Friday, November 6, 2009

I can see how this happens...everyone is grasping for the magic wand "SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. — Fortune-tellers, tarot card readers and psychics are reporting an uptick in business during the current economic downturn as people look for guidance, employment advice and a window into their personal economic future.

In the past, the majority of customers flocked to psychics for advice on their relationships and love lives, but the questions today revolve mostly around finding a job and money. Psychics at the Psychic Eye Bookshop in Sherman Oaks say their business is being driven by fear today about the economy and their clients' financial security.

And while many might view astrology or fortune telling as a luxury service, many medims say their business is holding steady and — and in some cases doing even better — as people look for guidance in the difficult economic times.

I have always read my horoscope, more as entertainment than anything else. One thing I have gotten from those readings is a way to behave. The wording always reminds me to treat others with kindness, compassion and respect (I can do that very easily in my sobriety). It is good advice, especially now. People have become insanely rude and self-centered. I chuckle at my horoscopes most of the time because they tell me I'll be lucky in love (Ha! never have been yet), I'll make a lot of money (still holding out hope for that one), and that everyone around me will be kind (see above). I understand the grasping for answers in uncertain times, but the reality is that when people are broke, paying a psychic only makes them more broke. We happen to simply be in a horrible economic situation, and it is going to take a long time to recover from, there is no simple or psychic answer. I hate to be such a pessimist, but our country is a mess, no astrologer, psychic, soothsayer, or spoon bender can get us out of this one (by the way, neither can the democrats).

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