Thanks to my mother, Lady Rhea of Magickal Realms from Bronx, NY for this story.
Lady Rhea is a third degree, Wiccan high priestess. For over forty years, she has held circles, crafted candle magick, and has performed various types of psychic readings. She has done Ouija board readings and done other types of oracle-based rituals. However, in this case, she did not try to make contact. Her New Age store was located in the Bronx’s City Island at the time of this ghostly encounter.
It was February 2013. Lady Rhea was alone in the basement glittering candles. It was 8:30pm and the store was closed. Rhea was the only one in the store at this time. She paused in her work as she heard loud, heavy footsteps walking across the floor upstairs. They went down the aisle, turned the corner to the basement stairs, came down three steps and stopped. From the angle of her work table, Rhea could not see who was standing on the staircase. Picking up her Exacto knife and a pan of glitter, she crept up to surprise the intruder.
Only, she didn’t see anyone there. Cautiously, she went up the steps to investigate the store. The front door was still secure. She turned on all the lights, checked the two bathrooms, and any other possible hiding places, but again she found the place empty. Rhea called one of her friends to come pick her up and take her home early. After this unnerving incident, she refused to stay in the store by herself at night again.
Later in 2014, a photographer was interested in filming the store for a potential show. He took two pictures of the basement area to show where Lady Rhea created her candles and manufactured other products. After the photoshoot was done, Rhea received a call from him saying that she might be interested in seeing what his camera had captured in the basement. Rhea’s heart thudded when she viewed the photos. One picture was a normal shot, but the very next shows the shadowy outline of a tall man.
Another time, someone who was doing psychic readings at the store took a picture of the entrance to the basement along with other pictures of the store. The picture of the basement showed the area shrouded in fathomless, dark, grey smoke. This was when the lights had been turned on and there was no one smoking nearby. They had not left any incense burning either. Between these and other problems, the store was relocated to Westchester Square in the summer of 2014.