Who says it’s not a good time to start a company?

“My phone is ringing off the hook,” said Roxanne Usleman, a psychic in Manhattan.

Ms. Usleman, who says she channels angels to advise her clients on interpersonal and financial matters, reported both a spike in traffic on her website and a significant surge in private consultations. She used to see comfortably 15 to 20 clients a week, she said. Now she meets with more than twice that number. “I’m having trouble squeezing in appointments,” she said.

That’s from Sunday’s New York Times, in a Style story called “Love, Jobs and 401(k)s.” See, it’s a blanket bad time for business; and it’s a matter of what business you have. The Times story also notes this about a Los Angeles psychic named Tori Hartman:

“In what is perhaps a sign of the times, the $70 moss-scented prosperity candle offered on her website has become her best seller, she said.”

She can’t make them fast enough.

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