What Are the Common Types of Psychics?

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Are you looking for help in the spiritual realm? Sometimes the terminology can be confusing, and it’s hard to know what kind of psychic you should hire.

The different types of psychics have specific skills, so knowing the categories can help you figure out what you need. Below we give you an overview of the skills and abilities you might find. Keep them in mind as you look for the right psychic for your needs.

What Is a Psychic?

If you’re wondering what a psychic is, you’ve probably heard lots of different terms, like medium, numerologist, astrologer, a palmist, or channel. All of these are used to mean someone who sees or senses paranormal activity.

Yet there are different types of psychic abilities, and they fall under some basic categories. We explain the different types below, starting with clairvoyants.

Psychics who don’t fall into the categories below may specify that they focus less on the future and what will occur. Instead, they tell their clients about the present and their current circumstances. These psychics give you information about why things are happening or what to do in a certain situation.

They help you decide what to do or anticipate how something might turn out if you don’t act to change it. Most of these psychics would say that the future isn’t set in stone, but it’s fluid and malleable.


The word “clairvoyant” is a French word that means “to see clearly.” It has come to mean someone who sees with supernatural ability. Clairvoyant isn’t simply a synonym for psychic, though.

A clairvoyant is one of the most basic kinds of psychic, someone who depends on their own senses to tell you about you or your future. They use solely their ESP or extrasensory perception to divine this information. Someone with ESP can help you determine if you need to use smudging or other techniques to rid you house of bad energy.

They may see, hear, or feel it, or some combination of their other senses, as well as their extra sense. Here are some types of clairvoyance and their specific senses:

  • Clairaudience (hearing) – manifests in an inner voice
  • Clairoilience (smelling) – manifests in a physical smell, an ability to detect spiritual presences
  • Clairvoyance (seeing) – manifests in visions or images
  • Clairsentience (feeling) – manifests in perception of feelings or auras that don’t belong to them
  • Clairgustance (tasting) – manifests as a flavor or taste

You might also hear about claircognizance, meaning they know something clearly without explanation. It manifests in pure knowledge, rather than a sense like the other clairvoyant abilities listed above.

Types of Psychics: Fortune Tellers

Another type of psychics is fortune tellers. These include anyone who uses tools to help them see the future or extra information about their clients. For example, a tarot card reader is a fortune teller.

Tarot readers look at the patterns in the cards to learn about you. There are different kinds of tarot readers, some who don’t claim to be psychic at all. Others specify that they give therapeutic readings or interactive readings.

Other fortune teller psychics might use crystals or tea leaves to reveal information. Palmists also use tools (their clients’ palms) to read information about them, including personality traits and tendencies.

Astrologers and numerologists use the stars or your birthday (or both) to create a chart that gives them information about you. They may be able to tell you about your personality and relationships, as well as your karma. They can help you schedule important events for dates that are more favorable than others.

When you’re looking for a fortune teller, ask questions ahead of time to find out their specialties. Many will explain their primary focus and can direct you to another reader if they don’t have the service you’re looking for.


An intuitive is another type of psychic. Their answer to the question, “What does a psychic do?” may be slightly different because they focus on a specific area like business. Business intuitives help you with company decisions and success.

They act as a guide and mentor, offering to transform your typical practices into something more soulful and meaningful. It’s more than the general intuition that guides CEOs to post on social media.

Other intuitives practice divining medical information. They can detect the presence of illness or disease using empathic abilities. These intuitives may have a medical degree or not, and they sometimes even use their intuition to offer healings.


Of all the psychic types, this is one that most people think of when they talk about psychics. Mediums are psychics who specialize in communicating with the dead. They may use tools like a Ouija board or a séance to invite the spirit to communicate with them.

Mediums conduct these ceremonies, and they’ll be able to tell you what a spirit is saying or feeling. Often they can help you find the answers to questions you have or help you find closure.

Some mediums specialize in communicating with your deceased pets. While there are psychic pet communicators that focus on living pets and understanding animals, there are also mediums specifically for the animal world.

Another type of medium is a channel, or someone who becomes possessed by a spirit. This allows the dead to speak through the channel. Often the channel goes into a trance before they begin.

It’s questionable whether this person actually has psychic powers, as it’s actually the spirit speaking through them. Some would argue that the spirit can only possess someone with the ability to be a channel, and others would say the power lies entirely with the spirit.

True Vision

The types of psychics above will help you distinguish which kind of psychic you’re looking for. As you explore the word of visionaries, be sure you know which abilities you’re hoping to find.

You’ll also want to make sure you get along well with your psychic. If you don’t seem to mesh well, that’s okay. Keep looking for someone until you find a person that helps you.

Check out our other blog posts for more information on how psychics do what they do and how to exercise your own psychic powers.

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