Opinion: Putting your Faith in a Psychic

Opinion: Putting your Faith in a Psychic

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ec33b30f2bf71c3e81584d04ee44408be273ebd018b612419cf7_640_PsychicRumors of psychic ability and tales of paranormal activity are nothing new to talk about really. But is it surprising that we as a nation seem to strongly believe in something that science can’t fully explain?

According to Pew Research Center, nearly one in five U.S. adults said they’ve either seen or been in the presence of a ghost. Three in 10, meanwhile, say they’ve felt in touch with someone who’s passed to the other side. Even though plenty of people demand answers and explanations before they wholeheartedly believe in things, there are still lots of others who just want to believe in the somewhat inexplicable and find comfort in the great unknown.

The latter group but often many members of the former too, out of curiosity or willingness to believe, will happily turn to psychics, clairvoyants and tarot readings for answers, which demonstrates that intrigue and mystery are still embraced by modern-day society. If you’re keen to find out what may happen in your future, you’re likely to turn to something like tarot cards.

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An ancient tradition, card reading it is believed to offer knowledge and insight into all aspects of a person’s life through “reading” and interpreting the pictures on a tarot storyboard, so you can discover future situations and occasions that may challenge you.

Impressively, the number of people turning to psychics shows no signs of waning in the USA. In fact, stats from the American Federation of Certified Psychics and Mediums show that the number of repeat clients for psychics is on the rise. Between 2000 and 2012, 47,000 went back to the same psychic or medium for more than a year. In 2015, that number had almost tripled to 145,000 people. Data by the federation also revealed that people are willing to spend up to $10,000 for consultations and opportunities to get in touch with the other side.

That’s, of course, the rather more serious side of the supernatural world. There are also other interesting and fun ways to predict the future and we Americans seem to have been buying into one particularly quirky tradition for a number of years … Groundhog Day! Bill Murray doesn’t get stuck in his own personal hell every year, but the tradition still continues to this day and attracts thousands of visitors.

On February 2nd, people descend on Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and wait in the freezing cold for Phil the groundhog to make his annual appearance to predict the weather in the coming months. This year was, rather impressively, the 131st time Punxsutawney Phil (not the original one, obviously) made his weather forecast, Time magazine revealed.

Whether you choose to put your trust in Punxsutawney Phil, ancient tarot reading or your local medium, you definitely won’t be alone. Putting faith in a psychic and believing in the supernatural most definitely isn’t uncommon in the USA. Whether it was for the ratings or entertainment value, even ABS-CBN News turned to a fortune teller for a prediction ahead of last year’s U.S. election.

It turns out we don’t always need solid evidence to believe in the seemingly unexplainable, so why not try putting your faith in a psychic?

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