By Lucy Lambert
The psychic services industry is still going strong in the US, grossing $2 billion in 2018. People are flocking to psychics in droves, but be wary before you follow suit. The right psychic can be a tricky find, especially for those who aren’t familiar with that sector of spirituality. There’s a slew of reasons to seek out a psychic, whether it’s to contact spirits, tell you your fortune, or simply curiosity for the paranormal. Anyone can claim to specialize in any of these, and it can become a bit of a challenge to tell who’s legit and who’s just out to make a quick buck out of you. If you’re wondering just how to overcome that challenge, then look no further.
Figure Out What Kind of Psychic Works Best For You
The first step in this process is figuring out what exactly you want out of a psychic. Usually, people seek out psychics to mediate between them and the spirits of the dead, as well as fortune-telling and advising on life decisions. These categories have their own specializations as well; mediums can be focused on expelling spirits or simply talking to them, and fortune-telling is done through many different techniques. There’s also the matter of different philosophies and religion; there are psychics steeped in druidism, Romani mysticism, and even Christianity. It’s important to take all of these factors into account in determining what you want from a psychic, as well as what you don’t want.
Explore the Communities
Upon determining your preferences, it’s time to dip your toes in the communities relevant to your chosen type of psychic. For example, a druid or wiccan psychic will likely be connected with the pagan community. There are plenty of online forums dedicated to such communities, so visiting those would be a good first step. Your best bet would be to visit any local fairs or shops dedicated to that community.
Find the Right Price
Once you’ve figured out what you want and where you’re going to get it, it’s time to determine whether or not the price is right. For this purpose, many dedicated psychic websites have compiled guides and reviews of affordable psychics, so seeking those out would be a good opening move. If it so happens that no reputable psychics are near your area, you’d have to resort to a good old-fashioned scoping out of the market. Make a list of the most recommended psychics and ask them about their pricing to get an average for psychics in your area.
Compare and Contrast
A good rule of thumb to know that while it’s common for psychics in big cities to charge around $400 per hour, it’s a different story just about everywhere else. Outside of major towns, psychics charging anywhere upwards of $250 for an hour’s reading should be a warning for you to ask them about their rates, especially if it goes above the local average. Once you’ve got all the information you need on hand, you should be able to select the psychic that meets your desires and budget.
Whether you’re dealing with psychics out of curiosity or with an earnest interest in their craft, it’s important to get a good feel for what kind of person they are. The initial meeting will give you a better understanding if they can accommodate you comfortably, while at the same time being courteous.