What is clairtangency?

There are a number of ‘extra’ senses that humans can have or develop, and they are referred to collectively as the ‘clairs’ which comes from the French and means ‘clear’ or ‘to make clear.’

You may be most familiar with clairvoyance, which is what most people think of when they think of the term ‘psychic.’ Clairvoyance is the ability to see things other do not or cannot. Some people lump clairvoyance and claircognizance into one, but others consider claircognizance (the ability to know things without knowing how you know them) a separate sense altogether. I believe these two can overlap or exist exclusively, depending on the person.

But there are others clairs that you see in yourself or others, t0o:

Clairaudience: Being able to hear things that others cannot (might be voices, sounds, or even music), or receiving psychic information through sound/hearng

Clairgustance: Being able to taste things that others cannot, or receiving psychic information through taste. This could manifest as tasting certain flavors when you are receiving a message from spirit or when something is about to happen

Clairalience: Smelling things others cannot, or receiving psychic information through scent

Clairsentience: Feeling things others cannot, but through the sense of emotions, rather than physical touch.

And then, we come to clairtangency, which is the ability to know things or receive information through physical touch. In some people, clairtangency overlaps with clairsentience or empathic abilities, and in others, it might be separate, or complemented by another clair, such as clairvoyance.

Clairtangency is most often experienced in those who are untrained through touching objects and suddenly just knowing something, or receiving an image in our mind. Some may even receive visions with sound or other sensory information.

I have personally experienced clairtangency overlapping my empathic senses. Probably the most profound experiences I had with this was strolling past a used bookstore I love, and perusing the rack of free books outside on the sidewalk.

My gaze was drawn to a book of the Classics and as soon as I reached out and touched the book, I was overcome with a heavy, sticky, sorrowful emotion. It just oozed off the book and seemed to crawl up me. I put it right back down immediately and had to center and ground myself and disperse that energy. I have no idea who had it before and what they experienced to leave such a strong imprint on that book, but I noped on that one.

How can you develop your clairtangency abilities?

All humans have the capacity and potential for one or more clair senses, some come easier to some of us, and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong if you have any, all, or none of those senses partially or fully present for you.

For developing clairtangency, you may find that if you are already an empath or sensitive to the energetic currents of people, places, and things, this sense may come more naturally to you, particularly if your senses are heightened by touch.

But even if you are not, you can grow this skill gradually. A great way to do this is to find a couple friends and each swap a personal item. Hold someone else’s item in your hands and try to connect to the energy on it. Meditate with it if needed, or simply still your mind and open yourself to receiving information. You may get nothing or you may get weak images, or even strong sensory information like images, sounds, colors, scents, or other.

I would start by first letting information free flow to you. One of the first things people sense with this exercise is either an emotion or perhaps a color that may pop up in their mind. Makes notes after each session about all sensory information you received, no matter what it was.

I find the easiest way to build the connection between me and the object is by touching or holding it and visualizing pushing my own energetic field around it, and letting its energetic field overlap with my own, sort of mingling the two. As am empath, emotions and emotional currents come naturally, so I pick up on those most easily, but my other clair senses are not as strong (only for my own lack of developing them).

I will usually get an emotion that comes through and I’ll feel it out, interpreting my initial impressions without judgment and without trying to insert my own perspective or experience. Just let the information come and sort it out later. But this is an example of more than one sense (empath + clairtangency) overlapping and working in tandem.

You can also do this in places like antique stores, thrift stores, or used book stores. My only caution here is that you have the potential in those places to open yourself up to lots of information you neither want nor need, and which cannot be independently verified. For instance, lets say you touch a vase in an antique store and suddenly smell roses. It could be this vase usually held roses when it was in use by a previous owner, or it could be your mind conjured that scent because you associate vases with roses.

When developing this sensory skill, it is best initially to try to gather information from objects for which the owner can verify or corroborate the message(s) you are getting. That is a critical element to making sure you learn how to distinguish true information from something your own mind has inserted to fill a gap.

This is why I recommend doing this with a person who can tell you if the messages or information you receive is correct. That feedback allows you to begin recognizing psychic downloads more easily.

6 Magickal Affirmations to Grow Your Witchy Power

What are magickal affirmations?

Magickal affirmations are something probably many of us overlook, regardless of the stage of witchy practice we are in. I know witches and occult practitioners from novice to advanced that use this method to great success, so it would seem that its not just limited to being new at something.

Affirmations are simply positively-oriented statements that we repeat in our heads, or, for even better effect, out loud to directly and consciously change our thinking, perception, and eventually our reality.

Magickal affirmations are just applying this concept to enhancing our magickal abilities or building magickal skills and habits that we particularly want to focus on.

Orienting our thought around the acquisition of a skill or the building or a skill or ability not only puts it in the forefront of our consciousness, it also creates a direct energetic connection between our mind and our energy around this skill or ability.

How do affirmations work?

I like to think of these as a spell you do on yourself.

Affirmations create that conscious connection between our mind and our energy. This could be thought of as bringing our conscious focus to something as opposed to passively practicing something.

Think about the difference between these two statements:

I wish I could learn to read tarot more proficiently.

or

I am proficient at reading tarot.

One of those is passive and the other is active and takes possession of the act or ability.

You can practice reading tarot all day every day, but if the way you consciously think about being better at tarot is the first statement, a wish, you won’t get nearly as far as if you confidently tell yourself every day before practicing that you are already proficient or skilled at it.

This can be applied to any other skill or ability in your magickal practice, and similar to the way we write out an intention statement in the present tense (“I have acquired $100 to pay this bill” vs “I wish for $100 to pay this bill”), we are setting an intention and sending it out to the universe, but more importantly, to our self that we can and will do this thing.

Usually, affirmations are something we repeat out loud a number of times, maybe in a mirror, or maybe just ourselves upon waking or before bed. Perhaps they are something you say while getting into a trance state before a spell or ritual, or maybe you use them while meditating.

If you are unable to say an affirmation out loud for any reason, you can always focus intently on the affirmation statement in your mind, perhaps in a meditative state, or just while envisioning the desired outcome. Repeat as many times as you feel you need, usually at least 3.

You can also write out affirmation statements in a journal or diary if you are unable to say them out loud. I feel like this method does not work as well for me personally, however, that may not be the case for you, so try it and see.

What kind of affirmations should you use?

First, I think its wise to pick one or two things you want to change. If you have 10 skills or habits you want to make changes to, it won’t be as effective to work on all of them at once, as your conscious energetic focus will be spread thin.

Pick probably two max and think of what exactly you want the outcome to be. There are two main types of affirmations that most people will use:

  1. Obtaining or enhancing a skill or ability.
  2. Changing a habit, whether good or bad.

There may be others, but most will fall into one of these two categories when boiled down to their most basic form.

Just like a goal should be specific, so should an affirmation. ‘I am good at magick’ is pretty vague, but ‘My spells are successful’ is probably much better.

So nail down exactly what it is you are trying to yield from your affirmation practice. I’ve included some options here below, should you not really know where to start.

I am a powerful witch.

This one is kind of vague, but also can be used as a general confidence booster when you need it. If you’re going through a particularly low bout of self esteem or maybe just new to witching, consider starting here for a good all around magickal affirmation. This can also be used when you need to develop better ownership of yourself and your space.

Being a magickal practitioner that doubts themselves or doesn’t own their power and space can set you up for not just failure, but backfires in your magickal efforts. So, believe in yourself, you powerful witch.

I can affect my life in positive ways.

This is if you feel powerless and perhaps don’t think you can make the changes you seek, or don’t think that you really have much influence. Maybe you still live with parents who don’t accept your path, or perhaps you feel like bad things are always happening to you.

You can affect your life in positive ways, and as soon as you start saying it, you can move on from where you are.

I wield ultimate influence over every aspect of my life.

This is a bit more specific version of the previous affirmation statement, and good for when you need to claim yourself, your space, and your power/energy. This is for those who want to break free of toxic people or places, who need to step into their power finally, and for those struggling to realize they are just divine beings inhabiting a physical shell.

I am a successful [insert whatever you want here- profession, type of witch, etc].

Let’s say you need something even more specific to happen. Perhaps you just started out as a writer. ‘I am a successful writer’ or even ‘My work will be published this year’ could be options here.

‘I am a successful kitchen witch’ might be more what you’re looking for, as you learn more about a particular path within magick and witchcraft.

My spells are successful.

I don’t know that this really needs any explanation. If you doubt your abilities and don’t think your spells will work, then they won’t. Try this magickal affirmation each day to build your confidence.

I will learn [insert subject or skill here- tarot, runes, to control psychic powers, etc].

Again, self-explanatory. What magickal skills do you want to improve at? Create a magickal affirmation statement to build your confidence and consciously grow the energetic connection you have to those skillsets.


Hopefully that gives you some ideas for where to start with magickal affirmations. These spells on yourself require nothing other than your focus and energy while saying or thinking them and over time, if you do this for a month or so, you should see yourself gain the things you are asking for simply by applying your conscious focus to those efforts.

how to work with a pendulum

Pendulums are perhaps one of the easiest divination methods you can start with, as they require no memorization complex imagery or symbolism, and they can be effectively employed for a variety of uses, not just ‘yes/no’ questions, either.

What You Can Use as a Pendulum

You do not need to spend a lot of money to buy a special pendulum, although you certainly can.

If you are short on funds, you can simply use anything that you can attach and suspend on the end of a string, chain, yarn, or other length of something from which it can freely dangle.

Here are some things I have used, or know people who have used, and they’ve all worked well:

  • a pendant necklace, especially if it has a stone or crystal that comes to a point, or has a narrower end pointing down
  • a key tied to a piece of string
  • a small rock that you can tie onto a string or yarn
  • a cross hanging from something
  • an earring with a metal or stone/crystal hanging from it
  • you probably get the idea now

Essentially, as long as whatever you suspend from the end of the string, cord, or chain can freely move and is not impeded or otherwise affected by its shape, the chain/string/yarn, then you can likely use it as a pendulum.

Consecrating Your Pendulum

I prefer to designate my pendulum for this specific purpose, once I finally purchased one that was an actual pendulum. Before, that, however, I used a carnelian stone pendant necklace, and would usually cleanse it prior to and after use, so that I could also still wear it when I wanted without the sticky energies that you may or may not pick up with a pendulum from time to time.

I wrote this post on consecrating magickal tools, so I won’t recap that here, but will just say its generally good practice to consecrate something that you will be dedicating to this purpose.

Do You Need to Cleanse Your Pendulum?

Believe it or not, there is some controversy here. I know psychic mediums that say no, if you’re using a crystal/mineral-based pendulum dedicated to that purpose, pendulums are self-cleaning, similar to selenite crystals.

Others I know state that you should cleanse it before and after use, using salt water.

I would say that I can feel when there is energy sticking to my pendulum that I do not want, and I will cleanse it then. You can physically cleanse it, or psychically cleanse it, whichever you prefer.

If you prefer to psychically cleanse it, my method that I find works especially well is to center and ground myself well, first. Once I feel a nice strong connection of roots to the earth, I grasp the pendulum in my dominant hand, then visualize drawing up rushing underground water energy, let it flow up my roots, into my base chakra, up through the rest of my chakras, and visualize it circulating up and down my chakras for about 30 seconds, to clean them.

Then I push the swirling water out toward my exterior, letting it flow around me in a whirling manner. I am cleansing my aura here. Once I feel as if I have effectively done both of those things, I send the water down my arm into my hand where the pendulum is, and swirl it around that, washing, cleansing, and purifying it. I direct that water, and all the rest, back down my chakras, through my root, then down through the roots I am connecting to the earth.

Once all the water has ‘flushed’ and drained, I fill the pendulum back up with my energy, any specific instructions I have for it, and thank it for helping me. Fairly simple. I would like to note that I have a LOT of water in my chart, so water is one of the elements I most comfortably visualize. Feel free to substitute one you feel more comfortable with if you use this method.

Back to the question of cleansing, though. Depending on what you are doing with your pendulum and whether you are performing a banishing beforehand, or using in a space that is well warded vs not warded, and who/what you are contacting or attempting to contact to communicate through your pendulum, you may want to cleanse it afterward.

A friend of mine does not cleanse her pendulums that are crystal/minerals, but does cleanse other items such as keys, jewelry, etc.

The bottom line is, you’ll feel it if it needs to be cleansed and if your intuition tells you to cleanse it, then do.

How to Use Your Pendulum

Now that we got the formalities out of the way, here’s what you probably came for. Whether or not you cast a circle is entirely up to you, but I would at least recommend doing a basic banishing if you are seeking contact with spirits for communication, as well as setting some ground rules for your session.

Ground rules are where you specify who can and cannot be present to communicate with you in your space. I use a statement such as “Only those spirits or beings with my highest good in mind or who seek only to help me may enter my space today. Those who wish me harm or have ill intent may not enter.”

You can come up with your own variation that, depending on your situation. If you’re trying to contact Grandma Sue and in life she hated you and you hated her, then she’s not gonna be much different in death and that statement would effectively bar her from communicating, so just keep that in mind.

You could decide whether you want to cleanse yourself and your space, and to what degree. I will usually have some incense going in my space for a good 10-15 min prior to a session, to get it nice and comfortable, as well as create a welcoming environment for spirit guides and ancestors.

If you are new to using a pendulum, you’ve probably purchased, printed, or drawn a pendulum answer board. I would recommend avoiding this at first until you know how your pendulum will work with you.

Figure out your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ responses

To figure out your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers, get something flat and circular, or draw a circle on a piece of paper. Hold the pendulum up over the circle, keep your elbow free from being pinned to any surfaces or your side (these can actually impede your energy flow through your arm) and out loud or in your head state “show me ‘yes’ in a circle.’

Whichever way the pendulum spins for you is your ‘yes’ response. Regardless of whether it is clockwise or counterclockwise. And, whichever way it spins for you will be the way that all pendulums will spin for you for that response.

At this point, I like to just check that answer with another statement “show me ‘no’ in a circle.” It should be the opposite direction of how your ‘yes’ response moved, but every once in a while someone gets either no response or the same.

Go back and double check your ‘yes’ a couple times to be sure, then make sure you are loose, not tense, take a few deep breaths, and stop trying to overthink it. These are usually the reason behind getting no response or unclear movement from a pendulum.

At this point, you can begin asking questions, or welcome any spirits you have asked to be present to communicate with, etc.

Using a Pendulum for Questions with Answers Other Than Yes and No

You can get other answers from a pendulum, and you don’t even need to have a fancy pendulum board, however, you can use one if you’d like.

Here are some alternatives to just yes and no questions:

  • use a pendulum with a Ouija board, moving the pendulum across the letters and making note of the ones where it begins to spin in the direction of your ‘yes’ response
  • make a chart with numbers in intervals of 10, as percentages and ask what is the likelihood some particular event will take place
  • write on a piece of paper a number of options among which you are trying to decide which is the best and ask which to choose, the pendulum will spin in your ‘yes’ direction on the best option
  • use it to locate a lost item; walk through your space and ask where your lost item is, watch for the pendulum to spin in the location it was last in
  • use it to clear energy in a space; I have not personally use it for this, but do know of people who use it to remove negative or stagnant energy in a location; it will begin to spin rapidly when it encounters energy that needs to be removed, cleansing the space for you

How to Close a Pendulum Session

Everyone seems to have their own preferred method for this and I think there will be variables you should consider when deciding how to close your session.

If you are not contacting anyone in particular, but merely asking questions about a decision or event, simply thank the pendulum and mentally close down or end the session and ground yourself.

If you are working with spirit guides or ancestors, its good practice to thank them and say something along the lines of ‘go if you must, stay if you will.’

If you are working with a deity as part of a larger ritual, spell, or offering/dedication, its always good practice to thank them and leave an offering they like. Deities will generally communicate how they prefer to be thanked and what offerings they like, but you can find a lot of information online about this.

Also, generally its not good etiquette to dismiss a deity, rather you will want to thank them and say that you are done asking questions and that they are free to go. Banishing them is considered rude, unless for some reason you feel uncomfortable or threatened, and then, perhaps, this may not be for you.

If you question whether the spirit you are communicating with is truly who they say they are, or whether their intentions are benevolent toward you, its probably best to ask them to leave, cleanse your space, and make sure you’ve appropriately warded your space (if you are using your pendulum somewhere that can be warded), or perhaps create stronger ground rules next time.

There are so many different types of pendulums and what they can be made of, so I won’t go into that in this post, but perhaps in a future post I will discuss the strengths if using a particular type of pendulum vs others.

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