Seeing Through the Third Eye: A Brief Background on Psychic Readings

Seeing Through the Third Eye:
A Brief Background on Psychic Readings


From boardwalk tarot readers and midnight hotline psychic seers, all the way to official Oracles and future-gazing law enforcement advisors, the world is full of those who claim the gift of sight. And they’ve been around for a long, long time. The art of psychic readings has a complex past, and it would appear they are here to stay.


Leaders have garnered insight from seers for centuries. The Ancient Egyptians esteemed their seers so highly that they included them in royal courts. They were consulted about the outcome of battles, and their opinions were regarded with great importance on decisions regarding crops and even government officials (  

Though their history has often been a tumultuous one, psychics have helped shape world history. Caesar’s soothsayer predicted his untimely death; Scotland’s Brahan Seer predicted natural events and Hitler’s invasion and Poland; the ancient priestess, Pythia, was so highly regarded by the leaders at Delphi that her predictions lead to a ban on gold and silver; and we couldn’t forget Nostradamus. His prophecies about natural disasters and the end of the world are discussed and feared to this day. (


Today, psychics are surrounded by a lot of skepticism, which could be a result of the rise of Monotheism, and the power struggle that ensued—anyone possessing the gift of sight who attracted a following could be sentenced to death ( But despite the adversity psychic readers have faced, many are still consulted regularly. Law enforcement often enlists psychics to aid them in solving cases, thousands of books have been published on the gift of sight, and even television shows occasionally feature psychics and clairvoyants.

Some particularly influential psychics from recent times include Joan Quigley, whom Nancy Reagan regularly consulted; Edgar Cayce, who predicted the Great Depression and Hitler; and Madam Marie, a boardwalk psychic who predicted Bruce Springsteen’s rise to fame and went on to read for many other celebrities. There’s even a State Oracle of Tibet, who resides with the Dali Lama, and has accurately predicted difficult times for Tibet and the Dali Lama’s need to flee the country.

Types of Seeing

Psychics may preform readings a number of ways: tarot cards, palm readings, astrology. But still many others simply use their intuitive senses to make predictions. There are several types of “seeing.” Some major types include:

·      Clairvoyance - the supernatural power of seeing objects or actions removed in space or time from natural viewing (

·      Clairaudience - the power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity, as the voices of the dead (

·      Clairsentience - To perceive information by a "feeling" within the whole body, without any outer stimuli related to the feeling or information (

·      Claircognizance - the ability for a person to acquire psychic knowledge without knowing how or why he or she knew it (

These “intuitive senses” supplement a seer’s five physical senses ( The use of these senses can also be thought of as “seeing through the third eye,” which is how Sherri Calosso, psychic artist at, preforms her psychic readings.


Sherri Calosso