A Palm Reader, An Astrologer
And Three Psychic Mediums
Lifted The Veil To A New Discovery
by Bob Olson, OfSpirit.com Editor
Having my astrology
chart interpreted and explained by Elizabeth Hermon was a
gift beyond words. She was accurate, fun and, most of all,
understandable. I recommend her astrology services to anyone
interested in what the sun and planets have to reveal about their
strengths, weaknesses and future. Elizabeth's skills provide a
treasure of insight. ~ Bob Olson, OfSpirit.com Editor
I feel so fortunate to be
in a career that exposes me to some of the most gifted, skilled and
extraordinary practitioners and minds in the alternative field. Once
again, I recently had an incredible experience that has taught me an
insightful lesson that I feel compelled to share with you.
If you are new to
OfSpirit.com, you may not be aware that this site originally manifested
from my investigation into spiritual phenomena, specifically psychic
mediumship. That research, which required about three years to complete,
resulted in my second book—a book about my story and conclusions that is
now in the hands of a literary agent. Today, my experiences have moved
beyond mediumship and into other areas such as energy healing, meditation,
palmistry and astrology, to name just a few. This particular story is
about the last two areas mentioned on that list.
Despite my otherworldly,
even mind-blowing, experiences with psychic mediums, I continue to remain
skeptical with most holistic and spiritual practices until I gather
evidence that convinces me otherwise. Of course, evidence is a subjective
matter, and what convinces me may not necessarily be convincing to all
people. With that said, however, my most recent experiences with palmistry
and astrology provided me with a degree of evidence that I truly did not
expect—evidence that has really got me thinking that there is something
legitimate and credible, even sensible, to what some
consider new age nonsense.
This most recent voyage
of my journey began in the office of Roger Lashley, a practitioner of
palmistry at The Ninth House, a holistic health and education center in
Arlington, Massachusetts. Roger didn’t know who I was, as I made the
appointment under a false name, but I had done some research to learn
about him. Roger isn’t your typical neon-sign psychic-fair variety palm
reader. He is a palmistry practitioner of high reputation in the Boston
community who is described by people in the holistic field as a man of
“class,” “wisdom” and “experience.” In fact, I learned that
Roger has over twenty years of experience with palmistry.
My immediate first
impression of Roger reflected what I had heard about him; he was well
dressed and immaculately manicured, visually a classy guy. He also has a
gentle energy that makes you feel warm and welcome in his presence,
irrespective of his large bear-like frame. As he spoke, the words that
left his mouth mirrored his reputation, revealing an inner knowing beyond
After some small talk to
further establish a rapport between us, Roger looked at the palms of my
hands under a special ultra-violet light. First he explained the lines and
what they represent. Then he specifically told me what the lines on my
hands revealed. As he began the session, I realized that Roger wasn’t
using any psychic abilities or vague expressions to interpret my palms.
His technique was scientific and straightforward. It was like he was
reading a map or blueprint of my life. To him, my hands disclosed where I
have been, where I am heading and even where my soul had intended that I
travel in this lifetime. I’m not sure my own mother could so accurately
have described this overview of my life. The experience was both
fascinating and poignant.
Roger got right to the
point, and every one of his palmistry interpretations hit home like a
doctor reading my medical chart. However, in this situation, Roger
wasn’t talking solely about my medical history, he seemed to focus more
on my career, my life’s purpose and the difference between what I was
meant to accomplish in this lifetime and the path I had actually taken so
far—not necessarily analogous directions. But it wasn’t bad news
because the lines on my hands were diverting in new directions, indicating
a change of course in my life within the last few years. And this new
course represented by the lines on my right hand (the actual direction of
my life) was beginning to parallel with the lines on my left hand (the
underlying direction my life was intended to take, the soul-level purpose
and meaning of my time here on earth).
My wife, Melissa, was
with me during my palm reading with Roger, and it took every ounce of
restraint I could muster not to keep looking at her to say, “Holy molly!
Can you believe how accurate this is? Are you as blown away as I am?”
But I didn’t want to indicate to Roger that his interpretations were on
target. I didn’t want him to use my body language and responses as
guideposts for the reading. So I kept quiet, responding with “Oh,
really. That’s interesting.” And I didn’t allow myself to even
glance at Melissa, whom I could see out of the corner of my eye was
sitting equally emotionless while taking it all in.
I won’t sap you with
the details Roger revealed of my life, except to say that the gist of his
message was that I stop allowing my intellect to rule my choices and begin
following my creative expression. He labeled my life purpose as being a
teacher to an audience of some sort, and suggested more than once that
this creative expression and teaching might come in the form of writing.
He added that my creative expression needed to be the outlet for what my
palms indicated as an interest in psychological and metaphysical subjects.
Then he gave me some predictions about my future that were more than
uncanny, they were extraordinarily parallel to what a few psychic mediums
have predicted of my future—including the same timeline of forecasted
events. I should mention, too, that some of these psychic mediums have
already given me several detailed predictions that have already come true,
which only give Roger’s compliant prophesies more weight.
Melissa and I left
Roger’s office in amazement of Roger’s skilled accuracy. I wasn’t so
much surprised that this sophisticated grizzly-bear-of-a-man had matched
the recommendations other people had made of him; I was more astounded by
the depth of insight into my life that palmistry could translate from a
few simple lines on my hand. Once again, I had been shown that my
skeptical opinions of an ancient tool for insight were in error and that
palmistry held more clout than I would have ever imagined.
In the end, my palm
reading with Roger was universally more accurate and precise than what a
few flea market palm readers had shown me in my past with their fancy
florid flattery. Either they were giving palmistry a bad name or Roger is
giving it a good name; but regardless of which conclusion you make, my
experience has taught me that there can be a world of difference between
practitioners of the same discipline.
Melissa and I left
Roger’s office to cross the hallway and enter the office of Elizabeth
Hermon, the owner of The Ninth House. Elizabeth is an astrologer with a
flair for making astrology understandable for the layperson. She uses
parables and songs as a means to illustrate the characteristics and
relationships of the planets and their alignments during the course of
your life. She doesn’t actually break into song while reading your
chart, but instead uses songs that are familiar to us as a means of
describing a planet’s personality. For instance, she used the song Born
To Be Wild as the characterizing slogan for Uranus.
To get a portrayal of
Elizabeth’s essence, you need only visit the physical structure of the
business she and her husband, Randall, created. The Ninth House is the
product of their imaginative vision and hard work. Each of the ten plus
rooms in this home-converted-to-offices is a different color of brilliant
energy: purples, yellows, greens and blues. Even the outside paint is an
eye-catching yellow with purple trim. Inside, the lighting is warm, the décor
is cozy and the trickle of water fountains add an ambient atmosphere.
Elizabeth’s physical environment is the perfect reflection of her
inner-self: colorful, comfortable and relaxed.
for astrology emanated from her eyes as they widened with each
interpretation of my chart. My immediate observation was that she is
especially gifted at getting to the heart of what the chart is teaching so
as to not waste time on irrelevant matters. I didn’t need her to tell me
what the chart reveals about my personality, although she would have done
that if I had asked. Instead, Elizabeth told me what the chart revealed
about my strengths and weaknesses, and how I can best utilize these
strengths and work around these weaknesses to lead a most fulfilling life.
This is where the
amazement entered. Most of what Elizabeth told me as indicated from my
astrological chart was in direct correlation with what Roger Lashley had
told me based on the chart of my hands. It was like I walked from one room
to another, and one practitioner to another, yet the information was
Elizabeth said that
Mercury is my guiding star, meaning that my life’s focus would be that
of a messenger, particularly in writing and communications. She talked
about books, magazines, technology, as well as radio and television. She
said that Pluto and Jupiter influenced my interest in metaphysical and
mystical subjects, issues that exceed the intellect. And she spoke of my
inner need to investigate the underlying messages and psychological
implications behind these interests, wanting to understand the how and why
in order to pass my discoveries on to other people (the messenger).
Like Roger, Elizabeth
spoke of my inner conflict to remain practical while searching for a
deeper understanding of alternative issues. My chart indicated a change of
course, as if there were an awakening within the last few years. As Roger
had recognized a divergence from an intellectual path toward a more
emotionally expressive course, so too did Elizabeth see this surrender of
resistance to my true calling, resulting in my work today as an author of
books and editor of this magazine.
What astonished me most
was not just that Roger and Elizabeth’s readings were so comparable, but
that their predictions of my future (the next five years) so precisely
paralleled what a few psychic mediums had foreseen in unwavering detail.
Having now seen Roger and Elizabeth, I currently have five people—three
mediums, a palm reader and an astrologer—who all gave me the same
predictions. While I shall not bore you with the details of these
predictions by Roger, Elizabeth or the mediums, the uncanny similarities
between them have left Melissa and me without doubt as to what my future
holds. What I find most interesting is how these three separate methods
for prediction—among five different people—match so perfectly. To me,
this result is incredibly validating—especially for one who holds
skepticism so dear.
In conclusion, this
indicates to me that there is more than one road to health, healing and
happiness. Perhaps we are intuitively compelled toward the alternative
modality that best fits our energy and personality, or perhaps it is a
crapshoot and does not matter which method we utilize for our needs.
Whether we choose mediumship, palmistry, astrology, meditation, energy
bodywork or any number of other possibilities, the only prerequisites
necessary seem to be that we keep an open mind and make the effort to use
them. Without an open mind, we dismiss possibilities and prevent miracles
from ever entering our life. Without any effort, all the wonder and wisdom
of the world is wasted because no one can help us to improve our life
until we take action to help our self.
There is also, of course,
the need to find gifted, skilled and reputable practitioners of holistic
and spiritual practices. As I mentioned, there can be a world of
difference between two practitioners of the same discipline. Consequently,
I recommend that you choose carefully. One of the best means of locating
competence is through personal referrals from people you trust. This is
one of the reasons I write articles like this one: to share with you my
own experiences. I am so grateful to have experienced the skillful
services of Roger and Elizabeth, and I hope that you, too, are one day
blessed with their knowledge and abilities for added insight into your own
You can contact Elizabeth
Hermon (781-646-0026). Tell her you read about them on OfSpirit.com.
articles by Bob Olson, visit www.ofspirit.com/bobolson.htm