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Nicki Bonfilio

If you're wary of New Age charlatans or find the I Ching and Tarot too esoteric to decipher, pop into intuitive counselor Nicki Bonfilio's Mission District office. Aside from winning you over with her plainspoken integrity, she will make the amorphous world of auras and energy that much more accessible. And don't worry — Miss Cleo she ain't. Bonfilio won't forecast your future with a crystal ball or try to pocket a few hundred dollars to ward off a family curse. Her readings are more descriptive than predictive — meaning she'll tap into subtle energies within you and your environment, but won't issue any generic edicts or presume to tell you what's gonna happen. An hour-and-a-half reading (which will run you about $150) includes a guided meditation, then moves into a discussion about what she "sees." A conversation with Bonfilio, who started out doing readings for people with terminal health issues, is more like having an empowering conversation with a wise friend (she's all about confirming your secret hunches) than an oracle ... that is, until she pulls some info she couldn't possibly have known from out of the blue.

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