This means 'clear seeing' in French and is the claimed faculty of supranormal sight, the ability to perceive objects or people that cannot be discerned through the normal senses. It overlaps with other psychic abilities such as Clairaudience, Clairsentience, Telepathy, Psychometry and Remote Viewing.
Clairvoyance normally requires some form of communication with the spirits or other nonphysical es-sences who give, or pretend to give, the desired knowledge. The ability has been acknowledged and used in all cultures throughout history - by prophets, fortune-tellers, shamans, wizards, witches and seers of all kinds.
Western science began to investigate the phenomenon in the 19th Century when subjects treated by Mesmerism displayed clairvoyance and other psychic abilities. Since then a substantial body of evidence has been accumulated to support the existence of clairvoyance.
see also: ANIMAL PSI; ESP
One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.
Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans. Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.
Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church. Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.
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