We saw the celebration for Psychic Day coming a long time ago! Held on the first Sunday in August each year, on this year, Psychic Day celebrates the power of all psychics. Did you know, psychics believe every person on this planet is born with some psychic ability? That’s why these celebrations also include recognizing people who are trying to hone their previously dormant psychic abilities.
History of Psychic Day
There are many different definitions of the term ‘psychic’, although it commonly refers to someone who is very intuitive and uses their extrasensory perception (ESP) or ‘sixth sense’ to acquire information that normal senses cannot pick up.
The word itself originates from the Greek word ‘psychikos,’ which means ‘of the mind’ or ‘mental.’ The term ‘psychic’ is credited to French astronomer and spiritualist Camille Flammarion, and many believe this word was introduced to the English language by English lawyer and legal writer Edward William Cox in the late 1800s.
The world has been fascinated with the concept of various prediction systems since ancient times. Astrology, the most widely known system of ancient fortune-telling, included astrologists using the position of celestial bodies to determine future circumstances and deliver insight into people’s lives. Seers and prophets were prominent and so were the advisors to kings and queens. Ancient Egyptian seers were the priests of the sun deity, Ra. They also practiced ‘scrying,’ by dropping ink into water and then ‘reading’ the shapes. The ancient Greeks believed the Pythia — the name given to a succession of priestesses who presided over the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, Greece — could deliver prophecies that were inspired by the God Apollo himself. Some accounts detail how the Pythia would deliver these oracles — the old term for a message given by an oracle — in a frenzied state, speaking in gibberish the whole time. Others believe the Pythia spoke intelligibly. Recent evidence indicates the presence of ethylene gas, which could have caused the frenzied state. This practice ceased when the emperor Theodosius I ordered all pagan temples to stop operating.
One of the most famous psychics who ever existed is the French apothecary and seer, Michel de Nostredame, although people know him by his Latinized name, Nostradamus. His written prophecies (or quatrains) number 6,338, and mostly deal with disasters like plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions, murders, droughts, and battles. All of these were not dated by him, however, and are very generic.
By the late 18th century, multiple forms of psychics and methods came to be known. The U.S. itself was very captivated by these experiences, particularly with séances, clairvoyance, and telepathy. By the mid-19th century, Modern Spiritualism took root in the U.S. and the U.K. There was a strong belief that people could speak to the dead. Multiple psychics grew to fame in this period — like Daniel Dunglas Home and Helena Blavatsky — and societies were also formed. From the 1960s onward, psychic readings and advertisements for psychics were very common. Psychic readings were offered via the phone, at home, or at psychic fairs.
Even science fiction was not spared, and many common books, movie franchises, and television series feature ‘psychic powers.’ Popular titles include Anne McCaffrey’s “The Talents Universe” series, Jean Grey from the Marvel Comics’ “X-Men” series, and the Disney Channel Original Series “That’s So Raven” and its spin-off “Raven’s Home.”
We believe Psychic Day was created by Richard R. Falk way back in the 19th century. This was purportedly a publicity stunt on his part to promote some celebrity psychics he was managing. Whatever the reason, this day and related celebrations have attracted immense interest ever since.
Psychic Day timeline
Chinese Emperor Shennong discovers tea, and his subjects begin 'reading' tea leaves.
Presiding over the Oracle of Apollo, the Pythia, ancient priestesses, deliver prophecies inspired by the god Apollo himself.
The emperor Theodosius I orders all pagan temples, like the ones at Delphi, to cease their activities.
The famous French seer Nostradamus is very well-known for his book “Les Propheties,” the first edition of which appears this year.
The French use tarot cards as tools for divination (aka the attempt to gain knowledge of the future via different means).
English lawyer, legal writer, and publisher Edward William Cox introduces the term 'psychic' to the English language.
A Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man Grigori Rasputin gains prominence as a mystical adviser in Czar Nicholas II's court.
From this point on, psychics and their services are very common across the U.S.
People believe Psychic Day is the result of a PR stunt by a celebrity psychic manager.
Psychic Day FAQs
What are the different types of psychics?
Psychic is used to describe all individuals with extrasensory perception and special abilities. The different types of psychics include psychics, mediums, intuitives and clairvoyants, tarot card readers, and astrologers.
Are ‘psychic’ and ‘medium’ the same?
Psychics are a general term for people with ESP, while mediums speak to the dead. All mediums are psychics, but not all psychics are mediums.
Who is the best psychic of all time?
There have been multiple psychics through the ages, including Nostradamus and Rasputin. More recent examples include the ‘sleeping prophet’ Edgar Cayce, clairvoyant psychic medium Rose Ann Schwab, and railroad engineer John Elfreth Watkins Jr.
How To Celebrate Psychic Day
Join the psychic community
Are you a believer? Connect with more people just like you, people from the psychic community. There are plenty of people who believe in the sixth sense — this is the day to go out and find these kindred spirits.
Test your psychic ability
Okay, so you believe you have a hidden psychic ability. Test your skills with a little checklist of common signs, including your family history (which indicates psychic abilities); seeing halos, floating orbs, or 'smudges'; having an intuitive sense if someone has bad intentions (or good ones); successfully having avoided ill-fated events in the past; and so on. Many sites can help you predict and further develop your psychic ability, and this day is perfect to try this out.
Have a psychic reading
You can call on your favorite psychic for a reading about the future. If you are a first-timer, dip your toe into the psychic pool by asking for readings via email or text. We recommend you check the validity of the source first, as online scams come in all shapes and professions. For a lighter time, you can attend psychic fairs (virtual or in-person), and meet plenty of like-minded people.
5 Psychics On TV
Psychic to the stars
Entertainment channel E! hired Tyler Henry to do readings with celebrities on the show “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry.”
Psychic to regular people
On her live show “Long Island Medium,” psychic Theresa Caputo randomly does readings for people she meets, sharing messages from their departed loved ones.
The scary psychic
Chip Coffey uses ouija boards, séances, and other techniques used by horror movies to scare his clients (and strangers), appearing on A&E shows like “Paranormal State” and “Psychic Kids.”
The ghostly investigators
Paranormal investigator Nick Groff and researcher Katrina Weidman spend at least three nights in a haunted location, using various equipment to study ghosts for the TLC show “Paranormal Lockdown.”
The ghost whisperer
The executive producer for a TV show of the same name, James Van Praagh says he can contact deceased celebrities like Lucille Ball and Micheal Jackson — he has a weekly radio show, “Talking to Spirit.”
Why We Love Psychic Day
Embrace your intuition
Everyone has a gut feeling, a knowing, or an instinct that something is wrong. Prominent psychics believe that this power is our ESP (or sixth sense) and that everyone has it, although they rarely use it. This day makes us believe in our instincts and inside voice, even if it is simply telling us not to pair that shirt with those shoes.
Embrace your mindfulness
Our bodies are trained to sense things our brain might not always compute. Psychic Day tells us that we should trust ourselves and our intuition. More than anything else, Psychic Day is a reminder for us to center our minds and focus on our inner power. Whether this manifests into psychic energy or not depends on you (and how much you believe).
Helps us develop an open mind
Instead of disbelieving the presence of an inner power, this day proves that the mind is a magical object. The more we learn about psychic power and its workings, the more open-minded we become.
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