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Interpreting Clairvoyant Images

I get a lot of questions from my Intuitive Awakening students which relate to interpreting clairvoyant images.

Clairvoyance is when you receive intuitive information visually.  It can be in your mind’s eye (the ‘movie screen’ in your mind that you see when you close your eyes) or it can be with your bare eyes.

A clairvoyant image could be a metaphor or scene that you see playing out, a symbol of some sort or colours and shapes.

The Problem with Clairvoyance

Obviously clairvoyance can’t be used on its own.  It needs to be used with clairaudience (where you hear a message), clairsentience (where you feel something) or claircognizance (where you get a spontaneous ‘download’ of information or ‘just know’ something.)

Ideally, when you see an image clairvoyantly, it is accompanied by a message through one of the other clairs. Usually you will hear/feel/know something that tells you what the image means.

If you received a clairvoyant image but it wasn’t accompanied by an interpretation, there are two possible reasons why:

1. It doesn’t mean anything that’s relevant to your life

2. You need to do a bit of searching

In my experience as an intuitive and a teacher of psychic development, the most common scenario is the first one.

When you get a message from spirit, it doesn’t tend to come in the form of a cryptic symbol or image that you don’t understand, so you don’t often need to interpret your clairvoyant images like you do your dreams.  When there’s something you need to know spiritually, it tends to be given to you in the easiest, simplest way.

But Why Do We See Things if They Mean Nothing for Us?

Bear in mind that sometimes when you see images clairvoyantly, it may not mean anything for you, it may simply mean that your third eye chakra is very active or overactive.  Perhaps you have done some work on opening up your clairvoyance or you have worked on seeing auras.  When you do work like this, it opens up your third eye and you might start seeing things move in the corner of your eye.  Sometimes people start seeing colours, around people or just in front of them.  This is a by-product of working on your clairvoyance – it gets switched on.  But not everything you see is meaningful.

Just like your dreams – not all of those are meaningful either.

When It Does Mean Something

If you’re convinced that the image you saw is meaningful, but you’ve still no idea what it means, try the following exercise:

1. Say out loud: ‘my Higher self’

2. Take four deep, long breaths

3. Using your inner voice (the voice inside your mind), ask what the image meant

4. If nothing comes to you straight away, meditate for one minute, keeping the question in mind

Information can come as a feeling, a spontaneous ‘download’ of information into your mind, a word that comes into your head or a string of words spoken.

If you still get nothing, leave the question with your Higher self for a while and trust that if there is some information you’re meant to have, it’ll come to you in some other way.

If we spend too much obsessing over meaning, it can keep us stuck.  Not everything in dreams has a meaning and not everything in life has a meaning!

If you still don’t know what your clairvoyant image means upon meditation on it, you could consult a dream dictionary for clues regarding the symbolism.  In my opinion, this is less meaningful, since everyone has their own inner symbolism.  For example, if you look at the two images below, you will have an internal response to them that is uniquely yours, depending on your background, culture, values, belief system, personal likes and dislikes and past experiences.

For example, the cross may be a symbol of redemption. It may be a much loved symbol for you if you are a Christian. But if you have had bad experiences with religion, it may be a negative symbol that has nothing to do with redemption.

If you are a cat lover or if you have a black cat, you may have a positive response to the picture of the cat above. If you are superstitious, you may not.

There is no universal symbolism for the whole of humanity – your clairvoyant images have to be interpreted using your own inner symbolism that has been created through your own experiences in your life.


  1. For those who are seeing coloured lights around others (white, pink or blue, for example), yes you may be seeing aura colours. However, often these must be interpreted according to your own personal symbolism. You must ask yourself what these colours mean rather than search online.

    You may also want to read this article, which refers to ‘angel lights':

    Often when you see flashes of colour or white light around people, you’re seeing angel lights, not aura colours.

  2. When I ‘see’ images for clients, I often tell them what I’ve seen, but leave the interpretation up to them. It often makes more sense to them than it does me.

    For example, once during a reading I kept seeing 4-leaf clovers. Now, to me, that means luck. But to the woman I did the reading for the meaning was different. The day after her reading, she heard from a long-lost friend who happened to be living in Ireland!

    So yes you’re absolutely right: symbolism is up for interpretation and I think our guides/angels will show us symbols that speak to us in the most clear way they can.

  3. About a year ago I dreamt very briefly that Merlin showed me a round wheel like symbol divided into sections. I had no idea what it meant. A short time later I was at a rites of passage retreat for men. When I arrived tne symbol was laid out in sticks in the meeting area. I thought this was interesting but was unsure of the connection, as the symbol was simply a decorative arrangement. Months later as I led a group of men through a discussion of male archetypes I found myself unconsciously and spontaneously drawing the symbol on the board as a model to house the masculine archetypes. It wasn’t until I stepped back that the penny dropped. All this to say that sometimes revelation may take time. And it’s worth the wait!

  4. Indeed, personal symbolism – every symbol, image, color etc. we can perceive through our psychic senses should be interpreted according to our own life experiences and knowledge :).

  5. That’s an interesting technique in asking your higher self what that symbol means. I will have to try that if I get stumped with a symbol!

    When I started practicing dreaming and clairvoyance I got quite a bit of unclear symbols. Just as an example, before going to bed I asked my spirit guides what advice could they give me on my estranged friend who is going through a multitude of problems (addicted to drugs, marital problems, laid off from his job, might lose his house)

    And I got a vision of a large gray triangle with a smaller red triangle enclosed in it. And the red triangle was rotating and banging into the gray triangle’s walls.

    As for my personal interpretation it’s safe to say I was stumped. What the heck does two triangles have to do with this friend? So I looked in a dream dictionary and got the following symbols:

    Gray: depression, sadness
    Red: Anger, rage
    Rotation, spinning: Neverending cycle
    Wall: Feeling trapped

    So at least from this I got the interpretation that my friend is trapped in depression and will never improve.

  6. I was just working out this exact problem! I have found when doing readings for others, it can be difficult to know if I need to filter it through the lens of my experience first or to pass on the message exactly as received. I always just pass it along verbatim but sometimes it means nothing to them and then I know I have to interpret it.

  7. I see people’s aura colors, but clairvoyantly, I suppose. I often have to look AWAY from people to see them, in fact. And the colors tend to correspond to those in Kirlian aura photography, which is the only reason I believe that there might be something to it. I also have synesthesia, which is a bit of neurological cross-wiring, and that may contribute to it as well.

    I had my own aura photographed recently for the first time, which was a very illuminating experience. I posted the photo on my blog below, if anyone is interested in such things

  8. I often get these kinds of messages right as I am drifting off to sleep. Sometimes I wake back up and can remember the image or what the voice said, however, most of the time I wake up and don’t remember.

  9. Thanks everyone for your comments.

    Hi Lindsay, that’s a point – when we get the clairvoyant images for other people, we can’t necessarily interpret it for them! I tend not to get clairvoyant images in readings these days – I forgot about that.

    Tim – Oh that’s interesting. you’re right, sometimes you can only interpret things in hindsight. I have had quite a few dreams that have made no sense until several months later.

    Hi Joey, sounds like you’ve found the dream interpretations quite helpful!…shows it can be useful sometimes.

    Anna – I guess some people might see aura colours as others do, and some people see aura colours and interpret them differently from others. If your interpretations match those of the Kirlian photographs, that’s great! I would love to get one done like you did.

  10. Lots of people believe that it’s really cool to have clairvoyance, and that it is the “best” gift you could have.

    I do have some clairvoyance, but you’re right that it’s sometimes really not so useful on its own. It can almost confuse you if you don’t have another channel that you can add to gather more information.

    It’s great to get an overview, though. :)

    I think all the famouse psychics out there who use clairvoyance a lot always use it with another gift they have.

  11. I’ve found that I get more clairvoyant images when reading for others bur rarely for myself. In 99% of my readings, though, I get input in a variety of ways – clairvoyant, -audient, -cognizant, and -sentient. I usually get input using at least two and frequently three of them.

    In the few instances where I have gotten just clairvoyant images (for myself) it came with clarification via another clair-.) Reading for others, I always just pass along what I see and don’t try and filter it through my interpretation. If I get more info through other clairs, I pass that along as well.

    It’s really interesting to see what other people have to say about their own experiences on this subject.

  12. i need help? i dont understand my dream at all. i was standing on a road, and upon looking up to the shky i noticed a red glowing triangle spinning like crazy towards me. i woke just as it came to hit me. i also remeber it circled me twice or four times, then i woke.

    another dream i had, same thing in the middle of a road. out of town i suppose, oak trees lined on either side of the road. here i am, looking up and gazing up at the full moon, then i began running so fast til i stretched out my arms and i was flying, i landed in a cemetery, walking past the garden maintance shed quietly, i made my way towards the tombstones, i tried reading the names but i couldnt for some odd reason… then i woke up.

    ive been having weird dreams, a few in particular that related to two-three real life deaths. and these sorts of dreams when become reality, makes me sick and afraid at the same time. i just want to know why i would have dreams like these?? specifically the triangle one :( please help/explain

  13. Please help! I have been well aware of my ability for many years. Scared me as a child and still does. Don’t know where to turn to?? At first I thought it was the house I grew up in was haunted until I noticed it wasnt just at that house. Things for me have gotten deeper and DARKER. Went to a psy. Doctor needles to say nothing changed. The things I feel and sometimes hear leave me feeling, well more feelings than I can describe, but it’s feelings of great darkness and I would explain it as evil. I try my best not to be alone cause in those moments it’s no so bad. Like all the other people’s presents kinda fog out these others. PLEASE HELP… any info will be greatly appreciated. Even as I write this to you I feel a presents. How can I pretend that I don’t just to keep it at bay??

  14. Can any one tell me what this means i went to confront a neighbour about some cat issues i wasn’t aggressive or rude but when she opened the door black flashes came out at me and didn’t stop until she closed the door. Creepy

  15. Hi
    I can see symbols in my meditation state.
    these symbols are personal and the events related to them will occur some days later.
    symbols like knife – rope – drug -… and it is also include some numbers related to stock market prediction like gold price or ,,,,
    these symbols come in my meditation after 11 years meditation practice. I could not able to see them before.
    symbols are without any sensation and all of them appear with a black background behind them in a 3D space.
    I do not understand their meaning at first but a few days later their meaning and their related event appear.

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