We had the good fortune of connecting with Mystic Dylan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mystic, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born here in Los Angeles but moved around pretty frequently between my parents in Los Angeles and Miami, FL with my grandparents. As a kid, my life was a little scrambled. My parents were very relaxed and easy-going, they were both in the entertainment industry. When they were in rehabilitation from addiction I lived with my grandparents. They were also super loving and supportive but a little more reserved. Living with them brought out my more rebellious nature. However, both were always very supportive of my interest in Theatre and History. Witchcraft and the occult is something I was always fascinated by, even at an early age I remember going into a shop in Hollywood called Panpipes with my mother and being fascinated that witchcraft was practiced in real life. Despite any personal hardships I’ve been fortunate to have a family that loved me and ultimately supported me most of the way. It was their support when I came out as Gay at 14 that made me realize that they’d love me no water what I decided to do. My connection to Witchcraft continued to grow and became an important part of my spiritual development and even as I pursued other careers and passions it was the one thing that seemed constant. My family never really pushed “Religion” I was read bible stories before bed as a kid, but along with Greek and Egyptian myths, Aesop’s Fables, and Brothers Grimm. To me, all these stories seemed to be similar. All the love and support my family gave me, as well as the push towards entertainment and History, is really what made me who I am today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s so strange to me when I stop and think about it because my career is very much merged with my personal life. Most people can separate themselves from their work. A Lawer leaves his office and can head home to his family, an Artist has his studio, an Actor relaxes when done with their performance. As a professional Witch and Reader, it tends to overlap and merge. Being that Witchcraft is part of my spiritual practice and also my profession, it can become tedious. Doing spellwork and offering spiritual guidance to others can leave you very drained, and when you do it constantly and as a profession, it can be hard to reserve some of that spirituality and Magic for yourself. I love what I do, but it wasn’t easy. Despite what people may try to tell you, witchcraft is not some flippant thing you can conjure up solely from intuition. Witchcraft is a fickle mistress that demands respect and requires adequate servitude and dedication. To this day I’m constantly learning from my mentors, peers, and reading up on different techniques, beliefs, and viewpoints. When you find your faith and learn from your practice you must commit to it fully. I dealt with a lot of side-eye, disbelief, and the occasional pushback from people who thought I was simply seeking attention, overly imaginative, or plain crazy. I overcame the stigma and challenges by believing in myself and realizing that how I felt was more important, Practicing Witchcraft makes me feel good, I’m happy when I do it, and it’s part of who I am. After years of practice, I became comfortable talking about it. Eventually, friends sought me out for readings, then the occasional love spell or money charm here and there. What started as a hobby, eventually turned into a side gig and then a full-time job. Six metaphysical/ Occult shops, countless readings and spells, and ten years later and I’m the owner of my own shop, have a podcast, and became a published author. It’s still pretty surreal at times. I’d love for people to become more open and accepting. I think it is happening little by little every day. To see how Witchcraft was once a major taboo, enough so that people who practiced it were persecuted, and to now see it become mainstream, enough so they make it an aesthetic is quite transformative. When I think of my profession and what I do I feel that it aligns a lot with therapy. My gifts and services are used to assist people, emotionally and spiritually. We all have some form of intuition, people just need to learn to trust it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I’m kinda a huge theme park nerd, so Disneyland, Magic Mountain, Universal, and Knott’s Berry Farms would be on the list. Most of my family and friends are from NYC and Florida, so In & Out is a must. I’ve always loved 3rd street promenade, Burbank, and Venice. Pasadena is wonderful too. I also wouldn’t let anyone leave before having them visit my shop, The Olde World Emporium.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are way too many to count, but I have a lot of support from many friends here in Los Angeles who are like my family. The Co-Host of my podcast The Witch And The Medium, Adela Lavine. The Co-Owner of my Brick and Mortar shop, The Olde World Emporium, Brieanne Kelly. My best friends of 10:years who always has my back, Joel Castillo and Zoe Pappia. To Vicky Smith, the owner of Panpipes, and my Coven.
Other: My Shop, The Olde World Emporium Oldeworldemporium.com