As local governments prevent people from attending churches, psychics and fortunetellers across New York City report they’re earning more money than ever before, as people try to find answers and hope elsewhere.
Statistically, atheists and agnostics make up a very small portion of all people. Most humans have a spiritual longing. It may not necessarily fall into the realm of organized religions, but the majority of humans seek to make a connection with a higher power and find a greater source of knowledge and meaning to existence.
It’s natural that during a time of great despair, such as what the entire world is experiencing currently during the coronavirus pandemic, people would look to find answers, comfort and hope regarding the future.
However, one place people haven’t been able to go to find answers is church. Due to COVID-19, state and local officials have largely forced churches and houses of worship to remain closed.
As an alternative, people of all types, including many people of faith, desperate for answers, have been reaching out to find illumination from psychics and fortunetellers.
Those who tell the future for a living say they are earning more money than ever before, according to the New York Post who did a study of those who do clairvoyant work in New York City.
As human beings, we’re problem solvers. It’s human nature to look for answers in uncertain situations, and that’s precisely what a number of psychics are saying about their influx of customers.
“Everyone now wants more certainty, and yes – that is when people tend to turn to psychics,” psychic Betsy LeFae told The Post. “When there’s a big change in the world, or more uncertainty in the world, that is when people look for more certainty.”
All the psychics interviewed by the Post said the most common question is: “When can we get back to our lives?“
However, the answers vary, the Post said, noting that most of the psychics were cautious about putting a specific date on the predictions, as well as prognosticating in the way in which the pandemic will come to an end. But some psychics offered that a “great way of hope” will occur during the winter solstice in December, while others foresee the outbreak beginning to abate in January 2021, fueled by medical advances.
“And he said, ‘Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream.'”
– Numbers 12:6
For all intents and purposes, psychics and all those who claim to foresee the future are acting in the role of a prophet.
The Bible tells us that some people are given the gift of prophecy. These are people chosen to receive messages about the future that come from God. Only God is able to accurately know the future. In other words, the Bible says that only people who are true prophets of God have information about the future. Only their information is accurate and reliable.
The Scriptures give us ways of testing a person so that we can discern who a true prophet of God is – and most importantly – who is not.
“Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.”
– Isaiah 8:20
In this first test from Isaiah above, we are instructed to compare anything we are told from any so-called prophet (i.e. psychic) with the Bible. If their words contradict the Scriptures, then we are being misled. This person is not a prophet.
“When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.”
– Deuteronomy 18:22
This test is the simplest of all. If a prophet (i.e. psychic) tells you what is going to happen – and it doesn’t – that person is a fake. Don’t believe anything this person says. Don’t be afraid of their predictions or curses.
The fear that people have is driving them to search for answers anywhere they can find him. Psychic practitioners are taking advantage of the situation.
Because of the pandemic, many of the psychics have gone virtual with their readings, while others still do a mix of both.
Manhattan psychic Marion Hedger told the New York Post the amount of business she is seeing courtesy of the COVID-19 outbreak has been “absolutely nuts.”
Psychic Catherine Marks says she has been seeing double, sometimes triple, the normal number of clients for both virtual and in-person readings.
Psychic Betsy LeFae says her business is booming, even though she is pricier than most.
East Village psychic Kathleen Lee says she mostly used to serve tourists, but says now, “In my 30 years I’ve never had so many clients from the same block or the same neighborhood.”
Hedger charges $85 for a half-hour reading and $165 for an hour. She says her weekly earnings have doubled from $1,000 pre-pandemic to $2,000.
LeFae charges a premium fee for her services, $997 for a one-hour reading. But even with high prices, LeFae says that business has only increased.
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”
– Leviticus 19: 31
There are several reasons the Bible sees the practice of fortune-telling and dabbling in the occult as sinful.
First, these practitioners are inserting themselves between God and his people. Plus, they lack God’s ability to see the true future. Seek God as the only truthful source for answers and hope about the future.
The second reason is danger. As human beings, we have no way of accurately testing certain spirits that may communicate with us from the world beyond. Demonic spirits can easily deceive us. While they can’t actually tell the future, they can access all the information of the past. They can present a scenario that seems real and true by feeding us information about the past we can verify. Because of this, it makes us gullible when it comes to information purporting to be a vision of the future.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
–1 John 4:1
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
– Matthew 7:15
People of faith should find their answer in the Holy Scriptures and avoid trying to find them from psychics. There is only one thing you are guaranteed certainty to walk away from a psychic knowing: You have less money than you started with.
Hope and comfort from the Holy Spirit are free.