Will 2005 Bring?
from "Malibu Times 1/05
(interview given 12/21/04)
Earthquakes, terrorism, weddings,
babies and a state championship for the Malibu Sharks predicted for
By David Wallace
It seems part of human nature to
always want to know what lies over the horizon, on the other side of
the mountain (or the moon) and, always more compelling, what
tomorrow holds for us.
Considering the current turmoil in the world, the falling dollar,
the raw emotions over "family values," the role of
religion, the Iraq war and especially terrorism-all of which played
significant roles in the outcome of the November elections-concern
is certainly more intense this year. Added to all this, Malibuites
face near-daily confrontations over the environment, development,
traffic and the ongoing saga with the California Coastal Commission.
So again this year, we have asked several local people, one best
positioned to prophecy (and the others to at least wish for) what
2005 may have in store.
So here it is from Averi Torres, Malibu's resident psychic. Last
year, Torres accurately predicted both a 7.0 (Richter scale)
earthquake in Japan (there were, in fact, three major quakes there),
and George W. Bush's reelection.
"Several terrorist attacks on America will be prevented, but I
see that one will be successful," she predicted for 2005.
"I feel ports and airplanes are most vulnerable.
The war in Iraq will "gradually improve," she added, but
"it's still going to take longer than expected."
"I feel North Korea is in danger of a nuclear accident, and
believe England and Australia should be on high alert for terrorist
activity in April," she also predicted. "I also see health
problems for President Clinton and Tony Blair as well as an
unsuccessful attempt on the life of President Bush."
Torres also sees more major earthquakes for Japan, and the
possibility of several for Los Angeles, but "I don't see the
'big one' hitting Malibu next year."
Although, "I do see fire," she said.
"This is going to be a difficult year for natural disasters
everywhere," Torres explained, "including hurricanes in
Torres did have some positive news for Malibuites.
"This will be a powerful year for all of us," she said.
"2005 is a Tarot number 7, which represents receptivity to the
will of God. Through control of our senses and desires, especially
by the use of our free will, we can achieve complete dominion while
in our physical bodies.
"Remember," she added, "We, each of us, is a soul
within a body and not just a body. 2005 is a completion of cycles
and it is important to listen to dreams and intuition."
More marriages and more engagements are seen in Torres' metaphorical
crystal ball, and "more diamonds," she said laughing,
"and more babies."
"I feel the 2005 color is green," Torres added,
"which represents growth, prosperity, and abundance" (last
year's color was purple representing spirituality). And, as in 2004,
"although it can be a bumpy ride," she likes the stock
market over many other investment opportunities. Last year, she
recommended eBay and Starbucks to her many clients; this year, she
continues to recommend them and adds Google and Martha Stewart
Omnimedia. Nevertheless, Torres cautions people not to be impulsive
in business affairs and " to not push financial affairs. There
will be highly visible consequences to decisions you made in the
past. It is a very important time for self reflection and the
exercise of caution in signing any legal documents."
Pamela Conley Ulich, Malibu's newest City Council member, is,
appropriately enough, more locally focused in her predictions for
the New Year. "I see lots of sun, big waves and residential
permits," she said laughing. On a more serious note, she
predicted "that we'll get better library services ... either a
new library or the old one will be renovated."
And, for a far-out prediction, which hopefully will be a
"self-fulfilling prophecy," she forecasted that "the
Malibu [High School] Sharks will become the state football
Mayor Sharon Barovsky, clearly with the current development
controversies in mind, added her two cents: "Good things will
happen in Malibu in 2005. My Christmas wish is for more ball fields,
more parks and a kinder, gentler Coastal Commission."