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.
The American Association of Psychics says not only is business booming, but there has been a blooming interest in employment in the field as well. Classes once taught for a dozen students are now filled with as many as 30 students at a time, the Association said.
And since this is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, says clairvoyant-reader Laurie Johnson of the Psychic Eye, people will have heightened levels of communication, perhaps affording them excellent opportunities to tap into their psychic abilities.
Picking up the clairvoyant calling could be a very lucrative career choice: psychics with a big following charge up to $200 an hour for a session, which, in this economy, might be considered a small fortune.
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Anita Vogel joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2001 and currently serves as a Los Angeles based correspondent.