Like Marmite, Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter John Mayer seems to divide opinion. People either love him or loathe him. Find him brilliant or boring. After a lengthy time away recording in the studio, the sultry singer is back with his new album, The Search For Everything, and accompanying world tour that rocks up to The O2 tonight and tomorrow (May 11 and 12).
We’re not sure what we make of the Who You Love artiste but, as huge fans of Marmite, we thought it was worth a little spoonful of magic to find out more about the mysterious Mr Mayer. Our oracles did not disappoint…
Scratch The Surface
He’s had some controversial moments in his career, been known to be a tad loose-tongued when it comes to his bedroom antics and is considered by many to be an arrogant jerk but, the tarot suggests, the Connecticut-born singer is not all that bad. He’s done much of his growing up in the spotlight which, our guides say, has done wonders for his ego but not much for his emotional maturity. The cards show that like a fine wine he will improve with age which is why, with the Big 4-0 looming, he will begin to show a more mellow and considered face to the world. Our crystals suggest the penny has finally dropped for the star. Bedroom gymnastics will always be important to him but he will now find value in curling up with a good book, watching a movie and spending quiet time with that Forever Person by his side. Our Witch Twitch says the best is yet to come for him – and from him.
The Tower is John’s ruling tarot guide. This mystical major arcana card suggests that a change is always coming for the singer. There is no room for complacency. No sooner does John Boy get settled in a situation, then The Tower’s power rocks the foundations, throwing him up into the air to start again, often in a different direction. The Tower is there to test John, to make sure his roots are forever strong for only then can the artist reach his potential, find what he is truly looking for. Our Witch Twitch says he needs to take note: Anything or anyone that remains intact when these seismic shifts rip through his world should be treasured. These are his true Norths from which he will draw his strengths.
Love & Romance
A slew of failed romances with some serious high-profile chicks - Hollywood golden girl Jennifer Aniston and Princess of Pop Katy Perry (more about her later) to name a couple - is proof enough the path of true love does not run smoothly for the 39-year-old. Our guides say this may have something to do with him attracting the wrong type of gal. The tarot suggests the singer-songwriter has a tendency to attract high maintenance honies or emotional Eves (we’re not suggesting for one minute that either Jen or Katy fall into this category). A born romantic, he falls fast and heavy. However, what first begins as a supercharged – often highly sexual – drama-fueled relationship soon fizzles out when the drama in question becomes more EastEnders and less Versailles. Our Witch Twitch says John knows who he loves – he’s telling the world, too, with Still Feel Like Your Man - but whether or not his desire, the Princess, wants to climb back on the white charger again is being discussed at the heavenly high table even as we speak.
Words to the Wise
Our guides say the Your Body Is A Wonderland singer is facing a conundrum. He’s rediscovered a passion for making music, he loves the sounds he’s producing. Creatively, he’s the happiest he’s been in years, but… Emotionally, he’s yearning for someone with whom to share his life. The crystals show he’s troubled, questioning that maybe he can only have one without the other. Our guides warn if love remains elusive or if his Master Plan to woo back his Princess fails, the star’s mood may take a rapid nosedive. A change in diet will help lift it back again. He needs to learn that timing is everything. A missed opportunity may in fact be a blessing in disguise. And what we spend time focusing on may be the very thing we need to ignore. Our Witch Twitch says John needs to embrace the shadows as herein hide the gifts.
Holy Kapow! It’s Comic Book Day on Saturday (May 6), a global event to help bring new readers into the world of superheroes and villains, Manga and the graphic novel. Every comic book character, be they good or bad, is on a journey in which he, she or it is confronted with challenges, both internal and external, to test their strength and resolve. They have lessons to learn, duties to perform and codes to live by. Sound familiar? We thought we’d take a closer look at some of these super characters and see what messages they had to share with we mere mortals...
Take 30 to 60 seconds to look over the six images above of our chosen DC and Marvel comic book heroes. Then close your eyes and relax. One character will stand out for you, emerge in your mind’s eye. It could be male or female. This is the one that has a special meaning for you, the one whose qualities you share, need to develop or confront or who simply has a message to help you better understand your own Universe. Read and take note of what they have to say.
If the Man of Steel has drawn you to his vibration today you are being reminded you have the inner strength to take on any problem, confront any situation no matter how difficult it would appear. What or whom is challenging you at the moment? You have a strong moral core; you are a person of your word. On the one hand you feel you should step into assist, on the other you are tired of always being called upon, always putting others' needs before your own. Everyone in your sphere knows this, too. It’s your kryptonite. You’ll always go the extra mile, pick up the cheque, stand aside to let others step in the spotlight. What if you didn’t? What if it was all about you? Perhaps, this time, it will be…
You don’t need a super power to be a superhero. This is the message being sent to you if The Dark Knight’s batarang has whizzed by to blur your vision. What are you afraid of? What truly lies within? There is much you keep shrouded from the world. If this takes the form of a talent, a secret, an idea, a creative project that you’re musing on in your cowl-covered head then Gotham’s finest is saying perhaps it’s now time to bring it to the attention to those in your universe. Don’t let doubt, insecurity, fear of failure or rejection prevent you from being true to yourself – to revealing your true self. The message is loud and clear: Stop hiding, start living.
Strength comes in different guises. If Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince has pulled you in with her lasso of truth you are being asked to look carefully at the image you are projecting to the world. How you see yourself is not the way that others see you. The message from this Princess of Themyscira is stay strong and avoid getting caught up in your own insecurities or self-doubts as this can easily lead you to spin out of control. You don’t have to be a ball-buster to get ahead. A cool, considered approach is better than a hot, huffy one so, the advice here is, don’t let your emotions get the better of you.
There is something or someone that has you caught in a web of paralysis. If Spiderman has swung into your eye line today, you are being urged to look at a relationship or work situation that has run its course or that no longer is bringing you joy. Who or what is making your heart sink? You don’t have to think too hard about the answer because you already know. What are you clinging to? What are you frightened to release? And, perhaps more pertinently, why? Tap into your Spidey-senses to find the courage to move on. It’s not easy to let go but the message here is the sooner you swing into action the sooner your life will be filled with more meaning. Go on, you might not have wings but you’ll soon be flying.
When it comes to playing games, you are a master tactician. This is a precious life skill and, when used wisely, can bring great rewards. If Black Widow has lured you into her orbit today, ask yourself what game you are playing or if you are being played. Are you simply a pawn or are you living up to your potential as the made piece? Perhaps, it’s time to switch tactics or even sides. You’re smart enough to recognise when the odds are not in your favour. Fortunately, you have the power of attraction, drawing people into your orbit with ease, so it will take no time and little effort to get back into winning ways.
If you have been challenged to look into the eye of Storm then you are being reminded that time and tide waits for no man. What have you been avoiding doing or saying? There’s a shift in weather patterns coming, the outcome of which will be determined by how – or if - you address your current circumstances. Sunshine or rain? Blizzards or blue skies? Act now and the choice will be yours. Stick your head in the sand and the message from Storm is loud and clear you’ll be caught up in a maelstrom which will leave you not just battered and bruised but reeling directionless for the next couple of years. Still think it’s easier to close your eyes to what you know you need to do?
He made his name playing a chubby lovable dimwitted slacker in American political TV comedy Parks And Recreation before landing the part of a ripped star-crossing badass in the movie Guardians Of The Galaxy which catapulted his career into the stellar sphere. Chris Pratt is the Hollywood man of the moment, the wise-cracking actor who has made the leap from small screen to the silver effortlessly, with directors queuing up to work with him and multi-film contracts worth millions.
The heavy-hitter is back with the second instalment of Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 in which he plays the role of Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, a half-human-half-alien leader of the Guardians.
Our Witch Twitch is always intrigued by the rise of supporting players into major players so we set to work casting the runes to discover more about the irresistible Mr Pratt.
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Family is at the heart of what drives forward The Jurassic World star. He wants to be able to provide for those nearest and dearest, give them the best of everything.
Our guides warn, in his quest for financial security, he may take on too many projects which could result in his Tigger-like enthusiasm and energy being replaced by Eeyore moments.
Carrying a small tumbled piece of agate could help protect this from happening.
The Tarot shows that money is very important to the charming star and could, at times, see him becoming a little miserly over its use.
That being said it’s only because he wants to safeguard the future, protect against a time when the film and TV roles aren’t there.
Our Witch Twitch says listen up, Chris, the cards show that ain’t going to happen any time soon. The Universe is permitting you to splash the cash. Go splurge.
The Four Of Wands has made an appearance in the tarot layout for the 37-year-old. This joyous card is a blessing and heralds a time for celebration.
It suggests the super sharp star is now at a point where he feels proud of his accomplishments and can accept that he has “made it”.
The Four Of Wands promises an exciting time ahead where parties and get-togethers are well favoured.
This merry-making minor arcana card also indicates that it is now time for Chris to break free from circumstances that no longer suit and be open to new possibilities.
Our Witch Twitch says cut the shackles from self-imposed bonds such as body image because the past is well and truly behind you.
On a romantic note, the Tarot reveals the star to be a one-woman man, with his wife, comedy actress Anna Faris, being The One.
Our guides say Chris functions best in a partnership and when coupled with the right person, Chris can achieve anything he chooses to pursue.
Since his marriage to The House Bunny star, he’s transformed from an overweight part player to a Hollywood hunk. Oh, and he’s a dad to four-year-old cutie Jack Daniels, too. It just goes to show what the power of love and persuasion can do.
The Tarot shows that Chris feels he struck gold when he met Faris and, in the words of UB40, believes she “saw then what they see now”. Our Witch Twitch predicts there could be some tricky times ahead for the golden couple, especially where leading ladies are concerned. However, the cards show, despite the relationship being tested, it can survive the temptations of time.
Our guides say, with the Guardians Of The Galaxy and Jurassic Park franchises in his armoury Chris is now considered a major Hollywood hitter.
The silver screen is his playground and, as such, he can have his pick of the peachy roles and the mega bucks that come with them.
The Tarot shows him being likened to the new Harrison Ford, with some great projects on the horizon.
However, the crystals suggest at times he will find the work/life balance difficult to manage. He’ll struggle at being away from his wife and son, frightened that he’s missing out on their lives.
He’ll battle against always having to be “on” and working hard at keeping super ripped. Muscled-up and buff Chris will yearn for a return to Mr Chubster.
The Tarot suggests he may even be tempted to pick a few movie roles which require him to pile on the pounds simply to let go and be able to indulge in his wife’s cooking.
Our Witch Twitch says this is your time, use it wisely – but don’t ever feel bad about chowing down and not using a spit bucket.
Britain’s Got Talent is back on our screens, with sassy Alesha Dixon once again taking her seat on the judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Amanda Holden.
The down-to-earth celebrity is known for her trademark cackle and sizzling smile but what lies within? How did this little-known R’n’B girl group singer transform herself into one of the nation’s favourite TV golden girls?
Our Witch Twitch got to work with our crystals to find out.
Despite not being the most talented or often qualified individual in a room this Jill Of All Trades has a knack of being in the right place at the right time.
The Tarot suggests Alesha is not afraid to try something new. Opportunities knock and, even though they may take her out of her comfort zone, the vivacious BGT judge is happy to give them a bash.
Our guides say she has been gifted a “what’s-the-worst-that-can-happen?” attitude which is why success will always find her.
The Tarot shows that whatever route The Boy Does Nothing singer travels it may not lead her to the intended destination but will always result in a prosperous outcome.
Our Witch Twitch says keep the pedal to the metal.
Native American Totem
Alesha, 38, is under the guidance of Native American Totem Raven. Flying with Raven gifts Alesha with a positive outlook on life.
Her optimistic nature is highly contagious and draws people, especially power players, to her orbit.
Raven is a social spirit and prefers to fly with the flock than going solo which is why Alesha continually seeks out groups in which to work and socialise.
She’s just not that good or happy when she’s doing anything on her own and can often result in a downward shift in mood. Raven is idealistic and curious, which can often lead to trouble.
Our Witch Twitch says, as with Raven, Alesha should beware of shiny things – especially in the form of new encounters – as they are not always what they seem.
The infectious Alesha with her fellow BGT judges-cum-pals, David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden
Friends & Relationships
The Tarot shows Alesha is always on the lookout to expand her circle of friends.
She’s a mover and shaker happiest when she’s in a room full of people that she has brought together, circling from one to another, chit-chatting about everything from how to make the perfect slaw to the benefits of Spanx.
Our guides say she’s a fun gal to be around. On the romantic front, the Tarot suggests despite being in a six-year relationship with partner Azuka Ononye, with whom she shares three-year-old daughter Azura, Alesha is in no hurry to settle down.
Our guides say she still feels there may be someone else out there for her and, although content, always keeps an eye open to the possibility of being swept off her feet by an international man of mystery.
The crystals show an encounter with someone connected to a new professional project could seriously test her long-term relationship.
Our Witch Twitch warns the grass is not always greener but we sense that will not stop the celebrity from wanting to run barefoot through it. Our advice: Watch out for tics.
Alesha is the Princess of re-invention
Our guides say Alesha is the mother of re-invention. R’n’B girl band member, solo artist, model, Strictly glitterball winner turned panellist, yummy mummy, BGT judge, children’s author.
What you see is what you get until the next opportunity to try something new presents itself. Yet, our guides say, her strength lies in remaining true to her essence. The crystals show this may be challenged in her next venture.
Our guides say Alesha will need to dig deep and remain optimistic in a new, alien environment.
The Tarot shows she may be tested by a powerful industry player, very likely to be a woman, who holds the key to a fabulous new career move.
If Alesha can hold her nerve, remember her roots – maybe even rub a few crystals – she could find herself given a Golden Buzzer fastpass to a pinch-yourself Cinderella Fairytale experience.
Our Witch Twitch advises Alesha when you get the invitation to this glitter ball glide don’t sashay.
Britain’s Got Talent is on Saturdays on ITV from 8pm.
The Witch of the Wharf is a published writer, regular columnist for The Wharf newspaper and blogger