Friday, May 22, 2015

Bell, Book And Candle Is Open In Las Vegas

Readers may remember the book, The Magic Candle: Facts and Fundamentals of Ritual Candle Burning by Charmaine Dey. It's a great book and should definitely be in the library of any person who practices candle magic. The name Charmaine Dey is a pseudonym. The author's real name is June Zabawsky. She was a former stripper/dancer who settled down with her husband in Las Vegas and opened an occult shop there. Zabawsky had been taught some hoodoo by hanging out at the Bichon Drugstore, a place that sold hoodoo spiritual paraphernalia, in Houston, TX, when younger. She then took this knowledge and combined it with the newly formed Wicca and created a hybrid system of magical practice. She was also friends with Sybil Leek. Though June Zabawsky passed away in 1983, her book, The Magic Candle, continues to be a classic. The Zabawsky occult shop, Bell Book And Candle, is seemingly still open. I assumed that it closed after June's death. Or maybe it was bought by a new owner? I'm not sure. If you are in the Las Vegas area, check it out.

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