DERRY — Two psychics said things will begin to look up this year, but not until around September.
"The housing market will remain critical until September 2009, when we will see a slight increase," predicts Donna Marie Watts, owner of Gardenias Book Store & Learning Center on Birch Street. "Overall, financially, the housing market will remain in its current decline for three more years."
Watts said the stock market will see two young companies emerge in February that will serve to bring strength to the stability of the market.
"Yet again, September seems to be when slow growth begins to come our way," she said.
April Sheerin, owner of New Awakenings on West Broadway predicts about the same.
"The economy will not get better for another six months," she said. "By September or October, things will become pretty much stable."
Watts said that the early part of 2009 will see an internal rebellion in the Middle East.
"The United States will play a role in disarming the rebellion, but this will also serve as an awakening and a stronger desire toward self-preservation due to our many difficult trials in the process," Watts said.
Sheerin said that to get out of Iraq, China is going to offer to help.
"At the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010, there is a lot of stuff about negotiations and I see a treaty put together, but that treaty isn't going to hold water," Sheerin said. "When I saw this, the word 'false' came right up behind it. It has no substance to it."
Sheerin said China is absolutely going to be a superpower.
"That bothers me, because China doesn't have a conscience," she said. "There's a passage in the Bible that says beware of the sleeping giant and that's China. China's going to save us when we pull out of Iraq, because China owns most of our debt."
Sheerin said "Obama will be one of the best presidents the country has ever had."
While Sheerin thinks Obama will bring hope to the country, she said this is a time when people will start taking responsibility for their own lives.
"We have to learn to trust ourselves and stop leaving the power to other people," she said. "I have a lot of faith in the basic nature of this country, because I think this election showed the nature of this country."
Sheerin said by the fall, middle America will take responsibility and not just leave things for someone else to do.
"Next year will be interesting, because I see people putting things back into perspective and being grateful for the things that are there," Sheerin said.
Weatherwise, Watts said the United States will have a break from weather disasters through 2009.
"Europe will be dealing with their own," she said. "Especially late July early August."
Sheerin said that between now and 2012, the earth will go through a lot of changes.
"The magnetic fields are changing, which means the polarization of the plates is changing and the fault lines are changing," she said. "People have been worried about California, but should be more concerned with Missouri and Mississippi."
Sheerin said the Red Sox have a really good chance in 2009.
"There's a question of someone's health (on the team) that will make or break it for them this year," she said.
If there's one word Sheerin would offer for the New Year, it is "hope."
"It's what people need more than anything else and it has to spring from inside," she said.