In search of spirits: Gina Kruzel works in the paranormal field

Tattooed sleeves, leather boots and turquoise jewelry, Gina Kruzel, 61, looks like an average hippie biker. Beneath the surface, however, Kruzel is a 40-year-old paranormal worker in the metaphysical realm.

Kruzel’s love for the metaphysical realm began at a young age. She read mythology about ancient Greek gods and books related to religion, myths or the paranormal from the school library. Kruzel is from Broadview Heights, near Cleveland, Ohio. There, she and her mother owned Ambergram, a metaphysical shop that sold herbs, oils, statues, posters, clothing and more. It closed about 10 years ago.

“We had it since the early 80s and it worked for about 30 years,” Kruzel said.

Some of his remaining trinkets are strewn about his cubicle and on his desk: iconoclasms, small statues, and crystal balls fill his space with what’s left of his mother’s store.

“When I was 18, a friend of mine showed me a deck of tarot cards and I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s the coolest thing ever,'” Kruzel said.

Her interest grew even more and she began to do readings for others. This inspired her to enter the metaphysical realm. Kruzel began reading tarot cards and helping clients drive spirits out of their homes. She said she could sense what was going on by calling them on the phone or via Zoom.

Its abilities, Kruzel said, help people who experience situations that everyday solutions cannot explain. They call upon him to clear a house or property and find out what spirit might be trapped in the earthly realm.

“When we die, the bright shining light opens up around us,” Kruzel said. “If someone hasn’t been there… they’re stuck.”

Kruzel said the absence of this window of light is what keeps spirits attached to a house or land, and Kruzel helps bring them to light and restores peace to his client’s life. She has even helped animals from dogs to raccoons pass.

Customers trust Kruzel to see earth spirits and rid them of their residents. She said clients need to approach tarot card readings with an open mind to believe the cards can provide insight into their lives.

Kelly Lawerance, owner of metaphysical shop Chosen Pathways, allows Kruzel to host a monthly group tarot lecture and a six-week tarot course at her shop on East State Street in Athens.

“It was really insightful – I learned so much that I didn’t know tarot,” Lawerance said. “This is perhaps the most popular of my classes.”

The monthly conference allows Kruzel to share his knowledge with people wishing to start reading tarot cards. Since opening the shop, Kruzel has helped Lawrence and continued their relationship through his tarot talk.

Kruzel lives at the Wisteria Campground and Event Site in Pomeroy, Ohio, in a cabin she and her father built in the 90s. Before moving to southeast Ohio, she lived in a dilapidated house in the park Cuyahoga Valley National. She came to the Appalachian region of southeastern Ohio to fulfill her dream of living in the mountains. It was once believed that the tallest mountains in the ancient world would bring people closer to God, and Kruzel said there was sacred history in the mountains.

Kruzel lives with her husband, Rick Weber, in their cabin on the Wisteria site. They met in 2011 at the campground during the Starwood Festival, which held a two-story bonfire. The festival is an annual gathering hosted by the Association for Consciousness Exploration and features music, dance, magic, classes, ceremonies and more. That year, Kruzel helped bring firewood, and Weber was part of the “fire tribe”. The two got along well until Weber finally moved to southeast Ohio.

Kruzel said that one day Weber came back into his life and revealed he had moved just eight miles away. He said “Missouri Baby,” like the show-me state, which is Kruzel’s saying for “don’t talk, just do,” and things grew from there.

Kruzel has also enjoyed motorcycles for the past 10 years, and the couple got away while riding bikes in the mountains of West Virginia. She previously owned a Harley Davidson motorcycle and rode it regularly with Weber, but has since sold it. However, she plans to buy a new one. Kruzel remembers the first time she learned to ride her first Harley.

“I did 15 feet…came down, lay on the grass for 15 minutes because I couldn’t believe I was riding my bike myself,” Kruzel said.

In addition to living on the site of the Wisteria Campground, she was one of the founding members of the property in 1997. They built RV sites, camping, and sacred areas including a circle of stones and a turtle-shaped mound on the property.

“It’s a special place for me, I love walking there, I take care of this area with my husband,” Kruzel said.

The property was once a stripped mine and they reclaimed it in their campgrounds to host events like the Starwood Festival. Kruzel helps organize parking, puts up signage and directs people to the right places. The annual Prometheus Gathering took place this year from September 29 to October 2 and featured fire performers on the main stage outside Kruzel’s backyard. The gathering, described as “three days of magic and healing through the love of art”, was a source of excitement for Kruzel. She served as president of Wisteria for 15 of the company’s 26 years and held positions in event preparation and property maintenance.

With her metaphysical touch, Kruzel helps clients seek help beyond this realm and seek answers to their day-to-day problems. She has built a following all over the world, enabling her to cleanse homes of spirits in person and virtually beyond southeast Ohio. Kruzel said she doesn’t plan on quitting anytime soon, and for good reason: her gift is rare and the opportunity to use it is everything to her.

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Christopher S. Washington