Shamans in Peru: Obama's Got It
But astrologers say Mercury Retrograde could make things messy
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 6, 2012 12:24 PM CST
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)

(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.

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Nov 6, 2012 6:25 PM CST
Chewing coca leaves and drinking a hallucinogenic tea, then putting flower petals on photographs? Makes as much sense as any other system we have. Probably makes more sense.....
Nov 6, 2012 4:37 PM CST
that's what i'm talkin' about! wouldn't mind chewing a few coca leaves myself. probably would predict the dalai lama for prez after drinking the vision brew.
Nov 6, 2012 4:29 PM CST
Some of these psychedelics are rumored to have "prophetic" qualities---they take you out of the time/space matrix, and let you look around a bit. Why do you think Voodoo curses come true? Not necessarily because they "cause" the incident, the voodoo practitioner SEES the incident, then predicts it---they don't tell you that! As for astrology, people are right, it doesn't make sense with what we know scientifically. BUT they seem to tap into something we do not understand, and I would not discount their prediction. Science does not have a lock down on the truth.