Psy­chic Mon­ica a Manayunk main­stay

The Review - - Front Page - By Amanda Gal­lagher

MANAYUNK » For nearly 30 years, Psy­chic Mon­ica has been a sta­ple in Manayunk, pro­vid­ing guid­ance to those seek­ing ad­vice or answers to life’s tough­est ques­tions.

Mon­ica John­son is a fifth-gen­er­a­tion ad­viser and spir­i­tual healer whose ser­vices in­clude palm read­ings, tarot card and an­gel read­ings, crys­tal and med­i­ta­tional heal­ing, life coach­ing, chakra cleans­ing, spir­i­tual heal­ing and medium and pet read­ings.

Peo­ple come to Psy­chic Mon­ica with all types of ques­tions, of­ten re­lat­ing to their ca­reers, love lives or ma­jor life events like mov­ing to a new city. Some­times peo­ple need spir­i­tual guid­ance and heal­ing, or they just want to know, in

gen­eral, what their fu­ture holds. Many come to her just for fun or out of cu­rios­ity.

“We all need guid­ance at one point or an­other,” John­son said.

John­son has been op­er­at­ing the busi­ness, lo­cated at 4388 Main St., for nearly three decades. It all started with her grand­mother, who em­i­grated to Philadel­phia from Bu­dapest and who used to per­form cof­fee read­ings for her clients. The fam­ily busi­ness lives on to­day through not only John­son, but also her daugh­ters, who do read­ings as well.

“It’s a gene,” John­son said of the abil­i­ties that have been passed down in her fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions.

She ex­plained that ev­ery woman pos­sesses in­tu­ition and in­sight, but some have it stronger than oth­ers.

“Some­times it’s a gift; some­times it’s a curse,” she added.

Each ser­vice of­fered by Psy­chic Mon­ica will tell a cli- ent some­thing slightly dif­fer­ent. John­son ex­plained that palm read­ings help to give a client in­sight about them­selves and their char­ac­ter. For more spe­cific in­for­ma­tion about the fu­ture, tarot card or an­gel read­ings are tools that can be used to help ad­dress those unan­swered ques­tions. Tarot cards help de­ter­mine what the fu­ture will hold, while an­gel read­ings in­volve us­ing an­gel cards to read en­ergy and tell of a past life and what an­gels sur­round the per­son.

Over the years, peo­ple and their sit­u­a­tions have mostly re­mained un­changed, John­son said. One dif­fer­ence she has no­ticed is that there has been an in­crease in male clients, particularly in the last decade. She cred­its men to­day as be­ing more open minded and more will­ing to spend time tak­ing care of them­selves.

John­son has many re­peat clients, some who have been see­ing her for years. In fact, the chil­dren of some of her grand­mother’s clients are now her clients. Most peo­ple hear about Psy­chic Mon­ica through word of mouth. In re­cent years, with the help of the in­ter­net, she has seen clients from all over, in­clud­ing many tourists. John­son also used to host a live show on Q102, so many lo­cals know her — and rec­og­nize her voice— from her days on the ra­dio.

Of work­ing with clients over the phone, she said, “It took awhile to get the en­ergy there, but it worked.”

In per­son, she can feel her client’s en­ergy and spirit, which makes it eas­ier to make a con­nec­tion. A client’s at­ti­tude can have an ef­fect on a read­ing, too. If some­one comes to John­son for a read­ing but doesn’t have an open mind about the process, John­son says, it will be more dif­fi­cult to do the read­ing.

“It makes my job harder,” she said.

She rec­om­mends that any­one who is cu­ri­ous or any­one who has some­thing big go­ing on in their life — a ques­tion or a de­ci­sion — con­sider hav­ing a read­ing done. The re­sults may be of ben­e­fit.

“Through­out life, there’s turns and twists ev­ery­where,” John­son said. “You’ll need guid­ance, ad­vice and con­sult­ing.”

RICK CAW­LEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mon­ica John­son, left, does a card read­ing for Vic­to­ria Fer­nando.

RICK CAW­LEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Psy­chic Mon­ica is lo­cated at 4388Main St. in Manayunk.

RICK CAW­LEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Items in­side Psy­chic Mon­ica shows Mon­ica John­son’s di­verse in­flu­ences.

RICK CAW­LEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Psy­chic Mon­ica of­fers a va­ri­ety of ser­vices, in­clud­ing palm read­ings, tarot card and an­gel read­ings.

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