Ten Things I’ve Learned By Being A Psychic in Boston


1) We have some of the best psychic training in the world within easy driving distance of Boston. Therefore, you can get a great reading with local psychics. If you want to get into this profession, you would do well to live in the metro Boston area.

2) We also have charlatans and scammers. Fortunately, they are in the minority and the police know who they are. Anytime a psychic says you have a curse, black cloud, or bad juju around you, and they can remove it for a price – run! Most people don’t want to admit if they were scammed by a psychic, though, you’ll do everyone a service if you report them. A couple of these shops popped up in the North End but didn’t last very long.

3) Many excellent mediums live in the Boston area too. Some of the faculty at Arthur Findlay College, a Spiritualist college in England that specializes in mediumship training, teach and give readings in Boston. Many local Spiritualist churches also provide great mediumship training. Again, the metro Boston area is a great place to live if you want to get into this profession.

4) Boston is a tough city for psychics to give readings because Bostonians are savvy consumers due to the accessiblility of talented psychics, great metaphysical shops, and psychic events. 

5) If you want to have a good reading, before you say, “no” “no” “no,” keep an open mind, listen to what’s said and what it could mean. Then again, don’t make it fit, if it doesn’t fit. Psychics have a range of personalities and styles from wildly flamboyant to ultra conservative. You might be reacting to the psychic’s style rather than what they’re saying. If you’re not connecting after 10 minutes you need to stop the reading.

6) I’ve learned when I can’t connect, to check in and ask the client if it’s possible that they want a reading and don’t want a reading at the same time. It sounds like an odd question but it happens. It could be that person is not ready to hear the answer. It could be they’re afraid to hear the answer. It could be they’re going to reject the answer unless it’s what they think or want the answer should be.

7) I like neon signs with psychic symbols, like a hand, because I like kitsch. However, it’s dicey to go to a shop with a neon sign in the window. Look for other indications that the store is legitimate and professional before you get a reading and by all means go in if you get a good gut feeling. i know a great shop that is very kitschy and the psychics are well trained and good at what they do. So, there are exceptions.

8) In general, parking is at a premium in Boston, so if your appointment is in the city, give yourself plenty of time to park if you’re driving. You should find out the lay of the land ahed of time so you’re not late and have 10 minutes to spare to relax and so you can start your reading feeling calm and ready.

9) Many local psychics know and like each other and have cross-trained with each other at different psychic shops. There are a lot of professional people from other industries who moonlight as psychics in their spare time. Everyone is psychic, so if they’re interested, anyone can get the training to give a psychic reading. A psychic needs a lot of practice reading people to understand their unique intuitive language and symbols.  To apply for a job as a psychic you usually have to read for the owner of the establishment to see if you pass the muster.

10) There are different psychic specialties and not every psychic offer every specialty. Know what you’re looking for when you choose a psychic. This especially applies to spirit communication. Not every psychic talks to the dead.

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Psychic versus Intuition

Most people think that that there is no clear distinction between the words psychic and intuition.The dictionary definition of psychic means, “relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially involving telepathy or clairvoyance.” The definition of intuition is simpler, “a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.”

You can see from the definitions above that the word psychic is described more scientifically than intuition is using terms like “phenomena, ” “natural laws” and “telepathy.” A psychic also provides information that sounds like facts, such as “You are a student” or “You live in the city in a high-rise building.” An intuitive will talk about feeling guided, or having a hunch, or a gut feeling and use sensory phrases when they describe their intuitions such as, “I have a good feeling about the house you’re buying” or, “that job offer doesn’t sound right to me.”  There is so much overlap between the words psychic and intution many people use the words interchangeably. 

Over the years, several branches of the psychic industry have tried to change the image of psychics to serious minded seekers, scientists, and counselors. Schools, training programs, and degrees are now available in a broad range of categories within the psychic field like remote viewing and medical intuition. You can get a masters degree in medical intuition, which like remote viewing are considered more scientific areas within the field.

When you seek out a psychic make sure that you know why you’re getting a reading and if your psychic provides that service. Not every psychic provides spirit communication readings. Not every medium is good at intuitive readings. It’s not complicated, but you want to go to the right psychic for serious inquiry and not the one whose readings are for entertainment only. You can stumble upon a great psychic in some of the humblest of bookstores or shops. You don’t have to pay a lot of money to get a good reading. However, if you’re entrusting a psychic with an important question, get a referral from a trusted friend or a respected bookstore. If you’re researching a psychic on line, read through their testimonials to see if it’s a good fit and what people have to say about their readings.


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Using Code Words In Your Psychic Reading



The day has arrived. You’re going in for a psychic reading. You’ve never been to a psychic before, and you’re hoping you’ll get a great reading like your friend Alice did. You want to be in control of the session so you establish a secret code word or symbol in advance that the psychic must say for you to believe he or she is legitimate.

Unfortunately, that requirement may reduce your chances of getting a good reading. Here are two reasons why. By demanding that the psychic give you one specific code word or symbol, to convince you that he or she is trustworthy, you may miss out on a great reading. He or she may be able to give you 30 -40 other pieces of information equally valuable to you as your code words but you won’t hear any of it until you hear the secret code.

The second reason is that by setting up code words and symbols you come to your reading as if you know how this all works. Nobody knows for sure how this all works. Remember you’re not dealing with logic. In fact, trying to be logical makes it less likely that a psychic will be able to read for you. When you create a barrier for the psychic information doesn’t flow freely to them. Surprisingly, it doesn’t create a barrier if you say nothing during the session except yes or no. In mediumship readings, mediums prefer you don’t tell them anything. He or she wants to tell you what they’re receiving from a spirit. 

For your 30 – 60 minute session, let go of trying to direct the psychic reading. Let it be what it’s going to be. Suspend your disbelief that a psychic could know these things. When you hear something that seems farfetched or contrary to what you think or believe, try not to be dismissive. Certain information may be in the future. Also, wait and check with friends and family who might know things that you don’t know.  If you really feel like you’re not connecting, speak up! You need to say something within the first ten minutes. If you say something, you may be able to get into sync. Make sure you know what the psychic’s refund policy is as it can vary.  


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Haunted Boston with MaryLee- Special Halloween Ghosts Tours & Victorian Seance


It’s that spooky time of year! Will you be getting into the Halloween spirit and join the fun or sit on the sidelines eating candy? What costume are you wearing this year? I’m really psyched to give ghost tours again and hope to see you at one of my haunted Halloween events! I have wonderful news! Travel writer Laurie Bain Wilson featured SOC in her article on Haunted Boston which is coming out this weekend in the Boston Globe. The Spirits of Charlestown Haunted Historical Ghost Tours is one of the recommended Halloween must do’s.  For ghost tours and other Halloween events – please see below. 

Thursday, October 15th, MaryLee is host Kathy Giordano’s special Halloween guest on Charlestown and Beyond on BNN. Check out the YouTube video of the Halloween Show   Click Here To See Video

Saturday, October 24th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Authentic Victorian Seance, First Spiritualist Church of Quincy, 40 West Street, Quincy, MA. Call ahead to reserve a seat at one of the tables with a Victorian Medium. Email: laura.a.mccarthy@comcast.net / telephone 781-871-4625.

Saturday, October 24th, 7:00PM Spirits of Charlestown Ghost Tour Leaving from the fountain at City Square Park. Reservations strongly recommended. $5 discount when you buy your tickets on this website.

Sunday, October 25th, 7:00PM Spirits of Charlestown Ghost Tour Leaving from the fountain at City Square Park. Reservations strongly recommended. $5 discount when you buy your tickets on this website.

Tuesday, October 27th, 7:00PM Spirits of Charlestown Ghost Tour Leaving from the fountain at City Square Park. Reservations strongly recommended. $5 discount when you buy your tickets on this website.

Friday, October 30th, 7:00PM Spirits of Charlestown Ghost Tour Leaving from the fountain at City Square Park. Reservations strongly recommended. $5 discount when you buy your tickets on this website.

Saturday, October 31st, 5:00pm, Bunker Hill Monument, Find me among the masses for a special Halloween treat. I’ll be wearing my tour costume – a black Victorian mourning dress. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


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Ten Things To Expect From A Psychic Reading



Many people today are looking for meaning and purpose in their lives. Their search for answers, may cause them to seek out a psychic intuitive or spiritual counselor. If you are curious, here are ten things that you can expect when you make an appointment for a spiritual counseling session.  (Please note that psychic intuitive, spiritual counselor, and psychic are all used interchangeably in this blog post).

1. Expect you will need an open mind. The surest way to sabotage your session is to insist that you will only believe the psychic if they say specific things.  Expect to let go and let the reading be what it’s going to be. You should walk away feeling good about your session. Sometimes, you may not like what you hear.. Come prepared to think outside the box.

2. Expect that if your friend had a great reading with a spiritual counselor, it’s very likely your session will also go great. However, there is no guarantee that your session will go as well. You and your friend are different people with different styles.. When a reading goes well sometimes, it’s because the readee is more relaxed and open because he or she relates to the reader’s style. Psychic counselors don’t connect with every person who walks in the door. Speak up if you don’t think they’re connecting with you.

3. Expect to tell the reader very little until it’s time to ask questions. You want the intuitive to give you unbiased insights. The more you tell the counselor about yourself and your situation, the less they can tell you. You don’t want to walk away from your reading thinking they were just repeating what you told them. Some people are naturally chatty and want to volunteer information because they think it’s helpful for the reader to have more background information. In fact, you need to be listening more than talking. Be open to what you’re hearing without saying, “NO” too quickly. You could be hearing another perspective.

4. Expect that you won’t be able to control the content of the session. There is a reason why you came in for spiritual counseling. Why you came and the questions you have should be addressed at some point in the reading. However, the initial focus needs to be based on your reader’s intuitions and spiritual guides. Afterall, you made your appointment because you wanted guidance that came from outside your own thoughts.  When you’re listening to a reading, you should be hearing only what that psychic is receiving. You shouldn’t be hearing their personal opinions or any embellishing information.

5. Expect to cover a range of conscious and unconscious issues. The focus of the session is to zero in on the mental, emotional, spiritual, financial and physical life challenges you’re facing today. Expect that the spiritual guidance you receive will be down to earth and practical – not woo-woo. You’ll be hearing plenty of information that hits home with you. You may hear a different viewpoint that allows you to see situtations in a whole new light.

6. Expect that if you took the time to find a well respected psychic, your psychic has integrity in their readings.  When they reading for you, they’re not fishing and waiting for you to bite. They’re using their intuitive and spiritual gifts, honed through meditation, prayer and healing work, to give you spiritual guidance. The information you receive isn’t coming from the psychic; it’s coming through them. Having said that, know that your reader is human and may misinterpret an image he or she sees, or words they hear. 

7. Expect to feel clearer as the session goes on. Worries, fears, and anxiety, may be distorting your perceptions. You may also be projecting your “stuff” onto others and vice versa. Your psychic should be able to give you insights that help to calm your mind and quiet your fears. You should feel more resolved and at peace at the end of your reading.

8. Expect to have emotional issues such as numbing your feelings come up in your reading. If you’re afraid to confront something or someone in your life, you may have shut down emotionally and left things unresolved. According to a core belief in alternative medicine, unresolved negative emotions may cause illness. Expect unresolved issues to come up in the session. Let your reader know if there are areas that you’d prefer not to get into. Do know that intuitively or through guides it may be that they are given information that is exactly what they have to talk about with you.

9. Expect to walk out of the session feeling saner than you did when you walked in. You’ll also find as you work with the psychic, if the intuitive information resonates with you, and your intuition hasn’t been reliable lately, a good intuitive session gives your intuition a boost so it feels like you can trust it again.

10. Expect that no matter what you hear in an intuitive or spiritual counseling session, YOU will have to take responsibility for your choices and decisions. You may reorder your priorities as a result of what you heard. You are free to implement all, some, or none of what you heard in your reading.