refer to an attempt by an individual or group to foretell the future. There are many different types of psychic readings (discussed in more detail below,) that include Tarot cards, astrological charts, palm reading, numerology, aura readings, past-life regression, distant readings and psychometry readings. The word “psychic” generally means to perceive things hidden from the senses through means of “extra-sensory perception.” Examples of individuals throughout history who were thought to possess psychic powers include the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce. Skeptics contend that there is no scientific evidence supporting such abilities, however the belief in psychic readings continues to be widespread throughout the world.
Astrology involves the reading of an individual and predicting of their future based upon their date of birth, and the alignment of the planets and stars at the time of their birth. Astrology is an ancient practice and pre-dates many scientific methods of astral observation, however, astrology can be studied and learned and does not need any psychic ability.
Distant readings are often done many times without the reader ever meeting the client. The client asks questions pertaining to his or her life and a psychic uses intuitive senses to determine a probable outcome or solution to those questions.
Psychometry is a form of postcognition which enables the psychic reader to receive information about people, events or objects by being in close contact with the area or object where the event took place, or is taking place. Commercial psychometry readers often ask the subject for their favorite or most meaningful objects, such as a piece of jewelry, etc. The belief is that objects which are in close proximity to a person for extended periods of time hold some of that person's energy. Psychics often use this method to try and locate missing persons.
Aura readings involve the observation and interpretation of auras around the physical human body. The “aura” is said to be a set of cascading, colored outlines emanating from the surface of the body which differ from one person to another in terms of size, shape, intensity, and color. Aura readers claim to have the ability to see or sense this aura, and can then interpret their meaning to the individual.
Tarot reading does not need psychic abilities. The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards known used to predict and interpret relationships, love, careers, etc. The tarot is also used for spiritual, esoteric, psychological, occult and divinatory purposes. The meaning of each tarot card is open to the interpretation of the Tarot reader, and the same set of cards may have two different meanings to two different readers. One does not need to have psychic abilities in order to learn to use Tarot cards.
Numerology is the study of the different meanings of numbers and their influence on human life. It is usually a reading of an individual based upon the numerical values of their date of birth, letters in their names, etc. Numerology was once considered part of higher mathematics in the ancient world and is not necessarily a form of psychic reading. That is to say, anyone can learn the meanings of the numbers, much like learning the meanings of Tarot cards.
Palm readings involve the foretelling of one's future through the study of the lines, shapes, wrinkles and curves on the palm. Like Tarot and numerology, palmistry can be studied and does not need any psychic ability.