Types of Psychic Abilities
Animal Telepathy - The ability to communicate with (but not command or influence) various kinds of creatures. Used
by pet psychics.
Astral Projection - The ability to leave one's body and travel in spirit to another location.
Aura Reading - The ability to see the energy fields that emanate from living beings. Psychic
ability can often reveal itself through the seeing of auras.
Automatic Writing - Writing through the subconscious mind without conscious thought, or through
the guidance of an outside intelligence.
Channeling - Associated with mediums, this is the ability to act as a channel or vessel for an
Clairaudience - Put simply, this type of ability is used to hear what is "inaudible". For
example, someone with this ability could be a thousand miles way and "hear" a loved one's cry of distress.
Clairvoyance - Usually confused with Precognition, this ability actually has much more in common
with "Remote Viewing", True clairvoyance is not the ability to see into the future, but the psychic ability to see
visions of that which is hidden or far away.
Clairsentience - In this instance the psychic has an insight or "knowing" of and a hidden or
Divination - A broad term that includes fortune telling, precognition, prophesy, and other
methods used in an effort to predict the future.
Dowsing - Also known as "water witching", dowsing involves the use of a rod, sticks, or pendulum
to locate water or lost objects.
Empathy - The talent to sense the needs, drives, and emotions of another. As with Aura Reading,
psychic ability can often reveal itself through the development of empathy.
E.S.P. - Extra Sensory Perception is the awareness of information about events external to the
psychic that are not gained through the senses and not deducible from previous experience. Often used to describe
clairvoyance, precognition, telepathy, etc...
Intuition - Similar to clairsentience, this is the power or faculty of attaining direct
knowledge or cognition without rational thought or inference.
Levitation - The ability to cause one's body to hover off the ground. One of the more
well-documented cases of levitation involved St. Theresa of Avila during the 16th century.
Mind Over Body - Suppressing or mentally satisfying the need for water, food, or sleep. There is
some debate over whether this is actually a psychic ability since many of those who are associated with this trait
(monks, yogis, mystics, etc...) are not generally called "psychics".
Precognition - Quite simply, "knowing the future". However, since time is a dynamic construct,
no one psychic can ever know every detail about the future. Usually this ability refers to knowing general outcomes
of specific courses of action, with occasional flashes of detailed insight.
Psychometry - Also known as "object reading", psychometry enables a psychic to pick up on
psychic impressions (vibrations) left on an object by someone connected with it. Someone with this ability could
use an unfamiliar object to reveal much about its owner.
Pyrokinesis - The ability to start fires with one's mind.
Telekinesis - Also known as psychokinesis, the ability to move objects with one's mind.
Telepathy - The ability to communicate mind-to-mind with another.