Socionomics speaks yet again. Straight from the pixels of the Wall Street Journal, I give you Magical Thinking hard at work:Need a Job? Losing Your House? Who Says Hoodoo Can't Help?
by Cameron McWhirter, WSJ
Jennifer Forness, a 39-year-old in Groton, Conn., felt her life falling apart earlier this year. Her husband announced he wanted a divorce. She lost her job as a store clerk. She developed health problems from the stress.
Then one night she discovered a website selling products for hoodoo—an ancient belief system based on spells, potions, balms and curses that slaves developed long ago in the Deep South. Ms. Forness ordered several items and instructions for performing certain rituals. She also had a telephone session with a hoodoo "doctor" who specializes in employment matters.
Since then, things have turned around. Ms. Forness found work tending bar part-time and her health has improved. "There is a reason we believe in this stuff," she says...
Emphasis mine. Yes, there is a reason people start believing more and more in occult forces during hard times - because mass mood encourages that behavior and we, as pack animals, are quite in tune with that greater mood.
As mood plunges more deeply into negative-bias territory, expect more stories about Hoodoo, Santeria, et al - and expect those stories to become more fixated upon the darker aspects of these belief systems, that of conjuring demons, hexes, and bloody sacrifice...