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Holy Holloway! Palm reading and astrology at Nag’s Head Market

Astrology has been around for thousands of years, and people seem fascinated by the “science” of interpreting the movements of celestial bodies and their influence on terrestrial affairs. Now more than ever, astrology is capturing our imaginations – but why?

By Ilaria Mastio and Amelle El Ahmadi

Nag’s Head Market is a large indoor space visited regularly by many residents of the Holloway Road area – and with good reason. The eclectic mix of shops, food stores and cafes offers everything from duck eggs to silver jewellery to palm reading – need we say more?

Pandit Shivaji is a third-generation astrologer who’s been working in Nag’s Head Market for eight years. His tiny shop is wedged between a vintage store and a street food counter – but most visitors to the Market know it’s there.

Inside Pandit Shivaji’s shop. Picture credit: Ilaria Mastio

“I’ve been practising astrology since I was a kid. It all started with my grandad, and my family practised until it was finally my turn to take over,” said Shivaji, 35. “I believe in what I do, and you don’t need to be Indian to take part in my sessions.”

As it says on his business card, Shivaji is an expert in removing black magic, evil spirits, voodoo, bad luck and curses. Many people from the area know him and trust him, and he’s also available for home visits.

Shivaji says that he spends a lot of time with the elderly in particular; he prays for them and guides them, especially when they are going through a hard time.

Inside Pandit Shivaji’s shop. Picture credit: Ilaria Mastio

The session costs £20, and Shivaji will read your hand and focus on what you ask. From financial matters to love and family problems, he will give you a solution.

Various people who work inside the market have been very curious about his job and how truthful his words are.

“I had a private matter a few months ago, and I was very desperate. I spoke to Pandit, and I was not impressed by his solutions. I did believe in palm reading and have experienced it,” said David Jones, 61, owner of Antiques at Nag’s Head Market.

But Jones was disappointed by the reading. “He only wants to take people’s money,” Jones said. “Unfortunately, the solution I was asking for wasn’t what I was expecting.”

Entrance of Nags Head Market in Seven Sisters. Picture credit: Ilaria Mastio

At Pandit Shivaji’s shop, all religions are welcome, and each session can last a maximum of 30 minutes. For more information, or to book an appointment, call 07466375777.