When it comes to the psychic / spiritual realm, I wouldn’t call myself a skeptic, but I understand the feeling. Faced with whether or not they can take New Age ideas seriously, most folks fall into three camps: Really yes, really no, or open but unsure. For my video project, I wanted to counter the hard line approach and tackle the subject with an open spirit.
The House of Intuition opened in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood in March of 2010. They serve up a New Age smorgasbord, offering everything from crystal readings to Reiki. Just visiting the house is a total trip — you scale up a staircase on a sizable hill overlooking Sunset Boulevard like you’re journeying to an ancient temple. And once you’re inside, there’s enough enchantment going on to entertain the believers and skeptics alike. I wanted to capture that and explore what it was like to get an I-Ching reading, which isn’t commonly offered in psychic shops.
(Intro music by Thievery Corporation. It was playing outside the store when I visited — you really do hear similar music when you walk up those stairs).
Did you get all that? It’s a lot to process if you’ve never gotten a reading before. If you’re interested in the ancient Chinese divination process Maja used to gain access to my heart, check out this quick primer on the I-Ching.
Special thanks to Maja D’Aoust for taking the time to talk and throwing in the quick reading. Maja has a really interesting background for an astrologer. She notes in the video that she’s “scientifically based” — beyond her Master’s degree in Transformational Psychology and I-Ching, she holds a Bachelor’s in biochemistry. She also hosts spiritual tours around LA. And her URL rocks: Godismyboyfriend.com.
Big thanks also to the House of Intuition for being so accommodating while I made this video. If this video has made you excited or morbidly curious, they’re open from 10am-10pm every day.
And of course, huge thanks to my excellent team members Sarah (who shot most of my B roll) and Paro (who spotted me and shot most of my interview). Great work comes from a great crew!