Nicole Brodeur talks with psychic John Edward about energy, signs of the zodiac and of course, politics. Edward will be in Seattle on Oct. 2.

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It’s the morning before the Big Debate, and psychic John Edward isn’t picking up a thing.

He can’t tell whether a deceased relative is trying to get through to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to urge either one on, or if Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas are elbowing in from the other side for a piece of the action.

But man, Edward has been picking up very strong signals that voters are steeped in fear. They’re spooked.

“There is such uncertainty that it provides people with a feeling that there is no ceiling or floor,” Edward said. “It creates imbalance.”

He’s surprised more people aren’t pouring into churches or lighting bonfires of candles. Anything to feel more stable and grounded.

“They’re seeking something out, whether it be church or faith,” he said.

All this political talk wasn’t the plan when Edward called to talk about his appearance next Sunday at the Seattle Airport Marriott. The “group” event will consist of a question-and-answer period, and “messages from the other side.” No one is guaranteed a reading.

I’ve lost both my parents in the last six years, and used to watch Edward’s show, “Crossing Over,” before it was canceled in 2004. I wondered if talking to him would bring anything out.

It didn’t.

There was a moment, though, when he asked me about my astrological sign and then my son’s. He’s a Capricorn, I told Edward, then heard nothing for several beats.

What? I asked him.

“I thought you were going to say Gemini,” he said.

Nope. Not a single Gemini in my family. And that was that.

“You can’t make somebody come through,” Edward said. “If you can do that in life, tell me how. I’d like to know how that happens.”

Edward’s goal isn’t even to “read” people, he said. It’s to teach those in the room about the world of energy. To discern the thread that runs through them, whether it be fathers or suicide, accidents or miracles.

“There will always be a collective theme,” Edward said. “It is pretty amazing for me.”

He was 14 when he discovered his “ability” to pick up energy. He uses that word, he said, “because we all have something. My ability might just be a little stronger. I’m an outlier in that way.”

As a young man in his native Long Island, N.Y., he worked in a video store and would “attack-read” customers over the counter.

“I had to mature and understand and respect it,” he said.

He picks up things everywhere he goes, but doesn’t always indulge them, or share them.

“I had a teacher ask me, ‘Would you watch your neighbor shower through their window?’ No. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

And he has learned to protect his energy.

“If I’m on line at movie theater and the couple in front of me is having a fight, I don’t want to feel that,” he said.

Edward won’t engage or share with anyone without their permission. He was once in a meeting, sitting next to a man, “and I’m in the no-fly zone,” he said, meaning he wouldn’t enter the man’s energy. (Doing so, he said, would be like reading someone’s emails over their shoulder.)

After 90 minutes, the man asked Edward if he had picked up anything about his life or family.

“You really want to know?” Edward asked him. “And I nailed him. I gave him all the information. Just like that.”

His audiences are made up of believers and skeptics — but very few cynics.

“Most who are coming are coming because they’re interested in learning or open to the subject matter,” he said. “They’re also seeking empowerment. They’re seeking information. That’s why someone would seek out a psychic. They want insight and guidance.

“And even if you’re skeptical, it’s all right,” Edward said. “It means that you’re questioning.”

Everyone is questioning, I told him. How did things get so raw and divisive? What’s going to happen in November? Do we need to buy condos in Canada? (“I’ll have to answer that tomorrow,” he said. “If I watch the debate.”)

Then answer this: Why should people go see him?

“Nobody should come and see me,” Edward said. “But if somebody feels they can benefit from learning, they should come. But if they think they’re coming for a reading or to be fixed, they should not come.

“I am a teacher,” he said. “Not a healer.”