We are all psychic, but not to the same degree or with the same power. Numerous psychic skills 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 skill 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.
About 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.
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 skill 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. Astral 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Medical intuitives 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.
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.
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.
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.
Telepathy is the ability to communicate with others mind-to-mind or “hear/read” the thoughts of other people. This psychic skill requires proper training if manifest in a person, since boundaries will be necessary to keep the integrity of the personality of the psychic safe from too much input.
12 Psychic 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 the case of astrology, the objects are the Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids, and special calculations related to the movement of those bodies.
A psychic may choose to employ a tool as a way to focus his or her psychic energy. Tools can help “anchor” the psychic skill and give it use boundaries so the psychic can get in and out of the process clearly an easily. 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 tools, 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.
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, and the casting of them, provide the psychic with access to information and answers particular to the “fall” of the bones in the casting. 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.
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
Probably the most famous and infamous psychic tool available. The slider, board, and instructions allow users to tap into their psychic talent and enter a trance state to answer questions psychically. 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
A pendulum is a small weight at the end of a string that you can dangle from your hand and send energy through. 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.
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, commonly made from copper or a copper composite, allow the user to rub the rim with a pestle and create a sound frequency that will help the user enter a trance state to access spiritual knowledge and information. Tuning forks, usually made from steel, also provide a sound frequency that can be used in spiritual and psychic work.
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, the cards can be used with or without intuition, but are a great tool for the psychic practitioner who wants to have a point of reference for those receiving the psychic message.
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.
Philip Young, PhD, is a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. He provides spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing).