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Complete Psychic Ability List for Beginners

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  • By Cindy Simpson
  • Published: 09/21/21 9:33 PM EDT
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Complete Psychic Ability List for Beginners

Since various psychic reading services are incredibly popular worldwide, you might be wondering how these people manage to predict future events, communicate with spirits, or simply offer guidance. While some psychic readings are delivered through the use of different tools and reading techniques, others involve supernatural psychic abilities. These special gifts enable individuals to gain insights and clarity into a large range of occurrences in life.

But what are different types of psychic abilities?

As different types of people possess unique sets of psychic gifts, there is no universal lexicon of abilities that would address all psychic powers existing on earth. However, there are some widely used psychic abilities that have been mentioned and described in various sources. Although millions of people globally believe in certain supernatural skills, there is no scientific proof that paranormal phenomena actually exist.

If you want to learn more about special abilities psychics and mediums possess, explore the list of psychic abilities below. This list of abilities includes 12 of the most widespread psychic skills any beginner should be aware of.


1.   Clair Senses

Clair abilities are among the leading psychic powers that guide us through the journeys of life. There are 6 psychic clair senses, including Clairvoyance, Clairsentience, Clairaudience, Claircognizance, Clairgustance, and Clairalience. Below is what you should know about these supernatural abilities.


  • In French: Clair meaning “clear” and Voyance meaning “vision”
  • A person possessing the power of Clairvoyance is called a Clairvoyant

Clairvoyance is all about having psychic vision through your third eye, also known as the psychic eye. It is believed that clairvoyants gain insights about various objects, people, locations, and events (that are distant in time or space) through extrasensory perception (ESP). In a nutshell, clairvoyants receive information in the forms of different symbols, pictures, or other visual means.

Clairvoyance is often associated with three other psychic abilities, including Precognition, Retrocognition, and Remote Viewing. These psychic powers will be further discussed in the following sections.


  • In French: Clair meaning “clear” and Sentience meaning “feeling”
  • A person possessing the power of Clairsentience is called a Clairsentient

Clairsentience is a type of ability that enables an individual to gain psychic information through obvious sensations and intuitive feelings. Since clairsentience is all about feelings, this psychic ability is often associated with psychic sensory experiences.

Clairvoyants also receive psychic information through emotions. Those who feel what other people are going through either emotionally or physically are also referred to as psychic empaths.

Learn more about psychic empaths and how to develop psychic abilities as an empath HERE.


  • In French: Clair meaning “clear” and Audience meaning “hearing”
  • A person possessing the power of Clairaudience is called a Clairaudient

Clairaudience is a psychic ability that allows psychics to receive information in the forms of different phrases, words, music, or other sounds. Frequently, clairaudients gain psychic insights through thoughts that are louder than those experienced by ordinary people. Some clairaudients describe these sounds as unfiltered words popping into their heads.


  • In French: Clair meaning “clear” and Cognizance meaning “knowing”
  • A person possessing the power of Claircognizance is called a Claircognizant

Claircognizance (or Claircognition) is yet another psychic ability, enabling psychics to know things without any logic, fact, or rationale behind it. Hence, the ability is often referred to as inner knowing. Some professionals believe that claircognition is about having strong gut feelings that guide you through the challenges and difficulties in life.

Typically, claircognizant feelings are pretty intense and come as flashes of insights or even random thoughts. Since we cannot really explain how claircognizants gain information, it is said that they have the ability of “psychic knowing.”


  • In French-Latin: Clair meaning “clear” and Gustance meaning “tasting”
  • A person possessing the power of Clairgustance is called a Clairgustant

Clairgustance is a psychic power that can be described as having an inner ability to taste things without actually eating them. While we all subconsciously taste food as we put them into our mouth, clairgustants tend to experience the sensation of taste without physically tasting things. In a nutshell, clairgustants taste the energies of food, flowers, animals, plants, humans, events, places, emotions, and many more.


  • In French: Clair meaning “clear” and Alience meaning “smelling”
  • A person possessing the power of Clairalience is called a Clairalient

Clairalience is a psychic ability using which people can gain information about different objects and occurrences through various smells. Clairalients smell different things when they investigate contrasting scenes or communicate with people. For instance, many of them smell sulfur when something has to do with spirits. Various signature smells enable clairalients to gain clarity in even the most mysterious cases.

2.   Divination

Divination is a psychic reading practice that involves gaining insights into the future or the unknown by various paranormal means. In Latin, divinare means “to predict” or “to foresee” and the word is related to another Latin term divinus meaning “divine.” Hence, divination is often associated with being inspired by a god. Overall, divination is a psychic ability that enables psychics and mediums to seek knowledge of any unknown circumstance through occult practices and rituals.

A person possessing the power of divination is known as a diviner. Although divination has been criticized for centuries, there are thousands of diviners worldwide offering different types of psychic readings and spiritual guidance. A diviner uses a specific tool as a medium for divination to gain clarity into various situations.

Some of the most common divination methods include Astrology, Cartomancy (Tarot Reading), Crystallomancy, Numerology, Palmistry, Tea Leaf Reading, I Ching, and Kabbalah. While these are a couple of widespread divination techniques, there are a lot more tools and methods diviners use. If you are curious about strange methods of divination, check out our article HERE.

3.   Mediumship

Mediumship is a psychic ability that enables practitioners to communicate with the spirits of the dead. A person possessing the power of mediumship is known as a psychic medium or simply medium. Mediums are considered as intermediaries between the world of the living and the world of the spirit.

Mediums use a variety of tools and techniques to connect with the spirits. While some practitioners communicate with those from the other world through spirit channeling or trance state, others use specific tools, such as Ouija or séance tables. Some mediums also use automatic writing or drawing to deliver messages from the spirit world. In any case, the purpose of mediumship is the same: to communicate with spirit guides and receive messages from them.

Mediumship can be further classified into two primary categories:

  • Mental Mediumship – In the case of mental mediumship, mediums tune in to the spirit world and listen or sense different spirits and symbols.
  • Physical Mediumship – In the case of physical mediumship, the materialization of spirits and apports of objects take place. This is often achieved by creating an ectoplasm from the cells of the bodies of the deceased ones and living séance attendees.

Nowadays, the majority of mediums refer to spirit channeling as it is the modern form of mediumship. Still, there are psychic mediums who prefer communicating with the spirits through other techniques mentioned above.

4.   Energy Medicine

Energy medicine is a branch of alternative medicine that involves channeling healing energy into an individual to positively affect his/her energy field, health, mental state, and emotional well-being. Energy medicine practitioners are known as energy healers, spiritual healers, or simply healers. They perform various rituals both face-to-face and remotely, sometimes even through an email address.

Generally, energy medicine Is divided into two types:

  • Veritable Energy Medicine – involves health care techniques and the use of a scientifically proven form of energy. Common methods include Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Radiation Therapy.
  • Putative Energy Medicine – incorporates biofield energy healing and has nothing to do with physical interventions.

There are different types of energy healing methods, including Biofield Energy Healing, Spiritual Healing, Psychic Healing, Contact Healing, Remote (Distant) Healing, Esoteric Healing, Magnetic Healing, Crystal Healing, Shamanic Healing, Reiki, and Qigong.

During a typical healing session, a professional psychic attempts to connect with personal energies or divine energies of living beings and spirits. The aim is to heal mental and emotional wounds, cleanse energy fields, and charge oneself with positive energy vibrations.

5.   Astral Projection

Astral projection (or astral travel) refers to an intentional out-of-body experience (OBE) that involves the separation of a soul from a physical body and traveling as an astral body throughout the universe. Although the central concept of astral projection is ancient and has been described in various cultures, the modern terminology was promoted by the 19th-century Theosophists. According to them, astral travel is often associated with dreams and multiple forms of meditation.

Different cultures have contrasting descriptions of an astral body or astral projection. According to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and some Theosophists, astral projection is all about visiting other worlds, including hells, heavens, astrological spheres, and other landscapes. However, other occult societies believe that astral projection involves non-physical travel throughout the physical world.

During a typical OBE, you have a sensation that your consciousness is leaving your physical body. As a result, you are capable of viewing the world around you from another perspective, outside your actual body. Such experiences are often described as dissociative episodes and are pretty common in people who have had near-death experiences in life.

6.   Precognition

Precognition is a psychic ability that enables individuals to foresee future events. Some of the synonyms for precognition include prescience, premonition, prophecy, fortune telling, future sight, and future vision. Although precognition violates the principle of causality, hundreds of thousands of people still believe that our future can be predicted through various divination methods.

Still, predictions are not always accurate and foreseeing the exact timing is hardly possible. This is because psychics often see specific numbers and symbols, but it is impossible to interpret them in the right way. Seeing number 7 does not tell a psychic whether a particular event is going to happen in 7 minutes, 7 days, 7 weeks, or 7 years.

Precognition is often associated with dreams and trance states. It is believed that psychics often have visions about the future as they sleep. Hence, it is of huge importance for these gifted people to know how to interpret their dreams and visions.

7.   Retrocognition

Retrocognition is the complete opposite of precognition. From Latin, retro means “backward” or “behind” and cognition means “knowing.” The term retrocognition was coined by Frederic W.H. Myers and describes the knowledge of past events which could have never been learned by ordinary means or sensory channels. Some of the synonyms for retrocognition are postcognition and hindsight.

Retrocognition is not about assuming things that could have happened in the past. Rather, it is about experiencing past events as if they were happening in the present. Typically, practitioners pick up information about the past of a specific place or a person through their psychic abilities. Many psychics believe that various occurrences are imprinted on the environment in a holographically psychic manner. Since everything carries its own energy, psychics can easily read the past of an object, place, or living being.

Retrocognition is often associated with reincarnation, the concept that the non-physical essence of a living being begins another life in a different physical body after its biological death. In cultures where the idea of reincarnation is accepted, people believe that the fact that children tell various stories from their past lives proves the existence of retrocognition.

Some psychics and paranormal experts believe that déjà vu experiences can be forms of retrocognition. When you have just met a person or done a specific activity and have a feeling that you have already done that before, you may have experienced an episode of retrocognition in the forms of déjà vu.

8.   Remote Viewing

Remote viewing is a psychic ability through which individuals seek knowledge of distant or unseen events, places, and people. Remote viewing does not involve the use of any physical senses or other ordinary channels. Instead, remote viewing practitioners gain insights through various psychic abilities, especially the 6 clair senses. Some of the synonyms for remote viewing are telesthesia and traveling clairvoyance.

Although there is no scientific evidence that remote viewing is an actual ability, hundreds of thousands of people globally acquire information about distant occurrences through this vast power. However, no one really knows how remote viewing works. Still, psychic experts believe that remote viewing has something to do with the energy field and vibrational frequencies. This is what makes it possible for psychics to pick up signals and deliver accurate readings.

9.   Telepathy

Telepathy is a psychic ability through which information is transmitted from one person to another. Greek, tele means “distant” and pathos means “feeling” or “perception.” Although we can share and receive messages through normal sensory channels, telepathy does not involve any physical interactions. Rather, telepathy is often associated with thought reading through extrasensory perception. Experts believe that throughs are transferred through a psychic mechanism called “psi.”

There are multiple forms of telepathic abilities, including:

  • Latent Telepathy – AKA Deferred Telepathy. There is an observable time lag between the transmission and reception of information.
  • Retrocognitive, Precognitive, and Intuitive Telepathy – Involves the transfer of information about the past, present, and future states of an individual’s mind.
  • Emotive Telepathy – AKA Remote Influence or Emotional Transfer. Involves the transmission and reception of kinesthetic sensations by means of altered states.
  • Superconscious Telepathy – Involves the use of superconsciousness to access the collective wisdom of living beings to gain knowledge.
  • Dream Telepathy – The transfer of information through dreams.

Although psychics use different telepathic abilities, the purpose is always the same: to read the thoughts and intentions of other individuals.

10. Psychokinesis

Psychokinesis, also known as telekinesis, is a psychic ability enabling individuals to move objects without any physical interactions. Parapsychologists describe the process as the actions of the mind on physical matter. As psychics use mental concentration upon specific objects, they are supposed to move or change.

Although there is no scientific evidence that psychokinesis exists and it seems a bit ridiculous to move objects with your mental abilities, various psychics and people with supernatural powers have reported such experiences.

11. Psychometry

Psychometry is a psychic ability that allows individuals to gain information about an object or a person by making physical contact with them. A person who practices psychometry is called a psychometrist. Some of the synonyms for psychometry are psychoscopy, token-object reading, or simply object reading.

The rationale behind psychometry readings is that psychics can learn more about the history of an object by simply holding it in their hands. Besides, they can also gain knowledge of its owner, including his/her visual features, personality, and various life experiences. Psychometry readings are often used to gain clarity into mysterious murder cases, sense how a person died, or even find dead bodies.

12. Automatic Writing

Automatic writing, also known as psychography, is a psychic ability that enables a person to gain clarity into a wide range of occurrences by unconsciously writing words or phrases. Scientists often associate automatic writing with the ideomotor response or reflect, in which a person makes various motions unconsciously. However, psychics believe that automatic writing has nothing to do with the ideomotor phenomenon.

In spiritualism and different occult practices, automatic writing allows psychics to obtain knowledge of a specific event, object, or person by writing unconsciously in a hypnotic trance state.  While some psychics produce well-organized texts, others write random words and unrelated phrases. Although it might not always make sense for ordinary people, psychics know how to interpret their writings and deliver corresponding readings.



Clearly, there are lots of psychic abilities that enable people to gain clarity in life and simply know how to move forward. While some psychics are born with these supernatural powers, others discover their true psychic potential at later stages of life. Developing psychic abilities requires constant practice and patience. And even if a psychic has already uncovered his/her psychic powers, it is crucial to know how to use psychic abilities in order to successfully deliver readings.

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After carefully reading these articles, you should get a better idea of how psychic abilities work and what one should do to develop them. Keep in mind that people do not possess the same exact sets of psychic abilities. To develop your supernatural skills, it is essential for you to find your true potential as a psychic. This complete psychic ability list will help you determine which psychic abilities are suitable specifically for you.

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