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Interview with Clairvoyant Medium Brenda Hammon

Mimosa is truly blessed to have Brenda Hammon as one of our regular readers. Brenda is a clairvoyant medium, delivering gentle but direct messages from guiding spirits for the benefit of her clients. In addition to working through Mimosa, she’s also been a favorite medium at other storefront locations and at the Wonewoc Spirit Camp, and regularly presents psychic gallery group readings and other events. Even with those impressive credentials, in person she’s down-to-earth, playful, and really fun to be around!

When you were growing up, did you ever feel you had unusual abilities?

When I was growing up I never really felt like anything I saw or heard was anything unusual because it had always been there. I remember believing in UFOs and all things magical, and always just knowing that these things were real. When I was little I could always read the energy of the adults around me, and many times I heard what they were going to say before they said it. I just always thought everybody could hear and see things. As a child I would have very prophetic dreams also, which at times was a bit scary.

You have some mad skill with manifesting, and even won a new car recently. What’s your secret?

Manifesting is fun-Thank you for the compliment! I have been using the power of faith. Not hope, which to me feels ‘graspy’ but FAITH-feeling and knowing that I am being led to my desires and that I can manifest anything and everything that I desire. I believe that our desires are heaven-sent and it is the Universe’s way of moving us forward in our lives. I use creative visualization and “I am” messages to keep myself grounded. It is so important to just let yourself be in the flow of source energy and have faith the Universe is leading you. Trust and have faith. I trust every day that the Universe is sending all those to me that I can be of service to, and I have faith in my ability to give them spirit’s messages.

How is a psychic gallery different from work with an individual client?

In a psychic gallery a reader must sort out all the different energy in the room and be able to identify who the message is for. Sometimes in a group, messages can also be meant for more than one person. Spirit is wonderful that way as they will place people in the gallery together for the benefit and healing of all involved. Gallery readings can be a lot of fun, and spirit loves laughter and community also! I would always advise that you come to a gallery reading with an open heart and mind and be prepared to heal and grow together as a group. Although I would get very private messages for you, if it is something that would embarrass you I would not give specifics. Very private messages are best for individual readings. In an individual reading, you will receive messages the entire time meant specifically for you-from your guides, guardians, Angels and loved ones. You have the chance throughout or at the end to ask questions and get clarification.

Does being sensitive to other people’s energy ever create difficulties?

Being sensitive to other people’s energy is hardest for me in a close relationship-as you can sense when words and spirit do not match. It can be quite difficult to know that person is lying (of course, as a mom of four this has come in handy more than once!). I also have problems in large stores where there is so much energy from other people that is connected to worry or finances. I try to go to the grocery store at off hours, or make my trips brief.

Tell us a little bit about your day job working with developmentally disabled adults.

For the last four years I have run a recreation program for adults with developmental disabilities-it is one of the best jobs in the whole world (besides doing readings of course). I get to take people bowling, to sporting events, to camps and every month we hold a dance where you will find us doing the YMCA, the hokey-pokey, and the chicken dance :). It is a rewarding job and I am grateful to be in a position where I can dedicate my time to helping others have fun and get involved in their community.

Do you ever receive personal messages from loved ones on the other side?

I can channel messages through writing for myself and I can get messages in that manner from my loved ones, Angels, guides and spirit. I can hear messages for myself at times also-when I truly listen. I feel the most connected outside, walking in nature, so I try to get outside for a walk as often as possible. I like to talk out loud to spirit as I walk, and I keep myself grounded, connected and grateful through this practice.

Is it harder to read a stranger, or someone you’ve known for a long time?

I don’t really find that there is a difference giving a reading to a stranger or friend as long as you are stepping out and just letting spirit take over. The hardest people to read are the ones who are determined not to be read, and tell you ‘no’ when the answer is really ‘yes’. I just bless those individuals and give them the messages I am receiving for them, regardless of response, because I truly have learned to trust exactly what messages are coming through for my clients.I know that some part of them is absorbing the message and when the time is right they will actually ‘hear’ it. No judgement at all, we are all at a different point on our paths.

How do you experience automatic writing? 

I cannot really find words to explain automatic writing. It just happens. I journal in the morning and ask for guidance. I have to read it back after I am done, as I don’t always remember exactly what came through. During a reading I write down guidance I receive through hearing or seeing, and then as I write other messages come through-it is a magical experience. I think it is part of what makes my readings so very helpful and beneficial-as it is such pure guidance.

Do you feel you’re basically a visual person? If so, how does this relate to your clairvoyant skills?

As an artist, I am a very visual person, and I can easily see things for my clients. I use this in my readings, as I am shown a lot of information, but I use hearing, feeling and knowing also. They all hold hands together to deliver the best messages. I will be shown things and I ask “why?”, “why is this important? and I am shown or told the answer.

What do you do to keep your inner fairy princess happy?

I love this question-it makes me smile!! I don’t think about having an inner fairy princess but I love the image. I walk, I spend time with my children, family and friends. I head to the water as often as possible, my favorite local trail runs along the river. I take art classes and love all art supplies. I love pink and collect items with hand painted pink roses. Paper, markers and stationary make me very happy. I have been known to binge watch both Project Runway and Deadliest Catch. I love to travel and see new places. I also require alone time to truly be balanced and happy-reading, bubble baths and a hot cup of tea are my go-to’s to relieve stress.

Please come and see me at Mimosa! Readings are my all-time favorite thing to do in this world. I am blessed and honored to have these gifts and enjoy being of service to my clients.

Interview with Psychic Mari Powers

Mari Powers, Master Tarot and Oracle card reader, helps you find guidance from the invisible universe. She has been offering tarot classes since 1980 and has been performing readings for over 30 years. In addition, she is an ordained minister for Circle Sanctuary. Pet readings are also a specialty. Mari is also a Reiki II Initiate and a master in guided meditation. Mari is usually at Mimosa Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11:30 to 7:00 pm. and Saturdays from 11:30 to 6:30.

Your path to becoming a tarot reader has been a long, winding one. What are some of its highlights? Learning from others and learning while teaching. I was honored to have a reading done Z. Budhapest. All the readers I have learned from, taught me something unique. My students and clients teach me daily. Learning to channel better by not knowing, or at least not usually. The exact nature of the question, concern, focus or situation I generally ask not to know, so I get out of my own way and try to form as few personal opinions as possible. Later I ask for feedback and confirmation.

Over the years, have you noticed an increase in interest in the tarot? Yes, and in all rising up of positive spiritual growth, combined with creativity, in general.

You’re also an accomplished astrologer. It seems that people nowadays are looking for something more detailed and personal than a simple daily horoscopes that were so popular in the 60s and 70s. Are you finding this as well? In a limited way. Astrology is slowly educating people, yet it is very detailed and complicated. Most are not inclined to learn that level of detail, or at least they have tried and mastered other self-knowledge techniques. However, most all have learned the limited information in the daily Sun Sign Report.

These days many people have trouble finding ways to relax and focus. Do you have any advice? Ground, Center and Shield, then, at the risk of being “too New Age”, you can find joyful and safe ways to really let go and relax. There are many techniques and if you search for these words online, you will find a lot of good information. If it fits, make it a regular practice.

Here’s a tarot geek question for you: Recently, a customer made a very good point about the Osho Zen Tarot, saying that its creators have made so many modifications to the standard tarot that she considers it more of an oracle deck, rather than a tarot deck. Many other decks also take creative liberties with the tarot to make it fit their theme. What is it that makes a tarot deck a tarot deck? Several things; the basics are 78 cards within a few, court cards, the four suits in our modern playing deck, numerology, a fifth suite of Trumps, (or Major Arcana). Numbered 0 to 21, and finally, the Trump suit relationship to the Tree of Life as preserved in Hebrew Cabbala. I agree that Osho Zen is more of an Oracle Deck.

What are some of your favorite tarot and oracle decks? Are there any newer ones that stand out? So many, and yet I only keep decks that I use. The Tarot I have at Mimosa are all friends of mine, yet picking three at present, I would say, “Shadowscape”, “Sirius Starseed” and the Merryday Tarot (out of print, available online). Bear in mind, it is what the client wants that day, and I change favorites some days, too. My favorite Oracle decks are: “The Faery Oracle and The Heart of the Faery Oracle” by Brian Froud, “The Goddess Oracle” and “Madame Eudora’s Fortune Cards.”

You’ve had a lot of experience helping people access their past lives. Why is this a valuable question for people to pursue? Most of the world believes in reincarnation. Past lives inform this one. We bring gifts and challenges. Becoming aware past lives, we can inform our futures in the present life; the one that counts now.

What exactly is “soul retrieval”? How do you accomplish something like that? This is a difficult question. It is a ceremony that I rarely do. I advise people to read Sandra Ingermann’s, “Soul Retrieval,” before considering doing one. I had my first one with one of her direct students. I have had other teachers and guides. I do it in a person’s home, with others in supportive roles. If a person has read the book, and is interested, they can contact me directly.

When you practice channeling, do you find certain deities come through more easily, while it’s more difficult to communicate with others? Yes. And it varies per person, as well.

Have you had any interesting or funny experiences working at parties? Oh yes. Divination by cards dropping out a deck or onto the floor. Finding the card that was on top of the chosen deck as one of four or five cards in a layout, out of a deck of 78, or three or four Trumps in a five card spread. Also, a few people host periodic parties and it is always magical to see how previous and current readings are linked.