Arthur Walden Welch
Walden Welch, internationally known astrologer and psychic, passed away Friday, the 13th of May, 2011, in Sonoma, after suffering years from congestive heart failure.
Walden, born December 30, 1943, was the only child of Arthur and Julia (Cardoza) Welch. Julia's father, Manuel Cardoza, was born in Pico, Azores, and sailed with his father around the horn of South America, to settle in San Jose, CA. When Walden was six his mother had open-heart surgery but contracted Rheumatic Fever and was frequently hospitalized for the next six to seven years. Walden devoted himself to his mothers care and well-being until she died at age 55.
Raised in Stockton, and spending his high school years in Bakersfield, Walden moved to San Francisco and met the love of his life, Patrick Curry in 1963. The following year, they opened Curry and I Antiques on Divisidero Street. Relocating to Sonoma in 1968, they worked side-by-side for 47 years; Pat ran the very successful the antique business and Walden conducting readings from his beautiful office in the back of the building. After California passed a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, Pat and Walden were married in Santa Rosa on June 18, 2008, legally validating the sacred union that began 45 years before.
Waldens gift for clairvoyance started early in life. This earned him the nickname of Oracle by the seventh grade. His professional career began at the age of seventeen when he moved to San Francisco. He started doing psychic readings with the guidance of Reverend Pearl Shannon. His most important spiritual teachers were Rev. Shannon and Edgar Cayce, known as the sleeping prophet. Though Walden was never able to meet Edgar Cayce, he was a devoted student of his teachings and one of his most ardent followers. Frequently with clients Walden quoted Cayces medical readings prescribing natural and holistic treatments for various illnesses.
After studying with Gavin Arthur, a well-known astrologer, Walden, now eighteen, began using astrological charts to assist in his predictions. Walden said, "Astrology allows me more accuracy in the timing of my predictions."
Waldens clients included celebrities, politicians, and dignitaries, and many became trusted friends, returning year after year; many for over forty years. People came from around the world to hear his predictions and his stories. He was a purveyor of hope; he delivered the most dismal news with a large measure of compassion and optimism. Those who had a reading from Walden were amazed, inspired, and felt the depth and sincerity of his kindness.
Walden is survived by his half-sister, Marilyn Casteel, her family, numerous cousins, and scores of long-term friends who he considered his family. Services for Walden will be conducted privately. Please submit stories and memories to his email address: email@example.com, or to Walden Welch, P.O. Box O, Sonoma, CA, 95476, to have them posted on the website. Memorial contributions may be made to:
The Association for Research and Enlightenment, 215 67th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 or to Pets Lifeline, 19686 Eighth Street East, Sonoma, CA 95476.