North West Tarot Symposium – March 3-5, 2017

January 9th, 2017 § Comments Off on North West Tarot Symposium – March 3-5, 2017 § permalink

March might seem a long time away, but it’ll be here before we know it … so if you’re in the US North West, or planning a visit there, you might want to check out this year’s North West Tarot Symposium.

The big event will be held March 3-5 in Portland, Oregon – a beautiful town with now another great reason to visit.

Take a look at the North West Tarot Symposium website to see the schedule and a list of all the fantastic speakers. And if you’re interested in being a vendor, or volunteering, there’s still time!

Every Town Needs a Fool

August 14th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


The Tarot Fool has come to life in the small town of Conwy, Wales which recently appointed its first resident Jester in over 700 years.

According to, at the beginning of August, Russel Erwood was installed as the Fool of Conwy, and dubbed ‘Erwyd le Fol’ during an official celebration involving falconry, knights, and a parade.

To get the job, Erwyd had to prove himself by successfully completing three tasks. He had to juggle daggers while blindfolded, balance a sword on his chin, and make a gold coin disappear.

He did them all and more, finishing up his routine with a trick known as The Burning Brushes of Beelzebub where he balanced a burning barbeque on a wooden pole down at the town’s quayside.

Who could ask for more!

The last official Fool of Conwy was ‘Tom le Fol’, appointed by King Edward I of England back in 1294. Erwyd’s work duties will be very similar to his predecessor Tom’s – juggling, singing songs, telling stories, and performing magic tricks.

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‘Fortune-telling’ Legal in Frederick

November 25th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

As of last week, ‘fortune-telling’ is officially legal in Frederick, Maryland.

According to, though psychic readers have been working in Frederick for some time now, the practice was technically illegal. The fine for violation was only $25, and no one was enforcing the law, but still, giving psychic readings (including Tarot) was a crime.

But not anymore … on Thursday last week, the city’s Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to repeal the ban.

Excellent news.

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No Tarot In Detroit’s New Hockeytown

September 22nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Detroit is getting a brand new $450 million arena for the Detroit Red Wings hockey team to call home. Not only do plans by Olympia Development of Michigan include the arena itself, but what type of development can grow around it.

According to, Olympia Development of Michigan’s new arena district will be based on a ‘deconstructred’ design, meaning that it will include separate buildings within a 45-block area surrounding the venue, as well as the venue itself.

Of those buildings to be controlled by Olympia, certain restrictions will be in place. Authorized development will include dry cleaning businesses, brewpubs, health clubs, professional or medical offices, restaurants, hotels, retail businesses, exhibition halls, and residences.

What won’t be allowed are warehouses, pawn shops, bail bondsman services, businesses that involve firearms or hazardous materials, rehab clinics, topless bars, and what interests me … psychic or tarot reading businesses.

I wonder when the brawling sport of hockey got so high-end, and when private companies (in this case, heavily subsidized by taxpayers) started getting the right to determine where other businesses are allowed to operate or not.

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Nelly the Psychic Elephant

June 16th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

I don’t know whether Nelly the Psychic Elephant is right about any of her World Cup predictions, but I love that she predicts by playing a little soccer herself.

Take a look at the GeoBeat News video below to see Nelly in action. Apparently, her record’s quite good.

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Tour Toronto's Secret Spaces and Spirit Hotspots

April 4th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

If you’re a Toronto resident who hasn’t heard of it already, Doors Open Toronto is a recurring event where residents and visitors get the chance to explore buildings and places across the city we don’t normally get to see.

This year, the spring event happens May 24th and 25th, and will provide rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings across Toronto.

And what’s most interesting to me is that this year’s theme is Secrets and Spirits … Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door.

Secret spaces, spirit sightings, and unexplained mysteries will be highlighted at more than 75 different locations, including an underground church bowling alley, secret tombs, haunted tunnels, and some hotel bank vaults.

There will be talks, and art exhibits, and free walking tours.

Three ‘ghostly’ tours will be happening – one through the Distillery District, another of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse at Toronto Harbour, and a third at Exhibition Place.

Sounds like a lot of fun!!

Visit the Doors Open website to learn more.

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Possible Change in Fortune-Telling Law

February 19th, 2014 § 2 comments § permalink

It looks like Marion, Ohio might soon be changing, or maybe even repealing, its ‘fortune-telling’ ordinance.

At the moment, ‘fortune-telling’ is technically legal in Marion, but anyone practicing such work would be expected to pay quite a hefty license fee for the privilege.

According to the Marion Star, the law presently states that,

“No person shall practice astrology, fortunetelling, clairvoyancy, palmistry, phrenology or soothsaying, or intend to profess to tell future events, or predict or prophesy future events or happenings in the municipality, without first procuring from the Safety/Service Director a license to do so, for which he/she shall pay $10 per day while so practicing such profession within the municipality.”

But that may soon change as the Legislation, Codes & Regulations Committee reviews old laws in order to edit or revoke any that might no longer be relevant or useful to the city. ‘Fortune-Telling’ is on their list.

I’ll be watching to see what happens, and I’ll share anything I hear.

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Long Beach, California Makes Changes to Fortune-Telling Law

November 26th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Last week, in a unanimous 9-0 decision, Long Beach, California City Council voted to update their fortune-telling regulations.

Though psychic businesses will still need to get a business license to open shop, proprietors will no longer have to undergo a police background check, or come up with a $250,000 bond.

There have also been changes made to how ‘fortune tellers’ are defined.

Though I can’t seem to find the actual documents, according to Press Telegram News, the old definition included phrases like “gypsy cunning or foresight” and “oriental mysteries.”

The new code has removed this language, which the Council described as “outdated and offensive.”

Council also removed the requirement of a Conditional Use Permit, and will treat psychic businesses as other personal services, allowing them to operate in commercial zones.

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Psychic Businesses Officially Legal in La Cañada Flintridge, CA

October 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s official – psychic businesses are legal in La Cañada Flintridge, California.

In a 4-0 vote, city council members ruled that fortune-tellers, astrologers, psychics, and palm readers will be included among businesses allowed to operate under the city’s zoning code.

Until now, ‘fortune-tellers’ were neither permitted nor forbidden in La Cañada Flintridge, but going forward, anyone interested in opening a psychic shop may do so, as long as they obtain a city permit, and locate within specific commercial zones.

According to the La Cañada Valley Sun, though there was some debate last summer, as to whether ‘fortune-telling’ was pure entertainment or a service, council ultimately chose the service label.

La Cañada Valley Sun quotes the mayor as saying,

“Some people think it’s just a fun thing, and some think it’s a serious service. I can’t tell you who’s right or wrong, but to accommodate that, we put it down as a service.”

I’m glad they did.

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St. Louis Fortune-Telling Ban May Be Repealed

April 30th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Presently, it’s illegal to tell fortunes in St. Louis , Missouri, but that could all change soon.

According to St. Louis Today, Alderman Shane Cohn has introduced a bill to repeal his city’s rather complicated-sounding ban on divination.

As it stands now, the law forbids the

… profession or art of fortuneteller, clairvoyant, spirit medium, necromancer, seer, astrologist, palmist, prophet or other like crafty or occult art, or art of divination, or pretended art of telling past events of another’s life or affairs; of foretelling knowledge of future events of another’s life or affairs; of in anywise revealing things of the past, the future, of a secret or hidden nature; of giving advice or assistance in matters of business or affairs of any other kind or nature by means of such art; or of purporting so to tell, foretell, reveal or give advice or assistance by means of such art.

Back in 1994, an earlier Alderman made a similar attempt to repeal the law but was unsuccessful. Hopefully, this time round, Alderman Cohn will succeed.

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