Ask an Astrologer: 2018 World Leaders Psychic Predictions

 

What does the future hold for our world leaders?

 
PsychicFuture.com’s resident astrologer Ellie Rose looks to the planets to cast her predictions and to see what 2018 holds for our world leaders. To find out what 2018 may hold for you, head to our horoscopes page or get in touch with one of our trusted psychics today.
 
 
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The world is a bit of a chaotic place at the moment. In the US, The President is getting into troll wars on Twitter and being accused of sexual harassment. The UK’s not much better, as it speeds blindly towards Brexit. Then there’s the world’s relations with Russia and North Korea, which can be described as perilous at best. So what does the next year hold for these big players and their leaders?
 
 

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What’s in the stars?

 
Throughout the previous 18 months we’ve had a very chaotic T-Square pattern formed between Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. This wreaked havoc with various world events, including Trump’s election victory and the UK’s Brexit vote. It’s also escalated nuclear tensions between the US, South and North Korea. On top of this, the White House has been in limbo with allegations of sexual harassment and tax fraud that have dogged The President since his victory.

Jupiter moved into Libra last year. This encouraged the world to focus on justice and balance. The addition of revolutionary Uranus in Aries brings about a fiery and immediate push for change, and Pluto in Capricorn directs our attention to those who hold all the power. Does this sound familiar?

What we’ve been seeing is a struggle of the public wanting reform, victims exposing those who misuse their positions of power and a very chaotic reshuffling in the very structure of our society. This is big stuff!
 

Ellie’s 2018 World Predictions…

 

 
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President Trump

 
Donald Trump is heavily influenced by Pluto in his “First House”.  This means his very identity is coloured with some of the traits of Scorpio – power-hungry, secretive and transformative.
This is probably why he’s come under the spotlight so often in 2017. However, now that Jupiter has broken the angsty T-Square, there’s a high chance that Trump will step out of the spotlight (as much as the President can do anyway).

Now that Jupiter is in Scorpio, we have seen the backlash from victims of systemic sexual abuse. I predict that now the lid has been blown off, the victims and public will be able to implement change. Trump will be wise to go along with this change and keep his hands to himself while it’s happening!
 
 
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My Predictions on President Trump, Russia and the President Putin Issue

 
We had all sorts of scandals reported about Trump’s connection to Russia. Allegations that the Russians influenced the election vote and hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails are still yet to be properly investigated.

Looking at both Putin and Trump’s charts, both are highly influenced by Pluto and Scorpio. This will mean that these issues are likely to carry on long into 2018. However, now that the tension of the planets has relaxed, I find it unlikely that we will see the impeachment of Trump. I also predict we won’t see any deeper revelations come from the ongoing investigations. In any instance, whatever does come out of the investigation, both Trump and Putin will be able to ride out the storm in their normal slippery manner.

However, although these ongoing investigations may run their course, there is always the prospect that newer or more allegations could arise.

Without the drive for change and justice from Uranus and Jupiter in Libra, there is only Pluto – who is very good at hiding stuff and protecting positions of power. So this may prove very advantages to both President Trump and Putin.
 
 
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President Putin

 

As stated when looking at Trump’s chart, Putin should be able to ride out whatever findings come out of the Russian/Trump plot to discredit Hillary Clinton. That’s not me saying there won’t be some very embarrassing findings by the way. But, with the assistance of Pluto – who is good at hiding stuff and protecting positions of power – both Trump and Putin should be able to sweep it under the carpet and ride it out.

Putin will experience several Uranus/Pluto aspects around the time of the World Cup in June, which is to be held in Russia. Reports are emerging about secret police, armed security and long jail sentences for ticket touts, foreign fans caught up in violence and people inciting unrest.  This may lead to some friction with other foreign governments and world leaders. I still predict Putin will also be able to ride out this diplomatic tension in his usual dismissive and contemptuous style.

With Trump experiencing Mars/Pluto aspects around then too, it looks like there’s going to be fireworks at the World Cup – possibly of a military kind. Don’t panic though, it could all just be threats again!
 
 
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Theresa May

 
There’s all this noise about Brexit, yet nothing is really happening. Theresa May remains in a tricky situation. The latest news is that British MPs will vote on whether certain secret information should be released to the public. With this in mind it seems that 2018 will be a big year for decisions.

Theresa May’s natal chart says a lot about her position within parliament. Her natal Sun has no aspects to any of the traditional planets, it floats alone. This could explain her lack of support from fellow MPs. It might also have played a hand ego-driven decisions, such as seeking expensive support from the DUP which kept the Conservative’s place in power, but left Northern Ireland worryingly poised. This will only further her alienation within government and with the public.

Mrs May will have Chiron opposing her Midheaven, indicating that she may experience some damage to her career in the first few months of 2018. With proposed High Court challenges to Brexit, it will be a bumpy ride for Theresa May and the outcome doesn’t look great. However, until we have more defined dates for these political events, it’s hard to predict the outcome at this time. Whichever way you look at it though, I predict Theresa May is in for one hell of a bumpy ride.
 
 
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Kim Jong Un

 
Finally, we have the unpredictability of North Korea, another product of the 2017 Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter T-Square.
In September 2017, North Korea tested their nuclear weapons, throwing the world into a panic and causing President Trump to take to Twitter with misguided threats. Kim Jong-Un had Uranus (still in its chaotic T-Square) opposing his Mars – the planet of War! Pluto was also opposing his Ascendant, as well as Chiron squaring his Jupiter, meaning that this was a personal war for him. It was also one that affected his identity and possibly brought up angst over his global outcast status. He was showing his hand in order to boost his ego.

In April and December of 2018, this same Uranus and Mars aspect will happen again for the President of North Korea. Therefore, it’s possible we will see some more conflict around this time.
 

My Closing Thoughts…

 
So, the world seems to have gone a little crazy! But with 2017’s major Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter aspect breaking up finally, it’s possible that things will start to flow better. When big changes are made, and secrets uncovered, it takes a while to regain the status quo. Iit seems though that 2018 is the year for bringing about balance and justice again, albeit with a few hiccups along the way!

Ellie Rose x
 
You can read Ellie Rose’s horoscopes every week to find out what the world has in store for you. To find out what 2018 could bring you, why not contact one of our trusted psychic’s today.

 

Festivals Around the World

The world is populated by a myriad of weird and wonderful festivals taking place throughout the year. These can be held for religious purposes or simply for celebratory ones. Here we will introduce you to just a few of them:

 

Diwali, India – October/November

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Diwali takes place on a day between mid-October and mid-November. The ‘festival of lights’ celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. However, for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, Diwali holds other meanings. People’s homes, as well as public places, are decorated with clay lamps or diyas; fireworks, religious rituals and the exchanging of gifts all form part of the festival. Find out more: India.

 

Semana Santa, Guatemala – April

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Throughout Guatemala, spectacular celebrations honour the Christian calendar’s ‘Holy Week’ or Easter, starting on Ash Wednesday and ending on Good Friday. Semana Santa features colourful parades, extraordinary floats, incense burning, and exquisitely-intricate costumes. The island of Antigua exhibits one of the most flamboyant Catholic processions, which bring to life the sufferings of Jesus Christ; its streets are decorated with beautifully woven, flowery carpets, powder pigments, and elaborately carved vegetable produce. Find out more: Guatemala.

 

Holi, Rajasthan, India – March

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Hindus celebrate a religious spring festival named Holi, which can last up to 16 days. On the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of little Holi), bonfires are lit in memory of young Prahlad’s miraculous escape from the Demoness Holika, who tried to throw him into the fire. Instead, it was Holika who was burnt, whilst the steadfast devotee of God Vishnu, Prahlad, was able to escape unharmed. Hindus enjoy throwing water and multi-coloured powders at each other in the streets. Find out more: India.

 

Songkran Festival – April

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Thai people celebrate the arrival of spring and the vernal equinox with the Songkran festival; this time of year is also celebrated in Cambodia, Laos, and Burma under different names and on marginally different dates. In Thailand, Songkran runs from the 13th to the 15th of April. These dates also coincide with the traditional Thai New Year, when holidays are taken. The best-known New Year celebrations take place in the northern city of Chang Mai; lasting up to six days, the festivities include throwing water at each other and at passers-by. Additionally, Songkran marks the end of the dry season in Thailand, and the beginning of the hottest time of the year. Find out more: Thailand.

 

Obon Festival, Japan – August

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For three consecutive days in August, the Obon Festival takes place across Japan. Obon is a Buddhist festival commemorating people’s ancestors; it is celebrated by lighting a giant bonfire in the Kyoto hills, as well as through Bon Odori dances. Obon is also known as the “festival of lanterns”, as one of its traditions consists of placing floating paper lanterns on the river illustrating the souls of the departed returning in peace to their graves. Find out more: Japan.

 

Tsechus, Bhutan – all year round, varies depending on location

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Tsechu celebrations take place yearly across Bhutan: from small and isolated villages, to the country’s largest dzongs (monasteries). The Bhutanese travel from across the country to take part in them, whilst visitors from around the world are also attracted to these vibrant and extraordinary festivities, which include a thrilling and captivating mix of sound, colour and atmosphere. Find out more: Bhutan.

 

Perahera Festival, Kandy, Sri Lanka – August

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Every August the Escala Perahera Festival takes place in Kandy; it is the most renowned of Sri Lanka’s many exotic celebrations. One of the Buddha’s teeth, Kandy’s’s most sacred relic, is usually enshrined in the Dalada Maligawa temple; yet, during Perahera it is paraded around the streets for everyone to see. Its ten days of intense spectacle and celebrations include elephants, drummers, dancers, acrobats, whip-crackers, torch bearers, and a procession formed of thousands of pilgrims. Find out more: Sri Lanka.

 

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Burma – September/October

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The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival is one of the largest Buddhist celebrations in Burma, taking place in and around the stilted villages of the Inle Lake. The celebrations last 20 or more days, during which four out of five revered Buddha images are paraded around the lake in an intricately gilded barge, pulled by traditional long boats manned by hundreds of rowers. Phaung Daw Oo starts on the first day of the waxing moon, and finishes on the third day after the full moon of Thadingyut, which coincides with the months of September and October in the Western calendar. Find out more: Burma.

 

Fêtes des Masques, Ivory Coast – April/May

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In November, Ivory Coast’s most renowned yearly festival features colourful dancing competitions between villages. Fêtes des Masques pays homage to the spirits of the forest, personified by the dancing villagers wearing exceptionally handcrafted animal costumes and masks, many of which have been handed down from one generation to another. Find out more: Fetes des Masques.

 

Lake of Stars, Malawi – September

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Held yearly during the last week of September, on the shores of the beautiful Lake Malawi, the Lake of Stars festival is one of Africa’s most prestigious and internationally renowned cultural events. The Lake of Stars celebrations include live musical performances, film screenings, TED-style talks, art exhibits, and many more interesting happenings. Find out more: Lake of Stars Festival 2018.

 

Ask an Astrologer: Who Will Win “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”?

Psychic Future.com’s brand new expert Astrologer Ellie Rose has been carefully studying the planets for days in order to be able to predict Who Will Win “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here”!
 

 

It’s all hotting up in the jungle right now as the final contestants on “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” battle for the title of King or Queen of the Jungle. If you’re dying to know who will be evicted first, who will clash with the other contestants and, the most important question, who will win, then let’s take a look at the planets and see!
 

Who will get on, who will clash?

So far, the celebs have all been getting on well, but there’s certain pairs that are enjoying each other’s company a little better than others.

Towards the beginning, we saw Jennie McAlpine and Shappi Khorsandi bonding over funny stories of their children, and as both women are air signs, they’ll no doubt have a lot in common.

As the jungle’s Prime Minister of ‘Downing Creek’, Iain Lee worked well with his deputy, Shappi Khorsandi, and since both stars are Geminis, they worked well as a team, and had plenty of ideas on how to organise the camp.

The men have been getting on well amongst themselves too and since Amir Khan (Sagittarius), Dennis Wise (Sagittarius), Stanley Johnson (Leo) are all fire signs, plus Jamie Lomas, who is technically a Taurus but was born on the cusp of Aries, another fire sign, you’d think there would be fireworks and fallouts, but the fiery lads have bonded over their similarities and energetic approach to jungle life.

We haven’t really seen any major fall outs yet in 2017’s I’m a Celeb, but there was tension with Toff and Amir when he quit the first Bushtucker Challenge. Amir has a lot of Pisces energy in his chart, including his Mars and Moon, so despite his boxing champion title, he’s a big softy at heart. The two celebs have their Jupiters squared, so their luck as a pair isn’t the easiest and they may not see eye to eye.

I suspect that, while Stanley Johnson is a favourite for the top three, the other celebs might start to brush him up the wrong way, just as Iain Lee did as Jungle PM. Stanley is a Leo with Mars conjunct his Sun, so he has a very forthright manner that the more sensitive celebs might not appreciate. He also has a great deal of Taurus energy in his chart, so is more than a little bit stubborn too! I guess we shall see!
 


 

Who will be evicted first?

Unfortunately, in reality TV, it’s the quiet ones who tend to go first, and Kezia Dugdale as a shy earthy Virgo, and Vanessa White as a closed and sensitive Scorpio will no doubt be amongst the first to leave the jungle.

After them, you’ve got the two Aquariuses in the camp: Rebekah Vardy and Jennie McAlpine, who have their fun side, but as air signs, they don’t tend to open up as easy as the rest of the celebs, so no doubt the audience won’t have time to appreciate their full characters.
 

 

Who will win?

In second and third places, I see Stanley Johnson, with his loud and proud Leo energy, and Jamie Lomas, with his fiery yet sweet-natured Aries/Taurus cusp. These two seem to be winning the public’s favour with their positive can-do attitudes and friendly natures, but there can only be one winner!

It’s easy to see why Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo is the nation’s favourite so far, and probably the most likely to be crowned ‘Queen of the Jungle’. Toff is technically a Scorpio, but is born on the cusp of Libra and Scorpio, so she has a lot of Libran tendencies and is not necessarily a stereotypical Scorpio like Vanessa, for example. Toff also has a stellium of planets in Libra, including Mercury, which is the planet of communication.
 


 

This strong Libran energy will make her a very friendly, outgoing person who is very much interested in other people and eager to please everyone in the camp. It’s this fun-loving, easy-going nature that has won the hearts of the camp and public, and will probably win her the final competition!

It remains to be seen who will win “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”, but I suspect that the planets already have an inkling of what’s to happen!

So, most important of all, what do YOU think?! Please leave all your lovely comments below!

Ellie Rose x
 

Introducing Ellie Rose, Psychic Future’s New Astrologer!

Ellie Rose is the fabulous new astrologer for PsychicFuture.com, the UK’s most popular psychic reader service!

Ellie Rose is a fully trained Astrologer and Tarot Reader. She is also a proud Virgo, and has been using her planetary analysis powers for many years. A lifetime stargazer, she uses her deep knowledge of the stars and of Tarot to help and guide people in the right direction, as well as to make insightful  predictions about their future happiness.

“I have found Astrology a fantastic tool in order to assist people with their problems, including self-awareness and healing. I’m very much looking forward to sharing all my planetary and celestial learning with the visitors of PsychicFuture.com. I would like to let them know how the stars will be affecting their everyday lives.

I will also be keeping them up to date with the daily news by writing discerning blog posts and casting my astrological eye on all manner of interesting topics. These will range from my predicted winners of “I’m a Celebrity..” to what lies in store in 2018 for the likes of Donald Trump and Theresa May, and how this will be influencing all of us.”

Ellie Rose will be providing Psychic Future’s visitors with weekly horoscopes, as well as chatting to you via weekly videos on what the planets hold in store for you. These will be available to read and watch on our Horoscopes page, as well as on our YouTube channel.

Additionally, Ellie Rose will be a regular contributor on the PsychicFuture.com blog, sharing her news and astrological predictions with you on all sorts of juicy subjects, from celebrity gossip to your favourite TV shows, as well as New Year predictions, not only for yourself, but for leading world leaders and personalities too.

So make sure you check our website regularly for Ellie Rose’s unique and unmissable astral wisdom!

 

St Andrew’s Day Traditions Around The World

St Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s national day, and is celebrated on 30th of November. As St Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, Barbados, Bulgaria, Romania, and Russia, celebrations are held all over the world on this day. His patronage is associated with fishmongers, singers, spinsters, and women wishing to become mothers.

Here at Psychic Future, we decided to explore the brief history of St Andrew’s and what traditions other countries have.

A Brief History

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Scotland’s patron saint was a Galilean fisherman, who joined Jesus Christ’s disciples with his brother Simon Peter. Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross, in Greece by the Romans. His remains are kept in Amalfi in southern Italy. It’s believed that a Greek monk received a vision that showed him he should travel by sea to take Andrew’s relics somewhere far away for safe keeping. The monk ended up in a settlement in Fife, in Scotland, and this is now the town of St Andrews.

In 1320, Andrew was recognised as an official patron saint of Scotland, and the Saint Andrew’s Cross was later adopted as the national emblem of the Scots people. St Andrew’s Day was declared a public holiday, in 2006, by the Scottish Parliament. When 30 November falls on a weekend the following Monday becomes the public holiday. The University of St Andrews traditionally gives students the day off.

Traditions And Customs

The national holiday kicks off with festivities that include food, music, traditional ceilidh dancing and fireworks, in Scotland. It’s common to be served up tasty haggis, neeps and tatties. St Andrew’s marks the start of Scotland’s winter festival season, which also includes Hogmanay (31 December) and Burns Night (25 January).

Barbados

Barbados marks its national day of Independence on St Andrew’s Day. Independence Day celebrations typically start with a parade and ceremony, followed by exhibitions of music, dance, drama and the arts.

Bulgaria

St Andrew’s Day is commonly known as Edrei (Bear’s Day), in Bulgaria. The name comes from an old folk tale of an evil stepmother who punished her daughter by turning her into a bear, for not celebrating St Andrew’s Day.

Germany

German folklore advises single women, wishing to marry Mr Right, to ask St Andrew for help on the eve of St Andrew’s Day. Apparently, if they sleep naked they will see a vision of their future husbands in their dreams.

Greece

In Patras, where Andrew was crucified, the Cathedral of St Andrew is packed with worshippers on 30 November. The people join together in a colourful procession that carries relics of Saint Andrew all over the town, to the accompaniment of prayers and chants.

Italy

In Amalfi, on the southwest coast of Italy, people visit the Cathedral of Saint Andrew to celebrate on this day. The magnificent silver statue of St Andrew is carried out and paraded in the streets.

Poland

In Poland, St Andrew’s Day festivities include light-hearted games involving fortune telling.

Romania

Magic rituals are performed in Romania on St Andrew’s Day. People get together in local communities to share food that is flavoured with garlic. The garlic is believed to ward off evil spirits and to purify the land. Garlic cloves are also placed around doorways and windows.

Ukraine

Unlike most other countries, the Ukraine celebrates St Andrew’s Day on 13 December. The festivities include fortune-telling games and mischievous pranks.

 

Which NEW star sign are YOU?

Here at Psychic Future HQ we are all astounded to find out that we now have different star signs to the ones we were originally born with… NASA’s recent astronomical calculations have changed our approximately 2,000-year old astrological signs, including an already-existing yet long-forgotten 13th star sign! Around 86% of our current population is now under the influence of a different star sign.

The scientific reason for this breakthrough discovery and changes is due to the fact that today’s sky is very different to the existing sky that of a millennia ago. The axis of the Earth points in a different direction now, hence our traditional astrological signs are a month out.

Laurie Cantillo of the Planetary Exploration, Heliophysics department, told the BBC that: “We didn’t change any zodiac signs, we did the math. NASA reported that because the Earth’s axis has changed, the constellations are no longer in the same place they were thousands of years ago.”

NASA’s Space Place started a heated debate on the differences between astrology and astronomy, saying how astrology is a relic of ancient history, whilst astronomy is based on the observation of the skies using scientific methods and mathematical calculations.

 

3,000 Years of Looking Up

 

Thousands of years ago, human civilization lacked the knowledge and tools to fully understand the movement of the Sun, the stars, and the Earth as we do today; they didn’t realise the Universe was as vast. Nevertheless, they were extremely interested in observing the changes taking place in the sky, and made extensive efforts to make sense of it.

By then, we had already understood that the stars and constellations had a very important impact on our daily lives, using them to explain mythical stories about our ancestors and Gods, according to these stories there were in fact 13 constellations.

The Babylonian people already had a 12 month calendar that was based on the Moon’s phases. To work out a systematic division of the Zodiac, they looked up at the belt of the heavens monitoring the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. It seemed to pass the 12 constellations, so they decided to ignore the 13th ‘Ophiuchus’, to be able to equally assign one constellation per lunar month.

 

Discover your NEW sign below!!

Capricorn: Jan 20 – Feb 16

Aquarius: Feb 16 – March 11

Pisces: March 11 – April 18

Aries: April 18 – May 13

Taurus: May 13 – June 21

Gemini: June 21 – July 20

Cancer: July 20 – Aug 10

Leo: Aug 10 – Sept 16

Virgo: Sept 16 – Oct 30

Libra: Oct 30 – Nov 23

Scorpio: Nov 23 – Nov 29

Ophiuchus: Nov 29 – Dec 17

Sagittarius: Dec 17 – Jan 20

 

 

 

Celebrating Your Inner Light With Diwali

Diwali (pronounced Divali) is a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and is one of the most significant annual festivals in Indian culture.  The word Diwali originates from the Sanskrit word Deepaval and translates as ‘festival of lights’. The festival coincides with the Hindu New Year and usually takes place sometime between the middle of October and middle of November, with the day of Diwali celebrated on the third day of the festival.

This spiritual time of year can have an effect on many people’s path. To help us with our readings we took a deeper look into what the festival means.

Why is Diwali celebrated?

Historically Diwali symbolises the victory of good over evil and is celebrated by individuals and whole communities. There are many legendary victorious folklore tales that have been passed down through generations and families that suggest the origins of Diwali. The most popular story dates back to the 15th century BC and tells of Lord Rama and his wife Sita, returning to their kingdom from exile, after defeating the demon King Ravanna.

How is Diwali celebrated?

During Diwali – the festival of lights – millions of people attend firework displays and celebratory prayer events throughout the world. Homes are cleaned and decorated with traditional earthen divas (candle lamps) and colourful rangoli art – folk art patterns made on the floor using coloured powder or rice. The rangoli designs are made to encourage the Goddess Lakshmi –  the goddess of wealth, and the principle deity associated with the religious  festival – to enter the home.

A delicious feast is prepared and shared with family and friends. As Diwali is all about celebrating harmony arguments and conflicts are settled at this time. Prayers are offered to Goddess Lakshmi so that she may provide assistance in cultivating the spiritual wealth of compassion, kindness and forgiveness throughout the New Year.

 

Celebrate Your Inner Light!

 

The festival of lights, which takes place during Diwali around October/ November, is the perfect time to reflect on your inner light. You do not have to be religious to celebrate your own innate brilliance or to shine your light with compassion and kindness in your heart.

 

During Diwali reflect on your thoughts, words and deeds over the past year and acknowledge how you can improve negative aspects of your behaviour, prejudices and habits. By gaining a better understanding of your self you can begin the process of personal transformation. Reflect on how you can be more loving, respectful and kind, and also how you can assist others to help them shine their own light in the world.

 

How To Shine Your Light Brightly

Celebrate Diwali in your own personal way by meditating on your unique innate brilliance and goodness. Light a candle and gaze at the flame for a few minutes. Breathe deeply to relax and connect with your inner light. Allow your heart to open fully as you embrace your inner light and invite it to shine brightly.

Recite a prayer in English, or a Vedic or Sanskrit chant. Prayer is a powerful way of increasing your spiritual vibration and is also a great way to make a commit to yourself.

Identify some simple ways in which you can share your light and spiritual wealth with others. Acknowledge your personal qualities that nurture your light and the qualities that dull its brilliance. Commit to letting go of negative qualities – such as greed, laziness and anger. Cultivate and nurture positive qualities of compassion, generosity, love and kindness throughout the New Year. Call our spiritual readers to help you identify your unique qualities.

 

Halloween Traditions around the World

Halloween is celebrated around the world, with each country having their own interpretations, see a fascinating list below of a few countries of how Halloween is celebrated and how each country see it as.

England

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‘Trick or treating’ was known as ‘Mischief Night’ …

At one point in time children would carve designs on large beetroots and carry them through the streets singing and knocking door to door asking for money. Turnip Lanterns were seen to protect homes from the spirits so many rural areas would place them on their gateposts.

American ‘trick or treating’ has become popular in England in recent years and has become a popular passtime.

Ireland

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It is believed that this is the birthplace of Halloween, its origins stemming from ancient Celtic and Pagan rituals and a festival called Samhain, or Samhuinn (end of the light half of the year) that took place thousands of years ago.  Bonfires were lit and the children would dress up in costumes to spend the evening trick or treating. After this most people would attend parties with their neighbours and friends were games such as ‘snap – apple’ were played amongst other games.

France

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France is one of the nations in the world that Halloween is not celebrated this is because they want to honour the dead and departed ancestors. It was seen as an “American” holiday and was virtually unknown in the country until 1996. A combination of the French love of parties, fete’s and costume events, and some simple crass commercialism has led to the rapid rise of the holiday in France.

Germany 

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In the 1990s ‘Halloween auf Deutsch’ became popular. Decorating starts mid-October and Halloween is used as a party theme. Martinstag is celebrated on 11 November and includes lantern processions and costumes.

Mexico, Latin America & Spain

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El Dia De Los Muertos, a joyous celebration in memory of family members and friends who have died. It’s a 3 day celebration and it is believed that the Gates of Heaven open up at midnight 31st October and the souls of children return to Earth to be reunited with their families. Nov. 2 souls of adults come down to join in celebration.

Canada

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Around the 1800s is when Halloween celebrations began, this is because of the Scottish and Irish immigrants who moved over. Just like the US, Canada celebrate Halloween on 31st October with decorations, trick or treating, and many themed parties.

Korea

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Korea has a harvest festival called Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day), as Halloween is not celebrated. They would also visit places where their ancestors used to live and feast on traditional foods.

Romania

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People flock to Bran Castle in Transylvania to celebrate Halloween where tours and parties are held, and many believe that Bran Castle’s resident was Vlad ‘The Impaler’ Tepes.

China

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Celebrated on 14th August, China have their own Hungry Ghost Festival. Buddhist Chinese belief, the dead are said to return to earth during the 7th month of the lunar calendar. The name for the festival derives from the belief that the ghosts without a proper funeral tribute are said to be very hungry from their journey back to earth. Family members would proper a giant feast  on their night of return. This legend is celebrated through most parts of Eastern Asia, such as China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

It is common for people who celebrate this festival to give many offerings to the dead. “Hell money,” which is a fake bank note made out of paper, is burned, as well as other papier-mâché creations of modern objects, such as cars, houses, clothes, and TVs, in hopes that the deceased can use them and be comfortable in the afterlife. Two weeks after the night of the festival, lanterns are set up at homes and are floated on rivers to help guide the dead back to their afterlife.

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‘Alla Helgons Dag’ known as All Saints Day. Unlike the UK, in Sweden Alla Helgons Dag is celebrated for a whole week, from 31st Oct – 6 Nov. Within that week of celebrations the first Saturday of November known as ‘red day’ is where work days are shortened to allow people to visit their loved ones that have passed away.

 

 

Everything You Need To Know About The Day Of The Dead

The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is Mexico’s most famous holiday celebration. The annual event takes place on November 1st  and 2nd and coincides with the Catholic holidays – All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. The celebration remembers and honours loved ones who have passed, and it is considered to be a joyous time.

As mediums and clairvoyants, the team at Psychic Future were naturally interested in the event, here’s what we found out.

Origins

The Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico and originated centuries ago. The day hounours pre-Hispanic indigenous and Spanish Catholic beliefs and is widely celebrated. Traditionally, November 1st honours dead children and infants, and November 2nd  is the day for paying respect to deceased adults.

 

Many people around the world are drawn to the concept and imagery of the Mexican Day of the Dead, and the traditional continues to gain in popularity. The Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Latin America, some parts of South America and the Caribbean. Many other countries celebrate their own version of the day that honours the dead.

 

Rituals

 

As an important annual event a lot of time and money is invested in the paying of respects. Preparation can take days and weeks. The celebrations take place in both public and private spaces, and street parties, parades and festivals are commonplace. The most popular places to celebrate are the home and graveyards.

 

In the home the ritual involves creating altars to honor the deceased loved ones. Gifts are placed on the altar along with photographs, flowers and candles. At the graveyard, families tend to the graves of their departed and decorate them with candles, flowers, photographs and food and drink. All-night graveside vigils are held and stories about the deceased are shared.

Sugar skulls are a hugely popular symbol that represents the celebrations and rituals of the Day of the Dead, and are decorated with traditional folk art. Each colourful sugar skull represents a departed soul and their name is usually written on the forehead. The skull is then placed on the altar or gravestone to honour the return of the spirit.

 

Beliefs

 

The Day of the Dead is a joyous annual event that is celebrated out of love and commitment to loved ones. The day allows the dead to live again and during the two-day celebrations it is believed that the departed return to their loved ones on earth to rejoice. The celebration is a way of retaining a loving connection and of honouring the unseen world.

 

Mexican culture is rife with folk tales and myths and some of these stories warn about what happens if spirits of ancestors are neglected and forgotten on the Day of the Dead. Whilst the occasion is supposed to be joyous, some people celebrate this holiday out of superstition and fear that a neglected spirit will return and seek vengeance.

 

How To Honour Your Loved Ones

 

Remembering loved ones should be a joyous experience. Building an altar and decorating it with special mementos, photographs, flowers and candles allows you to have a special place where you can sit and recall memories and stories. This special place can be kept private or shared with family and friends of your dearly departed.

Alternatively, Psychic Future offer a range of services including our clairvoyant readings and Tarot Card readings which can help you connect with the other side. You can find a psychic that fits your needs by browsing their profile and connecting today.

Hosting Ideas for a quirky Halloween Party

From clairvoyant readings to spooky Halloween parties.

Contrary to what some people may think, trick or treating Halloween is not just for kids! October 31 is the annual event of the year when adults can dress up outrageously and get all spooky.

Activity Idea 1: Host a Clairvoyant Reading

If you’ve got a few friends that are interested in connecting with the dead, what better night to do it than Halloween. Clairvoyant readings will help you connect with significant people in your life that you have lost and can provide you with a special experience that you will remember.

If you don’t want to make the expensive outlay of hiring a private clairvoyant reading for your event, why not connect with Psychic Future and get a phone reading. You can put your phone on loudspeaker and gather round as if you were conducting a seance. Our clairvoyants offer a personal experience and you can find the best one for your Halloween get together by reading reviews and profiles before you connect.

 

Activity Idea 2: Contemporary Style

Decorate your home and body with creative and original designs. Take inspiration from American style Halloween, and don’t limit yourself to dressing up as a witch, ghost or zombie. Indulge in decadence and dress up as a famous celebrity, historical legend, or in a unique and unusual outfit that gets you noticed.

Instead of the traditional Jack-o’lantern pumpkins use bones, feathers, candles and other items to decorate your home. Serve up themed libations for your Halloween party guests to enjoy. Concoct a powerful and wicked brew, plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic themed cocktails. Choose a grown-up party theme – New Orleans voodoo, Zombie Apocalypse or Masked ball – and create an unforgettable contemporary style Halloween night.

Activity Idea 3: Parlour Games

Invite some friends to join you for a spooky night of divination game playing activity. Once the highlight of any Victorian Halloween party, divination games that are aimed at predicting the future are fun and remain popular today. Tarot card readings have been historically used throughout the centuries, and are the perfect tool for a cosy and chilling supernatural night in. Determine how you will use the cards – a three-card spread is ideal – and take turns asking questions and interpreting the symbolic answers.

Set up a selection of ‘alternative’ style parlour games for your party guests to try out. Psychic tools like oracle cards, runes, crystal balls, I Ching coins, dowsing rods and pendulums will intrigue and delight your friends. Don’t forget to serve up a cup of tea so that you can read the leaves!

Activity Idea 4: Themed Dinner Party

Explore the mysteries and magic of another culture by hosting a Mexican themed Day Of The Dead dinner party for friends. Forget the usual eyeball stew and gory dessert, and cook up some traditional Mexican cuisine. Make your own personalised invitations and create the perfect ambience by decorating your room with festive paper garlands and (papel picado) paper cutouts. Don’t forget to serve up the classic spicy chocolate Mole sauce!

Set up an altar and place an arrangement of fresh flowers, fruits, corn, candles or incense, and traditional sugar skulls on top. Position photographs of deceased relatives in pride of place on the altar, so that you can remember and honour them throughout the authentic celebration.

Activity Idea 5: Halloween Movie Night

Who doesn’t love a scary fright night movie? For the ultimate night in choose your favourite horror movie and theme your Halloween party accordingly. Take inspiration from Scary Movie, The Shining, Psycho, The Evil Dead, The Wicker Man, Scream etc. Alternatively, you can indulge your love of this spine-chilling film genre by showing a selection of blood-curdling and haunting movies throughout the night. Match your snacks and food to the films for an added ghoulish thrill factor.

Clairvoyant readings from Psychic Future

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