What is Clairtangency? (Psychic Touch)

Photo by Zackary Drucker from  The Gender Spectrum Collection

Photo by Zackary Drucker from The Gender Spectrum Collection

What does it really mean to be Clairtangent?

 Clairtangency comes from French clair meaning ‘clear’ and Latin Tangibilis meaning ‘that may be touched’, coming together to translate directly into ‘clear touch’. Clairtangency is the psychic ability to receive information through physically touching an object, person, animal, or place. This ability is also known as psychometry.

The most interesting thing about clairtangency is that it is the only psychic ability that is not the information in and of itself. What I mean by that is that the physical touch is not the psychic information. The psychic information is triggered by the physical touch.

So, for instance, with an ability like clairvoyance (psychic sight), you are getting the direct psychic information through sight. However, with clairtangency, you might hold someone’s hand and it would trigger an image to come to you, so the clairtangency is triggering the clairvoyance. In other words, you must have another psychic ability, or several other psychic abilities, in order to experience clairtangency.

The most simple way to identify what you are experiencing is through the adjectives that you use, i.e, if you say, “I hugged Rhonda and knew that she was going to fall later on in the day” you would be experiencing claircognisance (psychic knowing). If you say, “I hugged Rhonda and saw that she was going to fall later on in the day” you would be experiencing clairvoyance (psychic sight). If you say, “I hugged Rhonda and heard that she was going to fall later on in the day” you would be experiencing clairaudience (psychic hearing). I smelled clairescense (psychic sense of smell). I tasted clairgustance (psychic taste). 

The only more complex one to decipher would be, “I hugged Rhonda and felt her falling”, as you could be experiencing clairempathy (psychic feeling) or clairsentience (psychic sensing of energy). The way to route through that one would be to ask yourself, “Did I feel the energy of the event of her falling, or did I feel the sensations in her physical body or her emotions as she was falling?” The first option would be clairsentience. The second would be physical clairempathy, and the third would be emotional clairempathy. 

Clairtangency can lead to any of these psychic abilities, but the key to knowing that it is clairtangency that you are experiencing is very simple: You need to physically touch something or someone in order to receive the information. So if you are someone who goes into a crystal shop and needs to hover your hand in order to get the information as to whether or not it is for you to work with, you are not experiencing clairtangency. Even if you are holding the stone, if you need to do the hover thing, you are tapping into your clairsentience (ability to feel its vibrational energy), not its physical energy in order to receive the psychic information.

It is important to note as well, however, that if you are a specifically sensitive clairtangent, you may receive information from more than one ability.

Perhaps you held the mirror in the antique store and suddenly got an image of an old woman looking into it (clairvoyance), and then from that image you knew that she was sad (claircognisance), and then from that knowing you began to feel her sadness (clairempathy). Or maybe before all of that happened, as soon as you touched the mirror you smelled the woman’s perfume, and then saw the image. The point is that not all of this is cut and dry. There may be more than one thing at play, here.

This is obviously a very vivid example of clairtangent experience. It could also be more subtle- especially for those whose clairtangency triggers clairescense or clairempathy. In terms of clairescense, our sense of smell is usually in the background unless it is a strong smell, and most people don’t tend to think “oh, I’m smelling psychic energy”.

As for clairempathy, if you are an empath who has not yet learned how to decipher what emotions and physical feelings are and are not yours, it may be more difficult to note that you have experienced a transfer of someone or something else’s energy into your field. Additionally, if you are a empath who experiences things postcognitively (after they happen), then you may not experience the emotions or physicality until much later on in the day, or even a few days later, which would make it even harder to trace back to, “Oh, I patted Murray on the back and now I’m feeling his anger 6 days later”. The psychic world- I’m tellin’ ya!

The interesting thing with clairtangency is that I find that people with this ability are the least likely to question their being psychic (aside from those with clairvoyance, and if they have both? Forget it).  I think that is because there is physical “evidence”, so to speak, which is what our humanness begs us to bet on. 

Whether you have this ability or not, I encourage you to remember that no matter what, if you’re human, you’re psychic. You can experience the energy world just as much as the physical, and I encourage you to embrace that. There’s no need to question what you know in your heart you are experiencing.


 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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