Academy of Arcana
Academy of Arcana

It was beautiful while it lasted
The Santa Cruz, CA location of
The Academy of Arcana
closed permanently in November, 2017
The Goddess Collection is now on display at
Isis Oasis Retreat Center
20889 Geyserville Avenue
Geyserville, CA 95441



Omnia Vivunt, Omnia Inter Se Conexa
("Everything is alive; everything is interconnected")

Do you still mourn the loss of the great Library and Museum of Alexandria? Do you wonder what they taught in the ancient Mystery Schools? Have you suspected that the Answer to the Mysteries of Life, the Universe, and Everything is out there; but you just haven't found the right question?

Conveniently located in beautiful downtown Santa Cruz, California, the Academy of Arcana brought it all together in one place. The Academy housed Morning Glory & Oberon Zell's enormous library of myth, magick, science, history, sci-fi, fantasy and lore; and their vast museum collection of more than 360 Goddess figurines, magickal tools and artifacts, Books of Shadows, devotional items, altar setups, theatrical costumes and regalia, seasonal decorations, etc.


  

"The Goddess Curiosa" a non-denominational Goddess Temple and meeting/workshop/class space, was the largest area of the Academy, exhibiting Morning Glory Zell's collection of over 360 Goddess votive figurines from around the world and throughout history. Other cabinets and cases contained our large collections of magickal tools, hand-written Books of Shadows, devotional items, altar setups, posters, crafts supplies, and books on myth, magick, and Mysterie. Comfortable chairs and cushions were abundance.

Authors, musicians and others did presentations, workshops, house concerts, book-signings and "meet the artist" events.

The Temple space was also available as a venue for other groups to rent for meetings and gatherings.

  

"The Illuminarium" was the main reading and research Library providing exclusive access for Academy members only, consisting of thousands of books, Pagan publications and archives, and over 1,000 movie DVDs and music CDs. A large 46' TV screen was available for movie nights.

  

"Museum of Mysterie" The reading Library also included space for the other collections: arcane artifacts, dragons and dinosaurs, skulls and skeletons, fossils, natural history, mythical/legendary creatures, theatrical costumes and magickal regalia, seasonal decorations, prehistoric animal models, science fiction models, toys and action figures (especially Star Trek, Star Wars, Jules Verne, da Vinci, movies, etc.).

  

"Curiosities" was the museum gift store offering magickal books, figurines, jewelry, and crafts made by various artists. The shop also offered a selection of collectibles and curiosities from the Oberon and Morning Glory Zell estate.

All proceeds from the gift shop benefitted the Museum.

Read about the Academy in the Santa Cruz Sentinel

Academy of Arcana Grand Opening

Academy of Arcana Winter Wonderland

See the Academy of NBC 1st Look