The popularity of modern-day psychics and tarot card readings can be undeniably traced back to the historic Romanic gypsies of the 15th and 16th centuries. Fortune telling and psychic readings are an integral part of Romanic culture, traditional psychic readers, known as Drabardi, were exclusively female and only gave readings to those known as Gadje (non-Romanic people). Hundreds of years ago, Romanic gypsies were persecuted by both the church and government as they viewed their practices as going against the Bible and as such, have been deported, enslaved, and considered as outsiders all across Europe. However, without the historic Romanic gypsy culture, where mothers would teach their daughters the secrets of clairvoyance, psychic readings and practices would not be widely available and promoted in society today.
Due to their constant relocation over Europe, as a result of their persecution, Romanic fortune-telling was soon well known worldwide. Especially in Russia, owing partly to Russian poet Pushkin who was infamous for his belief in clairvoyance. A famous poem of his titled ‘Eugene Onegin’ published around 1825, illustrates a young woman called Tatyana whose housemaids would regularly read her fortune using palmistry or tarot cards. She wished to learn more about her future husband and welfare. Unfortunately, on one occasion she drifts into a deep dream after such efforts to discern her future and is warned of tragedy and disaster in her life. It is also believed that Pushkin’s death at the hands of a ‘white man’ was foretold by a psychic, he later lost his life in a duel with his wife’s lover Dantes.
Most modern psychic practices are descended from Romanic peoples, such as palmistry, the reading of tea leaves, tarot card readings (have a look at our previous blog post ‘An Introduction to Tarot Cards and Readings’ for more information), as well as readings based on astrology. However, in 2015 an archaeological site was discovered in Armenia that dates back far before Romanic gypsy’s influence on the supernatural. The site contained three shrines used for fortune-telling and is thought to be around 3000 years old. Archaeologists believe that the objects they found, including clay bowls, idols made of pottery, incense burners, and engraved animal bones, were used to predict the future. The marked animal bones as well as certain coloured stones were used similarly to dice in a practice known as lithomancy.
The history of clairvoyance, psychic readings, and fortune-telling is extremely interesting. Without the thousands of years in which the culture developed across the globe, in spite of persecution, you would not be reading this today and psychic readings would not be widely available to the public nor spoken of. If you wish to gain an insight into any area of your life including your career, family, love life, etc or wish for guidance relating to the future please call 0207 553 5050 to speak to a genuine and trusted psychic advisor.