My Aura, My Self 

Futures are revealed and spirits unveiled at the Psychic Fair.

"I see you're going to have a long life," Kelly says as she gazes intently into my right palm.

I breathe a sigh of relief. Good news, considering that I've always been sure I would die young. She goes on to tell me that I'll have two kids, probably a boy and a girl. Bummer. I'm not really fond of children.

Kelly is from the Psychic Shop and is one of the many seers and soothsayers who worked last weekend's psychic fair and UFO conference at the Holiday Inn Mt. Moriah.

"I sense there's a woman in your life named Kathy," Kelly says. "She does not like you, and she carries negative energy. She has dark hair."

I don't know many Kathy's, at least ones with dark hair, but I'll definitely be on the lookout.

Another woman -- could this be Kathy? -- introduces me to her "family" of crystal skulls, ancient stones carved into heads and believed to possess special powers. She calls each by name and is charging $15 for a 15-minute meditation session with the skulls.

Other vendors are selling various stones, books, Tarot cards, and essential oils. In the far corner, a Florida couple is taking aura photographs.

I sit down in a chair facing a computer screen, and aura consultant Gary Cardinal tells me to place my hand on a black box to read my body temperature.

Within minutes, I see my face on the screen surrounded by an angelic bright yellow and orange orb. Cardinal tells me this means I'm creative, easygoing, intellectual, philosophical, and optimistic.

A yellow triangle hovers near my left side, and Cardinal says this is my guardian angel. He explains that most people should have one. On the right, he indicates a small bit of orange and says this is someone I have known who has passed on and is following me around as a guide. So, basically, I've got a ghost hanging out with me, but apparently, he? she? it? is here to help. That's comforting.

What's not so comforting is the power of Edd Edwards. Edwards, who has been struck by lightning several times, claims he is the inspiration for the movie Phenomenon with John Travolta.

He asks me to stand facing him, holding my hands in front of me. Once the energy between my palms begins to pulse, he asks me to put my hands down at my sides. Then Edwards starts moving his hands up and down in front of my body, and I can feel energy waves moving through me. It's so bizarre that I become a little uncomfortable.

But apparently my future looks bright and so does my aura, so all three of us -- my guardian angel, my spirit guide, and me -- leave the fair in positive spirits. I just have to make sure to stay away from Kathy.

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