Understanding Psychic Terminology – What do psychic words mean?

When it comes to psychic readings, there is a lot of related terminology that you may not understand. You not doubt recognise many words and phrases from speaking to psychics on the phone, or reading psychic articles online, but aren’t 100% sure what they mean.

To make it easier for you to understand what psychics are talking about when you have a reading, we’ve decided to put together a handy glossary of the most common terms used and what they mean.

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angels in the clouds

Angels are celestial beings who act as protectors and messengers. There are many different types of Angels, also known as Spirit Guides, and they look over us and help guide us through the challenges we face in life. Mediums often communicate with Angels and pass on messages from them during readings.


An Aura is a field of energy that surrounds us and can tell those who are in tune with them a lot of information about our personalities, our wellbeing, and our spirituality. Our auras are made up of different coloured lights, and everybody’s in unique to them. They are changeable, depending on what is happening in our lives at present. Many psychic readers can see your aura and can explain what its appearance means for you and your life.


An Altar is a table or another surface/area that is dedicated to spiritual worship or contemplation. Sacred and spiritual objects are placed on the altar and it is used as a centre or focus of a meditation or prayer.

Angel Cards

Angels Cards are a powerful spiritual tool which channel the love, support, and kindness of the Angels. Similar to Tarot Cards, each card has an individual design and meaning, and can reveal important information about you and your life. Angel Card readers often work with the Angels during readings to give you messages from the spiritual world that will help you on your path.


Astrology is the study of the sun, stars, and planets, and how they affect our lives depending on how they were positioned during the day of our birth. There are 12 zodiac signs, and your sign can reveal a lot of useful information about you, your personality, and your life. Astrology can tell you what is in store for you in the future.


The Chakras are seven points of energy in our body, each a different colour and each with a different purpose and associated with different aspects of our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Many psychic practitioners can read and help you balance your chakras to help restore your health and influence your life.

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Clairaudience / Clairsentience / Clairvoyance

Psychic and Spiritual Mediums have the ability to experience things beyond the physical plane. Most mediums will possess one or more of the three main psychic skills that enable them to have these experiences.

Clairaudience means ‘clear hearing’, and is the ability to hear things from beyond this world. That includes messages from the Angels or Spirit Guides, and sometimes they can even hear events that happened in the past or will happen in the future.

Clairvoyants can see things not visible to the rest of us in their “mind’s eye”. They have the ability to communicate with spirits and Angels, and can also see events that happened in the past or will happen in the future and describe them to the querent.

Clairsentience means ‘clear feeling’. Those with clairsentient skills have the ability to experience things through a combination of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. They can also feel the emotions of other people, whether in this world or the next.

Cold reading

You may have heard the term ‘cold reading/reader’ before. A cold reader is somebody who lacks the real skills to give psychic readings and simply uses your body language and information you reveal when they ask you questions. They use this information to their advantage and make it seem like they’re telling you things, when it’s in face the other way round.

Higher self

Our higher self, or spiritual self, is the part of us that has no physical attachments and is in tune with the universe. This can also be called ‘the soul’. If your physical body is out of tune with your higher self, it can throw you off balance and cause problems. Meditation is a good way to connect with your higher self.

Life path number

One of the most important numbers in Numerology (see below). Your life path number is the sum of your birthdate, and can reveal a lot of important information about your personality and what is in store for you and your life.

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is the ability to know when you are dreaming and to manipulate what happens in your dreams. Some people naturally have lucid dreams, but it is a skill that can be learned. This ability can lead to people having all sorts of subconscious adventures, and even overcoming fears by facing them in your dream and controlling what happens.


Meditation is a powerful spiritual practice that enables you to connect with your higher self. It is a simple act that requires you to just sit and focus the mind, but it can help with several aspects of your life.


Numerology is the study of numbers and the impact they have on our lives. From our date of birth to the numbers we see recurring in our daily lives, these numbers can tell us a great deal about ourselves and our futures.

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Other side

When mediums talk about the loved ones we have lost, they will usually refer to them being on ‘the other side’. The other side is the next plane of existence, home of the Angels and the Spirits who guide us. Mediums can communicate with those on the other side and pass along their messages to us.


Palmistry is the study of the lines on the palm, which hold a wealth of information about our lives and our futures. The different lengths and shapes of the lines on our palms can reveal a lot to us about what we can expect from our lives.


Obviously the most common term heard in the world of psychic readings. A psychic is somebody who possesses skills such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience or others, which enable them to see and experience things other people can’t. They have the ability to see events in the past and the future, and psychic mediums can communicate with those in the spiritual realm and pass along messages.


Runes are an ancient alphabet so old that nobody is sure where they originated. Rune stones have been used as a powerful tool of divination for centuries. They are small, usually brightly coloured stones, each with an individual rune inscribed. They can reveal a wealth of information about our lives and destinies.


Scrying is a method of divination that psychics use to tell us about our past, present, and future. The practice requires a reflective object, like a crystal ball or water, and the psychic will focus their mind on what they see in the reflections, usually using their mind’s eye.


A séance is when a psychic medium contacts our loved ones who have passed on to the other side. Sometimes a séance involves one or more sacred rituals to invoke the dead.

Spirit Guide

Spirit guides are those who have passed on to the next life and are there to provide knowledge, guidance and support to help us on the right path in life. They are usually people who were extremely wise and spiritually connected during their time on earth. They work closely with mediums to give them guidance during readings.

Tarot Cards

READ MORE: See our ultimate guide to Tarot Cards featuring a description for each of the 78 cards

The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards which are used to give us information about ourselves and our lives. Tarot card readers work with the cards to provide answers to questions and to give people advice and guidance about their lives. The Tarot deck is split into two Arcanas; the 22 cards of the Major Arcana focus on the big, life-changing moments that happen to us, and the 56 cards of the Minor Arcana focus on the smaller, everyday situations and challenges we face.

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