The witchy town of Salem in Massachusetts may be currently experiencing overcrowding of witches. Years after the Salem witch trials, the city council became more lenient about its regulation on allowing psychics to practice. With that, more and more self-proclaimed witches, angels, healers, and clairvoyants came out into the open.
From just a mere handful of psychics in 2007, there are now about 75 today in Salem.
Barbara Szafranski, 75, and a psychic who gave up her profession as an accountant to open the Angelica of Angels, was able to predict this overcrowding. She further says that her business is losing due to the lenient licensing of psychics.
“Many of them are not trained. They don’t understand that when you do a reading you hold a person’s life in your hands,” she said.
However, a self-proclaimed “Kathy Griffin of Witchcraft”, Christian Day, believes that this overcrowding proposes a healthy competition in Salem. He, in fact, wants the city to be the Las Vegas of psychics.
A certain Lorelei Stathopoulos, who has been practicing psychic abilities, thinks that quality is compromised when there are too many practitioners.
“I want Salem to keep its wonderful quaint reputation. And with that, you have to have wonderful people working,” said Stathopoulos.
Back when the 2007 regulation was still imposed, psychic practice was not very easy to put up. For one, a psychic should have been a resident of the city for at least a year for him to be eligible for an individual license. Furthermore, for a business to hire five psychics, it should have already been in operation for also at least a year.
Ms. Szafranski will be filing a complaint at the city council.
Source : http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/us/27psychic.html?ref=psychicsandpsychicphenomena