A fortune teller who predicts the future using asparagus and calls herself ‘Mystic Veg’ has revealed her top forecasts for 2022.
Jemima Packington, 65, claims to be able to divine knowledge of the future by tossing spears into the air and interpreting how they land.
Over the years she has correctly predicted Brexit, Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister, as well as Harry and Meghan stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.
She believes Mr Johnson will remain in Downing Street this year, outlasting Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, and has prophesised more misery for the royals, including ‘scandals and worse’.
In the world of football, Jemima has predicted Manchester City will be pipped to the Premier League title by rivals Manchester United, who are currently more than 20 points behind them in seventh.
She has also backed unfancied Croatia to win the World Cup.
Jemima, from Bath, began making predictions aged eight and says she inherited the gift from her elderly aunt who used to read tea leaves.
She said: ‘My technique has not changed and I still cast the asparagus spears and interpret the patterns in them.
‘Seeing the patterns for me is instantaneous, possibly that is because I’ve had years of practice.
‘I am usually about 75 to 90% accurate with my predictions. I go through my predictions each year and think: “Yep, that’s happened, yep, that’s happened.”
‘Occasionally I get one slightly off, where I haven’t quite read it correctly, but I’m never far off.
‘I predicted Boris Johnson would become Prime Minister about four years before he did and everyone laughed their socks off.’
To make her predictions, Jemima uses fresh Worcestershire asparagus grown in the Vale of Evesham – the UK’s main supplier of the vegetable.
She picks a handful of tips, tosses them into the air and ‘reads’ the shapes they form when they land.
Earlier this year, Jemima predicted Christmas celebrations would be modest affair which was the case in many households as Omicron took hold.
Last year, she predicted more royal births and a bereavement and was proven right when the Sussexes announced Meghan was pregnant with their second child and Prince Philip died.
In 2019, she correctly predicted cricket success for England, Big Brother returning to our screens and US romantic musical ‘A Star is Born’ winning an Oscar.
Before that she correctly foresaw Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, the Euro crisis and the credit crunch.
Jemima added: ‘I’ve been told the predictions this year are among my most controversial but I only go on what the asparagus tells me.
‘One of my friends is a big football fan and when I told them about Croatia winning the World Cup, they just went “no way” but all I’ll say is “watch this space”.
‘Some feelings are stronger than others and that was the case with Keir Starmer. When I cast that asparagus it snapped and I thought this man will be broken this year.
‘I also have a strong feeling about further royal turmoil. The asparagus formed a crown motif and that is how I know something is going to happen to the Royal Family.
‘This year it took me over 24 hours in two sessions to make my predictions. I just try and get away from daily life and clear my mind and that is when I interpret the spears as they land on the floor.
‘It sounds silly but it’s easier to do than to explain, certain patterns just form and the predictions come to me.
‘And then after that we eat it for supper, and it’s delicious. I’m very much waste not, want not.
‘I’m not too triumphant about my ability but I am often right with my predictions.’
Jemima’s predictions for 2022
1. Despite all the bad press, Boris Johnson will continue as Prime Minister.
2. Covid and all its variants will be with us forever but everyone will learn to adapt and not let it get the better of us.
3. A brand new way of living will become the norm – working from home etc. but people will no longer accept shoddy services hiding behind the guise of the pandemic.
4. Entertainment and sports venues will find ways to progress while keeping everyone safe.
5. More sadness for the Royal Family; scandals and worse.
6. We will be shocked at the news of the unexpected demise of showbiz legends.
7. A review of the Nation’s Educational Standards will be carried out to make sure no child is left behind. More emphasis on vocational training will be introduced.
8. A return to times when foreign travel was an exotic luxury will be experienced. It will no longer be a regular occurrence and travel prices will reflect this.
9. The economy will rally and it will become a beacon of achievement amongst those countries unable to get to grips with their own economies.
10. Tense times will continue on the international front but conflicts will be avoided.
11. Adaptability will become the by-word in the leisure and service industries; they will embrace the change in people’s habits and will survive stronger than ever.
12. Sir Keir Starmer will not continue as leader of the Labour Party in a shock twist.
13. Sadly climate change will continue and fewer countries will be active in its reversal.
14. Recycling and upcycling will be the new fashion. There will be less waste of any sort. Barter will become a new trend.
15. Agriculture will progress well, and Vale of Evesham asparagus will continue to be recognised as the world’s best.
16. Croatia will win the World Cup in 2022 but the competition will still be beset by controversy.
17. Manchester City won’t win the Premier League, but watch out for Manchester United.
18. West Indies will be the surprise winners of the Cricket World Cup in Australia.
19. England’s Women’s Rugby team will have terrific success at their World Cup in New Zealand.
20. The Oscar for Best Film will go to ‘The Power of the Dog’ and Benedict Cumberbatch will be nominated for Best Actor.