Sept. 5 2012 12:00 AM

Clairvoyant convention comes to Lansing


Gazing into my crystal ball, I can see a gathering charged with mystery and intrigue approaching. Yes, it is becoming clear — there will be people emerging from the haze seeking guidance and direction. I’m sensing the beginning of many journeys. I can feel that it will be a day to try new things. Maybe you should ask for a date with that hot co-worker you’ve been drooling over. Or perhaps it is time to switch to a career in coal mining.  

OK, full disclosure — I’m no clairvoyant. But if getting your palm read sounds like your cup of tealeaves, you could always solicit the advice of an expert at Maria’s Psychic Fun Fair this Sunday. 

“All the readers are very positive,” said astrologer/event organizer Maria Shaw Lawson. “We’re not going to say you’re going to die or you have a hex. Our vision is to give hope and peace, and give you a forecast for next three to six months.” 

Lawson has participated in over 500 psychic fairs during her 20-year career. She has also written 10 books (in 11 different languages), written horoscopes for the National Enquirer, appeared on television and provided predictions for celebrities including Tony Danza, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. She uses the positioning of the planets at the time of the client’s birth to form her forecast, coupled with her own sense of “intuition.” 

“Your astrology chart is like a map of your life, but you still drive the car,” she said. “If you follow your chart, what you were meant to do in life can become a superhighway.” 

The event will feature a dozen other psychic readers, each specializing in specific styles of reading, such angel cards, palm readings and rai ki. There will even be a dedicated pet psychic present to foretell Fido’s fortune. 

“I thought it was a unique experience, something to attend at least once in your life, even if you’re not a believer,” said radio host Jenna “Kat” Poag, who had her first mystic encounter at one of Lawson’s fairs while scouting for potential clairvoyant candidates to include as a psychic segment on air for station D95.2. “They hit on some relevant things, and with the séances and group readings, you can see how everyone is connected to their spiritual life. They hit the nail on the head for a lot of people.”

Not everyone who comes is looking for clues about when they will meet Mr. Right or seeking commune with their long dead great aunt Gertrude. 

“Things have changed — people have gone through a lot of chaos and crisis,” Lawson said. “Now people are asking me, ‘When can I sell my house?’ ‘When will I be able to get a job?’ The economy has been low for so long that people have turned to asking more about basic survival.” 

In that spirit, Lawson feels that she is providing a genuine service to the public, and maybe — just maybe — giving a little help where she can.  

“We’re not here to take advantage of anyone,” she said. “I can vouch for everyone — they’re legit.”  

Psychic Fair
Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hampton Inn of Lansing, 525 N. Canal Road, Lansing
$5 admission, $10 per reading
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 
|(517) 214-4592