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Remembering Shirlee Teabo, ‘The Curious Psychic’

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 27, 2013 at 10:47 am | No Comments »
March 27, 2013 10:47 am
The Curious Psychic: Shirlee Teabo
The Curious Psychic: Shirlee Teabo

When she died last week after a fall led to an illness, Shirlee Teabo was 80-years-old and still giving readings to friends and clients – some of whom had been coming to her for decades.

In today’s column, memories of Shirlee’s career as a psychic and reader of Egyptian Tarot cards come from her sister, Jacquie Witherrite. Together, the two produced ‘The Curious Psychic,’ a News Tribune column that ran weekly for more than 12 years beginning in 1987.

“The column wasn’t just about us. We did interviews, we talked about topics from menopause to near-death experiences to women in mythology,” Jacquie sai.. “She had a gift, and she spent her life trying to give that gift to others.”

Shirlee’s autobiograhpy, ‘Evolution of a Psychic,’ remains available on Amazon.com, and describes a woman who was often larger than life, funny and always human.
If she saw something bad in the cards for a client, she would tell them only as much as she felt they could handle, she said, always aware of the danger of a self-fulfilling prophecy. She kept a list of mental health specialists for clients she felt might need them, and often worked – always in secrecy – with Northwest police departments.
When she began reading professionally, it was hardly a lucrative living. Asking $5 per visit, Shirlee wrote that in her first full year, she earned $1,005.
In one of their columns, Shirlee described the process of seeing into someone’s future.
“When I am doing a reading, it is at the client’s invitation,” she said. “They open the door themselves. I am then somehow able to pick up information pertaining to them.

“But I don’t walk down the street being bombarded by ‘the vibes,’ and I don’t read people’s minds at lunch.”

Well, maybe once in awhile. Jacquie recalls walking through a restaurant with her sister only to have Shirlee stop at the table of a stranger eating alone.

“She told him, ‘Don’t do what you’re thinking of doing!’” Jacquie said. “It turned out, he was thinking of putting a hit on his wife.’

 

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