I went to see Blackpool’s ‘palmists to the stars’ and she predicted babies… and jealousy

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Blackpool is famous for its fortune tellers and clairvoyants – but what’s it actually like to get your palm read? We find out…

 

LancsLive's Rebecca Lockwood visits palm reader Leanora
LancsLive’s Rebecca Lockwood visits palm reader Leanora (Image: LancsLive)

Blackpool is pretty remarkable when it comes to tourist attractions.

It’s got everything you could possibly need to have a fun-fuelled day out; Pleasure Beach, The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, go-karts, an entire Magaluf-like strip of arcades and more.

But one thing that Blackpool is famous for is its fortune tellers, palm readers and clairvoyants.

When it comes to spirituality, I am firmly on the fence. Whenever anything to do with the afterlife or religion or anything in the realm of ‘spiritual’ comes up in conversation I simply say: “I don’t know”.

I had never been to a palm reader or clairvoyant before, but as I passed the doors of Leanora Petulengro in Blackpool I was more intrigued than I had been before.

The waiting room for Leanora’s service was full of tourists waiting for a reading and I was spurred on to see if it was all really believable.

I whacked £20 out of a nearby cashpoint and joined the queue. Turns out, I’m due a marriage proposal, but what else does my future hold and how accurate to me is it all?

Two children are on their way ‘soon’

I made my way into the private reading room and lay out my palms in front of Leanora. Between us was a covid-screen and my genuine nerves about the whole thing.

Being in your early twenties is a pretty reckless time and I suppose I didn’t want Leanora to tell me everything was going to go downhill very quickly. Leanora read my palm and immediately we were on to parenthood.

Leanora is a 'palmist to the stars'
Leanora is a ‘palmist to the stars’ (Image: LancsLive)

I was surprised I didn’t get uncomfortable, babies are definitely out of the picture for me at present, but I was shocked when she asked if I was already a parent. I laughed and said no.

My palms said I was having two children, a boy and a girl, and they would come soon.

I suddenly started wondering if I should leg it to Boots and grab a pregnancy test, or whether the two would arrive in a basket via a Stalk courier like an old-fashioned Amazon delivery.

We moved on quick enough for me not to have a pregnancy-scare meltdown on the prom.

I’m on my way to a wedding AND a christening soon

Not only do I have a long happy life to look forward to, but my palms said I’m on my way to a wedding and a christening soon.

This was much to my disbelief, I don’t personally have any engaged or pregnant friends so such events seemed pretty off the cards to me.

“It will be good for you,” Leanora said, “you should go.”

I don’t know how I’m going to get myself invited to such events, but if anyone wants to test the truth behind my palms feel free to chuck me over a friendly invite.

Apparently I’m surrounded by jealousy

My palms told Leanora that I’d just had a career change, which is true. I’ve recently graduated from uni and have been lucky enough to land myself here at LancsLive – a job that keeps me in Lancaster.

But, Leanora said, you’re surrounded by a lot of jealousy. My palms’ point about jealousy was the only negative to my palm reading.

She didn’t tell me who or what or how, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say comparisons in your early twenties are rife. Everyone you know is doing something or other, if they’re not working they might be having kids or travelling the world. Fair enough, I thought. Leanora told me to let it go, so I did.

I’m due a marriage proposal

Next up, we were straight onto my current partner. We met earlier this year through the dating app Hinge, and have been together since March 2021.

Leanora told me that I would marry my current partner and our marriage would be “happy” and “comfortable”.

According to my palms, my partner, Max, is set to own property soon and we’ll move in together. Good for him, I thought, and good for me I guess – I have a lot of questions, will I be paying rent?

That wasn’t a stone throw away from the truth to be honest, we’ve had the discussion about moving in together but the timing is yet to fall into place.

I didn’t have the chance to ask Leanora about the rent arrangement as she quickly told me I would acquire my own property eventually. Great, I thought, I don’t know why we need so much property though.

Now, my palms said, I’m expecting a proposal. Leanora asked if I had the offer of marriage yet and I said no, thinking to myself please hold your horses. We’ve been together for under a year.

But generally the reading made me feel happy. Whether I believe her or not, it offered me a sense of security in my relationship that can often feel up-in-the-air when you’re navigating your twenties.

That’s when it all made sense.

The queues to these places are so incomprehensible to people who feel secure in their present lives, but for people who are worried or insecure or hopeless – or maybe just curious – your concerns are seen immediately through your hands.

Whether you believe it or not, there’s something comforting about a stranger telling you it’s going to be okay – but maybe I got lucky, I cannot imagine the sheer panic of hearing anything worse than ‘two babies are on the way’ from my palms.