The psychic world has a rich, global history that spans centuries, but did you know that there are four famous spiritual places in the US you can visit in modern-day times? We’re not talking about fictional towns that’re made up for Halloween either. These are bonafide locations with a spiritual aura.
So, if you’re the type of person who enjoys receiving readings, believes in the power of astrology, or has even tried strengthening your gifts, a trip to one of these psychic locations just might be the ultimate road trip next time you want to skip town. In the meantime, here are some interesting facts about these one-of-a-kind spiritual places to visit — even if you’re merely curious.
One can’t talk about spiritual places in the US without mentioning Cassadaga, Florida (aka psychic Disneyland) as it’s touted as the “Psychic Capital of the World.” Despite such a title, it’s a small town, yet approximately half of the residents possess some form of psychic ability.
It all began back in 1894 when a gentleman named George P. Colby was summoned by his Native American spirit guide to relocate from New York to Florida to create a psychic Eden. It wasn’t long before spiritualists started settling here, and continue to do so today. Of course, there are many skeptics and naysayers regarding Cassadaga’s residents’ actual psychic ability, but that’s not droves of tourists from visiting the 125-plus-year-old village each year. Not to mention, some students train with resident psychics for up to six years.
If you want to get a small taste of the community while piquing your curiosity, check out the local calendar of events before your visit. Here, you’ll find various activities such as a healing meditation circle, historical tour, psychic/medium development classes, reiki healing, and more. Spending the night? The Cassadaga Hotel is a paranormal-focused retreat from 1927 that claims to be haunted with “friendly spirits.”
Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Sedona to take in all of its natural beauty, but there’s another reason why this desert town draws people from around the world: the vortex. According to a Native American legend, there’s a sweet spot in the area where the earth’s energy is exceptionally concentrated. Supposedly vortexes such as this can heal and encourage spiritual awakening.
This concept received a lot of attention back in 1987 when thousands of supporters assembled in Sedona for the Harmonic Convergence, the world’s first synchronized global peace meditation. Around the same time, there was a rare alignment of planets in the Solar System — one that only occurs once every ten thousand years. During this moment, an aura of spirit energy surrounds the earth.
It was because of this moment back in 1987 that people began to develop a profound, astral connection to the famous red rock formations. If you want to experience the vortexes yourself, you’re going to have to lace up your hiking shoes and get ready for a steep and sweaty adventure. Don’t worry; the official Sedona website has plenty of tips on how to find them.
Lily Dale was incorporated in 1879 as Cassadaga Lake Free Association. The goal was to be a gathering place and camp for spiritualists and freethinkers. Interestingly enough, there’s a Cassadada, Florida connection. In 1894, a group of representatives from Lily Dale went to visit Colby on his turf. Impressed by what they saw, they helped him turn Cassadada into “the oldest active religious community in the Southeast.”
The Cassadaga Lake Free Association eventually went by the name Lily Dale Assembly in 1906, but despite a name change, the purpose of the camp remained the same. Not everyone can be a Lily Dale resident, however. Psychics, mediums, and other spiritual advisors have to pass a series of tests before earning residency.
Each year (especially in the summer) approximately 22,000 visitors come for workshops, demonstrations, church services, and one-on-one appointments with mediums. Notable guest lecturers over the years include Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dee Walace, Tibetan monks, and hosts from the television show Ghost Hunters.
The original Voodoo practice was brought to Louisiana via slaves from West Africa. Finding themselves in a world utterly different from where they came from, the Africans fused their religious rituals and traditions with Louisiana’s local Catholic population. This hybrid is known as Voodoo-Catholicism, a unique religion linked to nature, spirits, and family from the past. There were several Voodoo Queens or Kings during this time, but none more powerful than Doctor John and Marie Laveau.
Voodoo is still practiced in New Orleans today to serve others and influence spirits and ancestors’ life events. Some choose to engage in a personal ritual to banish feelings of depression or loneliness, cure anxiety or an addiction, or help the less fortunate. Planning a visit? The city regularly hosts visitor-friendly ceremonies throughout the year. In the French Quarter, you’ll find that many shop owners celebrate Hoodoo, the non-religious belief in Voodoo objects, as well as more legit shops that true practitioners use.
If you want to take a deeper dive, forget about visiting a New Orleans psychic. Take a trip to the Voodoo Spiritual Temple in New Orleans and have an authentic Voodoo reading with Miriam Chamani, a Voodoo Priestess with 24-plus years of experience. She specializes in personal readings, empowerment consultations, curse removal, weddings, lectures, blessings, and more.
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