Cape Town -
Madiba’s passing is at the centre of psychics’ predictions for 2014 – with visions including political wrangling as parties seek votes in the upcoming election, more bloodshed during protests, as well as a more unified nation working to bolster job creation, foreign investors returning, and a future female president.
Uncovering one tarot card after another this week, psychic of 20 years Jenny Ren said at her Fish Hoek home that the loss of Nelson Mandela was a “gift” to the nation, allowing many people to let go of past anger and draw closer together.
“All the celebrations, rituals and prayers in his honour have raised the spiritual vibration of the country brought on by all the loving energy released,” she says.
The central card, the King of Pentacles, suggested the second half of the year would see “strong” financial stability as the government worked hard to build investor confidence to plough money back into South Africa. But there would be some “controversy” with Chinese investors, Ren added.
Workers’ rights would continue to be a key issue as workers and unions continued fighting for better wages.
The Knight of Swords, a crowning card, suggested “aggression” in the run-up to elections, with Ren predicting that smaller factions would resort to threats, intimidation and physical exchanges as they campaigned for votes.
Violence, predicted Ren, was especially possible on the campaign trail in the North West province.
“There will be some aggression in the upcoming elections, where some people from smaller political parties become ‘poisonous’, and use force to manipulate people to join their party,” she said.
The clairvoyant used dowsing rods to answer questions about how some of the political parties would fare next year. For newcomers AgangSA, and the Patriotic Alliance headed by former criminals Gayton McKenzie and Kenny Kunene, the rods parted slightly – which Ren said meant they would only get a “thin slice of the cake”, with fewer votes.
As the rods crossed over each other for the Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema, Ren said this meant they wouldn’t fare well.
The rods parted wider for the DA. At their widest for the ANC, Ren predicted the party would gain the majority of votes and maintain its status as the ruling party.
Blood would spill during protests around the issues of housing, jobs and conserving the environment, Ren added, with strong emphasis on the public expressing their demands. But there was a definite upside to what the cards said too.
“It seems the government will make it easier for people to get into tertiary institutions post-matric, and there will be a renewed focus on skills training and instilling better values among the youth.”
As World Design Capital 2014, the Mother City was set to reap the benefits of what Ren predicted would be a “fantastic” year for design, innovation and the rise of homegrown designers.
She also saw South Africa bagging more awards at international sports events.
The Empress card, she noted, also foretold of a “beautiful, charming woman” who would excel in the political arena. “It looks like she’s a doctor and she will start rising to power from around 2017,” said Ren, predicting the woman would become South Africa’s first female president.
Towards the end of the year, she predicted a large meeting where people would demand to see facts and figures on the “actual” progress of job creation.
“People will demand real results and accountability, and there will be a few embarrassed faces,” Ren says.
But overall, with the Sun card and a renewed effort by people to honour Madiba’s legacy by improving work relationships, she predicted a “very blessed and abundant” year for South Africa.
Ren said the country’s minister of finance would publicly reveal how the government intended to cut costs, while urging citizens to curb their spending. “More land claims will also be settled, while more education programmes will be piloted to combat alcohol and drug abuse. There is also a major healing shift,” Ren added.
Meanwhile, Vedic astrologer Richard Fidler said 2014 would see a “revolutionary spirit” sweeping across the world. The loss of Madiba, “our father and guru”, corresponded with the time when Saturn – which he referred to as the “planetary grim reaper” – was close to the moon, which symbolised the “loss of those who have protected us”.
“In the life of an individual it’s either a time when your elders die, or if you are old or weak, you could die,” Fidler explained.
Madiba’s birth chart was close to South Africa’s new moon, which represented the “personal affection” the nation felt for the former president, while also parting with a great father of the nation.
Around February, he predicted, the country would experience financial benefits or some developmental progress. But there was a stronger sense of a “leadership crisis” too.
“There also seems to be a strong motivation to gain material and political advantages, with possibly even some conflict and tension with allies and neighbours. Some of our collaborations with them could turn out to be controversial,” he said.
The continued struggle for freedom and justice will see a “volatile energy” around April.
“The e-toll drama sees the perfect bait to invoke some local expression of the global spirit of public defiance against tyrannical overlords.”
But, he added, that would only be one of many issues early next year which could result in “a dramatic expression of public discontent”.
Bulelani Macwili, a traditional healer known as an igqirha in Xhosa, foresaw smaller political parties strengthening, while some parties which didn’t normally see eye to eye working together. As a result of the unusual political bonding, Macwili said, investor confidence would improve, and the economy would grow.
He shared the sentiment that Madiba’s death would bring the country good fortune.
“Having recently buried the late former statesman, his blood and spirit will give nutrition to the soil and the land, which brings calm and good luck to the country.”