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Part two of the complete list of psychic abilities and methods of divination, with over 220 entries to date. This page holds O to Z as well as the FAQs
In the tapestry of the mind's vast scope, Lie psychic gifts that offer hope:
Clairvoyance paints the unseen scene, Revealing what's hidden, what's been and been.
Clairsentience feels the world's soft touch, Tapping into emotions, sensing so much.
Clairaudience hears whispers of old, Echoes of stories, secrets untold.
Telepathy binds two minds as one, Silent conversations, bright as the sun.
Empathy feels a heart's deep beat, Understanding pains, making souls complete.
Precognition glimpses tomorrow's tide, Guiding steps forward, with foresight as guide.
With each unique gift, a beacon's glow, Guiding, uplifting, helping love to grow.
To add to my complete list of psychic abilities please contact me with your suggestion.
Oculomancy: Divination by scrying into a subject’s eye. May well be the origin of the saying "The eyes are the windows to the soul".
Oinomancy, Oenomancy: Divination conducted by examining patterns in wine spilled on cloth or paper. The sediment in the bottom of a glass or bottle of wine was also observed for prophetic signs.
Omnikinesis: This is a fictional psychic ability used by gamers. Read more in the FAQs below.
Omphalomancy: A method of predicting how many children a mother may have during her lifetime, based on the number of knots in the umbilical cord and the shape of the newborn infant’s navel.
Oneiromancy: A psychic form of dream interpretation that uses dreams to predict the future. See my free dream meanings project to work out the psychic messages within them.
Onomancy, Onomantics: Divination by the study of letter in a person’s name. Similarities with Numerology
Onychomancy: Fingernail Fortune Telling by watching the reflection of sunlight on the oiled fingernails of a young boy, then interpreting the symbols that appear. The higher the symbol is situated on the nail, the nearer the events are in the future. Can be a part of Chiromancy / Palmistry.
Oomancy, Ovomancy, Oomantia or Ooscopy: Divination by breaking an egg into a container of water, then interpreting the forms which the white of the egg assumes in the water.
Ophiomancy: Serpent Prophecy. Divination by observing the way a snake coils itself and its manner of eating.
Oracle: A person or system who divines the future. A mystic or psychic can be an oracle. But so can the I-Ching, Set of Rune Stones, or Deck of Tarot Cards.
Ornithomancy or Orniscopy: (Often misspelled as Orinithomancy). Foretelling the future was carried out by observing the actions of birds. In particular birds' flights, songs and the patterns made by the aerial formations of flocks of birds.
Ouija Board: A talking board or spirit board used in séance with the alphabet and other symbols printed or carved on it. A planchette touched with the fingers can move in such a way as to spell out telepathic messages from the spiritual world on the board.
Out of Body Experience: OBE. A sensation of floating outside of one's body and, in some cases, seeing one's physical body from outside oneself. OBE’s are most often initiated through lucid dreaming and or astral projection. Can also be experienced as a near death experience - NDE.
Palmistry, Palm Reading or Cheirology: Divination from the lines on and the structures of people's hands.
Paranormal Experiences: If you are sensing something ‘otherworldly’ you should know that you are not alone.
Parapsychology: The interdisciplinary field for the study of all forms of extra sensory phenomena.
Past Life Regression: A process of hypnosis or meditative visualization for reliving or discovering previous experiences of one's previous lives.
Pegomancy: Divination in which one ‘gazed’ into the waters of a well, spring, fountain, small lake or calm river.
Pendulum Scrying: Is using a crystal or other heavy bob on a chain or string is used to dangle over words, letters or a yes/no while a question is posed. I can also be called pendulum divination. See also Radiesthesia.
Pet Psychics: Many psychics will use the psychic ability of animals to communicate on animal welfare.
Phrenology: Victorian practice to determine character, personality traits, and possible criminality by reading bumps on, and the shape of, the head.
Phyllorhodomancy: When clapping the palms with a rose leaf in hand a prophecy was made from the different type of sound produced by the clap.
Physiognomy: “I didn't like the look on his face”. Making a personality judgement by the look of a person’s facial features. On Physiognomy, Thomas Browne (1605-1682) wrote; “For there are mystically in our faces certain Characters which carry in them the motto of our Souls”.
Pineal Gland: The Third Eye! The pineal gland is a crystalline superconductor that sends, as well as receives, information through the transduction of energetic vibrational signals (frequency beyond the senses, also known as the quantum field) and translates it into biological tissue (the brain and the mind) in the form of meaningful imagery, the same way as an antenna translates different channels onto a TV screen. (Dr Joe Dispenza - Becoming Supernatural)
Precognition: Knowledge or awareness of the future, obtained through extra sensory perceptions - ESP.
Pregmancy: Divination that reveals the bringing into being of a new being. See How To Ask A Psychic About Pregnancy
Psi: Psi is the abbreviation for Parapsychological Studies and Investigations. Research in this field studies psychic abilities and can relate to any of the powers listed here.
Psychic: Extra Sensory Perception - ESP
Psychic Circle: A group of like-minded people who get together to enhance their natural psychic abilities.
Psychic Detective: A person who helps law enforcement in the investigations of crimes by using their own psychic abilities.
Psychic Dreams: While sleeping all the obstructions of the physical body are at rest, there is no interference from your conscious mind. You have the ability to experience guidance from your lucid dreaming.
Psychic Healing: An ability to sense illness in a person and heal them, normally while in a trance. (Thanks for adding this Brandi - ZZ)
Psychic Medium: A person with extra sensory perception who acts as a channel or conduit in communication with guides, angels, spirits or those that have passed on.
Psychic Surgery: A psychic practicing what appears to be surgery will place their hands upon the patient and visualize into the astral body using their mind’s eye to locate and heal the cause of symptoms. This form of spiritual energy medicine probably originated in various cultures of the Philippines and Brazil. Unfortunately, this branch of alternative medicine was overrun fraudsters using the cheap trick of using real blood as a prop to give an impressive appearance of supernatural ability.
Psychic Tarot Reader: A person with extra sensory perception who uses the imagery from Tarot cards to gain knowledge or awareness of past, present and future events. See also Tarot Reader.
Psychography: Another name for automatic writing. A technique producing information by means of extra sensory perceptions of spiritual dimensions.
Psychokinesis: The influencing (moving) of physical things with the power of the mind. (AKA telekinesis). Famous psychic Uri Geller began publicly demonstrating his spoon bending psychockinetic ability in the 1970s.
Psychometry: Psychic sense of touch. A Psychometrist will obtain intuitive impressions and information by holding or otherwise connecting with an object or person. The word originates from two ancient Greek words meaning 'Measure' and "Spirit/Soul".
Psychomanteum: A small, enclosed area set up with a comfortable chair, dim lighting, and a mirror angled so as not to reflect anything but darkness. Used for communicating with spirits of the dead. Dr. Raymond Moody gives full instructions on how to create your own psychomanteum in his book Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones
Psychoscopy: is another name for Psychometry
Pyrokenisis: is the ability to start and control fires with the mind. (Added by Rusty)
Pyromancy, Pyroscopy: Fire divination by observing the flickering shapes of flames in a fire or from a candle.
Quartz Crystalmancy: The psychic art of seeing future visions from within a quartz crystal ball, or a quartz crystal cluster or quartz crystal point.
Quasarmancy: The channeling of my extragalactic spiritual guide.
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Radiesthesia: Dowsing with rods or a pendulum. Radiesthesia is a word of Latin origin meaning sensitivity to radiation. The rod or pendulum can amplify a dowser’s sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. See Pendulum.
Reiki: Spiritual healing technique developed during the early 20th century by Mikao Usui in Japan. Similar to the laying on of hands in which the practitioner acts as channels for Reiki energy. Rei meaning God or Higher Power and Ki which is Life Force Energy. In Japanese the term Reiki translates to Ghostly Power. Scientific evidence, from various sources, reveals changes in the recipients electromagnetic field during the practice of this psychic phenomena.
Regression: Hypnotic or meditative past life regression to re-experience memories from previous lives.
Remote Viewing: Procedure developed by parapsychologists at the Stanford Research Institute to perform clairvoyance under controlled conditions. Similar to astral projection in that it involves the projection of consciousness to remote locations.
RetroCognition: Ability to see the past by touching an object that HAD to do with the event. (Thanks Rusty)
Rhabdomancy: Dowsing for underground water or minerals with a rod or staff made of Hazel wood.
Rhapsodomancy: Prophetic Rhapsody. Opening a book of poetry at random and finding intuitive guidance from within that particular poem.
Rumpology: Well this one is a bummer! It is the art of examining crevices, dimples, warts, moles, and folds of a person's buttocks. Having a bottom reading is like getting a palm reading, but instead of someone looking at your palm, they look at your bare ass. You will need to google this one if you need a "Booty Call".
Rune Stone Readings: Runes were first used over 1500 years ago in Scandinavia. They formed an early alphabet known as Futhark after its first six letters: F –U-th-A-R-K. The name ‘rune’ originally meant secret or mystery and runes were considered magical signs to be used for charms and also in divination. As an oracle rune stones are drawn in lots of three and read from right to left starting with overview, then the challenge and finally the best action to take. Alternatively - right, middle and left signifying past, present and future.
Sand Scrying: With a fine sand spread in a tray the process is similar to automatic writing, in that you allow free flow while holding a pencil or stick lightly in the sand surface. Patterns in the sand can be letters or shapes that can be read intuitively.
Sciomancy, Sciamancy: Communicating with spirits in a séance or channeling session. But this is often misquoted as shadow divination.
Schumann Resonances: The brainwave frequency of 7.83Hz (Alpha) is a psychic resonant state. 7.83Hz and the Schumann Resonance is also the natural heartbeat of the earth.
Scrying: Term for psychic gazing or seeing. As in gazing into a crystal ball or seeing through a reflective surface. Scrying is an inner vision while de-focusing on an outer object.
Séance: This is when a group of people "sitters" gather together with a psychic who has the power of mediumship and can channel deceased spirits.
Sideromancy: Straw placed onto a burning hot surface was prophetically observed for the way the straw curled and burned.
The Sixth Sense: extra sensory perception
Sortilege: Medieval term for sorcery or one who divines. Sortilege has also has been associated casting bones or drawing lots for divination.
Spell Casting: The ability to turn psychic power into tangible effects by way of speaking with intention and desire. Spells can also be used to augment psychic powers and induce psychic phenomena. (Thanks Alex in San Dieago for this addition to the list)
Spirit Board: more commonly known as the Ouija Board
Spiritual Psychic Readings are based upon a personal connection with the divine.
Spiritual Healing: The channeling of life-force energy by the spiritual healer to re-energize the patient.
Spiritualist movement started in the UK by organizing séances
Spodomancy: Divination by observing the ashes of a sacrificial fire.
Star sign: The position of the Sun in the Zodiac at the time of your birth. Also called Sun Sign
Stichomancy: Divination by reading a line or passage from a book chosen and opened at random. Similar to Bibliomancy. The I Ching - Book of Changes is often consulted in this way.
Stolisomancy: Deriving messages from the way people dress. In particular noticing out-of the-ordinary happenings when dressing; odd socks, missing buttons, inside out clothing or putting wrong shoe on foot and the like.
Sun sign: The position of the Sun in the Zodiac at the time of your birth. Also called Star Sign
Sycomancy: Written messages on fig tree leaves or sometimes paper are rolled up, soaked or burnt. Observation of reactions to burning or unfurling or dying signify certain omens. This is an ancient form of divination that has been used to select kings.
Synesthesia: The condition where sensory stimuli crosses paths. So a person taste or sees sounds, feels a taste, see words in color and/or hears emotions. Research by medical scientists shows that synesthetes have high intelligence and frequently show signs of psychic abilities.
Talismans: An object, design, or symbol believed to be endowed with magical powers. Lucky Charms
Talking Board: Same as Ouija Board
Tarot Reading: A person with an understanding of the archetypal meanings of Tarot Cards uses that knowledge to translate randomly chosen Tarot cards in a prophetic way.
Tarotology: Being a subset of the art of cartomancy it is an activity for fortune telling with Tarot Cards.
Tasseomancy, Tasseography: Means Cup Divination. Reading tea leaves or coffee grains that remain in a cup once the beverage has been consumed.
Tea Cup Reading: See Tasseomancy.
Telekinesis: With the ability of using telekinetic powers you can move objects with your mind. (Thanks Orris)
Telepathy: Word origin means distant-feeling. Using extra sensory perception for communication between minds over distance or through any barrier obstructing recognition from normal sight, speech or reading body language.
Telesomatic: The ability to sense the feelings of another person from any distance with no material connection between the two. Some psychics use this term for their distance healing ability but the word does not have any actual relevance to healing. Telesomatic ability is often found to be strong in identical twins.
Tephramancy: Ashes from a burned sacrificial victim examined for omens.
Theriomancy: Divination by observing the actions taken by wild animals. (Known as Zoomancy if the animals are domesticated or not in the wild).
Theta: The Theta level of mind is a slightly deeper resonant state of mind than Alpha, which I call the gateway to the psychic realms.
Third Eye Visions: The use of the pineal gland to send and receive vibrational signals through the quantum field in the form of meaningful imagery. (Dr Joe Dispenza - Becoming Supernatural)
Thought Projection: This is telepathy being sent outwards from a mind.
Timeline Psychic Skills: A clairvoyant with the special abilities to hold psychic visions of a time line that spans past events, present events, and future events. I found this type of psychic power to be enhanced by the training in the NLP Time Line Therapy I undertook a long time ago in the mid 1980’s.
Tiromancy, Tyromancy: (Not for Tyre Kickers!) During the cheese making process the curds were observed for omens.
Token-Object Reading: is another name for the clairsentient divining method of Psychometry
Transfiguration Mediumship: A spirit superimposes its face on the medium's face, and those in the room can see the visible characteristics of a deceased person's face (Thank You Autumn)
Viking Runes: See Runes
Vocal Empathy: (Thanks to Alex Cerra for this addition) For me, when I hear people speaking I can understand their thoughts and emotions as form of telepathy and empathy. In addition, I’ve also found that people seem to be calmed down by my voice when I speak. It’s almost like I push calming waves into my vocal range and project it outwards. If I sing a song, I can hit certain inflections that can cause a person’s mind to go fuzzy. It almost feels like an amalgamation of different abilities, but it definitely is something linked to words.
Voodoo, Vodun: From an African word for "spirit". A religion of African origin often misrepresented by popular movies. For instance the practice of sticking pins in voodoo dolls was simply a means of teaching a healing technique identifying pressure points similar to acupuncture. Unfortunately Hollywood has created the myth of Voodoo being a method of inflicting a curse.
White Light: In psychic circles practitioners refer to white light as being pure spiritual energy. Also a method in meditation for cleaning one’s aura and transforming negative emotions to bring inner peace.
X-Files: Files kept on unexplained phenomena.
Xenoglossy: ‘Foreign-Tongue’. A psychic phenomenon in which a person is able to speak or write a language he or she could not have acquired by natural means. Can also occur when being regressed to a past life in hypnosis or when a medium is in communication with the spirit of a dead person who speaks another language.
Xylomancy, Zylomancy: Divination by interpreting the shape and position burned wood or of observing dry wood and dead trees found obstructing a path.
Ying Yang: Chinese philosophy of two primal opposing but complementary forces found in all things in the universe.
Zen: Means meditative concentration. Zen Mind is an ideal state of mind for developing psychic awareness.
Zener ESP Testing Cards: 25 cards with symbols – 3 wavy lines, a circle, a 5-pointed star, a square and a plus sign - devised by Psychologists Karl Zener and J.B. Rhine in the 1930s.
Zoomancy: A form of divination where a Zoomancer predicts future events by watching animals and the actions they take under varied circumstances. (Also known as Theriomancy when the animals are wild).