The Sojo News: Past-Life Regression, Sustainble Palo Santo Products

Hello Sojourners!

Do you love the scent of Palo Santo Wood? We are pleased to carry a new source of sustainably harvested products from Third Eye Wood! You can find them on the new center wooden display in the second room of the shop.

Third Eye Wood – Palo Santo

This sacred tree is indigenous to select parts of South America. Similar to it’s botanical cousins, frankincense and myrrh, it is rich in brain-oxygenating terpenes such as a-terpinol and limonene. Translated from Spanish, Palo Santo means ‘sacred wood’ and its many uses can be traced back to the time of the ancient Incan Empire. It has long been revered by Shamans for its physical and metaphysical properties, such as:

  • Offers an uplifting aroma
  • Clears offensive odors
  • Repels unwanted insects and pests
  • Clears ‘mala energia,’ (bad energy)
  • Facilitates meditation
  • Raises vibration and spiritual awareness.

 

We now carry their Sticks, room sprays, soaps, and pyramid incense.

Guided Past-Life Regression Group Session with Edward Zula

This Friday, July 27th from 6-8pm Edward Zula presents a “Guided Past Life Regression” for  $15 per person! (Facebook event link here.)

Hosted by The Sojourner, 414 Evans Street, Uptown Greenville.

Learn how it might help you understand blocks, fears and inexplicable yearnings. Everyone will participate in a brief group regression and get to share their experience!
Sign up for your seat by calling 252-758-7656.

EdwardZulaNC@gmail.com

Short Bio: Now based in North Carolina, Edward Zula has been providing private readings, clarity, and comfort to his Los Angeles clients for more than thirty years. He uses psychometry (reading energy from objects and photos), clairsentience, and spirit communication to help clients with questions about relationships, career, important life decisions, and help resolve grief and loss. In his readings he uses cards, a pendulum, meditation, and any sentimental or meaningful objects the client wishes to share. He explains that he does not “see” spirits standing over anyone’s shoulder as a traditional medium might, but rather feels their presence, often hears them, and gets a sense of their physical appearance with his eyes closed.

The Sojo News: Stones, Tarot, Reiki, Astrology, Mediumship

Hello Sojourners!

Happy early spring! Our windows and arbors are redressed for the season, and so much new merchandise is now restocked! Many new raw and tumbled stones, including large specimens, books (new and used), silver jewelry, and incense!

We also have new hematite rings, mixed stone bands, and midnight lace obsidian bands. There is more arriving every day, and many upcoming classes and meditations to check out. Our readers and healers are available for private appointments, too. Call us for an appointment at 252-758-7656. Come see us!
~Heron Michelle

Spring Arbor 2017

Spring Arbor 2017

Upcoming Events:

Friday 6:00 Meditation with Heron to explore the Realms of Water and Earth, $10


Tarot 101 Series: Learning to Read the Cards with Liz Merritt

This series in beginner friendly, and also covers some intermediate topics, so not matter the skill level, all will be welcome! Handouts are included, participants may wish to bring note-taking materials and favorite tarot decks. We will go through each card starting with the ace and ending with the Court cards. This class will also include an introduction to the Court cards, both as a concept and how they differ from the rest of the suit. We will discuss Hermetics, astrology and symbolism as they pertain to card interpretation.

Class will be $30 per person, Seating is limited, please register in advance by phone (252-758-7656), or in person.

February 11 – The Fools Journey and the Grand Trumps.

February 25 – Cups and the Element of Water

March 11 – Wands and the element of Fire

March 25 – Disks and the Element of Earth

April 8th – Swords and the Element of Air

April 22 – Spreads and Interpretations: This class will bring together the concepts learned in the previous classes for practical use in reading and interpreting spreads for yourself and others. We will go over the traditional Celtic Cross Spread as well as simpler, more versatile spreads. This class will also touch on tips on how to become better acquainted with your deck and the ethics involved when reading for other people.

Liz Merritt has been studying and practicing Tarot Cartomancy for more than 6 years. She’s an initiate of The Sojo Circle Coven, a Reiki Master/Teacher, and a Hedgewitch wandering the wilds of Eastern NC. Often you can find her behind the counter of The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions.

Crystal Grid on a Flower of Life mat - celestite, blue calcite, peacock ore and quartz

Crystal Grid on a Flower of Life mat – celestite, blue calcite, peacock ore and quartz


Reiki 2 Class and Attunement with Angelica

March 4 11:00-6:00

Reiki is an energy healing modality that is helpful for energy clearing and aligning the chakras. It helps to broaden and strengthen intuition. It is given through attunement by a Teacher and Master. The prerequisite for Reiki Level 2 is Reiki Level 1, and students who have been instructed by other teachers are required to present proof that Level 1 was attained in order to participate and be attuned.

At Level 2, the Reiki connection is strengthened to Spirit, and emotional healing transpires. The practitioner expands the ability to heal the self and others through techniques utilizing the adding of 3 Reiki symbols, distance healing techniques for the self and others and reveals that which has been hidden.


Natal Astrology Classes with Jupiter Melchizedek
March 5th from 1:30Pm – 4:30Pm. The first class will focus on planets and aspects, the second class will focus on signs and houses, and the third and final class will focus on transits & electional astrology.”

Zodiac signs? planets? houses? What does all this astrology lingo mean, and how can you put it to good use? Learn to interpret your own birth chart with the science of western astrology, as a road map to your life, personality, strengths, challenges, and purpose. Please register in advance and provide your name, birth date, time and location. $30, open to the public. Seating is limited, please register in advance by phone (252-758-7656), or in person.


Knock, Knock – Spirit Communication Workshop with Edward Zula

March 12, 2:00-4:00 pm

In this two hour presentation/workshop, Edward Zula talks with participants about the different ways spirits of our loved ones communicate with us from the other side. “Sometimes they knock, play with lights, surprise us with familiar scent, come to us in dreams, and even hide or move objects,” says Edward Zula. “But no matter what it is, we are let wondering if it is spirit and ‘what did it mean ?'” Our desire to understand these messages and find meaning in them is what inspired Edwards to offer this healing workshop. “We want to know if our loved one is just saying hello when they knock a picture off the wall, or if there’s some other meaning. It can leave us frustrated, confused, and worried, which is not very helpful if we are still processing from our grief.”

Edward has many examples to share, and all participants will learn more about the nature of spirit communication which will be helpful to themselves, their family, and their friends. This is the perfect opportunity to explore your own experiences, hear the stories of others, and take away some peace and understanding.

Edward recently retired from his busy psychotherapy practice to focus on a different type of healing. He is clairsentient, clairvoyant, and uses psychometry and spirit communication in his private readings. More information can be found at www.edwardzula.com

Entry is 10$ per person. Please call 252-758-7656 to reserve your spot today. Must pay in advance. Limit 20 participants

The Sojo News: Upcoming Events and Winter Closings

Hello Sojourners,

Happy New Year! Thank you all so much for an abundant holiday sales season. We are grateful for your patronage, and now set our sights to creating an even more prosperous new year for us all.

We are open until 9:00 Friday (tonight) – its First Friday Artwalk, and as long as the weather holds, we are hosting a drum circle, and Tarot card readings are available with Heron 5:00-9:00.

SNOW IS COMING!
Ok, ok…no need to freak out. However, we do hope that you all stay safe and warm during this winter weather. Note that we will close the shop this weekend if winter weather makes the roads unsafe. Check our FaceBook page for updates for daily closing information. Tarot Readings with Heron on Saturday are canceled, but Jan 14th is another chance to make an appointment.

WE ARE CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY to complete our year-end inventory. Hopefully we’ll be back to normal by Wednesday next week. Cheers! ~Heron

We now have an Instagram where Courtney shares pics from the shop. Follow us!

Our Modern Witchcraft series of classes is still open on Thursday nights for new seekers to join us for an introduction to Neo-paganism and the thealogy, principles, world-view and celebrations of this earth-centered spirituality.

GOOD NEWS! If Thursdays aren’t good for you, we have a second opportunity opening up on Saturday afternoons to attend these workshops. Dates and times are still flexible, so if you’d like a no-obligation, safe way to dip your toes into our magickal world and see what the fuss is all about, call us. 252-758-7656 Three workshops, 4 hours each, $30 each. We must have 3 students to proceed…

Upcoming Events:
All appointments and registrations must be taken in advance, by phone or stopping by. 252-758-7656

New Year’s Forecast Readings
Saturday Jan 14th, 2017 12:00-5:00, $40
Come see Heron Michelle for a Tarot Card reading to clarify a situation or seek guidance for the upcoming year.
Heron offers several special readings ideal for this New Year’s transition:
The 5 card Pyramid of Power spread that seeks guidance for the next Great Work of personal evolution you should explore–ideal for magicakal practitioners and witches, especially. (Takes about 30 minutes, $40)
The 12 card Zodiac wheel of the Year spread for a forecast of the lessons that may be presented throughout the next year. (Takes about an hour, $75)
The traditional, 10 card spread for guidance on your current situation is always available. (Takes about 30 minutes, $40)
With each reading, the affirmations and spiritual guidance for ways to put this information to work for you will be provided.


1865215E-5452-4951-BDFF-AAF34538718FSpiritual Mediumship Group Sessions
Sunday, Jan 22, TWO OPPORTUNITIES! 1:00-2:30 and 3:30-5:00

Join Edward Zula, spiritual medium and psychometrist, for an exploration of spirit communication; questions and answers; participants getting validation of their own experiences; demonstration of mediumship. Bring a photo or an item belonging to a deceased loved one. Everyone will get a brief reading.

A 90 minute group demonstration, must have 6 participants, so bring a friend! $15 per person.


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Tarot 101: The Fools Journey with Liz Merritt

This is the first in a six part series taught by Liz Merritt, focusing on The Rider Waite Tarot deck. We will explore the history of the Tarot, as well as general Tarot trivia and concepts. We will then jump into the Fools Journey; the story in the 22 cards of the Major Arcana. This series will be beginner friendly and include intermediate level information, participants of all skill levels will learn something new. We will discuss symbolism, Hermetics, and astrology as they pertain to each of the 78 cards. Handouts will be provided, but participants will want to bring note-taking materials and favorite tarot decks.

Class will be $30 per person, registration taken in advance

Liz Merritt has been studying and practicing Tarot Cartomancy for more than 6 years. She’s an initiate of The Sojo Circle Coven, a Reiki Master/Teacher, and a Hedgewitch wandering the wilds of Eastern NC. Often you can find her behind the counter of The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions.


Our calendar of events can be found online on our website: www.thesojo.com.

Hours of operation:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00-6:00
Friday: 10:00-9:00 Psychic Readings available 5:00-9:00
Saturday: 10-6:00 Psychic Readings and Classes often available.
Sunday: 1:00-6:00
Inclement Weather closing policy often follows the Pitt County Schools closings. Check our Facebook Page for daily updates.

The Sojo News: Upcoming Classes

Hello Sojourners!
We’ve had a very blessed Samhain weekend, and hope you have as well.

Last time I wrote you with a plea for financial help so that we could pay our rent on time and boy, oh boy, did you answer that call! Thank you to all of you beautiful angels who’ve come to shop since then and bought gift certificates, made donations and investments in future events and services here. You are amazing! Miracles happened and the Universe answered the plea through the generous actions of so many of you.

The rent and back utility bills have been paid, as has the payroll, and I’ve just given Courtney the long-awaited green light to place a restocking order for herbs, spices and teas in time for Thanksgiving. Should you have a special request for that special holiday recipe or medicinal preparation, email her at courtney@thesojo.com as soon as possible.

I know that the recent election may have brought distress to some, including me, you can read my blog post here.) It may appear that the outside world is in upheaval right now, which is to be expected during any Whitehouse transition, but inside the Sojourner we still have the same safe haven of acceptance, progressive ideals, and loving support of all our beautiful diversity. As long as we Sojourners stick together, and keep “being the change we wish to see in the world,” all our dreams remain possible. Take heart, dear ones. We are here for you, so make sure to call on us should the need ever arise.
~Heron Michelle

Upcoming Classes and Events

LizMerritHeadshotLiz Merritt, Reiki Master, Witch and Diviner is offering her services at the shop on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Gain clarity and insights during this transitional time.

$40 half-hour Tarot Card Readings and $75 Hour-long Reiki Energy healing sessions, by appointment: 252-758-7656


1865215E-5452-4951-BDFF-AAF34538718FSpiritual Mediumship Group Demonstration and Reading
Sunday, Nov. 13th, 4:00-5:30 [ONE SEAT AVAILABLE]

Join Edward Zula, spiritual medium and psychometrist, for an exploration of spirit communication; questions and answers; participants getting validation of their own experiences; demonstration of mediumship. Bring a photo or an item belonging to a deceased loved one. Everyone will get a brief reading. A 90 minute group demonstration, must have 6 participants, so bring a friend! $15 per person.


carolheadshotReiki 1 Class and Attunement with Angelica
Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 11:30-6:00. $75
Please Register in advance as space is limited.

What is Reiki? It is a Japanese term, “Rei” meaning spirit and “Ki” meaning energy, which translates into “Spirit Energy,” or the Universal life force.
This Level One Reiki class gives a history of Reiki, describes what Reiki is and how it differs from other healing modalities, the ethics, hand positions and an attunment to the first degree. Level one focuses on physical healing and self-healing. Students at this level are in training to become highly aware of their intuition, instincts and guidance from Spirit.
We will break half-way through the class, so please bring a snack and a drink.

Angelica is a Reiki Master/Teacher and Angels Oracle Card Reader who offers her services through Energy Worx: Energy Balancing and Intuitive Spiritual Mentoring. You may contact her for more information at lighttouchreiki.magickalbits@gmail.com


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Natal Astrology Workshop with Jupiter Melchizedek
Sunday, Nov. 20, 1:30-5:30, $30, open to the public.

Zodiac signs? planets? houses? What does all this astrology lingo mean, and how can you put it to good use? Learn to interpret your own birth chart with the science of western astrology, as a road map to your life, personality, strengths, challenges, and purpose. Charts will be provided. Please register in advance and provide your name, birth date, time and location.  Seating is limited, so register as soon as possible.

From Jupiter: Hi all! I am a self taught astrologer specializing mainly in Hellenistic and Medieval astrology. At this event I will be teaching the basics of chart interpretation, such as how to interpret planets, signs, houses and aspects. I will also be teaching the basics of understanding planetary transits and electional astrology (the art of timing).


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Modern Witchcraft Training Program – Seekers Meeting – Free
December Wednesday, December 7

6 PM – 8 PM

All adults over the age of 18 who are interested in pursing training in Modern Witchcraft through The Sojourner Tradition of Witchcraft taught by Heron Michelle and the ministers of The Sojo Circle Coven are invited to the free and open event to meet us, learn about the program, receive all the registration materials for the Imbolc Session that will meet on 6 Thursday nights from December 29th-February 2.

For more information in advance, visit: http://www.thesojo.com/modern-witchcraft-classes.html

The Sojo News: First Friday Hurricane Drum Circle

Halloween 2016 Arbor decorations for the Witches' Carnival

Halloween 2016 Arbor decorations for the Witches’ Carnival

Happy Halloween, Sojourners!
Tomorrow is the First Friday of the month, so come to Uptown to see our new decorations, enjoy the art shows, a dinner out, and then come party with us.  Bring your drums, a snack or drink to share if you’d like, the kids, your friends, and lets hang out and thumb our noses at Hurricane Matthew as he turns back out to sea and leaves the coastline alone. Tarot Card readings available. $40/half hour.

We are waiting to see what Saturday brings, but will most likely remain open, as we are busily preparing for next week’s Psychic Reading and Healing fair, and the Witches’ Carnival Party on October 29th. Come buy a sampler ticket, and schedule your appointments with our very gifted healers and diviners.

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All weekend the shop will host a variety of Psychics, Diviners, Healers and Spiritual Advisers in the shop ready to see clients.
Friday night 5:00-9:00
Saturday 11:00-9:00
Sunday 1:30-5:30.
$30/half hour has been the average rate for services at the Sojo for almost 8 years now, but its time for a cost of living increase. Starting in October, our standard service rate will be $40/half hour and $75/hour.
However, during our Fair we encourage you to explore new experiences and modalities, so we are offering a “Sampler Ticket” for $60. This redeems for two sessions:
  • a 30 minute session with the Reiki Energy healer of your choice
  • and 30 minute session with the Psychic of your choice
  • OR you Redeem one of your may attend an hour long Pendulum Reading class, or a Tea-leaf reading party.
Appointments will be scheduled throughout the weekend, and we’ll fill in walk-ins as we are able. Book your appointment early!
The following professionals will be available:
Aileen Peterson – Kundalini Reiki, Sound healing, Crystal Healing –
“Aileen ‘Wren’ Peterson, LMBT and Head Priestess Midwyf-Healer of Brighid’s Hearth Church: Temple of Spiritual Healing & Shamanic Birthwork is offering Kundalini Reiki and Intuitive Healing sessions. Kundalini Reiki can be used to heal karmic bonds between people and places, situational or quality traits (like ‘anger’), emotional blockages and traumas (including birth), DNA, blockages from past lives, wellness/healing, and chakra balancing. Intuitive Healing Sessions combine shamanic healing techniques with energy work like Reiki, crystals, healing touch, and sound therapy and is done intuitively for each individual client.”
 
Angelica – Angel Oracle Card Readings and Reiki Energy Healing
“Angelica is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Witch, Water Priestess within The Sojo Circle, Shaman, and certified Angel Oracle Card Reader who offers her services through Energy Worx: Energy Balancing and Intuitive Spiritual Mentoring.”
Contact: lighttouchreiki.magickalbits@gmail.com”
Heron Michelle – Tarot Card Readings –
“Heron” Michelle Jenkins is the current High Priestess of The Sojo Circle coven, modern witch and owner of The Sojourner. Heron writes a blog on her practice caclled ‘Witch on Fire’ at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/WitchonFire. She will be offering 10 card Tarot Readings using the Thoth Deck. Sessions last 30 minutes.”
Contact: michelle@thesojo.com
 

Liz Merritt – Tarot Card Reading and Reiki Energy Healing –

Liz is a trained witch working, wandering and inhabiting Eastern NC. By day she makes pottery, works at the illustrious metaphysical bookshop: The Sojourner Whole Earth Provisions, and teaches locals the mysteries of clay. She’s studied her brand of Tarot Card reading for 5+ years and has been practicing witchcraft officially for 3 years. This past December (2015) she became a Reiki Master-Teacher and has enjoyed using these talents  for the betterment of her community. ”

Contact: Liz@thesojo.com

Edward Zula – Spiritual Mediumship and Psychometry
“Edward Zula has been providing private readings, clarity, and comfort to his Los Angeles clients for more than thirty years. He uses psychometry (reading energy from objects and photos), clairsentience, and spirit communication to help clients with questions about relationships, career, important life decisions, and help resolve grief and loss. In his readings he uses cards, a pendulum, meditation, and any sentimental or meaningful objects the client wishes to share. He explains that he does not “see” spirits standing over anyone’s shoulder as a traditional medium might, but rather feels their presence, often hears them, and gets a sense of their physical appearance with his eyes closed.” Contact: 252-542-8865
Jupiter Melchizedek – Astrology Natal Chart readings –
“Jupiter is a trained witch and neophyte within the Sojo Circle, with a decade of experience in preparing natal charts and the study of Astrology and other esoteric disciplines.” In order to do your reading, please make an appointment in advance, and provide your birth date, time and location.
Courtney Varnadoe – Tea Leaf Reading Party
“Courtney is the Apothecary Manager of the Sojourner, Herbalist and Class Instructor specializing in uses and preparations of herbs and teas for medicinal and spiritual purposes, as well as bath and body care products, home cleaning products, etc. Courtney is a gifted diviner with a talent for oracular trance, scrying and tasseomancy.”
Contact: Courtney@thesojo.com
Webweaver – Pendulum Divination Class and Readings
“Webweaver is a professional educator, Witch and current Minister of Air within The Sojo Circle Coven. She is offering a short class on the use of a pendulum for divination, to answer questions. She will also provide short private interpretations to attendees. This event is 1 hour, $30.”
Jessica Gammell-Bennett – Real World Reiki Healing – Energy Healing sessions
Reiki, Archangelic Light, Alchemy Energetics, Crystal Therapy, Aromatherapy.
“Jess is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Archangelic Light Master/Teacher, Alchemy Energetics practitioner with a background as a professional educator and a victim/witness specialist with the US Attorney’s Office, with experience in the treatment of those with PTSD.”
Contact: 252-916-8925, jess@realworldreiki.com
Preston Craddock – Echelon Spiritual Services – Reiki Energy, Crystal Healing, and Psychic Readings

“Preston is a Witch, current High Priest of The Sojo Circle Coven, fourth level graduate within The Temple of Witchcraft and a Reiki Master. He offers an integrative approach to energy healing, utilizing Reiki and crystals for chakra balancing and clearing. He also offers a unique system of symbol divination for insights into questions and concerns.”


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The Sojo News: Hurricane Cancellations

Heads up, Sojourners!
Uptown Greenville canceled all the events for Friday night: Freeboot Friday and Uptown Artwalk are both canceled due to this crazy Hurricane Hermine weather. We are going to follow suit and cancel our drum circle and readings tonight and close at 6:00.

However, we will be open Saturday and Edward Zula will be here from 12:00-4:00 offering Psychometry and Spiritual Mediumship readings. $30/half hour. Accepting Walk-ins and appointments.

There are many new lovely things to come browse. We hope to see you soon.

Stay safe out there!
~Heron Michelle

The Sojo News: Psychic Readings, Drum Circle, New Merchandise!

Hello Sojourners!

I’m keeping a close eye on the weather this weekend, and it looks like the worst of this Hermine Tropical Storm business won’t kick in until midnight Friday through Saturday morning. So at this point we are a GO with our events, but check on our Facebook page for updates should things change. LABOR DAY MONDAY WE ARE CLOSED.14117882_10157294299880123_1925167264822237751_n

In 5-points plaza on Friday night the Freeboot Friday party is on, and throughout Uptown, join us for First Friday Artwalk. At the Sojourner, we will host a drum-circle and party with special guest, Edward Zula, here to introduce himself, and take private client appointments for Psychometry and Spirit Communication. He currently only has an 8:00 time-slot available, so call ahead to claim it.

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New Merchandise in the Shop:

  • Tarot and Oracle card decks
  • Leather journals and Day of the Dead skull boxes
  • Llewellyn Books – Huge shipment of new titles and restocked favorites
  • Three singing bowls made in Nepal.
  • Sterling silver and stone rings in a wide range of sizes, including many 5’s! Including many new poison rings, and some pendants with pentacles and other religious symbols.
  • Nature Nature incense is restocked (all incense is on sale 20% off through Friday night.)

 


Edward Zula Appointment Times Available:
FRIDAY, September 2, 8:00pm
SATURDAY, September 3, 12:00-4:00
$30 per half hour. (See below for details.)

Typically Edward meets with clients for 60-90 minutes.  However it’s easy for him to focus on one area of concern during a shorter reading. Edward’s goal is for clients to experience some relief, affirmation, and reassurance after meeting with him.

1865215E-5452-4951-BDFF-AAF34538718FEdward Zula has been providing private readings, clarity, and comfort to his Los Angeles clients for more than thirty years.  He uses psychometry (reading energy from objects and photos), clairsentience, and spirit communication to help clients with questions about relationships, career, important life decisions, and help resolve grief and loss. In his readings he uses cards, a pendulum, meditation, and any sentimental or meaningful objects the client wishes to share. He explains that he does not “see” spirits standing over anyone’s shoulder as a traditional medium might, but rather feels their presence, often hears them, and gets a sense of their physical appearance with his eyes closed.

The Sojo News: Edward Zula, Spiritual Medium

Hello Sojourners!
We are thrilled to introduce to you Edward Zula, a spiritual medium, clairsentient and psychometrist newly relocated here from the Los Angeles area. We are proud to have working with us here at The Sojo and are now taking appointments for him.

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He will be here to introduce himself, talk about what he does, and take private client appointments over Labor Day Weekend:

FRIDAY during Uptown Artwalk and drum circle: September 2, 6:00-9:00
Saturday, September 3, 12:00-4:00
$30 per half hour

PLEASE CALL AHEAD to make your appointment as his time-slots are filling up.

Typically Edward meets with clients for 60-90 minutes.  However it’s easy for him to focus on one area of concern during a shorter reading. Edward’s goal is for clients to experience some relief, affirmation, and reassurance after meeting with him.

1865215E-5452-4951-BDFF-AAF34538718FEdward Zula has been providing private readings, clarity, and comfort to his Los Angeles clients for more than thirty years.  He uses psychometry (reading energy from objects and photos), clairsentience, and spirit communication to help clients with questions about relationships, career, important life decisions, and help resolve grief and loss. In his readings he uses cards, a pendulum, meditation, and any sentimental or meaningful objects the client wishes to share. He explains that he does not “see” spirits standing over anyone’s shoulder as a traditional medium might, but rather feels their presence, often hears them, and gets a sense of their physical appearance with his eyes closed.

Edward’s Story

Ten years ago Edward attended a psychic development workshop with his James Van Praagh, the author of “Talking to Heaven” and creator of the show, Ghost Whisperer.  It was during that time that he discovered his abilities to be of help with missing persons.  He has worked with a detective in the LAPD Missing Persons Bureau, providing leads on several cases.  Since arriving in Eastern NC, and his family roots, he has given dozens of private readings, and helped a houseful of ECU students understand and ‘neutralize’ some frightening energy in their new off-campus residence.

A few months ago, Edward closed his thriving Los Angeles healthcare practice and moved to Greenville, NC.  Although he enjoyed an outstanding reputation as a couple’s therapist, few if any of his colleagues knew of his other ‘work.’  As he explains it, he was blessed with a gift at birth which was recognized by his grandmother when he was just five years old.  Then, at the age of seventeen, he had a bad skiing accident that changed his life and his abilities profoundly. “Have you ever hit a flashlight to make the light stronger? That’s exactly what happened….only it was my head.”  About 27 years ago he sat with his grandmother on her porch swing in Robersonville, nursing Dr. Pepper.  Edward shared some of the paranormal things he had experienced after the accident.

In that visit, she brought all the pieces together. As far back as she could remember, the family had been blessed with gifts of second sight and spirit communication. Edward heard stories going back to the Civil War, stories of things family members couldn’t have possibly seen or known, but did.  Edward’s grandmother made him promise that he would find a way to use his gift to help others.

After years of sharing his gifts openly and Edward thought he had found the perfect outlet to honor his grandmother’s wish by becoming a therapist. He soon learned that he had entered a field that was strictly ‘by the book,’ focusing on diagnosis and treatment, and he had to block out the psychic ability.  Nevertheless, he felt his grandmother’s hand in his work. After a few years, and without effort, he began attracting clients who were curious about the afterlife, and psychic experiences, and other paranormal phenomena. The direction of his work with clients took a dramatic shift, as he started to help many understand the phenomena they were experiencing. They were very grateful that he wasn’t referring them to a psychiatrist, but instead normalizing what he knew to be normal.

But things started to happen he couldn’t control.  Edward would accidentally call his client by another name, only to experience their shock. “That’s the name of my twin brother who died at birth.”  There was a very timid teenage girl who was angered when he asked if she would share her poetry with him. “Who told you about that? No one knows. Did my mother tell you? Is she reading my diary?” Oops.  He realized that his gifts were not going to keep quiet.

The signs kept coming, and opportunity arose for him to make a major life change to fulfill his promise to his grandmother.  He retired as a therapist, and moved to Eastern Carolina to the birthplace of his grandmother and his family roots.   “Life is sweet here, and the tea is sweeter.”  He is looking forward to using his gifts to help as many as he can to find clarity, closure, and comfort.