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‘Spirit’ moves many at expo

Auction at show with psychics and artisans raises funds for URS of Hazleton.

Brittany Lombardi, of Drums, left, gets a memorial tattoo in honor of her mother from Dave Kellmer of Dave’s Originals, also of Drums, at the Spirit, Mind and Body Expo in Hazleton on Saturday.

Bill Tarutis/For The Times Leader

HAZLETON -- An eclectic blend of national psychics, healers and artisans came together for a Spirit, Mind and Body Expo at the Ramada Inn over the weekend.

Everything from candles and incense to psychic readings with aura photos were offered at the event participants say was aimed at enhancing one’s physical and mental well-being.

Paula Cross of Angel Wings Holistic Harbor gave readings by interpreting the colors surrounding a person’s aura using special aura photography. The biofeedback method picks up a person’s spiritual energy, said Cross.

“The aura photo comes with a psychic reading, in order for you to understand what you are going through, why you’re going through it and how you can change it,” she said.

Kathy McClaire of Mz Witch & Co. said she makes all of the miniature witches’ broom charms she had on display with only “positive energy.”

“I never touch a broom if I’m upset.”

Black hematite rings, which are supposed to “help get rid of negativity” and “help with mental enhancement,” were among the many whimsical trinkets for sale.

An 18-year-old woman, who wished to remain anonymous, looked amazingly calm while getting a tattoo of a cross with wings and a halo etched on her back. After the initial twinges of pain, she said, the sensation was like a sunburn.

Eleni French offered the ancient practice of Shamanic healings and readings to a number of people seeking spiritual guidance. During the process, French said she could see a person’s past, present and future.

“My spirit leaves my body and enters the client’s world,” she said, adding that she sometimes “brings up” deceased members of the client’s family.

“Whoever had the strongest personality comes in,” she said. “I see things as very quick pictures on a movie screen.”

Cosmic Creations of Wyoming sold “Witch Balls,” which are supposed to mesmerize bad spirits and capture them in the glass tubes within the beautiful glass balls. Scranton firefighter and artist Ken Czyzyk sold his painting “Hero’s Return” to honor and raise money for the family of Scranton Fire Chief Jim Robeson, who died while battling a blaze in the city’s Hill section in 2008.

Proceeds raised from a Chinese auction at the event will be donated to the United Rehabilitation Services of Hazleton. The URS helps people with disabilities find jobs.

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