Psychometry is a form of clair

The Clairs - The Different Psychic Abilities Guide

Last Updated: July 25, 2023

Witches often describe their magick as “empathy” or a “cunning”. This refers to the ability to understand and connect with the energies of the universe. By connecting with these energies, witches are able to connect with them in order to cause change in their environment. Through spellwork, potions, charms, invocations, or other rituals, they use this connection to make things happen. And sometimes, these abilities appear naturally without ever having been worked upon.

These are referred to as “the clairs”. It’s what we would blanket term call “psychic”. Shall we dive into them?

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What Are The Different Clairs?

From the Latin for “clear” and French for “bright” and “light”, these are the psychic senses like clear hearing, clear knowing, and clear feeling. Clear hearing gives witches the ability to hear spirit guides, angels, and other metaphysical beings. Clear knowing is a type of intuition that aids with future events, such as knowing it is a sunny day but there will be a storm later, without having seeing the weather reports. And with clear feeling, witches can connect with the energy in any situation and get a sense of what it means – all of these you see portrayed in the media and in books, but there are real witches and real people out there with these abilities whether they wish for them or not. Let’s go through what each clair is, and check for signs you may too also have clairabilities.

Clairvoyance: “Clear Seeing”

A person who suddenly has vivid visions or images of an upcoming event or a distant location, providing accurate information that you couldn’t have known through ordinary means or “pattern recognition”.

Clairvoyance is sometimes referred to as “Remote Viewing” or “Second Sight.” Edgar Cayce, also known as “The Sleeping Prophet,” was renowned for his ability to provide detailed and accurate readings while in a trance state. He accurately predicted future events, diagnosed health conditions, and provided insights into people’s past lives.

Clairaudience: “Clear Hearing”

You hear distinct voices, sounds, or messages that others around them cannot perceive. You may receive guidance or information from the spirit realm or communicate with entities beyond the physical realm. Clairaudience is also known as “Psychic Hearing” or “Spiritual Hearing.” Theresa Caputo, popularly known as the “Long Island Medium,” is a well-known clairaudient. She claims to hear messages from departed loved ones and delivers them to the living, providing comfort, closure, and healing.

Clairsentience: “Clear Sensing” or “Clear Feelings”

These are individuals experience strong intuitive feelings or emotions about a person, place, or situation without any apparent logical reason. You may sense someone’s energy or emotions, picking up on subtle vibrations or atmospheres. Clairsentience is sometimes called “Empathy” or “Psychic Feeling.” Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist and empath, is known for her work in understanding and teaching about energy sensitivity and emotional intuition. She helps people navigate their empathic abilities and use their sensitivities as a gift.

Claircognizance: “Clear Knowing”

A person who suddenly receives knowledge, insights, or understanding about a specific topic or situation without any prior information or research. You may have a strong sense of certainty and conviction about the information you receive. Claircognizance is also known as “Psychic Knowing” or “Divine Knowing.” Doreen Virtue, a former psychologist turned spiritual author and teacher, is known for her claircognizance. She has written numerous books on angels, divine guidance, and spiritual topics, providing insightful and intuitive teachings. She however turned her back on her spiritual community when she decided to connect only with Christianity and focus in that direction, belitting fans and supporters of her original work for a long time.

Clairalience: “Clear Smelling”

You detect scents or smells associated with a particular person, object, or place. These scents may be subtle or even unusual, triggering memories or impressions for you or the person experiencing them. Clairalience can be referred to as “Psychic Smelling” or “Spiritual Smelling.” Dominique Ropion, a famous French perfumer, is known for his exceptional ability to create scents, and this talent allowed him to perceive and blend various aromatic notes, resulting in the creation of iconic fragrances. Andrew Huberman runs a podcast with a fascinating breathwork series. His clairalience has allowed him to detect the smell of fear and other emotions.

Clairgustance: “Clear Tasting”

These individuals taste distinct flavors or sensations in their mouth without any physical stimulus. These tastes may be associated with specific energies, emotions, or messages. Clairgustance is sometimes called “Psychic Tasting” or “Spiritual Tasting.” Heston Blumenthal, a renowned British chef who is a complete magician in the kitchen for multisensory experiences, is known for his innovative approach to cooking and taste. He has the ability to combine flavors in unique and unexpected ways, creating unforgettable culinary experiences. He is able to recreate dishes for people based on client’s familial history with just a taste of an ingredient, which is some kind of magick in itself. He’s known to have had interviews where he gets a taste in his mouth just from speaking to someone about their lives, which is indicative of clairgustance.

Clairtangency: “Clear Touching” or “Clear Feeling”

This is someone who can gather information or impressions by touching an object or person. You may receive insights, emotions, or images related to the object’s history or the person’s experiences. Clairtangency is also known by “Psychometry” or “Object Reading.” Allison DuBois, the inspiration behind the TV series “Medium,” is a psychic medium who has the ability to touch objects or people and receive information. She has worked with law enforcement agencies to solve crimes using her clairtangency skills.

Clairprognostience: “Clear Knowing of Future Events”

This looks like those individuals who have knowledge or foresight about future events or outcomes. You may accurately predict specific details before they occur, providing evidence of your clairprognostience. Clairprognostience can be referred to as “Precognition” or “Future Sight.” Nostradamus, a French astrologer and seer, is famous for his prophetic writings that contain predictions about future events. His clairprognostience is believed to have foreseen significant historical events and natural disasters.

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What Does Using A Clair-ability Look Like?

These examples below demonstrate how each clair ability can be applied and utilized in various practical and beneficial ways in today’s world. Whereas we may read it in stories such as knowing a storm is coming, or traditionally it’s shown as recognizing the meat on your plate wasn’t happy or free range before, it can be used for much more.

Clairvoyance (Clear Seeing):

  • Predicting market trends or investment opportunities.
  • Providing insights into business strategies or decision-making.
  • Finding lost objects or locating missing persons.
  • Assisting in criminal investigations or solving mysteries.

Clairaudience (Clear Hearing):

  • Receiving guidance or messages from spiritual beings or guides.
  • Helping individuals connect with loved ones who have passed away.
  • Gaining insights into personal relationships or conflicts.
  • Offering intuitive advice or counseling to others.

Clairsentience (Clear Sensing/Intuition):

  • Detecting and understanding the emotions of others, aiding in empathy and compassion.
  • Sensing the energy of a space or environment for healing or purification purposes.
  • Identifying potential dangers or negative influences in certain situations.
  • Assisting in psychological or therapeutic practices by uncovering repressed emotions.

Claircognizance (Clear Knowing):

  • Making well-informed decisions based on intuitive knowledge.
  • Providing creative inspiration or problem-solving insights.
  • Understanding complex concepts or subjects with clarity.
  • Assisting in scientific research or breakthrough discoveries.

Clairalience (Clear Smelling):

  • Detecting potential dangers or hazards (e.g., gas leaks, fire risks).
  • Identifying the presence of certain substances or chemicals (e.g., allergens).
  • Uncovering hidden information or memories associated with specific scents.
  • Connecting with memories or emotions through scent-triggered nostalgia.

Clairgustance (Clear Tasting):

  • Assessing the energetic qualities or vibrations of food and drinks.
  • Detecting potential contaminants or spoilage in consumable products.
  • Understanding the emotional or energetic properties of substances.
  • Enhancing the enjoyment and appreciation of culinary experiences.

Clairtangency (Clear Touching/Feeling):

  • Reading the energy or history of objects for authentication or validation.
  • Providing insights into a person’s past, present, or future through touch.
  • Identifying physical ailments or imbalances through energy healing practices.
  • Assisting in archaeological or historical research through the examination of artifacts.

Clairprognostience (Clear Knowing of Future Events):

  • Offering guidance or warnings about upcoming events or opportunities.
  • Assisting in strategic planning or decision-making for businesses.
  • Preparing for potential challenges or obstacles in personal or professional life.
  • Providing a sense of direction and purpose for individuals seeking clarity.

How Can I Develop Clair-abilities Further?

I think that anything with consistent effort will provide deeper insights and rewards. That being said, and not to get high and mighty over here, but check your intention as to why you want to develop these psychic abilities. I’d also check in with yourself if you are ready for the responsibility that comes with these gifts, and what this may look like for you in the future.

Below are the individual clair abilities if you want to proceed, and some tips to develop them further.

Clairvoyance (Clear Seeing):

  • Practice visualization exercises to strengthen your ability to see images in your mind’s eye.
  • Keep a dream journal to enhance your ability to remember and interpret symbolic or prophetic dreams.
  • Meditate regularly to quiet the mind and increase receptivity to visual impressions.
  • Use divination tools like tarot cards or scrying mirrors to exercise your intuitive sight.

Clairaudience (Clear Hearing):

  • Practice active listening in your daily interactions, paying attention to subtle sounds and nuances.
  • Spend time in quiet and peaceful environments to enhance your ability to hear subtle messages or guidance.
  • Use meditation techniques focused on listening to your inner voice or connecting with spiritual guides.
  • Experiment with automatic writing or dictation as a way to receive messages through auditory channels.

Clairsentience (Clear Sensing/Feeling):

  • Develop your emotional awareness through mindfulness and self-reflection practices.
  • Engage in energy healing modalities like Reiki or Qi Gong to heighten your sensitivity to subtle energy.
  • Trust your gut feelings and practice following your intuition in daily decision-making.
  • Surround yourself with different textures and objects to enhance your ability to sense energies and vibrations.

Claircognizance (Clear Knowing):

  • Cultivate a regular meditation practice to quiet the mind and create space for intuitive insights.
  • Engage in automatic writing or journaling to allow intuitive knowledge to flow freely, and document in a diary with dates to reflect back on.
  • Pay attention to sudden flashes of insight or “a-ha” moments that come seemingly out of nowhere.
  • Trust your instincts and practice discernment to differentiate between true knowing and mere speculation.

Clairalience (Clear Smelling):

  • Engage in scent-based mindfulness practices, such as aromatherapy or mindful breathing with essential oils.
  • Keep a scent journal to record any significant or unexpected smells you encounter and the associated impressions.
  • Practice sensory recall exercises to strengthen your ability to link scents to memories or experiences.
  • Be aware of any unusual or distinct smells that arise spontaneously, as they may carry symbolic or meaningful messages.

Clairgustance (Clear Tasting):

  • Engage in mindful eating practices, paying attention to the flavors and sensations of each bite.
  • Experiment with different types of foods, spices, or herbs to expand your palate and sensitivity to taste.
  • Practice energy cleansing techniques before meals to enhance your ability to discern subtle energetic qualities in food.
  • Trust your taste buds and the impressions they provide, even if they seem unconventional or unrelated to the physical properties of the food.

Clairtangency (Clear Touching/Feeling):

  • Engage in activities that involve tactile sensations, such as gardening, crafting, or working with natural materials.
  • Practice psychometry by holding objects and tuning into the impressions, emotions, or images that arise.
  • Develop your ability to sense energy through touch by working with crystals or conducting energy healing practices.
  • Pay attention to any physical sensations or tingling in your hands or body during intuitive experiences.

Clairprognostience (Clear Knowing, Especially of Future Events):

  • Practice mindfulness and present-moment awareness to develop a sense of expanded time perception.
  • Keep a journal of your intuitive predictions or future insights to track their accuracy and refine your abilities.
  • Work with divination tools like tarot cards or pendulums to enhance your connection with future events.
  • Develop a relationship with your higher self or spiritual guides through meditation or prayer to receive guidance about future events.

Overall, it’s important to remember that even if you don’t have a “natural” gift for one of the clair abilities, they can still be developed. And even if you do have a natural talent, it still needs to be honed and refined to be truly effective. With consistent effort, you can grow your intuitive sensitivity to different levels of perception to increase your access into the subtle realms of consciousness. Good luck on your journey! Until next time xox

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