She has a crystal ball, so she must know what she’s doing, right?
The Russian Tea Room, decorated with twinkling lights, a waving Santa and the television yule log a-burning, is a happy refuge from the darkness of late December. And a busy one. Dona Piercy, a spiritual guide who works at a large table in the back, is completely booked.
Christmas is stressful, filled with anxiety and uncertainty. The gift-giving aspect of the holiday, which is supposed to make us feel good, transforms us into mega-consumers. We work all day and shop all night, tortured by full parking lots, long lines, irritated cashiers, fluorescent lights and Boney-M.
Sapped of energy, Piercy’s clients want to know that the season won’t bankrupt them, that the year ahead will be as meaningful and rewarding as It’s A Wonderful Life promises.
Piercy says there’s more to it than that. In the days surrounding the winter solstice, a holy time for many cultures, as far back as anthropology and archaeology reach, “People want to connect more,” she says, “and that’s what the universe wants, right?”