Back when Ike was president and most six year-old boys were reading Hardy Boy books, I was reading the tarot cards and stars. I grew up in the boondocks of Michigan where I studied with my woo-woo guru: Grandma.
By age 14, I earned my Social Security card by ghost-writing a couple of syndicated newspaper astrology columns, began seeing clients, and started saving for college life.
During my freshman year at MSU, I managed the area's leading astrology bookstore and taught university courses in astrology, the tarot cards, and palmistry. And in the early 1970s, I scored a gig in the rock-musical Hair, where I sang (not all that well) and danced (I really wouldn't call it that), and launched my phone consulting business.
After returning from Japan in the late 1970s studying Feng Shui and a melange of Asian forecasting methods, I settled down in artsy and political Royal Oak, Michigan, and set up shop as an astrological researcher-consultant.
At that time, tv and radio gave birth to talk shows, and I became a regular guest on several national programs, including Sally Jessy, Geraldo, Sonya, the P.M. Magazine franchise, Twin Cities Live, Good Morning Boston, Good Afternoon Detroit, and Kelly & Company. I added "talkradio host" to my resume in the mid-1980s as creator-host of the longest-running primetime "ask the astrologer" talk radio show in the history of Detroit broadcasting: the award-winning Thank Your Lucky Stars.
I've written several books on divination, authored hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, have spoken at numerous conventions, am the recent U.S. news editor for Feng Shui For Modern Living magazine, and remain the Metro Times only multiple-year title-holder as the "Best Astrologer" and "Best Tarot Card Reader." And after rigorous testing, ABC-tv Special Report dubbed me "Detroit's Most Accurate Psychic."
In 2001, I traded in my luggage, snuck away from the media spotlight, and returned to dancing with my cat and writing on my MacBook. And, gardening. Today, post-Saturn Return number two, I'm grateful for my handful of truly brilliant friends who take turns pulling my head out of clouds to enjoy food, laughs, and garage sales.
My birthday is the nineteenth of November. I love cats and magical gardens, and live for peace.
"Good advice," said Agatha Christie, "is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it."
Since I don't travel as much as I used to, I created a personal, intimate phone consulting service for out-of-towners that I invite you to try.
I conduct these PHONE CONSULTS from the Eastern Time Zone everyday by appointment.
Both the 30- and 60- minute intuitive-astrological readings discuss your upcoming 12-month astro-trends, plus a 5-year general overview— it's all about your possibilities, potentials, and warnings.
The planets don't dictate or predetermine the outcome of any situation or relationship— you have free will, of course. However, the planets, through their changing aspects, do present a variety of options so that you can choose the one that feels right for you. It is my job to show you these choices.
Neither consult requires that you have previous knowledge of astrology. Both are presented in clear, down-to-earth language, with sensitivity, compassion, and humor.
• Both consults are tailored to your specific queries, and allow for ample Question & Answers.
TO SCHEDULE A PHONE FORECAST,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number, plus your availability.
After reserving a date and time, I will need: your birth month, date, year, city- and time-born. If birth time is unknown, I will use 12pm.
You are also welcome to include up to six family or friend's birthdates, as well. With these, I only need their birth months, dates and years-born (no cities or times).
• If you live in North America, I phone you.
• I do not provide a recording, at this time.
• And, I'm not a Skype kind of guy, either.
• PayPal payment for telephone readings are required at least one day in advance.
If you are uncomfortable paying electronically, we can make arrangements with a personal check.
• You can be assured of excellent, warm, personal, and prompt customer service.
• Prices good through July 2018.
In my teens, I landed a secret agent type of gig: ghost-writing two syndicated newspaper astrology columns. Ten years later during the bell-bottomed 1970s, I spent much of my 20s writing for True Astrology Forecast magazine, phenomeNews, and other metaphysical periodicals, and always had a weekly astro column in one suburban newspaper or another.
In my early 20s, I wrote a book on hand-reading and past lives, a topic that had never before been available in english. I self-pubbed The Handbook of Humanistic Palmistry. It sold over 10,000 copies— pretty good for a novice publisher, eh?
During my 1980-90's tv and radio days, I wrote and self-pubbed 14 astrology calendars, 9 annual editions of The Void-of-Course Moon Survival Booklet, and eight years of Thank Your Lucky Stars calendars.
In the early 1990s, I was contacted by Running Press to write a series of mini-books on divination— those cool little hardback titles in spinner racks at the bookstore check-out lines. My first and favorite, Palm-Reading: A Little Guide To Life’s Secrets, has constantly remained in print for over twenty years, selling hundreds of thousands of copies.
My next title for Running Press was Tarot: The Complete Kit, a beginner’s book on tarot card interpretation which included an in-house card deck called the Tarot Nova. Its packaging and design is deluxe, and continues to be a global best-seller.
The Fortune-Telling Kit— the publisher named it, not I— is another popular seller. This 128-page illustrated book includes the 78-card Nova Tarot deck, and 55 beautiful palmistry “flash cards” that I designed.
My Portable Book of Birthdays is over 760 pages long, and features tons of forecasting facts.
The Fortune-Telling Handbook: The Interactive Guide To Tarot, Palm-Reading and More came out in 2003 by Running Press (again, their title, not mine). All about how use handwriting analysis to discern behavior and personality, with birthday numerology, plus sage insights about palmistry and the tarot cards.
1992 was my last self-published endeavor, called Healing Homes: Feng Shui— Here & Now. This is a personal favorite. It’s a user-friendly classical approach to the ancient global philosophy about how personal decor affects human behavior.
In 2010, I wrote the book for The Kitchen Tarot —a 22-card oracle created by fine arts artist Susan Shie (turtle moon.com)— published by Hay House.
My most recent titles published by Running Press include Numerology: Unlocking The Future Through Numbers and Tea Leaf-Reading: A Divination Guide To What's In The Bottom of Your Cup.
A live discussion focusing on your upcoming 12-15 months, with general 5-year overview for yourself & up to 5-6 family, friends, or coworkers. Includes a customized astro-calendar explaining your favorable and challenging times.
The intuitive-astro emphasis is on the upcoming 6-12 months trends for yourself and up to 3 others.
When we are troubled by financial stumbling blocks, a change is called for, a change that we must initiate. Here, being pro-active and positive begets profit.
Feng Shui (pronounced "fung shway") is an ancient global philosophy that is a melange of ecology, folk lore, natural living, decor, astrology, spirituality, and affirmation. Like in the Laws of Attraction’s “what you think, you attract” credo, Feng Shui believes that what we think about and surround ourselves with affects our prosperity too. Interestingly, does the following e-mail sound like you?
Dear Dennis-- Every time I listen to the news about the economy, I freeze up scared like waiting-on-the-medical-test-results scared. Any prosperous Feng Shui insights about staying cool during the current cash crisis and get out of debt? I’m afraid. -- Annie; e-mail from Boston
Dear Anxious Annie: Life is full of dangers and risks and challenges. We can choose to meet them fearfully or in a spirit of welcome. To choose fear, to say, “I’ll never get out of debt,” is to prevent ourselves from ever winning, ever becoming prosperous.
The heart of Feng Shui is positive thinking, cleanliness, organization and empowering affirmations. It's difficult to escape from the paralyzing din of paranoid-inducing newscasts and headlines about the garbage can in which our money system currently resides. Feng Shui urges you to give your anxiety a rest, and stop feeding your fear: limit, and be select in, your news-intake. The more you monitor yourself from panic-inducing media poop, the more clear and relaxed you'll be. Today is a fine time to begin.
Every time you start to get the heebie-jeebies, or feel immobilized, remember the power of gratitude. Whenever you feel any sort of fear that puts a lawn chair down in the front of your positive thoughts and brings a cooler of drinks along with it, stop and say aloud three things that you are grateful for right now. Doing so keeps you in the present, and releases you from that evil downward spiral of doubt.
Feng Shui prosperity flows more smoothly when you Give. You know: tithing. When you give, you receive. Period. If unable to give 10% of your earnings to others in need, give 10% of your time to a favorite charity or organization, friend or animal. Book-wise, I'm fond of all of Louise Hay's writings (www.hayhouse.com), as well as Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday of Your Life by M. J. Ryan. Check out Esther and Jerry Hicks' number one New York Times best-seller Money, and the Law of Abundance.
An FS comrade, author Karen Rauch Carter (Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life;www.fengshuipalace.com), suggests taking your bank, stock, mutual fund or other statement that shows your financial balances on it, and draw a lock or some other type of symbol on it that means "this is safe money", or "this balance is locked in right now", or whatever symbolizes how you want your money to be at this time.
Next, place it in the upper-right hand corner of your desk where you can see it often throughout the day. This practice is similar to a dream board or treasure map. Be creative! The more creative time you invest, the bigger the ch'i benefits (pronounced "chee", meaning positive energy) it delivers.
Feature decorative items in purples and greens --Feng Shui "abundance" colors-- in South East areas of your home office, kitchen or gathering room. If these FS money colors aren't in your palette, try an item of polished wood--the SE's governing element--instead.
The front door of your home or (your) apartment is considered the "mouth" of the dwelling where positive ch'i enters. Feng Shui insists that every door--especially the main exterior guy--opens fully, and without squeaking. When opportunity knocks, you need to be able to open it up as wide as possible. Make sure that door is clean, freshly painted, and that front porch is inviting. Now's a good time to add "new Welcome mat" to your want list!
Of course, for ANY sort of Feng Shui to work properly, you must, must, must de-clutter and clean your house. You cannot "receive" good tidings if there's no place to welcome it. Take extra care to make certain that every South East money-spot of every room gets attention.
Clutter “kills” cash flow and prosperity. Living with lots of clutter messes up optimism and joy. Organizing and cleaning delivers very magical results by transforming something gross into engrossing.
In addition to the above de-cluttering tips to mellow cash-flow frenzy:
Walk through your space. When you find your attention sinking like an anchor in a particular spot, stop. Your clutter radar has gone off. Investigate judiciously. Only your instincts and feelings matter. Avoid asking someone if you should keep something. Trust whatever you decide. If you hesitate trying to decide whether something is worthwhile, it's clutter.
Be patient. There's no need to push yourself or try to de-clutter your entire place in one sitting. Approach one area at a time. Feel good about the process of tossing.
Put nothing in storage. Storage is ‘clutter alimony’ and a waste of your money.
• Take the items that you are going to review out of their space and move them to another room, or outside, so you can get a fresh perspective. If it doesn't fit anymore, physically or psychologically, let it go.
Everything you own is attached to you in a subtle way. If you find yourself defending the object because of how much it cost you, it's clutter. If you haven't used it in a year, it's clutter. If the item makes you feel out of sorts, it's clutter.
People can be clutter. Be honest in your relationships. If knowing someone diminishes you, they’re clutter.
If you’re having difficulty making financial ends meet, I challenge you to clean up your act. With a little elbow grease and Feng Shui, you will transform clutter into cash flow.
(The above article originally appeared in an old Metaphysical Mailbag column of mine in phenomeNews.)