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Exploring The Worlds And Practices Of Modern Day ‘Healers'

** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, AUG. 26 ** Psychic and Tarot card reader Otis Biggs reads a spread of Tarot cards as a positive sign f
** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, AUG. 26 ** Psychic and Tarot card reader Otis Biggs reads a spread of Tarot cards as a positive sign for New Orleans' future, Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, in the incense-perfumed Bottom of the Cup Tea Room in the French Quarter, where the diminutive Biggs has been telling fortunes for 32 years in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)

The idea of a modern-day “healer” may conjure up visions of a storefront psychic’s neon sign, but the practice has been in existence in cultures around the world for thousands of years.

Chloe Garcia Ponce of Brooklyn bases her healing and herbalism practice on teachings from Mayan culture and her Cherokee grandmother. She works with eggs, rolling one on a person’s body while reciting prayers, then breaking the egg into a glass of water to “read” it.

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