The magical scene, just minutes from downtown, summoned up all the fun and wonder of the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. But to the earnest visitors who came here Sunday, this was no make-believe.
The energy flowed abundantly at the Dancing Moon, where the metaphysical store’s biannual psychic fair drew 118 paying customers in search of signs and clues from the beyond. During four hours of back-to-back sessions, Triangle residents consulted psychics, clairvoyants, Tarot readers, palmists, mediums, numerologists and other spiritualists.
On this occasion, the Dancing Moon’s “Fairy Room” was aglow with string lights, crystals and luminous fabrics. Eleven professional psychics, known as “intuitive readers,” drew out their palm charts, oracle decks and other tools of their occult guild. They spoke of esoteric insights in subdued tones.
The setup Sunday was akin to a speed-dating session, strictly monitored by 20-minute timers, minus the romance. Outside a line formed as the Dancing Moon’s customers – celebrated here as “enlightened earthlings” – queued up for their tete-a-tetes.
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“It’s a chance to get off the treadmill of life and to think,” said Dawn Sander, 45, Raleigh resident and a director of talent management for a medical device maker. “I’m going to be more patient at work and explore other opportunities internally that might leverage my skills better.”
The spiritual chimes likewise jangled for Martin Nyoike, 44, a car mechanic originally from Kenya who calls Raleigh home. Nyoike was astounded by the accuracy of his reader’s assessment, who “pretty much hit the nail on the head.”
“That’s what has holding me back – fear of failure, fear of success,” Nyoike said effusively. “He said that I have everything I need to do what I need to do. I have all the gifts.”
These mini-sessions don’t afford the opportunity to explore the full dimensionality of psychic readings, particularly communicating with the dead and discovering one’s former identity in a past life. Such explorations may require hours, if not months or years, psychics said.
Case-in-point: Deborah Richmond Foulkes, a Reiki master and past-life regression therapist, said that after she discovered she is the reincarnation of 13th-century English lady, it took her a year and a half of research just to discover her previous name was Eleanor of Lovaine.
In conducting her research with medieval documents, Foulkes said the Spirit helped her translate manuscripts written in Latin and Norman French. Foulkes, a retired accountant and revenue manager, was one of the intuitive readers Sunday.
But dabbling in ancient history is not the ultimate reward of intuitive reading, the psychics stressed.
“The purpose is to get strategic information that helps the person thrive in this life,” said psychic Rebecca Ann Helgesen. “This is the most important life.”
Helgesen explained her spiritual gift as making contact with “interdimensional beings” on her clients’ behalf to glean secrets about their past lives. Her business card identifies her as a specialist in “Akashic Records Consultations, Atomic Energy Healing Science and Astrology.”