Billets and Billet Reading

Billets and Billet Reading

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Billet reading is frequently done by mediums on public platforms and by Spiritualist ministers in Spiritualist churches. Billets, from the French billet meaning “note,” are pieces of paper usually about the size of a playing card. People are asked to write a name on the piece of paper—the name of the deceased, perhaps—or they might be asked to write any question they have. The papers are then folded up, collected, and handed to the medium, who will go on to name the name (and, perhaps, contact the spirit of the person named) or answer the question. This is done without the medium opening the folded billet. Billet reading is a development of psychometry, picking up the feelings of the person and other information from the paper.

Sources:

Buckland, Raymond: Buckland’s Book of Spirit Communications. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 2004
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