post apartheid angels

If you want to get to the heart of the matter, to the heart of post-apartheid South Africa, and particularly post-apartheid confused white liberal South Africa, you need to get hold of a copy of Vibrations – rhythm of Jozi. It is an A5 glossy of about 44 pages and it’s free. You pick it up in internet cafés, hairdressers, organic food shops, certain wine bars, and uncertain wine bars. The front cover tends to have catchy pink and yellow headlines signalling the contents (which the Vibrations team spell ‘contentz’), for example, INDIGO CHILDREN, colour dreaming, how does ENERGY work?, healthy BODY healthy MIND. On the contentz page, next to the listings, are pictures of bright green leaves dotted with large rain drops; a pale-skinned woman in her late-forties with mildly bright pink lipstick, ash-blonde shortish feathered hair, smiling intensely at you, reader, and as you focus in on her face, you realise she’s probably in her sixties but looks bloody good for her age. How does she do it? Turn to page 38, ‘a personal journey’. Well because I have a copy of Vibrations and you don’t, we’re turning to pages 20-21 this week to learn about ‘Angelic signs & symbols’ by Carol de Vasconcelos. I won’t comment, but I will edit the piece down for you, dear reader. So sit back and enjoy…

Angels often leave signs and symbols for us, to show they are around or that they have heard our requests for help. We have to be aware and observant, as we often do not receive the direct reply as we might expect or hope for.

Angelic messages come in a variety of forms… The more you become aware of these signs and symbols, the more they seem to occur.

Small White feathers: These are one of the most common symbols left by the angels. They are particularly important if they are found where you would not normally expect to see a feather for example inside your house. The colour of the feather is also of significance, for example a black and white feather could mean you need balance in your life at the moment. If you should be lucky enough to get a coloured feather, then interpret it according to the colour e.g. Blue could mean that you need to be communicating with angels more and that you are seeking peace and harmony in your life.

Sensations: A feeling that you have been touched… feeling someone has stroked your hair, a sudden feeling of Bliss… You just happen to turn on the TV or radio at the exact time a discussion is being conducted on angels. You [sic] looking for a lost item, you ask for the angels to assist and hear a voice telling you the exact location of the item you are looking for.

You happen to overhear a conversation in which a stranger says the exact thing you need to hear. Clouds in the shape of angels.

Rainbows: Especially if one appears as you are talking or thinking about angels or asking for guidance on a particular issue. These can also be seen in crystals.

Songs: Hearing a song on the radio or television about angels. For example:

Robbie Williams – “Angel”

Abba – “I have a dream (I believe in Angels)”

Ringing in the EARS:

Most lightworkers report hearing a high pitched ringing sound in one ear. Heaven downloads guidance, assistance, and information through this bandwidth.

Angel lights:

Seeing sparkles or flashes of light indicates that angels are nearby. Seeing angel lights is a very real – and normal – experience… If you wish to see evidence of angelic beings you can now capture them on film. The images appear as globes of light when the photos are developed. Take a photo of a newborn baby or a spiritually-minded person. Take pictures at an angel workshop… This method works best when you hold the intention of seeing angels while you are taking the photos… Ask the angels to appear.

Carol De Vasconcelos is a Master teacher for”Diana Cooper Angels and Ascension Workshops”… Carol’s awareness of energy movement or lack thereof has become very strong. Carol specialises in Angel Work and Healing – Angel Readings – Crystal Healing – Past Life Regression.

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14 thoughts on “post apartheid angels

  1. Please tell me this is just a spoof because it cannot be real. Is this what some people have come to call post-apartheid stress syndrome?

  2. I too, dearest George, would hope it was a spoof. But I fear it isn’t. The question that interests me is whether the author, in this case, Carol, really believes what she writes, or whether she has taught herself to push aside doubt. Is it part of the denial that frames this country so much? There’s a great deal of discussion of so-called AIDS denialism, but far less about the denial of wealth, denial of the disparities of wealth,the effects of capitalism and super-materialism with which increasingly large parts of the world live with…
    I had not heard of the post-apartheid stress syndrome ’til now. Yes, I believe it could be that. Lots of people here wear stones (sorry, crystals), and strange necklaces for angels, and speak in soft angely voices, the voice – I’ve said before – that is in denial of who it is, what it is, where it is. The voice that says I’m not really here, I’m not aware of this, I am unable to change anything, who am I. Ssssshhhh….
    I don’t know.

  3. I am curious to know if this attitude (the angel clutching, purposely obtuse one) is the general one among the wealthy. Has the fear become some kind of willful craziness? You mentioned the need to go out into the streets, and I think you have something there. I live in NYC which is crammed with every race, religion, belief and prejudice you can imagine. What keeps the city afloat is the street. Most of the populace partakes of it and even revels in it. There everyone is face to face and occasionally heart to heart. New Yorkers are famous for not caring and not noticing, and that does happen, but the enforced intimacy brings one into the aura of the other every day. This is good because we are the other.

  4. Nice piece in LRB if that is you.
    On this:

    Late last year Helen Suzman was interviewed by BBC 4 Radio to mark her 90th birthday, where she explained her motivation for going into politics.

    As reported by News24.com today at the time:

    “… She remembers that she wanted to pack up and leave the country when the National Party came to power in 1948.

    She said she tried to persuade her late husband, Moses, a medical doctor with good contacts in the United States, to leave, but he didn’t want to know about it.

    “So, I thought to myself: you’re a clever girl. You can do something. You can become more involved (politically).”

    She said the realisation that she would have to make do overseas without household staff, finally convinced her not to emigrate.

    “Very selfishly, I wondered who would do all the housework. That clinched it for me, and I stayed and became more (politicially) involved.”

  5. Huh? What’s this got to do with post-apartheid South Africa? This kind of bullshit is the fodder of confused (mostly white) liberals the world over.

  6. I’m sure clutching the angels is not general. I think I’m a bit cruel, a bit too sarcastic and a bit too over-excited by all these peculiar things!
    The street, yes. The street. I also have an idea that if everyone destroyed their big high brick and mortar walls here, the place would be safer. You would be able to see your neighbour, and they would be able to see you. This would make it more alarming for any burglar, who would have to face off the several houses at once, not just you in your four walls.
    But, as J said yesterday, in bed, if the car was banned in South Africa, life would be safer. And everyone would have to be in the street and to take public transport. Let alone being a lot healthier.
    The car must be banned.Here, and there. And everywhere.

  7. Justin, I’m sure you’re not wrong. And were I in England, I would write a blog on the English angels, framed in a different way. But Vibrations is a South African publication with a particular South African flavour. I think it says something – though I’m not entirely sure what – about the state of the nation. Because there are confused (mostly white) liberals the world over who also believe in angels, does that mean they can’t be looked at in their own context? You sound a bit cross. Sorry. I don’t want to make you angry.

    Hello, Leo, and thank you for reading and yes, that was or is my piece in the LRB. Your transcription here is superb! I interviewed Helen Suzman in 1992 and found her frightening and unfriendly. I remember being struck by her very small dog and her very large house. I was too scared of her to ask any serious questions. The interview is fascinating: revealing in that she is so candid and does not censor the truth. Perhaps there are interesting angles on this. She is so honest about her need for ‘staff’ (and I have heard this time and again here e.g. ‘If you’re thinking of having a baby, do stay on, you can get such good cheap childcare here’). But there is also something intriguing about the fact that her desire for staff is what politicised her. Apparently. For that same desire, also throws into question that politicisation. I wonder what she pays her staff.

    And hello Gess, and welcome, and thanks for visiting! I will be checking out your blog very shortly, once I’ve got my morning coffee on the boil!

  8. I would agree with Justin – this kind of thing can be found elsewhere, and existed before post-apartheid South Africa.
    The problem is with your perspective – because in Britain (or most of Europe) there is a strong tradition of most people being informed by science, atheism and satire – and therefore this kind of thing would be ridiculed into hiding.

    But in the religious world – America, Africa etc, even this would not be ridiculed much.

  9. Alleman, hello. I agree, too, (as I wrote above), that ‘this kind of thing’ doesn’t exist only in South Africa, be it post-apartheid or not. I think, perhaps, my headline – or blogline – has influenced the reading of the piece. Like all bad hacks, I like a good headline, regardless of the sense it makes… ‘Post-apartheid angels’ has a good ring, I felt and still feel. Were I in the UK, I might have called them ‘Post-Blair angels’ and it wouldn’t have meant they only came into existence after the exit of Tony Blair.
    Perhaps my humour doesn’t translate well on the blog. I obviously need to try harder when I write. Trouble is I have a rule with my blog: it mustn’t take longer than 30 minutes max, and preferably 20 minutes at the most.
    So, I don’t agree with you that I have a ‘problem’ with my ‘perspective’. Perspective is perspective. It can’t be problematic because it simply just is.
    I would also disagree with your take on Britain (and most of Europe…do you include Russia, Croatia, Italy, Romania etc?). I have noticed plenty of satire in South Africa. Zapiro’s cartoons for starters. Don’t tell me that drawing a cartoon of Zuma with a shower coming out of his head isn’t satire. And it seems to be an image that many South Africans understand. And while science, yes, has a strong tradition in the UK, does it have a strong tradition in Romania? And yes, there are atheists in Britain, but there are plenty (more) people who believe that a God exists. They may not go to church as much as they did, but the tradition of God in England is greater than the tradition of no God. And there are also plenty of people who would love Vibrations in the UK: I don’t believe it would be ridiculed into hiding.
    Sorry, but I also take issue with your phrasing ‘the religious world – America, Africa etc’. Who is the Archbishop of Canterbury and where does he live? Where does the Pope live? Africa, America, or Europe?

    My point I suppose is this: remarking on Vibrations in my blog is obviously not the final word on South Africa and angels. It is not the final word on post-apartheid South Africa either. You take me too seriously, too literally. It is a mere slice of what I see around me here. I write on it, blog it, for the world to see. When I live in London, I write on London, I blog on London, and I am – damn it – fucking rude about London. I take the piss, I laugh, I poke fun at myself, at others, at my divine neighbourhood in Hackney. It’s not the ultimate word. It’s a slice.

  10. I did not expect fun in your writing – I only became aware of your writing due to the ‘You let her into the house?’ -piece, remember. But I’ll read you differently now.

    Still, I feel you are mistaken in a way if you think the Mail&Guardian and Zapiro are typical of South Africa.

  11. Alleman, again, I’ve written badly. I didn’t mean to imply that Zapiro is typical of South Africa. Is that what I wrote? As for my piece, You let her into the house? in Radical Philosophy, there was nothing funny about that (you are right). But I do like to think I have a sense of humour. If I don’t, I ought to. Life would be awfully dull… But I appreciate your audience, and appreciate your thoughtful comments. Nothing of what I have said in this blog detracts (I hope) from what I wrote and discussed in the RP piece, which was largely about white people behaving badly (and all too predictably) in Africa. In many ways, this blog is a continuation of that. Perhaps that’s why I’m a little confused that you take so much issue with my take on white South Africans, when you mind it less what I write on ‘other’ whites.
    Anyway, let none of us slip into too many generalisations, eh (as this comments column is starting to). All I ask is that readers of this blog remember that it is a blog: it’s not a newspaper, it’s not a journal, it’s not comprised of painfully researched work. It is, as I think I say in my profile, a reflection of what I see, what I hear, and what I overhear. No more, no less. It is, of course, being my blog and only my blog, subjective. I don’t have an editor who tells me to go away and provide another side to the story. It’s just my take on life around me. I don’t expect everyone to like it. That’s not why I write it.
    And the articles I write for publication are far more deeply researched.
    OK?

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