa4rQ

Or perhaps you prefer spooky ambient sounds to music? YouTube has all kinds of suggestions for you:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=halloween+ambient

On the other hand, you might want to listen to someone reading classic spooky fiction or poetry. There are many to choose from. Here are just two:

Edgar Allan Poe -The Raven - Read by James Earl Jones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcqPQXqQXzI

The Masque of the Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe - Basil Rathbone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRNoFteP3HU

Don’t like either of those? Choose another!

Plenty more Poe! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=poe+short+stories

Lots of Lovecraft! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lovecraft+stories

So many choices! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=halloween+short+stories

And don’t forget, you can still drop by the shop (observing safety rules, of course) and say hello, and look over our merchandise… perhaps something will entice you, and you can call it a Halloween treat!

Yes, it is unfortunate that we have to give up the big party this year, but we will look forward with hope to bringing it back next year and celebrating the season with you all again. Until then, we will refill our candy bowl, raise our glasses, and wish you all a Blessed Samhain, and a safe and happy Halloween!

10/17/2020

NOTICE - Saturday 10/17/20 - We are closed today dealing with a family emergency. Sorry!

Magick is the Science and Art of Causing Change through Will.  Your Will, Your Words, Your Actions are the Catalysts for...
06/06/2020

Magick is the Science and Art of Causing Change through Will. Your Will, Your Words, Your Actions are the Catalysts for Change in this World. Your Will, Your Magick, Your Lives More than Matter: You are the Manifestation of the Inviolable Divine, Sublime Essence of Creation.
We Hear You.
We Love You.
We Stand With You.

Magick is the Science and Art of Causing Change through Will. Your Will, Your Words, Your Actions are the Catalysts for Change in this World. Your Will, Your Magick, Your Lives More than Matter: You are the Manifestation of the Inviolable Divine, Sublime Essence of Creation.
We Hear You.
We Love You.
We Stand With You.

We're BAAAaaaack!Alchemy Arts is Once More Open to the Public!Don Your Best Mask and Come Shop for a Spell!
06/03/2020

We're BAAAaaaack!
Alchemy Arts is Once More Open to the Public!
Don Your Best Mask and Come Shop for a Spell!

We're BAAAaaaack!
Alchemy Arts is Once More Open to the Public!
Don Your Best Mask and Come Shop for a Spell!

Another local restaurant which could use a little help right now... if you're a fan of this place at Broadway and Thornd...
05/14/2020
Little corner restaurant organized by Gjovalin Mitaj

Another local restaurant which could use a little help right now... if you're a fan of this place at Broadway and Thorndale, like we are, you might want to help, or pass on the link.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/little-corner-restaurant?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

We are a family owned restaurant and struggling with this pandemic situation. I need to take … Gjovalin Mitaj needs your support for Little corner restaurant

Address

1203 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL
60660

Live in Chicago? Alchemy Arts is located a block and a half West of the Bryn Mawr Red line stop, steps from both Sheridan and Broadway buses, and three blocks West of Lake Shore Drive. Travelers? Just give us a call, and we will be happy to give you the best, most detailed directions you have ever heard. Perhaps ... TOO ... detailed!

General information

We're an online seller as well as a brick and mortar store; we're Alchemy Arts, the Chicago area's most complete occult bookstore. We carry a wide range of incense, oils, herbs, curios, and books, as well as voodoo and occult supplies. Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 8pm
Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 11am - 6pm

Telephone

(773) 769-4970

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NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Kindest and Most Dear Reader, we are overjoyed to announce that on June Third, Chicago entered Phase Three of the Re-Opening Strategy to combat COVID-19. This allows non-essential businesses like Alchemy Arts to open to the public! We have resumed normal hours of operation, and are allowed as many as five customers in the store at once. While inside, one must wear a face covering, and practice social distancing. Most Patient and Honored Reader, it is our joy to welcome you though our doors once more!

Alchemy Arts is the most comprehensive Occult and Metaphysical Book and Supply Store … in the known universe. We have been around since 1989, honing our craft, ever improving and expanding. Alchemy Arts has seen four locations, though we have occupied the current location for over eighteen years. (You can tell by the carpet.) Though we focus on the Western Mysteries, we cater to all faiths. We carry tomes of secret wisdom; icons of arcane worship; instruments of healing and meditation; talismans of ancient power; tools of divination; and the waters, candles, oils, herbs, and stones of the Craft. The authors of the books we sell shop here. People who work for other metaphysical stores shop here. We have seen our statues transform into objects of worship. We have seen tables and cases turn into altars, and our storefront transform into a sacred space. We have watched our customer’s children grow up. We have shared the joy of our customer’s victories, and provided solace and solutions in their times of strife. We are a candle in the darkness, and ever brighter we burn.

Ours is a place of learning, and of practice. At Alchemy Arts, we are purveyors of knowledge: by way of the lettered page, or words of wisdom. We cater to those who practice Magicks, Study the Mysteries, and those who wish to learn how. Alchemy Arts is both a store and meeting place; our goal is to illuminate the mysteries for any and all who wish to learn. What makes us truly different from other Metaphysical stores is that we do not sell spells, healings, or workings, and we do not employ readers. We never have, and never will. We are not here to do the work for you, we are here to help you learn to do the work for yourself. We painstakingly craft our blended oils, incense blends, waters and inks by hand, in the store – from the correct magickal ingredients. We do this for ethical reasons, religious reasons, and because we use our products ourselves – and will settle for nothing less than the best.

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