Why Don't Psychic Predictions Always Come True?

Why Don’t Psychic Predictions Happen?

“Why don’t psychic predictions always come true?” The young lady was very frustrated by a recent session she had with another psychic. It was a question that was driving her crazy and one that I had thought a great deal about over the course of my career.

Psychic predictions unfortunately are not an exact science. A psychic reader and your own personal guides will do their best to provide information to you about what is coming up in the future as well as provide insights into past and present situations. However, that doesn’t mean that the information they provide will always, or even usually, be 100 percent accurate.

The Reality of a Psychic Reading

Think of a psychic doing a reading in this manner.

You are standing at a pathway in front of you. The path goes to the right and goes to the left. You can choose which direction you want to go. Based on your inner spirits past (both here and prior) you can be told which path you are likely to choose. You don’t have to choose that path. The likelihood is that you will choose it. You can always go against what is likely. You can always change your life, at any given time.

This is all easy enough to understand on the surface. Let’s get a little more complicated.

Let’s supposed that each path involves alternative realities that depend upon your mood. So if you go down the right path happy, one thing will happen, but if you go down that same path angry something else altogether different will take place.

The same is true for the left path. We have now multiplied the variable. This makes the reader’s job suddenly a lot more complicated. They attempt to figure out which path you’ll choose and which mood you’ll choose to be in and thereby the results that come from it.

Let’s go even further. Suppose there is just one other person involved besides yourself. Then which path you choose may be different than the path they choose. The mood you opt to have may be different from the mood they opt to have. Now we are looking at the possibility of 100s of different things that can occur all because of a path with two possible choices. Just think about what happens if there are three possible choices. Four. Five. Etc. Think of what happens when two or three people, even more, may be involved.

Psychic readings are not always accurate because a psychic is not God. Period. It’s impossible for any one human to take into account ALL variables that exist for any given situation and to conclude what is most likely to occur. Like it or not, all psychics are humans.

So readers do the best they can. They attempt to navigate all the probabilities and tell you what they believe to be most likely to occur. Sometimes they do this exceptionally well, other times they don’t. Some people it’s easier to do this with than others. The more free will a person has or that’s involved, the less likely a prediction is to come true. The more people involved, the less likely a prediction is to come true. The more choices involved, the less likely a prediction is to come true. There is, nor can there ever be a guarantee.

This doesn’t even take into account random acts of the Universe. As those random acts can sometimes alter moods and paths too.

I believe H.P. Blavatsky said it best:

“In dealing with the dicta of psychics and mediums, it must always be remembered that they translate, automatically and unconsciously, their experiences on any plane of consciousness, into the language and experience of our normal physical plane. And this confusion can only be avoided by the special study-training of occultism, which teaches how to trace and guide the passage of impressions from one plane to another and fix them on the memory….” – H.P. Blavatsky Collected Writings, Vol. IX, 163

It takes a person much experience and practice to be able to take into account so many variables and end up making “accurate predictions” that actually occur in the physical world. If someone is right 80% of the time, they are a good reader. Regardless of what anyone may think. If they are correct 90% of the time they are a great reader. Nobody will ever be 100 percent correct all the time. No reader will even be 100 percent correct for the same person each time.

As much as I’d hate to say this, a reader can be 98% accurate with one person and have zero or zip accuracy with another. This is all because of the energy factors involved which are beyond the control of either the reader or the client.

A Soul Reader vs a Human Reader

There is also a difference between a reader that reads for the soul and an intuitive that reads for the human.

The soul reader interprets information from the soul’s higher perspective. A human reader interprets information from a physical world perspective. Most readers do both at various points and times, however, they are usually better at one form or another.

For example, I excel more with soul reading than human reading. I do better when looking at things from the soul’s perspective and the perspective of the higher self than I do with looking at things from the physical world perspective.

So if you want to know why your boyfriend didn’t call you, I likely won’t have a good answer for you. Even if I do, it’s not going to usually be something mundane. If you want to know, however, what you’re learning from the breakup and how you can use the information to make your life better – okay now we’re in business! Some may call a soul reader a life coach or a spiritual teacher, but regardless of what you call them, their purpose is to help you create your life and make it the best you can as opposed to allowing you to be controlled by your life.

That’s not to say I can’t or don’t make mundane predictions from time to time. I do. I just usually prefer to focus more on your growth as a soul as opposed to other things.

Unlike some readers, this is what I consider my true purpose and calling to be. To help you become aware of the fact that you, and you alone, have control and responsibility for making and creating the life you want, regardless of the obstacles that get in the way or the twists and turns that happen along the way.

A Medium vs a Psychic vs a Channel vs a Fortuneteller

Likewise, a medium and psychic are different. A channel and psychic are different. A clairvoyant and channel are different. A fortuneteller is different from all of the above. So many terms, and yet we still live in a society where most people group them all together as the same thing.

A medium specializes in connection with people that have died. They usually connect with the spiritual essence to pass along messages from them.

A psychic tries to work on their ability to make predictions in the manner described previously at the beginning of this article. Sometimes they do this through the straight reading of a person’s energy and sometimes they do it through the use of tools like astrology, numerology, the runes, or tarot.

Not every psychic is a medium, but most mediums are psychics.

A channel passes along information from spiritual guides and angels usually without censoring it and regardless of if they personally agree with it or not.

Traditionally, a clairvoyant sees images with which they have no control over. Some are future visions, some are visions of the past, some are energy in the present. Once a clairvoyant gains control over this, however, they are usually called either a psychic, medium, or fortuneteller.

A fortuneteller makes predictions about the future typically based off of a tool such as the tarot. However, not every tarot reader is a fortuneteller and not every fortuneteller reads tarot cards. I.E., fortunetellers approach life from the perspective that you have no control over the events which will take place, you simply have to live with them.

I personally can be a clairvoyant, medium, and psychic – but am typically best acting as a channel. I do not consider myself a medium because I don’t specialize in connecting with dead people. I am working constantly to try and become a better “psychic” or “intuitive.” My main goal, however, is to teach people how to do for themselves and to stop relying on outside sources for answers.

The Reality of Spiritual Guides

I hate to burst a bubble here, one that society has spent a lot of time building up and creating, but spirit guides aren’t all knowing either. They too were human at one time. They may have more experience than the people living in our world currently, but that doesn’t mean they are all knowing or even perfect.

Since they have more experience they are better at offering insights and wisdom for dealing with life and for figuring out what’s to come, but even they can and are at times wrong. They are learning just as much about life as you are, just from a different perspective.

So I tell people to take their information as food for thought. To understand that what may be right from their perspective may not always be right from your perspective nor should you follow what they tell you blindly without doing your own research and adding your own thoughts.

Your Energy Is Not My Energy, But Your Energy is Okay

The more tuned in to each other a psychic and a client are, the better and typically the more accurate a reading will be. Everyone knows that feeling when things just flow between two people. This happens because they are connecting on a very deep energy level.

Likewise, everyone is also aware of that feeling when two people just have a hard time being around each other. You don’t know what it is about the other person that you aren’t comfortable with, but something makes you not want to be around them. This happens when two people’s energies are a miss match and when they resonate in a specific way so as to repeal each other.

When a psychic and a client have this sort of connection, many times the psychic won’t get much information or if they do, they will interpret it wrong.

Most of the time, the energy connection between a psychic and client is okay. Not great, like the first mentioned connection, but nowhere near as bad as the second mentioned connection. In these cases, the psychic will get some accurate information and some not so accurate information or they will interpret some information correctly and other information not so correctly.

Wrong Day, Wrong Time, Wrong Channel

There are also those occasions when there is nothing there. Though this happens rarely, it does happen. When it does happen the psychic has an obligation to tell the client “Sorry, I’m not getting anything on that right now.” That doesn’t mean they won’t on another day or at another time, there’s just something at that moment that is preventing the information and/or insights from being accessed. The best thing to do is reschedule and try again at a later date and time.

The Bottom Line and Summary

You and you alone are in control of your life. People should get psychic sessions to help them weigh information and to open up new lines of thinking and possibilities that haven’t been seen before. People should not, however, get psychic readings believing everything they are told at face value.

The bottom line, a psychic reading should either be a fun, enlightening/educational, or healing experience. Perhaps all of the above if you’re lucky. Going to a psychic purely based on the hope that they can see all and tell you everything that’s going to happen is something which should be avoided.

Find a psychic you connect well with and that you gain a lot of insights from their sessions, regardless of their accuracy. When you start looking for that, the accuracy will end up being there.


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.

John’s specialty is leveraging tarot and intuitive insights to offer clarity, direction, and next steps to those feeling uncertain on life’s path. His compassionate, non-judgemental approach creates a safe space for people to navigate challenging transitions, find inner wisdom, and transform their lives through self-discovery.

Having trained extensively in areas from eastern spirituality to mystical Christian traditions, John synthesizes spiritual principles across faiths. He believes spiritual growth should empower and enhance our human experience.

John offers confidential tarot readings and spiritual mentoring remotely by phone. He is a published author and holds a Doctorate in Ministry with a specialization in pastoral counseling and Certified Metaphysical Practitioner designation. His goal is illuminating the unique gifts within each person through tarot divination and metaphysical healing arts.

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