When it comes to the abilities that some psychics have, there are many that are well-known, such as clairvoyance and tarot card reading. What most people don’t realize, however, is that there are a massive range of different psychic abilities that have not quite gained the same amount of attention – but that can be equally as effective. So, below you’ll find a few psychic abilities you might not have heard of, but really should have…
Let’s start with a gorier ability, as ichthyomancy is the ability to read the future simply by looking at the entrails and head of a dead fish. Some practitioners of this ability are also able to use the movements of a live fish to read the future, generally when swimming around a specially consecrated pool. As you might expect, this is an extremely ancient art, having been practiced in both the Babylonian and Phoenician times.
Let’s stick with the theme of living creatures for the moment. Myomancy is a really unusual ability, one that involves reading the future by observing the movements of both rats and mice. This ability probably comes from the fact that, many years ago, damage from rats and mice was seen as an evil omen. Some people even believe myomancy is mentioned in the Bible, in Isaiah 66:17 – you can draw your own interpretations on this though.
Rhapsodomancy is perfect for those with a love for poems, as this is the ability to gain information by randomly choosing a passage from certain poetry. Choosing the passage can be done in many ways, but the most popular are placing them in an urn and selecting one at random, and rolling dice and selecting the verse that the die lands on. It’s thought that this practice stretches all the way back to ancient Rome, and went by the name Sortes.
This is possibly better known than the previous entries, however it still is not practiced widely at all. Ceromancy is the ability to read the shapes that are formed when melting wax is dropped into a pool of water. Sometimes it can also be the practice of simply looking into the candle’s flame and getting information from it. It is thought that this form of divination was commonly practiced in England and Sweden at some point in the past, and is now most commonly practiced in voodoo in Haiti.
Alectryomancy is when someone watches a bird (prefereably a white rooster) or a flock of birds while they peck at grain. This can be done by arranging the grain into a word and then seeing which parts of the word the birds peck at, or by simply analysing patterns in randomly scattered grain. Alectryomancy can also be associated with alectormancy, which is the sacrificing of a rooster, although it certainly doesn’t have to be.
Belomancy uses arrows and is an ancient type of divination. It generally works by tying three different answers to three different arrows, and they are then fired: the arrow that travels the furthest is seen as having the correct answer. This is another form of divination that could have been mentioned in the Bible, in the Book of Ezekiel 21:21. It was practiced by the ancient Greeks, as well as the Babylonians.
Pyromancy is a form of divination whereby the flames of a candle or fire are observed. It is thought that pyromancy is one of the earliest types of divination, and that it was practiced in many different ancient cultures, including in ancient Greece. It has also spawned a number of more specific methods of divination using fire, including alomancy (throwing salt into a fire), botanomancy (burning plants) and sideromancy (burning straw using an iron).