There are dozens of psychic tools available to be used. Some of these tools are commonly used, while others are rarer. Some are more common in different cultures. You should feel free to experiment with different practices until you find the ones that are right for you.

Using Psychic Tools

You don’t need to use all, or even most, of these psychic tools. Some psychics don’t use any tools at all. Most professional psychics only use one or two tools. Raven, for example, specializes in Tarot and Chiromancy (palmistry), although she will, on occasion, use other tools.


Tarot is a type of card deck that is designed for divination. It consists of a 78-card deck that is interpreted by a psychic reader. There are dozens of Tarot deck designs, as well as many Oracle decks that are not Tarot decks.

There are three main types of Tarot decks, each inspired by a classic tarot deck. These three classic decks are the Marseille Tarot, the Waite-Smith Tarot, and the Thoth Tarot. Most modern Tarot decks are variations or reinterpretations of one of these decks. Modern Oracle decks may or may not be inspired by Tarot decks.


Cartomancy is the process of using any deck of cards to tell the future. Tarot is one form of cartomancy, but there are many other types of divination decks. Even a standard deck of playing cards can be used. 

One famous cartomancy deck (other than the Tarot) is the Lenormand deck. This deck uses part of the standard deck of playing cards, decorated with additional images.


Palmistry, also known as palm reading, chiromancy, or chirology, is the practice of fortune-telling through the study of the palm. The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. 

It is far more in-depth than just the four major lines on the hand.  Various lines (heart line, life line, etc.) and mounts (or bumps) suggest interpretations by their relative sizes, qualities, and intersections. 

Advanced readers also examine characteristics of the fingers, fingernails, fingerprints, palmar skin patterns, skin texture, skin color, the shape of the palm, and flexibility of the hand. 


Astrology is the reading of the stars and planets as viewed from the earth. Many people know their horoscope sign, also called their sun sign. 

There are, however, nine more major planetary aspects to be considered. There are dozens of potential interactions that are considered in a full astrological reading.  

One of the major aspects is your rising sign. This is determined by the exact hour of your birth. The rising sign also determines in which houses the other aspects fall into.  Other aspects include the moon, and each of the other eight planets that can be seen from earth. 


Tasseomancy is the practice of reading tea leaves after a cup of tea is drunk. This tea is always prepared with loose leaves in the cup. After the tea is brewed and drunk, the shapes of the tea leaves left behind are interpreted by the reader.

Spirit boards

Generally used in groups, spirit boards use a lettered board and planchette or pointer. People place their fingertips on the planchette and allow it to be guided around the board, spelling out words and answering questions. The most famous spirit board in the Ouija, a trademarked name currently owned by Hasbro.


Rune stones are small stones, disks of wood, or other small pieces of material that have a rune carved into them. The most common runes are the Elder Futhark alphabet, which is the oldest known runic alphabet. Each letter corresponds to a specific sound and meaning. 

Runes are pulled one at a time from a pouch. Runes might be pulled singularly, or in sets of three, five, or seven. Sometimes all twenty-four runes are tossed at once onto a reading cloth and only those that land upright are read.  

Witches Runes

Witches’ runes are a modern variation of the runes, using stylized pictures instead of runic letters. These sets of thirteen runes are generally made using the same processes as traditional rune stones. 


The Ogham is a Celtic version of runic reading. It uses the ogham alphabet, an ancient Irish form of writing. It is typically carved into small sticks rather than stones or crystals. 

You can learn more about Ogham at


Dowsing is a type of divination employed in attempts to locate ground water, buried metals or ores, gemstones, oil, gravesites, malign ‘earth vibrations’ and many other objects and materials. Dowsing rods are also known as divining rods. 

A Y-shaped twig or rod, or two L-shaped ones—individually called a dowsing rod or divining rod are used during dowsing. Modern dowsers often use two L-shaped rods held inside cylinders to minimize ideomotor responses. 


 Bibliomancy is the art of getting psychic information from random selections in books. Sometimes bibliomancy is used to refer specifically to divination based on the bible. 

Among Christians, the Bible is most commonly used. In Islamic cultures, the Quran was the text of choice. The use of Virgil’s Aeneid was common in medieval Europe and ancient Rome. In ancient Greece the Iliad and Odyssey were used. 

I Ching

I Ching is an oriental variation of bibliomancy. Coins are tossed to create a hexagram or pattern of six lines. This hexagram is then referenced in a book called the I Ching.

The text of the I Ching consists of sixty-four hexagrams: six-line figures of yin (broken) or yang (solid) lines, and commentaries on them. This book interprets all the various hexagrams and hexagram combinations.


Pendulumsare simple weights, often brass or crystal, suspended on a cord or chain. The swinging of a pendulum can give simple yes or no answers to questions.


The practice of gazing into water, crystals, or mirrors and receiving psychic impressions from what you see there. Crystallomancy, or crystal gazing, is a popular form of scrying. Often the reader used a crystal ball, usually made of quartz, for this purpose. Pyromancy, seeing the future by looking into fire, is another form of scrying. 

Automatic Writing

In automatic writing, a psychic receives information and writes it down without looking and with no conscious intention of writing anything specific.


Numerology is fortune telling using systems of numbers. Generally, a person’s name or date of birth is used. These are converted into numbers that are reduced to a numerological value that carries a specific meaning. The exact method of conversion varies based on the numerological system being used.

Interpreting Omens and Portents

An omen or portent is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change. It was commonly believed in ancient times, and still believed by some today, that omens bring divine messages from the gods.

Omens are typically natural phenomena. The word “omen” is usually devoid of reference to the change’s nature, hence being possibly either good or bad. Solar and lunar eclipses, comets, and to some extent the full moon have often been considered omens of notable births, deaths, or other significant events throughout history in many societies.

Aura reading

 Aura Reading is the art of observing the colors and shapes of people’s auras. This can be used for several different purposes, including gauging someone’s physical health, mental state, or emotional state, or as a fortune-telling system.

Bone Throwing

 Bone throwing is using bones to tell the future. Throwing bones are essentially just a set of tools used to read fortunes. They usually consist of bones (obviously), shells, trinkets, and other such miscellanies. No two bone-throwing sets will be the same; each psychic crafts and collects their bones based on their personal throwing style and often a set will change significantly over time.


 Lithomancy as a general term covers everything from two-stone and three-stone readings to open-ended stone castings utilizing an undetermined number of stones. Readings usually involve especially suitable gems or stones that are immersed in water or tossed as a set and read by mutual proximity. Its origins are unknown, and there are numerous different methodologies used by various cultures throughout the world.

In one popular method, 13 stones are tossed onto a board and a prediction made based on the pattern in which they fall. The stones are representative of various concepts: fortune, magic, love, news, home life and the astrological planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the sun, and the moon.


Carromancy is the act of getting psychic impressions from the shapes in melted wax. One of the most common methods of carromancy is to heat wax until molten, then to pour it directly into cold water. The shapes and movements of the wax as it cools and solidifies can then be read to forecast the future.


The ability to obtain information about a person or an object by touch. Psychometry is a form of scrying–a psychic way of “seeing” something that is not ordinarily seeable. A person who has psychometric abilities–a psychometrist–can hold an antique glove and tell something about the history of that glove, the person who owned it, or the experiences that person had while in the possession of that glove. 

The psychic may be able to sense what the person was like, what they did, or how they died. Perhaps most important, the psychic can sense how the person felt at a particular time. Emotions are most strongly recorded in the object.


 Oneiromancy is the art of dream interpretation. Imagery in dreams can have meaning well beyond the surface meaning. Not all dreams are prophetic. A prophetic dream will usually be clearer and more memorable than “regular” dreams. If you are interested in dream interpretation, you should begin keeping a dream journal.  


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