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Predicting Death

Reposting this today because of feedback from a customer. Yes, I predict death, as it is a part of our evolution as spiritual beings. Yes, the person in question passed through transition, although some details were not exact.


First let me state that I am a human being.  I am fallible.  I am very good at what I do, but I am not always correct.  My accuracy rate is approximately 90%, with some variance depending on the day.

One of the ethical problems facing modern psychics is whether or not to predict death.  Lately with the 'think only happy thoughts' paradigm and the overemphasis of the Law of Attraction, predicting death has become taboo.  It doesn't help that some unscrupulous fortune tellers of the past have used death predictions to manipulate the credulous out of incredible amounts of money.

Death, like Life, comes to us all.  It is a defining part of our very nature.  Life and death are actually just two sides of the same coin, the same cycle, the same whole.  Our individuality continues after the transition we call death.  I can assure you, dear reader, your consciousness will continue, and you will be the same individual after death you were at the time of transition.

Let me make one important statement regarding life and death: it is far easier to grow, change and improve here in life then it is in death.  It's not that we cannot grow and change in the invisible world, but it requires much more work and takes much longer to accomplish.  Now is our time to work and improve, in mortality.

My ex-wife made reference yesterday to a few conversations we had had over the past six months regarding a young newlywed couple that she is friends with.  When she first told me that her co-worker was getting married, I immediately got psychic data about impeding death.  However, I didn't feel it was my place to say anything, so I made an offhand comment that my ex-wife did not pick up on that, "things aren't going to go that smoothly."

A few months ago my ex-wife, Rebecca, made reference again to how the newlywed husband had taken ill and been hospitalized.  She stated that the doctors thought he might have Leukemia.  Now, if it's one thing I hate, it's unwanted advice.  But I could tell that my ex-wife wanted to know what I saw.   I always find it ironic when Rebecca wants to know what I see with my psychic vision considering how many times she fought me on my predictions when we were married!

Of course, the moment she mentioned Leukemia, I was already tapping in.  After all, that's what I do; I'm a psychic.  So I asked her, "Do you want to know if he's going to make it?"

She paused for a few seconds and finally said, "Yes."

I told her, "No, he will go back and forth for a while and pass away in about six months."

After about a week, she mentioned to me that her friend had been released from the hospital and the doctors had found nothing wrong with him after all.  She seemed genuinely pleased to prove me wrong.  I scanned him again.  Still picked up cancer or something seriously wrong with the blood.  Still got death.  So I said, "Well, I don't know what to tell you.  I'm still getting the same thing," and let it go.

The day before Thanksgiving, she mentioned to me that she needed me to watch the kids over the Thanksgiving holiday, on Friday specifically, because she had to deliver a care package to her friend, who was again, hospitalized.  When I inquired as to what was going on, she said, "They don't know what's wrong with him, but they are pretty sure it's not Leukemia.  It's his platelet levels that are down now, not his white blood cells.  But me and some of the girls from work are going to swing by and deliver a care package for him and his wife."

No, I did not say 'told you so.'  When you are dealing with someone who has selective precognition syndrome, it does no good to argue with them.

This morning she told me that they are releasing her friend from the hospital so he can get his platelet levels up and they are going to remove his spleen in the next few weeks.  I couldn't help but think that the treatment for this poor guy just keeps getting more and more complex.

I researched a little about Leukemia this morning and discovered that it's actually a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases.  In turn, it is part of the even broader group of diseases affecting the blood, bone marrow and lymphoid system.  So, in truth, the ex-wife's friend probably has one of the rarer types of Leukemia.

Now, again, I am not always correct.  But I was correct predicting my ex-wife's cancer four and a half years before she got it, in 2006.  I didn't necessarily feel she had to pass away early in life, so I encouraged her to take better care of herself.  She didn't listen.  She did, however, finally start listening when she found the tumors.  Luckily, so did her her very intuitive Oncologist.  She just passed her five year cancer free mark.

Is a prediction of death always fatal?  Absolutely not.  In many cases this data comes up as a warning.  It's a warning to change directions and make better choices, as it was with my ex-wife.

So, dear reader, what do you think?  Is it ethical for a psychic to predict death?  Should a psychic only predict death when it can be avoided?  Can this precognitive knowledge help us deal better with daily life?  Please respond in the comment section below.

Published Thursday, December 11, 2014 6:30 PM by James Vitale
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# re: Predicting Death @ Monday, November 28, 2011 9:38 AM

Thats a good question.  I think the answer lies in whether or not the individual you are making the prediction to can actually handle the answer. So the answer is, it depends on who is asking the question and their ability to handle the truth as well as the readers ability to ascertain their state of mind.  You also brought up another topic when you wrote,  "Lately with the 'think only happy thoughts' paradigm and the overemphasis of the Law of Attraction, predicting death has become taboo." Not only predicting death, but predicting anything that that is less than ideal or perfet. Life is about lightness and darkness.  In life we will all experience both, and this is what many seekers of readings, and others fail to acknowledge.  No one is exempt--from both.  

Astrology readings Leslie Hale

# re: Predicting Death @ Monday, November 28, 2011 11:59 AM

Thank you, Leslie.  I appreciate your reflective answer.

I have obviously debated this point with myself; should I reveal death data if it could save the person's life, regardless of whether or not they could handle it.

The Light and Dark aspects of life is a good topic!  I think you just gave me the inspiration for my next blog!  :-)  Thank you.

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Monday, November 28, 2011 2:36 PM

Very interesting question. I never considered it before because I just thought it was an unwritten rule that it is never done. I agree with Leslie that it probably depends on your perception of whether the person can handle it, but in most cases I don't think they would believe it if the information were unsolicited. We are all pretty good at justifying what we want/don't want to believe.


# re: Predicting Death @ Monday, November 28, 2011 5:08 PM

Hi Eskridtc,

I agree.  I think all of us are too good at justification.


James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Monday, December 26, 2011 7:05 PM

In my 40 years reading the tarot the Death card has indicated genuine death of the body only twice.  I do believe it is very important  to not sow negative seeds that can harm the querant.  a friend had a reading in India and the reader said "... and you will die at 58"  Horrible seed that one.  I find it is important to help the client  phrase the question in a way that will yield the most beneficial  information.  Know when you will die?  not that useful. Aura

Sister Aura

# re: Predicting Death @ Monday, February 13, 2012 5:57 AM

I have found that "death" is the Universe's great secret. I do not answer people when they ask when someone is going to die. To me that is totally unethical. I don't even ask the question to my sources. That being said, if the Universe tells us about a death without us asking, I believe there is a reason for that. It may be so that a fence can be mended, or a person can get things together in some way that needs to be done. So to me, if the message is sent on so secret a subject, it is important to delicately and professionally pass it on. This may be as simple as saying "Have you talked to Uncle Bob lately?".


# re: Predicting Death @ Thursday, February 16, 2012 5:41 PM

Thanks for your insights, Triple Moon Goddess.

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Saturday, February 25, 2012 4:57 PM

As a client, and not being a reader, I would definitely want to know of impending death if I was supposed to know so I could take action to improve my health, avoid a certain route on a particular day, etc. I would feel that if my reader received that message, then I was meant to know.


# re: Predicting Death @ Saturday, February 25, 2012 5:11 PM

I agree, Judy. Thanks for your comment.

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Sunday, February 26, 2012 4:23 AM

What an excellent post!  I have debated about this topic for many years and I don't think we truly should divulge the fact that we may see "death" is imminent for someone however I have done it in my career and I have not been right a couple of times.  I have seen clients at "death's door" so to speak and have witnessed miraculous intervention so as a psychic we all know that the future is not laid in concrete and things can change in a heartbeat I prefer not to let anyone know about death.  The times I have been incorrect was with a friend and her elderly Aunt and Mother.  The Aunt continues on and it has been about two years.  She goes back and forth between the veil but remains here.  I usually see transition to the other side soon after the person starts moving from this side to visiting with loved ones on the other side.  With this women she just lingers here as if she has something important she must do.  I was very sorry that I let my client know that it looked as if death was coming soon for it has not been easy to care for this women.  

I usually make it a rule to "not do death" under any circumstances but I waiver some and if the person needs to prepare then I will offer some assistance.

Like you James I do see illness within the body but I have been privileged to see miracle healings from the Angels also.  I think I will continue to be cautious and not predict death for if you are wrong it can be devastating for the person involved.

Thank you for sharing this insightful blog.



# re: Predicting Death @ Sunday, February 26, 2012 7:24 AM

Hi Rosalea,

I think it's incredibly mature of you, as a psychic, to admit when you were wrong. I think that type of clarity helps us learn from our mistakes and makes us better intuitives in the long run.

I would definitely advise caution with death predictions. We must make sure we are 'in-tune' and receive the information many times, before stating anything.

Back to just being wrong as a psychic, John Edward stated that he is a better Psychic Medium because he gives himself permission to be wrong. This attitude, I think, relieves much of the pressure and, ironically, allows a more intuitive flow.

I have noticed that whenever I get apprehensive or worried, my psychic function is suppressed. There is an attentive-detachment that seems to work best for intuitive work.

Thanks for your comment, Rosalea!

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Sunday, February 26, 2012 2:07 PM

Death seems to be near impossible to predict. I dont think that we are suppose to know. We are suppose to treat everyday like it is our last, not waste time, and not take people for granted. I refuse to predict death. People claim that they want to know about death but they really cant handle it.


# re: Predicting Death @ Sunday, February 26, 2012 2:17 PM

Yes, I was aware that this issue might bring out some varied responses.

Thanks for your input, Dr. Donna.

Just out of curiosity, Donna, would your attitude be different if the person in question were a family member of yours?

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Sunday, February 26, 2012 2:25 PM

When my son was sick, I called just about every psychic on keen and everyone said he would live. 20 days later he died. It taught me that we are not supposed to know. it would of made things worst for me knowing that my son was going to die. It does not help emotionally at all.I would of not enjoyed him and been able to joke around if I knew he would of passed. I had a perfect relationship with my son so there were no regrets.Some things we are not supposed to know and we need to be ok with it.


# re: Predicting Death @ Sunday, February 26, 2012 2:47 PM

Do you think this blindness about future events involves just death or does this extend to other events?

Are there many things we aren't supposed to know?

And do you think that their are individuals who will never accept any precognitive information? I've heard some people say that if anything can be perceived, it invalidates Free Will.

I don't see it that way. We forecast the weather, stocks, construction times, production times, birth times, etc.

But are some people who seem to believe that any precognitive information beyond the five senses undoes Free Will.

Your thoughts?

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Friday, March 23, 2012 6:28 AM

Been reading all these posts following your blog post James-very very good info and viewpoints from everyone here!  Good posts!  I want to pose a question though after reading this-and following it?  What about those who have had a REAL Life after Death experiences (NDE*)?  I don't tell many but did had a serioud heart issue years ago-and was 'gone' for 2 days/nights-heart failure Tuesday night 11 PM-and awoke on a Thursday afternoon.  I do know I 'crossed over'-and remembered details later about it-what I 'saw' and felt-a very 'real experience' I struggle to write about.  I personally think most persons cannot 'handle' the death issue--and also there is that 'factor'-of those who may have literally 'seen death' and returned again back to their bodies.  Some things about death in many cases couldn't be 'predicted'-after knowing so many have crossed once-their souls seeing the Spirit World and then having came back again.  Any thoughts of this..?  Love the subject-but as a Reader I personally don't do 'death readings'-as I do feel many SAY they want to know--but days/months later may feel uneasy they'd asked.

Maiden of Wisdom

# re: Predicting Death @ Friday, March 23, 2012 10:01 PM

I don't think, Moon Maiden, that this blog covers the issue of NDE. Although I've been lucky enough to have Dr. Raymond Moody on my humble little internet radio program.

One does wonder whether NDE could be predicted?

And I agree with you: most people cannot handle the issue of death at all.

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Saturday, March 24, 2012 6:35 AM

I am really sorry to get off your main topic.  I truly didn't mean to James-it's just that maybe I do equate NDE to 'death' as well in many ways.  Regardless, Thank you for the wonderful topic and death is a mystery I think to all of us.

Maiden of Wisdom

# re: Predicting Death @ Saturday, March 24, 2012 11:37 AM

No worries, Moon Maiden. I appreciate your comments.

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Friday, June 22, 2012 11:51 AM

While this blog intrigues me, I am unsure how I feel about the subject.  There was an incident in my life that changed my views on honesty.  I am often honest to a fault with little thought.  So I guess I would just say it in as gentle a manor as I could with out hiding the truth.

Tay between worlds

# re: Predicting Death @ Tuesday, June 26, 2012 11:21 PM

food for thought made me think@


# re: Predicting Death @ Saturday, June 30, 2012 5:50 PM

Hello, James.   I am a psychic, also, and I have been particularly gifted in the area of predicting death.   At the age of 2 1/2 years old I predicted the death of my sister who was born with severe birth defects and one night the phone rang around 3 p.m. and I sat up and told my parents:  "That is the hospital calling to tell us that Kathy has died" and I was exactly right and may parents did not know what to make of my gifts.

Another poignant experience was when an old boyfriend called me up to explain that he was in the hospital parking lot because his elderly father who had chronic illness was in the hospital with pneumonia and I, too, scanned and knew he was going to die imminently.   On the phone, I did not want to scare my friend and so I said "Why don't you go in and see your father and call me back later and we will talk".    Less than 12 hours later the father passed and he called me and I confessed that I had seen his father dying and he wasn't mad but just glad that I hung up and urged him to go to his father right there and then.


# re: Predicting Death @ Saturday, June 30, 2012 7:51 PM

So, starflet, do you always tell people when you see death?

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Thursday, June 13, 2013 1:13 AM

Very well written on a very sensitive subjects. My hats off to you!
Vivian :)


# re: Predicting Death @ Monday, June 17, 2013 2:06 AM

I wonder who was the defining member of planet earth who stipulated that DEATH needed to be a negative subject?
Yes, people are selfish...we don't WANT to have to part with a friend/lover/level of solidity or non-ethereal existence.
We relish making use of our opposable thumbs, or our ability to read a book or feel the finiteness of an easy chair on our bums. We cling tightly to our connections with other humans and/or other...beings-furry, feathered, scaly , smooth, crunchy.  We define our selves by those other connections to some extent.  Although there are numerous items and entities and manners of thought and manners of 'being' all lending their precepts to the life process, Perhaps to part with those other connections would make a person feel a little 'smudgy' in the ability to clearly define ourselves.
Keeping out of drilling down too deeply regarding individual motivators, I think it's 'safe' for me to say that people are selfish and want what they want.  Not everyone is a humongous drooling and chattering EGO bent on pathological control over all things; but I cannot say I've ever met a person who spoke of being elated that people in their life were so generous and supportive that it was going to be just the 'swellest time' come the day they expire and leave what they know for other arenas of spirit.  I know of no one who is, each day, running down a listing of notes to discuss upon death/transition about everyone  not joining the movement from skin suits that day.  When I try to clearly envision something even close to what I'm stumbling over to give clear definition, the closest I come is to imagine a person who views their incidence on earth as a 'retreat' or a 'visit'...something to take in, but ever realizing it's not a forever kinda thing. At some point a person has to go 'home', as defined by that person.

Wow, all of that above just to say I cannot wholly agree that 'death' is negative, or that speaking of death is a negative action/promotion.
Some people have had INCREDIBLE lives filled with love and family, supportive and empathetic or sympathetic siblings and other relatives.  Some people hit it big time when it comes to living what some would label a 'perfect' life. Others, would be hard pressed to attempt to interpret past trials toward mind, body, or spirit as anything other than 'trials'.                                                                                             There are so many options for differences in opinions on this matter of whether or not to freely speak of impending mortality, I suppose.

Finding out that there is a flight 'home' not too far off can lend much to someone who's been through a difficult, painful, isolated, harsh, and exhausting time on earth.
Steering clear of the topic of death might be the 'current best' approach to adopt when dealing with someone who is such a lover of life and all it provides.
Whichever approach one takes, I just hope it is also the RIGHT approach for the relaying party, as well.  Or that proper remedy is available to them in times when it seems they might feel compromised for the benefit of their clients.

I hope this makes some sense.  I guess I just don't view death as...wholly negative...or positive, per se. Both the informer and the inform-ee need to be 'right' with whatever info is passed on, that much I can say.

I'll shut up, now...


# re: Predicting Death @ Thursday, August 29, 2013 2:02 PM

Ok, Such a really great post I myself a psychic advisor here on keen want to give this a bump and hope everyone reads this. Kudos It is very well written, nicely said, and as a repost very worthy.
Although I have not had a reading from James I do have a few clients that have mentioned him and how well they thought of his gifts and the way he uses them. It is rare that another advisor ever endorses or says anything about other advisor but this post and what I have heard made me want to do so. That says quite a bit about the author of this post. I swear we have never spoken and James has not asked me to post this. I just had  to read it because I feel very similar to what he has said. It is a very debated subject because sometimes just making a prediction especially about death can change things in a way. Nothing is written in stone, my belief anyway. If I predicted you would be hit by a bus Friday you would just have to lock yourself in the top floor of a hotel and the prediction would no longer be.
That is why a reading is so important, so you can change things that need to be changed. Love and Light To All.....


# re: Predicting Death @ Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:55 PM

Thank you so much, Andrew! Much appreciated!

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Thursday, August 29, 2013 6:58 PM

Anytime, Leukemia does have many variants the worst being AML, that is what my mother had, that is one of the main reasons I started reading on keen. When she got sick and was diagnosed with cancer 7 years ago I had to become her 24/7 caregiver. I closed my internet businesses and moved in with her. She beat the cancer, cervical but the radiation treatments for the cancer gave her leukemia.  AML the bad stuff, the incurable type. The doctors gave her initially 2 months, I found some great clinical trials a great doctor and I was able to keep my mother with me for 3 extra years but during that time it was very trying for me. I used to read for people only in person, my mother who was also a psychic read over the phone, one day she was so ill she couldn't take her call so I did and realized I could indeed read over the phone. I joined keen and the calls from my clients helped me escape during my readings into a whole different world, so even after she passed a few years ago I kept reading because I love my family of clients, they needed me, and I get so much from helping people and they helped me so much while I was taking care of my mother that I guess I owe it to karma, to my clients and because I love helping people to be available for my family. I can tell that James you are one of those very rare advisors who really do care. Just taking the time to post this and your other posts is an amazing thing. God Bless, Love and Light


# re: Predicting Death @ Friday, August 30, 2013 12:23 PM

Wow, Andrew! That's an incredible story. Thank you for sharing.

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Monday, September 02, 2013 3:36 PM

When my dad was in his last weeks (at a post hospital facility in Florida; he was 91), the doctors would announce, "You're looking great!"  And, turning to me, "Doesn't he look great!"  In other words, they knew, just as I knew, that his corporeal vehicle was failing. It was plainly obvious that Dad wasn't going transform magically be (as he used to say)," Up and at 'em," the next day.  Most of the time he just wanted to sleep.  Although, every so often, his particular sense of sharply observant humor would break out.  I might as well share this moment with the readers.  There was a "social secretary" in this place who was charming but eccentric.  She had an odd way of talking about herself when the purpose of the encounter was to take care of business.  Off she would go, talking about French movies at the library and her dating prospects, while the visitor or patient (my father) sat there trying to figure out what she was getting at.  Now, when her name came up at some point, Dad said, "She's a weird one."  I laughed when he made this observation because she really is weird and Dad was right even while he was half in and half out of this world.  At this moment, I weep remembering his words.  All of the things we argued about over a lifetime still weigh on me, but at least somehow a little joke he told is a true lasting legacy. Now, it has come to be an established fact in the years since his death that his spirit has visited me.  So, how does this account relate to whether a client should be notified about his death or another's?  Any words should be uttered gently, that's for sure.  It comes down to how skillful the psychic is in discussing these matters.  My father's private physician stood out.  We met only once.  Outside in the hallway with my parents together with a nurse in the room, the doctor suddenly wrapped his arm around me and using my first name said, "Richard, don't get old!"


# re: Predicting Death @ Monday, September 02, 2013 7:03 PM

No.  Never.  I have felt it, and I keep it to myself.  Twice:  I was correct in both instances, the first I knew I would never see my aunt alive again, the second, a man I met I knew would die within 2 weeks.  2 for 2.  Again, I never said a thing.  Hey, why would anyone believe me, I am no psychic.  I also KNEW the Red Sox would win it all in '04, but again, who would buy that before or after?  It has been almost twenty years since I have met or touched a person and immediately felt impending death.  I am human.  I could be wrong.  I hope I am.  This alone, belongs to God.


# re: Predicting Death @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:09 PM

Very well written and informative post! <3

Mystic Gwen

# re: Predicting Death @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 9:25 PM

Thanks Gwen.

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Friday, October 18, 2013 1:13 PM

Predicting death.. Of course, we are all going to die at some point.  I, personally, do not predict death for the simple fact that only the Creator knows the day or hour.  As to your reference of a family member, it would serve best to be good to one another while we are 'here'.  For what it is worth, I was taught that it was unethical to do so.  Now, if I see an illness, I say to please go to the doctor and get medical advice ASAP.  As a psychic, there is a responsibility to encourage our clients to live the best lives possible, not that 'someone will go to the hospital and not come home', but this does not happen for 42 years, and the person is left hanging and forever waiting.  This happened to me, actually.  This is just the way I see my ethical responsibility to the client.

Dianna Spencer

# re: Predicting Death @ Saturday, October 19, 2013 8:09 PM

Predicting death is tricky, (there's various ways that I've seen it come up in the cards, sometimes it looks very positive, in a "going home" kind of way). However, when it does, while I may say something like "Pray for the best but be ready for the worst, this isn't carved in stone, but the cards aren't very optimistic..." I won't withhold information that the client asked about.

I would like to note that the term "fortune teller" doesn't equal fraud, however. Many of us who do predictive readings have reclaimed the term. After all, we're telling people what their fortunes are, the good and the bad. Whether they'll get the job, whether he'll come back, whether there's any surprises around the corner. Isn't that what most of them come to us for? ;)


# re: Predicting Death @ Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:28 AM

Excellent observations, Fennario.

James Vitale

# re: Predicting Death @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:12 PM

My sons grandfather committed suicide by stepping in front of a train almost 2 years ago. I was very close to him and always saw death around him but would never tell him because I knew he would have ended it himself had he believed he would die sooner. When the doctors told him he only had 6 months left he decided not to wait to become a vegetable before he finally passed and took his own life. The train didn't kill him and he died in the hospital with me by his side telling him he was loved. So although I've seen it many times I always consider the mental health of who I see it around. If it can be prevented then yes, tell someone. If not, why ruin their last moments or make them so depressed they want to end it sooner? That's the hard part.

Bella Love

# re: Predicting Death @ Friday, September 19, 2014 7:04 AM

I agree, that is the hard part.

Thanks for sharing your story, Bella. It's a prefect example of the dilemma we psychics sometimes face.

James Vitale

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