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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Karen Estremo's the Dragon and the Rose is the Hub For OC Pagans

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

A full moon beams as if a soft gemstone above Grovemont Square in Santa Ana. Hidden in the business plaza, next to the Dragon and the Rose, an occult store offering Wiccan, pagan and metaphysical wares, is a humble altar, atop of which sit goblets filled with wine and cider in preparation for an autumn-equinox ritual. Adelaida “Addie” Velasquez takes a bundle of sage and waves its purifying smoke around store owner Karen Estremo’s outstretched arms. “Welcome and blessed be,” the two exchange after a slight bow in reverence of each other. Velasquez then turns to those gathered for the occasion. A black shawl drapes over the shoulders of the high priestess’ lavender dress, and a floral crown rests on her long, curly, black locks. She greets the circle with “Welcome to our Mabon celebration.”

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