I’m deeply skeptical by nature and I have a great deal of scepticism towards even “approved” miracles so I might be the wrong Catholic to really answer this question, but my own opinion is that most of the so-called proveable psychic abilities are one of the following:
- purposely fraudulent
- a product of wishful thinking
- a product of psychosis
As for God, He is God. He can do anything. Was Moses telekinetic or was it God working the miracle through Moses? Somehow I doubt it was a natural ability of Moses to part the Red Sea.
If you want to spend some time Googling, try looking up the term “cold reading” and read about some of the techniques used by frauds to convince the gullible that a total stranger knows something about them. It is a skill put into practice by salespeople and gamblers as well as “magicians” and a lot of it has to do with reading body language and using leading questions until you get a hit (John Edwards of “Crossing Over” infamy uses this technique ALL the time). For instance, card players say that everyone has a “tell” and a good card player can spot someone else’s “tell” and interpret it. It’s a completely natural human skill that can be developed by anyone who is willing to pay attention to the nuances of non-verbal communication. I remember coming across a really good website at one point that explained the cold reading method in detail so you may come across it.
I read Dion Fortune years ago and from what I remember most of her idea are just recycled from Gerald Gardner, the Golden Dawn, Rosecrucians, etc. But ask yourself this? If all this stuff was actually possible after applied study, wouldn’t these people be running nations instead of writing books for small press publishers?
Edited to add link.
Here’s that webpage I mentioned.
Just as an aside, I used to do tarot readings for friends & acquaintances and they always used to marvel at my incredible insight, but I know that it was just because I’m a much closer listener than most people. That’s my talent and there are no psychic abilities involved. And you can manipulate Tarot cards to say anything you want because if you look in a tarot book, every single card has multiple positive and negative meanings.
I find the most entertaining use of tarot cards is to use them to character-type television characters. Completely made-up people are so much easier to read LOL