Shamans in Peru: Obama's Got It

But astrologers say Mercury Retrograde could make things messy

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 6, 2012 12:24 PM CST

(Newser) – Forget the pundits and statisticians: To find out who's really going to win the election, some are turning to shamans and psychics. In Peru, shamans have called a winner: President Obama. They came to the conclusion after chewing coca leaves, drinking a hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca, and putting flower petals on candidates' photos, AFP reports.

Astrologers, meanwhile, are cautioning that things could get messy: Apparently, we're currently in Mercury Retrograde. The last time that happened on Election Day? The year 2000, according to the New York Daily News.

Peruvian shamans bless President Barack Obama using a poster of him during a ritual to predict the winner of the presidential election in Lima, Peru, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.
Peruvian shamans bless President Barack Obama using a poster of him during a ritual to predict the winner of the presidential election in Lima, Peru, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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