Psychics and the Pandemic

Excerpted from the New York Times, this article describes how psychics are moving to more online readings and the rising popularity of consulting psychics during this stressful time.

PsychicWhat, if Anything, Can Psychics Tell Us About All of This?

Demand for their services has illuminated another kind of health crisis.

A few weeks before the U.S. presidential election, Zulema Hormaeche, a tarot reader in Los Angeles, chose a card to reflect the state of the nation. It was the one that depicts a tall building struck by lightning, with flames bursting from the top and occupants leaping to their deaths. “The Tower,” she said, “is the end of a system as we know it, the end of an era as we know it.”

Ms. Hormaeche has an intimate understanding of the ways this year upended people’s lives and sapped their optimism. She has peered into a huge number of homes during virtual consultations. Her clients tell her they are eating and drinking more, and that they feel desperately lonely. And sometimes they mention even more troubling details. One client, she said, described a dream in which she harmed her children.“All of us are feeling the fear of everybody,” Ms. Hormaeche said, and that fear, coupled with uncertainty about when it might abate, has caused demand for spiritual guidance to soar. According to data from Yelp, interest in businesses in the somewhat niche “Supernatural Readings” category more than doubled in April. Keen, an online marketplace for psychics, has reported a steep rise in customers.

These consultations function almost as armchair counseling sessions: clients can open up and have their thoughts reflected back at them through a nonscientific — even mystical — lens. And while there is good reason to doubt the material of psychic readings (the mystical realm being inherently unknowable, or at least, endlessly interpretable), these consultations provide comfort for some.


Forensic Astrology

I just discovered a fascinating blog on forensic astrology. According to the site, Forensic Astrology is the art of using Horary and Birth Charts in combination to determine the nature of events as they occurred in unsolved crimes and missing persons cases. I have over 30 years experience in Astrology, both Forensic and in general.

Horary charts are electional astrology charts of an exact moment in time.

The astrologer who runs the blog (and whose name I could not locate) has an explanation of how they came to use astrology in this manner:

I began to study Astrology at age 11 and had a fascination with all 
things metaphysical most of my life. It was many years before I truly 
understood Astrology, all of its elements and dimensions. I published 
many features and articles in magazines like American Astrology and 
Dell Horoscope. After years as a student in the Astrological Research 
Guild I was drawn into studying the charts of murderers to discover 
some secret. However, after much research and painful hours of study I 
became aware that it was not the murderer who dictated the death of 
another but the victim!. Now I do charts for locations and victims to 
determine the deadly combination that creates a violent death.

The blog offers extensive analysis on some of the more famous cold crime cases including Jimmy Hoffa, Natalee Holloway the young American student that went missing in Aruba, and Chandra Levy, the Washington DC intern who was found dead in a park. Check out this fascinating blog for all the arguments, analysis and conclusions.



Voting Booth Feng Shui

This previous post bears repeating --

Voting Booth Feng Shui

Last year I found some information of how the placement of voting booths in a polling site can impact how people vote. This post, called Voting Booth Feng Shui might be even more applicable for this year's Presidential election.

The original article was from the New York Times and told about how a team from Stanford University conducted a study showing that where a voting booth is located can make people vote against abortion (if the booth is in a church) or more open to educational funding (if the booth is located in a school). 

Let's be cognizant of where and how we vote this year.
If you'd like to learn more about feng shui in general, here is a highly recommended book to read: Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life : How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happiness.


Lena Rodriguez - Tarot Down Under

Lena Rodriguez is a fascinating Australian tarot card reader who has been conducting readings - primarily political - on YouTube. Her forecasts, no matter what your political persuasion, are fascinating as you can see in this July 17 reading:

Astrology About the Pandemic

Astral projectionThere have been a lot of articles written about whether we were able to predict the pandemic using astrology. Here is one interesting take on it from India and when we might have a reprieve.

Several astrologers have predicted no relief from the novel coronavirus until at least September, even though they disagree on the exact trajectory it would take in terms of number of cases. The country has been under a lockdown since March 25 to contain the spread of coronavirus. But it has infected over 1.7 lakh people as on Saturday and killed nearly 5,000.

“Though the impact of COVID-19 will start reducing by the last week of August 2020, it would take time for the pandemic to completely disappear,” said Divya Bhojak, a noted astrologer from Toronto, holding command in Tarot reading and Graphotology.

Bhojak, an NRI, came to India before the lockdown was enforced and is stuck due to the travel restrictions
“This is a result of our own karma. The nature is giving us a lesson as we completely forgot to protect our mother earth,” she said. Explaining the planetary position, she said, the year 2020 is witnessing six eclipses including three visible in India. Many planets are turning retrograde, meaning an adverse effect for individuals, businesses and other aspects of life, she said.

Kedar Sharma, a senior astrologer from Jaipur, predicts a change to the existing situation after June. “The position of Saturn and Jupiter would change, without making adverse impact on the economy of country,” he said.

Young astrologer Pawan Nishant, and his sister-in-law Shalini Dwivedi from Mathura have earned good reputation for their political predictions.

“Don’t expect any respite from coronavirus until September, since Jupiter, now, is not in a position to shower its grace,” Nishant predicted. The country would witness a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases from June 10, he predicted. He also predicted mass scale damages due to accidents, flood, diseases etc. in coming months.

The noted astrologer of Dwarkadhish temple, Mathura, Ajai Tailang, predicted some relief from COVID-19 after September 23, including invention of a vaccine against the virus. People are suffering, since the noted six stars Saturn, Jupiter. Mars, Venus, Rahu and Mercury are on the common trajectory, full of adversaries, he said.

According to astrologer Ramesh Dwivedi of Jodhpur, the impact of pandemic would decrease after June 30th, and the death rate may not be higher. A drug or vaccine against the coronavirus may be invented after July when Jupiter would change its trajectory, Dwivedi added.

A former officer of the National Museum, Delhi, and young astrologer from Vrindaban, who is known for his novel way of Bhagwatam discourse presentation, predicted a steep rise in the coronavirus cases in the month of June. He, however, added that the mortality rate would not be high.

According to Anjali Girdhar, an astrologer from Delhi, the pandemic and the associated adverse environment are outcome of an assembly of Saturn, Jupiter and Ketu since “Ketu helps the growth of virus”.

She predicted some relief by mid-September. An astrologer from Mumbai, Shreyans Bhojak, also a Tarot Reader and Graphologist, said its impact will gradually decrease after August 2020. However, according to astrology, there is a possibility of a second outbreak if the precautions against the virus are not followed, he said.

He said as per the current planetary position, the world may face different challenges till 2021, including on economic front, natural disaster and crisis in individual lives. Some medicine or vaccine may be available by the end of this year, he predicted.