This year has brought in large amounts of change. Whether it’s losing a job, a home, or a loved one, most people have had to suddenly confront something different this year.


Sudden change normally leaves people feeling lost and looking for answers. We’ve seen this happen over and over again throughout history. The time surrounding the Civil War had many turning to spiritualism for answers.


Mary Todd Lincoln famously consulted spiritualists for guidance both before and after Abraham Lincoln’s death. A spiritualist campground founded in Lookout Mountain, Tenn., was mentioned often in the Atlanta Constitution in the late 1880s. Preachers here in Savannah were quoted in newspapers trying to warn people away from live séances held at local theaters.


This year has seen an increasing interest in metaphysical philosophy. It’s something Savannah business owners have noticed too.


Carmen Loup owns of the Cosmic Corner, a spiritual supply shop. She said she noticed a little more business after opening the new location on 38th Street in February, but she said things really took off after COVID.


"I think more people have time alone, more time in their own houses, where they’re just sitting in their own minds. When you start to sit and look at your own mind is when you start to understand that something is maybe a little bit off because we keep ourselves pretty busy usually."


Christi Powell, known as the Savannah Psychic, said she noticed the same thing.


"This year is what I like to call the Year of the Pivot.


"Everyone has this idea of what their year should be. These are my goals. This is what’s going to happen. That got thrown out the window real quick."


Both Loup and Powell said they’ve noticed people coming to them for guidance in changing their lifestyle.


"People are looking for comfort," said Loup. "They are looking for more self-care items."


"I know it sounds weird. It’s been so beautiful," said Powell. "It has been so inspiring for me to watch not only small business owners but clients really pivot and say, ‘What is it that I actually want to do? What are some things that actually inspire me? What are things that make me excited?’"


Loup said that while she’s excited to see more people learning about tarot reading and energy work, she and her staff have had to remind some customers not to ignore practical solutions to real problems.


"It’s very important to us that people understand that [metaphysics] is not a substitute. It’s something that’s supportive; a mental and spiritual support."


Some people have come into her shop complaining of illnesses and asking for a spell to get rid of it, but Loup has told them to go to a doctor instead.


"While we respect everyone’s own individual beliefs, we try to mitigate expectations."


Powell has also had to show people that being a psychic isn’t the same as the stereotype.


"We are not defined by just giving predictions and try to make people fearful and make people come back to us. We want to help, inspire, and empower people."


When asked why some people avoided coming to her sooner, she said people often think psychics are going to tell them they’re about to die.


"This is not about the future," she said. "You create your future."


"Sometimes that’s where the astrologists and psychics come in because we can help tell you this what you’re really kind of wanting and validate how they’re feeling."


Powell and Loup have been helping people understand more about themselves this year.


Powell said, "They turn to spirituality or turn inward to themselves and say, ‘What actually makes me happy? What actually do I want?’"


In practicing spirituality, Loup said, "Find the thing that is exciting to you. Start with the thing that excites you most, and let that carry you into other things.


"Start with meditation or energy work because pretty much any practice is going to benefit from the ability to focus your mind, to still your mind, to be able to understand energies."


The Cosmic Corner has been offering a class on tarot reading since the beginning of the year. Loup said it started in February as an in-person class and then moved online after the pandemic hit.


"Our next phase is a downloadable course that you can take whenever you want."


Powell is teaching entrepreneur mindset courses to help people find out how they can be successful and do what’s best for them.


"Everyone has an instinct. They should just go with it and stop asking for validation outside themselves."


Loup agreed.


"You have to put in the physical effort as well as the spiritual effort. The spiritual effort is what motivates you. It is what kind of stacks the odds in your favor and what prepares you to do the physical effort."


While no one is certain what the rest of this year holds for us, Loup and Powell said this is a good time for introspection and realizing that change isn’t always a bad thing.


"We try to get people to understand that their mind is often what’s creating these problems," said Loup.


"For this year, don’t be afraid to make yourself uncomfortable," said Powell. "Do something that may scare you in a good way. Do something that pushes yourself out of your comfort zone whether it’s for your business or your personal life."