The Crazies: A Jewish Psychic Astrologer

Jessica LanyadooDo you want to keep a fun pulse on Judaism – read “The Tablet“. Here is a recent video from The Tablet about a young, vivacious, Jewish astrologer — Jessica Lanyadoo (see Jessica’s website here).

She loves being “wildly Jewish”, but not in a religious way. It is not the convictions she embraces but the culture, the aesthetics and the traditions. It is not a religion of belief for her. So is she “Jewish”. Well, for me, if she says she is, she is.

Jessica loves her grandmother who rightfully asks her: “How are the crazies?”  I’d imagine that Jessica’s business can draw lots of neurotic people, but maybe some other real experimental people.  “Crazy” is a term that includes “they don’t do what we do”, “they are vivaciously wild”, “they are chance takers”.   It also embraces notions of delusion.

Is Jessica crazy?  Watch the 5 minute video. Fortunately successful people can partition off “craziness” in their lives.  And sadly, many other people can’t bring any craziness into their lives.

Question for readers: Would you call Jessica “crazy”?  Would you trade some of your right beliefs for a little of her “craziness”?

PS: To head off a certain type of comment: I think astrology is hugely mistaken – even if forms of it may be ‘useful’.  That is not the point of this post.


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2 responses to “The Crazies: A Jewish Psychic Astrologer

  1. TWF

    I wouldn’t call her crazy. I think she has found her story. She seems completely comfortable in who she is and what she does, and has a lot of positive energy, and that is a beautiful thing.

    That said, I wouldn’t want a little of her craziness. I’ve got my own brand I am refining. 😉

  2. The comments under the post at ‘The Tablet’ were pretty telling. Apparently a number of readers, or at least, the ones who chose to comment on the video, don’t believe “fortune telling” or astrology is Jewish, and by conclusion neither is Jessica. While I don’t believe in astrology (nor am I Jewish, just to clarify), I find it sad that members of a religion choose to exclude an individual just because she doesn’t fit their idea of what a person of their faith should be. It’s what I dislike about religions with a rigid canonical base: some scholar six centuries ago said, “This is the way this verse should be interpreted,” and as a result the officials of said religion say, even in the 21st century, “This is the way this verse should be….” No exceptions made to include changes in the history of the culture, or to scientific discoveries, or the sea changes in secular culture (i.e. recognition of gay marriages or equality of women). No wonder there’s been a decline in the number of Americans who say they are members of a church.

    In answer to your question, I find people like Jessica delightful. Their faith is really of the purest kind, because it’s not bound to words in a sacred text or what some priest says is so. They follow what they feel is right, and their “religion” is based on love, not exclusion. Also, they do no harm to others, which should be the core of any religion.

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