Are Psychics Legit?
April 15, 2024 10 min read

Are Psychics Legit?

By Lady Saoirse

Psychics seem to be everywhere, and some people swear they are fake, but are they? If psychics are real, what are some abilities they may have, and is everybody psychic? How can you spot a fake psychic and how can you tell if a psychic is legitimate?

You might remember seeing Halloween costumes with exaggerated gaudy colors portraying “Fortune Tellers.” You might also remember seeing news stories about certain famous career psychics who have been exposed as frauds and you might even recall big news stories about some of them being sued. This is probably why a lot of people are skeptical about psychics. Some people just don’t believe anybody could have the ability to do things like foretell the future or discover hidden truths there is no evidence for. Other people swear psychics are real, but that frauds give legitimate psychics a bad name. Join Spiritual Blossom to learn about psychic abilities and find out if you are psychic. Learn how to spot a fake psychic from a real one. Then, decide for yourself whether you believe psychics are real or not.

What Are Psychic Abilities?

Are Psychics Legit?

Psychic abilities are sensory capabilities that exist beyond the five senses of taste, smell, sight, touch, and hearing. A lot of people don’t believe it is possible for such things to exist because no scientific evidence of this exists- or does it? Did you ever just KNOW something and you could not explain how? A lot of people say they have and for those people, that is all the proof they need. What are some of these abilities though?


ESP is Extra Sensory Perception, and several different psychic abilities can be called ESP. It is known as the “Sixth Sense'' and it is the ability to know things without using your physical senses. Some people can pick up on the presence of spirits, and others can taste, see, or smell things that exist other places than where they are when they sense it. An example of this is being able to taste or smell what your best friend is having for dinner at their house 20 miles away. Nobody knows why ESP exists, but many say they have this ability. The snake is one creature believed to see unknown things and you can read more here: Dreaming of Snakes- Meaning and Symbolism


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The gift of prophecy is knowing things will happen before they do. You can have prophetic dreams or just have a sudden awareness something is about to happen. A good example of this is told by Christians in Matthew 1:20-21 that Joseph got a prophetic dream that Mary was a virgin who was miraculously pregnant with the Messiah. Sometimes the gift of prophecy is knowing which job to take and other times is it immediately knowing someone is about to come visit before they arrive. To read about dreams see here: Your Guide to Dreams and Interpretation of Them


Similar to prophecy, intuition is a gut instinct. You just KNOW something, and you don’t know why. Being a good judge of character the first time you meet someone is intuition and being able to find lost objects by instinct is also intuition. Plenty of parents can intuit if their child needs them. Witches are known for intuition and you can read more here: The Truth About Witches


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This is the ability to see events taking place in other places than where you are. Some people see the route they are about to take on a road trip, and say their clairvoyance saves them from ever getting lost. Others see connections between people and events in this way. Being able to see spirits out of the corner of your eye is another way clairvoyance manifests. Clairvoyants are especially good at visualizing solutions and plans. To read more about clairvoyance, see here: What is Clairvoyant Psychic Reading?


Are Psychics Legit?

Telepathy is the ability to communicate with people using only your mind. An example of this is when a loved one suddenly pops into your head and a moment later the phone rings, and it is them calling you. Being able to read minds is also a form of telepathy and knowing when somebody needs you before they have told you is also. Experts believe telepathic bonds form between people who have a deep emotional connection, and that is why they can communicate using only their minds. One Zodiac Sign that forms close bonds with those they love is Taurus and you can read more here: Taurus Zodiac Traits and Love Compatibility


This is also known as “clear feeling” and it is the ability to sense or feel other people’s emotions. Clairsentient people are good at “reading the room” and can sense the way people feel. They may become overstimulated in groups easily, and they are very good at judging the intentions of strangers. They can feel other people’s pain and sometimes, people tell them they are overly sensitive. They can also feel the energy from past events at a place and can immediately tell if there has been an argument in a room they have just entered. They can also pick up energy from objects. Sometimes, smudging benefits clairsentient people and you can read how to do that here: What is Smudging? A Beginner’s Smudging Guide


This is the ability to hear things beyond what the ears pick up. You might hear the voices of spirits or hear sounds other people cannot hear but extra sensitive recording devices can. Understanding what the wind is communicating when it blows and what the songs of birds mean is a clairaudient ability. Constant sounds and loud noises can overwhelm clairaudient people, and they may seek silence often. Being an especially good listener is another way clairaudience manifests. One Zodiac Sign that is known for being a great listener is Libra and you can read about them here: Libra Traits and Love Compatibility

Automatic Writing

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Automatic Writing is a psychic ability used as a tool by many. It entails relaxing and allowing a spirit or your own psychic gifts to guide you to write messages on paper that can be read. Also known as psychography, people go into a meditative state where they are not fully aware of what they are writing when they are doing so. Some people do this spontaneously and others plan to do it. It is used as a tool for psychic readings sometimes. Some people will use paper and a pen or pencil and others will use things like an Ouija spirit board to get words psychically. You can also do a Tarot Reading for divination and you can read Tarot Card meanings here: A Quick Guide to Tarot Cards and their Meanings

What Do the Critics Say?

Critics point out that no scientific results have ever been able to prove a single psychic or group of psychics has been able to predict future events reliably, so some people say this is solid evidence psychics do not exist. Others point out a few other things that contribute to why they do not believe in psychic abilities. There is something called cold reading, and there is also wishful thinking. Then there are proven cases that people who called themselves psychics are exposed as frauds.

Cold Reading

Cold reading is a technique employed by a lot of different professionals including sales people, politicians, lawyers, and yes, those who call themselves psychic. Cold reading is done by examining physical traits of someone to draw conclusions about them. For example, if someone looks tired and is shabbily dressed, with disheveled hair, a Cold Reader can guess they are stressed, maybe financially struggling, and they may even be struggling with something like depression. Body language, fashion style, age, vocabulary, and mannerisms reveal a lot about us, and some people take advantage of that to learn things about us, but this is not a psychic ability. One Zodiac Sign that keeps their business to themselves is Scorpio and you can read more here: Scorpio Traits and Love Compatibility

Wishful Thinking

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A talented manipulator will know just what to say and do to make you feel good. There are manipulators in every job field, and the psychic arts are no exception. If you are feeling emotional, scared, vulnerable, or even very excited about a new opportunity, manipulative people can tell you beautiful lies to get you to put your faith in them. If someone is telling you that you can win the heart of someone has a restraining order to keep you away- if you pay them for love spells- run away. They are playing on what your wishes are, and manipulating you. Some so-called psychics will do things like this and they are the reason some people do not believe in psychic abilities. One Zodiac Sign that holds to hopes and dreams is Pisces and you can read more here: Pisces Zodiac Traits and Love Compatibility


One especially notable case of a psychic being declared a fraud was Gina Marie Marks, an American so-called psychic who has gone by many names. She has been convicted of defrauding multiple people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for fake psychic work. The Dr. Oz Show highlighted a client who was defrauded over $100,000 by one psychic. Harry Houdini, the famous escape artist, crusaded to pass laws to ban fake psychics and spiritualists, to keep them from preying upon the emotionally vulnerable. These things happen and it is one reason why some people believe all psychics are fake. Speaking of prey, the hawk is a powerful bird of prey and you can read more here: Hawk Spiritual Symbolism, Lore, and Meaning

Are There Fake Psychics?

Yes, there are. How can you tell a real psychic from a fake one? That’s easy. Odd claims that they have great mystical powers and can influence governments is a sure sign a so-called “psychic” is fake. Another sign you have a fake “psychic” on your hands is someone tries to get you to shun medical treatment because they say they can heal all medical ailments with their “great magical powers”. Other fake “psychics” like to scare people into believing they have been cursed and of course the so-called “psychic” is the ONLY one who can help. For a lot of money, of course! Psychics are not supposed to take advantage of people financially and they are not supposed to claim to be powerful.

Psychic abilities are gifts, and sharing those with other people is a service very much like the services clergy offer. Psychics offer spiritual counseling and answers about the future that help reassure people and help them to make better decisions. They will tell you habits you need to break to improve your life and they will point out your strengths when you are feeling discouraged. Going to see a psychic should be an experience that enlightens you about the way things are and helps you to do the best thing. Beware of so-called “powerful” people whose claims seem ridiculous and who are seeking to gain something from you rather than to help you. One Zodiac Sign that loves to help people is Cancer and you can read more here: Cancer Zodiac Traits and Love Compatibility

Am I Psychic?

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Of course you are. Everybody is. Some people call psychic abilities supernatural abilities, but many people say that psychic gifts are natural, not supernatural. Everyone, no matter who they are, has some sort of psychic gift. It’s just a part of being human. Don’t believe it? Did you ever have a very strong feeling you could not explain that something was about to happen, and it did? Did you ever have a gut feeling not to take a particular route to work, but you did it anyway only to discover there had been a horrible accident, and traffic was backed up? Can you always tell when you are about to hear from a loved one who you don’t see or hear from often? These are psychic gifts.

Psychic gifts are nothing mysterious, strange, or wrong. Psychic gifts just are. If you are not sure exactly what kind of psychic gifts you have, that’s okay. You will discover them over time. Once you start asking questions and paying attention, you will discover your psychic abilities. Classes both in person and online can help you to discover your gifts. Most people have multiple psychic abilities, and your abilities strengthen, and change over time. Maybe as a teenager you had prophetic dreams and as a young adult you became adept at automatic writing. Enjoy your journey with your abilities and be patient as you learn to use them.

Are psychic gifts real? Yes, they are. They won’t give you all the winning lottery numbers, and they probably won’t show you exactly what date, moment, and place you will meet your soulmate, but they will tell you a lot. Sure, some people fake psychic gifts for money or attention, but it is easy to spot a fake psychic and just as easy to spot a good one. You have psychic abilities too, so pay attention to them when they reveal themselves. Who knows? Maybe you will be a professional psychic, helping people, someday!

Would you like to speak with someone to discover what their psychic abilities can reveal? Get a reading with a Spiritual Blossom psychic started today. While you are here, make sure to read our other articles to learn about love, spirituality, folklore, and astrology. 

About the Author: LadySaoirse has studied magic and lore for most of her life but started walking her own Magical Path after being spiritually reborn in the desert. Today she is a High Priestess for The Temple of the Goddess, she is a psychic advisor and spiritual counselor, she shares her gifts as a Psychic and Content Writer for Spiritual Blossom, and she writes for The Green Egg. She has written for Mysticsense and PaganPagesOrg emag.