Crystal - Altoona, Iowa
Entered on February 5, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Have you ever had you fortune told, palm read or tarot cards read? Not many people believe in things like that, and for others, it is actually against their religion.

In October 2008 a couple friends, our mothers and I all went to Salem Massachusetts for a little get away. It was fall so all the leaves were on the ground, it was really pretty. The atmosphere was almost spooky in a way because of the history of that town. We went out sight seeing all day and came across a free fortune telling tent, we figured we would try it to see what it was like and if we wanted to pay to get one done.

We went in as mother-daughter pairs, and we came out we were mesmerized. They didn’t exactly tell us our future but instead in a way analyzed us and who we were as people. They got my mom and I right on. There were three people at once and they told me I was creative and why I was named Crystal, they were right, my Dad named me because I was so fragile when I was born premature. They told my mom she had angel wings behind her like someone was watching over her and that they encouraged her going back to school when she didn’t even say a word about it. It was one of the most amazing things I had ever heard.

After our free experience, we decided to pay the thirty dollars to go to the first witch shop in Salem. We each got fifteen minutes alone with her. Everyone’s reading was something different. Mine had many things in it, such as a key card because my little brother was going to be driving soon, the love card because I would be choosing between two people at one point in my life, and another card that meant I would have a lot of money as I grew up.

December, I decided to call another psychic in my own town to see if I blew thirty dollars for a bunch of talk back in Salem. I called this time so it was a little different, but she told me almost the exact same things. I was in shock, everything was basically the same.

I think there are very few people with this gift, but I do believe in it. I also believe there are frauds as well, so everyone just has to be careful and think about it before paying to do it. How could two completely different women living so many miles away say the same things about me without having some sort of foreseeing ability? I am not saying they can see everything and that people should base their lives on what they might say, but just take it into consideration.

The future, for me, holds the truth. If my fortunes were true, then only time can tell me, and if those women really are gifted. So, I believe we should all believe in the impossible, even if it really is “impossible”.