July 15, 2024
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We are all psychic, but not to the same degree or with the same power. Numerous psychic skill exist and all of them can be used to perform psychic readings. This section of the AskAstrology website provides you with a comprehensive list of psychic abilities, psychic tools, and suggestions about getting psychic readings.

As you explore our site, you will find numerous links to different professional psychics who want to help you with their skills. We encourage you to take advantage of their abilities to help you with your concerns, a challenging situation, or an evolving relationship.

As you read about the brief description of psychic abilities in this section, you may realize you or someone you know has the power. If you want to know more, then just click on the link that will take you to a separate, detailed page about the skill.

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Psychic Readings

Psychic readings can be done with or without tools, depending on the skill of the psychic and his or her desire to work with tools. Mediums, clairvoyants, channels work directly with you and rarely use tools. A rune reader, tarot reader, palm reader, and so on lead their readings with the tools and deliver their psychic reads “through” or with the help of the tools.

If you decide to get a psychic reading from a professional, be sure they record or will allow you to record the session. Thanks to smartphone technology, we all carry devices that, with the right application installed, can record a psychic session. A good psychic is like a good professional in any other field; they have a proven track record, they perform their service at a competitive market value, and provide excellent customer service.

If you consider getting a psychic reading, explore different practices. It is quite possible that one practice will give you better results than another depending on your psychic field as well as the skill of a psychic.


24 Psychic Abilities and Skills

Psychic skills are abilities to sense, feel, communicate, and understand beyond the normal measure of objective reality. These powers range from simple intuition to direct communication with spiritual beings or souls between lives, who have passed on, but not yet returned to have another human experience.

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The basis for all psychic energy is intuition, best described as getting a feeling or awareness beyond or outside the standard sensory information happening around you. A simple example happens when your phone rings and you get a feeling of dread or excitement before you look at the screen to see who called or you answer the call. The phone rings as it always does, but your intuition tells you something more about this particular call, over and above or beyond other calls.

Much more complex and advanced abilities include abilities like clairaudience, clairvoyance, seeing auras, and many more listed further down in this section. These abilities are usually innate, appearing in childhood, but they can also show up in adulthood, especially if a severe event, like a near death experience (NDE), happens to a person.

More often than not, children realize it is best to suppress or hide these abilities and do not get the training or support they want or need to develop them properly or fully. If the abilities are strong enough, they may not be able to hide or suppress them.

1. Animal Communication

A person with the psychic skill of animal communication can, in fact, communicate with animals. They have the ability to sense animal thoughts and interpret them. Since animals work at a different, less contradictory conscious level, they can be a wonderful source of insight for you through a professional animal communicator.

2. Astral Projection

Astral projection is the ability to move your consciousness out of your body and travel without your corporeal form. This technique, if you can access the ability, is an excellent way to take a respite from three-dimensional life and strife. Rarely, if ever used, in psychic readings, it is more of a personal psychic abilities honed through meditation.

3. Astral Travel (other dimensions)

Astral travel is a more complex form of astral projection, since you need to be able to astral project in order to astral travel. Travel involves visiting other dimensions for information, insight, and exploration. This psychic power can be employed in a psychic reading if the psychic has the talent and the client seeks information that visiting another dimension could provide.

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4. Automatic Writing

Automatic writing is the ability to connect with spiritual energy and let the knowledge or information flow automatically through you as you write. This skill is one almost all of us have and we can try accessing it by starting to write, usually with “okay, I am starting to write now, just going to see where it takes me, and I will keep writing until it’s not me doing the writing …” Many professional psychics employ this technique to work with clients.

5. Automatic Drawing

Like automatic writing, automatic drawing is the ability to connect with spiritual energy and let the knowledge or information flow automatically as you draw. It is possible that in the drawing trance state you may find you can draw surprisingly well, but once your mind is back in control, you can only produce stick figure art.

6. Bibliomancy

Bibliomancy is the ability to get psychic messages from books. A person with this talent can ask questions or answer questions by taking a book, closing his or her eyes, opening the book with guided energy, and placing his or her finger somewhere on the page. Any book will work, but a dictionary is one of the best choices, or a sacred text, like the Bible, Tao Te Ching, or Vedas.

7. Channeling

Channeling is the ability to allow a spiritual entity to enter the body and speak through the psychic. It is important for the psychic to develop clear boundaries about when a spirit can use his or her body, and for how long.

8. Clairaudience

Clairaudience is the ability to hear messages from spirit. Yes, a clairaudient “hears voices”. They can use their ability to ask and answer questions based on guidance from the spirit they are tuned in to hear. This talent is not always the easiest of skills to have or manage. Someone with this ability needs to develop strong techniques for being able to “turn off” or “tune out” the voices.

9. Clairvoyance/Precognition

Clairvoyance/precognition is the ability to see into or sense the future. Perhaps the most commonly known and sought-after psychic skill; this ability allows an individual to anticipate or predict the future. How far into the future and how clearly is a matter of degree and talent.

10. Dowsing

Dowsing is the ability to locate objects, most often water sources underground, using a forked stick or a bent pair of wires. Individuals with this ability can find hidden or lost objects that cannot be easily found because they are underground or otherwise out of sight.

11. Dream Journeying

Dream journeying is the ability to use the dream state to explore psychic and emotional issues while sleeping or by entering a deep meditation. The dream journey requires the individual to interpret non-linear images and physic-defying actions as messages about a concern, question, or situation the practitioner considers before entering the dream state.

12. Energy Healing (Reiki)

Energy healing is the ability to use your energy field to heal others. The best-known form of this practices is reiki, introduced to the world by Mikao Usui of Japan in 1922. This technique can be done by touch or at a distance, acknowledging that physical distance is an illusion in the quantum field. Reiki is a trainable technique and practitioners can work as beginners with hands on practice and reach higher levels of mastership to do distance work.

13. Healing Touch

Healing touch is the ability to heal another person through hands on touch to the area of an ailment. Physical contact is necessary, and the person with this ability transfers energy into the damaged area to support or boost the other person’s natural healing process.

14. Medical Intuition

Medical intuition is the ability to sense and identify illness or injury in another person, with or without touching them. It can also sense if there is a spiritual root cause associated with the illness or injury, as is more often the case than not. This ability gives the individual heightened physical senses, especially smell.

15. Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is the ability to be aware that you are in a dream while you are having the dream. This skill is one you can access through concentrated meditation before falling asleep since it is more about unlocking an ability tied to an experience we all have daily. Lucid dreaming provides access to psychic information that travels the dream state superhighway.

16. Mediumship

Mediumship is the ability to connect with spirits or those souls that are between lives and willing to communicate with someone still earthbound. Unlike a channel, which gives up conscious control to spirit or another between lives soul, the person with this talent remains separate and communicates traditionally in a back-and-forth exchange.

17. Plant Communication

Plant communication is the ability to sense and know information from plants and the plant environment. Plants and ecosystems have spirit, and can communicate with or be “heard” by individuals with this talent. Forests, deserts, vegetation around bodies of water, and gardens provide accessible knowledge and messages to plant communicators.

18. Psychometry (reading objects)

Psychometry is the ability to read energy off objects. Personal items absorb psychic energy from the owners and someone who has the talent of psychometry can read that energy. The skill can be as general as getting a feeling about the owner or owners or as specific as seeing details about the owner or owners.

19. Remote Viewing

Remote viewing is the ability to enter a trance state and see another place in the world in real time. A remote viewer can be in the United States and view an activity or place in Ireland, or anywhere else in the world. It is like using a drone to send back images of a location, but without the drone.

20. Scrying

Scrying is the ability to use a reflective surface, usually water, in the form of a scrying bowl to get psychic messages about the past, in the present, and for the future. Mirrors also work as tools for the scrying talent. Individuals with this skill can access spiritual knowledge using the reflective surface as a gateway between the physical realm and the spiritual one.

21. Seeing Auras

Seeing auras is the ability to see the color of a person’s energy field. We all emit an energy field and the frequency of our field modulates through different colors and color combinations throughout our lives and, sometimes, throughout the day. An aura psychic can see the color of our field and help us understand the meaning of our consistent and changing aura patterns.

22. Synchronicity Awareness

Synchronicity awareness is the ability to recognize and interpret synchronized moments, which usually appear repeatedly, up to three times, when the talent first presents. With focused effort, someone with this talent can recognize a singular moment without repetition. Numerology frequently reveals synchronistic information to someone with this talent.

23. Telekinesis

Traditionally, telekinesis is the ability to move objects with your mind. In a more sophisticated interpretation telekinesis is the ability to attract and repel people or situations with your thoughts, better known today as the Law of Attraction.

24. Telepathy

Telepathy is the ability to communicate with others mind-to-mind or “hear/read” the thoughts of other people. This psychic ability demands proper training for those it manifests in, ensuring boundaries are in place. Boundaries protect the psychic’s personality integrity from overwhelming input. Proper guidance is essential to manage this sensitivity effectively.


12 Psychic Abilities: Tools and Types

Psychic tools are not “psychic”; they are essentially “inert” until a psychic employs them. Astrology, tarot/oracle cards, a pendulum, crystals, and many other objects function as tools for psychics. In astrology, the focus is on the Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids, and specific calculations tied to their movements. These celestial bodies influence our lives and personalities.

A psychic may choose to employ a tool as a way to focus his or her psychic energy. Tools can anchor psychic abilities, providing clear boundaries for their use. They enable psychics to enter and exit processes with ease and clarity. Reading a certain number of tarot cards is a perfect example. If a psychic does a reading with five or ten cards, the psychic process begins with the first card and ends with the last card.

Tools can also help you discover if you have a psychic skill, and the depth of your intuition. If you start to explore psychic abilities, you may find one resonates with you above all others. As you go down the list we provide in this section, you may intuit that runes are your tool, but tarot cards are not. The pendulum, of course! Divining rod, not so much.

1. Astrology

Astrology’s tools are the heavenly bodies in our solar system, and a tool that works just as effectively with very little intuition and a great deal of scholarship or powerfully with high intuition and a great deal of scholarship.

2. Bone Throwing

Bones give psychics access to specific information based on their arrangement when cast. This method uniquely reveals answers tied to the bones’ positions. Small bones, easily gathered in two hands are most commonly used for this practice.

3. Crystal Ball/Mirror/Scrying Bowl (reflective surfaces)

Any reflective surface can function as a bridge between the physical, three-dimensional world and the world of the spirit. A high-quality crystal ball, usually shaped from quartz, provides the psychic with a “touchstone” for guiding their psychic readings. Mirrors work as well. And a scrying bowl holds water that provides the reflective surface for the psychic reading.

4. Divining Rod

The divining rod is commonly a Y-shaped branch, naturally formed from a tree or bush that the psychic can use to locate objects. Two copper L-shaped wire rods are also common with practitioners. The practitioner holds the rods parallel, and when they come together, the object is located.

5. Numerology

Like astrology numerology relies on numbers “in the world” as tools for psychic or intuitive readings. The numbers have specific meaning that the intuitive or psychic individual can use to focus or amplify their abilities.

6. Ouija Board

Ouija Board is probably the most famous and infamous psychic tool available. The slider, board, and instructions enable users to harness their psychic abilities. They enter a trance state to psychically answer questions. This object nicely demonstrates how any object, with creative design and ritual instructions can function as a psychic tool.

7. Palm Reading

The hand (its shape, and the lines within your palm) is the tool. A talented psychic can read and interpret the hand to give you insight and answers.

8. A Pendulum

You can dangle a pendulum, a small weight on a string, from your hand. This action allows you to channel energy through it. When you do, the pendulum will move, back and forth, or spin in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. This tool is excellent for yes/no questions. Using a Pendulum to Find a Place to Live.

9. Runes

Runes are Nordic spiritual symbols, commonly carved in small wood blocks or painted on small stones, that can be drawn or cast/thrown by the practitioner. They can also be drawn/painted on objects for protection or specific spiritual needs.

10. Singing Bowls/Tuning Forks

Singing bowls, often crafted from copper or its alloys, enable practitioners to stroke the rim with a pestle. This action generates a sound frequency aiding entry into a trance state. Consequently, users can tap into spiritual knowledge and insights. Tuning forks, typically crafted from steel, emit sound frequencies for spiritual and psychic work. These tools assist in enhancing psychic abilities.

11. Tarot/Oracle Cards

Probably the second most used tool behind astrology, tarot and oracle cards employ the practice of cartomancy, providing a psychic reading using cards. Like astrology, practitioners can use the cards with or without intuition. They serve as an excellent tool for psychics seeking a reference point. This aids recipients in understanding psychic messages more clearly.

12. Tea Leaves

There is a strong tradition for brewing tea with loose tea leaves, drinking the tea, then interpreting the shape of the leaves left in the cup. The ritual process is key to the successful and helpful use of this tool.