What is Clairgustance (Psychic Taste)


 What does it really mean to be Clairgustant?

Clairgustance is the psychic sense of tasting. Its meaning comes from the pairing of the French-Latin roots clair which means “clear”, and Latin gustus which means to taste, try, or sample. En total, it means “clear tasting”. 

While it is true that you are subconsciously tasting the energy of food or objects every time you put them into your mouth, clairgustance tends to be more centralised around the idea of experiencing the sensation of taste when there is nothing physically in your mouth.

If you experience clairgustance, you can potentially taste the energies of: food, animals, trees, flowers, events, places, people, your own energy, the energy of emotions or thoughts, and more. The words to listen for to know that you are experiencing clairescence are: I taste, I am tasting, it tastes, eww, ugh what is that, etc.

In terms of mental illness, many people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia experience clairgustance, and it is instead labelled as an “olfactory hallucination”. 

Some people experience clairgustance by tasting people’s energies when they are around them or if certain people are thinking of them. Others experience being able to taste people’s emotions, or their physical ailments.

I have a client who is able to know when people aren’t taking proper care of their dental hygiene because she can taste plaque and yeast in her own mouth. Another client told me that she always knows when her brother is having a good time in his life because she experiences the taste of oranges in her mouth. I also don’t know what it is about rust and cigarettes, but those seem to be the two most common things that people taste, and to them it is usually completely random- until it isn’t.

If you tend to receive what are seemingly “random” tastes in your mouth, they are usually, actually, entirely connected to something or someone- you just might need to do a little bit of detective work to figure out the meaning. Are you smelling these things at the same time every day? Or every time one of your spirit guides is around? Or your dead grandpa is coming to visit? Or perhaps you are smelling it every time you sit in a specific chair, or when you are thinking of someone specific, or… or… or… the possibilities are endless, but there is usually some sort of tie at the end of the line.

So what does it really mean to be clairgustant? It means that you taste things energetically. It means that what you are experiencing with this psychic taste is 100% real, even if only in another plane. It means that you’re absolutely 100% human.

Do you have further questions about clairgustance? Doorway to Self hosts Facebook and Instagram LIVE Q and A events once a month where you can ask and be answered on the spot! If you would rather ask anonymously, feel free to email your questions to doorwaytoself@gmail.com, and Rachel will answer them for you within the live session. All sessions are recorded and uploaded to YouTube with questions and time-stamps for when they are answered outlined in the comments section. August’s Q and A is at 8pm EST on Wednesday 28 August.

About the Author

Rachel Leah Gerson is a Metaphysical Practitioner and Psychic Educator, and the creatrix of Doorway to Self, LLC. A graduate of the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing and a current master’s student of Clinical Mental Health Counselling at Western Michigan University, Gerson is determined to help people understand the intersection of mental health and psychic abilities, because “If you’re human, you’re psychic”.

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