Fortune telling is the practice of seeking knowledge through supernatural (some would say psychic) means. The literal meaning of the word is "let the divine kingdom manifest". Cultures throughout history have used countless methods to predict the future, gain knowledge and wisdom, and communicate with areas outside of the physical to gain a perspective on the here and now.
Modern clairvoyants, holy people and diviners of all kinds still use ancient and even modern divination techniques to take a look at the invisible realms. They all work in different ways to convey information between dimensions. What they all have in common, however, is that they are just tools, much like a telephone is a tool for transferring communication between people in distant places.
Reading tarot cards is still one of the most popular and widely used divination tools and falls into a category of divination called cartomancy (divination by cards). With its history in medieval Europe, tarot cards were originally a card game that developed into a divination system. It reflects the energy of the person who is consulting the cards. A question is asked (it shouldn't be a yes or no question) and the reader discards the cards in a certain pattern (and there are many, depending on the type of reading).
Which cards appear at which position and whether they are the right way round or not determines how they are interpreted. A good reader in the Tarot will understand the more subtle nuances in the symbology of the images. For example, the death card does not necessarily mean that someone will die, but often signals something more in terms of a personal transformation.
Astrology - There are different types of astrology.
The best known are western astrology and Chinese astrology. The word "astrology" is derived from the Greek words "astron" (star) and "logos" (study). Astrology is the study of the position of the stars and other celestial bodies at a specific point in time and their relationship to and their influence on human life. Most people know astrology in the form of daily horoscopes, but studying astrology involves much more.
The starting point of every personal astrological reading is the birth chart. It shows where all relevant celestial bodies were at the time of your birth. Your sun sign may be the dominant energy in your life, but the placement of the moon and all stars and planets also describes significant energy patterns that can affect the properties of the sun sign. This is why it is important to create a birth chart if you want to do an astrology reading, and any good astrologer will tell you this.
The art of reading hands is also known as chiromancy and is one of the oldest forms of divination. There are debates as to whether palm reading is a divination method or not. While it's more of a personality assessment technique, there are elements that Palm readers can use to predict the future. Contrary to popular belief, palmistry includes more than just studying palm lines. A palm reader also looks at things like fingernails, hair growth, and skin color and texture.
Classic palmistry has its roots in ancient Greece. The dominant hand conveys a certain set of meanings, while the non-dominant hand conveys another, and it depends on which school of palmistry you have taught. Some of the most common elements of a palm reading are the lifeline, the heart line, and the head line, which are the three most dominant lines in the palm.