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Angel Cards

Sometimes called angel oracle cards, these divination cards each have the image of an angel and a message related to an aspect of a person's life or a specific emotion. Psychic Arthur explains that angel card readings are often gentle, empowering and uplifting, as well as, non-judgmental. During readings, people's questions are addressed by these images and messages, which often take the form of affirmations and advice from the guardian angels and spirits that guide them. The angels include recognizable angels from the Bible (Raphael, Michael, Gabriel) or Judeo-Christian lore (Uriel, Azrael, etc.).


Astrology is a method of divination that predicts situations, influences and atmosphere in a person's life based on astrological charts that show the position of the sun, moon and planets at a specific time. A chart is based on celestial influences at the time and day of someone's birth and determines which zodiac sign governs his or her horoscope. An astrologer is able to understand and create a comprehensive forecast for an individual, from important dates and events to emotional feelings and desires, according to Psychic Arthur. Psychic Source Advisors are familiar with both Western and Chinese astrology. Western astrology revolves around sun signs, determined by an individual’s date of birth. In Chinese astrology, which is based on more traditional astronomy, an individual’s birth year determines their animal sign.


A colored outline that emanates from the surface of an object or around a person that reflects a supernatural energy field. Psychic Cheyenne explains that aura colors represent frequencies in the light spectrum. Psychics view it as the life force that emanates from all things and is linked to the chakra centers of the body. Generally, auras are only seen by people with psychic abilities or heightened intuitive powers.

Aura Reading

Psychics who read people's auras are often able to tell them the condition of their health, mental and emotional states based on the colors that emanate. Although there's disagreement on whether certain colors have specific meanings in auras, many readers attach significance to particular hues. Seeing someone’s aura can help a psychic identify chakra imbalances, areas that need work, and overall disposition. Fun fact from Psychic Cheyenne: Psychics use the rods and cones of the eye to see auras. Psychics who see auras were born with an overabundance of rods and cones.

Cartomancy Readings

A psychic uses a standard deck of playing cards as a divination tool during a cartomancy reading to help guide our choices about the present and future. Hearts (which correspond to Cups in tarot readings) govern the emotions, while Diamonds (Pentacles in tarot) are linked to a variety of issues outside the home. Clubs (Wands) draw attention to business and finances, and Spades (Swords) shed light on difficulties that may be facing us.



Psychic Liam shares that the word chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheel,” and a wheel needs energy to move. In Kundalini yoga, seven areas of the body – the base of the spine, lower abdomen, solar plexis, heart, throat, "third eye" in the center of the forehead, and the top of the head – are considered energy centers. They are believed to reveal your spiritual and physical health as shown in auras. Each has a connection to a particular ability or emotion, such as the heart's link to love and the throat's to communication. Psychic Pixie explains that any or all of your chakras can become blocked or weak. There are techniques that you can perform on yourself, or with the help of a psychic, to unblock those chakras for a healthier mind or body.


The process of communicating spiritual guidance through a medium to humans who are seeking a connection to their spirit guides or loved ones who have died. The medium channels the information at an intuitive level and expresses it in human language. Channeling can be useful to a person who needs questions answered, guidance, or closure with a loved one who has passed. According to Psychic Cheyenne, some psychics go into a trance, allowing information to come through from an entity on the other side (trance channeling). This is different than being a medium.


Information divined by psychics based on what they "hear," rather than the spirits or visions they see. Clairaudient psychics interpret messages through their inner spiritual "ear," and channel that guidance directly from spirit guides and other beings in the astral realm to an individual who seeks advice.



Psychics who have clairsentient abilities often feel subconscious energy and provide guidance by reacting to their strong instincts about people. Unlike clairvoyants, who sense things in a higher realm, clairsentience psychics react to sensations that come from real-world surroundings. They can sense the energy around objects as well as people. According to Psychic Carmaleena, a clairsentient person is born with this gift already in place. He or she can walk into a room and feel the atmosphere being emitted from the people.


Clairvoyance is often used interchangeably with psychic ability. Those who have the gift of "second sight" are able to see beyond the range of natural senses to either decipher events that have already happened or predict those in the future. A person who has developed this gift can see things in their mind’s eye, Psychic Carmaleena adds; when a psychic with this gift gives information to a client, the reading is based on what is energetically being presented to the psychic at the time of the reading. Always remember, nothing is carved in stone. Energies shift and so can future events. Some clairvoyants can also communicate with people who have passed away. Learn more about clairvoyant psychics.


Beyond their beauty as gems and their use in modern technology, crystals have been believed to have healing and mystical powers for centuries. The clear quartz crystal in particular was revered in ancient cultures. Today, many people still view the crystal's biggest attribute as its ability to absorb and reflect an individual's personal energy. Psychic Pixie uses crystals to reflect or deflect energy as a way to prepare for meditation. She uses an icicle shaped crystal as a pendulum for divination, or to energize her when she’s feeling stuck. You can leave a crystal in a window and use the solar energy it produces for further empowerment.

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Also known as divining, the act of dousing is an attempt to locate ground water, buried metals, gemstones, oil and other objects based on earth radiation and geographic alignments. A Y- or L-shaped rod is often held by the dowser and points downward when an item is located.


The practice of foretelling future occurrences or seeing into the past. A psychic can pick up on past or future events using tools such as tarot or cartomancy. They can also channel spirits to gain this knowledge.

Dream Interpretation

Dreams are believed to reflect our subconscious worries, true feelings and emotions. According to Psychic Pixie, this is when your mind is in its clearest state for receiving messages from a higher power. There are many interpretations for common dream subjects, from crossing a bridge to being late. By interpreting our dreams, we can gain a better understanding of our real-life problems, personal relationships and our direction in life. Psychic Pixie suggests you consult a psychic who can bring clarity to the messages you’re receiving.


In the simplest form, an empath is someone who can feel others' feelings. An empath may be affected by other people's energy and unconsciously absorb their desires, moods and thoughts. This level of empathy isn't limited to emotions, because many empaths also perceive physical sensations and spiritual needs of people around them. Psychic Cheyenne’s example of empathy is when the psychic reader can not only feel the frustration from the client, but also their headache.


Energy Work

A method of healing, energy work uses a variety of techniques focusing on the body's energy centers to improve a health condition. Frequently, energy work is integrated with other healing methods, including acupuncture and herbal medicine. Reiki is one of the best-known forms of energy work that addresses body, mind and spiritual healing by a light laying on of hands. When a therapist follows the body's chakras and pathways in energy work, the body becomes balanced and stimulates healing.


Extra sensory perception is a level of knowledge that's perceived without use of sight, hearing or the other physical senses. It encompasses telepathy between individuals, precognitive knowledge of future events and an ability to know things about people or objects that can't be known through other means. The shortened term ESP became popularized by research done on paranormal phenomena at Duke University in the 1920s. Psychic Shawn adds: ESP can be referred to as your third eye or sixth sense. Some ESP abilities include telepathy, clairaudience, and clairvoyance. Have you ever been with a lover or a friend and knew what they were about to say before they said it? That’s telepathy.

Feng Shui

An ancient Chinese philosophy of harmonizing our daily lives with our surroundings. Feng Shui is a way to increase positive "chi," or energy, by how furnishings are arranged in homes and offices. However, Feng Shui has deeper metaphysical significance based on cardinal directions - east, west, north and south - and their impact on a property. The placement of elements including water, earth, fire and air-related items can also stimulate good energy and block negative energy. Psychic Shawn elaborates: fire is spirit, water is emotion, air is intellect, and earth is matter. Feng Shui is all about aligning our environment to maximize harmony.



ghost is the spirit, soul and subconscious mind of a person who has died, but whose non-physical nature continues to reside in the physical world. Some ghosts don't cross over to the spiritual realm because they have unfulfilled desires on earth, have met with an unexpected or traumatic death, or are otherwise tied to unfinished business in their earthly life. Ghosts often interact with humanity by manipulating items, being observed and communicating with the living. Psychic Cheyenne also shares that a ghost may not know they’re dead, so they attach to places or bodies that are familiar to them. A spirit can come and go—they are not “stuck” here.

Holistic Healing

Treating the whole person is the premise behind holistic healing and medicine, which avoids surgery and drugs as much as possible. Instead, herbal treatments, prayer, and diet are incorporated into a healing process that addresses the mind, emotions and spirit as well as the physical health of a person.


Information from an astrological chart that forecasts events expected to occur in a person's future based on his or her zodiac sign and the placement of the planets, moon and sun. It's often forecast within a particular timeframe, most commonly as daily, weekly, monthly or annual horoscopes. While Western horoscopes are the most popular, many Psychic Source Advisors are also familiar with Chinese astrology.


The ability to understand things without physical proof or evidence, but known through intuition according to what seems "right." It may be an immediate impression or a deep insight into a subject, but is arrived at without logical reasoning. Psychic Pixie likens intuition to that “gut feeling” and advises that you never ignore it. An intuitive psychic may be able to feel things you didn’t know you were feeling.

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A belief associated largely with Buddhism and Hinduism that's based on all our actions having equal repercussions. In short, whatever you do comes back to you in kind. In karmic theory, the universe follows natural laws of cause and effect. On a moral level, we receive the treatment that we deserve based on our own actions. Psychic Liam adds that the effect can come immediately or carry over into other lifetimes. Many effects are rooted in one’s unconscious and expressed as guilt or shame and have ramifications on one’s self-esteem. Psychic Shawn compares karma to the ripples in the water when you drop a stone into the lake—some ripples go backwards (the past), some go forwards (the future) and the stone creates a splash (the present).

Lost Objects Reading

With a description of an item and inner guidance, a psychic may be able to find a lost object that has meaning for a person. This is done by relying on "remote viewing," a spiritual practice in which clairvoyants are able to focus on objects that are far off and summon information that will pinpoint their location. The object of the search often has sentimental or monetary value and the connection between the seeker and the item is important if the two are to be reunited. Finding a lost object on your own is hard, according to Psychic Pixie, because when you’re upset about losing the object, you don’t have the clarity needed to pull that energy to yourself. Remote viewing takes a lot of energy and a clear mind.


Psychic mediums have the gift of speaking with the dead, which can provide reassurance and emotional comfort to those longing to reconnect with loved ones who have passed on. By connecting with beings and energies in the spiritual world, including angels and spirit guides, a psychic medium can help a person gain inner peace and increased spiritual awareness. Psychic Arthur adds that while mediums are psychic, not all psychics are mediums. A medium serves as a channel between the world of the living and the afterlife. A psychic connects with a person’s soul, through the client’s aura energy field.


In a broad sense, metaphysics examines the nature of things that are real compared to perceptions, ideas and consciousness of phenomena that's unseen. Today, metaphysics is often viewed as a New Age concept and body of knowledge that encompasses spiritual and psychic matters. Psychic Liam shares a fun fact: Originally a catalogue classification of Aristotle’s works, metaphysics indicated what came after the section on physics in his library. It was misunderstood in Western philosophy as the study of what was “beyond the physical” and became a branch of philosophy that studies what can be understood of reality and what really exists. Psychic Carmaleena adds that metaphysics is about being in tune with yourself and being in control of your life.


Psychic Shawn explains that, in every culture on the planet, every number has the same value across the world (incredible, right?!). Numbers assigned to the letters of the alphabet may foretell what is likely to happen in your life. A person's name and date of birth is used to calculate a numerology chart that will provide information about your personality, relationships and even the future. As with letters, each number has meaning and provides a lesson about your personal nature. Psychic Shawn feels that our names have an energy or vibration. Psychic Arthur elaborates on numerology: The three most common types of numbers in numerology are the Life Expression, Expression and Soul Numbers. While a numerologist can give a person insight into their past and give predictions about their future, they can also use this type of reading to predict outcomes and compatibility for relationships, lucky and unlucky days, and more. Additionally, a numerologist can show a person how things like altering the spelling of their name or modifying the numbers of their address can change their life for the better.

Past lives

Lives experienced on earth prior to your current existence are called past lives (which Psychic Carmaleena says humans can literally reincarnate hundreds to thousands of times!). Belief in past lives is typically associated with reincarnation of a soul through different lifetimes. Often, a current life reflects soul mates who were known to you in a past life, habits and talents developed in previous lives and karmic consequences of actions experienced in past incarnations.

Past Life Reading

Psychic Arthur defines a past life reading as a reading in which a psychic sees and gathers intuitive information and knowledge pertaining to a person’s past lives and their various incarnations. This specialized reading can address a wide variety of questions about your life today, as it uncovers unresolved emotional issues and/or trauma that may be carried from one lifetime to the next. A past life reading can help explain why a person may act, feel or behave a certain way in this lifetime. Once information regarding any unresolved emotional issues and/or trauma is revealed, the healing can then begin. Also, if a person is looking to understand the connections they have with their current loved ones, a past life reading is highly recommended. This type of reading should not be confused with past life regression therapy, since no one is being hypnotized.

Pet Psychic

Clairvoyants who specialize as pet psychics are able to focus on the spiritual energies of animals to find out their physical, mental and emotional well-being. They telepathically talk to animals and then convey that information to humans. Pet Psychic Mediums are able to communicate with pets who have passed on.



Often used interchangeably with “clairvoyant.” As an adjective, psychic means outside the physical and scientific world or spiritual in nature. Psychic as an adjective can also refer to sensitivity to the supernatural. As a noun, psychic refers to an individual with supernatural sensitivity or clairvoyant abilities. Psychic Arthur elaborates on the word “psychic,” from the Greek word, “psyche,” which means “breath of life,” as well as, “breath of soul or spirit.” He explains that a psychic connects with a person’s soul and then translates what they pick-up into everyday language and meaning. Psychic Liam adds that psychics bridge the unconscious to the conscious.


Psychic Chat Reading Or Online Chat Psychic Reading

An online session with a psychic in real time when you can receive insight and advice related to a current dilemma or future development. Psychics who conduct online chat sessions draw upon the same spiritual abilities they use in an in-person meeting.



The ability to provide readings by looking at or touching objects or pictures.


An ancient Japanese healing method that reduces stress and draws upon the body's natural "life force," or energy that flows through chakras, to promote healing of the body, mind and spirit. It's a meditative experience as well as a physical laying on of hands by a Reiki practitioner to stimulate the body's energy and healing power.



Psychic Arthur’s defines rune readings as readings which involve 25 stones that have an alphabetical sign (from the Elder-Furhark Norse Alphabet) that is either written on or carved into them. The stones are put inside a small bag and then drawn out one at a time by the psychic reader, who then interprets the layout. A “rune casting” reading usually addresses a specific question or topic and helps to direct a person to what is happening inside their mind in order to reach answers from their subconscious.


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Scrying, according to Psychic Arthur, is a method of divination that many psychics use to obtain visions regarding an individual’s past, present and future. During a reading, the psychic gazes into a reflective or non-reflective object, such a crystal ball, crystals, black mirror, water or fire, and focuses on the shapes and symbols that they “see,” and then interprets what meaning they may have. This is also a great tool to learn more about past lives.


A shaman or intermediary between the earthly realm and the spirit world conducts ceremonies, sacred dances and healings in the practice of shamanism. Practitioners are believed to "journey" in an altered state of consciousness in order to interact with spirits and channel their energy back to this world.

Spirit Guides

Spiritual beings from the heavenly realm that are assigned to watch over humans from birth. They are responsible for helping us fulfill our spiritual quest and offer guidance to us through life. Some guides are with us during our entire time on earth and others help us on specific challenges we face and point us in the right direction. Spirit guides can come in many forms, including but not limited to: family spirits, deceased loved ones who passed on prior to birth, guardian angels, and ascended masters. Psychic Carmaleena shares some inspiration: Some spirit guides come to us specifically during times of stress, grief, or uncertainty. They stay with us for as long as we need them and then they move on. Other guides come when we have questions we need to have answered such as a career choice. We are never alone.

Spiritual Reading

In a spiritual reading, a psychic makes a connection between the living and the spirit world, including angels, spirit guides and loved ones who have died. With the ability to tap into the knowledge of the spiritual realm as well as your higher self, psychics can help you see patterns in personality, history and relationships as well as predict directions that you may take in your present and future circumstances.


A divination card deck based on the images and messages of 22 cards in the Major Arcana, which reveals meaning for all stages of life's journey, and the four suits of the Minor Arcana – cups, wands, swords and pentacles (also called coins). The cards, which date back to the late 1700s in Europe, provide insight into good and bad influences, positive experiences and stressful uncertainties that we're likely to encounter in daily life.

Tarot Reading

A psychic who specializes in tarot readings uses tarot cards in a variety of spreads to indicate opportunities and blockages in different aspects of a person's life. Through this knowledge, you're able to learn how prevailing and emerging influences will affect your relationships, finances and other concerns currently and in the near future. Psychic Liam looks at tarot readings as a search for truth. There are different types of tarot readings, including 3-card readings which provide general insight on your past, present, and future, as well as the traditional Celtic Cross 10-card reading which is much more in depth. A Celtic Cross reading is perfect if you have specific questions because it walks through the situation in its entirety.


The zodiac, which dates back to ancient Babylonia, plays a role in both astrology and astronomy, but today is most closely associated with the 12 astrological signs related to birth dates. In short, it follows the ecliptic path of the sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year. The paths of the moon and visible planets are also tracked as part of astrological charts.

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