Psychic friends: Partners plan on helping psychic fair-goers look within, learn more about their souls
Ed Buryn could never have foreseen his life becoming so immersed in the psychic world.
For the 13th consecutive year, however, he will be behind a booth at the Psychic Expo Saturday and Sunday in Nevada City.
Joining the Navy 51 years ago while still at Miami Beach High School, the Nevada City poet, photographer and bookseller didn’t become involved with the occult until 30 years later.
“I started off thinking I’d become an electronics engineer,” Buryn, 67, said. “This is the farthest thing I ever considered doing, which is a good example of how reality overcomes our petty ego desires.”
After serving as a naval electronics technician-radar operator Buryn held other technical jobs, including tracking down missiles at Cape Canaveral and writing electronics manuals. In his 30s, he hitchhiked throughout Europe and wrote several vagabond books.
“That was my material-plane training, which gave me the hunger to explore the nonmaterial world through tarot cards while I was in my mid-40s,” Buryn said.
For more than 40 years, Buryn has been inspired by the 18th century writer William Blake.
“William Blake was a poet, artist, metaphysician who, although little known in his time, today is considered a genius,” Buryn said. “He believed our imagination was the divine force and anyone who uses imagination uses the power of God.”
Buryn’s William Blake Tarot of the Creative Imagination cards and 160-page book about the cards were published in 1995 by HarperCollins.
The 80 cards fall into four art-related suits – painting, music, science and poetry – plus triumph cards, which represent the soul’s journey. Some of the cards include Blake’s engravings, watercolors and poetry.
Buryn uses the cards to find options for the present, rather than to predict the future.
“Anything that happens in the future is based on the present,” he said. “If we look very closely at the present – which most of us don’t do because we have tunnel vision – if we expand our views of what’s going on inside ourselves or our own realities, we can sharpen our inner sights.”
To Buryn, the cards are better than a crystal ball.
“I think of the cards as a way to access your own creative genius,” he said.
“I believe from having worked with the cards, they do reflect reality from a soulful perspective,” Buryn said. “You could call it soul readings, peering into the soul.”
Besides doing tarot readings Saturday and Sunday, Buryn will talk about Blake at 11 a.m. Sunday at the psychic expo.
Astrologer and hypnotherapist Deborah Gutierrez, Buryn’s partner, will read for the second consecutive year.
Like Buryn, Gutierrez helps clients focus within to find their own answers to whatever concerns them.
“It’s a matter of me asking questions and they accessing their own intuition,” said Gutierrez, who will also talk at 1 p.m. Sunday on hypnotherapy and the archetypes of the god or goddess in each person.
Gutierrez says some spectators make fun of the event.
“But they’re there even if they’re kind of embarrassed; they have an interest,” countered Gutierrez, who compares the readings to psychology.
“You’re going in depth into someone’s psyche,” she said. “Sometimes the material that is accessed is so moving that people do cry. We try to make it as safe as possible for them.”
Gutierrez urges everyone to check out the fair.
“This is one of the nicest ones you’ll find. It’s safe; there will be dozens of local professional readers to choose from,” said Gutierrez, a reader for five years.
She believes everyone is psychic; some just don’t realize how much they rely on their intuition hundreds of times a day.
“They’re putting out feelers all the time,” she said.
“It’s so powerful for you to go within and find the information for yourself,” Gutierrez said. “It has more meaning and can really affect the changes you need to make.”
Know and Go
WHAT: 13th annual Psychic Expo
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City
ADMISSION: $3 per day. Proceeds will benefit the cultural center in Nevada City
45 vendors expected at 13th annual expo
Forty-five vendors will be at the 13th annual Psychic Expo Saturday and Sunday at Miners Foundry Cultural Center.
The exhibitors and practitioners represent several disciplines, including feng shui, astrology, numerology, palmistry, tarot, aura photography, massage and reiki.
Snacks, lunch items and desserts made by Foundry volunteers will be sold. Juice, water and coffee will be available.
Lectures by selected vendors will be featured during both days. There will also be a special feng shui workshop after Saturday’s expo, 7 to 9 p.m., led by Bennett Dear. The workshop is $10.
Up to 600 spectators a day visit the expo, said Ellen Davis, Foundry executive director, with the majority from Nevada County.
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