If you are interested in a psychic reading, you may have found that there seem to be countless varieties of psychics catering to all sorts of special needs and desires. It is true that psychics differ greatly in ability, and no one psychic is quite like another. However, there are some general categories of psychic reading that can be best understood by first asking: what is a psychic?

A psychic is anyone who uses psychic ability, that is, an insight into past, present, or future events, or into the nature of things, with no earthly way of obtaining such knowledge. Some psychics claim to read vibrational energy while others say that they access a higher plane of knowledge and understanding, but all psychics have special knowledge gained through special means.

Psychic ability comprises a wide range of perceptions and senses going well beyond the ordinary touch, taste, hearing, smell, and sight. Some psychics use only their minds while others use outside tools or forces in order to create their predictions or access their information. Here are four types of psychic reading; just know there are countless more.

Types of Psychic Readings

4. Clairvoyance

Perhaps the most “basic” type of psychic reading, a clairvoyant has the ability to clearly see events of the past, present, or future. Clairvoyance, in fact, means “true sight,” and the prefix “clair-” is used before many types of psychic readings to discern that they are based on enhanced senses. Clairvoyants are essentially synonymous to the modern world’s understanding of a psychic, someone who literally sees otherwise-inaccessible events with their very eyes.

When a clairvoyant does a reading, they do not need to close their eyes and imagine a situation; that situation plays out for them, eyes open or closed, and imparts on them an innate understanding of what they have witnessed. Other types of “sense psychics” are clairscents, who can perceive smells from beyond the ordinary, and clairgustants, who use taste.

3. Tarotology

Based on a deck of 78 cards depicting images ranging from jugglers to chariots to death itself, tarotology uses a deck of tarot cards in order to divine information by posing questions to the cards themselves. Tarotology is itself only a form of the larger school of cartomancy, which is the use of any cards in divining efforts. By asking questions while laying down spreads of cards, tarotologists are guided by spirits who act to make the cards relevant to the subject of the reading.

Tarot cards require an especially heavy amount of interpretation on the part of the tarotologist, as each card can have countless meaning based on its location in the spread and the nature of the individual being read. Therefore, tarotology is often seen as being part divination, part psychic, and part analytical. Nonetheless, tarot readings have remained a popular form of psychic reading since the 1500s, and decks can be found in most New Age shops around the world.

2. Astrology

Another form of reading that uses an outside guide, astrology requires no laying of cards or any interaction with an object whatsoever; the answers are in the stars. Both the movement and position of celestial bodies are of significance to astrologists, and many have a deep knowledge of astronomy as well to better be able to divine significance.

The thought behind astrology is that the position of the stars and planets at the time of a person’s birth are of a special significance to them, and that those positions can be used to create a chart defining that person’s potential and abilities. In astrology you are defined by your birth sign, thus leading to the impossibly popular horoscope feature in many modern newspapers. However, astrology is a much deeper practice than that, and careful study can divine a wealth of information.

1.Channeling and Mediumship

The most popular form of psychic ability today by far, mediums and channels have had countless movies made about them, extremely popular reality shows produced, and have even been utilized by the police, government officials, and even the first lady Nancy Reagan to communicate with spirits. Mediums and channels do just that, channel the dead and act a medium, a middleman, for them to communicate through.

While a medium does not themselves provide any information, it is their job to access the spirit of the departed and to allow their body to act as a vessel. This is extremely draining and sometimes dangerous work, and mediums are often considered some of the riskier psychics. While mediums do not communicate with the dead during the channeling, they are responsible for first getting the spirit to agree in the first place, and for guiding them back to the physical realm.