The Types of Psychic Power
In Ellen Dugan’s Natural Witchery (which has become almost a textbook for me lately), she gives a great outline of the four types of psychic power, or psychic ability. This can be thought of as a Witch’s power well, or method by which she is most inclined to in divination or drawing power.
Clairvoyant: This is “Seeing”, in the classical sense. Clairvoyants are great visualizers, and find that they can see outcomes and results more clearly than others. They may get images that pop into their head, or see a situation play out both in and out of divination. Usually, clairvoyants find best success in highly visual spells using correspondent tools, and are excellent scryers.
Clairaudient: “Hearing things”, having music pop in your head that is relevant to the scenario, and being able to tell a person’s temperament or truth by listening to their voice falls under clairaudience. This is essentially the aural equivalent to clairvoyance: If you’re prone to being affected most by music in ritual, rather than ritual setting, you might be clairaudient.
Empath: Understanding and feeling the emotions around you, and the resulting emotions from a situation. To empaths, this may feel very second nature: Do you take on the mood of other people in crowds very easily? Can you be in a great mood, then hug a friend who is depressed and immediately feel their pain? You may be an empath! Unlike intuitives, who “know” what something is, empaths actually feel that thing.
Intuitive: Having a “gut feeling”, or “just knowing”, what something is or when it’s going to happen. Unlike clairvoyants or empaths, who feel this by seeing or imagining it happen, or emotionally understanding or attuning to what will happen, intuitives get a quick punch in the gut (or brain) with a clear crystal view of what is to be. As a result, intuitives can often forget or second-guess that vision, but with practice, intuition grows clearer. Being an intuitive, this is the only one I’m actually qualified to talk at length on, but for me, it feels like a deep squeezing in the solar plexus when I reach for, think of, or say I’m going to do something. Often, if I try to do that thing anyway, the squeezing/foreboding grows and it’s unmistakeable I should try something else. Many intuitives feel this in their throat, between the eyes, or upper chest rather than the solar plexus, as well.
Witches and magick-users often have one primary, strongest mode of psychic power they identify with, and consequently use most, but many also have a second (or third!) power that is lesser (or even equally!) strong. Feel it out, and you’ll be able to figure out beyond a doubt how you’re receiving your psychic information.