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July 2017. Written by Marelis Jacobs. Cover: Norma Simon - Photography by Claire Greenspan.


Letting Go Of Old Habits

On a whim I decided to make Supernatural our Special Feature for July. Once I have made my decision, I stick with it whether I know what I am going to write about or not. With this in mind I applied myself to the internet in search of things both strange and spooky going on in South Africa. As luck would have it, while these thoughts were running through my head, I was watching an episode of Carte Blanche featuring a psychic in search of murder victims.


Aha, I thought to myself, here is something I never considered. While the medium on television was unsuccessfully trying to find the bodies, I further delved into Google in search of other psychics I could feature in the magazine. There is a surprising high number of psychics in South Africa, I discovered. On the other hand, not many of them seem - for the lack of a better word - trustworthy. Just before disappointed took hold, I stumbled upon the website of Norma Simon, a clairvoyant living in Cape Town.



“...There is a surprising high number of psychics in South Africa, I discovered....” - Marelise Jacobs


Something about Norma seemed a little more authentic and I found myself scouring through the many sections of her website. Always someone to plunge ahead, I contacted her immediately to set up an interview. Norma very graciously agreed and even offered a free telephonic session to help me better understand what exactly it is that she does.


Now, ask my friends, especially the ones who have known me since nineteen-voetsek, I am open-mindedness come to life. That being said, I am also the last person to believe in something that others may swear is true. To be honest, I am unsure of what my expectation were on that morning of the free telephonic session. We had agreed on a specified time and I tried my best to clear my mind and be receptive to the experience.


What Norma does is listen. After hearing my voice and talking for a couple of minutes, she shared with me the images she received during our conversation. It was a vision of me dragging and pulling boxes towards an open door but unable or unwilling to leave the old boxes with old belongings behind. In the great scheme of things, it could mean many things to many people but to me, it definitely struck a chord. On the verge of starting something new, I am secretly scared to death of making the same old mistakes because of the same old habits I have carried with me for years.



“...if I use a Tony Robbins quote found on Facebook or a message from Norma Simon over the telephone to improve my life, shouldn’t the most important thing be that I am, in fact, improving my life?...” - Marelise Jacobs


Here is where Norma’s second part of the session started. She helps one to understand, not necessarily her vision, but one’s own interpretation of it. The term used by many is spiritual counselling, and whether or not you put any stock into it, it does give a refreshing view into what you really think about what is going on in your life and in the lives of those around you.


In the couple of weeks since the session with Norma, I have often found myself thinking about our conversation. It has made me very aware of my choices and more importantly, my habits. And that got me thinking. People spend hours on social media reading quote-of-the-day memes or tit-bits of advice to make them change their ways because somehow they know they should be doing things differently. These very same people will criticize and demonise the fact that you have spoken to a clairvoyant psychic in search of meaning.


My argument is, if I use a Tony Robbins quote found on Facebook or a message from Norma Simon over the telephone to improve my life, shouldn’t the most important thing be that I am, in fact, improving my life?


Being the product of a very diplomatic household, I will not say yay or nay on the subject of psychic phenomena, because I don’t know if Norma really saw those images or if it was just a lucky stab in the dark. What I am here to tell you, is that because of that conversation I have changed my ways. And for that I am grateful.