BENTON PARK – Anyone hoping to get a glimpse into her future could pop by the Lemp Brewery, 3500 Lemp Avenue, this past Sunday for the Summer Psychic Party.
Hosted by the St. Louis Paranormal Society, the event featured area tarot and palm readers, as well as mediums. Some specialized in past lives, others in relationships. Readings were offered for $25, a reasonably low price for services of this nature. The event, a rather low-key affair despite the many people lined up to receive readings, lasted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mark Farley, founder of the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society, said the society had begun to host a Psychic Party once every season.
“Basically we take seven of the best readers that we know in the St. Louis area,” he said. “We put them into a room, and you get to come do a walk-in reading with them, a 15-minute reading.”
Psychic readings, he explained, can get rather expensive. With an event such as this one, it gives people the chance to dip their toes in to see if they find it appealing. And generally people have a lot of fun doing it.
The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society began as a ghost-hunting group back in 2003. Farley said he originally developed an interest in ghosts after being laid off from his job as an aircraft electrician.
“I got into this basically by building night-vision cameras for ghost hunters,” he said. The Lemp Mansion then offered him the opportunity to lead ghost tours, and the business has grown from there.
This is the first year they’ve begun adding Psychic Parties to their roster. Farley said he believed the current interest in psychic mediums stemmed from the uncertainty of modern times.
“Things are kind of a little uncertain right now,” he said. “And I think people are just looking for some sort of clarity or answers and maybe some spiritual advice, and I think that’s why these are so popular. Like a lot of the questions we get, relationships, money, job, and they want to talk to their past loved ones.”
Farley said that for himself personally, when he got a reading, he liked to ask about his business.
“How’s the business going? That’s No. 1,” he joked.
Addressing the skepticism some people feel about the accuracy of tarot and palm readings, he said, “They’re accurate as long as you’re open and honest about it. If you’re kind of closed off and secretive, then I find they’re not really as effective. … If you’re really just upfront and honest about it, it helps.”
Of Sunday’s event, he added, “And we’ve had some people leave here today, they’re just completely amazed.”
Ghost tours are, of course, still on the agenda for the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society, though the addition of Psychic Parties allows the group to expand in a way that Farley finds exciting. He said the group had been welcomed into the Cherokee Street neighborhood.
“We caught [the neighborhood] when it’s on the upswing,” he said.
To find out more about events hosted by the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society, visit https://www.seeaghost.com/.