Va. Woman Sues: Don’t Call Me a Fortune Teller

Claims she’s a spiritual counselor instead.

Thursday, Jul 29, 2010  |  Updated 3:16 PM EDT
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Va. Woman Sues: Don’t Call Me a Fortune Teller

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A fortune teller predicts your fate. A spiritual counselor helps guide and heal you. According to one Virginia woman, those are two very different things.

A Chesterfield County woman claims county officials have violated her religious rights by defining her as a fortune teller rather than a spiritual counselor.

A hearing in Patricia Moore-King's lawsuit is set for Thursday in federal court in Richmond.

She claims she has been unable to obtain a business license because of the stricter standards the county imposes on fortune tellers. Only fortune tellers are required to get the police chief's permission to operate after submitting five references.

King said her counseling methods employ Tarot, energy healing, astrology and psychic abilities. But she insists she's not a fortune teller because she doesn't predict the future.

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