Clairvoyance from late 17th century French [clair (clear) & voyant (seeing)] - is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person acquires psychic knowledge primarily by visual means. A clairvoyant may perceive distant objects, persons, or events, including viewing targets hidden behind opaque objects. Clairvoyants may also perceive types of energy not normally perceptible to humans, such as discarnate spirits and auras.
The term Clairvoyance is often used to refer to impressions gained by clairaudience and clairsentience as well as other psychic senses. As the etymology of the word suggests however, when properly used clairvoyance refers mainly to visual psychic impressions. But because psychic impressions often come as ideas or "vibes" mixed with visual images, the term clairvoyance may not always refer to purely visual information. Clairvoyance is also known as remote viewing.
Clairsentience is the umbrella term for the psi (or psychic) sense of touch. A clairsentient person is able to perceive energy fields (through physical sensations), including a person's aura and vibrations (such as voice and how words are strung together). This may also explain the ability to "sense" the presence of non-corporeal entities, such as ghosts.
Psychometry is related to clairsentience. The word stems from psyche and metric, which means "to measure with the mind".
This ability appears to be a hybrid of clairsentience and clairvoyance. The psychic is able to touch an object and know of its past, as well as its current physical condition. See also Retrocognition.
Clairsentience is often mistaken for empathy. Though the psychic is aware of a person's aura, they may think they are picking up on emotions, but instead is mentally describing the kind of energy the subject is transmitting. The difference being that aura is an external vibration, while an emotion is internalized.
Clairaudience is the ability to acquire auditory information by means currently unknown to science (see extra-sensory perception). Clairaudience is essentially the ability to hear in a paranormal manner, as opposed to paranormal seeing (clairvoyance) and feeling (clairsentience). Clairaudient people have psi-mediated hearing. Clairaudience may refer not to actual perception of sound, but may instead indicate impressions of the "inner mental ear" similar to the way many people think words without having auditory impressions. But it may also refer to actual perception of sounds such as voices, tones, or noises which are not apparent to other humans or to recording equipment. For instance, a clairaudient person might claim to hear the voices or thoughts of the spirits of persons who are deceased. Clairaudience may be positively distinguished from the voices heard by the mentally ill when it reveals information unavailable to the clairaudient person by normal means (including cold reading or other magic tricks), and thus may be termed "psychic" or paranormal.
Clairgustance is defined as a form of extra-sensory perception that allegedly allows one to taste a substance without putting anything in one's mouth. It is claimed that those who possess this ability are able to perceive the essence of a substance from the spiritual or ethereal realms through taste.