Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Intuition and psychic are they the same or different?

I am asking this question because i am pondering over a post made on a tarot blogg http://78notes.blogspot.com/ which i found today via http://thedailyfey.com/blog/ anyway in the tarot post there was a distinction made between intuition and psychic abilities which interested me. Part of the reason i guess is because i do read cards and have had the proverbial ‘are you psychic?” question which i too have always hedged on. This would probably because i find the word psychic to be somewhat offensive as i associated it with those weird people over there that are a part of the new age and those who go on TV and have egos the size of Africa. The media has pretty much damned the word because of the people who they have focused on, and the storeys that have been published. The dramatic, the odd and the egotistical. The media also become all sceptical when ‘psychics’ are unable to perform on demand or perform accurately and clearly. Information that is gained using extrasensory perceptions is not always clear in fact it can be quite cryptic and down right frustrating. But then i also believe that there are some things that we are not meant to know, somethings that it is better if we go through them, experience them.. as it is through experience that we gain wisdom. But i digress.. a little. Needless to say i have an aversion to the word psychic and am much more comfortable with intuition.

To my understanding i have i guess believed that intuition and psychic are interchangeable words. Some people would get flashes of intuition, that gut feeling that knowing, where as others would get flashes of psychic information, which to my mind is pretty much the same thing. It is amazing the influence that the media can have on such things.

Perhaps intuition is a form of psychic ability, if you take the term psychic and use it has an umbrella term to mean the ability to receive information from a spiritual energetic source, through all of the senses? And intuition is one of those ways of receiving such information. *ponders this* or perhaps now that i think about it a bit more perhaps intuition is the ability to interpret the information. *ponders this to*

In this tarot blog post, Ginny Hunt outlined three major types of psychic abilities: clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. I quite like the last one as i had not heard of it before and it fits those other ways of picking up information from the either, or wherever. Here i have copied and pasted (quoted) was she has written about those terms)

“Basically, there are three major types of psychic abilities: clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. Clairvoyance is the ability to see images, scenes, visual impressions in one's mind's eye that are extrasensory messages about another person. Clairaudience is hearing things spoken, listening to guides, spirits, or departed ones. Clairsentience is feeling, smelling, tasting or otherwise physical sensations that communicate extrasensory messages.”

But i am still wondering about intuition and weather it is separate? Different from psychics. In my mind i still see the term ‘psychic’ being more of an umbrella term, and that intuition can be interchanged with psychic for those who are uncomfortable with the word psychic. But then i am also starting to see how psychic is an umbrella term with intuition falling into a sub category and that intuition is about interpreting information from extrasensory psychic abilities clairvoyance clairaudience and clairsentience. I suspect that Tarot or divination also falls into the Extrasensory abilities, because while the cards have particular meanings, they fall together in a random way but a good reader will often ‘see’ other meaning s in the cards that are not actually written in books, thus interpret this extra information or hidden information using their intuition. Err... not sure how clear that sentence is... *sheepish grin*

According to Wiki a psychic is as follows “is a person who professes an ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception, or is said by others to have such abilities.” Which if you interpret intuition as being an extrasensory perception then yes it falls into the umbrella term of psychic. This would mean that intuition is a psychic ability especially if you explain intuition as a extrasensory perception. Your gut it telling you something, information that is hidden from the ‘normal’ senses, so to speak.

Currently i am strongly leaning towards intuition as interpreting information that is gained through psychic ability such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience, might take some more thinking however...

I am also wondering what other extrasensory perceptions are there out there??

Hey look some more from trusty wiki..

Clairsentience (feeling/touching)
Clairaudience (hearing/listening)
Clairalience (smelling)
Claircognizance (knowing)
Clairgustance (tasting)

And finally i hope everyone has an excellent and blessed solstice in both hemispheres.


  1. All very thought provoking. I kind of switch between pyschic and intuitive but neither one really encompasses the entire experience for me so neither is really the word I'm seeking.

    I think I use both. For me intuitive has to do with thought process, as hidden as it might seem over time, than psychic.

    I love that you a little i for I. That too is very thought provoking...

    Bright blessings to you,

  2. gosh, my very first comment.. whee!! *skips about*

    as to the little i thing, its mostly to do with typing, i get in that odd thoughtfilled zone thus do not captalise so much until i put it all through a spell check..teheh...

    *ponders another word that has similar meaning to pyschic and intuitive*