Brief History of Psychics-Did You Know?

King_Solomon image 01Psychics have existed since the dawn of humanity – you may already know about them by the names of prophet or healer! Some psychic abilities have been thought to be available to everyone sometimes, psychic or not; even among non-psychics, the belief that one’s own dreams can foretell the future is widespread!

Elaborate systems of fortune-telling, such as astrology and divination, existed in ancient times. When their power was said to be given to psychics by a god or goddess, their abilities were more generally accepted. Many served important leadership roles as advisers and priests.

Biblical figures such as Samuel and Elijah were considered prophets – their power, the bible said, was given to them by God. Oracles, such as the Greek Delphic Oracle of Apollo, was said to prophesy during a hysterical state induced by vapors rising from the ground. The priests at these locations would shape the oracle’s gibberish into prophecies from the god or goddess of the temple.

As Christianity swept the Roman Empire, psychics began to be associated with witches and the devil. In many places, psychics were banned from practicing. But as time went on, the abilities of psychics could not allow them to stay so suppressed.

In the 1500s, a French apothecary and psychic, Michael de Nostredame, published his own numerous prophecies. Known to most of us as Nostradamus, he is best known for his book Les Propheties, which mainly predicts future disasters such as earthquakes, fires, and floods. These prophecies are all undated, but many feel that Nostradamus has predicted many catastrophic events of our own time, including the American tragedy on September 11, 2001.

The movement known as Spiritualism took the United States and the U.K. by storm in the 1800s. This movement promoted the idea of mediums using psychic powers to communicate with the dead and in doing so to provide advice and insight to people on Earth. Spiritualism spawned many other psychic factions, including the New Age school of thought.

In the twentieth century, interest grew in scientific testing for psychic abilities. William McDougal and Joseph Banks Rhine at Duke University were among the first psychic researchers in the 1920s and developed an ESP test using a deck of cards. In the early 1970s, Charles Honorton developed a Ganzfeld experiment to test for ESP, and this method is still used today.

Debate about parapsychology as a legitimate scientific field still abounds. Although the study of psychics doesn’t exactly fit within mainstream scientific standards, the history of psychics goes back further than almost any other scientific field!

More questions? A psychic advisor will be able to give you deeper insight into the history of psychics and their own personal psychic journey!

Learning is not attained by chance!

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I love the Tarot and I love doing readings. Hello my name is Winter McKelvie and welcome to The Mystic Garden. Here you will find a reader a little different than the rest. Hopeful you will find this site interesting and love as much as I do! I have taken my love of the tarot of 20 years and have gone off the beaten path. I like the idea of being able to have choices - I use the standard Tarot but also some lovely and interesting Oracle cards. My infinity with Nature and has led me to explored different paths over the years that have brought me here to this place at this time. By living in Canada I have a strong influence by the teachings of the First People and have blended this with my Ancient Celtics ancestry; both who strongly believed in their connection to the Earth, all of its Creatures and the Spirits. My readings are drawn to the Animal Medicine Cards and the Druid Animal Oracle and explores these teachings several different ways. I use these cards in the hope to assist others in finding resolution to their dilemmas and gain insight into their lives, emotional patterns, choices and their destiny. I have been a member and lecturer for The Psychic Society of Toronto for almost 15 yrs now, and was the resident In House reader for the Society. I have given lectures through out the Great Toronto Area on Orbs to Mediumships and a litlle everything in between. And when I have a spare moment I wrote for many years, and have appeared in Metaphysical and Wiccan publications and on-line blog. The last several years I have headed The Psychic Society of Canada and are in the process of making the group accessible to the globe. This will include some of the favorite lecturers from the PST with achieve lectures, workshops and more.
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