Frequently asked questions
Who is Michelle Belanger?
That's never a bad question, no matter how well you know someone. Michelle Belanger is an author, occult expert, presenter, singer, and media personality. Featured on A&E's Paranormal State, Michelle is a gifted psychic as well as a skilled energy worker. Michelle has published over two dozen books, and is best known as an author for The Psychic Vampire Codex and The Dictionary of Demons. For a more complete overview of all the projects Michelle is or has been involved in, head over to the Project Index. Michelle's work has taken her around the country and the globe, but she makes her home in Ohio, where she was born. Her new Shadowside fiction series comes out in October and is set in a paranormal version of Cleveland. To see what she has to say about her work and why she does it, head over to the Welcome page.
does michelle offer psychic readings?
Michelle does not typically do readings for hire. There are a few exceptions to this rule. She will do readings with the Watcher Angel Tarot on a case by case basis, and she also does energy body readings -- although these are typically only done in person. Out of respect for bereavement and the grieving process, Michelle does not hire out for spirit communication and/or psychic medium work.
can i get an energy body reading from michelle?
While Michelle does not offer energy body readings online, she has been working with artist Cat Mason to help Cat develop her energetic perceptions. Cat now offers energy body readings, and stunningly beautiful energy body art, both in person and over Skype. You can learn more at Cat's website, Aether Body Art, or learn a little more about energy bodies from Michelle and see examples of Cat's work here.
does michelle teach students?
Michelle takes on individual students very infrequently, and does not currently have the time to take on new students. The best way to learn many of the things Michelle teaches is to read her books. Michelle does offer classes and workshops to groups when her schedule allows it. Alternatively, House Kheperu's annual Gather is a wonderful place to learn more from Michelle, as well as many other folks who have a great deal of experience interacting with energetic and psychic phenomena.
what is house kheperu?
Michelle founded House Kheperu in 1996. House Kheperu is a group of energy workers who share strong connections to one another. From the website of House Kheperu:
" We take our name from an ancient Egyptian word that means “to transform, to change, to become.” We see our spiritual path as a process of transformation wherein we awaken to deeper and deeper truths about our own nature, and the nature of the universe we exist in. In embodying and balancing these truths in ourselves, we then become catalysts that facilitate the same process of transformation in the world around us."
what is psychic vampirism?
In the simplest terms, a psychic vampire is someone who preys on the life energies of others. Psychic vampires are not believed to be undead, but are mortal people whose need for energy metaphorically connects them to the life-stealing predators of myth. Throughout almost all of the available literature, psychic vampirism is described as at best an affliction, and at worst a conscious choice to victimize others. Among psychic vampires themselves, there are many different understandings of vampirism, and many different interpretations of how it is expressed.
when did michelle realize she was a psychic vampire? how can one know if they are one or not?
(Question submitted by Julia)
Michelle's awareness of energy led her to suspect that she had a different way of relating to that energy than the other psychics in her family. As an early teen, she started exploring the notion of vital energy. The work of Dion Fortune introduced her to the concept of a psychic vampire. And, despite all the complicated associations and misconceptions that come with the word vampire, it fit.
There is no litmus test to determine whether or not someone is a psychic vampire. As with most identities, to see if it fits you will probably need to both learn about the other people who identify as psychic vampires, and learn about yourself. How does your energy system work? What happens if you don't take in vital energy? Michelle's Psychic Vampire Codex is a good place to start, as is seeking out your local vampire community. If you identify as a psychic vampire, what you do with that identity and that knowledge is up to you.
michelle has written a lot of books... where should i start?
That depends on what you're looking for. If you're into the paranormal, start with Haunting Experiences. The Ghost Hunter's Survival Guide is recommended reading for many paranormal and ghost hunting groups. For vampires or the vampire community, start with The Psychic Vampire Codex. For those who are coming to Michelle for instruction on energy work more generally, start with The Psychic Energy Codex.
would michelle give a presentation for my group?
Much as we would like to say yes to all presentation requests, Michelle's schedule is... well, let's just say it's a challenge to work with. Please fill out the request form to give us a little more information about what you're looking for, and email Michelle's assistant Elyria with any questions. We're preparing some of Michelle's classes to offer online starting in 2016, so make sure to submit your requests ahead of time.
Can i get michelle's signature?
Once in a while, through this website and Michelle's newsletter News Bites, we offer flash sales where you can request signatures on Michelle's books, postcards, photos, and other memorabilia. If you want a signature in person, your best bet is to show up at one of the events listed on Michelle's calendar, introduce yourself, and ask! If you're local to Ohio, a small selection of Michelle's signed books are available at Earth Mother's Metaphysical Boutique.
how do i order a copy of the watcher angel tarot deck?
To order a copy - or a Collector's Copy - of the Watcher Angel Tarot deck, visit Michelle's online store. Decks cost $35 (shipping included) to most U.S. locations; add the Guidebook for a total of $57. (If you run into any trouble with the online store, please let us know -- and email Michelle's assistant Elyria at firstname.lastname@example.org to fulfill your order. Make sure to include your mailing address in your email.)
who publishes michelle's books?
That depends on the book in question. Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency acts as Michelle's agent for her fictional Shadowside series, and the series is published by Titan Books. Some of Michelle's non-fiction has been published through Llewellyn Worldwide, and some, including the Psychic Vampire Codex and the Psychic Energy Codex, was published through Red Wheel / Weiser. Michelle has also self-published several works of non-fiction using Amazon's createspace.com.
i've heard michelle is intersex. what does that mean?
The Intersex Society of North America defines intersex as "a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male." Michelle is indeed intersex. But there is no single answer to the question of what being intersex means. In one sense, being intersex means there is no gender blueprint for you to follow. But every person in the world, regardless of the gender they were born with, has a multitude of choices during their life about how they express their gender to the outside world. It makes as much sense to attribute meaning to the fact that Michelle is intersex as to the fact that she lives in Ohio, or has brown hair, or is tall. Each of those aspects of a person has some bearing on who that person is, but taken alone, no single aspect sets a person's path in life.
does michelle have a pronoun preference?
Thank you for the courtesy of asking; it is appreciated. The short answer is no, Michelle does not have a pronoun preference. While she supports people in expressing their own pronoun preferences, the wide variety of identities that Michelle has inhabited have left her without a strong attachment to any particular gender pronoun.
Have a question that wasn't answered here? Email Michelle's assistant Elyria, and we may add your question to the FAQ.