Common Types of Psychic Readings

Psychic Visions

What do you envision when you think of a psychic reading? Do you see a woman staring into a crystal ball, or laying out cards with colorful, mysterious images on a table in unusual configurations? There are many different ways psychics “read” people. How a psychic reads will depend on their particular innate talents or skills which they have developed through training. It really doesn’t matter what method a psychic uses, because the method is only the mode of information transmission. What matters is the quality of the information you receive. Here is a brief list of some of the most common reading modalities psychics employ.

Understanding Clairvoyance

From the French for “clear vision,” clairvoyance refers to the psychic faculty inherent within a psychic advisor or reader. Sometimes referred to as ESP (extra sensory perception), clairvoyance is not the same thing as mediumship (the ability to communicate with the dead). One can be a medium and be clairvoyant, but it is not necessarily the clairvoyance that facilitates the mediumship. Clairvoyance is one type of “clairsensing;” another type is clairaudience, or “clear hearing.” Clairaudient people are able to hear information in the form of words or voices that are from unseen realms or dimensions. When a psychic is engaged in a reading – no matter the modality or technique – it is their clairvoyance, clairaudience, or other mode of clairsensing that is the transmitting faculty, much like antennas on radios are needed to pick up a broadcast signal in order to tune into a radio station.


Palmistry is the art of reading a person’s palm in order to glean information about a person’s life, or to even tell the future. There are many different ways psychics read palms, and some of the earliest known techniques can be traced to the early cultures of Greece, India, China, and even the Babylonians and Sumerians. There is no one “right” way to do a palm reading; it is more a matter of interpretation of a hand’s qualities.

Tarot Cards

tarot cardsThe Tarot deck of cards has its roots in medieval Europe, most likely Italy. Developed originally as a game for entertainment, the cards were not used for divination (fortune telling) until the 18th century. Now, tarot cards are one of the most popular tools psychics use to impart information, and there are many techniques available. In the most common method, a client asks a very focused question of a personal nature, avoiding yes or no questions. The reading provides a picture of the overall energy surrounding the situation.


Psychics can often read other people’s energy or vibration through objects like jewelry, photos, clothing and other personal items. A psychic imprint is left on the item that the psychic can pick up and give information about that person to the client. This is a psychic technique to learn things about other people.


Astrology is far more complex than just picking up a newspaper and reading your daily horoscope. Like palm reading, astrology has a very ancient history and roots in many cultures. Some claim it is as much science as occult; indeed, it takes years to become a good astrologer because of the depth of knowledge it takes to learn to interpret astrology charts. But what makes a good astrologer is good intuition as much as the ability to interpret charts.


Similar to palm reading, numerology is an interpretation of symbols based on personal information – in this case, numbers associated with things like birthdates and names. Numeric values are assigned to letters, and the numbers have qualities attributed to them that aid a psychic in reading someone’s energy.