The Beginning

Ascendant Books first opened its doors in 1983. The store was started by two women, Alice Powell and Yvonne Kemp. Both women had suffered tragedies in their lives and were looking for answers as to the meanings behind them. Their love of reading and the discovery of astrology was how the two women had met.

At that time in Alberta, the community of metaphysical seekers was still small. So we started small, too! In fact, our first location was tiny, no bigger than a kitchen, with fewer than fifty books!

Thanks to word of mouth, metaphysical seekers discovered Ascendant Books. We were carrying books that no one had ever seen in a mainstream bookstores—works on astrology, dreams, and psychics. Soon we were bringing in titles to fulfill almost every metaphysical need or interest you could imagine.

We might have been small, but our impact was huge.

In just two years, Ascendant Books moved to a second location.

Ascendant Today

Alice Powell took over sole ownership of the store in 1987 and today Ascendant Books is in its third location in the heart of Edmonton's 124th Street Gallery District.

Our gorgeous home is 5000 square feet of stunning crystals, dazzling jewelry, ornate statues, elegant clothing and décor, and of course, mind-expanding music and books.

Come visit us if you're in town, or while making a pilgrimage to Edmonton. At Ascendant Books, we always have time to talk about the journey. We're all on it together.