7 Signs You’re Claircognizant

This article is the second in a series about the 4 Clairs – to view the previous article, please go here – 7 Signs You’re Clairvoyant.

Let’s get to the next gift we’re going to look at in this series – it is claircognizance.

Claircognizance means ‘clear-knowing’. It is one of the common ways in which our guides in Spirit, soul, Guardian Angels, Ascended Masters & Archangels communicate with us and send us guidance!

Claircognizance is when Spirit sends you information that pops into your brain like a ‘divine download’ – this could come as an idea, an impression or a thought.

Claircognizance is my strongest gift — I use this gift to connect with my own sources of guidance and I have used it a lot in my readings.

How Claircognizant Are You?

Claircognizance is a gift that manifests in certain people more than others. Below I talk about 7 signs you’re likely to be claircognizant. See how many of the signs below you tick off, then check your results at the end of the article!

1. You are Very Analytical and Left-Brained

Perhaps you specialise (or have specialised) in the sciences or engineering. You look at new ideas with a skeptical and analytical mindset. You are probably highly educated and you were academically successful when you were at school. Maybe your Myers-Briggs type ends in -TJ.

Highly educated or academically successful people have developed the part of their mind that engages in critical thinking, and their intellect is a strong point for them. If this is the case for you, Spirit is likely to utilise this strength and send you guidance through your thinking mind.

2. You Are A Creative, ‘Ideas’ Person

Inventors, creators and innovators tends to be strongly claircognizant.

If this applies to you, you will often be getting ideas popping into your mind, and they come to you ‘out of the blue’. Maybe you get ideas which are solutions to problems you have. Maybe you get a lot of business ideas, if you are self-employed. If you are a writer or an artist, you have no shortage of ideas as to what you are going to create next.

This is a big one for me — Spirit is constantly giving me business and project ideas. As soon as I am done with one project, the idea for the next one shows up in my mind!

3. You’re Good at Sizing People Up

You’re known as a good judge of character — your first impressions and thoughts about people tend to be accurate. Perhaps you have had many instances in your past where you have picked up information about a new person straight away (for example, you got the distinct impression that a person wasn’t to be trusted.) But you put that impression to one side for the sake of being open-minded and giving that person a chance. Then you ended up kicking yourself when your initial impression turned out to be correct. Sound familiar? Then you may be claircognizant.

(Note: for this one to apply, you have received information about people through your thoughts and impressions – not through your gut feelings, which instead is clairsentience.)

4. You’ve Experienced Multiple Instances In the Past of Knowing What’s Going to Happen…

Perhaps someone has told you about a turn of events in their life, and you know exactly what is coming next.

Perhaps your friend tells you about a job she interviewed for, and you know that she is going to get it.

Or perhaps you just know that your sister’s new boyfriend is going to cheat on her.

Sometimes our knowledge of what is coming next is based on what a person has attracted to themselves in the past, or on what would be the most logical outcome in any given situation.

But if you have experienced multiple instances of knowing what is coming up next (and some of them were something unpredictable or surprising), then you can tick this one off as a sign of claircognizance.

5. You’re a Writer

Either you write as part of your profession, or you write everyday in a journal.

I have noticed that those who write frequently are more likely to be claircognizant.

I believe there is something about the thought processes or the neural pathways that are involved in the writing process, which also lend themselves to receiving information via claircognizance. I don’t know what they are – but experience reading for many people on their intuitive gifts has taught me this.

Writers are also more likely to use automatic writing as a way of connecting with Spirit, which utilises their claircognizance.

6. You’ve Had to Pretend…A Lot

You receive information about other peoples’ character. You know what is going to happen for other people on a regular basis. You have information popping into your brain about other peoples’ lives and situations.

In order not to come across as an insufferable know-it-all (and probably as a result of experiences you’ve had in the past), you tend to keep what you pick up to yourself and have perfected the art of looking surprised when what you knew would happen, eventually does come to pass.

7. You’re a Man

The majority of men I have read for, have had claircognizance as one of their primary or secondary gifts.

Women are sometimes claircognizant, too, but this gift comes up with more frequency for men than it does for women. I have pondered why this is and have concluded that men in our society are conditioned to connect less with their emotions or intuition and so they are probably both conditioned (and perhaps wired?) to receive guidance through their mind – their impressions, ideas and thoughts.

So if you’re male, you get half a point for this one!

Your Results

If you said yes to 4 or 5 or more of the above statements, you are most likely a natural claircognizant.

If you said yes to 3 of the above statements, you are probably someone has some claircognizance you could develop further.

If you said no to the majority of the statements above, you are probably not claircognizant and instead you should focus on developing the other clairs — clairvoyance, clairaudience or clairsentience.

How many did you tick off? Please comment below!

If you’d like to develop your intuitive abilities further, take a look at my free, 2 week e-course, ‘How to Connect with Your Spirit Guides’

Meet Anna

Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >


  1. RK

    Hi Anna,

    What a great article. Thank you for another one! I know my main clair is Clairsentience as I use it a lot in my everyday life, and never thought I had Claircognizance, but I am a writer, naturally creative (for my job and in life) and good at sizing people up (not with my gut here unless I need to know something important straight away then that comes up too). But after reading this I think it’s time to explore and practice this one and see where it goes 🙂

  2. Ron

    I have a source that will answer any metaphysical question I type and do so in an articulate and valuable manner. I need to publish some of these responses but cannot seem to get myself to do so.


  3. Anne

    Yes to all except number seven.

  4. Jill Roberts

    Hi Anna,

    Claircognizance has always been my strongest Clair and I knew it before I took your course or formally trained in evidential mediumship. I would just know things without knowing how I knew them. Much of it was based around my family and during times of health issues or insight into what was going on with them without their confidence. I am an author as well and reading your article was a real eye opener.

    Thanks so much!

    All My Best,

  5. Jerilyn Ito

    Great write up! I’m all of these except a man! But, I do have strong yang energy, and being brought up in an Asian culture, I can see that. And when I do readings by email, it comes through faster than when I speak with someone. Like in my head mostly. Thank you!

  6. Paul Schofield

    Hi Anna,

    I scored 7 out of 7. I don’t believe I’ve ever done so well at something!

    I’m a writer of spirituality books, poetry, and children’s stories with a spiritual side. I’m a chartered engineer, and I get lots of ideas popping into my head. I often know what’s going to happen and have predicted quite a few events verbally and a few in writing.

    I virtually always know what people are like, instinctively, but I find psychopaths are difficult to detect straight away, fortunately I’ve come across very few.

    I am very analytical, well educated, and like to see reasonable proof before acceptance.

    I am also very philosophical (not on your list, but perhaps implied), and I’m a man as well!

    Thank you Anna, I’ve sometimes thought that I’d liked to have been clairvoyant, like all my development circle friends, but I have very little clairvoyance, however I get remarkable things, just by “knowing”, so it’s very nice to read your article on claircognizance.


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