On and off for many years, there's been a 'metaphysical' store in Sellwood. Here's the latest one

RITA A. LEONARD - Ravens Wing General Manager Iris Meredith Bell stands with some of the Sellwood shops collection of books, cards, and stones. Iris Meredith Bell opened the doors at "Raven's Wing Magical Company" in 2016, and now – going into its fourth year – it is an established success. The shop, at 7927 S.E. 13th Avenue, is open daily, selling crystals, stones, herbs, candles, and jewelry, as well as offering "expert intuitive readings and divinations, with an in-store staff of five experienced practitioners." One of the readers is Bell herself, trained in Tarot and astrology, and she also enjoys mythology, spirituality, and crystal studies. She sees Tarot as "a language for understanding the self, allowing us to speak directly to our subconscious mind."

"I feel very lucky to have landed in Sellwood, where I live and my son attends school," Bell tells THE BEE. "We're a special draw in the neighborhood, since many schoolkids come in to look at our rocks and crystals. I'm a proud member of the Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance, and we donate to local schools. Clients tell me that this site used to be called 'The Raven,' which specialized in antiques and military items for about thirty years."

Asst. Manager Willow Ravenna comments, "This is a metaphysical store. . . We hold classes and rituals so that people can have the power to make their own magic. We have three meeting spaces in-store, or readers can appear at party events off-site."

Intuitive readers and divinations with experienced practitioners come in hour-long or half-hour sessions. Phone 503/946-8951 to arrange an appointment, or book one online –

The website reveals that the store has a second location – in Oakland, California. Both stores also offer aromatherapy items, bath salts, herb smudge bundles, incense, oils and tinctures, cards and gift items, and "magical herbal powders". In addition there are books, statuary, jewelry, and flags for different cultures and traditions. The Sellwood store is open seven days a week, noon until 8 p.m.

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