I was at brunch with a girlfriend last weekend when she revealed her mother had recently been divorced for the third time.
Apparently, her mum knew it was coming. But the signs weren’t in her relationship – they were written in the stars.
“She saw a psychic when she was in her twenties who told her she’d never find real love,” my friend divulged. “The psychic also said she’d die alone.”
She then explained with sadness that it’s become somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy – her mother has long been subscribed to the idea that she is not destined for a fulfilling, lifelong relationship.
John Edward is the psychic medium who didn’t believe in psychics. Hear his chat with Mia Freedman below. Post continues after podcast.
When you book in to see a psychic, tarot, tea leaf or palm reader, you’re usually hoping for good news – or at least a bit of positive reinforcement. I don’t know anyone that goes in to those incense-heavy, curtain-bedecked spaces wanting to be dished out some soul-destroying spiritual intel.
But if psychics are merely messengers, must we blithely accept what they pass on from their sources and shuffle out feeling shitty about our so-called future?
According to my colleague Millie, a frequenter of psychics, no. You can actually ask to filter out any negative vibes. She learnt to do this after her own not-so-ideal reading, she shares.
“I was told when I was going to die, and it has never ever left my brain.
“I now warn everyone who sees a psychic to say ‘Don’t tell me anything bad please’ prior to the session – if they’re not prepared to hear bad things, that is.”
So there you have it. You can order your reading with a side of… upside.
We chatted to 15 other women, who might not have known of that option, about the startling things they’ve had divined – and how they processed their spiritual bombshells.
“I went to a psychic that my friend recommended when I was pregnant early with my son. The whole reading was a disaster, she knew nothing about me or couldn’t pick up on anything. She said I would meet someone and maybe get engaged (I had already been with my boyfriend for three years). So I decided to tell her I was pregnant and had a partner already, as I still had 20 minutes to go and she was boring me. She then said to me, ‘It’s not too late to have an abortion, I see you doing more with your life and career then just being a mum…’ I said I’m keeping my child and I’m happy I’m pregnant. But I have a strong mind and know what I want – imagine if that was said to a person with doubt…”
“I saw a psychic in New York who told me not to meet the man I was meeting, he had bad intentions. I was on Tinder while I was overseas and I legitimately cancelled a date because of it. I wasn’t about to go taking chances with a stranger in a different country!”
“I was going to find love at 17 and if that didn’t work out, I would not find love again until I was 50. So distressing, and untrue… I would never tell that to anyone, ever!”