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Obscura Society NY: Occult Grand Central

An Esoteric Walking Tour with Mitch Horowitz

Every day thousands of travelers gaze in wonder at Grand Central Terminal’s vast zodiac ceiling and the figure of Mercury towering over Park Avenue – but few ever grasp their true significance.

After this tour you’ll understand the real meaning behind these and other cornerstones of Grand Central’s design. Indeed, this crowning edifice of the Beaux-Arts architectural movement can only be fully understood by appreciating the occult themes encrypted within its appearance.

In this lively and intellectually substantive journey, writer and historian Mitch Horowitz – whose occult walking tours have been called a “can’t-miss event” by Time Out – reveals the esoteric imagery and backstory of Grand Central’s design, including the station’s colossal exterior monuments, its interior symbols and insignias, and how its appearance shaped the gothic look and feel of midtown Manhattan. The tour also features wonderful stories of the Vanderbilt family – who oversaw the making of Grand Central – and explores the occult atmosphere of the late Victorian and Edwardian age.

Your guide and host is Mitch Horowitz, a modern day, nonfiction Rod Serling, whose passion for mysteries is surpassed only by his desire to uncover the truth. Mitch is a PEN Award-winning historian and an acclaimed writer and speaker on alternative spirituality. The Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.” Mitch has written on everything from the war on witches to the secret life of Ronald Reagan for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Salon, CNN.com, Time.com, and Boing Boing. He has discussed esoteric spirituality on CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, NPR’s All Things Considered, The Montel Williams Show, Coast to Coast AM, and virtually every cable network. Mitch is the author of Occult America and One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, and is vice-president and editor-in-chief at Tarcher/Penguin. Visit him @MitchHorowitz and www.MitchHorowitz.com.


Friday, October 10; 12pm - 1:30pm
Tickets: $60
Meetup will be at the Southeast corner of Park Avenue and East 41st Street. Please arrive by 11:50am, the tour will begin promptly at noon.