We don't know about you, but we just couldn't wait for the election results in the Portland mayor's race to roll in tomorrow night.
So we sent WW news intern Cody Newton to consult with the experts on the future—astrologers, fortune tellers and psychics.
Only two—Tarot card counselor Caffeine Jones and certified Magi astrologer Ken Humke—accepted the challenge.
WW asked Jones and Humke to focus on the leading candidates, Eileen Brady (Gemini), Charlie Hales (Aquarius) and Jefferson Smith (Cancer).
We are posting the fortune-tellers' fuller responses below. But for those with short attention spans, here's the upshot.
Jones, the Tarot reader who disclosed her support for Occupy Portland protester/candidate Cameron Whitten, offers the following:
Based on these cards, if goaded on by a newspaperâ¦to pick one candidate, I would guess that the winner would be Smith. Brady will likely be second.
There are strong negative transiting influences on election day for all three candidates and no comparable positive influences for any. â¦ This suggests that either a Brady-Hales or Hales-Smith runoff may be in the offing.
I am fairly confident from what I have been able to do so far that none of the three will get over 50 percent.There are strong negative transiting influences on election day for all three candidates and no comparable positive influences for any. Those in Brady's and Hales' charts are very similar and of a heartbreak nature (Saturn/Chiron midpoint opposition/conjunct and semi-sextile/quincunx the Sun, respectively), but the negative effects on Hales are much stronger because this transit doesn't complete for Brady and the Earth is under the same influence in his heliocentric chart whereas that has expired for Brady.However, Brady has other negative influences, notably heliocentric Saturn opposition Sedna and square Jupiter, which are respectively disempowering, and destructive of good judgment and good fortune. It also forms T-Square geometry, which compounds the negativity. Smith has a different negative influence that is dream shattering (heliocentric Chiron square Juno). This suggests that either a Brady-Hales or Hales-Smith runoff may be in the offing.
As a spiritual counselor, people ask me many questions. They want to know about their careers, love lives, pets, home purchases, you name it. But no one has ever before, in the 25 years I have been reading Tarot cards, asked me to predict the outcome of a political race. I wish they would. I believe fiercely that we are lucky to live in a society that has relatively free elections. An individual's vote may seem insignificant in the scheme of national politics, but on a city level, each of us does have a say in who runs our community, and how they do it. I would love to hear from people that they care..... I am a Tarot Counselor. I do not market myself as a psychic. My regular clients insist that I should, claiming I give accurate predictions. They may be unaware of the tricks of my trade. From a statistical perspective, I really have no better chance than rolling a 23-sided die. (Political geeks are nodding, because they know there are 23 candidates on the ballot. RPG geeks are getting upset, because there are no 23-sided dice, and what would that look like, anyway? Impossible!) Truly, doing a reading for each candidate in order to pick a winner would be impossible. So, it was suggested that I choose from the three front-runners. Better odds, at least, but still a crapshoot. Or is it? Because I reluctantly assented, we shall see. If the candidates want their full readings, they can contact me. I'm not going to blab on about the meanings of each card. I will focus on the short-term, and long-term outcomes. These are: the card on your far right (short term), and the one just below and to the left of it (long term)We'll begin with Eileen Brady. Short-term outcome-- Page of swords reversed: Not receiving bad news.Long-tern outcome-- Nine of pentacles reversed: Never say die.Moving on to Charlie Hales.Short-term outcome â Queen of wands: Intellectual wisdom.Long-tern outcome â Four of swords: Comfort with letting go.And finally Jefferson Smith.Sort-term outcome â Ten of cups: A new beginning emotionally. This card is often associated with family. Brady has it in her Center position.Long-term outcome â The Sun: Success; growth; prosperity.These cards do not look good for Hales. He looks like a guy who will have to take his knocks, this time. The other two are both looking good. Brady might not receive bad news in the next week or two, because the news might be great. Of course, she may not receive it because she may be in denial. Perhaps the counting process will be slow. The ânotâ in not receiving bad news refers to the reversal of the card. Smith has no reversal in his future cards. One might read this as a new job for him, and a new outlook, coming soon.Based on these cards, if goaded on by a newspaper (which is the actual position in which I find myself) to pick one candidate, I would guess that the winner would be Smith. Brady will likely be 2nd.There. I said it. Perhaps I shouldn't have, but I did. Look for Brady in future races. We have not seen the last of her! Oh, and please remember to think for yourself. No one else can do it for you.