Complete Psychic Ability List for Beginners

complete psychic ability list for beginners

This complete list of psychic ability is a must have cheat sheet for all the common and uncommon psychic abilities. It’s like SparkNotes, but better!

So, if you’ve been wondering if what you’re experiencing is a psychic breakthrough or if it’s just last night’s tacos, look no further.

Types of Psychic Ability

At the heart of it, there are four types of psychic ability:

  • Clairvoyance: Clear seeing
  • Clairsentience: Clear feeling
  • Clairaudience: Clear hearing
  • Claircognizance: Clear knowing

Each of these abilities works in a different way but tells the same message. For example, if I wanted to let you know I was baking cookies (chocolate chip, of course), I could:

  • Send you a text
  • Open my front door and let the smell float over to your house
  • DM you a picture on Instagram

Though they are different forms of communication, the end result is the same: you get the message. That’s how psychic gifts work, too.

And with practice and the right guidance, it’s easy to develop all of these abilities!

Tip: The repeated word prefix clair is from the French clair(e) and means “clear”.

1. Clairvoyance: clear seeing

Clairvoyance means psychic sight. It is the ability to connect with your intuition via visions.

Shows like That’s So Raven and movies like The Sixth Sense made psychic visions popular and mainstream. But someone who is clairvoyant is not necessarily seeing the future or having dramatic visions like you see in the movies.

  • Sometimes, clairvoyance is subtle. For example, you may just see a color, number, or an image quickly flash in your mind’s eye. The images may be literal or symbolic.
  • Other times, you may experience this ability as a “movie” playing in your mind, or as a still picture (like a photo or image).
  • On the flip side, your visions could not be so subtle and lead you to say things like, “I saw that coming!”

Other terms for clairvoyance:  third eye, psychic eye, psychic vision.

Learn more: Clairvoyance for Beginners

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2. Clairsentience: clear feeling

Have you ever interacted with someone and felt what they were feeling? Or sensed positive or negative energy when you walked into a room?

Clairsentience is the ability to connect with your intuition via feeling and sensing. Empathy (feeling the emotions of others) also falls in the clairsentient category.

For example, say a client comes to me for a psychic reading. She is emotionally drained because of her job. Come to find out, her company is going through a major change, and everyone is anxious about it. Someone with clairsentience in this situation could feel the anxious emotions of their co-workers. 

  • Those with clairsentience pick up on the energy around them. They may get good or bad vibes about people and places.
  • After spending time with friends and partners, psychic clairsentients usually need to take some time alone to decompress. Watching the news or tragic realistic movies may also be difficult.
  • Other terms for clairsentience: empath, spiritual or intuitive empath

If this sounds like you, I encourage you to read my tips for dealing with energy vampires.

Learn more: Clairsentience for Beginners

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3. Clairaudience: clear hearing

Don’t get me wrong, every psychic ability on this list is wonderful, but clairaudience is my favorite extrasensory perception!

Clairaudience means psychic hearing and is the ability to connect with your intuition via the auditory channel. It is often referred to as that “little voice within”.

Basically, just as clairsentience is inner seeing, clairaudience is inner hearing.

  • For example, someone with clairaudience may hear sudden instructions or messages like, “call mom,” “go right,” or “check the garage door.” They may also receive inspired ideas or sudden answers to a problem.
  • Spiritual mediums are often clairaudient and can hear words, phrases, names and messages from those who have passed on. My favorite memory of clairaudience was when I was doing a reading for a mediumship reading for a client and heard the message, “Say hi to Bobo”. Turns out, Bobo was the family pet!

Learn more: Clairaudience – Understanding and Developing it Like a Pro

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4. Claircognizance: clear knowing

Claircognizance is an inner knowing. It means to know something without logic or facts, often in the form of gut feelings.

  • If you’ve ever known that you should avoid your new neighbor, take a different route to work, not take that drink or call someone up, you’ve experienced inner knowing. At the time, you probably didn’t know why you were having those feelings. Your friends may have made fun of you, or you may have thought you were being silly, but something was telling you that you were right.
  • These claircognizant feelings can be very strong and also come in the form of intuitive thoughts that pop into your head at random. For example, my husband was driving with some co-workers when he suddenly KNEW that everyone needed to buckle up. Minutes later, their vehicle was hit by a car going 65 miles an hour. He didn’t know why everyone needed to buckle up – he just knew they had to do it immediately. Listening to this intuitive guidance may have saved his life!

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Psychic Ability Examples

As I said, my husband received a claircognizant message that saved him and his co-workers.

Here’s the thing, though: He could have received that intuitive message in a different way.

  • He could have had a vision of an accident flash in his mind’s eye. (clairvoyance)
  • Or, he could have heard the impact or squealing tires or heard the impact before it happened. (clairaudience)
  • He could have had a feeling that there was going to be an accident. (clairsentience)

Those types of psychic abilities would have delivered the same intuitive guidance, but in a different manner.

Less Common Types of Psychic Ability

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention these less common types of psychic abilities.

While they’re pretty awesome, they typically don’t stand on their own (someone who experiences them likely also experiences one of the main abilities above).

Clairalience: clear smelling

Clairalience is the ability to smell things outside the normal range of smell, such as the perfume of a loved one who has passed away.

Sometimes a person in spirit will fill a room with a familiar smell so that their loved ones know they are around. For example, I have a friend who often smells cigar smoke which she associates with her father.

I don’t know how our loved ones in spirit do this, but it can be very comforting!

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Clairgustance: clear tasting

Well, you’ve heard it all now! Clairgustance is (as you may have guessed) inner tasting.

Those with this ability can taste without putting food into their mouth. (If only I could survive on this method, I’d still fit into my skinny jeans from the ’90s!)

This extrasensory perception can show up when a medium is doing a reading. If the spirit they’re connecting with loved cheesecake, it’s possible the psychic will get the taste of cheesecake!

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Next Steps

With a little practice and patience, anyone can learn to tap into and strengthen their psychic ability. Yes, even you!

To get started, I invite you to download my FREE audiobook and guide, 7 Real World Steps to Embracing Your Intuitive Gifts.

9 thoughts on “Complete Psychic Ability List for Beginners”

  1. Elizabeth Hill

    About ten years ago or so, I could and can still do is if someone has gone somewhere I can “see” them where they are going and when they would return. I would be on mark withing a few minutes or so. Do you know what it is called? And is there a way I can enhance it?

    Thank You
    Elizabeth Hill

    1. Hi Elizabeth! First, super cool! You may want to do some research on Remote Viewing :) It’s too lengthy to explain here, but it’s AWESOME.

  2. How do you know with any of the “Clairs” if it’s spirit versus your own imagination, worries, fears, optimism or projections on any given situation? I’m newly developing & I’m having a terrible time deciphering what is me and/or what is spirit.

    1. Hey Edward! I think this would be an awesome topic for me to write a blog post about. One way you can know is that the messages/feelings are always positive. It can also feel like the thought “popped” into your head out of no where, and is always for your highest good. I’ll plan to write a post about it :)

  3. Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for another great post! I had a strange experience a little while ago; I was meditating and my mind was wandering (normal for me), I can’t remember what I was thinking about, but I suddenly heard a male voice say my name in my mind. This was definitely in my head and the first time this has happened. I didn’t recognize the voice, it just happened in between thoughts. Has this ever happened to you? It didn’t scare me, it just startled me and kind of broke my concentration. Very strange experience!

    1. Amazing! Its great to know what that “Voice” is! It definitely surprised me, but in a good way! I know my Spiritual Path is just beginning, and it means a lot to read and share experiences! Thanks again!

  4. Hi Jessica
    I have always felt since I was young that I had something.
    I remember when my uncle passed away I was not at the funeral, but the day before the funeral I rang mum and was able to describe the coffin even the photo sitting on top of the coffin and described the picture frame?
    The last few months things have became a lot stronger , in the sense that I have a bit of all the 5 clairs
    I find when I’m doing little readings or getting certain things, I am on such a high ( energy from spirits) but when I am not getting things I am very moody and even depressed, how do I balance this feeling out???
    Thanks Nicky

    1. Hey Nicky, meditation of course helps because it will keep your vibration high and keep you connected. But anything you enjoy will have the same effect. For example, I’m on a coloring kick right now (Vogue coloring book for adults – ooh la la!). When I’m coloring, I feel so relaxed and happy and I can feel Spirit flooding around me. Answers to problems, etc. start popping into my head. The key is to find what works for you – going for a walk in nature, painting, drawing, crossword puzzles – whatever! :) And make sure you are using your intuition to guide you every day – that way you always feel divinely supported and connected.

  5. This was helpful. I now have a name for something that I have been doing my whole life. I am claircognizant. But I am not always right, except for when I’m crossing streets. Do you have any suggestions for strengthening my abilities?

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