When I was a kid, I lived on the end of a very long street. At the top of that same street lived the local tea-leaf reader. I wish I can remember what she looked like, but I vividly remember her house number scrawled in thick black marker on a piece of cardboard… and nailed to a tree. Of course, we all went to her for readings when we were teenagers, but I can’t for the life of me remember what she said to me during my reading.
Not surprisingly, tea-leaf reading as a method of divination, also known as tasseography or teomancy, goes way, way, back. It also makes sense that reading tea leaves follows the path of the cultural and economic practice of the trade of tea itself. Read the rest of this entry »
To be perfectly truthful, witch balls freak me out a little bit. I was in a room once where a whole bunch of those hollow spheres of colored glass were hanging from the ceiling… and they all started moving! There were no windows open, no fans, no air-conditioning, nothing in or around the room that could have caused the kind of movement I saw that day. But I’ve decided to confront my fears head on.
If you’ve never seen one, witch balls are semi-transparent glass orbs that look like Christmas ornaments. They typically hang in windows or gardens. Witch balls take on many different forms and names: gazing balls, garden globes, spirit balls, and so forth. What most people do not know is that they originate from an colorful legacy of legend, myth, magic and superstition. Read the rest of this entry »
When I was younger, and living in a big city, I made a choice to ignore my intuition, my gut, my sixth sense. I paid no attention to that knowing ‘feeling’ you get, but are unable to prove or justify.
At the time, I was attending school within walking distance from where I lived. I took the same route every day. It was a no-brainer, really, the school was a straight shoot down a main thoroughfare. But one day, I decided that I wanted to change my routine and take another street that is parallel to my normal route. Although, I had a really bad feeling about it – one that I ultimately ignored, because my logical brain (or just my brain) couldn’t square with my instincts.
There was no good reason why I shouldn’t have taken this ‘alternate’ route. There was no real difference between the two routes, really. So, I ignored my intuition and took the alternate route. Meanwhile, the ominous feeling in my gut was gnawing away at me. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve always known that I was intuitive, but didn’t begin to call or define myself as a psychic – let alone a medium – until I was well into middle age.
Unlike many psychic mediums, I didn’t have childhood experiences with spirits in any shape or form. There were no ancestors watching over me as I slept. Nothing but dust bunnies hid under my bed, and my friends were all clearly visible and in the flesh!
I never thought of myself as strange, because I enjoyed reading about the paranormal, the supernatural, and famous psychics like Edgar Cayce and Ruth Montgomery. I just thought I was weird, because I liked to read, period. Read the rest of this entry »
So, why is it that we fear change? It’s almost a cliché to suggest that everything must change to survive, flourish, carry on. So what is that we are so afraid of?
Actually, many of us seek out psychics when we sense a change coming on, or when we are in the midst of an event that has caused some shifts in our lives. Even when we are dissatisfied or downright unhappy with where we are in our lives, our jobs, our relationships, we are often resistant to the idea of change, let alone initiate a change ourselves. There is nothing inherently negative about change, yet we often assume exactly that. Read the rest of this entry »
If I had a nickel for every time I was told that I look just like someone’s friend, cousin, or sister, I would be one very wealthy woman. I’m sure that you may have experienced this yourself. But resembling someone is very different from actually having a doppelgänger. The doppelgänger is a mysterious, other-worldly twist on the standard “look-alike” – not only is there someone out there that resembles you, but might in fact be you!
How is this possible? The Germanic origin of the word doppelgänger translates as “double-goer” or “double-walker” and that “double” is believed to be a ghost or some form of paranormal phenomenon. Real doppelgängers don’t have shadows or reflections, despite pop culture and urban legend suggesting otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »
Some years ago, I shared an office with a woman whose mother had recently passed on. She told me of several occasions where butterflies appeared around her, almost magically and in unlikely places. She believed that these unlikely appearances were her mother in spirit. I admit that I was shocked when soon after a butterfly somehow found its way into our windowless, airless office!
I am reminded of this whenever I see a butterfly, especially when they venture close. Once it even settled on my hand for a moment. To me, the beauty of a butterfly is a reminder of just one of the mysteries of the universe that we take for granted.
The beliefs surrounding butterflies are as varied as their colorful wings. Many believe that the life cycle of a butterfly mimics that of the human life span, and that butterflies remind us our own transformations over the course of a lifetime. White butterflies are often perceived as omens of good fortune; when they are in groups of two or three, the ante is higher. Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks later, I found myself at a museum exhibit in a large city. I struck up a conversation with a woman waiting in line behind me, and we soon discovered that we only live a short distance away from each other, even though we were both quite a distance away from home on that day. We exchanged contact information and went our separate ways.
A few hours later, still in the same big city far from home and in another over-crowded venue, we ran into each other again! She repeated what she said our first meeting: “Everything happens for a reason.” Read the rest of this entry »