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Lighthouse Bookstore on the Pearl Street Mall is not your everyday bookstore.
The store specializes in the metaphysical and sells books on meditation, astrology, tarot, shamanism, magic, spiritual growth, comparative religion, life energy and more. Lighthouse Bookstore also sells music, exotic gifts, candles, incense and astrology charts.
But perhaps most interesting is the bookstore’s fortune teller.
Toward the back of the bookstore, hidden behind hanging beads and curtains, you will find Elizabeth Bishop, Ph.D. Bishop is a retired college professor, intuitive counselor, dream specialist, career counselor and poetry therapist who tells fortunes.
She uses palm reading, wisdom cards, tarot, and paragraphy to read people. Much of the time, cards and dice are not necessary because she has a psychic gift and knows how to give practical advice.
Jeffery Mullen, a junior aerospace engineering sciences major, said, “I don’t believe in psychics, but if I could ask one a question, I would ask if I am ever going to meet Keira Knightley.”
Bishop’s services are free. She doesn’t charge by the minute like you might see with other psychics.
“Everyone from students to professionals come here. I do not charge for my services, so if you don’t like your experience you don’t have to make a donation. It won’t cost you anything to try it out,” Bishop said.
Bishop takes her job seriously. She is not in it for the money, but because she “enjoys people” and gets “to read all the good books” in the bookstore, Bishop said.
Bishop’s experiences at the bookstore have taught her how to better serve clients.
“I learned that you have to respect people’s boundaries,” Bishop said. “You have to approach each person with honor and respect.”
“I went to the fortune teller for guidance on the book I am writing. I was feeling unmotivated and unsatisfied with my book, but she helped get back on track,” said Kyle Waldrop, a sophomore classics major.
One might assume in the United States today, with all the latest technology and science, searching for answers from psychics would be less necessary.
When asked what attracts customers to the bookstore and her advising, Bishop said, “I think more people are seeking innovative ways to answer their questions today than they were 10 or 20 years ago, because despite advances in technology many people are turning to mystical means to answer their life questions.”
Bishop’s services will also be available at the Denver Wellness Fair next weekend.