Claircognizance or Knowing

Claircognizance Guide

What Does Claircognizance Mean?

Claircognizance is a paranormal psychic ability, which translates as clear knowing. Put simply, it is knowing without knowing why. It is those moments when someone asks you why you think such a thing, and you shrug your shoulders and say, I just know. A person who is claircognizant, receives knowledge and wisdom from a source outside of themselves, in the form of concepts and ideas.

As a claircognizant, you can also receive prophetic information about the future, or know things about your own life or that of a stranger.

Claircognizance is one of the main four clairs: clairsentience (recognizing feelings), clairvoyance (seeing images), clairaudience (hearing voices) and claircognizance (knowing). All of these abilities are grouped under the term extrasensory perception (ESP).

How to Pronounce Claircognizance and Claircognizant

Listen to Karina say claircognizance and I am claircognizant

What Does It Feel Like to Be Claircognizant?

Claircognizance is the ability to know things about people, locations and events, without knowing why. At a base level, it is the same as intuition. When you operate through intuition, you experience gut instincts, and hunches which often turn out be very valuable. Typically, you may have a ‘knowing’ which is the better course of action to take in a given situation, or which person you can trust or not trust. Intuition provides insights and helps us make judgements. This is why many successful people, from Albert Einstein to Oprah Winfrey, ascribe their success to having followed their intuition.

When someone falls in love and says “you know, when you know”, that is intuition.

Claircognizance is a more developed form of intuition, think of it as intuition on steroids!

A claircognizant may know:

What choices are likely to turn up in your life, and which course of action you should take.
The answer to questions you have about your life, like will I marry or ever own my own house?

The psychic who uses claircognizance may know what will happen to you, but they cannot necessarily explain why, or how. They just ‘know’ it will happen. This is why many divination readers turn to cartomancy tools like Tarot cards, to help fill in the gaps of knowledge.

Someone with developed claircognizance may also experience ‘downloads‘ of information. For example, lets say you start to learn a new skill and quite soon it feels like you are ‘remembering’ rather than learning for the first time. It all feels very familiar, and you become proficient much faster than other students. This is a sign you are receiving downloads of knowledge, but the experience can be so gentle, you may not even be aware of the process. For example, when I picked up a book to learn Tarot for the first time, within a few short weeks, I was reading cards for people professionally, comfortable in the ‘knowing’ that the guidance I was providing, was right.

What to Study and How to Train Claircognizance Abilities


The skill comes in knowing what is claircognizance, and what is simply your own mind chatter. This skill is actually vital for anyone who wants to work as a psychic or medium, or even a healer. The best way to improve your ability to ‘know’ things, is to undergo classic psychic training, which is offered by the Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU) or any similar such spiritualist organization.

Speak Out and Act

One immediate action you can take to improve your claircognizance is to act on the information you receive. Consider when you get your next ‘aha’ moment, that someone across time and space has sent you that information for a reason. They don’t want you to sit on the knowledge because you are afraid of being ‘wrong’. In my experience, you either use such spiritual insights or eventually they stop coming. If you take a risk, the rights will end up far outweighing the wrongs.

Who is sending you the information? It may be a spirit guide, angel, spirit, ascended master or God. Occasionally, it will be your soul, or higher self, which has access to the Akashic records where memories of all your past lives and mastered skills are recorded.


Repeat these affirmations every morning. You will naturally know, when an affirmation has done its job, and can be released.

  1. I know things.
  2. It is safe for me to act on my knowings.
  3. Spirit talks to me and wants me to know things.
  4. I release fear and doubt


The best crystal to support you as you work on your claircognizance is Apophyllite, which helps calm the mind of chatter. If you don’t have this crystal to hand, then a celestite is a wonderful alternative.

Articles and Studies

Understanding Intuition: The Case for Two Forms of Intuition. 2012 Viktor Dörfler

Can we rely on intuition? Scientific America, 2019

Intuition – It’s More Than a Feeling. 2016. Association for Psychological Science
Based on study: Measuring Intuition: Nonconscious Emotional Information Boosts Decision Accuracy and Confidence

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Karina, author of Tarot in 5 Minutes.
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