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The view of 2007 through crystal ball

By MELANIE AVE
Published December 31, 2006


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With a new year fast approaching, everyone seems to be turning their attention to the future and hoping for a fresh start, a new beginning.

But will 2007 be a good year? Or a bad one?

Surely it will be better than 2006, with its escalating homeowners insurance rates, property taxes and gas prices, right?

We decided to chat with four people who claim to deal, literally, in futures - psychics, mediums, spiritual advisers, clairvoyants - to find out just why people seek their guidance.

Rev. Nancy Castillo

Rev. Nancy Castillo is director of the Seminole-based Universal Harmony Foundation, a metaphysical church, and a spiritual consultant for 35 years.

Why are people so interested in knowing the future instead of just waiting for it to happen?

Fear. It's all fear. Fear of life. Not knowing. Just not knowing. They have great concerns. They want to feel more at peace with their lives.

What are the three most popular questions you get asked?

One of them of course is companionship. Ladies are always asking if there's going to be a man in their life. Another is finance. A lot of people are not financially secure. Those people ask, "Am I going to have more money coming up? I'm worried about my house." And another question is about families. They want to know about their kids. Their problems.

Any insight on the coming year?

I believe it's going to be the best year. The last four, it's been hectic. I think there's going to be a wonderful change in society. There are a lot of coming events and they're coming soon and they're going to make people very happy.

Rev. Janet Reynolds

The Rev. Janet Reynolds, 65, clairvoyant, intuitive counselor for more than 10 years, is an ordained minister at Harmony Church Tampa.

How do you explain your fortune-telling abilities?

All of us ... are very intuitive. It's all in how you want to use it. I enhanced it. My grandmother was Indian. That had an extreme amount to do with it. She always talked to me about spirits. I also have a spirit guide. He talks to me. He's been with me for many lifetimes. He was my father in a past life.

What's one of the funniest experiences you've had?

In a reading to one woman, I saw false teeth. I said, "Oh, my God, I see false teeth." The woman I was giving reading to, she had her father come in, her (deceased) father. That was a joke between him and her. He was reminding her that she didn't get him his false teeth.

Chris Henry

Chris Henry, 54, is a licentiate minister and certified intuitive practitioner with the College of Metaphysical Studies in Clearwater, and has been a psychic for 10 years.

What's the strangest question you've been asked?

I had a young lady several years ago who was in an abusive relationship. She had asked me: How many times should I let him hit me before I leave? I said none, the obvious answer. I didn't have to be psychic to answer that one.

What's your typical customer like?

A few years ago I'd say women 40 and over who were starting to question their lives and searching for answers, but in last few years it's been one of everybody. I get equal number of men and women.

Rev. Cindy Packard

The Rev. Cindy Packard, 66, master's in metaphysics from the College of Metaphysical Studies in Clearwater, is co-pastor of New Awareness Ministries and a former telephone psychic on Dionne Warwick's Psychic Friends Network.

How certain are you of your predictions?

At the time, I'm very certain. But (people) have the ability to change. God gives us free choice so we can change. Nothing is cast in stone. I give a reading based on the likelihood of something happening. Sometimes it's telling a person something they already know.

What if someone's future doesn't look so bright? Do you give them bad news?

I don't believe in giving negative readings or answers. I want to make them have hope. I'm a minister. I believe with hope we can accomplish anything. If a person is going out depressed, I don't see any good in that.

What about your own future? Do you try to figure it out?

I'm not interested in the future. Whenever it gets here, it gets here. I'm pretty happy in the now.

Melanie Ave can be reached at (727) 893-8813 or mave@sptimes.com.

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