Cloud Reading Divination. Read the future in clouds.

Cloud Reading Divination

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker.

As a child, did you ever lie on your back in the garden and watch cumulus clouds to see what pictures you could see in their fluffy white shapes? You may have seen faces, fantastic landscapes and all sorts of wonderful images. If you gaze at any random shape you may begin to see images, for example, many people claim to see a face in the shadows of Mars, or in the patterns of the moon’s surface. Without realizing it you may have been doing Cloud Reading Divination.

You are seeing these pictures because your intuition is at work and trying to create order out of randomness. What you see is your subconscious mind at work. And if we can ‘see’ the subconscious mind then we can use this as a way to access these as a reflection of the workings of the inner self. Psychologists use a similar technique when they ask their patients to look at a Rorschach Ink Blot and interpret what they see as representations of the patient’s hidden needs, hopes, and fears.

In ancient times, the seers went a stage further: They believed that the pictures seen in fire embers, clouds, Nature and even in the entrails of sacrificial animals represent auguries and portents for the future. In the clouds, they would read about the shape of things to come.

Cloud pegasus


In the same way that a tasseographer will look for shapes in tea leaves to give a reading, we can use clouds for divination. This cloud looks to me like the mythical Greek god Pegasus. If we were interpreting this as a reading for a person we may understand Pegasus to mean that they may be rising above a problem or escaping from something that worries them. Or we may feel that it represents their desire to achieve something great – in the myth, the hero Bellerophon tried to use Pegasus to fly to Mount Olympus so it may represent an Olympian endeavor of some kind in the person’s life. The interpretation will be influenced by your intuitive and clairvoyant feelings.

Cloud UFO


This strange cloud formation is sometimes seen over desert areas and in this case is caught by the setting sun in such a way as to make it look like a flying saucer. The psychologist Carl Jung believed that modern man wants to see flying saucers because he yearns for the wholeness of the inner self symbolized by the shape of a circle. In the East, they use symmetrical designs – called mandalas – as a meditation aid to help establish inner equilibrium. When giving a reading for someone using the clouds circles will symbolize wholeness and completion.

Grim Reaper


Anyone who has interpreted the Tarot cards will know how careful you have to be when death images are revealed in the cards. Similarly, with cloud reading death images are symbols and not necessarily portents of real death. We usually interpret death images as the death of the old so that the new can emerge. At New Year we have the symbol of Old Father Time who, just like the grim reader, carries a scythe. The past year is cut down so that the new one can begin. Death images, therefore, can be very positive symbols in a cloud reading.

Cloud Reading Angel


Elvis Presley may have foreseen his own death when he saw a vision in the clouds during a cross-country road trip in 1964 as he drove back to his Graceland mansion. Elvis saw the face of Stalin in the clouds and understood it to mean that it was the displeased way God saw him now that he had achieved his fame. The face then turned into the smiling face of Jesus and in great distress, Elvis cried out “Oh God! Oh God!” He believed that it was a portent of his untimely death. The could in our picture looks to me like an angel and in the context of reading may symbolize a messenger and perhaps a blessing that all will go well.

Definition ‘Aeromancy’ & More Cloud Facts

  • Cloud Reading is called: ‘AEOROMANCY’
  • Aeromancy divination by observing events in the air or wind. This includes: cloud shapes, weather conditions, and atmospheric phenomena (including comets and meteors.) Medieval divination texts usually spelled ‘aerimancy’ and were expanded to include almost all phenomena occurring in the air.
  • Aeromancy also can sometimes include divination by the wind. For example, the diviner throws sand or dirt in the wind after asking a question. The answer is determined in the nature of the dust cloud. Other techniques include throwing a handful of seeds into the air and receiving the answer to a question from the pattern created by the fallen seeds. This is also sometimes known as ‘austromancy’.
  • The ancients believed that wind was actually the breath of Life and the breath of their gods and deities. It was divine. Alternately, some believed that specific types of winds, particularly hot winds, were the work of demons.

External Links

This is an extract from my new book
Book: Intuitive Knowledge

42 comments… add one
  • Philip Giannattasio Sep 23, 2019, 7:26 pm

    I have been going through a Kundalini awakening for the last 8 months. The images I see in the clouds are remarkable, to say the least. I’ve recently been receiving a lot of signs from my guides that have been pointing me toward cloud divination. What jumped out at me SPECIFICALLY, is that fact that I just snapped a picture of a nearly identical image in the clouds that I took 3 weeks ago.

  • Julio Feb 27, 2019, 7:35 pm

    From the age of 5 until about 11 I would look into the clouds and see devil’s and demons and skulls nothing else besides serpents a couple of times what does that mean?

  • Viviana Nov 2, 2018, 8:38 pm

    Just saw this now, after a light rain…It is a good sign; wishes will be granted, and happiness will follow thereof. There’s a sense of peace and freedom…peace in a great movement, whether it’d be literal travel, more free time, a bigger living space, and feeling freer to express your true, beautiful Self. Your life is moving forward.

    And even though you posted this several months ago, you can still see how this has played out into your life…and if you experience this event again, you’ll know what to expect. : )

  • Nicola Oct 16, 2018, 2:17 pm

    Twice I’ve seen the shape of the British Isles with Ireland on the left! In perfect shape too. I don’t know what it means But I think it could be an omen of some sort good or bad I don’t know but the feeling I got when I was watching was. It’s October now England and Ireland’s got one really bad winter coming I got the impression the clouds were telling to be prepared because it’s going to be the worst winter to hit England and Ireland for a long long time.

  • Ash Mar 22, 2018, 8:36 pm

    In October I lost a child, she was two months old. I prayed she would be reborn and as I was told she probably would not make it. I named her kayloni PHOENIX. I have two other girls but I still morn for her the same. March 11th I was sitting outside in the morning smoking, and looking up at the world. Admiring it’s beauty. Then I noticed a baby foot in the clouds. And right behind it looked like a woman in agony. Giving birth. I always wanted to hear her cry and never got the chance because of the tubes. Birds flew by and I swear they made a noise I’ve never heard. It sounded like a baby crying. I think she was reborn on that day.

  • Debbie Feb 12, 2018, 12:47 am

    I was asleep and woke at 12 midnight to see a cloud in the sky shaped like a dog. At that moment I had the strangest feeling that this was the Chinese Year of the Dog. I looked it up and it is. I have often looked at the clouds and interpreted different shapes. I too see them as messages.

  • Heather Jan 12, 2018, 7:44 am

    While I was cooking dinner, I saw two large angles. They both looked like they were blowing trumpets. I thought this was a little odd as there was some thunder and lightning not too far away. Where I stood, by the back door, we had some light rain. The background to the angles was blue sky with what looked like see through streams of white cloud. What does this mean? Am i going crazy as I’ve seen stampeding horses before too? I haven’t told anyone before as I would like to know what they mean first.

  • L Oct 31, 2016, 6:02 pm

    I’ve had a few different encounters with vivid images in the clouds. One that I had was a while back with a huge white cloud shaped of a lions head, that was low and right on top of me. It was amazing on its own but over 1-2 minutes as the clouds around slowly morphed/changed, the lion stayed in shape and slowly angled its face towards me and winked. Only the one eye slowly closed and reopens as the entire head kept its shape. (as you say I could relate it to a subconscious projection of thoughts that had meaning to me at the time) which is amazing if that is what happened and it was not a one in a billion coincidence.

    However, recently I have seen very vivid images in the clouds, usually within the exact same time window, with in a about 5 minutes but on different nights. I have not known the meaning of the images when I viewed them although within a day or two it becomes clear that the main highlight that happened with in my life is exactly what the images were referring too. One example, I was on a short break looking up at the moon and there was plenty of clouds up in the sky but there was a gap and I could see the moon glowing through clearly. Over the next few minutes 4 images floated through that gap.

  • Stephanie Hendricks Oct 17, 2016, 5:21 am

    I was adopted at birth by a German family. I was told I am half Diné and half Irish. By DNA I an Jewish. After meeting my birth family, my daughter saw a feather cloud while we we’re driving back tho see my New sisters. When driving into Sedona on the way to the family homestead on the Navajo res, my sister saw a bird with a message and we all saw it. Today on the way to temple, I saw a white running rabbit in a dark cloud…

  • Alan Garner Aug 24, 2016, 6:48 am

    While on holiday in Cromer Norfolk. Walking along the beach. My wife and I saw one single angle wing it was the only cloud and so clear. This happened for to nights just before the sun went down.Then another night we saw a small angel side on. My wife has just lost her dad who died. Not sure if this is related. I’m also a practicing Christian.

  • shivangi Aug 22, 2016, 8:16 am

    I saw an upright pentagram and after few days saw an upright cup in the clouds…..what does these both signs indicate in my life?

  • lisa ross Aug 12, 2016, 1:59 am

    I see lots of hearts in the clouds all the time but in the last week I have seen something that looks like a u turn sign symbol pointing up. I have seen this 2 time this week. What do you think it means?

  • J Jul 6, 2016, 3:06 am

    On my way home, I saw a cloud that looked like an outstretched hand with a bird like a dove above it. It almost looked how people do in movies when they set a dove free into the air. Then only a few miles away I saw a cloud that looked a pink heart because of the sunset.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 5, 2016, 11:22 am

      You need to ask yourself if these could perhaps be symbols that represent things happening in your life.

  • Pamula Furness Jul 1, 2016, 10:15 am

    Yesterday, early evening, I watched some very grey swirling clouds just above me as I sat in my garden. Suddenly, I noticed a black dragon, rearing up in the face of a smiling, benign angel, who was blowing it gently backwards. The dragon metamorphised into a silvery Pegasus. How do I correctly interpret such a lot of powerful symbols! Please, any suggestions?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Aug 5, 2016, 11:25 am

      Hi Pamula. I would suggest you write them all down in order and then interpret it the same way you would in a dream sequence. Some of the shapes may reflect things happening in your own unconscious mind. I have explained all this in detail in my new book called INTUITIVE KNOWLEDGE. (This webpage is an extract from the book)

  • Darla Calhoun May 31, 2016, 1:51 am

    I saw a face in the clouds today, I took a picture of it and the face turn to the side so I could only see the half of the face. I took another picture of the face. I asked the face if it was related to me and the face began to get larger and more defined. Then I saw another face off to the side of that face. I saw what looked like a dragon today as I drove home. What does this mean?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 1, 2016, 1:57 pm

      What you are seeing are projections from your unconscious sometimes called active imagination.

  • Niki May 3, 2016, 11:09 pm

    What about a panther in a storm cloud?

  • Blanca Apr 26, 2016, 3:35 am

    What dose a baby face mean?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 26, 2016, 9:48 am

      Depends on your interpretation of this as a symbol – such as a new beginning or perhaps the cloud represents your thoughts about wanting a child.

  • Tiffany Apr 23, 2016, 4:14 am

    Tonight I took a photo of the full moon with the clouds in front of it. After reviewing the photos I found that the clouds look like a skull, clearly a skull, illuminated by the moon. What would that mean? I wish I could send it to you. Also earlier in the day I saw a formation that looked like a duck then changed into a rocking horse. Again……curious.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 26, 2016, 10:04 am

      You can send pictures to my news column. (But please do not send them to me directly) There is a link to Fate and Fortune Magazine on the contact page of this website.

  • donna Mar 10, 2016, 11:24 am

    What does an upside down rabbit mean in clouds?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 22, 2016, 1:14 pm

      Often a rabbit is taken as a symbol of fertility.

    • laura Aug 18, 2016, 11:00 pm

      The rabbit is upside down. Perhaps it means infertility.

  • nennicat Feb 1, 2016, 11:27 pm

    I came by your article on Aeromancy and am intrigued by this form of communication. Last summer after I had a heart attack and for months I saw dragons in the clouds with many other images. Sometimes angels, once a Dancing Kachina Spirit when my husband and I traveled to the Western United States. I had a John of God Crystal Bed Healing before the heart attack but I do not believe that is why my health failed. If anything I am much clearer and focused because of it.

  • Chrissy4361 Nov 20, 2015, 5:18 pm

    After seeing the most beautiful Angel in the clouds, I have recently started to look at the clouds for personal messages. Today was amazing but I don’t know what the images mean. I saw a horseshoe with numbers the 1 though to 5 which was amazing but then I saw three tortoises in a triangle with a large wild guinea pig in the center. Can anyone help me interpret and decipher these strange cloud messages?

  • Brittney Jennings Jun 2, 2015, 7:34 am

    I am so glad I’m not the only one. As far back as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated with the clouds but here lately I’ve been scared to look up as every time I do, I see all kinds of animals that transform into either a big human face or a big animal.

  • Liz Apr 24, 2015, 12:29 am

    I have always had a gift but I after I was baptized I see much more clear in the clouds and anywhere in nature…using all the elements.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 28, 2015, 10:00 am

      Cloud reading predates Christianity so I doubt baptism makes much difference however much of the spread of Christianity can be but down to the fact that the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity when he saw the shape of a cross through the clouds before a battle. He changed his standards to the cross and won and so – after his conversion – began the formal forms of Christianity we know today. I personally think Christianity would have been a far better religion if the Roman State had never got involved in the first place and we would today use the original Gnostic Gospels and not the heavily doctored Roman versions we have today.

  • ali khashabi Feb 5, 2015, 3:59 am

    Cloud messages are the most wonderful natural phenomena and evidence of “GOD”.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Feb 18, 2015, 12:38 pm

      The ancients used to thing the clouds brought messages from the gods. I think mush of what we see comes from our unconscious mind – but maybe messages from God (whatever God we mean by that word) come via our inner nature/unconscious.

  • Evangelist Kennedy Jun 29, 2014, 4:35 am

    So glad to know I am not alone in this. The gift of reading clouds, prophetic dreams and visions have been a part of my life for a very long time.

    • Julio Feb 27, 2019, 7:42 pm

      I have as well although I don’t think the true God approves of such. I have a family history of magic. And was told my mother’s womb has spells on it.

  • Georgina Harber Jan 26, 2014, 2:38 am

    I saw clouds today in the shape of 1. toad, 2. alligator, 3. elephant, 4. the letter E. Does anyone know what it could mean? Also, this might sound weird… I knew it was a toad and alligator NOT a frog or crocodile!

  • Shon Oct 8, 2013, 4:54 am

    I have been reading clouds for about 1 1/2 years now. I am 39yrs old and received the Holy Spirit 1 1/2 years ago. After that I could read clouds. Sounds crazy but it is true. I am new at this and sometimes the things I see I don’t understand until later and it clicks with me what I saw in the clouds and what is happening now or in the future.

    • Godschild Apr 14, 2014, 11:07 pm

      It is the Holy Spirit guiding and teaching you to do this. I also have this gift since 7-31-12 and I am a Born Again believer. I had an angelic visitation and I began to get revelation from the heavens. You are a seer Prophet as the prophets from the old testament and new testament. God showed them signs,wonders and miracles from the clouds.

      • Amber Aug 12, 2017, 3:46 am

        I have a picture that I took a few days ago of what looked like to be an angel but as I began to study the cloud I noticed a demonic face a very detailed face of a man and what appears to be a man holding a sickle. Is there anyway you could give me a biblical interpretation of this? I’d like to show you the image first before the interpretation

  • Stu Apr 27, 2013, 1:38 am

    Just come across your post about Cloud Reading and Divination (after many moons – sorry). I have read clouds for many years and only recently have found out that other people do this too. In my own experience its not just what you see that counts, but what you feel at the very point of realising what you have seen (it’s the feeling is what matters at the time, as this is what is passed onto us). Does this make sense to you? I would be interested in your thoughts on this topic. In my opinion an inverted horse for instance may represent a loss of freedom and within the north star a longing to reclaim your destiny (but as I say its how you perceive what you felt at the time). I hope this helps. If you have any further experiences please share as I have some too and no-one to share them with.

  • Olivia Dec 7, 2012, 9:07 pm

    What could the night cloud formation I saw mean? In the clouds I saw an upside down horse with the north star at its heart. Riding above (below) it appeared to be a shadow that I assume to be death. There were no other clouds in the sky. At the time of viewing, a shooting star appeared to the west of the formation. (Seen around 6 am 12/5/12)

    • Josh Nov 25, 2015, 9:27 pm

      I can likely tell you what it was, and its very simple: It was a spirit cloud of a man riding a horse. Now both the man and the horse, in this case, are both actual spirits living in the spirit world and the spirit cloud was attempting to get your attention. Anything YOU are seeing in the sky at any one given point in time is there because the sky wants you to see it, and that’s the truth. These aren’t just subconscious hallucinations; these are spirit communications using the sky which is an ocean of easily malleable vapor.

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