Spiritual Realm

The Difference Between Psychics and Intuitives

August 26, 2022
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In my opinion, there are 2 main types of readers. Those that call themselves intuitive, and those that call themselves psychics, I’ve personally always gone by the latter.  For a long time, I always just thought that intuitive was another word for psychic, which it is for the most part, it is.  Why then, do so many readers prefer to call themselves intuitive rather than psychic? In this post I am going to share with you how I feel about the terms psychic and intuitive, and talk about the difference between psychics and intuitives. If there is one.

I was a teenager in the 90’s, and up until then the only term I knew was the term Psychic. We called anyone that did work in the metaphysical field psychics. Whether they read Tarot/Oracle cards, did Reiki healing, read palms, communicated with the deceased. It was all under a blanket term Psychic. The reason for this was that they all had one thing in common. All the practitioners in these fields used their intuition to aid them in doing what they do. 

Needless, to say the term psychic has a special place in my heart because of the 90’s. You walked in and smelled the Nag Champa incense burning and the smell alone was enough to give off the vibe that you were about to receive a magical experience. Whether the experience was going to be good or bad was up to the cards. You would either walk out excited because you were going to meet a tall, dark and handsome stranger or bummed because you weren’t going to get the promotion you’ve been wanting. Either way it didn’t matter because you walked out thinking “wow, how did she know this, I haven’t told anybody.” When you left the reading, you weren’t focussed on the things the psychic said. I mean they were obviously a part of it. You were more focussed on the fact that she or he knew things that no one else couldn’t possibly know. 

Getting a reading from a psychic wasn’t about love and light and didn’t focus on positive vibes only. It was focused on what I like to call the “wow” factor. That was the whole reason people went to see a psychic, and on some level, the psychic had to prove themselves to their clients by telling them things no one else would know. The readings were bold and in your face! They psychics weren’t worried about hurting your feelings, they just saw the message that was to be delivered, and did just that. If they succeeded, people would be praising them high and low. However, if no “wow” factor was delivered, then you would unfortunately be branded as a fake.

I’ve rambled on and on about the term psychic, but now let’s talk about the term Intuitive. For me, this term started surfacing after the year 2000. I would talk to other readers, and when I would refer to them as psychics they would often correct me and say “no, I’m not psychic, I’m intuitive”.  Which was really annoying because at the time I didn’t think there was a difference. I couldn’t wrap my head around why they didn’t want to be associated with being a psychic. 

It wasn’t until I started reading some blog posts on the topic – and forgive me because it was so long ago, I can’t remember who’s blogs I’ve read that said this – that basically said the reason why they prefer the term intuitive over psychic is because the term psychic has negative connotations. So of course I looked into what these negative connotations were. What I discovered was they were the exact same reasons why I LOVED the term Psychic. This wasn’t surprising to me because I’ve always gone against the grain in literally everything in my life. It did affect how I now felt about the term intuitive though. 

You see, anyone that I have talked to, or anything that I searched on the topic, yielded the same results. That the term intuitive was a softer, more inviting word that would make people less afraid of getting a reading. What this told me, was that the people getting an “intuitive” reading wanted the experience of the reading, but a softer, more pleasant reading. Whether they were afraid to find out the truth, or overly sensitive it just felt to me like if someone got an intuitive reading it would be sugar coated and always positive, about love and light and fluffiness. Now, that may not be the case for many readers who prefer to be labelled as an intuitive. There may be some out there that don’t, this is just my opinion based on what I have seen and experienced.

Many people claim there is absolutely no difference at all. The way I see it, is if being a psychic reader is the same as being an intuitive reader. Being referred to as psychic shouldn’t offend you. If you get offended by being referred to as a psychic, then there’s a good chance deep down inside you feel it’s not the same thing. That intuitive readings are more based on love, light and warm embraces. While psychic readings are harsher, to the point, and not always happy. 

I personally don’t get offended if someone calls me intuitive, and I’m not trying to come across as a hater of the word.  At the end of the day, I don’t really see a difference because the difference isn’t in the definitions. It’s in the reader themselves. Their approach, their reading style, their demeanour. I think that’s what really separates the two. Do you have a straight to the point, no BS, call it like you see it approach? Or do your readings feel like a giant hug? Either way it doesn’t matter because you’ll attract the clients that are right for you based on their needs at the time. That’s my belief anyway.  

If you’re new to my blog, feel free to check out my previous post where I talk about your regular Joe average dreams! This was a really long post, I know! I just haven’t posted in a while so I figured I’d go a little crazy on this one. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post, and decided to subscribe to my mailing list and become a crowning! If not, what are you waiting for? You’ll get notified anytime I post something new. Until my next post, folks!


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