For years, the women in my family have been fascinated with the idea of seeing into the future. We've visited all kinds of (supposedly) gifted people, hoping they could tell us what our futures hold. I think we were looking for ways to see into the future because we wanted someone to reassure us that we would be all right — happy, healthy, and self-sufficient. These days, I think I'd prefer to be surprised with what lies ahead, but I have to admit: I'm still utterly obsessed with people who claim they have a special gift for reading the future.
There are actually a number of ways you can see into the future. While I 100-percent believe that these gifted and sensitive people do exist (and it's totally OK if you don't!), I think it's important to note that a lot of these practices involve the reader's own intuition and interpretation. In other words, the "future" you're seeing could vary greatly depending on the person describing it to you. (This also means that you can do some of these things yourself!)
Regardless, if you're looking for some answers regarding the years ahead of you, you can do more than visit the woman down the street who waves her hands over her crystal ball.
Here are eight ways to see into the future.
Reading Tea Leaves
You read that right. The art of Tasseography involves interpreting patterns in tea leaves. It comes from the French word tasse, meaning cup. Some readers use tea leaves to look to the future, while others use it to tap into the subconscious and look for answers that we already have within us.
Reading tarot cards also largely depends on the reader's interpretation. While each card does have its own meaning, your intuition might be telling you something different — which is OK. The definition can also vary depending on the topic — work, love, health, etc. Using cards for divination might date back to the 14th century, if not before.
Reading Coffee Grounds
Reading coffee grounds is similar to reading tea leaves: You're interpreting leftover grounds in the cup and on the saucer. This is largely considered a Turkish practice dating back to the 16th century, although it's also very popular in Greece. The rituals and traditions associated with reading coffee grounds vary by culture.
Hold a pendulum steady and ask it a question. Your answer will come in the direction in which it swings. Do your best to clear your mind, because your own wants and desires can influence it!
Palmistry, or Chiromancy, involves using the features of a person's palm, arm, fingers, and even fingernails to learn more about their traits, health, wealth, career, relationships, and so on. It has a long history in Indian culture and Chinese astrology.
A psychic uses extrasensory perception (ESP) to unearth information that others can't determine using the five senses. They gather information and interpret nonphysical energy. Many psychics will agree that they can see the future, assuming you stay on the path you're currently on. If you change direction, your future changes.
Many people use "psychic" and "medium" interchangeably, but they're two different things. A medium actually tunes into the spirit energy surrounding a person to get a better glimpse into their future. In other words, they communicate with the deceased. For this reason, a medium is a psychic, but a psychic isn't always a medium.
Finally, we have clairvoyants. Clairvoyance means "clear seeing," and it's the ability to see or find things that are hidden. For example, a clairvoyant might know where to find a missing child, or where to locate a lost object.