Why More People Are Consulting Psychics
In our current troubling and confusing moment in history, many people are both realizing how real spiritual phenomena are as well as looking to the spiritual and psychic worlds for guidance, comfort and realization of what direction to go in next. This Buzzfeed article examines that process, as well as revealing new trends in where people are looking for guidance.
Sonja Morgan, a cast member on the Real Housewives of New York, sees one. Kim Zolciak, one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, also goes to one. And in last week’s “Modern Love” column in the New York Times, a writer admits that her friend visited one after her long-term relationship ended — feeling hopeless, she wanted to know when she’d meet a new partner (in the spring of 2013, apparently).
No, these women aren’t visiting therapists: They’re paying just about the same amount of money to talk to psychics, who seem to have become as commonplace among certain women as yoga instructors, dry cleaners, gynecologists. And their friends But since when did psychic readings go from that fun activity in the corner of a cocktail party to an accepted form of, well, therapy?
I’m a non-believer. I don’t assume anyone has psychic powers that enable them to see the future or the past or speak to angels or dead people. I would pay for therapy over psychic readings any day. But I saw several therapists before I found one that was actually useful to me. So it’s possible that some psychics do more for people with Life Problems than some therapists. If a person has huge psychological issues, treatment should be sought from a licensed mental health professional. But if their issues are more casual — like, “when is my next boyfriend coming?” — a psychic might be able to offer advice or guidance that’s just as helpful to a person as that of a therapist. Besides: not everyone is prepared to face their issues in the official capacity that therapy is. It’s much easier to start cocktail party conversation with “my psychic says” than “my therapist says.”
The nature of psychics and psychic readings vary wildly. “I have a lot of people who come to me and just talk for an hour,” says Tarrytown, New York-based Elena Mercantini, a self-proclaimed psychic medium who offers angel card readings, tarot card readings, guided meditation classes, and reiki readings. (I had no idea what angel card readings or reiki readings were, so she explained: “In a tarot card reading any spirit can get in and start talking to you but with an angel card reading it’s only messages from angels” — which she says she speaks to. A reiki reading, she says, is a “Japanese healing modality” that Wikipedia explains involves transferring energy through palms.)
What do you think—why are psychic readings suddenly becoming so popular?
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