Clairvoyance is the ability to see things, locations, events, or people in the future or which cannot be seen via the ordinary senses. This may manifest as a vision or series of images, which are interpreted through the clairvoyant’s own system of meanings. Prophets, fortune-tellers, shamans, wizards, witches, seers, as well as cunning men and women have all employed clairvoyance (Guiley).

Clairvoyance has “all the clarity of a waking dream.” In the 19th century, hypnotists demonstrated that their subjects could mentally travel to specific locations and report what occurred there. The clairvoyant posses a sixth sense or second sight. Precognition or foreknowledge of an event is gained from exploring a multitude of possibilities and choose the outcome most likely to occur.

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Guiley, Rosemary Ellen, Harper’s Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience, Castle Books, 1991.

Wilson, Colin, Psychic Detectives, Mercury House, 1989.

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