Where to have your future read in Toronto

With autumn quickly creeping in and the ‘dark season’ approaching, it’s only natural to take stock and try to predict what the winter will bring. For those looking for some guidance, or simply seeking a spooky experience this Halloween, these specialty shops and studios will unveil some of the mystery with their in-house spiritual psychics.

The Rock Store

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154 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1H2

This colourful Markham Village gem (pun very much intended) is both a healing centre and rock shop in one. Aside from an impressively diverse inventory of crystals and minerals, the all-female staff also offers various types of spiritual readings held in a spacious private workshop room upstairs. In addition to classic tarot readings, The Rock Store’s experts also offer divination in the form of crystal cards, angel oracle cards and runes (based off an ancient Nordic alphabet).

Alternative Thinking

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758 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5S 2R6

In Bloor West village, a close-knit community has formed around Alternative Thinking – a psychedelic specialty store and event space. Offering alternative books, jewellery, visionary cards and even organic food, this is a playhouse for curious types. The shop holds weekly events (which are often free!) and brings in tarot and palm readers for psychic fairs each month.

Wonderworks

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496 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4

Wonderworks is a Zen, intimate space for spiritual seekers. They offer all the tools needed for relaxation: music, aromatherapy, crystals, candles, teas and meditation aids. This is a shop, art gallery and workshop hub all in one. Here, you can receive in-person guidance on Tarot Tuesdays from Lori Lytle or request a reading via email. You can even learn to read the cards yourself in their beginner series ‘Tarot Secrets’.

House of Energy

145 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

House of Energy is Kensington Market’s own healing hotspot. A collective of people fluent in ancient traditions, this friendly neighbourhood teahouse has been described as a “groovy getaway”. Staff members specialize in healing crystals and minerals but unlike other shops, they invite their regulars to stay and enjoy some chaga tea while receiving an oracle card reading from a regularly visiting intuitive.

Nancy Psychic Oracle

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1361 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1N1

This compact, dimly lit studio is run by Nancy the Psychic Oracle and a mainstay for the curious in Corktown. Nancy is a lifelong student of tarot and palmistry and has been a well-known energy healer in the east end for some 40 years. Those who seek a more discrete setting will appreciate this spot. Adorned with religious mementos and mounted crystal balls, the Psychic Oracle studio offers the authentic fortune telling experience you seek.

The Occult Shop

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109 Vaughan Rd, York, ON M6C 2L9

Those searching for a more esoteric experience in the St. Clair West area are drawn to The Occult Shop, owned by Wiccan High Priest, Richard J. Despite keeping a low profile, this shop has been intertwined with the city’s larger Pagan community for 35 plus years. The Occult Shop curates a selection of hard-to-find books, tarot cards and Caribbean spiritual aids. Magickal staff members offer tarot card readings most days of the week.

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