100%       of American Association of Psychics and Mediums’ members have seen an increase in business during the economic downturn, according to founder Dawn Carr in a June 2009 Long Island B

"The copies of gold and silver inflated, which after the theft were thrown into the lake, at the discovery that all is exhausted and dissipated by the debt. All scrips and bonds will be wiped out."—Nostradamus prediction

In July, when President Barack Obama and various members of his cabinet were asked about the economy, the on-message response seemed to always begin with "I don't have a crystal ball…" followed by "the consensus of economists…"

SFR doesn't have a crystal ball either, but we do have plenty of New Age prediction experts. Here's what three of Santa Fe's most respected prognosticators—none of whom are economists—had to say, via email, about the fate of the economy.

Michael Brill, numerologist: "I asked, 'How many more months will this recession last?' Using Cosmic Numerology and a modernized version of the ancient Kabbalah art of Gematria, the numeric total became 177, which I then reduced (1+7+7) to find the answer of 15 months. We can shorten this period if we let go of our feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem and instead focus on bringing our innovative visions into reality."

Arielle Guttman, astrologer: "The good news is that both the US astrological chart and the Wall Street chart are experiencing a temporary surge, a relief from the downward trend that has been affecting us now for some time. This relief is only temporary—by the end of 2009, possibly as early as mid-November, we will experience drastic changes as the economic indicators react to fear on a global scale. Next year will feel like a roller coaster with the Dow Jones Industrial Average alternately peaking and diving. I believe the economy will not triumphantly turn around until the end of 2010 or early 2011."

Elissa Heyman, psychic counselor: "Ultimately, President Barack Obama's administration ends as a success. In the long run, his ideas create balance, but in the near future we'll still be dealing with the past, and this delays meaningful recovery. The housing market hasn't bottomed yet, either. It looks like there are still a lot of broken dreams to come. Many people will still feel lack and in a 'less than' state in at least part of 2010. However, the stock market could bottom sometime in 2009."