When I think about the question “can a psychic predict death” it reminds me of an article that I read back in 2014. I was reading about how science had discovered a new way to predict death. Apparently, there is a blood test now that can be run which basically will tell your doctor if there is a likelihood of you dying within the next five years.
I’m not sure how much I would put my faith in this… I personally feel it’s more likely the test will tell you if there is going to be significant health problems which must be dealt with in the next five years. Regardless, it’s a topic that’s making a lot of news right now.
I have many people that have asked – and that likely in the future will continue to ask – “Can you predict death?”
So this is our question of the month this month. A question which, unfortunately, focuses around a complicated topic and one that requires a little bit of discussion as opposed to a straightforward answer. Still, I know some people just like the straightforward, so that will be addressed first.
The Straightforward Answer About Predicting Death
Can a psychic predict death? The answer is, well, maybe. Sometimes. Not usually.
What Makes The Death Question so Complicated?
Free will. Many people die when they are ready. There are of course exceptions to this, but many pass away when they are ready and usually close to their birthday as that is attuned to the natural cycle of their energy. This is, of course, only true provided the death is natural, which for most people, at least in the United States, is very rare.
Free will can do marvelous things. It can spur a person into living longer than people believed they would or should and it can take an otherwise healthy person and bring them to a point of total sickness, even terminal illness, in a short period of time.
The only person that truly knows when a person is going to go is the one above. I don’t care if you call that energy God, the Holy Guardian Angel, The Universal Consciousness, The Architect of the Universe, or something else altogether different. It is the only power that can truly know when a person is going to die.
I have Predicted Death….
Still, there have been at least three occasions in my own sessions where I have predicted death. In one case, I had no idea that’s what I was doing. In two other’s, I knew very well and the time frames were very close to what was predicted.
The Session with the Gun Symbol
The first involved a very good client of mine that use to see me often. He came in one day. I did his session for him. He didn’t seem like himself. This was very early in my career mind you. Toward the end of the session, I mentioned that I saw a gun. I described the gun in some detail to him. Asked if he knew anything about it. His response was no. We finished the session. He went on his way.
About a month went by and I heard nothing from him. I didn’t think anything about it. One day, a few months later, a mutual friend of ours came to see me. He asked if we could talk in private. Of course, I obliged. It was then that he revealed to me that my client had killed himself about two weeks after our session. The gun he used to shoot himself matched the description of the gun I had given. The mutual friend had found the tape that was made of our session and listened to it. He realized the reason I was getting the impressions I was getting at the end of the session. I was trying to be warned of his future suicide attempt. I, of course, had no idea. Lesson learned, however. From that point forward I started asking people if they were suicidal – if I expected at all. I also ask if I ever see a gun symbol.
I encourage people and students to never be afraid to ask someone this important and blunt question. “Have you’ve been thinking about killing yourself?” That’s not what this article is about, however.
The Mistake of Keeping Information to Myself
Also very early in my career (more than 10 years ago) I was doing a session for a friend of mine. This was a tarot session. In this tarot session a particular configuration showed up (Three of Swords and Ten of Swords) that I knew, even back then, can represent a heart attack. Back then I was under the belief that what a person doesn’t know can’t hurt them. It was showing up in roughly the six-month position.
I did the rest of the session which was very positive. We left each other on good terms that day. A good year goes by and I don’t hear anything from this particular friend. When I finally do hear from him I discover about six months after he had last seen me, his father died of a heart attack.
To this day I still wonder if that could have been prevented if I would have shared the information with him. He, incidentally, to this day still doesn’t know that I had seen that the day of the session and I doubt at this point I will ever tell him. I’ve always, since discovering that, have never held anything back when doing a session.
Likewise, I strongly encourage my students that when someone asks for a session or opinion to always honestly give to them the information that you believe you have available to give, no matter what. You never know if it may be important or not, and it’s better being honest as opposed to holding something back that may be useful later.
Of course, I also help students to learn that there is a right and wrong way to give information too. We also talk about the psychology of readings and how what is said can impact clients. Ethics must always be kept in mind too. More will be said on these topics in future articles.
The Understanding That You Can’t Prevent Everything
Just as I’ve learned the importance of asking certain question and not being afraid to reveal certain information, I’ve also learned that sometimes no matter how much we know there are just some things that are going to happen in life that we aren’t going to be able to prevent. That doesn’t mean we can’t be aware of what may be coming and preparing ourselves for dealing with it and handling it, but it does mean that we shouldn’t blame ourselves when things happen that are beyond our control,
I had another client I read a few year backs and the same heart attack symbol came up. I indicated to her that it looked like she may need to get a checkup with her doctor ASAP as previously when I had seen this combination in the cards it indicated a heart attack. I further indicated that this was showing up in the very near future, maybe 10-14 days from the time of our session. She laughed and told me she was far healthier than anyone she knew. I shrugged and figured she knew better than I.
Her son talked to me later and told me his mother had a heart attack about a week after our session. Thankfully she managed to live. She swears up and down that it was because of me that she lived. That she had the sense to realize exactly what was happening to her and call for help. I’m not so sure of that, but regardless at least that story had a happier ending.
Astrology and Death
I’ve been discussing things from tarot and channeling that have come up, but almost every metaphysical discipline has their own rules and methodology for calculating or predicting death. For example, in astrology, it is well known that you can’t read a person’s death in their own chart, but by exploring the chart of the people that know them, you can see patterns that could indicate potential death. I.E. If you want to know when mom might be passing you would examine her husband’s, children’s, and any living parent’s charts and look for patterns that may indicate a significant loss. If you have enough correlation……
There is a special type of astrology reading that to my knowledge only one person does and it is called an After Life Astrology Reading. This chart uses a person’s time and date of death to both counsel people grieving the person as well as identify factors leading up to the death and what’s going on in the afterlife now that they have crossed over.
Can a Psychic Predict Death?
The bottom line is, yes death can be predicted, but it’s very rare. A psychic is far more likely to get information regarding the illness, hospital visit, etc then the impressions of actual death or the timing of such an event. Even then, the other person’s free will and their self-awareness can play a huge part in when they transition from this world. Likewise, the one above is the only one that holds any true knowledge of when a person’s time in the physical world will end. As much as people wish they could have a direct line to that all omniscient power, it simply doesn’t exist nor will it ever.
It’s also interesting to note that it’s far more common for people to experience events after a person has passed away as opposed to picking up on when a person is going to pass away. I’ve heard many a story from a student who was awakened in the middle of the night and just knew their son/daughter/father/mother/grandmother etc had transitioned from this world to the next. Some will swear they had a dream about it, a vision, or even actually encountered the spirit itself. All of which are very possible.
Again, that’s not to say there aren’t times when people can feel or know it’s coming, it’s just not the norm.
John Culbertson is a highly sought-after tarot card reader, spiritual advisor, and spiritual counselor with over 25 years of experience in metaphysical fields. Known for his accuracy, honesty, and deep spirituality, John has conducted thousands of readings that provide trusted guidance and growth for his clients.
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