Types of Psychics and Tools

This is a living breathing document of definitions that often comes up when dealing with or talking to a psychic reader. Some psychics may describe themselves as having one or more of the following attributes: clairsentient, clairvoyant, clairaudient, a medium, or an empath.

You may be surprised to know that all but an empath is actually considered to be a psychic.

  • Clairvoyant: Messages to these psychics are triggered by images. They may see something for example like an object, a place, a time period or a thing that ties them back to something you may need to know.
  • Clairaudient: Hear voices as if someone is speaking directly to them. Often times its referred to as the inner voice. But they actually hear messages or words that deal directly with you, your situation or someone close to you.
  • Claircognizant:  Messages get relayed to these intuitives as knowing the right answers. Typically when asked how they know things their response is hard to explain, they just know.
  • Clairsentient: Gets messages based on emotions or sensations. It really is that gut feeling that causes a clairsentient to “know” something about you, someone close to your or your situation. They’re emotions guide them to the messages that need to be relayed.
  • Empath: Isn’t technically considered as psychic, but rather feels things that others feel. They might get upset after talking to someone who’s been hurt or betrayed. They may cry when consoling a friend or a relative. An empath is almost like a sponge. Highly sensitive, but not physic by default unless one or more attributes previously mentioned are also exhibited.


Many good psychics regardless of type will use tools for greater accuracy (however some may use none at all) and others may use one or more. It ultimately though should come down to your own personal preference and comfort level with your personal psychic.

Here are a few:

  • Playing Cards: Dating back to the 14th century, many readers read with cards used in poker and bridge. And there are some psychics who still use playing cards today, though accuracy has been often disputed. The royal suite within a deck is typically used to tell fortune. For example, wikipedia suggests that that a King of Diamonds represented a wealthy man over 35 with red or blond hair.
  • Tarot Cards: One of the most popular tools for a psychic. Though you don’t necessarily need to be psychic to use tarot, these cards help most psychics confirm what they know or feel.
  • Numerology: Also an old form of gaining understanding of people, places and things based on numbers. Psychics will often incorporate numerology into readings to provide deeper level of meaning and understanding.
  • Runes:  Ancient alphabet often used to predict the future and even cast spells.
  • Psychometry: Knowing that comes about through being in contact with someone’s personal possessions.
  • Cleromancy: This tool involves tossing objects and reading based on object placement.

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