Book review: Developing Psychic Abilities by Apryl J. Douglas

Developing Psychic Abilities

Full Disclosure: I know Apryl. I used to work for her at Vision Quest Metaphysical Bookstore, in Phoenix, Arizona. So, my review may be slightly biased but, honestly, if I didn’t believe that this book is worth recommending, I wouldn’t have written the review (in the vein of “If you can’t say something nice…”).

Apryl DouglasThe title, Developing Psychic Abilities, downplays the strengths of this book. Yes, there are plenty of suggestions as to how to develop your abilities, if you’re new to the game. But Apryl also includes a lot of tips and tricks that go far beyond the basics.

This book teaches about astral projection, using a pendulum, candle magic, aura cleansing, automatic writing, psychic protection and much more.

Her book is written in plain language–that is, it’s not full of complex explanations or woo-woo jargon. She also includes a section in the back where you can write notes with your results. Yes, I recommend this book!

Apryl, herself, has been aware of her psychic abilities most of her life–they surfaced when she was 13. She has owned Vision Quest since 1986. Back then, she was in the Los Angeles area and her store was one of the best. I used to shop there, when I lived in LA, but she and I never met at the time. Small world, that I should end up working for her, once her store and I both moved to Phoenix.

She is available for psychic readings, by phone or at her store, most Saturdays. You can call 480-949-1888 to schedule a reading. If Saturdays don’t work for you, her store staffs several other very talented readers and healers, seven days a week. Check out the store’s website for reader bios and schedules.

Lisa Bonnice is the best-selling, award-winning author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body, the True Crime Bestseller Fear of Our Father (with Stacey M. Kananen)  and the metaphysical-comedy novel, Be Careful What You Witch For!

Best seller—Fear of Our Father—#1 True Crime
eLit Silver Award—The Menhattan Project—Humor
Includes foreword by Neale Donald Walsch—Shape Shifting
Two Excellence Awards—

A friend is on Fox and Friends!

Peter and Alejandra

How fun! I just found out from Victoria Flores–my co-author on The Menhattan Project–that her husband, Peter Argue, is going to be on Fox and Friends this Sunday at 8:30am for a fun Fathers Day special on conquering the “Dad Bod”, with their adorable baby daughter. Check it out!

If you’re interested, I wrote a blog about Peter when the book first came out (he’s a professional model and one of the main characters was loosely based on him):

FOLLOW UP: Here is the link to Peter’s appearance on Fox and Friends. Peter is the one on the far left.

You know you’re old when …

Lola Garnett, from Be Careful What You Witch For! shares words of wisdom.

Lola Garnett, from Be Careful What You Witch For!, shares words of wisdom.

Martha McGrath, 1851, Bradford England

Lisa Bonnice:

Kiss me! I’m 1/8th Irish!

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I think Martha McGrath was my mom’s mom’s dad’s dad’s mom (my third great-grandmother). I say “I think” because I’m not 100% sure. All signs point in that direction, but I hesitate to state it as fact. One of her sons shows up in a stranger’s family tree with matching information to my own, so it’s safe to assume they are the same person, but I’m always cautious if I can’t confirm it more than once.

According to the 1851 England census,  Martha lived in Bradford, England (Bradford was mentioned in the Doctor Who episode The Crimson Horror) with her three children at 120 Longland St. I can actually see that building on Google Maps. When Jeff and I go to England this summer, I’ll see it in person.

Born in 1807, Martha was a 44-year-old widow at the time and worked as a dress maker. She was…

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Astrology Experiment: looking for others who share my birthday

I find astrology fascinating. I’m not an expert and probably never will be, but I do love the information I receive from my chart. I’ve often wondered if people who are born at the same time end up living similar lives. So …

If you were born on November 30, 1960, with Virgo rising, let me know. I’d love to compare stories with you. If you don’t want to post your story in the comments below, drop me an email at

I look forward to hearing from you!

Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch), the True Crime Bestseller Fear of Our Father (with Stacey M. Kananen)  and the comedy novel, Be Careful What You Witch For!

I slept on Bob Odenkirk’s floor

Most of us have occasional brushes with fame. I’ve blogged about a couple (like the time I got to hang out with Emo Philips), but forgot about this one until I saw Bob Odenkirk on The Daily Show last week, promoting his new show–Breaking Bad‘s spinoff Better Call Saul. Seeing him brought back a memory of the time (cue flashback/harp music) I slept on his living room floor, in Chicago, in the late 1980s.

I was just starting my comedy career, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I had done enough open mic nights to feel like I was ready to start looking for minor league paying gigs.

Fort Wayne is only a three and a half hour drive from Chicago, a comedy mecca at the time. A friend, Chicago comic Jimmy Wiggins, told me that when I was ready he would find a place for me to crash for a night or two and set me up with some local open mics.

Jimmy lived on Lincoln Avenue, across the street from the famous Biograph Theater, where John Dillinger was shot. Jimmy had a girlfriend who, while friendly enough, didn’t cotton to the idea of a strange young woman crashing on his couch, so he set me up a couple doors down at an apartment shared by a few other comics–one of whom was Bob Odenkirk.

I’m sure Bob has no memory of this at all. I remember him, however, because he was about to start writing for Saturday Night Live, and other newbie comics talked about him with respect and awe.

Bob was friendly enough. He was on his way out for the night when I arrived. He told me to make myself at home and have a good show that evening.

If memory serves, the apartment was above a famous Lincoln Park club called Lounge Ax. If not directly above, it was very close by. My night on his floor was barely memorable. It was hard wood. I think I had a sleeping bag. I don’t remember if there was a couch and, if so, why I didn’t sleep on that instead of the floor.

In the morning, I got up and headed back to Fort Wayne, after Bob gave me directions to a convenient place down the block to grab some orange juice and a donut for the road.

And that is pretty much the entire story.

Hey, I never promised it would be interesting, did I?


How to read the Tarot: Minor Arcana

Once again, I have taken a fascinating class at Vision Quest Metaphysical Bookstore, this one taught by Geri, another one of their gifted house psychics. This class was on reading the Tarot, with a focus on the Minor Arcana.

Geri, a natural born medium, was an excellent instructor. In the span of just a couple of hours, I now understand the meanings of the cards in the Minor Arcana (Ace through King) much more clearly. Sure, it will take some practice and probably a few more classes to totally get it, but I’ve got a good start.

For those of you who are interested, here is Geri’s take on the meanings of each of the suits:

Coins/Pentacles: Money, lifestyle, health, love life and travel
Swords: Legal issues, military enforcement, strength, and truth
Wands: Intelligence, knowledge, information and teaching
Cups: Spirituality, emotion, intuition, articulate communication

And here are the basic meanings for each card:

Ace: Matrix of the suit
2: Partnership
3: Outside influences
4: Foundation, cornerstone of circumstances
5: Drama magnet, something is going on, catalyst
6: Coming together, meeting a need, assimilating
7: Physical recognition
8: Infinity, harmony, organization, ready for change
9: Spiritual completion
10: Total completion
Page: Young person, still learning, could be male or female
Knight: Helper to King and/or Queen
Queen: Feminine influence on suit
King: Masculine influence on suit

She went through, one at a time, each of the cards in the Minor Arcana, explaining their meanings. Obviously that is way too much to write about here in this blog (it was, after all, a two hour class), but if you put the suit meaning together with the card meaning, you’ll get the gist.

If you’re in the Phoenix area, check out her next Tarot class on 2/15/2015, the same day I’ll be teaching my next Shape Shifting class!

Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch) and the comedy novel, Be Careful What You Witch For!