PRLog - Sep. 8, 2010 - BERKLEY, Mich. -- On August 30, 2010, the City of Warren, MI enacted a law requiring fortune tellers to be licensed. The law states that all those performing such services must be licensed no later than November 30, 2010; 90 days after the new law has gone into effect. Although, the City of Warren has given the ok for the October 2, 2010 Your Spiritness expo the new law has created quite a bit of distress among those who perform such services through their religion.
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For the past several years there has been an event held twice a year at the Macomb Sports & Expo Center on 12 Mile Rd in Warren, MI. This event has been a metaphysical expo, known to attract 1000’s of people in attendance to this one-day event. Originally the event was known as the Mind, Body, Spirit Expo through Phenomenews, its former owners who have since retired. Upon retirement, Your Spiritness Company was asked on behalf of the community to pick up the show so that the community still had a place to gather. Although Your Spiritness Company has no connection to the former owners, there has been some crossover between the two events such as a quite a few of the same readers and vendors and being held at the same location.
There are numerous religions that believe in and demonstrate a communication with spirit, or as some think of it, “talking to dead people”. The advantage to this expo is it gives others a chance to learn about those religions and experience an opportunity to communicate with lost loved ones once again. Communication with a spirit is not just about connecting with a loved one past. Spirits can sometimes have a birds-eye view of things to come and can help provide guidance to a particular situation. For these reasons, and many others, people will seek out those with such gifts. Unfortunately, as with all occupations, whether it is with builders, insurance agents, cleaners, or even clergy within the traditional religions, there are “bad apples”. In recent years, those bad apples have given a negative shine to those in your non-traditional religions, purporting themselves out to be “the real thing”. In the process, they run scams violating the vulnerable. For this, the City of Warren, MI has enacted such a law in an attempt to protect those from unscrupulous readers.
In a recent interview with Lynne, the Event Coordinator of Your Spiritness Company, she supports the law but feels some adjustments need to be made. Currently the law does allow for “those in a bona fide church… accepting payment by donation only” to demonstrate their abilities within the church as part of its service but it does not take into account the fact that not all religions demonstrating such abilities charge by donation only and that a lot of them hold “psychic fairs” as a regular fundraiser offering readings for a set price. Thus, the rates are often a stipulated amount set by the church, as opposed to a donation. Some other items the law does not take into account is that not all metaphysical expos are held at or are a part of a church, such as the Your Spiritness expo, and that a lot of those doing readings at the expos are either clergy or hold papers through a religious organization. The expos provide an opportunity to introduce attendees to a readers’ church or religious organization. Another point the law does not allow room for is the fact that most of the readers attending the one-day expo in Warren are from out of town, out of the state, and some are from out of the country and the licensing fees make the event cost prohibitive to those with already high travel costs, not too mention the requirements involved for a single day event.
There are a lot of good psychics out there that do not hold any religious affiliation but there are a good number that do. The expos are an opportunity to introduce the public to experience those with such gifts and assist those on a spiritual path by introducing alternative avenues. Does this mean that no bad apples will be at any of these events? As with anything, there are no guarantees but most event coordinators do try to screen the readers as a bad reader is a bad reflection on the event. Lynne also commented that although she does try to have only good quality readers, she does have a different rapport with a lot of them and should you not mix with a reader at her event, let her know. There are lots of reasons why someone might not mix with a reader and it’s not always because the reader is a “bad apple”. Likewise, if you’re looking for a particular style, you can ask her and she can usually point out which readers most likely match what you are looking for.
Being that the new law does not require readers to be licensed until November 30, 2010, in a memo dated September 1, 2010, issued by the City Attorney's Office to the Police Commissioner, the City of Warren has stated that "fortunetellers will not need a license for this event". The scheduled expo will be held at the Macomb Sports & Expo Center, 14500 E 12 Mile Rd in Warren on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 11a - 7p. Admission is $7 per person. For more information and a $2 off admission coupon for the event, you can visit http://www.YourSpiritness.com.
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