The paranormal is a divisive topic. Some people dismiss psychics, astrologers and voodoo practitioners as a bunch of scammers. Others remain open minded and consider spiritual crafts a useful tool when it comes to self-reflection. Whether your goal is to gain inner knowledge or simply be entertained, you can’t go wrong by getting a reading in what’s arguably the most metaphysically active city in the United States. Here are a few places with solid reputations, all just a hop, skip and a jump from the Place d’Armes.
Bottom of the Cup (327 Chartres Street)
Open since 1929, this historic tea shop hosts psychics who will read your palm, tarot cards, or (of course) your tea leaves, which comes with a free cuppa. You’ll sit in a curtained booth while your psychic tells you everything you want to know–and you’ll leave with a cassette tape of the session so you don’t have to worry about writing down notes or relying on your memory alone. Afterwards, shop the metaphysical gifts and souvenirs, including more than 100 varieties of tea, crystals, jewelry, tarot cards and more.
Tarot cards, bone readings, palm readings, astrologers–you’ll find almost every metaphysical practice under the sun at this historic site in the shadow of St. Louis Cathedral. It’s a little looser and more free-form than a place like Bottom of the Cup. Practitioners set up their tables and tents in the early mornings and stay until the wee hours, so you don’t need to make an appointment. Just find an individual and a style of reading that strikes your fancy and discuss prices. (Make sure you have cash, as many don’t accept credit cards.) If you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for, you can’t go wrong with following your intuition. Head to a person who appeals to you and see what the universe has in store–your gut will never lead you astray.
Cari Roy (935 Gravier Street)
Cari Roy is a native New Orleanian and a third-generation medium. Her abilities have landed her celebrity clients and guest spots on national news programs and television shows, including on The Discovery Channel and Travel Channel. But she’s also the most down to earth, sweet and approachable lady you will ever meet–one who has a knack for perceiving inner truths. Interestingly, she does not use tarot cards or other forms of divination, preferring instead to read each individual’s unique psychic energy. Whether you need a dream interpretation, a past life reading or a spell to a lost cat, she’s the one to call.
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum (724 Dumaine Street)
This small, dim and winding museum is packed with relics, candles, sculpture, gris-gris bags and more. While there are no readings offered on site, employees can connect you to voodoo practitioners offering their services. It also has long assisted academics and researchers who wish to learn about the religion. Ultimately, this museum is a great jumping-off point for anyone who wants to learn more about voodoo, New Orleans history and themselves.