List of Psychic Abilities
and Forms of Prophecy
Belomancy, also known as Bolomancy: is an ancient form of divination using arrows. For example, three arrows would be marked with the phrases, God orders it me, God forbids it me, and the third would be blank. Choosing an advantageous direction was gleaned by tossing an arrow into the air, and letting its angle show the way to proceed. In the Book of Ezekiel 21:21 "For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination; he shakes the arrows."
Bibliomancy: means interpreting a passage chosen at random from a book and offering up a prophecy from so doing. Prophesies in this form were predominantly taken from the Bible in earlier times. Sortes is also taking random passages from the bible and making prophetic interpretations.
Botanomancy: is divination from scattering of leaves and vegetation in a high wind to seek direction. Leaves and or carved branches were sometimes burned and the smoke used in a similar fashion
Brontoscopy: Forecasting based on listening to the sound of thunder.
Bumpology: is a study of bumps on the head. Much the same as Phrenology.
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List of Psychic Abilities
and Forms of Prophecy
Candle Reading: see Ceromancy and Ceroscopy below.
Capnomancy: interpreting the flow and shapes in the smoke of a fire to from a prophecy.
Card Reading: see Cartomancy and Tarot.
Cartomancy: Similar to Tarot Card reading only Cartomancy is using a traditional deck of PLAYING cards not Tarot cards. Many decks of oracle cards are produced now days that are not Tarot decks but never the less are excellent tools for divination and inspiration. Dream Cards, Chakra Cards, Animal Cards, Astrology Cards, You name it there is most likely a deck of oracle cards about it. Just take a look on eBay for some ideas.
Catoptromancy: Fortune telling with the aid of mirrors. “Mirror, mirror, on the wall - who is the fairest of them all?” A Captromancer’s mirror was know as a ‘Magic Glass’ Gazing into a mirror is similar to crystal gazing.
Causimomancy: Making predictions based on observing items burn (or not burn) when placed in a fire.
Cephalomancy: Head Divination. Ancients would burn the head of a donkey, goat or ass on burning coals and made predictions from so doing.
Ceraunoscopy: Prophecy from the study of thunder and lightning. Similar to Augury the Ancient Roman prophecy from watching the movement of birds and other animals during thunder and lightning. And Brontoscopy based on listening to the sound of thunder.
Ceromancy: also known as Ceroscopy is Candle Reading. Either melting wax dropped into water and the shapes of hardened then interpreted into prophecy. Or simply meditating and gazing at a burning candle flame. The shapes formed in wax from a candle’s run off can also be read for divinatory meaning.
Channeling is when a separate intelligence enters the mind and or body of the psychic and then uses that body/mind to communicate messages directly to the audience. A psychic is not interpreting the information. In a channeling situation the message passes through as if the intelligence was using the body and mind of the psychic to hear you and to speak to you directly.
Channel is also referred to when healing energy is channeled through a psychic or spiritual medium. Reiki became a very popular method of channeling universal healing energy in the 1980’s and continues to be well accepted now world wide.
Charlatans: Yes there are plenty of fakes out there. But the Skeptics have got to have something to get there teeth into.
Chiromancy, Cheirology and Chirognomy are all terms for Palm Reading or Palmistry which is divination from the lines on people's hands. Chirognomy is more specifically a focus on the general hand formations being size, shape and appearance of the hand.
Clairvoyant: someone who has the power of clairvoyance. Clairvoyance comes from the French and Latin words Clair meaning CLEAR and Voyant and Voir meaning TO SEE.
So a clairvoyant is said to be able to see clearly. Silly really because we can all see clearly, if we have our normal vision in order that is. What is really meant by the term clairvoyant is the ability for a psychic to see what normally can’t be seen, or to see the future or to see the spirits of people who have passed over. (By the way, in psychic circles passed-over / passed on, or just passed, is a less confronting way of saying someone is dead. It doesn’t mean not not-chosen :- ). In ‘passed over to the other side’ ‘other side’ means spirit realm.)
So from the term Clairvoyant we have Clairvoyant Reader. A person able to see spirit or see future and conduct a reading. A reading means a psychic will tell you (read to you) what he or she is seeing clearly beyond the natural range of the visual sense.
Continuing with the CLAIR prefix is . . .
Clairaudience is the psychic ability to hear things that are inaudible. Meaning a psychic hears beyond the natural sense of hearing. He or she may ‘hear clearly’, and perceive sounds or words from spirits, guides, or angels or simply hear into your future in some mystical way. (Kindly added to this list of psychic abilities by Brandi who has a very strong psychic heritage.)
Clairempathy is to be able to feel emotions from beyond natural realms.
Claircognizant Claircognizance is having a sense of clear knowing. However, being claircognizant doesn’t guarantee the person knows about or understands this clear knowingness! (Thanks Sarah of Gravesend UK for adding this one)
Clairsentience refers to a psychic’s ability to pick up sensations and relate messages from those sensations.
Clairscentient means being able to smell aroma beyond physical levels.
Clairtangency is sometimes used to describe a psychic’s ability to touch beyond the physical.
Clairgustance refers to taste. Some psychics will be able to pick up certain tastes while conducting a reading.
Cleromancy: Ancients would cast stones, pebbles or bones for divinatory meanings. Later dice became more popular. Also see Astraglomancy and Astragyromancy for dice divination.
Clidomancy or Cleidomancy is divination using a dangling key when the sun or moon is in Virgo and the key tied to a bible. Also see Radiesthesia and Coscinomancy.
Combat Sense is a martial art of sensing what a combatant’s next move will be. (Thanks for adding this Brandi - ZZ)
Coscinomancy: Using a hanging sieve or shears suspended from a thread, a list of names of suspects is read aloud. The person whose name is read when or if the sieve quivers or turns is the perpetrator. Also see Radiesthesia and Cleidomancy.
Critomancy: Prophecy from is the study of barley cakes.
Cromniomancy: Divination by interpreting the sprouting behavior of onions.
Crystal Ball Gazing, or Crystallomancy is the art of seeing future visions from within a crystal ball, or a quartz crystal cluster or point. Now many will insist you need a quartz ball and not a glass sphere. But the power is not in the object of focus but in the psychic ability of the reader. (**) So if you want to practice crystal ball gazing start by reading my develop psychic ability tips here. Or Ask the Crystal Ball to Empower Your Wish.
(**As you can see from this long list of psychic abilities and forms of prophecy a good psychic could take a reading from pretty much anything. There is a saying in Australia that an Aussie will place a bet on two flies on a wall. Well I think a good psychic can read meanings from two flies on a wall just as well. So I guess Aussie Psychics are pretty cool!)
Crystals: see Crystallomancy above.
Cyclomancy: Spinning a wheel, a top or a bottle. The prophetic answer lays in the direction the item points or spins towards. Have you kissed or been kissed in a "spin the bottle" party game?