Young Adult Programs
Get to Know Your Inner Cosmic Being
Length of Program
Self-discovery is vital to teenagers. Through astrology, numerology, tarot readings, and horoscopes, teens may begin to understand more about themselves and how they relate to others. Palm reading and numerology are fun, simple activities. Add tarot cards and personality quizzes and you have a program. Palm reading can be done in pairs using the palm chart provided at the end of this chapter. Once the participating teens have their palms read by their partner, they can share their self-discoveries with the group. Numerology can be done as a group, with each teen determining his or her Life Path Number using the numerology worksheet. Once the teens have a number, they can consult the Web site provided or read books on the subject to find out more about the meaning of their number.
Make copies of the palmistry chart and the numerology worksheet for each participant. If you do not have group access to Internet-enabled computers, print and distribute handouts with the meanings of the Life Path Numbers. Be prepared to briefly introduce the meanings of the lines in the palm, numerology, and related topics. Display palmistry books with additional charts and interpretation of the lines.
Books to Display
- The Art of Hand Reading by Lori Redi.
- Astrology for Wimps: Star Sense for Those Who Don't Know Their Aries from Their Taurus by Sasha Fenton and James Duncan.
- The Book of Palmistry by Nathaniel Altman.
- The Girls’ Guide to Tarot by Kathleen Olmstead and Sandie Turchyn.
- What's Your Sign?: A Cosmic Guide for Young Astrologers by Madalyn Aslan and Jennifer Kalis.
- Who Are You?: Why You Look, Feel, and Act the Way You Do by Sylvia Funston.
- Who Do You Think You Are: 12 Methods for Analyzing the True You by Tucker Shaw and Chuck Gonzales.
Books to Booktalk
- Don't Blame Me-I'm a Gemini!: Astrology for Teenagers by Reina James Reinstein and Mike Reinstein.
- Five Ways to Know About You by Karen Gravelle.
- Ludo and the Star Horse by Mary Stewart.
- Sights by Susanna Vance.
- The Tarot Café by Park Sang Sung.
- Zodiac P.I., Book 1 by Natsumi Ando.
Cover your bulletin board with colored butcher paper. In the middle of the bulletin board, place a large question mark and the following question: “Were you born to be a Wild Child?” Around the words, affix the symbols of the Astrological Zodiac. Add horoscopes from magazines and newspapers to the bulletin board. You may copy the Astrological Symbols provided. Die-cuts of the symbols are also available. Clipart for the various symbols is available in the Microsoft Clipart Gallery at http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us&cag=1. You may also use symbols from the Chinese Zodiac. For more information on the Chinese Zodiac, visit the Chinese Culture Center’s Zodiac Page at www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/zodiac/zodiac.html. A handout with each of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac is included at the end of this chapter.
- Aries = Ram
- Taurus = Bull
- Gemini = Twins
- Cancer = Crab
- Leo = Lion
- Virgo = Virgin
- Libra = Scales of Justice
- Scorpio = Scorpion
- Sagittarius = Archer
- Capricorn = Goat
- Aquarius = Water Bearer
- Pisces = Fish
A history of fortune cookies is on the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project Web site at www.chcp.org/fortune.html. Serve fortune cookies and ask the participants to share their fortune. Fortune cookies are available from Oriental Trading Company. Or, create your own local or library-related fortunes. Possible fortunes might include: “Readers find good fortune;” “Return books on time to avoid fine!;” or “Teenager who reads will find fame in fortune cookies.” A simple recipe for fortune cookies is available at All Recipes at http://cookie.allrecipes.com/az/FortuneCkies.asp.
Prizes and Incentives
Metal mood rings and Magic 8 Ball key rings are available from Oriental Trading Company.
Games and Activities
Palm Reading and Numerology
Discuss the meanings of the palmistry lines. Provide books with additional information. Let the teens divide into pairs and study each other’s palms, compare their hands to the chart, and read about the meanings of the lines. After about fifteen minutes, bring the group back together and facilitate a group discussion about what each pair discovered.
Next, as a group, do an exercise in numerology. Each teen uses the Numerology Worksheet to determine their Life Path Number. Then, each teen consults either the handout your have prepared, a book on numerology, or the Astrology-Numerology.com Web site at www.astrology-numerology.com/num-lifepath.html to read about his or her number.
When the teens have completed the activities, encourage discussion about the accuracy of palmistry and numerology, the science versus the myth of palmistry and numerology, and how each person felt about what the lines of their palm or their Life Path Numbers revealed about their personality, relationships, etc.
Create a Quiz…And Put Your Friends to the Test!
Once the teens have learned more about themselves using astrology, numerology, and the zodiac, they can create a personalized quiz to share with friends. All they have to do is select ten questions and four multiple-choice answers for each question. Once their quiz is complete, they can e-mail it to friends. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a great way for teens to share information about themselves with their peers.
Invite a local tarot card reader or palm reader to your library to do a personal reading for each teen.
Variation: If you do not have the time or resources to bring in an expert, try an all inclusive astrology kit such as The Chinese Astrology Kit: Discover Your Personality, Compatibility and Destiny by Derek Walters and Helen Jones. Available at your local bookstore and online.
- Create a free birth chart by entering your first name, last name, gender, birthday, hour of birth, and town and country in which you were born.
- Astrology and Numerology
- This site is divided into two sections, astrology and numerology. It is simple to navigate and filled with easy to understand information about creating a horoscope or birth chart that shows the position of the Sun, the Moon, and planets at the precise moment of your birth.
- Astrology Zone by Susan Miller
- This site features monthly horoscopes for the twelve signs of the zodiac.
- This site is packed with information about palmistry, including detailed information about the significance of the various lines on the palm.
- Teen Digital Diva 2: Cosmic Guide and Journal.
- Horoscope Guide.