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How Many Psychic Abilities Are There? Learn Names and Terms of Psychic Powers

Updated on October 15, 2012

So, How Many Psychic Powers Are There?

If you read over few dozen of psychic-related websites, you will stumble upon many different psychic powers - ESP, clairvoyance, telekinesis, psychometry etc. To total newbies in this field, all these terms might be too complex. 

So actually, how many psychic abilities are there? How can we classify them? In this Hub, I will help you out, providing simple explanations.

General Classification

The basic classification of all psychic abilities looks like this:

  • Extra-Sensory Perception
  • Psychokinesis

Extra Sensory Perception is a category of psychic skills that are based upon acquiring information via psychic means. Here we can find for example telepathy (mind-to-mind communication). Here we also put clairvoyance or clairaudience - first is all about seeing things, second is about hearing things - via psychic means of course.
Psychokinesis is on the other hand, a psychic way of interacting with physical world - in other words, psychokinesis (also known as telekinesis) is about manipulating physical reality, moving objects or influencing random events. The difference between telekinesis and psychokinesis is quite simple - "tele" means "on distance", "psycho" can be translated as mind. "Kinesis" means movement. Long time ago, people were using the term telekinesis in order to describe movement on distance. Today, we use psychokinesis, to describe movement caused by mind alone.

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But It's All About Energy

But both Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) and Psychokinesis works upon psychic energies. These unseen energies are all around us - "plugging" into them is a way to acquire information. Manipulating them is first step towards psychokinesis.

These energies are also the ones that are being used by occultists in magick practices. They're so universal, they just have different terms in different systems:

  • Science call them PSI.
  • Chaos Magick talks about Kia & Ethers
  • Psychics talk about energies, just like that
  • Chinese speak about different types of Chi
  • Hindu mention Prana
  • In Hebrew tradition we talk about Ruah

But these are still the same energies.

Different psychic abilities are just terms and names used to describe specific uses of these energies. These are not separated psychic powers, only different terms to distinct different ways to use the same thing. 

Different Telekinesis Types?

And why can you find so many different names for telekinesis, for example? Because people are too lazy to understand that these are just names - so they create their own names, and we have:

  • Pyrokinesis - control of fire.
  • Umbrakinesis - control of earth.
  • Aerokinesis - control of air.
And more, and more, and more. The names themselves are pretty useless, as they still describe one thing - this is, psychokinesis, a specific way of using psychic energies to interact with physical world.


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I hope this knowledge will help you understand - the names are in reality useless, the point is to understand what is hidden behind the name - the way of using psychic energies for specific purposes. Understand this, and you will understand the correlations between psychic abilities, and magick.

If you want to learn more, you can see my blog article where I've posted a whole list of psychic abilities.


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