Mystickal Tymes, 127 South Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938
|Quoted in Business Review in 1994
MYSTICKAL TYMES, INC.
Edward F. Kimble & Eric Burton
Lee, Owners ~ Established in 1977 (as Hemetro's)
"For a wealth of
information on the worlds within and without, visit Mystickal Tymes, located
in New Hope at 127 South Main Street, phone (215)862-5629. They
offer books, tapes, and more, that open doors into the New Age" . In a world of
dazzling possibilities, it is easy to become lost in a maze of choices. Mystickal
Tymes was established to enlighten, inform and help people connect with their
spiritual identities. By paying careful attention to our inner voices, we can learn
a lot. You will find here information to heal body and soul, improve your
relationships, and guide you toward the choice and realization of your goals. All of
the best-sellers from the foremost New Age magickal authors can be found on their
well-stocked shelves. You'll also find a delightful selection of
crystals, jewelry, and aids to meditation and concentration at Mystickal Tymes.
The helpful staff is always happy to assist and advise you.
the uncharted territory of body and spirit, drop by Mystickal Tymes. You
are always welcome here, whether you are shopping or just browsing around."
Hi all, I
grew up in Southern New Jersey , one of 11, and later moved to the Gulf Coast of Florida.
My interests were of music, cooking, gardening and being a beach bum. Really,
I attended some college and won a scholarship to Westminster Choir College in
Princeton, New Jersey, which brought me back north. At this time I triple majored in Music
Eduacation, Church Music, and Voice Principal. Unfortunately, I had a terrible car
accident which put me out of commission for 1/2 a year. I could not return to school as
the finances were depleted.
interests all my life were religion and the studies of ancient civilizations. I started
working here, then called Hemetro's, and worked for 10 years. During this time the Lord
and Lady provided a magickal happening and Eric and I purchased the business. We now
have owned it since 1994 20+ yrs.
before we purchased the business I found a new love in my life, I went to the dogs. I have
always had animals in my life but never a show dog. I would also have to make things
really challenging and get a rare breed. At that time Redhill's Queen Tiy's Flame-Re J.C.
was born on 4/22/95. I know if you are on this site you probably believe in Magick.
Well, Tiy was certainly that! I actually had a book fall off the shelf
at the store and chose her name not knowing she was born that day , until a few weeks
later. The book literally opened to a description of Queen Tiy. I chose Flame for the
reddish color. The J.C. stands for junior courser. (Lure Coursing). Although, at
this time , she is not finished as far as show goes ,she is my "Girl" and very
magickal! Funny how things happen because Queen Tiy was one of the few rulers that was
beloved by her people. My Tiy, is a real beauty . She is a little nervous and shy
but has a beautiful structure. I guess , at this time, you would also like to know
what breed she is . The name is Ibizan Hound.
came from Ibiza Island off the coast of Spain. This was , however, not the place of
origin. The early Phoenicians are suspected of trading them to Spain from Egypt. Early
remains have proven their lineage. They are truly Egyptian. The breed is approximately
6,000 years old. Back then they were known as Galgo hounds. Well, guess what? I
couldn't stop with one. I soon had to have another and Ch. Mirage Winged Isis Flies
was born on 6/13/97. The Ch. stands for champion. It seems that "bad luck" on
Fri. the 13th is just superstition as she was born on this day and started winning shows
from the first show on. She was entered in a puppy match when 6 months old . She was one
of 59 hounds entered and the only Ibizan. She won the whole group! Since then she
has won in every show that she has been entered in. She virtually finished her
championship in half a year. Pretty impressive as it isn't easy to finish this breed due
to it's rare status. And now the exciting part. Isis is on her way to the biggest show for
dogs in the world. She will be showing at Westminster Kennel Club at Madison Square
Garden in New York City on February 9,1999. Her chances are good , even though she is
still concidered fairly young. All the positive energy you may want to share on this date
would be appreciated!!!
see several pictures of my 2 girls and I will be breeding them sometime soon. I really
can't say enough about this ancient breed. They are skilled hunters and very swift. They
are known to be able to jump 6 feet into the air from a stand still. Also, to run as fast
as 40 miles an hour. They are very loyal to their owners and great watchdogs. If anyone
would like further information about this breed, please feel free to contact me. I can't
say enough about them! You could also stop by the store and just might be able to
see one first hand as in nice weather I enjoy bringing them .
reading through this as I know it is quite extensive. I guess you probably know now that I
am a nature and animal lover. Bright Blessings!
my life out in up state New York, Binghamton to be exact ,one of the Triple Cities.
Adopted by Two loving parents at 13 months. After 4 "family" moves we
ended up in Ewing , N.J.in 1970.
At 8 yrs.
old I started reading Tarot Cards and that was my beginning. My parents were always
telling me to learn and find out what interested me. I used to make a bee-line to the
Occult section in library. At that point I'm sure my Mom knew something was up, Magic,
Tarot, Herbs, Witch trials , you name it, I brought it home...
religious background is very diverse. My Father was Back Country Baptist, my Mother
was Primitive Methodist, When they got married they switched to Presbyterian. I was
brought up that way until I fell into the way of the Nazarene, Thank You Summer
Vacation Bible Camp. As the opinionated Sagittarius only child that was taught to
speak my mind and ask as many questions as possible, I became a challenge to the other
members. I am sure Sunday school was not the same after I left.
the quest for knowledge , now at 14 still looking for more. Then I was to attend a private
school called Pennington Prep. (Methodist with a twist) mandatory chapel (yuck) I
thought "Not" we were exposed to many different religions , American Indian,
Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim...etc. MY questions were answered, to me the purest meaning was
the same . They all taught "Love , compassion, understanding, and
acceptance" if you look deep enough,through the "cultures politics" and to
on a summer day trip with my school I came to New Hope and found
"Hemetros". The one stop Occult shop. I remember saying that
"someday I will own a store like this".
working as a cosmetologist at " Donnas Hair Studio" that Phyllis walked in
and said that she needed a new Hairdresser, she picked me. Ed started working for her not
so soon after that, and I followed at night . 10 yrs later Ed and I took over and
the rest is history.
and Lecture all over , our own style of Wicca, we call it "The Circle of Ancient
Paths" tradition". This style is very diverse and very informative.
Check out the
and see a sample of what we teach.
include: Reading Literature, doing research on ancient religions, a comparative
study, Shopping , Foreign movies , The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, and
PBS....more to come!
Full - Moon
approaches and envelopes her arms around us with new lifes energy, I feel like a new
being coming out of the dark, again for the first time. She is with us once more in our
rites and hearts. Coming from the dark of winter with her cold bleak emptiness of self and
internal questioning. So, that we may make room for new ideas and growth. As the flowers
and trees burst forth from their long Winters rest we feel, smell, and taste the air
warming and coming to new areas of our life. It is Spring!
warming our intuition, and desire to move forward, with our dreams and goals.
Fire is the warmth of the sun, and
our motivation to grow closer to our own personal quest.
Earth is our Mother, our home and
teacher; She provides our needs and our fulfillment's.
Water is our lifes blood, our
desire for new growth, and knowledge.
In our quest
we find that all of this is in us, The Lady and Lord, is what is real and what is
constant. We are never alone, we are never without, and we are always answered, within
ourselves. We need to learn to listen to our inner voice, Because, they will answer.
who is she? She is the wind, the rain, the fire, and air of our life. She is our mother,
our daughter, and our grandmother. She is our innocence, our bounty, and our wisdom. She
has many names, Diana, Hecate, Athena, and many more, too many to say or know, but if we
look into our inner self we will find all of them. They are the ancient ones within our
deepest, most secret being, they are our life force. We could discuss who and what she is
forever but that would futile, because she is always changing and growing. Even today she
is being found all over the world, with new faces and new identities. She is everything
that is, was, or will ever be. She is me and you and the planet and space. She is what was
first, without her; there would be no ever-opening petals of life. She is the Maiden,
Mother, Crone, and mystery of the Enchantress. She is the beginning and she is the end,
where we return.
Who is the
Lord? He is the storm the passion and the need that is in our soul. Her Child, Lover, and
Friend, He is her bounty, harvest, and desire. He is our passion for love, sex, and more,
much more. He is what is carnal within us, the need for more. In the past, he is the
future. He was and is the forest, the plowed field, and our growing community. He has been
reborn he is fertile again. We are no longer afraid to feel his presence within our lives
male or female. Pan, Cerrnonos, Zeus, these are his faces and they are in use, all of his
many facets in all of us. All we need to do is look into our own mirrors and beyond to see
his potential in us. We are the key to his rebirth and ascension to his rightful throne,
Forrest Lord, King of The Wood, Lord of the Hunt. He is reborn again in Spring, from The
Mother and from us all. He is of the world and he is me, you and he is all. He is the
mirror of the Goddess and together they will be forever, the puzzle that always changes,
always-fitting back together in perfect unison the puzzle of life.
to the future of life. This is cyclical, as the wheel-of-life so are we and so are they.
Who are they? They are as old as the future is long. They have the facets of a diamond and
are only seen when we look deep into their depths. They are the Air, Earth, Fire and
Water. Feel them, Smell them, See them, and Hear them. They are the dreams, desires,
passions, fears and motivations that we continue to look for in ourselves and in our
lives. They are you, the world, and Me.
Eric Burton Lee
The witching hour
Celebrating Halloween in one of the oldest ways
By Daniel Shearer
Princeton Packet Staff Writer
Friday, Oct. 29, 1999
Practicing witches Eric Lee (left), Ed Kimble (front) at their New Hope
store, Mystickal Tymes, which specializes in the occult.
Staff photo by Robyn C. Stein
For centuries, they've been society's outcasts. Widely
misunderstood and regarded with suspicion, witches do not worship Satan or any other
They do not fly through the air on brooms, sacrifice animals or shoot
lightning bolts from their magic wands, but some of them do, on occasion, use cauldrons to
make potions. In fact, several witches living in New Hope, Pa., have a large black cooking
pot sitting near the front door of their store on South Main Street. Inside, they
sell more than 500 different kinds of herbs, along with occult books, incense, bath salts
and an assortment of oils made at the shop by you guessed it real-life
"We don't sell any animal products whatsoever," says Mystickal
Tymes co-owner Eric Lee, who said he has been a practicing witch for more than 15 years.
"It's against our kind of rationality and our belief system. We get skeptics,
definitely. People come in and make their jokes and ask for eye of newt, and we respond
and say, 'Well, that's black-eyed-susan. You can get it at the florist.'
"It's a continuous educational project for us, because when people come in and say,
'Oh, do you have a spell to get back at my boss?' we immediately jump in there and say,
'Well, before you do any magic, why don't you learn a little about the history of it?' We
try to pull them away from spellcrafting until they're stable and balanced enough to start
Goddess statues and chalices from the Mystickal Tymes store.
Staff photo by Robyn C. Stein
With long hair and a ring on nearly every finger, Mr.
Lee doesn't have the look of a conformist. He doesn't look bizarre, either. After all, the
only difference between witches and other people is that witches cast a few spells every
so often. Most of today's witches see no difference between what they do and what
practitioners of the world's larger religions call "praying." "I started
reading tarot cards when I was eight-years-old, and from the bibliography of the book I
used, it led me in the direction of various spiritual books," Mr. Lee says, adding
that his parents raised him with a mixture of Protestant beliefs. "But, it's
like, you've got these emotions within you telling you that there is more than what
they're telling you in church. And then when you question, they don't give you answers
that you're looking for. So finally, when it finally manifests, or fits within you, you
feel totally balanced and kind of one with everything."
Depending on the individual, witches may practice their craft alone,
either indoors or outdoors, or they may participate in groups called covens. Most covens
meet privately a few times each month, usually in conjunction with the cycles of the moon,
but a few covens have open memberships. Witches also celebrate eight seasonal holidays,
No black cats here: Morgana the cat is completely at home at Mystickal Tymes.
Staff photo by
Robyn C. Stein
While witches believe all sabbats mark times when
increased spiritual awareness becomes possible though cyclical communion with nature, one
of their most important holidays, Samhain (pronounced sau-wen), also known as Halloween,
comes at the end of the harvest in October. Witches regard this as a season of
death, leading to rebirth. Many of them believe the veil between our world and the spirit
world is very thin at this time, and they commonly ask but never command or compel
the spirits of the dead to be with them. To honor their ancestors, for hundreds of
years some witches have observed a ritual called a "mute supper" in which they
placed the best fruits of the harvest in a place in their home intended for their
ancestors. Eventually, this tradition evolved to include carved pumpkins with candles
burning within. The flickering light from jack-o-lanterns, they believed, would guide home
the spirits of the beloved dead and ward off evil spirits.
"Samhain is considered the witches' new year," says New Hope
resident Kris Rogy, store manager at Mystickal Tymes and a practicing witch for many
years. She pauses to caress the store's free-roaming white cat, Morgana.
"You review your life throughout the past year and give thanks, and
set goals for the new year," she says. "It's a great time to recognize and
remember those who have passed on, because they are all around us. They're there to give
us guidance and messages and just maybe to be loved and come into our life."
Usually, witches keep a diary of sorts, sometimes called a Book of
Shadows, in which they document their rituals. Like any diary, these books are highly
personal and are rarely published. After centuries of persecution (depending on the
historical source, the number of witches killed for their beliefs could number in the
thousands or even millions) witches have wisely learned to be secretive with their craft.
Many witches will openly talk about their beliefs, but they rarely discuss the details of
A cauldron drum and candles used in rituals.
Staff photo by Robyn C. Stein
Since there is no census for witches, it's difficult
to tell how many there are in the United States. The closest estimate Mr. Lee offers is
his store's mailing list: 21,000 names, in the U.S. and overseas. A recent gathering of
witches hosted by his coven, The Circle of Ancient Paths, drew more than 450 people for a
Samhain celebration and charity benefit for the Rainbow House, a long-term care residence
in Ewing Township for females and young mothers who are HIV positive or have AIDS.
"Witches do take vows of secrecy, which is actually a throwback
from the Middle Ages when there was active persecution of witches," Mr. Lee says.
"You don't necessarily speak of your craft, for it could be used against you. But
that's an old, archaic kind of concept nowadays, even though today it's being brought up
in divorce cases and custody cases. Since Wicca is still a taboo kind of concept, people
don't always talk about it."
"Wicca" is a term used by witches since the 1940s to refer
both to their religion and their magical system. According to A Beginner's Guide to
Witchcraft, by Teresa Moorey, it refers to group witchcraft and "can also be a
means to self-development." The word "witch," which meant "wise
one" long before early Christians came along and deemed the craft's practitioners to
be devil worshippers, is not a gender-specific word. Male and female witches practice
An altar used during Wiccan rituals.
Staff photo by Robyn C. Stein
The rumors about witches and pentagrams are quite
correct. Although there are many different varieties of witchcraft Celtic
traditions from the British Isles, Egyptian traditions and even Native American practices
the five-sided star, with one of its points in the upright position, is almost
universally recognized by witches as a symbol of the "Old Religion."
Witches believe four of the five points of the pentagram represent the
four elements of life air, fire, water and earth while the top point
symbolizes the creator. To the layman, this could easily be confused with a satanic
pentagram, which has one of its points pointed down, meaning that the material world is
superior to the creator.
One of Wicca's more outspoken practitioners, Norm Vogel, a legally
ordained Wiccan minister who lives in South Bound Brook, says he often wears a jacket with
a large pentagram in public.
"I hear a lot of people whisper, 'He's a witch,' " Mr.
Vogel says. "You can sort of feel their eyes on you. I've had people in stores refuse
to wait on me, but I don't always wear pentagrams. From the look of me, you couldn't tell
I was a witch. A lot of people say I look like an accountant or dentist.
"I work at a computer company. I wear a tie. I'm a witch. Frankly,
I'm very much down on the whole goth thing, where people look like Halloween all year
round. That offends me. They wear pentagrams and people think that all witches look like
|Witches believe four of the five points of the pentagram represent the four elements of
life air, fire, water and earth while the top point symbolizes the creator.
A wand used for Wiccan rituals and sabbats is shown at top.
Staff photo by Robyn C. Stein
As a witch, Mr. Vogel has been completely
out-of-the-closet for years. He says a few of his neighbors choose not to talk to him, and
he occasionally receives awkward glances when he goes to church with his wife, a
Methodist. Most of the time, though, he says New Jersey is a fairly tolerant place to
live. "Everybody in the church knew who and what I am," he says.
"They didn't talk to me much, but that's their problem. I have no problem being in a
Methodist church because I'm worshipping the same creator they are.
"Witches are very eclectic. They take from different religions because we believe
that all religions are valid, but because they are man-made, they are imperfect. So many
people have been brought up in their own religion, and they've been brainwashed not to
look at anything else." Many Wiccans, although not all of them, practice magic,
but Mr. Vogel generally downplays the importance of the implements used during ceremonies.
Real magic, he says, comes from within. Witches commonly cast spells for protection,
healing, health and wellness.
"As far as magic is concerned, people say to me, 'Well, how do you
know it's not coincidence?' My response to that is, 'It works much more often than it
doesn't.' I myself have about an 80 percent success rate with it. I personally believe
that all magic and all prayer is answered, but sometimes the answer is that what we want
is not meant to be.
"We don't worship trees or the moon or any other of that stuff. We
recognize the divinity of all things and we respect that. Much like in the Catholic
Church, if someone bows or kisses a statue, they're not worshipping a piece of plaster.
They're worshipping what it symbolizes."
Mystickal Tymes is located on 127 South Main St., New Hope, Pa. For
information, call (215) 862-5629. Also check out the store's web site at
In addition, Mr. Vogel maintains an informative web page at
Welcome to New Hope
New Hope is a charming little village nestled along the by
Delaware River and Delaware Canal that conjures up visions of
a by-gone era. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, this
sophisticated little gem of a town represents different things to
different people. To some, New Hope is the place to visit art
galleries. To others, it's a place to spend enchanting romantic
weekends, cuddled up by the fire at one of the many beautifully
restored inns, or walking down by the riverside. New Hope's
natural beauty has always been mesmerizing.
New Hope has always been a place to escape the humdrum
routine into a magical fantasy experience. Performing arts are
more alive and progressive in New Hope than in most cities,
five, even ten times its size. It's an easy trip from New York,
Philadelphia and most parts of New Jersey, perfect for dining in
one of our many nationally renowned restaurants, or taking in a
show or concert at one of the many theatres in the area. Day
trips to New Hope are easy to fill with things to do - ferry rides,
visits to historic sites, carriage rides, mule barge rides, and of
course, shopping. New Hope is a Shoppers Paradise with over
100 shops, offering local crafts, as well as, beautiful items from
around the world.
The streets of New Hope are few (only four: Main Street, North
and South, Bridge Street, Ferry Street and Mechanic Street),
plus quaint little alley-ways and side streets where visitors can
wander along the cobblestone walks, finding many surprising
nooks and crannies. Throughout the year, the many active New
Hope associations and groups provide events. For instance,
the town will become "The Enchanted Christmas Village" with
the glow of white lights and streets lined with candles. New
Hope believes in serving up its holidays the old-fashioned
way, with plenty of charm and history.
New Hope's history is an important part of its attraction. It is
just a few miles from Washington's Crossing. It was here that
Washington crossed the Delaware to fight the Battle of
Trenton in the American Revolution. There are important
historic sites in and around New Hope attached to this private
historic event. William Penn owned the original parcel of land
that eventually became New Hope and signed it over in 1681 to
another owner. It changed hands several times until the
American Revolution. After the war, Benjamin Parry began
operating two mills here, which burned down in 1790. When
they were rebuilt they were called the "New Hope Mills",
offering new hope to all of the town.
Today New Hope continues the tradition of bringing the world
a positive "new hope" by preserving its own unique tradition
of offering its visitors an experience you cannot find anywhere
else...a fantasy, an escape into the arts, a page turned back in
history. Welcome to New Hope.
TO NEW HOPE
I live at the
store and welcome you! I am a very friendly cat & love affection, when I want
I am a cat!!! 5 yrs old
Morganna at 20 yrs old
Elder HP, Edward F. Kimble,
and Elder Hps, Annmarie Lambiasi