The Mystic Eye

If you’re a fan of the Zodiac Mysteries, then you’ve definitely visited the Mystic Eye.  You know a lot about it and have met many of the eccentric characters who hang out there.  The occult shop is owned by my protagonist, Julia Bonatti’s, good friend Gale.  And even though I didn’t plan to set so many scenes there when the series began, it just sort of happened.  It was a great place for the characters to come together, especially at the psychic fairs.

There’s Nikolai, the Russian past life regression hypnotist, a larger than life man with a mysterious background.  There’s Zora, the medium and psychic who scares Julia half to death sometimes, lots of other psychics, Wiccans, Tarot readers and all sorts of characters.

So where did my Mystic Eye come from?  A long time ago, there was a real Mystic Eye, also on Broadway in San Francisco, but a little farther east, past the strip clubs and bars and comedy clubs of North Beach.  I remember it well.  It was a strange, dark little place, draped in black hangings.  It sold books and ointments and image candles for candle burning rituals, books on cultural and religious practices, some of it rather dark.  Not particularly my cup of tea, but I was curious since there was no shop like it in the city at the time.  It’s long gone now, so I felt safe using that name for the Zodiac Mysteries.
Julia’s Mystic Eye of the Zodiac books also has an exotic and mysterious atmosphere – plaster gargoyles, Tarot cards, crystals, books on psychic power and healing and religions of all sorts, candle burning supplies, dreamcatchers, magical herbs and ointments, greeting cards and lots of things that make great gifts.  Here are some photos that in spired me when I was writing the Zodiac Mysteries.  Have a look and see if this looks like your mental image of the Eye.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Is there anything happening at The Mystic Eye that you’d like to know more about?  Is there any field of study in the occult world that I haven’t touched upon?  Pyschometry? Remote viewing?  Candle burning?  How about crime or murder?

I hope you’ll stop in at the Eye soon and read about Julia’s adventures in the third book in the Zodiac Mysteries — Tail of the Dragon.  See you at the Eye!
This post first appeared at Island Confidential [] on June 23, 2018.

7 Responses to The Mystic Eye

  1. I’m interested in your writing. Does it have anything to do with the original Mystic Eye Occult and Book Shop (1970’s San Francisco) that was owned by Aeryn who had a weekly radio broadcast? I’m interested in knowing more about the history of the original store that was on Broadway (next to the Green Turtle bus place).

    • Hi Ronald ~ what a small world! Yes, I discovered that shop one day, bought some books, I think I bought a book on candle burning if I remember. It was such a long time ago. It was on Broadway, east of Columbus. I wish I could tell you more, but I really don’t know much more about the shop and the owner. There might even be a “Lost San Francisco” on Facebook. Maybe that could tell you more. And I’ve seen people on Twitter who post pictures of old buildings. Hope that helps.

    • I used to shop at the old Mystic Eye in San Francisco in the 1970’s and 1980’s! It was such a wonderful shop, full of books on magic and mysticism, incense and figurines.

    • I lived with Arryn from when I was 14 years old until I went to college and the. took care of her until her death 2014. She was an amazing woman and knowledgeable women. One of a kind

      • Hi Micah ~ it’s amazing how many people remember her and the shop! Thanks so much for writing. The Mystic Eye, of course, was the inspiration for The Mystic Eye in the Zodiac series, very similar to the Psychic Eye occult shops in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Not sure if those exist anywhere else.

  2. I’m interested in your writing. Is it based on the Mystic Eye Occult and Book Shop (1970s S.F. on Broadway, next to the Green Turtle bus co.) that was founded by a lady named Aeryn, who also had a weekly radio broadcast. I am interested in the history of this shop.

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